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. Well, I do have some formal education, but I love the Twain quote.

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. Before the end of my first year in SL, I began documenting my experiences through blogging in Being Yordie Sands©. My blogging turned into a journey of discovery about myself and led to other writing projects.

In 2013, I stepped away from Second Life and over time found my connection with that world begin to dissolve. It was a difficult transition because I’d met some wonderful people and had amazing experiences, but I also came to realize that I’d become addicted. (Read my insights into gaming addition in “Spiritual Opium” commentary.)

I’ve tried returning to SL on several occasions with new avatars, but it wasn’t the same as being Yordie Sands. Nonetheless, Yordie still pops into SL for brief visits from time to time, and usually visit my favorite blues club, Junkyard Blues. I still love the bayou locale, great bluesy tunes, easy dancing, and seeing old friends.

My real life is far away from the relative wilderness of the northwest where I lived during most of my second life. These days are focused on the real world, 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, also as Yordie Sands. I don’t play a lot of multiplayer games, but my favorite is still Fallout 76.

In 2019, I completed my debut novel, The Temporal Expeditions© Escape from Extinction is Book I of a planned trilogy. Unfortunately, the pandemic interfered with many aspects of normal life, but also made me aware of complexities of human nature I hadn’t fully understood. And I have discovered an  unavoidable theme that must be written into Book II, perhaps even calling for some reworking of Book I.  I’ve started to work on a new draft of Book II and hope to complete it in 2023.

I thought I invented the name “Yordie” but much later I discovered that it’s a common name in Holland and elsewhere. So, for better or worse, I’m stuck with Yordie Sands, but I do enjoy being Yordie. She is different from the real me in one very obvious way, she never ages. She is also nicer than I am. And naturally, I love the fact that she always looks 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.

These are Yordie Sands’ Links:

So, thanks to anyone who happens into this mini-bio and hugs to my virtual friends and regular readers of this blog.

So, thanks to anyone who happens into this mini-bio and hugs to my virtual friends and regular readers of this blog.

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. When I deleted the Google blog, someone I do not know took the name and used it for marketing. It is NOT owned by me.

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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