A writer’s office in Second Life

For a long time it has been my dream to establish a common writer’s office with several collagues to share ressources, motivate and discipline each other and generally break with the usually solitary job of writing fiction. It’s a secret of the trade that being your own boss can sometimes be stifling when faced with the freedom to do what you want. The direct exchange with others is what many creatives miss in their daily routine. When I recently chatted with my colleague Christian Kathan about this we came to the idea – as we live too far apart and there’s no way to share a workplace in reallife – why not create a writer’s office in the virtual word? Within a few days the idea was realized. Thorsten Küper aka Kueperpunk Korhonen sublet a parcel of land in Second Life and set up a house for us, I organized the furnishing, Sven Klöpping joined in as the team’s third writer and since then we meet once or twice a week to share news about our work, confer with each other and plan collaborations. Our office is now part of the growing Kreativdorf (creative village), a gathering of culturally active German SL members around Thorsten’s renowned event location Kafé Kruemelkram.

On Thusday July 4th we hosted in our office and some of the surrounding locations a virtual addendum to the ten year anniversary celeberation of the German sf magazine Nova that I edit with Olaf G. Hilscher, with readings by Sven Kloepping and Michael Marrak and a short musical interlude by myself, despite some technical problems a well-received event. Below some views of our writer’s office, first the main room, then the seating corner where we usually meet and talk and finally the conference room with a huge inworld webbrowser that we use to note and announce information.