Organica New Releases – June 2020

Having moved to my current home in late 2018, I have since been thinking of ways in which I could better make my back yard work for my needs. As I may have discussed in the past, having a yard was pretty important to me because I needed space to develop my bonsai hobby and be comfortable in my container gardening in general.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about DIY alternatives to buying greenhouses, and making such a design work within my available funds and space. I’m not sure that I would be able to start on such a project right away if I did have the money, but I’ve been finding it helpful to plan things out and figure out the pricing ahead of time.

This greenhouse came out of that line of development. It’s probably not the solution I will end up with if I do move ahead, but I’m happy that I was still able to come up with a solution *someone* might be able to work with. (Plus I can *make* it work for my situation in-world too, right? 😉 )

Anyhow, this package includes a version of the same greenhouse oriented such that the door is on one or the other side, making placement a bit more flexible.

Of note: Because of the semi-transparent plastic texture, I recommend that any plants placed inside or adjacent to this building have their textures switched from Alpha Blending to Alpha Masking, so as to avoid alpha texture laying issues (where one texture sometimes appears to supercede others in front of it).

Both houses are 10LI and mod/copy, with a copy-only door script, which can be removed if need be.

These watering cans are unscripted props that are great, simple additions to your garden. Four colours available, 1 LI each, mod/copy.

Organica has had field-type ferns for a while – I was out in my garden the other day and realized it would be helpful to have some that grew more in clusters or were more suitable for container plantings.

These come with three plant shapes (young, growing, mature), where the fronds can be found in a variety of growth periods to best fit what you want to place them with. I’ve also accessorized with a hanging and standing planter, but they would do fine planted in the ground or in a raised bed as well, for example.

All pieces run from 1-2 LI each at packaged size.

All of these releases are available in-store now!

Specifically, the ferns and watering cans can be found here:

and the greenhouses can be found here:

All three products are also now available up on my Marketplace listing, here.

Wilds of Organica at SL17B Hop & Shop!

Hey folks!

Quick update – Wilds of Organica is on-site at the SL17B Hop and Shop running now thru July 12!

All products there are 20% off and you can pick up the new Octopus Hat there too, also at a discount!

Pop on over and have some fun both at the Hop & Shop and SL17B proper!

WoO is located on Golden region, here:

You can also visit the SL17B regions by searching for ‘SL17B’ on the World Map.

A number of new releases are coming up this week from Organica as well, so keep your eyes open for a notice if you’re on the subscription list!

What’s in a name?

It’s been a while since I first chose a name to pair with my last name in SL. As of July 22, I’ll have been in SL for fourteen years (pardon me as my heart crumbles to dust and I emit a haunted internal scream).

And while I can say that not all of that time was spent working full-time here, there has never been any extended period of time during which I deliberately took a break away from the platform.

I also don’t see that changing much in the future, although of course working situations change all the time.

What I *will* say is that, while I’ve always been very attached to my account and the things I have made with it, I’ve grown apart from the name.

When I joined SL, the Final Fantasy movie had come out five years before. It was in no good sense of the term anything resembling Final Fantasy, but at the time I thought it was cool for what it was. I was an anime nerd, had just been accepted to art school, joined having heard of the platform via Warren Ellis (aka Integral Danton).

Does anyone approach Second Life knowing the name they want the first time around? Back then, with no such thing as display names and a narrow selection of family names to choose from, I went with a last name that sounded cool and was relevant to my interests at the time. And why choose a Japanese last name if I didn’t use a Japanese first name? So of course the FF movie was on my brain when I chose Aki, and that’s where Aki Shichiroji comes from. (Side-eye acknowledged here – I’ll touch on this later).

I signed up, I spent the first 24hrs attaching plywood boxes to my head, trying on all the free hair and clothing I could get my hands on, accidentally stumbled on to one of Astrin Few’s weekly performances in Clementina, hung out with a group of folks in Club Pyramid in Thams… and by the end of the week I was hooked.

Easy access (both technologically and personally) to other creative people? Hang out in clubs designed in any way imaginable? Build my very own TARDIS? (I later learned a great many colleagues also chose this as their First Thing to make in SL) What’s not to love?

Years later, I’ve graduated from art school, moved away from home, created content for various dev companies and other clients as well as built my own brands in SL. I’m still happy with how things are going and am likely to continue for quite some time to come.

But what I’ve been unhappy with for a while has been my account name.

For starters, as someone who is not Japanese, it’s felt appropriative for a while. Secondly, though, I’ve wanted to feel more of a connection to my main account than I actually have now. Rather than just feeling like this is just an account where I make and sell things from, I’d prefer that it feel like an extension of my daily experience and personality.

The me behind the keyboard *now* is also a lot different from the me behind the keyboard *then*. I still watch anime now and then, but I’m not attached to it. There are parts of Japanese culture which still interest me, but I would never now claim that I have any right to a name from that culture. I’m also growing to understand what it means to be part of my own culture as a Chinese-Canadian.

