Invitation to a Journey of Music

10 July 2014



Ladies and Gentlemen
Gabrielle Riel and SL RFL Team ACTS
Invite You to a Journey of Music
to Celebrate the SL RFL Season

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:30pm - 2:00pm SLT
at The Carntaigh Garden Ballroom, Winterfell Sim
Attire: Formal, any shade of purple, from any era
Music: http://music.gabrielleriel.com
 

Rooms for Rent: The Return of the St John Pension

26 June 2014

Back when I owned New Toulouse, I had one of those residents that I call a "flipper".

Gabrielle Riel's Definition of Flipper: Someone who leases a parcel and then abandons it within a few weeks.

Flippers come in two flavors:

1. Someone who leases, then abandons quickly, and who then returns in a few weeks or months and then leases a parcel and abandons it quickly. Continue ad infinitum.

2. Someone who leases a parcel and who tells me how fabulous my estate is and how they have so many wonderful plans for things they are going to do in my estate. Their effusiveness tends to be over the top. Then, in a few weeks, they abandon.

So much for all those plans huh? I've actually learned to take over-the-top compliments and tons of fabulous plans as a sign that that person IS a flipper.

The flipper I mention above was a flavor 2. Tons of plans. IMd me a lot to tell me about the plans.

Then the resident abandoned within weeks with no notice. Unfortunately that resident had two very large parcels, parcels that are difficult to lease because they are so big.

I brainstormed. I asked myself how I could effectively lease that land and the thought that came to my mind was to create an apartment building on one of the parcels.

When I was a brand newbie in April 2006, I searched far and wide for an apartment or something like it. I needed a place to stay temporarily while I waited for the 5th Caledon sim to arrive. (Caledon Tamrannoch - I was a founder.)

I could not find anything at all! And I never forgot what that felt like. I had always hoped to create apartments someday because I knew there was a need for them. Apartments are also very cost effective.

I asked my intrepid architect Mr. Breitman to build me an apartment building. I wanted it to have six rooms. As always, he came up with something wonderful. He's such a master of maximizing space in the most creative ways.

Thus the New Toulouse Pension was born. I was initially very curious. Would it draw residents? Would it fill? Would it remain empty and be a total flop?

It ended up being a smashing success. The Pension filled and stayed filled. It was so popular that I added another apartment building that I named the Conciergerie and it filled up with residents and stayed filled!

My initial layout plans for St John did not contain a parcel for the Pension. Several people asked me if I was going to have a Pension and I said no, I did not have room for it.

St John has been on the grid for 6 months now. I have been able to tweak its layout a little bit on the edges as I have learned what residents like and need. Finally after 6 months....

The St John Pension is back!

It has 6 rooms. Each room costs $225 L per week and has an allotment of 117 prims. This is identical to the cost and prim amount per room that I had in the New Toulouse Pension. None of the rooms are occupied as of this writing, but I expect that to change quickly.

If you or anyone you know would like to lease an apartment in the lovely St John Parish sim, use the following SLURL to teleport to the Pension: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/42/70/24 . Click the vacancy sign for a notecard of information about the Pension.


Thank you, dear Flipper from years ago! If it weren't for you, I would have likely never discovered the benefit of having apartments in my estate.

Lemonade from lemons my dears. Lemonade from lemons.  I look forward to meeting the folks who become residents of the Pension!

Invitation to The Black Masquerade

20 June 2014




I believe in my mask - The man I made up is me
I believe in my dance - And my destiny
~ Sam Shepard

Lady Gabrielle Riel
Duchess of Carntaigh
Invites You To
The Black Masquerade

Saturday, June 21, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm SLT
at Azure dAlliez Sim

Attire: Black formal with masks
Music: Classical on http://music.gabrielleriel.com
Proceeds for: SL RFL Team Hearts & Souls
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Azure%20dAlliez/225/39/28

Please join the Hearts & Souls SL RFL team for The Black Masquerade Ball in the Azure dAlliez sim.

Don your formal black attire and masques and join the other ghostly guests at the ball where Gabrielle Riel features classical music of the creepy variety for final event of the Saturday of Sizzlin' Halloween Weekend.

St John Tea Transcripts - 06/18/2014

18 June 2014

[18:01] Gabrielle Riel: Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for taking the time to attend our tea this evening. :-)

[18:02] Holocluck Henly: :)

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: No multimedia tonight, just text. :-)

[18:02] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): "Thank you for having us."

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: Hi Otenth! Hi Dawn!

