More Resources for Merfolk

What I’ve found to be the biggest drawback to finding Mer resources is that there doesn’t seem to be a single, up-to-date listing. Sure, there are links to various personal websites and blogs, but the most recent posts I’ve found were dated May 2018.

But that’s okay: most people run their sites and blogs as a labor of love. They have lives, jobs, and quite often families. So they can’t be expected to make SL their main interest.

The Idle Unemployed

Or rather, “the semi-retired living-alone-with-too-much-time-on-her-hands part-time writer and part-time SL fanatic.” Whom, if you haven’t guessed, is me.

So I’m assigning myself a chore: I’m going to track down as many Mer resources in SK as I can, and check them out to see if they:

  1. Still exist
  2. Are current
  3. Worth your time

I’m going to add a new page to my blog where I’ll list these resources—and I promise I’ll keep all links up-to-date.

I’m hoping this will be a great help to the one or two of you who actually read this blog. And if you find a resource that I haven’t found, please send it to me.

Thanks!

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Something New: Life Under the Waves

Well, boys and girls, I finally did it! I took my own advice on how to become a mermaid, and did just that! So rather than mere theory, I’m going to give you a step-by-step account of how I did it.

First Stop

My first stop was, of course, the Safe Waters Foundation. There, I grabbed a free diving suit and headed on over to the freebies pool.

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This is an excellent place for finding many of your start-up items as you begin your transformation to your undersea life. I would strongly urge you to check out the high-quality items donated by some of SL’s finest designers.

Next Stop

Next, I swam on over to Haven of Mermaids. You’d have to look long and hard to find a better “one-stop-shopping” mall for your merfolk needs. Billed as “Home and Haven for the Merfolk of Second Life.  A magical underwater world, with a community that welcomes Merfolk of all the tribes, and aquatic beings of all species.  Home to Deep Seas Mer Outfitters.” It’s a great place to start expanding on your basic freebie skins & tails.

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Finally, I was ready to get serious about just how I wanted to present myself to the various Mer communities. And that meant SHOPPING!

Oh, I did I forget to mention one of the best things about becoming a mermaid? It gives you an excuse to do some serious shopping. Even if you’re content with freebies, obtaining them in the first place means shopping!

A Word About Mesh

Mesh avatars—and therefore, mesh accessories for them—are difficult and time-consuming to make…which explains why everything relating to mesh is expensive. The same is true of mesh mermaid avatars and accessories. So for that reason alone I recommend that you use a classic avatar as your mermaid or merman representation.

And while you can find lots of quality classic avatars, my own choice was for the Mermaid Collection Mesh Emotion Blue, which set me back the whopping cost of one single $Linden ($L1). This set contains a classic avatar which has been specifically designed to fit most mermaid outfits.

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Back to Haven of Mermaids

This was my most expensive stop. But when you’re designing your appearance, do you really want to skimp on the details? Neither do I!

So I bought two items: DS (Deep Seas) Green Mermaid Skin, and Deep Seas Traditional Tail, also in green.

The traditional tails come with a Deep Seas Merfolk Animation Overrider (AO), which, while a basic AO, contains all the animations you need to get you started. Best of all, you can edit the AO to include whatever additional animations you like.

And the results speak for themselves

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Of course, this is the way I dress when I visit areas that frown upon nudity. The next photo is probably NSFW, but here’s the deal: I’m a mermaid—I have no need of clothes. Besides, if men—mermen or otherwise—can display their bare chests, why not women, too? After all, I live in a State (New York) where courts have ruled it’s perfectly legal.

So before we go any further, chase the kiddies away from your computer.

Ready? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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This is me in my Sunday finest—well, actually—my week-long finest!

Other Times, Other Places

Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/

Please visit our web page at: http://www.goldmermaid.com/SWF/index.htm
Please visit our blog at: http://www.digitalmermaids.blogspot.com

Great site for SL help (and features SWF!!) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-people-promo-fancis-deep-serving.html

And that’s it for today! Next: further resources for your undersea life.

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Merfolk (Mermaids and Mermen)

Or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Mermaid or Merman Before You Even Knew You Wanted to Know It

Remember when I told you that in SL, you can be anything you want to be? Ever imagine living a life under the sea? Be honest—wasn’t that every little girl’s dream? Well, now you can become one for only $10 Lindens. Or, if you prefer, absolutely free.

Safe Waters Foundation

Head on over to the Safe Waters Foundation Headquarters (SWF). When you get there, turn around to see this:

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The arrows won’t be there; I added them for clarity. The shorter one points to the SWF group joiner. There is no cost to join.

The longer arrow points to the door you need to pass through to get to the goodies:

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Again, I added the arrows for clarity. They point to the Pearl, which you have to touch to receive the free outfit.

Unfortunately, if you’re using a mesh avatar like mine, it’s not that easy. All of these options are designed for classic (non-mesh) avatars (avis). And because mesh avis are complex and expensive, it follows that mesh accessories for mesh avis are also expensive.

Fear Not!

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The item shown above can be found on the SL Marketplace for only $L1! It comes with a standard body that you can use to replace your mesh body, so everything will work peachy-keen!

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This is my friend Jenny in that very same outfit.

Safe Waters Foundation Redux

You can find out more about the Safe Waters Foundation at its website, which also contains an events calendar as well as a long list of mer-related sites in Second Life.

Or you can check out their Digital Mermaids blog on Blogspot. The blog also has minutes of the most recent weekly meeting.

Now if you will excuse me, I have an octopus’s garden to explore!

