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Magnificat By Alia Baroque Photo By Beq Janus

Magnificat By Alia Baroque
Photo By Beq Janus

This year Fantasy Faire was not only a beautiful place to visit, but also a hugely evocative one, stirring the imagination and leading many of us to reflect on what stories could be told about these lovely and mysterious lands.

Once the stores were packed away and the crowds departed … what beings yook possession of the glass lantern city high in the mountains that shines in Titan’s Hollow? What languid aristocrats returned to their faded palaces along the canal of Magnificat to watch the little boats sail out eternally toward the sunset? What troglodytes or dwarves emerged, grumbling, from the lower depths of The DragonSpire to reclaim their caves? What heroes pushed their way through the blood-red roses of Crimson Fields, their eyes fixed on the looming Dark Tower ahead? And so for all the regions, each with their special tales to tell.

The Lanterns of Titans' Hollow

The Lanterns of Titans’ Hollow

We are sure that, as you visited the Faire, some of those questions occurred to you. These may be stories connected with the mythos of the Faire that the organisers suggested – but it may be that a region captured your imagination and you found yourself envisaging a very different tale. And we are sure that, like so many of us, you just wished these amazing locations could be on the grid forever so that you could have your own little piece of the Fairelands.

Lotus Valley Dream

Lotus Valley Dream

Today is the last day to enter the short story contest for the best stories written about the Fairelands of 2013. The top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in early August 2013.

You story can focus on one region – Evensong Woods, or Lotus Valley Dream, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you.

And your story can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

Dragon over Lumenaria

Dragon over Lumenaria

While we don’t need long passages of description, the setting of the story should be clear. If it makes us ask, “Now – is this Ravenshard or Lumenaria?” it won’t be working for us.

Your story should be between one and three thousand words in total. While we love the idea of longer works (wouldn’t it be amazing to read a fantasy novel set in the Fairelands?), for this competition we want something that stands alone and that can be read as a complete piece.

We also want something that is completely your own work and written for this competition. You will retain the copyright, but in submitting the story you give us permission to publish the story in electronic format in Prim Perfect and on websites and social media sites belonging to Prim Perfect and Fantasy Faire.

Ravenshard

Ravenshard

The deadline for submission is May 31.

Send your story in plain text or in .RTF or Word doc format to: fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com

We will acknowledge receipt (although it may take a little time).

Results (and winning entries) will appear in the August issue of Prim Perfect magazine.

The Valley of Ish’Nar

The Valley of Ish’Nar

JUDGES:
The judging panel will consist of:
Zander Greene and Elizabeth Tinsley from the Fantasy Faire
Saffia Widdershins, Honour Macmillan and Aisling Sinclair from Prim Perfect
Ceejay Writer, Editor in Chief at Penny Gaff Publications

Judi Newall, Librarian

If you want inspiration for your story once the regions have closed, we suggest you refresh your memory at the Flickr stream.

Throughout the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect has been running a series of talks at the Prim Perfect Temple on Home Expo 6. You’ll see a full list of the talks at the bottom of this post.

Today we will be talking to Cytherion Revnik of Akaesha Designs about the ReACT Animation Engine at 3pm, and at 5pm, Cinders Vale will be talking to Krysta Ember of ~*~ Inspired ~*~.

Meet the Designer: Cytherion Revnik

Meet the Designer: Cytherion Revnik

Cytherion will be talking about the ReACT Animation System which stands for REactive Animation Control Technology and which was introduced to Second Life by long standing designer Akaesha in 2010. It has been a sensation since then with over 750,000 users gridwide.

mtd_poster_krystaAt 5pm, Krysta Ember will be talking about her store ~*~ Inspired ~*~, in company with her partner RH Engel, the well-known designer behind The Woodshed. We’re expecting a very inspiring talk!

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We have a full programme of talks coming up at the Expo – make sure that you don’t miss them!

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

And make sure you don’t miss our daily lantern ceremony at 4pm, when we invite people to join us at the Prim Perfect platform on Home Expo 6 every day of the Expo at 4pm SLT for a communal release of lanterns both to celebrate the living and in memory of those we have loved and lost.

Lanterns Lifting

Lanterns Lifting

Now available on the web – our latest episode, as as we are joined by Chantal Harvey, the well-known machinamatographer and Tony Dyson, the designer who created R2D2, who will be joining us to talk about their fascinating new project – the Bobbekins – which utilises Second Life as a part of a wider project to create interactive electronic materials for children.

