A Moonletters Retrospective
A few weeks ago I was given a scare when I went to check for a story I might have written for Moonletters, hoping to have a photo I could repurpose for a current post. It was gone!
Shauna Vella never guaranteed it would always stay up after she stopped writing. But I was still a bit crestfallen. I also figured it would be time to drop my page of links pointing to Moonletter articles I’ve written. But it came back a few days later and I have to think this is something Shauna did: using a WP tool she was able to provide a page that gathers all posts by an author together! While my little Index to Moonletters articles provides specific links to posts, this page gives you everything I did. For an intro, it drops in a paragraph from her About page, which carries profiles of the various writers, and then goes backward in chronological order.
Each of 28 (count ‘em!) pages provides opening paragraphs for 7-10 posts. So that comes close to 240 posts! My first post, “The White Room,” was available on April 21, 2008, so I started after a year and a quarter after First Rez!
Just for fun, here are some posts from this Moonletters Retrospective, many of which are not noted in my Index:
Virtual Girls with Guns (November 14, 2008)
My first nude appearance on the Interweb. (March 24, 2009)
Visited Battlestar Pacifica, with cross reference to ROLE Magazine (June 2, 2009)
First post on Hair Fair (July 7, 2009)
First interview, with Fnordian Link (October 17, 2009) Shauna encouraged me to find people to interview as well and so this started a trend I really ought to rekindle.
First post as Chief Staff Writer, a post about Firefly sim activities (December 15, 2009) I got promoted and I also believe I began receiving an “honorarium” (in Lindens) from Shauna! I was also expected to post 2-3 times a week, if I recall correctly.
First Blogger Challenge taken on (January 5, 2010)
First mention of Vanessa Blaylock by moi (now spelling her name as she presently wishes) (January 9, 2010)
Best title! Paypourri: Shags Neighbor, Goes to the Wash, Rediscovers Deviance (March 2, 2010) Shauna never liked this scattergun approach, preferring short, one-subject articles.
Simon Walsh Is Someone You Should Know (April 3, 2010)
Zombies (May 1, 2010)
First Use of Sassy’s Green Screen Studio (June 8, 2010) I still use it and think it’s terrific.
"I am beyond disappointed, Mr. Rosedale, I am disgusted." (October 9, 2010) When Linden Lab discontinued educational discounts. Shauna and I would always discuss opinions before posting but it was rare to have her prohibit one.
Mayo Clinic arrives in SL (January 29, 2011) And it’s still going strong.
First post about Kiki Tuqiri (February 15, 2011) Designer of incredible particle displays, destined to become incredible performance artist in SL
Title change to Assistant Editor (February 26, 2011) This came about not as any kind of promotion but because I found CHIEF STAFF WRITER PAYPABAK WRITER used Writer once too often even though it’s my name, and Shauna didn’t care because she thought Assistant Editor wasn’t as impressive a title nor did it describe my main duties. (I never worked on anyone else’s articles but my own.)
First motorcycle post (April 5, 2011) And, of course, not the last one!
Guitars, enough said? (June 7, 2011) A series of posts on best guitar stores in SL. OD remains the one to beat.
Wedding post (August 13, 2011) I suppose in the recent Love Meme I could have just provided this link.
Spiritual Journey in SL (September 6, 2011)
AO Programming 101 (November 15, 2011) I’d begun Paypabak Tumblr, encouraged by Shauna to head off on my own by this time. One of the things I really enjoyed about Moonletters was Shauna’s desire to provide how-to information to avatars as well as news and reviews.
Moonletters was wonderful in that way and will always remain a significant marker in my SLife. The editorial relationship as well as friendship with Shauna is certainly one of the great blessings Second Life has bestowed on me and one I cherish.