Telling Stories


The Sim Street Journal Issue #4 • 2013

(Please see the in-world release for more photographs, articles and features.)

Second Life® is an unparalleled creative stage. As many social interactions migrate to Skype and Facebook, SL is a presentation platform. Granted, avatars live in the virtual world. Dream houses are built. Businesses grow. Relationships flower. Stories sprout.

Seeking those with the most to tell, the older and accomplished avatars do have an edge—longevity gives perspective. To create anew in SL means standing on the shoulders of the pioneers. Discussing collaboration and independence, they know how to be tough and how to be sensitive, how to innovate and how to protect.

The Blake Sea brings all the issue prevalent in SL together. It deals with free sharing of open waters (thanks to the generosity of Linden Labs), boasts successful clubs, stunning estates, and a solid community of loyalists. Here, find stories within stories!!

Further perspective is shared by Russell Eponym who knows more about how to survive as a virtual musician than anyone. Columnists Throughthesewalls Moody (Tara) and Ann Slanders bravely take on challenges no other publication will touch. Similarly, Heavy Writer speaks his mind about fine art, cars, and having fun, perhaps at the expense of his oblivious wife.


The Sim Street Journal examines the relevance of this totally created world, and its potential impact, on the real one. It is impossible for so many talented, experimental, and tech savvy individuals to come together without having profound influence. Within its pages, SSJ will query what can be learned, gained, and used from the virtual commercial and cultural environments. Like its namesake, Wall Street JournalSSJ also seeks to bridge commerce and culture, but in this case, it is also between the virtual and the real.

Index of all issues profiles, columns, and overviews:

“In-world to Out” examines why a second career is fulfilling for so many talented and visionary residents.
ISSUE 1: “Finding Purpose in the Virtual World” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 3: “The Best of Both” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Different yet the Same” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Legacy and Longevity” by Ty Lomes, Snug Harbor

“Relevance Review” discovers what the virtual world has to offer the real one through sector perspectives.
ISSUE 1: “Music Renaissance” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 2: “Witness to the Virtual County Fair by Kalanite Bluestar
ISSUE 2: “Is the Future in the Past?” by Eleanor Medier

“Pioneer Profile” presents leading virtual entrepreneurs who reveal wisdom gained.
ISSUE 2: “Dancing with the Issues by Uzo Dayafter (Arkad Baxton)
ISSUE 3: “Quest to Do It Better” by Machess Lemton
ISSUE 3: “A Moving Momentum” by Galilla Sinatra, Rug Halberd, and Martin Yeats
ISSUE 4: “Nature as Redefined” by Sudane Erato, New England Estates

“Critic’s Choice: Artist” critiques artists by experts on the streets, to reveal first and second life balances.
ISSUE 1: “Blindboink Parham Preserves Legends”
ISSUE 3: “Only of the Heart from TerryLynn Melody” by Heavy Writer and Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Tributes and Tales” by Russell Eponym

“Critic’s Choice: Presenters” critiques venues and managers by those who know, explores the challenges, and discovers bridges.
ISSUE 1: “Crossing Culture” by Kalanite Bluestar
ISSUE 2: “Blues Hues by Kalanite Bluestar includes:
• Jaco Fitzpatrick, Crossroads
• Yanik Lytton, Fogbound
• Caylene Linette, Cay’s Blues at Woodland Lake
• Van Hoffnung, Bagdad Café on Route 66
ISSUE 3: “Supporting the Stage” by Sparkie Cyberstar

Moody’s Musical Musings” by Throughthesewalls Moody
ISSUE 1:  Preview of upcoming column.
ISSUE 2: “Economics of Musician Incomes”
ISSUE 3: “Closer though Farther
ISSUE 4: “Social Media as Music Support

“The Aesthete and the Amateur” launches humorous gallery critiques.
ISSUE 1: “University of Western Australia 3D Art Challenges”
ISSUE 2: “Rose Theatre and Galleries exhibits”
ISSUE 3: “Arguing Abstraction” by Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer
review 3d installations, recipients of LEA grants:
• Nino Vichan, “When the Mind’s Eye Listens”
• Cica Ghost, “Rust”
• Mantis Oh, “Ascension”
ISSUE 4: “The Accident and the Albers” by Heavy Writer and Eleanor Medier reviewing:
• Moeuhane Sandalwood, “Shadow of a Nightmare Past” from “House of Memories
ChapTer Kronfeld, “Purgatory – Laeuterungsberg”  (Seven Deadly Sins)
Haveit Neox, “The Backyard” from “House of Memories

Ask Ann” advice column  that runs in each in-world issue (available from kiosks in-world and Marketplace).This content deals specifically with issues inside the culture of SL. Some of the concerns asked to Ann SLanders have equivalents in real life. Enjoy the edgy concerns that puzzle many beleaguered avatars and seek help for the most perplexing causes of drama.


Published monthly in complimentary versions: in-world and online.

The in-world magazine has more photographs.
The online magazine has additional content and functionality.

Contributions are encouraged if covering topics relevant to the real world readers.
Comments and opinions are also encouraged.

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