Notes from An Alien

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Virtual Live TV & A Place Called Book Island


I work about 30 hours a week on Book Island as their Events Manager.

We have public readings by authors, friendly chats for readers and writers, and some awesome poetry sessions.

There are 60 shops on the Island, too—authors, editors, publishers, book designers, and artists.

Sure it’s in the virtual world Second Life but that doesn’t make the experiences less valid—they can be very real

I’ve written here before about the value of a virtual life—try these 19 posts about Book Island :-)

Well, this past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to appear on Metaverse TV and talk about what we do on Book Island every week—9 events—as well as promote the special dances and other fun things we’re doing for our 5th Anniversary Celebration.

The following video will give you a taste of virtual reality but we are all just sitting in a TV studio and not running down a street or dancing or out walking on a shopping spree :-)

By the way, my name in Second Life is Sandor Zabelin…


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Word of Mouth and Book Promotion ~ Virtually Amazing!


Ever been in a virtual world, like Second Life?

That’s where I do 99.9% of my Book Promotion

It’s also where I have fun and fascinating relationships, deal with people’s hang-ups and foibles, and, quit often, hang-out on my houseboat and Chill :-)

Joel Friedlander asked me to do a guest post for him about my experiences on Book Island in Second Life.

Hop on over to, Second Life: Virtual Book Promotion and Word of Mouth, give it a read, and perhaps leave a comment; and, if I’m real lucky, you’ll also come back here and comment :-)
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Virtual Hangouts & The Escapades of Writers


Being a self-published author presents some interesting challenges in the arena of promotion.

I’ve mentioned before that I follow a relationship-oriented philosophy when it comes to folks finding out about my work. I build relationships and let people know where I hang out. If they come to where I am, they can find links to my work

One place I hang out (and, work) is Book Island in the virtual world, Second Life.<<link to posts about Second Life.

I want to share three posts by a new writerly friend of mine from Second Life. I’ve been there for three years and she’s rather new. Her enthusiasm for the literary potential of Book Island is infectious :-)

Writers Need A Life

A Scrabble of Scribblers

My New Neighbor Nazz

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Mind or Reality ~ Which Came First?


There have been various explorations on this blog about the writer’s mind and the reader’s mind. And, we’ve also explored various realities.

Try putting both words , “reality” and “mind” together, in the search box at the upper right, the one with the little magnifying glass, and you can see what we’ve already discussed.

Today, I want to broaden the discussion out to anyone’s mind and how it either creates reality or is created by reality.

I’m not going to state a definite opinion (though, you might infer it from the “voice” of this post).

So:

A child is born with a mind. Does it have patterns already associated with it? Or, is it “blank”?

If it already has pre-existent patterns of operation, does that mean that it reaches out and molds whatever is outside the body into a “personal” reality?

If it’s blank, does it just accept whatever exists outside it as fact and build on that?

What about thoughts and feelings? Are they both part of the mind?

Why should it matter what we think or feel about the mind and reality?

If you could read and understand that last sentence you may have a clue about why it could matter

There are enough studies and articles about mind and reality to build a staircase to the Moon and there seems to be no strong consensus on which came first.

Oh! There’s also the debate about whether the brain and the mind are the same thing or if the mind somehow includes the brain but operates “above” it.

And, we probably shouldn’t ignore the various views on what the word “reality” actually means and the various “kinds” of realities people postulate: social reality, personal reality, physical reality, imaginary reality, consensus reality, etc.

My reality recently got a kick in its mental/emotional ass. My view of the world and the importance of various supposed priorities is evolving and mutating. I’ve always wondered about what’s real and how I could know it and the last week has taken my wonderment to a new playing field.

The Game continues but the Rules are changing

If enough of you comment on the questions of this post, I’ll weave a part two tomorrow. If the comments are sparse, I may weave tomorrow’s post out of thin air.
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A Virtual World, A Writer’s Mind, And Serious Business That’s Always Fun!


I just got back from Book Island in Second Life.

Yep, a virtual world I visit for play and work. I wrote about virtual worlds in a previous post. Here’s a bit of what I said:

“All virtual worlds have virtues that make them valuable whether we’re talking about your mind, a book you read or wrote, or a computer-created world.”

Yes, I called our minds and books “virtual worlds”. Check out that post for more about what I’ve done as a writer in Second Life.

This post is for talking about what I’m doing as a promoter (of my writing) in that virtual world.

Just like a book’s virtuality can become quite real to us, walking around in a computer virtuality can make you wonder why this “real”, consensual, physical reality puts so many demands on we weak humans :-)

My latest book will be coming out in May and I’m doing all the necessary promotional tasks I can squeeze into my day–writing this blog, visiting the blogs on my Blogroll and commenting there, planning a BlogTour for the book launch, making final revisions, preparing for online reviews of the book, using Twitter and Facebook, etc…

Most of those activities are me relating to other people and that’s what I consider Promotion to be–Relationships.

Would you rather be bombarded with TV or online ads for books, movies, or your favorite things, or would you like to have a friend recommend one to you?

Relationships have always been the most effective form of promotion, in spite of the mega-budgets of the marketing firms. Sure, you may have seen a movie that got mega-hyped and liked it but, imho, most of what’s sold through the traditional channels of promotion is either quite useless or actually harmful.

So, I take a break from the sometimes sweet, often harsh, conditions of Real reality and move my relationship-forming brand of promotion into Second Life.

I’m the events manager on Book Island, I help host the weekly Open Mic on Sundays, I take part in the Wednesday Writer’s Chat Support Group, I’m organizing the new Happy Hours at the Writer’s Block Cafe, and I read chapters from my forthcoming book on Thursdays.

Apart from the live reading of book chapters, most of the “work” is hanging out with people and forming relationships. I’m not running around shouting out my agenda. I talk with folks from all over the world. I bond with them. They often wonder what I do in Real Life. I tell them about my book…

What I do in real life takes many hours of every day. I make time for virtual relationship-building, carve it out of my diurnal allocation, find it often more satisfying then this war-torn, global crisis-ridden, greedy and dangerous “real” world…

Like yesterday: I sat with five people from various parts of the United States, one man from Finland, and two others from the UK. Some were writers, some artists, and one was a pole dancer. We all had a great time. We shared information, experiences, laughter, and good will

I think it’s time to wrap this post up. I’ll do it with some questions from that previous post:

Have you ever wondered if your mind is truly registering our physical world with fidelity?

How lost can you get in a good book?

Has a book you’ve read ever made you want to abandon our consensual reality?

Have you ever visited a virtual world?
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