So… name changes.

I had been thinking about changing my account name for a while. The original offer LL had on hand before their announcement this year was going to be too expensive, so I compromised by changing my display name to my RL initials.

Then LL made their name change announcement and I was quick to say it was too expensive because that’s how it felt. But more recently I saw they included the last name ‘Cloud’ and figured I would pull the trigger.

The $40 is a one time thing, and my account has been premium for a while anyway.

My new account name, Anne Cloud, is not really all too far off from the truth. My Chinese given name (安雯) roughly translates to safe/secure/quiet/calm cloud, and my middle name is Anne, so it’s a good fit.

TL;DR: Aki Shichiroji is no more. I’ve changed my account name to Anne Cloud. This change should be reflected in-world and on MP within the next twenty-four hours. I’ll hold on to @akishichiroji on Plurk, Twitter, and Instagram, but display names will be updated where necessary.

Also, please feel free to continue calling me Aki. or FC. or Anne. This has mainly been a change to edify my personal wellbeing and encourage better engagement with my own experience in-world. I just figured I would post about the change and why I made it.

New Giant Ghost Crabs at Fantasy Faire!

Greetings Dear Readers!

I hope things have been going well and you are all safe & sound – My thoughts are with you all!

Today, I’d like to announce this new release through Wilds of Organica for Fantasy Faire, which I’ve been working on with NeoBokrug Elytis of Desolate Studios!

This new critter is both a wanderer and a mount. If rezzed on land, you can set it to explore a given range and it will move around & animate at random.

If worn, it will play animations for both itself and you as the rider.

Currently, 8 versions are available, plus two RFL exclusive releases!

These are premiering at WoO’s shop in Cassiopeia for the duration of Fantasy Faire, after which they will be available at the main store. 

Try a working demo and explore the Fairelands here!

Fantasy Faire runs right now thru May 10! Check out their website for full details, ongoing events, shopping guides and more!

On a personal note (as it applies to Organica & Wilds of Organica), I’ve been quite occupied with a work project for the past 8 months, which has led to a relative lack of updates here. 

Starting this week I will finally have some time to work on personal projects (and by extension O & WoO). I am hoping to revamp some of the older tutorial videos with a focus on Blender 2.8 & Blender Avastar 2.8 update (which is in development and will be released soon).

To these ends, if there are particular shortfalls of my existing material and/or you’d like to see some other topic covered, please let me know! I am working on some content already behind the scenes, so hopefully I can share that with you soon!

Terrifying Tail Trail Event

Wilds of Organica will participate in Madpea’s inaugural Terrifying Tail Trail Event, starting TODAY at 12PM SLT, running th ru Nov 2, 11:59AM! Explore the store to find your door to a great wealth of treats!

Our treat on offer is this creaky old treant – an animesh tree that reacts to avatars by proximity or click!

It’s mod/copy with some copy-only content and scripted by NeoBokrug Elytis.

This item will be available exclusively via the event for its duration and for sale afterward.

Get full details on the event and how to get your Hunt HUD by joining the MadPeas group!

Happy Trick or Treating!

New Animesh Pet at the MadPea Pet Friends Fair!

Greetings Folks!

I’m pleased to announce that Wilds of Organica is a proud partner showing right now at the MadPea Pet Friends Fair!

For this event, a very special animesh pet has been created which makes use of Animesh as well as Bento Bones to create a special amalgam of a couple of our favourite animals.

These cat birds are made for use rezzed at home or abroad as an attachment.

As a gachapon item, you’ll be playing for a transfer-only version, with option to exchange for mod/copy in-store.

Similar to the Chompers, they can be allowed to roam a set distance if rezzed at home. You can additionally attach them via a variety of attachment points for different animation and behaviour.

You can either attach from inventory or from rezzed pet (just click the pet while it is rezzed to be given a set of attach options!) – although we always recommend that you exchange your transfer-only pet for copyable version, using the exchanger at the main store, to prevent asset loss.

To learn more about it, please check out this info page or check it out at the pet fair, from now through July 20!

See you there!

Wilds of Organica at SL16B Shop & Hop!

Linden Lab is sponsoring a set of shopping regions this year as part of the SL16B celebrations and I was fortunate enough to grab a spot.

There are two new products from WoO that you can pick up there, along with taking advantage of a sizable number of significant discounts on many existing products!

These headpieces come in 8 colours for sale and 1 as a SL16B gift and are simple attachments that should add to your skull much like any other hair. Unrigged, they can be resized, rotated or moved to fit most head shapes.

These bracelets are an extended offering based upon a Patreon exclusive version offered earlier this month. They are the perfect accessory to your ocean-inspired costumes, or even to just wear on a day to basis casually! They feature in-depth textures, bump and shiny maps to achieve incredible detail with a sane degree of geometry. Six colours available ,plus the Patreon edition at Organica region (available upon reaching the $10 tier level) as well as a free gift at the SL16B shop!

