New Blogger Challenge: Throwback Thursdays!

Last Thursday I came up with my first blogger challenge, and then proceeded to forget to post it on here!  Woops!

So, here’s the lowdown:

I have always tried to breathe new life into older inventory, so I made a blogger challenge called “Throwback Thursdays”.  Basically, you try and use some items in your blog post that are at least 6 months to a year old.  Obviously, the older the items are, and the more creatively used the better, so try and use things that are super old if you are an SL veteran!  Hopefully this is going to be a fun way to use older inventory.

Happy Blogging!

Lyrical Ember

PS: Be sure to add your photos to the Flickr group HERE!

The Writer’s Block – A New Type of Challenge

I know I’ve spoken about it before – prior to Second Life “blogging” I did “real life” blogging on the platform of MySpace. This was back in the day when MySpace was very popular (sorry kiddos – no Facebook) and the blogsphere was HUGE. I came about this place through a friend who told me that I should really check it out and possibly begin to show some of my work. So I stepped forward and did just that. After about six months of blogging, commenting, following others, debating, writing, expressing opinions and all sorts of other extra crazy things – I landed a rather huge following. The ride was fun, turbulent, and unexpected. Yet, I learned something during this time. I learned how to be a better writer. I got critiqued. I got slammed. I received praise and I received drawbacks. Yet through it all – I was WRITING.

So – you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. During my time there I started a challenge with another blogger (who is still a good friend of mine) called “The Writer’s Block”. Yes, I’m using the same title again because this is what is symbolized. There are days when those of us who do like to write get stuck. We’re at a loss for words. This happens A LOT. One of the benefits to Second Life is the fact that we can take pictures to vocalize those words that we cannot seem to get out. Whiskey Monday does this with her challenge of Single Frame Stories (something I really need to start doing) and others do it through many other challenges that you can find through the [SL] Blogger Support website. (We keep a list handy. If you know of anymore challenges, please fill out the application!)

The idea of this challenge is to reach out to those who do like to write AND take pictures in Second Life. You may be a fashion blogger, but you really want to try something different or you just take pictures and never really know what to say – so here’s your chance.

The rules are pretty much simple:

1. The Writer’s Block will begin every 1st and 15th of the month.
It’s a bi-weekly (almost) challenge that allows you the time to write,
express and showcase your work.
Topics will be posted the day prior to the 1st and 15th.
I will be posting them here on my blog.
2. There will be four topics chosen. You are allowed to write in prose, poetry, short story, erotica, or argumentative essay and pick only ONE of the topics.
3. Since this is a Second Life Challenge, pictures are to be incorporated. Limit: four pictures. This is a written challenge as well, not just pictures.
4. Blog posts are to be linked to the topic blog (aka here) so we can all read.
Also, there is a Flickr Group made to post all your pictures! Please utilize it HERE
5. The bi-weekly challenge will close on the eve of the day before the new post. At that time, no more admissions for that segment will be excepted.
Why? A prize will be given to four people, one from each topic.
I will award them with a linden prize.
6. I really hate to say it, but DO NOT PLAGIARIZE. I will check.
I know how to Google (and use other tools).
7. This is not a PG Challenge. If you want to get dirty – do it! If the work is violent – that’s fine too. It’s about expression.
8. Link and credit. We still want to give props to the creators.
9. Have fun.
10. Enjoy what people have written.

And that’s it for now. Stay tuned for the topics. I will post them later today.
Any questions, please IM me in world on Katya Valeska or email me at You can find all my info in the Social section of my blog.

For credits and landmarks, see below <3

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New Challenge – Storybook Saturdays

I have been so inspired lately by the many items and places I’ve seen in Second Life that I’ve decided to showcase a blogger challenge. At first I thought to keep it personal an within the confines of my own blog, but then decided that it might be a fun undertaking for some of you and so here it is!

Storybook Saturday is a weekly themed challenge devoted to all things fiction in Second Life. Be it fantasy, history, or science fiction. There are no rules for your photo save that it must fit in with the theme. You can do a ‘look book’ photo, do a landscape, or just do an image that tells a story about your avatar in the particular theme.  Each theme is rotated every Saturday, beginning yesterday. If you want to join in on this fun challenge, this week’s theme is The Galactic Empire. Next weeks will be The Medieval Court.

Here is the Flickr group if you want to follow along and post pictures!