I’m writing this as I random-dial stargates in Second Life for lack of anyplace to go. Every so often I seem to get into one of these moods – I want to do something, but don’t know what. I want to hang with people but don’t know who or where. It’s like this itch in the back of the mind that I just can’t quite scratch.
It usually seems to strike when I’m between “projects” as such, or the end of one is in sight and I don’t have another already in mind. I detailed in a previous post how I got a bunch of crap done during my vacation at the end of the year. I’ve done as much organization of my place as I can until it’s about time to move into whatever place I end up moving into. I actually am synchronizing my SF, FA, and Weasyl galleries, but I’m doing it paced, and I’ve only got 3 story series left before that’s done. I could go finish sorting my art, but I just think of how much there is and lose motivation.
Mention of a possible alt run in my WoW guild did get me moving a bit on my mage, but I finished all the available dungeons, and I’m still 88, and don’t feel fussed enough to quest right now on that toon and do the same tasks for the 10th time. I’m caught up on all my shows.
I got nothin’.
I thought maybe I’d hop on SL a bit, maybe hang out, but IoW still doesn’t have much in the way of hangouts. I got to hang with some tinies and hatchies playing a game of Aggrivation while I caught this week’s MLP ep, but they all moved on, and like I mentioned before, outside IoW I have no idea where to go, being a scaly dragon type. I’m not looking for medieval RP or random sex, and all the old dragon hangouts are mostly gone. Almost all my old furry hangouts are too.
And thus, dialing random stargates and seeing where I end up. So far, I’ve encountered one good build: A recreation of Twilight Town on par with that of Midgard in the sim of the same name. Coincidentally, that’s the only place I’ve run into people actually talking anywhere nearby.
I hate feeling like this.
I could just go to bed, but that also feels like a waste. There’s plenty of day(even if no daylight) left! If I could just figure out what to do. It’s like slogging through a quagmire looking for the way out of the forest when you don’t know which way is north. So I figured maybe if I start writing something it’ll get it out of my system or at least point me in the right direction.
One thing I did read today that resonated with me was someone else complaining about loneliness, but with the caveat that he’s actually usually happy when alone, and he has plenty of friends and such, but it doesn’t help. Someone else responded that loneliness can actually come from two different things: either you’re looking for more connections with other people(which people usually assume it is) or deeper connections. It seems like most people just dismiss the second completely, leading to the “I’ve got all the friends in the world, so why am I lonely?” quandry.
On looking back, I feel I definitely fit in the latter category. I’m a bit of an introvert, so lots of friends has never been my thing. Looking back at times I’ve felt lonely, it’s usually because I haven’t had those deeper friendships(or more) at that time, or at least said friends weren’t around. If a dragon cries out but no one hears, does anyone care?
I’ve also never been big on big groups for the same reason. Smaller groups are great; I can hang with them, listen to the conversation and join in when I have something to say, whether intelligent or just a bad pun. And we all know bad puns are the best kind!
It’s also kind of funny how many places in SL will fit a dragon, even if it might be a bit cramped. It seems like it’s only rarely that I end up somewhere where I’d be hitting my head or pokeing up into the next floor above, even though most stuff is built for a human frame.
I also think I might be a bit prejudiced against humans and near-humans in SL. Part of that though is because a lot of people with normal human avs are walking around with a cork and two sequins, placement optional, in proportions that either are ultimate supermodel, or teetering on the edge of uncanny valley. The other part I guess may be a bit of subconscious “if you can be anything you want, why limit yourself?” That could easily go the other way as well though, and I bet that if I hung around in some of the places with humans and near-humans being the majority, that they might look askance at my draconity… once they get past how awesome an av it is, that is!
Then there’s also the groups that assume its roleplay. For some people the idea of being yourself meaning being something other than human is hard to get a grasp on, I guess the same way I see about people who just take their RL look and tweak it in SL. But it is what it is, and I know that too, even if it bugs me on some level. I know it’s not fair, but that doesn’t stop it anyways, though I’m pretty good at burying it.
In other news, I’m working on getting more artses. Found out one of the artists on my list actually is open for work, and just waiting to hear back now. With moving on hold and being caught up on Transformers until HTS gets the new stuff in, I got plenty of money for art again.
While I’m ranting, I’m going to admit I don’t get what’s so hot about YCH(Your Character Here) auctions. 95% of the time it’s a mostly finished picture of two folks porking and all that’s done is instead of the artist having to come up with a species/markings set, he just recolors it like whomever won it. More power to the artist for making extra bank on something that simple, but I just don’t get it.
Now the other 5% I can understand, and see as fine: that being there’s some huge crowd scene for a story illustration or something along those lines, and the author is offering cameos to people who might want in. That, I get. But random porn with no link to anything, and likely no choice in your “partner” (as the other slot is probably a YCH too)?
Adoptables also fall into that category as well. I can understand commissioning a character for something, even if I see it as lacking in imagination. Offering a new species for people to make characters of? *eyes all the sergals and chakats* Done, and done. But creating a character and selling *rights* to that character? Selling the artwork is fine, but I don’t think a lot of the people really get it. First off, the legality of such a thing is shady, but putting that aside, what’s to stop someone else who likes the concept from creating one of their own? Let me just put this bright pink fox-thing with blue wings over here next to all the other bright pink fox-like things with blue wings.
Maybe I’m just cynical from being a greymuzzle and having been around furry stuff for over 15 years, compared to all the fresh 18-24-somethings glomming onto it all starry-eyed and bushy-tailed. Some furry types are common for a reason, so when someone likes it and wants to be all “Look at me I’m a special snowflake” they try and twist it, just like all the other snowflakes and end up with something that’s been done 10 times over. Taste the rainbow of fur colors! Instant demon/dragon/other-badass, just add horns, or bat/dragon wings.
Yes, I realize the irony of a blue dragon with foxish(or Eastern dragon, depending on perspective) features complaining about this. I didn’t choose it to be different, I went with it because it felt natural and like myself. I’m also sure there are furs out there that ended up with a somewhat common form from the same reasoning. You’ll have to forgive me though if I don’t believe that when you have a fox-cat-skunk-dragon that looks like a box of crayons threw up on it. There’s a term for that sort of fursona, but I can’t recall it right now, or enough of it to google up the term.
Damn, I sound old and crotchety, don’t I? Like I should be waving a shotgun and telling them damn kids to get off my lawn. Meh, who needs a shotgun when you’re like 20 feet tall, armored with scales, and have teeth and claws? Forget the breath weapon though, that’s never really gelled well with me – to the point I joke about the “IoW Spirit” one I use in my av as my breath just being minty fresh.
I guess that’s enough ranting for now. I’m feeling better, and it’s time to post the next batch of stories. Oh, and Singles Awareness Day is coming up, so remember to hit the stores the day after for lots of cheap chocolate!