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Halloo from you friend, Snoots.

I wanted to let everyone know I'm taking an extended semi-vacation from VR (not totally, just semi).  Posting this because our group is very caring and when someone disappears for any length of time, people start wondering if is okay.   So letting you know I'm okay... just shifting priorities. :-)


I have been involved in virtual reality in one form or another since around the year 2000, starting with Worlds.com.  I joined Second Life in October 2004.  That puts me at 14 years in the VR field and some 9 1/2 years heavily involved in the SL/Inworldz type of VR.  

The key term is "heavily involved".  It's taken a significant chunk of my real life.  I have much to show for my time in virtual reality, but little to mark that decade in real life.  

It is my wish to accomplish a bit more while there is still time, especially since I've grown a bit stronger since the successful corrective heart surgery in 2011. As some of you know I recently took up the crafting hobby of hand-made guitar amps and folk guitars.  I am enjoying that much and it gives me a bit more of a physical workout than typing on a keyboard.  ; )


Some of the changes that will be made are as follows:

* I'll only be answering essential IMs in-world.  As you know, IMs can take a lot of time.  So if someone sends "Hello Snoots hope all is okay" I may not answer... but be assured I'll read and appreciate you thinking about me.  : )

* Management of Elf Clan will be handled more by our other Eldar and Guardians.  I encourage members to try and figure out things for themselves, but if you are stumped and need help, feel free to go to the Eldars (for things regarding Elf Clan.  How to script / build etc can be found through other sources, allowing our Eldar a bit of rest time).   I'll still be involved in Elf Clan, but my role will be greatly reduced.

* I will still be managing my store DragonForge, but will not be spending near as much time developing new products.  I will still support DragonForge customers, as I believe post-sale support is the only decent way to conduct business.

* I have already turned ElvenSky over to long-time resident and renter Bellini Cazalet, our friendly dwagon.  I will still retain management of ElvenSong and ElvenMyst.
* For the most part I will no longer be participating in virtual events.  It's simply a matter of time and priorities.  I love dwagon-dancing, but it does take a chunka time. 

* You won't see me nearly as much in Inworldz forums, save for announcing new DragonForge projects. Forums can be immensely time-consuming and at times even counter-productive.  I'll be using them for information only... and maybe the occasional dwagony prank. ; )
* I will not be participating in any project unrelated to DragonForge.  This is a big one.   My VR time will be very limited, so I simply won't have time to take on new projects.  Elf Clan projects and events I will leave to other members; I think it safe to say I've done my fair share over the past decade.  : }

* I am working on a new line of steamships with Ferrator, and will be mostly involved in that project.
* Peter has been and will continue to be in charge of all land acquisition and management, with Moontan and Cinnamon to assist him and region owners where necessary.  Due to time limitations I will no longer be involved at all in new sim acquisition or region owner education.
* I will no longer be "developing" Elf Clan.   The child has grown and become an adult.  Our region owners have proved wonderfully self-moderating and supportive of the group (I've referred to them as "mini-Eldar") and Elf Clan has been standing on its own feet for some time now.  I am proud of our group and accomplishments and trust it can exist as it is without constant supervision. We have the Charter as guide and Eldar / Guardians / Greeters as moderators.  Elf Clan has come a long way and I am ready to let it travel the path long paved.

* Please do remember just because the system shows me online doesn't mean I actually am. That's a very old VR bug.  In addition, being online doesn't mean I'm available, so if I don't answer an IM, please don't take offense.  That's the reason of this blog post... to let everyone know I'm cutting back.


This is nothing recent.  This move has been under consideration for about a year now.  The decision encompasses not only Virtual Reality but my "keyboard time" in general.  Having already cut Netflix, Hulu and Amazon videos, I some time ago also joined the "cut the cord" movement and cancelled cable television.  I rarely play computer games of any form.  (Okay okay, I'm still a Solitaire and Yahtzee addict. Can't go cold turkey y'know.)

