3. A Look Back at Catherine

January 15, 2010

After talking with another person I decided to venture out and learn what this ‘Second Life’ was all about. I ventured to the web site, picked my name based on the other game I played. Catherine of Valois, a medieval queen. I could not put in the full name so it was shortened to Catherine, and I choose the last name Inaka because it was the most interesting in the ones I got to choose from. So Catherine was born.

She meet the person in-world, and was taken to a bunch of places to get clothing and different hair. She was given skins and created her look. Looking back I wish I would have taken a picture of Catherine on her first day in Second Life, as the other pictures are hilarious looking back at them.

I was shown this sim, wish I could recall its name. If you stayed there long enough every so often it would drop Linden on you. I would spend hours there just going through my inventory. Often when I was bored of looking at what I had collected from freebie shops and MM boards, I would sit in the car and travel around the sim looking at the locations and often getting off the car and walking around. Sadly this sim is no longer there.

Catherine in the beginning after getting some new clothes and was given skin. For some reason I thought since I wore glasses in rl, Catherine needed to wear glasses as well. This makes me shake my head now.
Catherine in the beginning after getting some new clothes and was given skin. For some reason I thought since I wore glasses in rl, Catherine needed to wear glasses as well. This makes me shake my head now.

I then found the Ladies only home. A great group of Ladies and place to set my avi when I logged out for the night. What more could a gal ask for. The house was a private location where I could go and be a lone. It had a pool, beach and many rooms to explore. Most of the time, I would sit there and just chat with others or read over note cards I had been given. I met some great people there and gained a life long friend.

Catherine, what was I thinking with this look!?!
Catherine, what was I thinking with this look!?!
Catherine, in one of my favourite outfits at the time. The look was better than the other one at least.
Catherine, in one of my favourite outfits at the time.
The look was better than the other one at least.
Sitting out side the Ladies Only House, enjoying the view over the water.
Sitting out side the Ladies Only House, enjoying the view over the water.

My friend that had me join Second Life showed me this really cute park where I would often go to just listen to the music. Again, I cannot remember the name of the sim. Shame really, for it was rather pretty.

Chilling in the garden, listening to the music
Chilling in the garden, listening to the music

I was then taken to a boxing match in the Playmate Palace Sim. I became hooked on the sim and the people, joined their group and started hanging out at events. I gained some bravery and joined the Playmates entering in their magazine contest. I never won in the beginning, perhaps it is because I looked like this.

I opted for a different skin, one with less red on the lips and a little more natural looking. Kept the same hair though.
I opted for a different skin, one with less red on the lips and a little more natural looking. Kept the same hair though.
Full body shot, I used this for the contest in the hopes that someone would take pity on me and vote for me to be in the magazine. Such a joke looking back at it.
Full body shot, I used this for the contest in the hopes that someone would take pity on me and vote for me to be in the magazine. Such a joke looking back at it.
Catherine with different clothing in hopes of getting votes for the magazine.
Catherine with different clothing in hopes of getting votes for the magazine.
I then thought that changing the way I dressed was the answer to getting the votes. So I put on this outfit and slapped up that very picture. What a mistake! Instead of making myself look better, I was just making myself look worse. I moved out of the Ladies Only House and got my own private little place. I did not stay there long though, just did not feel right to me.
I attended more events, joined the night club and became a dancer there. Ugly avi and all. It was during a date auction where, the lovely Pixie bid on a date with me. We went shopping and she had me get a new skin and shape, resulted in a pretty avi. Now all I needed to do was change my clothes and things would look better.
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A few contests later and a date auction where I was bought by Pixie, resulted in new skin, but still some very terrible clothing.

With my new skin and shape, Pixie took me to look at new hair. I got some new clothes and with that, a gorgeous Catherine was born. I had Pixie take new pictures of me. Still did not get in the magazine, but I now looked better, got more tips while working and was getting noticed.

Pixie took two pictures of me to use in my profile and on the contest board
Pixie took two pictures of me to use in my
profile and on the contest board
Taken by Pixie
Taken by Pixie
With this new look, I found new courage and a willingness to try new things. I started taking Pixie’s modelling classes and going out to meet new people and try new things. I enjoyed my nights working Players Night Club, not only as a dancer but also as their Host.
I bought a parcel and made it my home, with my partner and the herd of bunnies. Life could not be any better.
Taken at my home back in 2010
Taken at my home back in 2010
I still have the same skin and shape. I cannot get rid of it. I do have a new set, but I still fall back on the look that Pixie helped me get. I often wonder if I should get something fresher looking. My hair and clothing may change to fit my mood or what I am doing. I never seem to look the same from day to day, other than my skin and shape.
I started dancing for more clubs and modeling for Love Cats and I started doing runway shows. (more details can be found on my Modeling Page). Eventually the Playmate Palace sim was taken over by Pixie and her partner. With change came new possibilities. I was made the emote teacher for the dancers, teaching them everything I knew and making their emotes classy not trashy.
July 2010, I was the judges pick for the magazine, which was shocking has I had been trying to get into the magazine since February.
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July 2010 Playmate Magazine. Theme : Stars and Stripes The Picture was taking in front of a trash can in an urban sim

Shortly after being made the emote instructor, I was then given the position of Club Manager, I made sure the club had dancers and hosts for each of our events, maintained the schedule and found replacements for those who could not make to that event.

August 2010 Playmate Magazine This picture was put into the Magazine since I was the Players Club manager and Emote Teacher.
August 2010 Playmate Magazine
This picture was put into the Magazine since
I was the Players Club manager and Emote Teacher.
August 2010 Playmate Magazine I had the fortune of being Ms August, something that I am not even sure how it happened (coincidentally my Love was Mr August, how fitting). Theme : Wedding Night (this went with the modeling show we put on displaying amazing wedding dresses).
August 2010 Playmate Magazine
I had the fortune of being Ms August, something that
I am not even sure how it happened
(coincidentally my Love was Mr August, how fitting).
Theme : Wedding Night (this went with the modeling show we put on displaying amazing wedding dresses).

In September fate would change my role with the Playmate Palace. Pixie and Max decided to no longer own everything. I and another fine lady were asked to take over. I became co-owner of the sim. Players Night Club, the Playmate Palace, Impressions Modelling, the apartments and the shops. We even took over the magazine.

This was taken while I was co-owner of the sim and groups. JT and I had been working on the October Magazine and we took a little break from work. I got caught being lazy lol
This was taken while I was co-owner of the sim and groups. JT and I had been working on the October Magazine and we took a little break from work. I got caught being lazy lol
Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you. I ended up leaving Playmates at the end of November.
I never left Second Life, I focused more on building and learning new skills. I no longer danced, hosted, or modeled. I was lost. Needed to re-find myself in Second Life.
2011, was spent building and helping others learn to build. I went from an apprentice builder to Head Master where I was in charge of a sim. Oddly enough I never took pictures of myself. Just of what I built and what others did.
January 2012
The building school I was a part of was crumbling, we were moved to tent city and people stopped teaching classes. I was just starting to find my place again and this was now happening. I found myself spending more time alone. My friends were off doing whatever they were doing and I did not feel a part of it. I was doing a little rp in Gor on the side and even that I was no longer finding enjoyable.
I felt really alone and blue. Found a lovely spot and sat on the moon, deep in thought. Wondered where I would take my SL travels.
I felt really alone and blue. Found a lovely spot and sat on the moon, deep in thought. I wondered where I would take my SL travels.

I took to working on Grid Wide Hunts to fill my days. I found this lovely place where you could take your own pictures using their props. The result was the following three pictures, taken in July.

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August came around and there was a push in the Building group to try and get people involved again. I took part in the challenge and built the house in the background of the following picture. I added in my thinking tree and would sit out there trying to come up with the next challenge build. Sadly at the end of September we lost that sim as well.

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One of the hunt groups I was involved in was looking for models for one of the stores. I decided to participate in the challenge and created this picture. Sadly they did not get enough participates so the contest was ended. This was taken back in September 2012. Now I mostly rp in Gor. I have found an amazing sim to rp in and spend the other time, hunting and building, or just hanging out with my friends.

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2012 came and went and I was on and off SL as I bread Fennux and worked on a few hunts. I was in and out of Gor and joined an amazing Homestone where I met some very awesome people who I not only call friend in SL but in RL as well. April 2013 that Homestone closed and I wandered trying to find a new place to call home. I ended up leaving Gor completely and just stayed at my brothers home where I had a few Fennux out.

Before I knew it 2013 was over and I found myself reaching out to those I missed the most. Near the end of 2014 my brother announced that he was dating one of our friends and I was ecstatic for him. From there I entered into Family RP, completely leaving behind Gor all together. I have not looked back since.

Today July 27, 2015 I blog on a regular basis and I love it. I write a destination guide and blog the things that tickle my fancy. I am part of a group of amazing people who I love and adore. I have amazing friends and family members. While my past was sad and lonely at times, I am grateful for the experiences I have had, the people I have met and the journey I have been on.

I look forward to the future and where it will lead me.

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