[18:02] Holocluck Henly: Hello Mr Panderborn :)

[18:02] DawnMcCormick: good evening everybody :)

[18:02] Otenth Håkon Paderborn (otenth.paderborn): Hello everyone!

[18:02] Holocluck Henly: Hello Miss Dawn

[18:02] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): Hullo Jarl Paderborn, Miss McCormick

[18:02] Gabrielle Riel: Tonight’s tea will not be very long, I will however happily sit and chat and answer any general questions during post-official-topic discussion.

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: There are two topics for this tea: 1. Lake St John, its current state and 2. Available parcels.

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: I am ok with you asking questions as we go along this evening, because I don’t have that much to cover.

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: (usually I ask that folks hold questions)

[18:03] Gabrielle Riel: But tonight is "short".

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: I’m sure you have all seen it, but Lake St John has been in for several weeks now. Please visit if you have not yet had the chance.

[18:04] Holocluck Henly: :)

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: Miss Dawn is a Lake St John resident. :-)

[18:04] Holocluck Henly: woo!

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: How goes life on the lake so far?

[18:04] DawnMcCormick smiles and tries to whipe the mud from her feet

[18:04] DawnMcCormick: very well even if a gator has settled on my land already

[18:04] Gabrielle Riel: Oh dear

[18:05] Holocluck Henly: https://flic.kr/p/nY4oXZ

[18:05] Gabrielle Riel: Well, that does happen

[18:05] DawnMcCormick: and my dog i in love with him ow as it seems

[18:05] DawnMcCormick giggles

[18:05] Aoife (aoife.lorefield) waves to everyone and finds a seat

[18:05] Gabrielle Riel: We have a total of 5 residents in LSJ.

[18:05] Holocluck Henly: gotta be doing something right if a gator is taking up residence

[18:05] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): Call him Amos Moses.

[18:05] DawnMcCormick grins

[18:05] Gabrielle Riel: We now have a contiguous estate, with a single road that connects St John Woods, Lake St John and St John Parish. The road starts here in Parish in the NW corner of the sim.

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel: The road does not yet have a name! I'll be inspired at some point.

[18:06] Gabrielle Riel: It goes North through LSJ and connects to Bewitch Way, the main road in SJW.

[18:07] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): The Riel Trace.

[18:07] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:07] Gabrielle Riel: There are 3 spots where I have built draw bridges so boats can easily move about the sims. You open the draw bridges by clicking one side of the bridge and then the other. The sides raise separately, so if you have a small vessel you could just raise one side if that is all you need. Or you can raise both if you have a big boat.

[18:08] Gabrielle Riel: I have not personally done any sailing yet or used the draw bridges, so they are essentially untested. If any of you are in the mood to help me learn if the bridges are working in the most ideal manner, feel free to sail, use them and please let me know if you have any problems.

[18:08] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): I was playing with them last night. The ones I touched worked all right.

[18:08] Gabrielle Riel: 2 of the drawbridges handle the sim crossings. One here at the border and the other at the border of SJW.

[18:09] Gabrielle Riel: Oh good! That's good for me to know. And they are *meant* for the sides to raise separately.

[18:09] Gabrielle Riel: As for tenancy in Lake St John, it’s full. I expect it to stay full. All of the parcels have amazing view.

[18:09] Gabrielle Riel: *views

[18:10] Gabrielle Riel: The sim is basically “done” with the exception of the “masking boundary” that will be between St John Woods and Lake St John. I’ve put some things up, taken them down. I really have not hit a clear groove on it so there will probably be lots of tweaking and changes over the next few weeks, even months.

[18:10] Aoife (aoife.lorefield): smiles

[18:10] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): Everything in SL is a work in progress.

[18:10] Gabrielle Riel: I *will* eventually figure out the best way to create that barrier, I just need some creative brainstorming time. Most of you have been my residents for a long time. You know that I am always, tweaking, changing and improving. And if something does not work? I’ll switch gears. I’m confident that barrier area will develop organically.

[18:11] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): If at first you don't succeed, try try again.

[18:11] Gabrielle Riel: Indeed :-)

[18:11] Holocluck Henly: or wait till the light changes

[18:11] DawnMcCormick laughs

[18:11] Gabrielle Riel: That’s basically it in regards to what is happening with Lake St John. Do you have any questions? Comments?

[18:12] Aoife (aoife.lorefield): none :)

[18:12] Gabrielle Riel: Ok :-)

[18:12] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): I'm looking forward to watching it morph.

[18:12] Gabrielle Riel: And it will!

[18:12] Holocluck Henly: I havent had any music in a while. it's been crazy. i reckon after relay season I can settle into some sort of regular thing

[18:12] DawnMcCormick: I´m all happy with my new place

[18:12] Otenth Håkon Paderborn (otenth.paderborn): The swampy bits are nicely swampy!

[18:12] Holocluck Henly: yes the landscaping is great

[18:13] Holocluck Henly: i reckon the border between LSJ and SJW will get interesting come winter

[18:13] Gabrielle Riel: Yep

[18:13] Gabrielle Riel: Fall actually

[18:13] Holocluck Henly: :)

[18:13] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): Gators with Stocking caps?

[18:13] Gabrielle Riel: Because SJW goes through many color changes in Fall

[18:13] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): laughs

[18:13] DawnMcCormick laughs

[18:14] Holocluck Henly: and then there's the inclement weather late in summer

[18:14] Gabrielle Riel: Oh yes. That will be here before we know it!

[18:14] Holocluck Henly: I store something in my attic in case

[18:14] Gabrielle Riel: For those of you that are new residents

[18:14] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): And.. Halloween.

[18:14] Holocluck Henly: before halloween :)

[18:14] Gabrielle Riel: Every Fall we have a hurricane. Early Fall. Late August/Early September.

[18:14] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): And, after Halloween.

[18:15] DawnMcCormick: oh cool!

[18:15] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): Yikes!

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: We have two massive events every year

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: 1. Mardi Gras

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: 2. The Hurricane

[18:15] Holocluck Henly: lol

[18:15] Holocluck Henly: both equally intense

[18:15] Holocluck Henly: ini their own ways

[18:15] DawnMcCormick is glad her house has a second floor!

[18:15] Gabrielle Riel: Those of you in St John Woods on the hill will be fine.

[18:16] Gabrielle Riel: Dawn however, is going to have some problems!

[18:16] Aoife (aoife.lorefield): smiles

[18:16] Holocluck Henly leaves it at that heehee

[18:16] DawnMcCormick: yikes

[18:16] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): This little piggie has a house built of stone.

[18:16] Gabrielle Riel: Stone and high altitude!

[18:16] DawnMcCormick: but somehow I think my problems can´t become worse than where I have lived before ;-9

[18:16] Holocluck Henly: I got a ladder in case

[18:16] Gabrielle Riel: Because it floods. A lot.

[18:16] Holocluck Henly: rooftop partay!

[18:17] DawnMcCormick: yay!

[18:17] Gabrielle Riel: I am looking forward to doing the hurricane with only 3 sims. That is much easier for me to manage.

[18:17] Holocluck Henly: lol

[18:17] Gabrielle Riel: And weather tools are always improving in SL!

[18:17] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): https://www.flickr.com/photos/cronocloudcreeggan/9438082542/

[18:17] Holocluck Henly: i got lots pictures from your last hurricane somewhere. but i wanna see what happens here

[18:18] Holocluck Henly: yeh the big floating roof

[18:18] Gabrielle Riel: Ah ha - CC has pics from 2012

[18:18] Gabrielle Riel: Which was the last time I did a hurricane.

[18:19] Gabrielle Riel: This year 1920s Berlin did a flood

[18:19] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): Should be fun.

[18:19] DawnMcCormick thinks she has been born just in time to join the fun

[18:19] Gabrielle Riel: Now, know that I love them and I think they are wonderful (Berlin)

[18:19] Holocluck Henly: https://flic.kr/p/cUHmnf

[18:19] Gabrielle Riel: But when I saw their pics I was all: Oh honey PLEASE, I've been doing this since 2010!

[18:20] Gabrielle Riel grins

[18:20] Aoife (aoife.lorefield): grins

[18:20] DawnMcCormick giggles

[18:20] Gabrielle Riel: Anyway!

[18:20] Holocluck Henly: LOL!!!!

[18:20] Gabrielle Riel: The next and last topic I want to discuss is our available parcels.

[18:20] Holocluck Henly: https://flic.kr/p/cUM61S

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: We are now in what we estate owners call “summer abandon season”. All SL estates lose residents during the Northern Hemisphere summer. College students drop land when they finish the school year. “Grownups” drop land due to summer vacations.

[18:21] Gabrielle Riel: This happens *every* summer. And we have had a few summer abandons here in St John. Simultaneously we’ve had some parcels open up from the residents who moved to Lake St John.

[18:22] Gabrielle Riel: We are in “ok” shape. Not bad, but could be a little better. There are currently 6 parcels on the market: 3 in St John Parish and 3 in St John Woods.

[18:22] Gabrielle Riel: I think that is the most parcels we have had on the market at one time since we launched on Jan 1.