Chantal and Tony talk not only about their project (currently online as an Indiegogo project), but also about their work and careers. It’s a great chance chance to find out more about Tony, Chantal and their fascinating project!

The World of the Bobbekins

The World of the Bobbekins

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

One of the builds that I have found most fascinating at this year’s Home and Garden Expo isTroy’s Vogel’s collapsed house. He calls it “post architecture”, and he’ll actually be talking about it on an upcoming Designing Worlds show.

Troy is most renowned for his Mission Style Furniture, and his design of elegant Mission-Style inspired homes, including the fabulous Odaesan House. But he has produced some stunning statement builds – his sim design won the Designer Award at last year’s Relay For Life Weekend, and there was also his beautiful 1930s design for Fashion for Life 2012 (Dreamseeker Volta).

On the outside the house is dramatically collapsed, folding into itself. But on the inside, it’s actually not just a plausible living space, it’s actually a beautiful and harmonious one too – as you can see.

Inside Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Inside Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

It’s well worth a visit to Home Expo 6 to see.

But first, let’s do a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

Check out our talks at the Home and Garden Expo – and don’t forget the beautiful lantern ceremony, every day at 4pm.

Throughout the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect has been running a series of talks at the Prim Perfect Temple on Home Expo 6. You’ll see a full list of the talks at the bottom of this post.

Meet the Designer: Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea

Meet the Designer: Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea

Today, Wednesday 29th May, we have Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea, who will be talking about Mesh, Events (and maybe Mesh Events too!) and shopping areas. Isla, of course, is the owner of The Nest as well as Cheeky Pea, and has been running some very interesting projects there.  We hope to learn about them at 3pm – so do join us!

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We have a full programme of talks coming up at the Expo – make sure that you don’t miss them!

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

And make sure you don’t miss our daily lantern ceremony at 4pm, when we invite people to join us at the Prim Perfect platform on Home Expo 6 every day of the Expo at 4pm SLT for a communal release of lanterns both to celebrate the living and in memory of those we have loved and lost.

Lanterns Lifting

Lanterns Lifting

Barnesworth Anubis at the Expo

Barnesworth Anubis at the Expo

Barnesworth Anubis is, without any shadow of doubt, one of the most respected creators in Second Life, and one who has played a major part in shaping the look of the grid. When I first rezzed in 2007, a Barnesworth house was seen as the epitome of style, and those building attractive shopping areas seized on his beautiful range of Mediterranean stores.  Over six years later, his designs are still highly prized and his new releases eagerly awaited.

This year, at the Home and Garden Expo, he’s showing a new Santa Barbara home with oodles of California chic including the special Catalina Cabana. Do go over to Home Expo 3 and admire it for yourselves.

But first … here’s a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Barnesworth Anubis at the Home and Garden Expo

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

Check out our talks at the Home and Garden Expo – and don’t forget the beautiful lantern ceremony, every day at 4pm.

Throughout the Home and Garden Expo, Prim Perfect will be running a series of talks at the Prim Perfect Temple on Home Expo 6.  You’ll see a full list of the talks at the bottom of this post.

Today, Tuesday 28th May, we have two great people for the talks – DeAnn Dufaux of Park Place Home Decor and Builders Breweryat 3pm and, at 5pm, Bella Bertone of Bellarose Designs Home and Furniture!

DeAnn Dufaux of Park Place Home Decor

DeAnn Dufaux of Park Place Home Decor

DeAnn will be talking to Rosamoo Mendelsohn at 3pm about her store, Park Place Home Decor, and also about her work at Builders Brewery, the much-loved training centre and builders’ resource centre

Bella Bertone of Bellarose

Bella Bertone of Bellarose

At 5pm, Bella Bertone will be talking to Cinders Vale about her store Bellarose Designs Homes & Furniture and her stunning designs.

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We have a full programme of talks coming up at the Expo – make sure that you don’t miss them!

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

And make sure you don’t miss our daily lantern ceremony at 4pm, when we invite people to join us at the Prim Perfect platform on Home Expo 6 every day of the Expo at 4pm SLT for a communal release of lanterns both to celebrate the living and in memory of those we have loved and lost.

Lanterns Lifting

Lanterns Lifting

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