Sometimes you need to take apart the pieces to put them back together in a different way…

I think we hibernate. Crawl into our cave where it is small..safe..uncomplicated, and we stay there for a while. If I still lived where it snowed, I’d hibernate just because of the snow. But I don’t…so why?

Toss on a robe, candle lantern to light just what’s right in front of him. Simple. So, what does the tarot card mean?

The Hermit suggests that you are in a phase of introspection where you are drawing your attention inwards and looking for answers within. You are in need of a period of inner reflection, away from the current demands of your position.

Do I know when I’m hermitting? Sometimes, but most often not. Does it feel like I’m missing pieces? That something is out of alignment? Yep. Do I miss connecting with people I care about but feel like I’m looking out through a fish tank of clear goo? Right again.

Sometimes by choice, but most of the time for me it’s a compulsion – a need. I’m overwhelmed with thoughts, with stuff, and I need to process it all. There’s a need to reduce stimuli, focus on simple,”safe” things while the gears whir away in my head until the pieces snap back into place.

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The most important part? Coming out the other side.

I’ve missed you all and I’m so thrilled to be back!

Yours in dance,
Eva

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Workshops this Week! (3/9-3/11)

The chaos has settled a bit, Spring is coming, and workshops are ready to roll again! The Animation Shopping field trip was soo much fun and a big hit!

So what’s on the calendar this week? Hope to see you soon!

Sat, Mar 9th

9 am slt
Mini Workshop: Animation Organizer – [NDS]Animation Manager 

Own the NDS Animation Organizer but not quite comfortable with it yet? Interested in learning more about this great tool for organizing your animations? Bring your own to work with, or play with one of mine for this mini-workshop!
(30 mins, Gadget Central)

10 am slt
Choreography Designer Class 3 – Creating Multiple Dancer Routes, Using Prefixes and Mirroring

A step beyond the basics, we start exploring some of the additional features that can make creating choreography routes so much easier!  Know how to update a movement card?  Add waypoints, what (travel) time and sleep time are?  This is the next step as we explore other handy options available – what they do, why you would want to use them, and most importantly – how!  You’ll wonder how you worked without using handy features such as prefixes, stats, particle paths, and copying choreography routes in seconds!
(60 mins, Build Studio)

Requirements to participate:  Own Spot On Choreography Design System 2.0, have a basic familiarity with creating waypoints and updating the mover notecard.   All are welcome to attend and listen!

11 am slt
INTERACTIVE 2.0: Choreography Designer Class 3 – Creating Multiple Dancer Routes, Using Prefixes and Mirroring

Feel free to stay, ask questions, and practice what we covered during the workshop! Informal and interactive!
(60 min, Build Studio)

Mon, Mar 11th

5 pm slt
Introduction to Dance & Choreography

This workshop was created for anyone new or interested in becoming a choreographer and current choreographers interested in reinforcing their foundation in dance.  The workshop will be presented in a comfortable discussion type format – interaction is encouraged! During this workshop we’ll be introducing what we believe are the key aspects of dance and offer suggestions for building a strong foundation.  Components of dance, what is choreography, starting tools, considerations, and bringing your vision to life will also be discussed.
(60 mins, Atrium)

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No workshops today, Spring cleaning and newness

No workshops for today – I’m working on some fixing some system issues. There will be some new blog posts this week and some workshop restructuring. I’m excited – and hope to see y’all soon!

Always,
~ Eva

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Simple Scripting – Making Particles Listen

Please check the calendar to see when this workshop is next scheduled or contact EvaHarley inworld if you are interested.  Harleyquin Calendar

Workshop Overview:

During this mini-workshop we will focus on how to take a full perm particle script and make it into a particle that can “listen”, allowing you to control turning it on and off.  An example full perm particle script and a “trigger” script will be provided.  After attending this workshop, you will be able to convert almost any full perm particle script into a particle you can control with your dance HUD.

(30 min, Build Studio)

Workshop Flow:

Jump Start:

Helpful things to know if you’d like a bit of a head start.

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A Common Theme…Stay Strong

Stay strong. One of those catch phrases we often see on mugs. But..

what if it’s more than that? What if it’s a mantra to remind ourselves we ARE strong. Even when life seems to want to push us down, shove us in a corner, until we feel compelled to hide in our cave until it’s safe again?

You ARE strong. Even when others sow doubt in our minds. Make us think we are wrong, that there is something wrong with who we are.

Fight back.

Not in words. But in belief in yourself. In knowing you have the right to be who you are. Shed the negativity, let it slide off you like a summer rain. Don’t let that negativity control you, change you.

You CAN choose how you respond, physically, emotionally, internally. You CAN choose to believe in your self. That you ARE strong.

Stay Strong.

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New Resources are being added!

Slow and steady is the name of the game lately – but things are progressing.

A new feature has been added – a list of full perm clothing/shoe/jewelry creators has been added and frequently updated.

