ConverSLations with Eden Knoller
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 Eden Knoller.
What’s your SL name and what do people call you? Eden Knoller. Most people just call me Eden but my close friends call me EEEEEden or something to that effect.
How old is your avatar? Is it your first? 5 1/2 years old – OMG has it really been this long? This is my very first and favorite avatar.
Do you have any SL family or RL family in SL? Nooooo. My RL family has no idea I play SL.
How old are you and where do you live? I am in my 40’s — that is as close as you will get. I live in West Michigan.
What’s your home life like? I am a widow with a 16 year old son. My husband died suddenly when my son was just 3; he is the most important person in my life. I never met anyone else; that was not the plan but that is how it is. My career has been in mental health and I have a Master’s Degree. Our home is ruled by 2 very fat grey cats. Cooking is my passion.
Why did you join SL? I had no idea what SL was when I joined. I played another RP game and the site kept going down for maintenance. A lot of my friends from that game also were in SL and so I joined them one day. I found it completely overwhelming and didn’t log in again for months.
What do you do in SL? I’ve always been a busy person in SL. After being on Orientation Island forever (I didn’t know how to leave or why I should leave), some guy helped me find skin and something besides system hair and that was the bug that lead to my obsession with style in SL. I was a really slow learner as far as teleporting and buying things, etc until I found the Free*Style blog. Then it all kind of clicked for me and I was unstoppable. I became friends with Ashia Tomsen from the blog and she invited me to join, probably because she was sick of me constantly telling her about freebies. I became one of the owners of Free*Style and just recently left the group as I was ready to move on. I’m very proud of the work that I did putting together ShopFree*Style. I’ve also had a personal fashion blog for years (though I’m currently on a hiatus due to RL). I am an assistant to Daphne Klossovsky of HANDverk and Pixieplumb Flanagan of Baby Monkey, who I have known since my noobie days. Right now I am a member of the Organizing Committee of Shoetopia.
When and how did you start? As I said above I started as a blogger for Free*Style and I was with the blog until just last month. I decided it was time to move on.
When not working in SL, what are you doing? In SL? Sorting my inventory! My inventory is like a SL museum though I have been putting a lot of effort lately into getting rid of it. I seem to be in this phase of letting go of a lot of things in SL and paying more attention to what is in my best interest. I have lots of friends, but most of them can attest that they are the ones that IM me. I am not someone who gets bored — I always have some project I am involved in or else I’m shopping or trying to figure out what to do with all my stuff.
Who is the most fun/interesting person you’ve worked with? I loved being a Free*Style blogger “back in the day”. There was a very unique group of talented women with a real sense of style. That was a lot of fun. But, I think a lot of things are fun; I am forever curious about people and why they do what they do and like what they like and I choose to spend my time with people who are honest yet silly. So, everyone is interesting!
Who do you want to work with? There isn’t really one particular person with whom I wish to work. I enjoy taking on projects where my opinion matters, especially as I approach SLife as a puzzle to figure out. The sheer talent of creators in SL absolutely blows me away and keeps me logging in regularly.
What do you wish you could do in SL? I wish I could create. One of my most embarrassing admissions is that I am all thumbs when it comes to Photoshop and other digital software programs (give me a spreadsheet any day and I’m happy). I have lots of ideas and would so love to try to make them for SL. I literally have panic attacks when I work with PS…I need a really patient teacher to slowly help me master it.
What is your favourite post/picture? It would be easier to admit which ones I’ve never published! I think the ones where I had time to style my looks in ways that are truly Eden come out the best.
What is your one SL vice or guilty pleasure? Shopping – how boring, huh? I’ve kind of steered away from SL relationships after being horrible hurt by someone. It is hard for me to get close to men in SL.
What is the oldest thing (you can find) in your inventory? The Haragyaru Socks that were part of my noob avatar. I thought that look was kind of interesting and wish I could find that outfit again, if not just to laugh. I also still have my very first dress and it is remarkably mod and sleek. Would be gorgeous in mesh.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Curious, Introverted, Shy
Does SL influence your RL style? Vise versa? Heaven’s yes! My husband was owned vintage clothing stores and dealt in furniture from the 20th century, esp. mid-century modern, a lot of which was manufactured near to my home. I have always had a love for design and I bring it hear. I am a bit of a fuss budget about quality in SL.
What’s your favourite pasttime? Eating spicy food and laughing with friends.
Anything else you want to share? I am very introverted in both SL and RL and find anything social that is going to require small talk to be nearly tortuous. I have some very close friends in SL, for whom I am very grateful. With them I can be myself and often silly. I can talk like a sailor when I’m with them. I despise Plurk and have an account but have kept it on vacation for several years and the karma thing made me nuts. I do not understand all this oversharing and the hating that goes on. I would rather get to know a person for who they are vs. some public persona.