These, along with a selection of other items from Wilds of Organica, are all available at varying levels of discount right now through July 7th, here at Halcyon:

See you there!

Happy Birthday, Second Life!

Chompers Imminent!

Wilds of Organica has the great privilege of being a part of Gacha Garden this May and as has been touched upon in a previous post, these adorable carnivorous plants will be available! Full details for use are available here ( but here are some quick details:

In addition to the twelve main items you can win, the Gilt Fantasy colour is available *exclusively* as a Gacha Garden Seeds of Inspiration item, which means one will be dispensed every twenty plays, but also that this particular colour will be retired once the event has ended.

This AniMesh pet can be held or rezzed on the ground, is available in 12 colours, and operates independently of any other Chomper. Rez on the ground and click to turn on/off movement or to change its movement range. Wear to hold using a Bento-friendly animation!

This pet is *also* convertible to a full avatar (with an add-on pack, sold separately at the Wilds of Organica main store).

Gacha Garden opens May 1 and runs thru May 22 – Check out WoO’s Gacha Vendor here: Gacha Productions/111/68/22

A little housekeeping

A little housekeeping on the Wilds of Organica side:

Medusa Gorgon Hair Update

Updates to the hairbase were made and sent out this afternoon for all Medusa Gorgon hairs. This update fixes a permissions issue which had not been caught for some time (the hairbase tattoos). With that said: as I have no way of tracking individual Relay for Life sales, purchasers of any Amethyst or Pink Medusa Gorgon hairs which have been sold so far at Fantasy Faire will *not* have received this update. If you would like one, please IM or email me and I’ll be happy to send you an updated pack.

Centaur Applier Update

Updated centaur applier boxes will also be going out this afternoon. They include new Omega appliers for your fur layers, allowing for application to all Omega-compatible mesh bodies.

Of note: If you are using the Niramyth Aesthetic body, it is recommended that you make use of the ‘compression’ clothing layer for this purpose.

Gacha Garden

Wilds of Organica will be participating in Spring round of Gacha Garden!

Work is still in progress but here are a few sneak-peeks!

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Fantasy Faire 2019

Fantasy Faire is quite possibly my favourite time of year in Second Life.

It’s a time when creativity across the grid comes together and is on showcase. Above and beyond the big money makers and monthly mixers, this is the opportunity for folks who create something truly different and magical to show off what they’ve been doing all year and to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society in the Second Life Relay for Life.

That said, it’s also bittersweet because, as an event raising funds for the American Cancer Society, it also serves to remind us of those who have been affected by cancer.

This year in particular has been rather poignant as someone I knew passed away rather recently from cancer – a week ago, as of this writing.

I didn’t know Mishellereine very well, but we shared the hobby of fountain pens and it’s a subject she could be deeply passionate about. Her passing leaves a hole in the fountain pen community and we miss her greatly.

She loved purple things, so I figured I’d make a Wyvern coat that would suit her colour preference. All proceeds from the sale of this Wyvern colour will always go to the American Cancer Society in her memory.

Amethyst and Pink Medusa Gorgon Hair are now available as donation items for RFL – be sure to try a demo to make sure it’s for you!

Of note, as of this writing, the Fantasy Faire team has raised a total of L$3,487,572 (US $13,950) for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life over a three day period.

Additionally, this year, I set about the task of updating the Centaur avatar for a more stocky appearance, as has been requested in the past.

This new body shape still utilizes the original centaur UV layout (and thus is also compatible with the Centaur applier system) but makes use of a modified rig which makes size adjustments more gracefully than the original Classic body. I’ve also added Omega applier support for fur layers, so folks with mesh bodies now have greater flexibility when it comes to transitioning the centaur bodies to mesh human bodies.

Has been tested with: SLink Physique (Female & Male), Signature Gianni, Niramyth Aesthetic. Full details on the Stocky body have been added to the Centaur info page, here.

All of the above releases are now available on-site at Wilds of Organica’s shop in The Shrine Tree. You can pick up other well-loved fantasy critters and accessories from WoO there, along with some fantasy-inspired releases by Organica as well!

Next week, keep your eyes open for a new release at Gacha Garden! NeoBokrug’s worked extensively to help make the next release super fun!

More on that later 🙂

If you enjoy what I’m doing here or think someone else might also find it of use, please feel free to share this blog with them. If you’d like to keep up to date with posts, the RSS for this blog is here, I can also be found on Twitter and Plurk. The Discord server is here.

If you really like my stuff, perhaps consider donating to my Patreon?

Perks include new release postings, access to beta testing (should it be required), a monthly L$1500 credit, and (recently unlocked) monthly Patron-exclusive gifts !

Your continued support helps to produce regular content (written, modelled, animated or otherwise) and helps to keep original content creation in Second Life!

Thanks for your support!