It Takes a Village – Chapter 12

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/11/chapter-11-the-barn/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 11: The Barn[/button] [caption id="attachment_18529" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Observer[/caption] Chapter 12. The Observer The front page of the local newspaper clarified the dramatic sequence of events, even though it was only the clarification the village decided to provide, just in case any outsider happened …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 11

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/10/chapter-10-the-church/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 10: The Church[/button] [caption id="attachment_18479" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Barn[/caption] Chapter 11. The Barn Piercing shouts echoed through the village, seconded by the loud crowing of ravens. The villagers who lived close by hurried to their windows and the people who were at the Inn …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 10

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/09/it-takes-a-village-chapter-9/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 9: The Priory Ruins[/button] [caption id="attachment_18359" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Church[/caption] Chapter 10. The Church The young gypsy man walked the path around the church in silence. He knew the place better than the palm of his hand. Even though he had traveled extensively, he …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 9

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/08/it-takes-a-village-chapter-8/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 8: The Market Square[/button] [caption id="attachment_18337" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Priory Ruins[/caption] Chapter 9. The Priory Ruins “What? You mean in here?” The innkeeper could hardly believe it. The solitary tomb at the Priory Ruins belonged to an abbot who died a few centuries ago; …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 8

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/07/it-takes-a-village-chapter-7/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 7: The Indian Pavilion[/button] [caption id="attachment_18309" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Market Square[/caption] Chapter 8. The Market Square The trains had always been vital for the village. They brought a certain amount of wealth, resulting from the lower cost of products being brought in and bigger …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 7

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/06/it-takes-a-village-chapter-6/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 6: The Gypsy Camp[/button] [caption id="attachment_18268" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Indian Pavilion[/caption] Chapter 7. The Indian Pavilion “I told you this looked like a great place to just sit and wait for Ron,” said Millie, resting her legs on the small round table. “These people …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 6

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/05/it-takes-a-village-chapter-5/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 5: The Manor[/button] [caption id="attachment_18202" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Gypsy Camp[/caption] Chapter 6. The Gypsy Camp “Kelly!” yelled Isabella alarmed when the child took off running into the woods. Her daughter was in the habit of going from total calmness to full blown hyperactivity in …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 5

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/04/it-takes-a-village-chapter-4/” bg_color=”#000000″ border=”#757575″]< Chapter 4: The Mill[/button] [caption id="attachment_18118" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Manor[/caption] Chapter 5. The Manor After hours of waiting for the train, many of the passengers, cold and tired, found their way to the Manor. Lord Crewe opened its doors so they could sit in the …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 4

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/03/it-takes-a-village-chapter-3/” color=”black”]< Chapter 3: The Hot Air Balloon[/button] [caption id="attachment_18017" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Mill[/caption] Chapter 4. The Mill Ron walked hastily up the rough stone steps. He had been at the village a few months before, scouting the place. The local population seemed to be used to the …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 3

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/06/02/it-takes-a-village-chapter-2/” color=”black”]< Chapter 2: The Inn[/button] [caption id="attachment_17997" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Hot Air Balloon[/caption] Chapter 3. The Hot-Air Balloon The little child dragged her mother through the short path from the station to the small courtyard. The large sized and bright colored hot-air balloon was fascinating to the …

It Takes a Village – Chapter 2

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It Takes a Village – Chapter 1

[button link=”http://irez.me/2013/05/29/a-new-story-for-avatar-blogger-month/” color=”black” class=”alignleft”]< Introduction[/button] [caption id="attachment_17953" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Goatswood: The Train Station[/caption] Chapter 1. The Train Station The bucolic building of the train station overflew with anxious travelers. The 1pm train had been delayed at a previous station when the constant rain damaged the line, causing havoc in the …

Women Adventurers

Last week I rented a store in the town center on Marblehead in Second Life New England. I knew what I wanted to call the store, Yordie’s Excellent Adventures and the concept is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I even created a Facebook page for it last year. And there’s …

Pride & Prejudice

Reading Ravanel’s fantastic article on identity in online gaming environments reminded of my initial shock at the RL stereotypes in virtual worlds. As I have previously discussed, I entered SL with little knowledge of the community and found my niche in cultural/educational groups within the virtual world. With that said, …

The Monster Within

I don’t think that I would be exaggerating if I said that I’ve always loved to write. While I don’t consider myself to be a brilliant writer, I’ve always felt like I could express myself better through writing than any other means. With that said, I’ve been writing what started …

Team Paglia

Kris’s inclusion of a quote by Naomi Wolf in her last post (see “This is my body!”) immediately made me think of good old Camille Paglia. Like I said in a comment to Kris’s post, I am not the biggest fan of Wolf’s. While I am not entirely “Team Paglia” …

Beauty is the Beast

For the past couple of days, I’ve been dissecting/overanalyzing/pondering Kris’ performance/post “The Bald and the Beautiful.” What an inspirational and powerful piece! Like many great art pieces with a message, it made me think (and want to think) about key issues affecting our lives, bodies, sanity, society, etc. Most of …