Learning how to sit again…

There’s a few minor differences in how things work in Inworldz versus Second Life.

Like getting the sits on the objects. This morning I’m working with this while having my morning coffee.

I have the tools and scripts and they do seem to work pretty much the same as what I’m used to, so I’m sure this won’t take me long to set up.

I have a weird building shortcut I’ve always used that I don’t seem to be able to use in Inworldz though. In judging how tall I’d like to make something I’ve always used my own avi instead of going with a standard size. Normally I’d make a rough replica or even a block, set the z height to what normally works for me and then sit on it to see where my feet lay with my shoes on.

In Second Life this works great because the avi sits on top of the object. Right now my avi sits in the middle of whatever I tell it to sit on. hmm…perhaps a default setting somewhere I’ve never had to use before…

Anyway, perhaps I’ll get some building done next weekend and be ready a little quicker…if things go forward. At first, I expected to not be inworld much for next week or so.

I may be online more than I thought due to a change in plans. My hubby and I are dealing in RL with one of those things everyone must face at some point in their life. Which means it looks like I’ll be left here with my own defenses for the four day weekend next week. My daughter will be in and out, I’m sure. But it’s our 27th anniversary…kind of sad to have to spend it apart, especially for something like this.

“Gotta stand up so strong
fight all alone
Hope I can
cause I can never go home”
Captain Robert Brown of Abney Park in Bad Things Coming

If you know why Captain Robert wrote that and what he’s talking about, then you know. And it may last a very long time…

Java time!

Java time!

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A little About me..Inworldz and life…

In some ways my inworldz character is totally me, in other ways she’s my opposite.

I’m a complete introvert who likes and cares about people. But hang out mostly with the characters in my own head.  In virtual worlds I’m a bit more sociable, but still not very comfortable at times. Only with very close people do I become comfortable chatting with a lot. Thus, parties are not my thing…not even sure how great a hostess I’ll make for my own sim.

And forget about voice chat. Hate it. I only enjoy it when there’s one speaker only, such as in auctions. In RL, I detest speaking on the phone. Always have. Only one I manage to talk to is my mother. Not even my dad…he’s the same as I am when it comes to talking on the phone.

I love animals and can be close to around them all the time. No, I’m not a furry in virtual world and I’m not into “animal love” in RL. In virtual worlds, I like breedables and having the non-breeding ones around.

In RL, I’m a professional marketing consultant. In virtual worlds, I’ve found I don’t like the selling game as much. And I detest being contacted for sales. I tend to get very rude about them. I do watch ad groups to know where to get the things I want, and I do shop.  And when I do sell something, I tend to pay it forward by going to support another creator or breeder. I don’t make money at my virtual world businesses for the real world.

In RL, I only shop at Maurices for clothes, so I’m used to fairly nice clothes. But I don’t have a closet full of clothes, and I own two pairs of boots and a pair of tennies. That’s it. I’m a midwestern farm girl. Clothes were functional growing up, not an extravagance…that was the barn. 🙂  In virtual worlds, I tend to choose a signature outfit and stay with it. I’m definitely not a clothes shopper. But textures…oiy…don’t get me started on those.

I’m a Christian, but understand we all have our own choices to make, and I respect those choices. I have friends of all faiths and lifestyles. And I’m okay with that. And the ones who are truly my friends are okay with my choices.  I expect the same in virtual worlds. I don’t roleplay in world, just in my novels.

In this light, it’s probably a good thing I’m quiet and don’t do small talk. I’m clumsy with my mouth sometimes. What sounds perfectly okay and acceptable to me, can come out politically incorrect and insulting to others. I’m not politically correct and I did not mean it the way it was taken, I assure you.

Luckily, I don’t get into this situation often, and it’s been a long time since it has.  I do have my moments though when I get with company I’ve grown very familiar with and take on a “speaking role”. One such occasion resulted in another resident contacting me privately to reveal he was a writer too and wanted to collaborate on a humorous writing project. I had to turn it down, but it perked me up.

I don’t do small talk, but I can write hundreds of pages.   Due to my clumsy mouth, the ability to edit my words is very helpful.

