With all the focus on the central SL9B activities made possible by Dreamseeker Estates, Fruit Islands, KityCatS and our anonymous region donor, attention does tend to get drawn away from other SL9B events that are taking place next week around the grid to mark Second Life’s ninth anniversary.
So I’m rather pleased to have received a poke about the SL9B Story.
Second Life is a powerful medium for storytelling, be it machinima, the spoken word, the written word, acting, or a combination thereof. The SL9B Story calls upon SL writers and storytellers to come together in a collaborative effort and contribute to the Great Big Story Book. The Destination Guide entry for the piece describes it thus:
“Once upon a time…” That’s how all the best stories begin, but what happens next is anybody’s guess — that’s where the Second Life community comes in. To celebrate SL’s 9th birthday, writers and storytellers of every kind are invited to contribute to The SL9B Story. See what other residents have created, then continue the story by writing in the Great Big Story Book, carrying on from where the previous author left off.
The story book itself is located on Penny Lane; it has been created by Serendipity Haven, and sits alongside her in-world gallery. The book uses Media On a Prim (MOAP) to display a related blog, SL9Bhaven. Contributors are invited to add to the story using the comments section of the blog page – which can be opened either in the Viewer’s built-in browser or your web browser, dependent on your preference. Comments will also display both on the blog page and be visible on the book in-world, allowing it to be followed / read from both.
Note that comments are currently closed and will remain so until SL9B kicks-off on the 18th June.
Some submissions have apparently already been made – I assume as a part of testing the site and the book – so it will be interesting to see what appears on the book’s pages once comments are opened, and those which have already been received are displayed.
Given the theme of SL9B is that of community, this is a clever approach to asking the community to work collaboratively together, and I’m looking forward to reading what appears in the book, and of hopefully contributing to it myself. I hope other writers and aspiring writers in SL will take the time to do so as well, and help the story to grow through the week.