Last week, a truly amazing amalgam launched and I’m still bouncing up and down about being included in it. I’m always impressed with watching how the creative community embraces and finds ways to work with new stuff and Cassy Lark’s new magazine, Wordmonger is a prime example — the fact my short story, Twenty-Seven Cents of Luck is in the premier issue is beside the point, of course. <grin>
Wordmonger Magazine features writers who frequent the virtual world of Book Island on Second Life. For those who are scratching their heads muttering “Hunh? What’s a Second Life?”, Second Life is a virtual world that is accessed via the internet. It’s a place where the user (That’s you and me) can be almost anything and do almost anything from the relative comfort of the computer keyboard. They bill themselves as the internet’s largest user-created 3D virtual world community. An overview of the world and a brief history is here on Wikipedia. As Bill Cosby said, “I told you THAT so I could tell you THIS.”
Second Life is a place where people set up virtual communities populated by their avatars on islands in the vast seas of the SL world. Some of these communities are based on real world places (i.e. Paris, London, New York) others are based on interests. One of these places is called Book Island, a community created by writers predominantly for writers. It’s a wonderful place filled with virtual bookstores, where writers, who might be separated by thousands of miles geographically, can gather together and discuss everything from the writing process to world peace. It’s no surprise that such a vibrant, creative community as Book Island would spark the creation of a showcase for the wide range of work generated by its residents. Wordmonger Magazine is an excellent showcase and many, MANY kudos to Cassy Lark for putting it together.
That said, surf on over to Wordmonger Magazine and check it out. Read. Comment. But most of all– enjoy!