Simploring 2019 (72) Luna Park by Cica Ghost

I got an invitation from Cica to visit her newest creation “Luna Park“, that was opened June 15th, and I visited as soon as I could, Sunday, June 16th.

Adults are only kids grown up, anyway. (Walt Disney)” is the quote Cica gives us on our way exploring the Luna Park. I do like this quote a lot, in particular for Cica’s creations. Her Luna Park is again full of little details to discover. On the landing point some large coloured rings dropped on my head from a pipe and I had to move away quickly (thus making room for new visitors). As usual I made a zoom out picture to get a bird’s eye view on Luna Park. In the center is a place to dance. The place is filled with 4 quite giant beings that look a bit scary first, but then when you join their dancing it is really fun and you laugh and smile (I did at least).

There are a few elements known from Cica’s former creations. On a stage you see a band playing music for the dancers. The band members are cats, dressed like humans this time. I looked out for other cats but Cica seems to have either hidden them too well or didn’t add more.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (1)

You might recognize Cica’s frogs in a corner of Luna Park. They seem to have found a new home. A set of “houses” are placed in another corner of the park. The houses look like flutes. An animal that I had not seen before in any of Cica’s worlds is the crocodile. One lives by the “houses”, another is swimming in the sea close to the landing point, right next to a ship.

There’re several opportunities to sit, be it in the cups carried by the ship or on the chairs that are at other places. Or you can enter a flying object, that looks again like a flute and watch what is woing on at Luna Park from another persepctive.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (2)

The windlight provided by Cica highlights some elements of Luna Park very nicely but is a bit dark for pictures. I tried another lighter windlight setting that is better for taking pictures but doesn’t fit to the park. You might need to try out yourself, which is the right setting for you. I recommend Cica’s setting for exploring though. I won’t try to provide an interpretation for Luna Park. I personally had fun and explored Luna Park like a grown up kid, curious what to see and eager to try out what’s at Luna Park.

Impressions of Luna Park by Cica Ghost (3)

As usual, Cica will leave her Luna Park open for a while, maybe 2 weeks or 4 weeks or even longer. Don’t hesitate to visit soon. Thank you Cica for the fun that I had discovering Luna Park.

Landmark to Luna Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meropis/170/97/28

Simploring 2019 (45) Knitland by Cica Ghost

When I got inworld Sunday, April 14th, in the earlier afternoon, I found an invitation from Cica Ghost to visit her newest installation “Knitland” and I followed her invitation immediately.

Sometimes I get sad… but then I think about yarn and everything is fine 🙂” is Cica’s quote that accompanies this installation.

Impressions of Knitland by Cica Ghost (1)

At the landing point you get already an idea about the theme of Knitland. The ground is made of yarn, knitted of green and blue yarn and decorated with daisies. A board reminds you of setting your viewer to advanved light and to enable shadows. You can grab a yarny avatar in 5 different colours, I choose purple for myself. The yarny avatars have a Cica-like look with their big curios eyes. Using the yarny avatar adds to the expierience as no humans appear anymore in this world of yarn.

Impressions of Knitland by Cica Ghost (2)

Already when I wore the yarny avatar I smiled diving into Cica’s world. The yarny avatars are quite big, yet in Cica’s world they are still small in comparision with the environment. Time to explore Knitland! In the middle of the installation sits a huge girl – knitting of course. It seems as if she created all of this and goes on and on and on….

Impressions of Knitland by Cica Ghost (3)

You’ll find many of Cica-ish animals at Knitland and they’re all made of yarn as well as all flowers, large and small, all trees and all little houses are made of yarn. I saw all kind of animals, a cat (of course), a giraffe, an elephant, a snake, some snails, chicken, a bunny, a donkey, flamingos to name just a few.

Impressions of Knitland by Cica Ghost (4)

But it is not just about knitted animals with Cica eyes, there’re also fruits and vegetables knitted like strawberries, carrots and cabbage. The girl is knitting a green paths that leads over the island, you can follow it or jump around anywhere else freely.
I also discovered a mug with a ladder leading up to it. It was not that easy to steer my yarny avatar upwards and when I arrived a snail peeked out of the mug. I tried several times to initiate the snail to get out again, but I didn’t find out how. but later I saw the snail peeking out of the mug again. It was just a coincidence, the snail peeks out of her mug home when she wants to *winks*.

