This is Zanelle Aero, my Second Life avatar. I control her every move and use her to interact with other avatars on that wonderful site. I can change everything about her. I keep an inventory of things I like. I can even change her into an animal or a robot and I can make her invisible. She can fly, make love and wiggle her boobs. She is programed to look like she is breathing and her gaze follows my mouse as I move her around.
As an extension of me she has all my faults and good points. I build her fancy environments and we create Art together that we put in galleries on Second life. Her life is very similar to my life in real time. She is a little lonely but has made some very important and long lasting friendships with other avatars over the years. She was created in 2006.
It is easy to be Zanelle the avatar. I go to her for relaxation and escape. In her I can be and do anything. No limits. She and I explore all over the Second Life terrain which is endless. We go to international sites and the Second Life burning man. There are Blues Clubs where my avatar can just walk in and sit down and listen while I am in another window on my computer doing something else.
The music in Second Life can sometimes be streamed in by life performers playing in real time from their homes or on the road. I have a friend who has quite a following in SL from his home in Alaska. I listen to DJ's in Second Life who play the Blues I love to dance to.
I motate my avatar from the back at different distances. Sometimes I can get right into her head. We have made lovely homes in SL. It takes me about a half hour to clear one home out and about an hour to make a new one. I love decorating them and creating the gardens. I just took down this Hawaiian environment.
This one my avatar lives in now is called the Picasso Home and it is very modern.
It is right next to a zoo where there are lots of exotic animals and beautiful gardens. I have seen the zoo develop over the last five years and the work and attention to detail are amazing.
My avatar can go in and out of doors and up stairs. She sometimes looks like a drunk as I try to control the mouse. She can get horribly tangled and crash. She can be beautiful and very stubborn.
I can zoom my focus way out or bring it right up to her face. There are animations I can buy or create that make her do things automatically. Some of the dance animations are so much fun and can be so silly. She can be fat or thin, old or young, frumpy or naked.
On the upper deck of the house she/I put an electric ball. It interacts with the avatar with flashing lights and shapes. I was inspired to take some photos around this ball.
There is power in having an avatar. It is another tool on this journey to find out who we are. If you could be anything in the universe who or what would you be? I choose to be someone who is alot like I am in real life. The possiblities are endless and yet I still like to come home. I wonder where exactly home is sometimes.