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Writers’ Dash Prompt: Hermetic

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by

Today’s morning prompt is “hermetic” . Come join us in Second Life® or work from home at 6am PDT for 15 minutes of writing inspired by the word.

Please feel free to add your dash piece to the comments section of this blog post below.


I found #dailydash/#writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash or #dailydash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on Twitter, Facebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is for you to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

Do I have to do the Writers’ Dash in Second Life®?

No, you can do it at home, if you prefer. We share the prompt word at 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT on Twitter and Facebook and start the timer in Second Life® at 6am/6pm PDT every weekday.

How do I join the live event in Second Life®?

You will first need to join Second Life® through the Second Life® website. Go to http://www.secondlife.com to start the process. It’s free to join.

Click on the JOIN NOW button and this will take you to the Registration screen. Here you simply fill in your personal details and choose a name and look for your avatar. Don’t worry too much about your avatar’s appearance as there will be plenty of opportunity to tweak it once you are inworld.

Once you have completed your Registration, you’ll be asked to download and install the Second Life® viewer to your computer. You will then be taken to a screen that allows you to choose which community gateway to enter. This is important as we want you to go through as smooth a transition as possible. Please choose the Caledon (Victorian Steampunk) Community Gateway. Once you have chosen the gateway you will find yourself appearing inworld at the University of Oxbridge in Caledon. Now begins your brief induction.

Follow the signs and read the information boards as you come to them. There is also a brief Second Life® tutorial provided on screen. Try and absorb as much information as possible but be mindful that you can always return to Caledon at a later date if there is something you feel you missed. At the very least try and understand the most important concepts such as how to move, how to talk and your camera controls.

Once you have completed the Orientation Tutorial you will need to find your way to Milk Wood. This is the sim that is home to  Virtual Writers, Inc. At the bottom of your screen you will see a search tab. Click on this and look for Milk Wood. Now the teleporting fun begins. Click on ‘Teleport’ and you will be moved from your present location to our welcome area. Make sure you save the landmark so that you can easily return there.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our various daily writing events. Don’t forget to click on one of the group joiners  so you can stay abreast of happenings in the writing community. You can also join Virtual Writers, Inc. through the search facility. Simply put Virtual Writers, Inc. under group search, click on the group name to bring up the profile screen. Then click ‘View Full Profile’ followed by ‘Join’.

About Virtual Writers, Inc.

Virtual Writers, Inc. is a free online writers’ community first established in 2007 and committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments. Here we learn to experiment with digital, social and virtual world platforms to push the creative envelope and develop a strong, unique voice.

We provide a wealth of opportunities for writers to meet other writers, share resources, access new markets, attend online writing events, workshops and interactive readings, and discover the best writers’ conferences, competitions, colonies and literary organisations.

If you want to become involved in an active writing community then visit us on Second Life® , our writers’ network, or our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Google+) and get interactive. To learn more about our services please contact us through our online contact form.

Whether you are dashing in Second Life®, on Twitter or Facebook we welcome your dashes in the comments section below.

6 Responses
    • On walls, in silence
      Other times, other hearts
      Hermetic faces of hidden dreams
      On walls, in silence
      ©2012 Lizzie Gudkov


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      ©2012 Franja Russell

    • Hermes Bride To Be

      I don’t want muddy footprints on my floor.
      Remove wind-scatted paper at my door;
      leaves on my front porch,
      and flies in my larder.
      That old rat peeks at me
      through cautious eyes.
      Somebody better garter.
      I’ll get her in time
      with a trap and some cheese.
      I don’t like her much
      if you please.
      I want a tidy place;
      give me a garden neat,
      a painted door,
      and a clutter free street.
      I want to know
      where there’s plenty more
      fresh air and water
      in my town.
      I want a snow white wedding gown.
      Come sit beside me on the swing;
      we’ll talk about most anything.
      I hope you don’t lose the wedding ring.
      Hold my hand and kiss my lips–
      no lipstick there.
      Put your big hands on my hips
      but don’t mess my hair.
      Soon we’ll be married
      and you can make love to me.
      no muss, no fuss,
      I’ll lie with you willing and bare;
      but don’t mess my hair.

      ©2012 Uldene Bravin

    • Termite Heaven

      The trail of evil hermetic termites followed Hermes the piping Orkin man from their termite mound below Vernon’s doggy condo. They were relieved to leave behind the canine smell.

      A tear fell from Fran’s eye – “that poison piper is pretty noxious, hope the fumes die down soon!”

      ©2012 Harriet Gausman

    • I love the dark feel about yours, Lizzie!

    • Enjoyed reading the different angles you used Uldene and Fran. Amazing what we can produce when pushed! Looking forward to reading yours tomorrow!

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