Impressions of Knitland by Cica Ghost (5) – lower right was taken when I returned home to our skybox

Once again, Cica made my day. She conjured a smile on my face and I enjoyed diving into her knitted world.
Knitland is another masterpiece from Cica Ghost. As usual you’ll never know how long this installation might be available. Go and see it yourself.

Thank you a lot for making me smile, Cica!

Landmarkt to Knitland by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dragonash/31/43/25

Simploring 2019 (16) Drawn Town by Cica Ghost

I got an invitation by Cica Ghost to visit her newest installation “Drawn Town“. This time Cica provided the quote “In the beginning it was all black and white.” by Maureen O’Hara to the visitors.

Drawn Town by Cica Ghost – Landing and entering the town

Drawn Town looks exactly as you would expect by the title – drawn, a town drawn with chalk on a blackboard …. in the beginning it was all black and white. The visitors are like blurs of colour on the blackboard as are some of “Cica-ish” people looking out from some of the window. The town is quite large and surrounded by fields of flowers which again have the “Cica-Style”. There’s once again a vehicle you can sit in and drive aroud with when exploring the town.

Impressions of Drawn Town by Cica Ghost (1)

The little details in Cica’s installations do make me smile always. For example the vehicle’s exhaust pipe produces little stars instead of smoke, as do the chimneys of the houses. There’s a larger court with a cafe in the center where you can sit and watch the visitors or cam around to discover the details of Drawn Town.

Impressions of Drawn Town by Cica Ghost (2)

In Cica’s last installation Lullaby (read here) I missed a hidden cat. In Drawn Town there are many of them straying through the streets of on the rooftops of the town. Although almost everything is in black and white Drawn Town conveyed Cica’s style to me already when I entered it. The landing is in a skybox with a whole through which you can see the town laying under you and you have to jump into the fun.

Diomita at Drawn Town by Cica Ghost

As always I enjoyed my visit a lot and left Drawn Town with a smile. Thank you Cica!

Landmark to Drawn Town by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Koro/114/236/77

Dio’s 11th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2019 – Part II

Yesterday, I had my my 11th anniversary of joining Second Life.
It has become a tradition for me to write a longer blog post on the occasion of my rezzdays, to have a look back on the last year and to realize the changes in my Second Life as well as the things that didn’t change. Yesterday, I published Part I of my anniversary entry and talked about my closer family and the changes in my family. Today’s part 2 is about my simploring tours and other highlights of my 11th year.

Let me start with my simploring tours, and there were many! I admire the creativity of artists in this virtual world, I visited galleries like DaphneArts, La Masion D’Aneli, Diotima, Niflheimer Art Gallery, the Alphalune Creations gallery of Berry Richez, the VOIR gallery and lately the gallery of Gem Preiz. I explored 8 installations and 2 exhibtions of Cica Ghost, who always conjures a smile in my face. I attended several light shows of Mario2 Helstein.
I also saw and reported about quite some installations that were supported by the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) like Gem Preiz’ Demiurge, The Labyrinth Experience or Light thoughts 4 and many more. In the meanwhile I know a little bit of the art scene in Second Life and I am looking forward with curiosity to my 11th year in SL and the art I’ll see.

Gem Preiz’ Demiurge – opened until End of June 2018

Lullaby by Cica Ghost – overview and Cica’s snail

I found many cosy and lovely sims where people buildt their own dreamworld, peaceful and picturesque. You don’t need many prims or a large place for it, Sweet Paradise of the Darks and Cake are examples for that. Most of these dreamworlds were homesteads: Maison de L’amitié, Wild Edge, Season of Joy, Hinansho, Glenrosa, Winter Moon, Adele, Baileys Norge, The Silent Mind, Chochou … just to name a few. In these sims I spent relaxing hours and enjoyed the views and the peace.
Some were really particular. I want to mention the Zany Zen Railway, a tiny, almost cute railroad crossing several sims. Zimminyville did impress me too with it’s two so different parts, the lovely picturesque town and the moon colony. And just rescently I visited The VR Planetarium Dome, not only an instructive place, but offering great views and also lot’s of fun.