Take a look, here

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Oh my! New particles released?

Sometimes I love to lurk on marketplace and see what’s new – especially the gadgets section. It looks like M2D and Illusions have both released new particles.

M2D – Marketplace
Illusions – Marketplace

Lots of promising uses for the new particles they’ve released! Check out their marketplace store and sort by most recent first – then go check them out in world if you can! M2D’s in-world store is definitely not one to be missed!

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Be fierce and OWN who you REALLY are

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I love watching Ted Talks, everything from bamboo houses to insight into amazing art to thought provoking topics.

When I was young, I thought I’d have everything figured out by now.  Now?  I’m still a work in progress.  Always learning, always changing, always exploring who I am, finding my path and those special things inside of me.

les brown trials
Sometimes I feel stuck.  Sometimes it feels like I should hang an “out of order” sign around my neck.  Sometimes I feel alone or unmotivated.

THAT is my mind’s message saying

“YO!  IT’S TIME TO SHAKE THINGS UP!”

I always think body language is how I come across to others.  I’ve never thought about how it came across to me.  When I’m completely absorbed in something, I’m all kinds of spread out, moving, arms waving (even if no one can see me).  Very often I’m surrounded by notes, and books, and notepads.  Sometimes I’ve even got my legs kicked up, keyboard balanced on my lap.  I’m OWNING IT, and I’m in the zone.

Not always though.  Sometimes I’m flustered and nervous.  I can hear it in my voice.  My muscles are tense as I draw my shoulders in.  I say thank you 50 times, and I apologize 100.  I’m not confident and I’m not focused where I need to be.

WHY?     Fear.    of trying something new.  of failing.  of not being prepared.  of being judged and found lacking.

What sucks about society is that others can pound this feeling into us.  That we’re not good enough.  That it will never happen.  That we can’t do it.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “You’ll never…..”.  For every doubtful look.  Deflating comment.  Even worse?  the walls put in place by others to set us up for failure.  What happens?  WE BELIEVE IT.  I can feel myself drawing inward, shoulders hunched.  Not inspired.  A ghost.  How I stand, my body language, effects me too.

The Ted Talk below was enlightening.  My favorite parts?  Tiny tweaks = big changes and don’t fake it until you make it, fake it until you become it.  Now go stand like superwoman for two minutes (yes – guys too!).  Raise your hands in the air in pride!  You GOT this!  Go be you, no apologies!

My word of the day – POWERFUL!

Always,
~ Eva

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Smooth Dancer Tips & Tricks!

In preparation for tonight’s workshop, I’ve researched, and thought, and wracked my brain for all those little ways to wring out that little bit extra from this amazing animation and choreography tool.

Read here for the newest updates to my tips and tricks post:

Tips & Tricks – Smooth Dancer

If you have any suggestions for more or issues you’ve run into, I’d love to know!

Always,
~ Eva

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This Week’s Workshops, Jan 21-27th

Hmm…what workshops do we have in store for this week?  Tips & Tricks for your Smooth Dancer HUD on Monday, and starting your dancers back stage on Sunday – in our brand new training theatre!

– All are welcome to attend.  Participate or come & listen!  No registration required.
– Workshops are held in voice.  Please make sure voice is enabled before arriving.
– Workshops will begin five minutes after the start time.  Please arrive before start time.

My goal is to have fun while learning and sharing!  Learning Center LM:  here
Climb through the window, use the teleport board, or follow the signs to the workshop area.  (Yes, there is a window at the landing point…)

We look forward to seeing you!


Monday, Jan 21st

5 pm slt
Spot On Smooth Dancer – Tips, Tricks, and Using Sequences within Sequences to Create Choreography

My goal?  Push the tools as far as they’ll go!  Find new and efficient ways to use them, and share what I learn.  Come join this informal discussion as we review tips and ideas for making the most of your Smooth Dancer HUD.
(60 mins, dance studio)

Being familiar with using and recording with the Smooth Dancer Animation and Choreography HUD is preferred.  All are welcome to attend and listen!

Saturday, Jan 26th

9 am slt
Spot On Synchronization – Starting Your Dancers Backstage

Use the Performance Director?  Wish your dancers could get on their movers early?  That you could just create your route for a dance on stage and not have the first way point backstage and hope you press play fast enough to get them on stage before the curtain opens?

If you use the Performance Director, Stage Manager, and Choreography Design System you CAN do this – easily.  We will review how you can create backstage notecards, understage notecards, and other things that will take the stress from getting your dancers in position!  I will also share how I easily incorporate this into all my new dances – within minutes and across venues!
(90 min – 45 min demonstration and explanation, 45 min creating together
held in the Training Theatre)

Requirements to participate:  Must own and have used the Performance Director, Stage Manager, and Choreography Design System in performance, and be comfortable in using them.  All are welcome to attend and listen!


Visit the calendar for a full listing of scheduled workshops here

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