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The Virtual Book World ~ More Real Than You May Imagine :-)


Some of you know I’m the Events Manager on Book Island in the virtual world Second Life.

And, I’ve often related experiences from my activities on Book Island on this blog

I also had the privilege of guest posting on Joel Friedlander‘s blog—Second Life: Virtual Book Promotion and Word of Mouth.

Briefly, you can do nearly anything on Book Island that you can do in the world we normally call Reality :-)

Here’s an excerpt from that post {with a few edits to catch up with changes since it was written}:

“If you’ve never experienced virtual reality, the first, obvious yet often-overlooked, fact is that there is a real person behind every virtual person. You may be sitting in a fake coffee house, ‘drinking’ fake coffee with a 3-D representation of another person, but that other person is “there”, responding to you

“I’d been experiencing Book Island for only a short time when the idea for my novel was born. I immediately started renting a shop (one real-life dollar is worth around 260 Second Life dollars) and began seeking feedback from folks about the book’s concept. Soon, the owner (Selina Greene in the UK) and the manager (Arton Tripsa in Australia) approached me about being their Events Manager. Now, I manage nine events a week, directly facilitating three of them, and there’s another event which was inspired by my novel and has discussion sessions on issues raised in the book.”

So

I thought it was time to let my readers have the Full Schedule of Weekly Events on Book Island {SLT=Second Life Time=U.S. Pacific Time}:

*Sundays, 1pm SLT: Join Sandor Zabelin for our Open Mic @ The Library. Bring your own writings (fiction, non-fiction, poetry…) or the writings of one of your favorite authors. You can read on Voice Chat *or* one of our regulars can read for you. And, we sure won’t kick you out if all you want to do is listen :-)

*Sundays at 6pm SLTGlobal Peace Group – A self-organizing association of individuals learning how to formulate plans to aid a Culture of Peace and, when appropriate, put those plans into action.
This is a non-adversarial approach to group planning and operates with an awareness of the principle of Unity In Diversity.

*Tuesdays at 4pm SLT, Hakeber Haber’s Happy Hour >> Livewriting! Remember sitting around a campfire, listening to ghost stories? Hakeber Haber will write new mini horror stories based on audience prompts and read them live! Then she will clear your brain pallet with comedy from The Life and Times of Car Johnson during the rest of the hour. Horror and comedy go together like milkshakes and French-fries. The fun starts at 4 pm SLT. Car Johnson may even make a guest appearance. :-)

*Wednesdays at 11am SLT is the ever-popular, informal & informative Writers’ Chat. Readers and Artists are especially welcome! We never know what we’ll be talking about and even the seemingly random chatter is interesting :-)

*2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month @ 5pm SLT
>> Digital Publishing–Promotion–Marketing Workshops <<
Today anyone who can write can digitally self-publish, but then what?  How will the emerging digital publishing world differ from today’s? How will writers and poets get the word out when they become one small voice in an ever-expanding global throng looking for readers? Help us find out. Join us for a series of workshops in which we will try to understand how this new world will differ, and how we can earn a living from our books without a publisher’s money and support. Your participation, your insights, and your ideas will be important to our success.  Join us.
>> Jackson also has Office Hours @ 10am SLT on Saturdays :-)

*Thursdays at 4pm SLT: Hakeber Haber’s Happy Hour >> Livewriting! Remember sitting around a campfire, listening to ghost stories? Hakeber Haber will write new mini horror stories based on audience prompts and read them live! Then she will clear your brain pallet with comedy from The Life and Times of Car Johnson during the rest of the hour. Horror and comedy go together like milkshakes and French-fries. The fun starts at 4 pm SLT. Car Johnson may even make a guest appearance. :-)

*Fridays at 5pm SLT
MYSTICAL WRITINGS OF THE WORLD–Hosted by Peter Newton
A collective reflection on the Mystical Writings of the World, both old and new, in search of insights that will enrich our lives and broaden our vision. Come and share your positive input as we explore the multifaceted gems of some of humanity’s  great spiritual literary heritage. All contributions will be respected in a courteous atmosphere of mutual support and accompaniment. Meet us at the Book Island Tea Garden:)

