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Monday, July 9, 2012

SLE Staff Interview: Meet Luc Fray

You have read his articles on SLE, Press Pass Media, OI Magazine, and other respectable sources.  Now get a glimpse of who Luc Fray is and what hes about.

Luc Fray

How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
LF: Five words wouldn't be enough.

What brought you to Second Life and how has it impacted you as a person?

LF:My wife and I got this friend who told us about SL. Actually, he was talking about sex tables, and I got interested. :P

How often do you visit Second Life and what kinds of activities to you engage in?

LF:I try to visit SL everyday, and most of the time that I'm in there, I usually devote it on spending time with my wife or doing the jobs that I've committed myself into.

What are some of the topics you like to write about?

LF:Anything under the sun, really.

How many friends do you currently have on your friends list? Do you participate in any of their events?

LF:I have around 150+ contacts on my list, which I clean once 3 months, and when I'm not so busy or if they invited me personally about their event (not those random IM that's just mainly sent out to advertise), I usually check out their event.

What type of music do you listen to? Any favorite Sl musicians you'd recommend checking out?

LF:I listen to all kinds of music in RL (From Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Somewhere Over The Rainbow to ES Posthumus' Unstoppable to Bowling For Soup's My Wena to The Fray's Never Say Never), but to be honest, I don't really hang out a lot in SL clubs and bars. The only SL musician that I've known is Lisa Cuthbert because I am doing an interview about her, but that's been moved to Autumn. I personally think that she's got a great voice...kinda haunting, and I saw this video in youtube about her and Mick Moss' cover of Damien Sack's 9 Crimes, which is a beautiful song, and I thought that they did an absolutely marvelous job on it.

Are you partnered or have ever been partnered in Second Life?

LF:Yes, I am. Tabby and I met each other way long before we started SL together.

Where do you shop for your avatar?

LF:Tabby usually is the one who takes me shopping, but I am informed of checking out stores from looking at group notices.
How does a virtual friendship/relationship differ from a real one, besides the long distance and physical restraints a virtual world has?
LF:Not much really. I think having a relationship in both lives is like you and your partner growing a tree. You and her just need to water the plant with Trust, cultivate the soil around it with Communication, and expose it to rays of Faithfulness. Time will do its part and pretty soon, you'll have a sturdy Relationship. You'll get a lot of storms, of course, but if you've nourished it enough, it'll stand strong.

Any advice about online dating you want to share?

LF:I think I've covered it enough in the previous question. And oh yeah, if you want your relationship to work out, always let your wife win during your arguments.

Have you ever met someone from Second Life, in the real world? If so, how was that experience? Would you recommend it to others?

LF:My wife, of course, and a couple of friends.

What are your most memorable moments in Second Life?

LF:I have a lot of memorable moments in Second Life, I can't choose. But rest assured, I'll continue to make more in the future.

Who has inspired you the most? This could be a rl/sl family member, friend, or celebrity.

LF:If you mean "inspired" as in "become even better," then I would have to say that it's Tabby.

What is your favorite quote?

LF:There's a lot. But I think this excerpt from the book, Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian would be my favorite. It talks about home and hope.

I picked up Pandora’s jar. The spirit of Hope fluttered inside, trying to warm the cold container.

“Hestia,” I said, “I give this to you as an offering.”

The goddess tilted her head. “I am the least of the gods. Why would you trust me with this?”

“You’re the last Olympian,” I said. “And the most important.”

“And why is that, Percy Jackson?”

“Because Hope survives best at the hearth,” I said. “Guard it for me, and I won’t be tempted to give up again.”

The goddess smiled. She took the jar in her hands and it began to glow. The hearth fire burned a little brighter.

“Well done, Percy Jackson,” she said. “May the gods bless you.”

Second Life has many different creative outlets to explore, what are the kinds of things you have been involved in or created yourself?
I've seen a lot of things in SL and I've learned a lot from them. Usually, I put the things I'm involved in my in-world profile and picks or on Tacet, my blog which I share with my wife.

What are your thoughts on how Second Life is governed, have you ever ran across a situation where you ever met or had to call on the Lindens for assistance?If you could change some things about Second Life, what would they be?
I think the creators are doing a good job, and although things are not perfect, I think they're trying hard to make it better. I don't really like to complain. One, we are given a medium where it's free to play so I just try to work with what I have and be thankful for it. Two, have you seen that movie Bruce Almighty? No, I'm not saying the Lindens are akin to God, but yeah, the protagonist in that story thought everything would be better if everything will be done his way, but it didn't end up like that; and three, people who thrives in creating problems (copy-botters and spammers and game cheaters and the like) will always find ways to cause them, no matter how good the governance is.

With your experience in virtual world media and the Second Life community, what do you see for the future of this type of platform? What other media sources have you been involved in?
Personally, I write for pleasure. Writing, for me, is one of the few things that help relax me, and I have a lot of respect for words, especially in this time when majority of the people no longer have respect for it. I work as a writer for InWorld Magazine, for ICON Magazine, and for Maniera Magazine as well as for SLEnquirer/Press Pass Media/OI Magazine. In regard to the future, I try to take one day at a time and just roll along with anything that comes my way.

What is your ultimate goals in both your real life and Second Life friendships and relationships. Does one help the other?If so, in what way(s)?
I've been into a lot of things, but usually, Tabby and I enter it together. If not, we tell the other about it. And we usually try our best to help each other as much as we can. For her part, she throws me ideas what to write for in the magazines and publications that I worked for. She also accompanies and stands next to me when I'm doing my shift in Delirium Style as manager. I do the same when she's doing her shifts not only in DS, but also when she's doing her model shifts in the other stores that she works for. For my part, she get cranky a lot when she's practicing her runway stuff or styling for a model thing. Sooo....I'm cannon fodder in her line of fire. She drags me a lot too when she's looking for stuff to style herself up and gets my opinion if that one is good or not. She also takes care of me a lot. I get absentminded a lot and forget things, and she watches my back, just as I watch hers.

Where can readers contact you if they wanted you to cover their stories in The SL Enquirer?

Luc Fray (most preferred; send me a notecard)
facebook: same
flickr: same


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