For the last two years the event that has stolen my heart in Second Life has been Fantasy Faire. The immersive and gorgeous sims each ranging with their own fantasy theme. The exclusive products. The quality designers, events, and activities. Its enough to put stars in ones eyes for the entire eight day span of the Faire.
This time last year I was visiting the faire wondering what it would be like to be one of those many Fantasy Faire designers, and how awesome it would be to take part in such an amazing event. Well, now I’m here doing it and I’m going to share with you the ups and downs, stress and joy, of being a designer in such a huge event.
This week I’m going to do a special event where I’ll be blogging each day right up until the start of the Faire. Keep in mind that the Faire is, for lack of a better phrase, pretty much under NDA until the Early Access Bloggers have their way with it on the 19th. Word has it that the Fantasy Faire sims that are online are sooo secret that they merely have giant pink lawn flamingos in them. IE: They’re not even up and running yet.
So where am I? What am I doing? I am pulling out my hair strand by strand and stressing until I’m blue in the face. As a FF designer, I have deadlines, and I’ve had these deadlines since March. But as some of you may know, inspiration is a fickle thing. In many ways its like a cat. It comes and goes when it pleases, demands to be fed at five am in the morning when you’re dreaming peacefully, and occasionally asks to be let out so that it may run rampant on a blank SL canvas. It can disappear for days at a time and sleep for any amount of God given hours in a day. Or at least, this seems to be how mine works and like a cat, I seem to be most creative in the wee hours of the morning. I’m neglecting to mention the frazzled and disturbing image of myself, eyes blood shot and caffeine hung over after “inspiration” has had its way with me and smoked a cat nip joint.
Here it is, the last week, the final deadline, and I feel as if I’m only now getting started. Of course, this hasn’t been for lack of trying. All procrastination aside, I spent countless wasted hours trying desperately to come up with ideas as for what I wanted to do for the faire. The first thing I managed to come up with was reawakening an old idea and presenting the food trays. Luckily, it seems as if it’ll work.
Item one down. Yet, that never seems like enough. Bringing one item to the faire, even if its technically three versions? NOPE. Not enough. Now we’re back to square one all over again.
So what do you do when you’re out of inspiration and struggling like a mad woman?
You learn something new. What did I decide to learn? Poses. Why? Because I needed to create a holding pose for my trays. Safe to say, that’s been accomplished. …And then some. It occurred to me in the midsts of my pose creation that I should do more.
And more was done. In a grand total of ten hours I have successfully taught myself how to create poses, and Sei tells me I’m not half bad at it. So outside of the many flop poses I made, I now have two sets of five poses ready for the faire along with one three person pose and one couples pose. Though I haven’t decided entirely if those will accompany us to the faire. I’m debating.
The entire ten hours that I put forth into learning poses and doing all the pictures for them was spent without break (excluding getting food) and I Livestreamed the whole event. Its nice though, that through designing for an event like this I have found a new hobby. I Find that I actually quite fancy creating poses. They’re fun, and new!
I think all of that took place yesterday. I was up for 24+ hours, and at that point time just seems to blur together. I was also hyped on three different energy drinks and equivalently brought on the amusing stupid to go with it on the stream.
What’s going on today? My favorite word. Re cooperation. Recovery. Rest. Today’s drink diet consists of WATER and only water as I try and purge my system and rest. Because what happens tomorrow? The same thing that happened yesterday and this will most likely be my pattern right up until the Faire.
This is how I design.
Welcome to Fantasy Faire Prep week.
Poses so far: