Why did I join? Long story short, and all that. In 1998 I wrote a novel. Said novel featured Second-Life-like elements. Said novel was not well-understood. Fast-forward nearly ten years and book sells. Book is not only well-understood, it has genre-drift, and has gone from being a science fiction novel to being a mystery.
Author joins Second Life to promote book. Author discovers capitalist wonderland. Author makes first forty cents and is hooked. Author wrestles with Blender and finds painful happiness.