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Just a Quickie…

Not, silly—not that kind! A new accessory from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

It’s the Cherry Blossom Hair Accessory, and you can pick one up right now for $L99. It has an extremely low display weight, and is designed to be worn with just about any A&A hair.

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I’m wearing mine with the Dolly hairstyle, and I love it!

Cherry Blossom Hair Accessory, available now at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore.

Grab yours today!

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Drafts, Continued

Yesterday I told you about Drafts, a new note-taking app for MacOS and iOS. Today I’m going to talk some more about its capabilities and limitations.

I mentioned how convoluted it was to get something posted in Drafts into a blog post. But the app has something called Actions, which is essentially a way for you to program new things for the program to do. So I’m hoping that I’ll be able to figure out how to export from Drafts directly into Open Live Writer, where I create all of my blog entries.

Or better yet, since I haven’t done any programming since the mid-1980s, I’m going to see if someone has already created an action or something similar to it. I’ll do this by logging into the Drafts Community Forum and poking around there.

Workspaces

Yesterday, I discovered tags and workspaces. Much like Categories and Tags in WordPress, tags are a way to categorize your writings by subject. Workspaces allows you to create virtual folders which can be used to file your writings by tags. That makes it easier to find a particular document.

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Here, I’ve gathered all of the drafts with the tag lgbt into one workplace/folder. If I want to see all of my notes, I just have to click on the Show all tab at the bottom of the screen.

And that’s it for Drafts

It’s a simple enough app, but it’s also quite powerful, and it’s going to take me more time to figure it all out.

Until then,

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Drafts: The App

As a writer, I’m always looking out for The Next Great Tool. And while I’ve pretty much settled on Ulysses for novels and short stories, I’m still not completely satisfied with what’s available for blogging on mobile platforms (I’m looking at you, iPhone and iPad).

On my Windows laptop, Open Live Writer is my program of choice. Unfortunately, it’s not available for mobile devices–they’re just not powerful enough.

This morning I started reading someone’s blog post about a program called Drafts. It looked interesting, so I decided to take it for a spin, which was easy enough to do since there is a free version as well as a paid version.

So I installed it on my iPhone. In fact, I’m writing this entry using it. I already have several writing apps on this phone, so why do I keep looking for more?

It’s quite simple, really: I wasn’t all that smart when I bought my smartphone. I went with the one that had the least amount of memory: 16Gb. Which means I’m constantly searching for more efficient apps so that I can use the fewest number of them as possible.

And yes, I learned my lesson: my new iPad has 128Gb of memory.

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Formatting text in Drafts is quite simple; it uses Markdown language which is accessed via the on-screen Markdown toolbar. It’s the same language Ulysses uses, which is pretty cool considering that I can export my writing right into Ulysses.

So today will be a day of research. I’m going to install Drafts onto my iPad, and put it through its paces. My goal is to see what, if any, apps it can replace. I’m also going to see how far I can go with the free version, which will help me decide if I really need to spend money for the Pro version.


I just installed Drafts onto my iPad and it immediately synced to the cloud and retrieved this post. So far, so good! That means that although I’m still going to use GoodNotes on the iPad, I don’t need to keep it on the iPhone, thus freeing up space for those all-too-crucial pictures of cats.


I also managed to export this post to Evernote, then copy/paste it into Open Live Writer, my editor of choice on my laptop. It’s really beginning to look as if Drafts Is here to stay! I’ve already replaced Apple’s Notes app on both of my mobile devices, and between Drafts and Ulysses, I no longer have any need for 53’s Paper or Apple’s Pages.

Tomorrow I’ll take a look at a few more of Draft’s operating details.

Is This The Ultimate Writing App for iOS?

Ulysses. Ancient Greek adventurer and explorer. Legendary traveler. And now, a writing app for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Sorry, I just needed to take a break from hair!

Were you starting to get as bored with reading hair reviews as I was with writing them? I don’t always blog about hair, but lately it seems that’s all I’ve been doing.

I discovered Ulysses whilst searching for a new blogging and writing tool. I had several requirements that any system or app had to satisfy:

  1. It had to be reasonably priced
  2. It had to have a clean interface
  3. It had to have a free trial period
  4. It had to be compatible with the apps already in my existing Writer’s toolbox
  5. It had to allow me to sync between my iPad and iPhone.
  6. If possible, I would like it to sync with my windows laptop.

At $4.99 a month or $39.99 annually, it definitely is reasonably priced. That took care of the first requirement. It also comes with a free 14-day trial period, thus fulfilling number 3.

So far, I’ve not found any conflict with my existing tools. That was number 4 on my list.

As far as syncing between my iPhone and iPad, I originally installed and configured it on my iPad. When I installed it on the iPhone and launched it for the first time, it was already synced with the iPad. Since my documents were set to store in iCloud, what I had written on the iPad was already available on the iPhone.

And syncing was almost instantaneous: I started this document on the iPad, edited it on the iPhone, and when I moved back to the iPad, all of the new changes were there!

Syncing to my laptop is a bit trickier: I was able to export this document to MS Word .docx format, download it to the laptop, open it in Libre Writer, save it in .txt format, and then copy/paste it into Open Live Writer. Honestly, it sounds more complicated than it is!

One of the reasons for the clean interface is the fact that Ulysses uses markdown language for all of its formatting. There are only 25 commands to memorize, but if you’re lazy like me, there’s also a pop-up menu to give you access to all of them. And the interface doesn’t get much  cleaner than this:

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So that’s Ulysses in a nutshell. Over the next several days I’m going to spend time exploring all of its features, and just learning how to use it. But for now, if you’re interested, here’s the complete features list.