Impressions of Zimminyville (5) – the pyramid, gateway to Zimminyville moon colony

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (1) – Landing and entering the capsule

Then there were the sims that have a real background, where a place in the physical world was build in Second Life. This way I got a picture, an idea of the real places and my visit gave reason to do a little bit of research. The Beguinage of Bruges (in Belgium) was one of these impressing places and I spent some time learning about this place in the real world.
I never heard about the Isle of May, Achill Island, Black Bayou Lake or Rummu – now I have the feeling that I’ve been there already, not only because I read about these places and saw pictures but I got a 3-dimensional impression in Second Life.
Outstanding was also the visit of the Chateau of Clagny, a place which doesn’t exsist anymore. In Second Life it came back to existence.

Impressions of the Beguinage of Bruges in Second Life at Dagger Bay (2)

I also discovered many places related to my kinky side, to BDSM. That’s another dream you can live in Second Life and I do. Unfortunately some of these places don’t stay long like the Knot Society, Club Fem, Silent Manor or Mastering the Zen.
I discovered Meadow Rose, a perfect combination of a dreamworld, cosy and picturesque but also with it’s kinky corners. I was also impressed by The Citadel, a combination of art and kink. We visited the Tentacles, a park which was created by our friend Starbright Wingtips. We also visited the Steampunk prison of her.

Mastering the Zen – Diomita enjoying bondage at the top Level of the tower

Impressions of Meadow Rose (2) – beautiful views

Thank you all for building, for creating and for sharing your dreams with the rest of the community. And please apologize if I did not mention all of my tours, it were simply too many. I did really enjoy all of my simploring tours!

What else happened in this 11th year?
Again way more than I expected before reading back my own blog. And way more than I can summarize in this blog entry. We had several 10th anniversaries: Kitty’s 10th collaring, Jenny’s 10th rezzday, Jenny’s 10th collaring, Mistress Jenny’s and my 10th wedding anniversary. We also had 2 weddings at our sim, held in the chapel that was once errected by Danii Szydlowska.
Angelique performed at the Little Princess Ballet Academy Show in February 2018. She also spent a lot of time “working” as a maid at the Hilltop Manor located in The Apostasy. Angelique spent a short time serving at Sainte Agathe Castle. And together with slave Flo Angelique “worked” at the Paradise Finishing School.

LPBA Dancing through Time – Angelique Maurer (pictures by Starry)

slave Flo and AnneWanne were our twin drones and provided a lot of fun for us, mixing them up as Flo drone and Drone Flo. Later we had quite some time where our slaves were Rubber Rocket Dolls. Trying to tempt people touching the rocket boobs and getting Rubber Rocket Dolls themselves when the rockets hit them, was fun.
Our slave kelly was rented out for more than 2 weeks to Antony (antonygift) and made some new and exciting experiences away from her owners.

Mistress Jenny became more and more the (not secret) decider in the background as my submission to her got deeper and deeper. My red lights, when she takes full control were very intense, in particular as my submissive feelings got stronger each time. This way my green lights were highlights for me in this 11th year and I look forward to those Mistress will grant to me in my 12th year. Mistress Jenny now got a mesh head too, it was my present to her for her 10th rezzday in March 2018. She’s just adorable in every way!

Mistress Jenny Maurer with her new mesh head in March 2018 (left) and November 2018 (right)

We also still enjoy bondage in all forms. We tried out new racks and new toys like the serious plug pear or the serious nipple rings. The slaves, in particular slave kelly, made some incisive experiences with the pear.

May 7th: slave kelly leashed by the serious plug at Lochme

I continued creating one “Enjoying Bondage” picture per month, that always also highlighted the activities of the according month.
Last but not least we had our great Friday night parties every Friday. We think that it might be the longest regular weekly party in whole Second Life with a duration of more than 11 years. Virgo is still our dj every week and we enjoy starting our weekends dancing and chatting amoung friends. Thank you, Virgo!

