Hello again! Yes, it has been AGES since I’ve updated this blog! Trying to get back in the groove now. I think I’m also getting more focused on what I want to do here. Which paradoxically might mean that it is less focused on a particular theme, other than SL of course.
So, what’s with the ears and tail?
Those of you who have known me in SL for a while may have noticed that I’m sporting a new look these days. So, what’s up with that? Ok, here is the story.
My good friend Grizzy Griswold, owner of Grizzy’s Cafe, has a yearly event/social experiment, in which she and anyone who wants to join in assume a different avatar for a week. I knew this was coming up, so I pondered how I might participate this year. I figured it would be interesting, and would give me an excuse to try something new. So, I considered my options. I had always been a bit intrigued by the nekos I have seen out on the grid, so I thought I’d give that a try.
A neko (the Japanese word for cat) is a human/cat hybrid. Nekos make up a large (and growing) subculture within SL, one that I never really understood before. So I made it a project (and I do love me a good SL project!) to figure this neko thing out. I started with Google, which led me to Stacia Villota’s excellent Virtual Neko blog. Along with some excellent background info on the history of neko, Stacia gives some great tips on where to obtain neko parts, and what to do with them once you have them. Armed with this, I struck out on my neko quest.
Like I said, this was just going to be an experiment. I had no real intentions of transmuting into another species. But I gotta tell you, something happened when I put on the tail and ears. They just felt right. And then I felt my personality start to shift a bit. Nothing dramatic, mind you. But I felt a little more playful with my lovely tail and ears in place. A little more sassy, too. A little more tough. Not aggressive, really, but a little more…. well, feline. It’s a sensibility that is hard to define, but you know it when you see (and feel) it, I suppose. Anyway, it seems to have taken hold now. I’m looking forward to seeing where it may lead.