About Me

I’m just a woman with an overactive imagination. I’m educated in the sense that “I never let schooling interfere with my education.” ~Mark Twain

For several years I spent far too much time in the virtual world called Second Life™ where my avatar starred as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life. In 2013 I stepped away from SL and over time I found my connection with that world beginning to dissolve. It was a difficult transition because I had met some wonderful people and had many amazing and unique experiences, but I also came to realize that I had become addicted.

My new life, away from the relative wilderness of Northern Idaho where I lived most of my second life, is focused much more on the real world these days, especially during winter months. And although you could say that my Second Life has come to an end, my virtual life continues, frequently on Xbox Live as Yordie Sands.

In 2019, I completed my debut novel, The Temporal Expeditions. It is Book I of a planned trilogy and I’m currently working on a new draft of Book II which I plan to publish in 2020. So, Yordie Sands continues to live on the Internet and in the real world as an author. [Update: 2020 was quite a year and my writing discipline stumbled, but I’ve regained my sense of direction and hope to publish Book II in 2021.]

I like being Yordie Sands, although she is different from the real me in at least one very obvious way, she never ages. And I love the fact that I always look great, never has a bad hair day, and maintains her perfect shape without exercising or dieting. *smiles*

Yordie Sands photographer

I’ve always loved this photo.

Before the end of my first year in SL, I began documenting my experiences through blogging and photography. My blogging turned into a journey of discovery about myself and my identity. Note: my original blog began in February 2008 on Google Blogger, but in 2013 I moved all my posts, photos and comments to this WordPress blog.

Yordie Sands’ Links

One last note, I tried returning to SL on a couple of different occasions with new avatars but it just wasn’t the same as being Yordie Sands. So when I pop into SL for brief visits, usually at my favorite blues club, Junkyard Blues. I’m there about once a month to catch DJ Frog or DJ Fiery or DJ Sasha. And there’s just no point in visiting unless I’m Yordie Sands. I’m not ruling out a return someday, maybe if the Lab lowers it’s prices or perhaps “Second Life 2” will capture my imagination.

Hugs and love to my virtual friends and to readers of this blog.

14 Responses to About Me

  1. Yordie says:

    I’m not quite sure what you mean by “maker” but everything in my blog takes place in the virtual world Second Life. Try secondlife.com. Hope this helps.


  2. john ever says:

    hello you can tell me how maker or the program for realiced the three and the gadner (sorry but not speak english) I from Venezuela and in this moment want maker three en 3d. thank you if help me 🙂


  3. I enjoyed reading about your romantic adventures in SL. I would have said a little about mine but the comments were closed!! I could relate to your feelings and how does that happen!! – Swept away by the pixel sea of love!!!
    And all the “boring” details of these very short lived and often hurtful encounters. ( not always so boring!!) I called it the “ease of behaving badly anonymously!!”


    • Yordie says:

      Hi Cybele… yeah, far too easy to become involved in romantic affairs that are based on misguided beliefs. Also, when I’d finally had my fill, so to speak, I felt like I’d gone through high school again. It really is a 2nd life and we got to make a lot of mistakes we didn’t make the first time. hehe


  4. Peteey says:

    Hi Yordie, my Gateway 2 Romance location has changed and become more romantic. The gallery allows you to view and teleport to some of the best romantic spots in Second Life.

    You can come anytime and use it and tell your friends. It is free to use. The location is:
    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Che%20Che/83 /203/2824

    3 romantic designers are supporting me with items for a contest currently running in the gallery.

    There are 2 arches with mistletoe to kiss your lover, kissing next to the Christmas tree, cuddle rugs, dance heart and romantic music. Come and check it out and enjoy using it. Thanks and all the best. Peteey


  5. pennycoho says:

    My distinct pleasure! 🙂


  6. pennycoho says:

    Speaking to Yordie here, when I started reading sci-fi, virtual reality only existed in books, so I would allow my imagination to go from there. It is awesomely wonderful to find you were, stretching your wings (so to speak) and livin’. I’m lovin’ it all! Penny 🙂


  7. I think you are my twin. 🙂 Same thing going here, live in a remote area. I do live in a small town, 150 people, especially when one works nights and everyone else is gone when you are at home, but it is remote too! 🙂


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