by Tigerkitti Eberdene-Guest Writer
I had the pleasure of a chat with Wanderlust Bluebird the other day.
In chatting, I asked her about what she has done and experienced on The Great Canadian Grid.
Wanderlust felt a bit uninspired in SL, so she decided to explore some other virtual worlds.
She had met some really nice Canadians here, so decided to give GCG a try.
When she got here, she was amazed at how affordable land was. She wanted to create a sim that she could spread out and build a peaceful, natural space.
Loving the fact that everyone here is so kind, polite, and respectful to all added to her feelings of being safe here. She has not had to worry about being griefed, or harassed.
The fact that Roddie is everyone's friend, and is approachable makes a difference as well.
When I asked her about how her presence on the grid may affect others, this was her response. "I really hope so. My park is open to the public. People can set home here if they need to. I hope the park provides a peaceful place to gather and have fun. I am always adding my free, original, full perm items. In addition, I want this sim to be a showcase for beautiful content from creators throughout the grid. I only wish I had the time to put in place all my ideas.
About others who look into GCG, she would say, "Everyone is SO nice here! There are lots of freebies, shopping and lovely places to explore. There is a very active roleplay community and there is a wide variety of events. The people here work so well together and are very supportive. The low priced tier makes it possible to have a wide variety of sim experiences or business models, as the cost is less of a concern. GCG is a wonderful place to call home."
This year she plans to open up free housing for creative people, kind of like an artists retreat. It will offer housing, a sandbox area, a gallery and performance venues. She thinks a great way to keep a grid thriving is to attract creative people and give them a place to network, share ideas and tinker.
She would also like to set up an Arts Council, hold some events such as hunts, and fill her sim with exclusive original, full perm freebies, including mesh clothes for Ruth/Roth. She also would like to do performances such as The Nutcracker Suite or Swan Lake. I love the ballet!
GCG has given her the opportunity to create more. She thinks she wouldn't have learned Blender if she had stayed where I was. Free uploads make it possible to really experiment and be creative. She says she is kind of a nerd. Loving to learn, she is rather shy and quiet (until you get her started.) She loves music, nature and exploring
As a music major, she always had a creative side. She also loves puzzles and feels building in 3d is a similar.
She uses Blender (with a lot of add-ons) and Gimp, but she has just recently started creating with Avastar.
She hopes to make more avatar accessories soon.
She feels it would be fun to try out some mocap software (maybe someday when I win the lottery).
To potential builders, her advice is this: be patient. enjoy the learning process, ask questions. Above all don't be afraid to reach out.
If you are getting frustrated, walk away for a bit; The brain needs time to absorb information and find the answers.
Don't give up!
Thank you so much Wanderlust for sharing your thoughts and ideas, and your bit of sunshine with our wonderful grid.