[18:23] Gabrielle Riel: If you have been interested in moving to a larger parcel or adding more prims to your current parcel, NOW is the time to do it.

[18:23] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): My sister was looking at the parcel on top of the hill on SJW. Unfortunately, she won't have the money to lease until the beginning of July.

[18:23] Gabrielle Riel: I have our prims *very* carefully allocated between parcels, so if you want more prims and there are no available parcels in the sim at the moment you ask? I can’t give you any. The only wiggle room is with unleased parcels. I can play with those to get residents what they would like in terms of prims and I am happy to do so.

[18:24] Gabrielle Riel: If you have any friends that you think would enjoy living in our sims, now is the time to bring them in. Once fall rolls around I expect us to be mostly full all the time like we were this past winter. We’d usually have one parcel a week pop up, but then it would lease, so there were times when we were completely full.

[18:24] Gabrielle Riel: And Faulkes, that parcel might still be available come July.

[18:24] Holocluck Henly: I believe it was during a hurricane when I first came into NT

[18:24] Gabrielle Riel: This is a time of losing tenants and gaining none.

[18:24] Holocluck Henly: a hurricane sale

[18:25] Gabrielle Riel: mmhmm - I had a land sale during one of those hurricanes

[18:25] Ms. CC Creeggan (cronocloud.creeggan): And if you really really really need prims for something  and there are no other plots, I have a cemetery plot I could drop for a good cause.

[18:25] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): I will talk to her, and keep an eye open.

[18:25] Holocluck Henly might check in with some old friends

[18:26] Gabrielle Riel: I used to be rather free and easy with prim farms. Not anymore. Not after I learned my lesson in NT. :-)

[18:26] Gabrielle Riel: For convenience (and documentation) I am now going to list the currently available parcels, with their info and a SLURL. That way you, or anyone who reads these transcripts can just pop right over to the parcels to take a look.

[18:26] Gabrielle Riel: (get ready for 6 listings)

[18:27] Gabrielle Riel: 1. St John Parish 05 - 512 sq. m. - 351 prims - $675 L per week. This is right on Duchess Square in St John Parish. A great location for a shop or entertainment venue. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/100/77/24

[18:27] Gabrielle Riel: 2. St John Parish 15 - 1024 sq. m. - 702 prims - $1350 L per week. This is right here to the West of Satchmeaux Square. It’s appropriate for a New Orleans Garden District style build. The one that is currently on the parcel is one of Mr. Breitman’s, so it is available for free to all residents. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/163/199/24

[18:28] Gabrielle Riel: 3. St John Parish 23 - 1024 sq. m. - 702 prims - $1350 L per week. Right downtown. Waterfront on both South and West sides. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Parish/58/70/24

[18:29] Gabrielle Riel: Parish 23 is next to Holo's Maison Bleue

[18:29] Holocluck Henly: I dont make much noise

[18:29] Gabrielle Riel: 4. St John Woods 06 - 1024 sq. m. - 702 prims - $1350 L per week. Close to the center of the sim. River to its East. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Woods/79/149/26

[18:29] Gabrielle Riel: 5. St John Woods 20 - 1024 sq. m. - 702 prims - $1350 L per week. Up on the hill. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Woods/200/162/57

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: 6. St John Woods 25 - 384 sq. m. - 261 prims - $510 L per week. Also up on the hill. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St%20John%20Woods/208/119/53

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: There is one thing to keep in mind if you decide to acquire any of these parcels for extra prims. The parcels in St John Parish MUST have NOLA style builds on them, no matter what. You can’t lease the parcel for prims and then leave it empty.

[18:30] Gabrielle Riel: St John Woods is a bit different. If you want to lease a parcel for prims, that is fine, I just ask that you put some trees, flowers and bushes on the parcel to make it look natural. It should blend in with the rest of the Woods. This is easier to achieve, and takes less prims, than the requirements in St John Parish.

[18:31] Gabrielle Riel: Do you have any questions about our available parcels? Comments?

[18:31] Aoife (aoife.lorefield): seems very clear :)

[18:31] Holocluck Henly nods

[18:31] Gabrielle Riel: Oh - the rental rights "purchase" cost on all of these is $1 L.

[18:32] Faulkes Voronwe (dylanfox.petrov): Yup. Sounds good.

[18:32] Gabrielle Riel: That’s all I have for “formal topics” for this tea, however you are welcome to stay and chat with me. I’ll remain here until 7pm SLT. We can talk “serious” estate business or just be social! :-)

[18:33] Gabrielle Riel: Thank you all, truly, for taking the time to attend tea this evening!