*Saturdays at 8am SLT
FIX & FLASH
Hosted by Olivia Whitsend
Format:
At traditional Dashes, you arrive, are given a word, words or phrase to work with; you write, then after about 15 minutes, you stop, allowing everyone the opportunity to read their story.
Our format is
Read (last week’s Flash writing, or another piece you’re working on)
Critique (The “Fix” part of the “Fix-N-Flash”)
Flash write
Afterglow (if time allows)

*Saturdays at 11am SLT: Readers’ Chat. You can talk about the books, short stories, or poetry you’ve read recently (or long ago) — even the books you didn’t like :-) This is a casual, welcoming group and we’d love to hear what YOU are, or were, reading!”
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18 responses to “The Virtual Book World ~ More Real Than You May Imagine :-)

  1. Jackson Arthur April 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    You forgot my Office Hour at 10AM! ;-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Nope :-)

      Right at the bottom of your entry is:
      >> Jackson also has Office Hours @ 10am SLT on Saturdays :-)

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      • Jackson Arthur April 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        Ah! Thanks Alex.

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  2. John Pope April 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    You are what drew me to fall in love with Book Island. My first event was an open mic that you were co-hosting in the sky I’ve never left :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Wow, John, that was about 3.5 Eons ago !! :-)

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  3. Jane Watson April 19, 2013 at 6:21 am

    And you are what kept me on Book Island! As a General Manager in the wrong time zone, only your work as our wonderful Events Manager has allowed me to help run the island and still sleep at night….because everything in SL normally happens when we folks at the bottom of the world are in dreamland…;-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Always fascinated me, Jane:

      The owner of Book Island in England, you in Australia, me in the USA

      One would think humanity is truly entering the time of its Global Identity.

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    • Barbara Blackcinder April 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I prefer to think of Australia as being in an alternate hemisphere. I surely isn’t at the bottom of anything.

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      • Alexander M Zoltai April 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        Absolutely, Barb :-)

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  4. Barbara Blackcinder April 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I sometimes wonder if Second Life should be promoted as more than a ‘game’, simply for the power it has to unite people from anywhere in the world.

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    • Jane Watson April 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Well Barb, I believe that those that call it a ‘game’ aren’t really playing. They’ve never been to Second Life.They have no idea of the power of its connection but the dangerous thing is they ‘think’ they know all about it. Same thing has been happening in the history of humanity since we left the caves: – “I don’t know what that is, it may be scary cos I don’t understand it, I won’t take the time to find out, I tell you what? – Let’s just minimise and condemn it, that’ll make it go away.” There was even talk in this place at the bottom of the world of ‘banning Second Life’ at one time and quite recently my Australian bank cancelled a Second Life credit card payment I made without asking me and then proudly rang me up to explain how they had ‘protected’ me. I told them that if it happened again nothing would protect them from losing their job…and reading about it in the newspaper….;-) We in SL know the real power of communication, lol :-)

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      • Alexander M Zoltai April 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Way to Go, Jane :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      It is Clearly not just a game—at least for those who access its Potential…

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  5. Dirrogate (@Dirrogate) April 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    >>Briefly, you can do nearly anything on Book Island that you can do in the world we normally call Reality

    I tried teleporting to bookworld publishing… It boots me in 5 seconds, saying “Im too young” whatever that means.

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    • Dirrogate (@Dirrogate) April 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Let me expand on the above:
      I’m looking at bringing awareness for the book “Memories with Maya” – The Dirrogate. The story itself (in part) talks about bringing avatars to life- viewable in the real world. But of course more visually enhanced versions.

      I would appreciate advice on promoting the book in SL.
      Regards

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      • Alexander M Zoltai April 22, 2013 at 2:19 am

        Contact me in Second Life (Sandor Zabelin) about book promotion.

        And, if you meant that Book Island booted you, contact Tomis Landar—he’s Book Island’s security guy and has the power to let you in.

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        • Dirrogate (@Dirrogate) April 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

          Hi Alex, I’m still coming to grips with SL (although many years ago I actually used it). Is it possible to do a discussion offline on the book promo aspect? I’ll send you an email on your contact form on this site.

          Kind Regards

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          • Alexander M Zoltai April 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm

            Got the email and gave you my best response…

            You might also try clicking on Book Promotion in the Top Tags in the left side-bar—lots of posts there for you :-)

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