Acceptance packs going out tomorrow.

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Though normally they’d go out today, Im trying to finish up some Futurewave stuff that has to get out. As soon as I clear it off my plate I’ll get the packages ready for  ATP.  If you applied to this round, you can assume you got in- I just need to get the packs out to everyone tomorrow.

Round 3 is SOLD OUT.

A Tattered Page Round 3 is sold out.  (It actually sold out last night.)  Anyone who applied after last night (I haven’t checked yet) will be added to our waiting list. We are limited in how many stores we can take by the physical size of the Library.

Applications for the next round (no, we don’t know what book yet, but more on that in another post) will open on April 1, for the round beginning JULY 7. (there is no ATP in May, due to World Goth Fair, and we take June off because after WGF we all need the sleep.)

Applications for Round 3 are now open.

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No rule changes from round two.  (but if you weren’t in round two, read the rules.)

https://atatteredpage.wordpress.com/merchant-application/

Blogger apps will open February 7. As a reminder *all* blogger related things go through Sonya Marmurek. If you ask me, I only have to ask her anyway.

Who wants to see the Future, who ever does?

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 Who wants to see the Future, who ever does? A man can face the Past, but to think – the pillars crumbled, you say? And the sea empty, and the canals dry, and the maidens dead, and the flowers withered?” The Martian was silent, but then he looked ahead. “But there they are. I see them. Isn’t that enough for me? They wait for me now, no matter what you say.”  Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

A Tattered Page | May 2034: The Wilderness….my version of it, by Taliferrue Cathaldus

 

In 24 hours, the book will close on The Martian Chronicles at the Tattered Page Library.  (well, in reality, it probably won’t really happen until Monday. I see littlepoint in not letting the weekend run out for it, but you get the idea.)

This round has been yet another wonderful learning experience. We’ve found out that people LOVE that library, and yes, we’ll be keeping it for future rounds. People are passionate about this little geeky event in a way that isn’t seen very often.  ATP has spawned so many conversations about stories, books and authors.  Our merchants are just delighted to be able to use actual books as design prompts, and to be given an excuse to walk away from their computers and simply read (and not feel guilty about not working.) Our bloggers have done an absolutely OUTSTANDING job. I know I don’t post much while the event is ongoing (because otherwise I just ramble and repeat myself) but please do check out everyone’s hard work though the links on our blogger page, as well as our Flickr group.

At some point tomorrow I will open applications for round three.  The next round of ATP will open on March 7.

However, between now and then, we have Futurewave opening on February 13.

Thanks to everyone for joining us this round and keep an eye open for the new application for round three, tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

“The rockets set the bony meadows afire…”

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The rockets set the bony meadows afire, turned rock to lava, turned wood to charcoal, transmitted water to steam, made sand and silica into green glass which lay like shattered mirrors reflecting the invasion, all about. – The Martian Chronicles (The Locusts.)

 

As we’ve said before, this whole event is a vast experiment.  So it’s almost a week into the second round and time to assess how the changes we’ve made have worked.  Once again, what we at org predicted is spot on- the Library has made a definite positive impact on things. Every time I’ve needed to pop down there for one reason or another there’s been people in there looking around, and I’ve had a number of IMs come in to tell me how much people like the location.

I know that I personally shopped more simply because it was all right there and I didn’t have to wait for multiple locations to rez up., and I expect other people have had a similar experience.

What I’ve also noticed is that this event inspires people in a way that others don’t. The people who do this event really and truly love these books. They love to read. They love to talk about books and what book should be next (I’ll get to that in a minute.) and so forth.  The day we opened there were simultaneous group chats going on both in our event group and in the Fallen Gods store group (I am in that group so I could see it) about books and authors and stories and each one lasted more than an hour.

Perhaps the most interesting thing thus far this round has been how many people have been inspired to pick up a copy of the book and read it. Not people in the event who are required to do so but other people, who want to understand the meanings and symbolism behind what was made for it.  That’s the whole point, in the end; the ability to share these books and talk about them.  I know I am just grateful for the ability to read something not off a screen (as I spend far, far too much time at my desk.)

There’s still two weeks left to go, and I expect more and more people will continue to filter through the library and wander upstairs to check out the beginnings of our little gallery.

In the meantime, though, I have for everyone the name of our next book. Applications will open February 1, and the event will run from noon on March 7-midnight on March 30.

*drumroll*

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne.

