Time in Simultaneous Worlds

SSJ#18-time opener by Eleanor Medier

Time in Simultaneous Worlds: How creatives balance real and virtual lives
by Eleanor Medier, critic and publisher

Time spent online is warped. It seems to go faster. It seems the sun rises and sets four times a day, and time zones are a major factor in communications. Though the world has become smaller, though communities of interests grow internationally online, the barriers of geography may fade, but the sun does not. Space changes, limitations dissolve, and friendships grow from odd places. But time really does stays the same. And it is a limited resource equally in every world.

If there is any bridge between virtual lifestyles and real ones, it is in how people spend time as both the greatest resource and limitation. Cultural creatives discuss how they keep both in perspective.

Excerpted version highlights from the in-world release:

Copper Clock II by Never Rust, Copper Nest Fine Art Gallery

Copper Clock II by Never Rust, Copper Nest Fine Art Gallery

“I have to carve out time for real life and virtual life separately— and stick to it. I have learned some valuable lessons in Second Life® that I apply to real life. For example, the experiences of being a land lord and project manager in SL have been useful for business in real life.” Ty Lomes, owner, Snug Harbor

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“Since I am a writer in real life, I often use SL for inspiration. Or just sit at nice places and listen to music while writing. In those cases, SL is running in the back round. In terms of sense, SL doesn’t really have one. It is nice to be part of it, but it is not really needed in life. I see it as a luxury to have this second life. It is much easier to visualize fantasies or ideas here then it would be in real life. A prim costs nothing, a piece of wood or steel, on the other hand, sometimes costs a lot of money. On top of that, it makes a lot of noise and dust to craft it! Yes, SL can be a vent for creative minds on a low cost basis. More important is the interaction with other people from around the world.” Pale Illusion, artist

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Earthly Branches Clock by Latt’ Land Rosamonde

Earthly Branches Clock by Latt’ Land Rosamonde

“About three years ago, I took an early retirement, which leaves me all the time I want to be in SL. The way I am, feel, and act with people and friends, I share in both worlds. SL is my artistic side, and my social side. Here, I develop sides of my potential that I could not in real life. This is not totally a second life, its part of me.” Yanik Lytton, owner, Fogbound Blues

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“For me, SL is a tool. It is relaxing at the end of the day. And, it is a tool for my music. Because I only have so much time and fingernails to break, I limit time playing in SL to a few shows a week. One trouble with SL is that a musician really can’t make real money. And, performance in SL is good practice, though, and much like chewing gum with walking at the same time, there is a lot to juggle. What motivates me is the audience, to try new things, practice, and see friends.” Blindboink Parnham, musician

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Modern Wall Clock with Rotating Gears by Gedden Winthorpe, Winthorpe Enterprises

Modern Wall Clock with Rotating Gears by Gedden Winthorpe, Winthorpe Enterprises

“For a couple of years, my real life was in transition and I didn’t have a space to paint. This past year, I’ve secured a small studio and spend as much time in it as possible. SL has been good for me over the years because it’s kept me driven to create. But now it’s time to refocus, though I still create to show in SL. Plus, I enjoy seeing the work of other painters coming into SL. I enjoy meeting artists ..and art lovers…from around the world. SL is also a great place for testing ideas.” JudiLynn India, artist

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“SL allows me to create 3D pieces I can envision in real life, but can’t create. Ironically, in first life, my thing is 2D. Since discovering SL, I do more 3D works here than the 2D works. I’d love to make SL pieces real, but it’s not possible. I’d need cranes and acres of land! In here, I can lift boulders, and shape the earth. As I can’t really make these ideas, SL is enhancing, because without the virtual world, they would only ever live in my head. It lets me be free to realize what I imagine. Art is my escape. It’s not a job. My real life profession is as an instructional designer: I create online learning programs for businesses, and I love the work. I try to find a balance.”  Carmsie Melodie, artist

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Jopsy’s Animated Solar Clock by Jopsy Pendragon

Jopsy’s Animated Solar Clock by Jopsy Pendragon

“My time is balanced off of my real life, although I allocate at least 60 hours in week days. Weekends are usually for things that have to happen in my real life. To keep a balance I must prioritize what is important to me and since SL no longer pays my bills, I need to keep real life in check. At times when both have deadlines, do real life first, which then allows me spend time in SL.” Kaddan Yue, OMG! Inc. Fashions

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“When I came to SL, I was healing from a health crisis that left me unable to communicate. Not only could I practice not being a vegetable, but I learned SL is rich in creativity. SL is a beautiful outlet for me. I can open up to the world again.” Lisa Witt, co-owner, The Dirty Grind

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Clock by Abune Clocks and Lamps

Clock by Abune Clocks and Lamps

“I’ve lived a full life with a lot of adventures and exploration. I’ve always mixed with people from all parts of the world. SL is an opportunity to continue doing that, now that I don’t feel like going out so much and can’t really afford to.” Gerrard Winstanley, DJ

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“Time management hasn’t really shifted too much, but priorities have. Last fall, in real life, I lost my husband to heart disease, and without him, I must refigure what I am doing with my life. For the moment, I only DJ one set per day at Fogbound. I have massive things to do in my new home. But when that is all done, I can start a new chapter in all my lives— first and second.”Larai Dreamcatcher, DJ

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ATO Big Dial Supermini by EatA Frankfurter

ATO Big Dial Supermini by EatA Frankfurter

“Where one world ends the other begins! I run a business in SL as well as play music and have fun. Its pretty much the same thing I do in real life, so there’s not much to balance. The people I meet are what enhance my real life.” —Bones Writer, musician and owner of Trax

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“SL enhances my real life career because its a constantly growing community of music lovers. It always offers exposure to new listeners. And it keeps me in practice. To balance, I keep my shows to one per day. That way, SL is like a nice break in my real life work day.” TerryLynn Melody, musician

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Nixie Wall Clock by Abune Clocks and Lamps

Nixie Wall Clock by Abune Clocks and Lamps

“Because my SL parter is also my real life partner, I have a good balance between my real life and SL. We started our journey in SL and became friends. Then we met in real life, and now we are a couple in both worlds. Each makes the other better.” —Quistis Shippe, owner, Quest Qlub

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“In SL, I quickly learned I could be a rockstar. So I buried myself in it, which wasn’t hard, as I have a gaming addiction. My avi was logged on 24/7 for years. But in this last couple, I have a normalcy. SL is a lifestyle. Energies in SL are much like real life—you can experience as many emotions.” Anek Fuchs, musician

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Wrought Iron Opal Clock by EatA Frankfurter

Wrought Iron Opal Clock by EatA Frankfurter

“I’ve built my SL so that it’s pure enhancement. If my SL was boring or useless, I would simply stop coming online. I really dislike wasting my time—it’s my most precious resource. “Talking about time—I have written a lot of songs about death. It’s not because of a morbid attraction to it, it’s more to celebrate life. We all have limited time on earth, and the question is: how will we use it? When the final moments will come for me, I want to say ‘oh my God, it’s been such an incredible trip!!’”Paris Obscur, musician

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“When I first came into SL, I wanted to do everything. There simply isn’t time, as I have an active real life too. I focus now mostly on the creative side of virtual life. I balance with real life through priorities.”  Eleanor Medier, publisher

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Please see the in-world edition of Sim Street Journal #18 with comparative and critical articles that add to this online content. Available in kiosks and at the Sim Street Journal SL Office (Innu 40, 36,1649) or download PDF Sim Street Journal #18.
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