Enjoying Bondage December 2018 – varied fun: Mistress Jenny, Ehesklavin Diomita, slave Flo, Jenny sitting on slave slut cecy, “piggy” slave kelly, Jenny suspended in a hogtie (above slave kelly), Diomita sitting on slave kelly, Jenny suspended upside down, slave Gwen and Angelique (from left to right)

October 27th at the Friday Night Halloween Party: Virgo Babii, Angelique Maurer, Florence Riddler, Baroness Capelo

Mistress Jenny and I as well as the core members of our little family are embedded in a great community of friends, we know some of them way over a decade now, some for several years and some are new friends of ours. Even if not mentioned by name in this anniversary blog post, these friends do mean a lot to me. SL is first of all about people and it’s you all who make my and our SL what it is: Still going strong, still enjoyable and still exciting! It was a great 11th year in Second Life and I look forward to the 12th!
Love from Diomita
xoxoxoxox

Simploring 2018 (104) Lullaby by Cica Ghost

On Tuesday, December 11th, I got an invitation from Cica to see her newest installation “Lullaby” that opened that very day. Spontaneously I visited “Lullaby by Cica Ghost” right away.

Lullaby by Cica Ghost – advertising poster, overview and Cica’s snail

Lullaby is once again a meagre hilly island with some steep single rocks and rock arches which reminded me of Monument Valley in Utah, US. But when you keep the windlight setting, wich I did except for the overview zoom out picture, the rocks are not red but the whole scenery is in dark greeen and blue colours.

There’re again fantasy animals and bugs living at Lullaby. Some of them have similarities with real animals and bugs. Right next to the landing point is a huge snail with large telescope eyes. Bugs will fly around you during your visit. They are huge as well and they have a trunk, cute!
If you’re not alone at Lullaby you might see other visitors flying around sitting on bugs. You can’t sit on the bugs flying around you, but you can get a bug to sit on and to fly around with on the top of one of the steep single rocks. You can keep the bug as a gift by the way and probably scare someone using it on other sims *winks*.

Impressions of Lullaby by Cica Ghost (1)

Most of Cica’s animals at Lullaby are stationary, maybe a particular kind of worms. What you see is there heads and the big “Cica”-eyes. They are scary only on the first glance. After you’re settled in into the scenery, they look harmless and peaceful. One of them though opens it’s mouth, ready for eating you. No worries, the mouth is spacious enough and will open again, so that you can leave again.

Impressions of Lullaby by Cica Ghost (2)

Quite in the center of Lullaby, is one arch with a house. On the roof sits a “Cica”-girl with wide opened eyes. The girl is very pale and she looks a but scared. She fits to the poem Cica Ghost quoted in the landmark description for Lullaby:

“Another day goes by
And I don’t wash my hair
Another night is spent
Wishing you were here
My skin it looks so pale
What’s that over there?”

from “Lullaby For An Insomniac” by Kate Nash

Impressions of Lullaby by Cica Ghost (3)

More animals? Yes! A large teddy bear, a butterfly and a spider. The spider can be found close to the arch with the house and nearby you’ll see the spider net.

I had fun exploring Lullaby. Somehow Cica’s animals became friends of mine in the meanwhile. I look at them to see all details and am not scared. At Lullaby, the animals became part of the island. They’re integrated into the hilly landscape an into the steep single rocks. Lullaby is a fantasy world, a world to retreat and to let your mind wander. And the animals never sleep, even when they look asleep – insomniacs.

Impressions of Lullaby by Cica Ghost (4)

I searched to find one of Cica’s cats hidden at Lullaby, but I didn’t find it. Cica Always hides one of her cats somewhere in her installations. Maybe the cat digged a hole and is hidding in it? Maybe the cat is even sleeping in the hole surrounded by a sleepless world of insomniacs? If you find the cat, let me know please.

Thank you for another great installation, Cica. Once again, I enjoyed seeing your art a lot.

Landmark to Lullaby by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ai%20Atoll/75/145/30

Simploring 2018 (93) Rusty by Cica Ghost

On Sunday, November 4th, I made a spontaneous simploring tour in the early evening and visited Cica Ghost’s newest Installation called Rusty, that opened that very day.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (1)

As the name already gives away, Rusty is rusty. It’s an island with a surface seemingly made of an iron sheet with a chess board pattern and some fields are rusty. The island is covered with an old plant, and of course the single elements of that plant are rusty. There’re some areas covered with flowers, and these are .. rusty.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (2)

