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Prim Perfect May 2013 - Cover

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Cover

Welcome to our special garden issue and more of our new range of features in Prim Perfect magazine, as well as those you know and love!

This month’s theme is Gardens, and we have advice for those wanting to create gardens and some gorgeous places to explore.

In addition we’re looking at two major events associated with Relay for Life—Fantasy Faire and the Home and Garden Expo (so maybe you’ll take the opportunity to follow through on some of our suggestions!).

Honour McMillan gives some advice on creating a virtual garden, while Aisling Sinclair explains the importance of (and proper ways to go about) working with ground textures.

I had the opportunity to talk with two doyens of the garden—Lilith and Dolly Heart of the Heart Garden Centre—and learn what lies behind their phenomenal success over the last seven or more years.

In addition, Honour McMillan takes us through a history of gardens, with some beautiful examples of all the different eras that she discusses.

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Gardens

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Gardens

We’re looking at gardens in other parts of the magazine too. In our continuing series on building your own home, our designer (and phenomenal builder) Winona Wiefel will be teaching you how to create a second storey in the basic skybox that you created in Parts 1 and 2 of the series. In keeping with our garden theme, she adds a roof garden for good measure!

Qwis Greenwood, in the third of our series promoting small business around the grid, has found two very different designers creating some beautiful plants for your garden—and more!

We’re near the start of some big events. Beq Janus looks back to the wonderful Fantasy Faire, while Ethan Westland looks ahead to the upcoming Home and Garden Expo.

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Gardens to Visit

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Gardens to Visit

We also have the third in our major series on Mesh. Beq Janus explores how you can create mesh objects using simple inworld tools—and once again there are samples to experiment with!

Rosamoo Mendelsohn brings us a 101 Guide to starting to hunt, while there are details from our TV shows, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

Our team of talented photographers, led by Judith Lefevre, Beq Janus, Winona Wiefel, Wildstar Beaumont, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Fantasy Faire

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Fantasy Faire

All this with News From the Grid and more!

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?

If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 47 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Heart Botanicals

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Heart Botanicals

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!.

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices in the Irish Isles.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Home and Garden Expo

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Designing a Garden

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Designing a Garden

Cinders and Rosamoo find awesome items from Hunts ...

Cinders and Rosamoo find awesome items from Hunts …

Join us in the treet.tv studios in Garden of Dreams at 3pm, Friday 31st May, with our host Cinders Vale and hunt reporter Rosamoo Mendelsohn of Hunt SL for another great show – featuring an onsite interview with Winona Wiefel and Reven Rosca of Prime Furniture, who are those awesome people behind the Whiz Hints, and now organising the Home and Garden Expo Hunt (which there is still time to catch).

Plus there will be news from Rosamoo of exciting hunts that are happening at present – and that will be coming up soon!

Cinders talks to Reven and Winona about the Home and Garden Expo Hunt

Cinders talks to Reven and Winona about the Home and Garden Expo Hunt

So join us at 3pm today in the studio for the broadcast. Bring along your hunter friends too. We will be glad to have you all join us for the show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 3pm SLT on Friday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live or on the Vimeo channel – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/happy-hunting.

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 Rosamoo Mendelsohn will be talking to Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip at 3pm, and at 5pm, Saffia Widdershins will be hosting a Monster Mesh Mash Up – with a wealth of mesh creators appearing.

Meet the Designer: Auryn Beorn

Meet the Designer: Auryn Beorn

At 3pm, Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip with be talking to Rosamoo Mendelsohn about Mesh, Scripts and how education about them can lead to a better Second Life for us all – and we hope there will be demonstrations too!

Neet the Designers: Monster Mesh Mash Up!

Neet the Designers: Monster Mesh Mash Up!

Then at 5pm, Saffia Widdershins will be hosting the Monster Mesh Mash Up – and guests will include Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Kriss Lehmann of Botanical, Loz Hyde of Meshworx and Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes as well as, hopefully, Froukje Horrenbeeke of Dutchie, Cube Republic of The Cube Republic – and anyone else who wants to join in!

These should both be amazing talks – don’t miss them!

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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

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

A Steampunk Folly

A Steampunk Folly

One of the fun things of any large event like the Home and Garden Expo is discovering new and unexpected things. And so it was today. Wandering around the regions (mercifully, things have calmed down sufficiently that a walk at a European morning time is a pleasure and not a purgatory) I came across this lovely little … well, I would call it a kind of Folly.  It’s a room for entertaining friends, set inside a lantern, and it’s rather fun.

It’s created by Steaming Ahead/Gothic Musing and is one of the sadly few steampunk elements at this year’s Home and Garden Expo. There are some rather fun balloons too – do check it out on Home Expo 8.

But only, of course, after you have tackled the jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

A Steampunk Folly from Steaming Ahead / Gothic Musing

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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.

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

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