#SecondLifeChallenge – Google Your Second Life Avatar

Yesterday, Strawberry Singh posted a Second Life Challenge on her blog:

"Here are the instructions for the #SecondLifeChallenge this week: Google your Second Life avatar name inside quotation marks and then answer the following questions. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments!"

After 11.5 fairly public years in Second Life, I figured I'd give it a try!

1. Google your Second Life name in “quotations” and share your results.

About 2,450 results (0.49 seconds)

2. What are the first 5 links that come up?

My profile on the Second Life website -

"Riel Central", my page with the links to my various websites -

This blog -

Facebook - Everyone named Gabrielle Riel -

Facebook - My profile -

3. Click on the “Images” tab and tell us where the f…

Bonfire Night

I stood next to the bonfire, staring into the flames. I was tired, but happy.

What a day it had been! Busy with running The Faerie Queene program. Busy with playing my Songs from The Nightingale "Bonfire Night" program.

Even though I was crazy busy, I had remembered to bring the bag with me. The bag stuffed with letters and papers and notes and mementos.

My thoughts rolled back. Back to when the Stone Circle was full of people and we were all dancing around the fire as I played the music.

[2017/11/05 12:51]  Gabrielle Riel walks over to the stump table with her tip jar on it and pulls out a bag stuffed with letters and papers from under it and walks back to the fire, placing it on the ground where she can reach it.

I kept playing the music. Then I did my wild transition.

"The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire..."

[2017/11/05 13:06]  Gabrielle Riel opens the bag at her feet

[2017/11/05 13:07]  Gabrielle Riel: Let's let these motherf----ers burn  ;-)


Meant to Be

I have had a difficult time sleeping this week.

It seems like every time I fall asleep I have nightmares about men from my past.

A few days ago I had a nightmare in which I ran into a former love and his rage at me was so palpable, so awful, it woke me up.

I thought, I prefer to be friends with my exes, but god...he really hates me, and he is always going to hate me.

I was unable to fall back asleep.

Last night I had another nightmare that involved a different former love. I don't remember the details at all, but I woke up in tears.

I thought, I prefer to be friends with my exes, but how can I be friends with someone who wasn't a friend to me?

Once again I was unable to fall asleep.

I am just about running on empty at this point.

I was so tired today that I took a nap. I fell deeply asleep and I dreamed, but this time it wasn't a nightmare.

I dreamed I was sitting at a sidewalk café and across the table from me was a man who is both a friend and a love.

We have not seen e…

The St John Haunted House

It's New Orleans 1917 and this once lavish house has fallen to disrepair.

The family that lived here suddenly vanished years ago and the neighbors won't dare enter the house or even speak of it.

Your inquiries are met with strange looks and frightened eyes.

Being not from around these parts, you are curious. Something has happened here.

What are the clues?

Why is everyone so afraid?

Are you in danger?

Is that a clock ticking, or is it the pounding of your heart?

Find out at:

Ladies and gentlemen, I cordially invite you to the St John Spooky Stomp at The St John Haunted House in St John Parish on Tuesday, October 24 from 7-8pm SLT.

Come swing and stomp with us at this wonderful venue created by our own Kitty!

Music: Halloween-themed Jazz and Big Band. Tune in on .

Attire: Costumes!

Gabi Hates

The messages always eventually make their way to me.

“Gabrielle Riel HATES me!”

“Gabrielle Riel HATES so-and-so!”

“Gabrielle Riel HATES us!”

I have been hearing “Gabi Hates” gossip for over a decade and it still takes me aback when one of these statements wends its way to my ears. The gossip is often accompanied by “and she is out to get me/get us!” statements.

You would think that I’d be used to this by now, but I seem to have retained some sort of strange naiveté, or perhaps it’s just a defense mechanism to block out negativity, because I still have the same reaction each time I hear gossip like this, which is: what the…?

Hate. It’s such a strong emotion that implies active focus. While there are some things and some people that I feel strongly about, hate is far too intense of a descriptor for my feelings for anyone. Hate takes effort. Hate takes time. And guess what? I don’t have enough time or effort to hate anybody!

My time and effort are spent on my daily tasks, both in and ou…

Training Videos: Taking and Restoring Objects

In order to assist St John Parish residents with sim tear-down and set-up, I have created these videos to help make the process quicker and easier.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Important St John (Parish) Announcement

Dear St John Parish Residents:

I am sending this communication to you directly via notecard in Second Life.

I am also sending it via in-world group notice and I am posting it on The St John Intelligencer and my Songs From The Nightingale blog so all St John residents can see it, however this information is of utmost importance to the residents of the St John Parish region.

First of all, I apologize for the very late notice about this, but something that will benefit St John greatly has come together suddenly and from out of the blue. I had to make a difficult decision to move forward with this in spite of a less-than-ideal timeline.

Please know that I would have made more time for this change if I had been able to. Sadly the logistics have worked out in a way that require us to make some drastic changes in a very short amount of time in the St John Parish sim.

So...what is this change?

I have been offered the opportunity to acquire a grandfathered full sim. Right now I pay $1370 USD per mon…