From the very beginning of my visit I had fun at Rusty. I kept the windlight setting. It is dark and the sky looks a bit threatening but it fits perfect for Cica’s installation. Each and every element of the “plant” is different and often you find little living rooms inside at the top of them, accessable by ladders.
Rusty birds have found their home at Rusty. And as it is Cica’s style these birds are comparably big and have big eyes that seemingly look at you. They sit on poles, on large rusty plants, on pipes and power lines. You can take a ride on several vehicles, which are extraordinary like a huge cat on wheels or a swimming mouse. You can choose different poses and dance on the head of the huge cat while it drives around the plant.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (3)

Like a cameo appearance Cica began to hide one or more of her famous cats in her newer installations. I found the cat also at Rusty and it conjured a smile in my face.
Very funny is also that one of the plant elements is like a big chicken. You can climb up to it and sit “inside” over 3 eggs, that the chicken had layed. Cica added even more fun elements. On a platform that connects two of the living rooms at the top of the plant elements you can do a box fight. Cica provides the bozo gloves for the fight – and there’s another living room nearby with more chairs for the audience watching.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (4)

A bit aside of the plant is a house that looks like the former energy supply of the plant or possibly the former control center of it. Actually, after exploring Rusty, it seems to me being more a little town rather a former plant side. At least it was transformed into a living place. Cica’s rusty birds and other animals found their place here as well as humans who installed their little living rooms and took over the place which looked so abandonned and rusty on the first glance.
The longer you explore Rusty, the more details you discover. For example that some of the living rooms are colourful and stick out in this rusty environment. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t discover everything.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (5)

As always Cica didn’t write a detailed landmark description but provided a quote, this time the quote is from Joseph Addison, an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician (1672 – 1719): “Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”
This fits perfectly as visiting Rusty conjures a smile in your face and washes away your worries for the time you dive into Cica’s world and enjoy it.

Thank you Cica for clearing away the rust 🙂

Landmark to Rusty by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kymor/91/218/25

Simploring 2018 (80) The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cica Ghost

I got an invite from Cica Ghost to visit her newest installation, called “The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, that opened September 13th. In the landmark description Cica explains the title of her work “Modification of Aesop’s fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf“. I admit that I’m not very familiar with fables and I never heard about this one, hence I looked it up at wikipedia:

The “Boy Who Cried Wolf” is one of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop’s Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.
The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers believe that it is another false alarm and the sheep are eaten by the wolf. In later English-language poetic versions of the fable, the wolf also eats the boy. The moral stated at the end of the Greek version is, “this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them”. (exerpt from wikipedia)

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (1)

Before I visited “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” on Friday, September 14th, I read Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica’s The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, that was published on September 13th. Inara talked with Cica about her newest installation and Cica explained her ideas and thoughts behind it. I recommend reading Inara’s post before visiting.

My visit was short but very enjoyable. The installation is set on a rocky but not meagre island. When you walk from the landing point to the center of the island you first see the wolf hunting the sheep. A flock of birds is flying above the scene. The sheeps and the wolf are running that fast that they hoover above the ground. The only sheep that is safe from the wolf is significantly a black sheep on the top of one rock. Not far from this scene you find the girl who cried wolf. She looks scared and points to the sheep looking at a boy sitting on a rock and playing a flute. As opposed to the girl, he seems not to be impressed, nor willing to interfer. Just behind him is a little house with a garden, the village from the fable.

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (2)

Cica has developed her very own style and the girl and the boy look very “Cica-ish”. I wouldn’t have recognized the sheep and the wolf as her work at the first glance though. The flowers, that are spread over the sim, are those Cica already used in her installation Bees and Bears (read here) And you will find again one of Cica’s 50 cats (read here), it sits on the roof of the house. Like in many of her installations before humans are really short compared to everything else. This way you experience an other point of view, maybe more respectfully.

As Inara mentioned in her blog entry, there are some possibilities to sit at “The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, try to sit on a chair in the house (although it might be difficlut to climb up *winks*) or just ride on a sheep or on the wolf (you can be the predator or the prey). On the top of some rocks you can also sit, yet instead of sitting you move, be it hopping or dancing, and it is fun!

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (3)

Thank you Cica for another nice installation, that made me smile once again.

Landmark to The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Never/222/133/26
Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica’s The Girl Who Cried Wolf”
https://modemworld.me/2018/09/13/cicas-the-girl-who-cried-wolf/

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