So if that’s something that you’re all over like a set of tentacles, start reading!

 

Adding Art on the Pages

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If you’ve been with us for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve noticed that we tend to love our bloggers. They do fantastic work event after event and manage to drop the jaws of the org team on the floor constantly. We often try to highlight the pictures and the posts in our updates, but it’s always very limited exposure and limited amount of pictures that we can pick. Since the majority of the Cursed Events lasts only a limited time as well, even the event areas vanish and are not permanent.

All that changed with the current round of A Tattered Page. We now have a permanent central location for our book appreciation club: The Library. It stays and grows with each new round and therefore it has now also gained a beginning of an art gallery. The idea is to have a frame for each round, so there’s at the moment two: one for Frankenstein, one for The Martian Chronicles. The frames cycle through the pictures in them.

We invite anyone in the Cursed Events group to add their pictures in the frames. You don’t have to be a blogger to do so, but please don’t add your actual vendor ads into them, just book thematic pictures.

You need to upload the pictures you want to use into Second Life. As you can see from the above picture, the resolution is landscape-style, so anything wildly different will probably end up looking bad. If you want to be precise about the resolution, use 1450 (width) x 1024 (height) for it. Or bigger, while keeping the resolution. The actual pixels don’t really matter, just the relation of width x height.

Once you have the pictures in Second Life, go to the Library, to the second floor. We might move the paintings to different places, but they will be upstairs. I’ve added some of mine into them already, so it’s easy to recognize which one is Frankenstein and which The Martian Chronicles. It’s also in the item name and script and all that stuff.

Wear your Cursed Events group tag, you cannot use them otherwise. Click the painting and it’ll give you a pop-up asking for the picture’s UUID. You get this by right clicking the picture in your inventory and selecting ‘copy asset uuid’, then just paste it in the pop-up and hit submit. It’s really very self-explanatory.

You are able to remove your pictures in case there’s resolution issues or if you accidentally added your snuggly-times private photos into the frame. So is the admin (Axi), in case you added photos of your KittyCat’s left paw.

That’s really all there is to it: upload the photos you want to add, hop to the Library’s second floor, click the painting, follow instructions, remember to go ‘tadah!’ in the end.

Obviously this is not at all obligatory or expected, but we would love to have permanent memories of the awesome stories you weave. Come add to the growth of the Library!

Visit The Second Floor of the Library

“One minute, it was Ohio winter…”

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“One minute it was Ohio winter, with doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black bears in their furs along the icy streets.

And then a long wave of warmth crossed the small town. A flooding sea of hot air; it seemed as if someone had left a bakery door open. The heat pulsed among the cottages and bushes and children. The icicles dropped, shattering, to melt. The doors flew open. The windows flew up. The children worked off their wool clothes. The housewives shed their bear disguises. The snow dissolved and showed last summer’s ancient green lawns.

Rocket summer. The words passed among the people in the open, airing houses.

Rocket summer. The warm desert air changing the frost patterns on the windows, erasing the art work. The skis and sleds suddenly useless. The snow, falling from the cold sky upon the town, turned to a hot rain before it touched the ground.

Rocket summer. People leaned from their dripping porches and watched the reddening sky.

The rocket lay on the launching field, blowing out pink clouds of fire and oven heat. The rocket stood in the cold winter morning, making summer with every breath of its mighty exhausts. The rocket made climates, and summer lay for a brief moment upon the land….” – Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles.

 

The Library is now open to all.  A Tattered Page is once again upon us.

The Tattered Page Library can be found here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Seraphine/161/109/302

And our merchant list, featuring all of the mainstores is here.

The shopping guide will be up and available shortly (Synjari is at work at the moment.) The shopping guide is here. (thanks, Syn.)

Enjoy the Rocket Summer.

 

Load in has begun.

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Load in has begun at the Tattered Page Library.  If you’re an ATP merchant please check group notices for this information.  Also, blogger boxes went out to Merchants early this morning (also in group notices.)

Please be sure to send your vendor ads in (via email) by midnight tonight so Synjari has a day to create the shopping guide.

It’s almost time to fire up the rockets!

 

 

Merchant List for Round Two is up!

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The next round of A Tattered Page begins on January 7.  The merchant list is now up and you can find it here. As soon as we have a SLurl for the Library, we’ll give it to you.

In the meantime, keep watching the skies.  Or whatever science fiction cliche you want to use.