Ruby O'Degee | Member Since 8 Dec, 2022
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Ruby O'Degee is a fictive author and virtual world builder. She believes a good backstory is the foundation for any virtual world. Her first opportunity to visit a virtual world in the fall of 2003 spoiled her. No visible world without a story is going to be enough for her. She is a Myst Uru explorer and refugee who writes her own worlds after years of practice.   There are few virtual (visible, walk through) worlds built with a complete story foundation. Most virtual worlds are historical replicas, venues, games or marketplaces. So she and a group of friends, all fine authors decided to start Age Writing (physical and visible worlds). It's been a long double back experience for Ruby.   It wasn't her decision from the beginning to more than fit square pegs into round holes. Puzzles were all Ruby wanted to solve, but after completing a few dozen puzzles she decided to make her own. Of course, she didn't have a clue about how the magic got done.   When she once asked a friend and popular world building mentor about "when and how to get started?" He answered "now" and "learn while you write."   Ruby trusted him, but she wanted another opinion. A second friend and popular world building mentor said "now" and "learn patience while you write."   When a third friend and popular mentor said "now" and BE the storyteller, she stopped asking. 17 years later, Ruby is a one woman band. "It's hectic," says her retired school marm beneficiary.   She realizes that her story got shoved to the back of the drawer. She needs to concentrate on the foundation of her builds that couldn't come first. Why? Because she is a pre-frontal, lateral thinker who needs to know much before she can know a little step by step. In the meantime she needs to keep it organized and at the ready.   Ruby calls her process Story Building. She develops a piece of virtual property for a purpose. That's a story. She sets down an object. That's another story. So it continues until the story gets told. Ruby's issue? It worked until it didn't get finished. Not yet. But at least she's at the point where it can be finished by an always distracted plotter.   Chronicler and storyteller she will be.

Interests & Hobbies

Ruby O'Degee is a documentary fim producer, oral storyteller, voice over actor (the voice of Madge), Cavern player and a stage set designer.   In her spare time she likes to bike ride, watercolor, paint with acrylics, bookbind, create Art Dolls, repurpose Books, raise intelligent cats (Limit 2), read novels, travel the metaverse, pilot her hot air balloons, repair her transit system and build conraptions.   Disclaimer: While Ruby loves to repurpose, she's not terribly interested in repairing much of anything. She only makes repairs and edits when its necessary. And cursing all the while.   Aside: Ruby agrees with her benefactor that reading is writing and writing is reading.  

Photo of Ruby's home in Mountaire.
Misty Morning on Mountaire by Ruby O'Degee

Favorite Movies

A Trip to the Moon, Around the World in 80 Days, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version), Jane Eyre, A Street Car Named Desire, Modern Times, City Lights, Silence of the Lambs, Cabaret, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Casablanca, The Time Machine, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Rocky Horror Picture Show, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape, Double Indemnity, The Way We Were, Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, North by Northwest, Murder on the Orient Express, Harry Potter Series, Star Wars Series, The Name of the Rose,The Hobbitt, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Pillars of the Earth and the eclectic list continues...

Favorite TV Series

PBS Masterpiece Mysteries (all of them), PBS Masterpiece Theater (all of them too), Murdoch Mysteries, Homeland, Foyle's War, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), True Detective (while covering my eyes and ears), Miss Fisher, Lonesome Dove, SNL, Doc Martin, Made Men, Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes, and the eclectic list continues...

Favorite Books

The Name of the Rose, Foucaut's Pendulum, The Prague Cemetery, Lord of the Rings, Hobbitt, Anne of Green Gables, Cider House Rules, Son of the Circus, Ishmael, Jane Eyre, He, She and It, The Handmaids Tales, Lady Oracle, The Testaments, Beloved, Sula, The Poisonwood Bible, Grapes of Wrath, Old Man and the Sea, Anathem, D.O.D.O, Seveneves, Snowcrash, Despereaux (book, NOT movie), Tiger Rising, The Magician's Elephant, Holes, The TRUE story of the 3 little pigs by A.Wolf (a very important book in my library), East of Eden, Oryx and Crake, MaddAddam, The Year of the Flood,Woman on the Edge of Time, and this eclectic list goes on and on and on.

Favorite Writers

John Irving, Charlotte Bronte, Umberto Eco, Neal Stephenson, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, Agatha Christie, Louise Penny,

Favorite Games

Myst Series, Machinarium, Clue, Alan's Automation Workshop Hearts, Uncle Wiggly Board Game, Sherlock Holmes Baker Street Cards and Boardgame.


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