In short, real life is taking priority, and my projects there taking significantly more of my time.  After over a decade in VR, it's time for a change.  It's my intent to reduce Snoots' essential roles in the group and let others fill those basic needs.

I'm by no means leaving VR entirely, nor leaving you in the lurch.  You are in good hands.   I'm just becoming less-visible and less-active.  Elf Clan has grown to become a fairly self-reliant and thematically diverse group.  I trust the Eldar, Guardians and region owners to fill in the gaps.  

Dwagony hugz to all, and cookies all around.

-- Your friend, Snoots Dwagon

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Comment by Moontan Valeeva on April 23, 2014 at 11:02am

A semi-vacation well deserved. Thank you for all the good you did for Elf Clan Snoots and I'm sure we can still rely on you in times of need :)  May you find a diversity of cookies along your path and the ocassional flattened frog.

Comment by Julia Hathor on April 23, 2014 at 12:16pm

I will miss your voice in the forums & in here.   However, I will rejoice in your balancing of real life with virtual life.    It is one of the hardest things to do when we split ourselves between the two and are only limited to 24 hour days!   We'll miss you, but are blessed with this strong community you have built. May your path in all worlds be filled with creativity & contentment!

Comment by Ferrator Montoya on April 23, 2014 at 1:17pm

Above all else Snoots, please be safe :)

Have a good rest sir :)

Comment by Bellini Cazalet on April 23, 2014 at 3:02pm

Eben when you knows it comin, readin dat you not gonna be here alla time is makin me sad.  But, dwagon oh dwagon, if eber dere a dwagon what deserves a break it you.  You knows where I lives (since you gived me my home) n' dere always cookies bakin in da oben fer ya, wabbits fer chasin n' a flat fwoggy on da hilltop.   HUGGGGGGGGGGGGs

Comment by Snoots Dwagon on April 23, 2014 at 3:51pm

Is okay da Bellini.  I knows you can take over da main dwagoning. Someone gotta keep Elfs an' Orks in line!  :D


And tyty to good wishes from all of you.   All the names above know how valuable a good RL rest can be.  Not that I prolly gonna be resting much... just changing erratic activities! :D

Comment by Breathless Journey on April 23, 2014 at 5:22pm

Be joyous my friend, Snoots!  You have given me so much in this wonderful world.  May the magic of the Universe shower you with happiness and freedom to explore life!  Good health and good fortune!  Love & Huggs!

Comment by Snoots Dwagon on April 23, 2014 at 8:52pm

Ohhh... the Rabid Pink Pirates.   I'm glad you reminded me of that!  I am going to have to find a capable nutcase... uh... leader to keep the spirit going.  I have just the tiny too! 

And to be truthful, it may be a teensy difficult for me to resist the occasional pirate raid.  ;D

Comment by Oona Sharple on April 24, 2014 at 12:53am

And so Oona was about to go hug pillow and a raven camed wif dis post and says fer Oona to check Elf Clan Ning.

So,Oona has a message fer yew Poots..Before yew go,remember to come by yer booth at Isle de Papillons to pick up yer clutter,toys,flat toads,all da dead rodents.. Oona can go on .. Tidy up yer booth !
And mebbe if yew has time after cleanin up,we eat 2nd breakfast :D Oona been huntin ! :3

Oona keepin Dragon Forge Store dere,buddy :)

Sum Elf Clan members camed back to SL recently and Oona thinks dey been shoppin dere.

Oona also sees sumone wearin a Broke Doll avatar da odder day :)

Enjoy yer semi-vacation,Poots and yew knows where Oona is if yew wanna drop by :)

Lubs yew Poots Dwagon !

Huggies !

*Crawls into her nest and falls asleep*

Comment by Snoots Dwagon on April 24, 2014 at 5:16am

Hugz hugz!

Wot you mean clean up booth?  It "homey". : )

Comment by Ferrator Montoya on April 24, 2014 at 11:19am

Oh cool! We iz homeys now?

-scampers off-


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