ConverSLations with Deoridhe Quandry
In an effort for all of us to get to know each other better, I’ve decided to conduct some friendly (and not at all prying) questionnaires. I hope it’ll help connect us to others, and bring our little community closer. Today, we have Deoridhe Quandry.
What’s your SL name and what do people call you? My SL name is Deoridhe Quandry, and most people shorten it to Deo.
How old is your avatar? Is it your first? My avatar is a little over five years old. She is my second – my Second is about a year and a half older, but i was only on her a couple of times before I gave up on Second Life.
Do you have any SL family or RL family in SL? No family, but a few good friends.
How old are you and where do you live? I’m in my thirties and I live on the West Coast of the Americas.
What’s your home life like? I live with my cat and we are very happy. I have a lovely place with a lot of plants.
Why did you join SL? The second time, which stuck, a friend of mine introduced me thinking I would really love the fashion. I ended up spending some time doing philosophy discussions until I got bored, then switched to roleplaying, and now I roleplay a little but mostly blog. I also explore the Second Life art scene, because I like pretty things I can interact with.
What do you do in SL? I blog, make fashionable looks, roleplay, and experience art. I specialize in un-edited photography in Second Life, trying to push the medium as far as I can without altering it with photoshop. I’m beginning to play with photoshop but I’m far from skilled at it. My roleplaying is at Isle of Amras, where I’m one of the staff and the Head Healer. I love exploring art, though my recent game-playing has been severely cutting into my art time.
When and how did you start? I was invited to roleplay by two ex-friends maybe three years ago, and I’ve gone through about four or five different sims. I started on a fantasy sim, moved to a modern gothic one, and now am at a grab-bag sim which I really enjoy. I started to blog about four years ago with mostly commentary and nonsense, and morphed into a fashion blogger along the way. I’ve been trying to get closer to my roots of cogent opinions and interesting commentary, but honestly describing what I’m wearing and why I like it is a lot easier.
When not working in SL, what are you doing? I’m a therapist. I write poetry and stories. I draw and paint. I do gardening, and am particularly proud of my wax flower which I inherited from my grandmother. I study philosophy and read some pretty esoteric books. I real a lot of psychology and some anthropology. I’m semi-involved in social justice movements, and spend a lot of time educating myself about bigotry and interwoven layers of oppression and privilege.
Who is the most fun/interesting person you’ve worked with? I actually adore most of my co-workers, which is a small blessing. All of the most interesting people I work with are clients, though, and I’m afraid I have to keep mum on them.
Who do you want to work with? I just want to continue working; I love my job so very much. There are a lot of people I’d like to get to know better, but I always feel like I don’t have much to offer.
What do you wish you could do in SL? I would like to be able to decorate a sim. I would love a full sim to play with an decorate and take pictures in, and to see what people thought of it. I also have some artistic ideas, but haven’t had the focus, time, or energy to try to see them realized.
What is your favourite creation? I actually made a rainbow fountain house ages ago that I still love, even if it was amateurish in the extreme.
What is your one SL vice or guilty pleasure? Drama. I know the backbeat of Second Life so often seems to be “no drama, no drama, no drama) but personally I love seeing what gets people riled up, what drives a conflict, and how people react.
What is the oldest thing (you can find) in your inventory? The second thing I purchased were my Fancy Fairy Azarelle wings, which I still own. I think I’ve actually deleted the first thing I bought, which was Sirena’s Rapunzel hair.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Whimsical. Philosophical. Rainbowy.
Does SL influence your RL style? Vise versa? My offline style definitely reflects back on Second Life and what I like there. It’s harder to actually accomplish the styles I like most offline, though; I used to cosplay, but right now my sewing machine is in another state.
What’s your favourite pasttime? Self-reflection. I spend a lot of time navel gazing and thinking about how the world fits together, in terms of peoples’ thoughts, reactions, and the interweave of our lives, where we find one another inescapable. This plays heavily into my social justice work.
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