Should I have a full sim and be “hostess” for it? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not new to this, I’ve done it for years in Second Life. Ran rentals, ran sims. Did okay. People liked it and they liked dealing with me. Even hosted a few writers meetups and did okay there. I make up for what I lack in being a hostess by trying to make special gifts for attendees.

I think one thing that helps me is that I don’t put up with BS. Act rude on my sim, you’re ejected and banned. Lie to me and give me and my visitors a line of BS and you’ll face the same thing. I give warnings. And luckily, most people are nice enough to not get out of line and force my hand. The worse I’ve had to deal with is having an unwanted streaker trying to woo people during events.

I take the enjoyment and safety of my visitors very serious. And I insist on PG content and behavior on my sims. To be honest, I’m slightly nervous about this Inworldz. In SL when I managed sims I had the sims under the service of the SL Police Force. I knew I had help there. Inworldz is like starting over fresh for me in this light.

But I suspect it will be a good thing.

Just me chilling by myself. I like short moments of being social with someone but then have to separate myself and recharge.

Just me chilling by myself. I like short moments of being social with someone but then have to separate myself and recharge.

I'm a writer of many sorts in Real Life. These three books are some of the next to come out from me...26 in the works so far.

I’m a writer of many sorts in Real Life. These three books are some of the next to come out from me…26 in the works so far.

I also publish other people. (No openings for quite some years.) These two books are the first from our latest series.

I also publish other people. (No openings for quite some years.) These two books are the first from our latest series.

Elpis is what I call my roleplay character. She's from Mystonline.com and she's in Second Life. This is the first book of her roleplay.

Elpis is what I call my roleplay character. She’s from Mystonline.com and she’s in Second Life. This is the first book of her roleplay.

I like butterflies and ravens.

I like butterflies and ravens.

 

References:

Pictures are taken on Dunvalos Reach, a sim I’m working on in Inworldz. I hope to have pieces of it available to the public in a month or less. Marion Margaret Press parcel is nearly finished and it’s grand opening will be the first event there. Probably a full day where I or my sim partner can be in to greet and just get to to know other residents of Inworldz.

The books run through Marion Margaret Press.  (Yes, I know the website is a little behind. I’m currently resizing cover textures to make them more friendly for multiple browsers.)

Introductions and news of my writings can be found through my author website at Serenity Myst.

My building avi doesn’t accept friendships. My writing/publishing avi will. Marion Margaret is the name to search for. Friendship requests are welcome for other writers and publishers to that avi.

For all others, there’s the group called Marion Margaret Press that’s free to join. News of the sim and publishing company will be posted there. Limited spam. Perhaps I’ll do a once a week newsletter notecard style of notices or biweekly. Still to be determined.

 

 

 

Some work on the inworldz store…

I took a break tonight from the writing areas of Dunvalos Reach to play around with some of the basic pillows and tables I’ll offer. Still a long ways to go and I’m working in textures quite different than the ones I’ve been used to in previous years, but think it’s going well.

Not sure when I’ll have Dunvalos Reach ready to show the public. I didn’t get as much play time from life as I had hoped. Sure, working 10-12 hour days during the weeks have something to do with it, but there’s been one family interruption after another.

All things needing our attention. All things we cannot ignore. Sadly, many things we hate having to deal with. Such is the cycle of life.

Still trying to figure out the table design I'll end up with and white types, but getting there. Chose pirate treasure maps to offer on this floor cause they look well with the walls.

Still trying to figure out the table design I’ll end up with and what types, but getting there. Chose pirate treasure maps to offer on this floor cause they look well with the walls.

Started with sixty round pillows with the cross legged sits in them. These were best sellers for Frosted Myst Designs before so hope people still like them. Surprised how well the textures worked.

Started with sixty round pillows with the cross legged sits in them. These were best sellers for Frosted Myst Designs before so hope people still like them. Surprised how well the textures worked.

 

viewfrom2ndfloor_001

Love this view from the store’s second floor balcony.

 

 

 

 

Aspire Develops…

Walkways in progress for Aspire Village on Dunvalos Reach

Walkways in progress for Aspire Village on Dunvalos Reach

As I work on the walkways for the village on Aspire, I see part of the people’s story coming through their building techniques.  A primitive tribe, to be sure, but very intelligent, and family oriented.

They tend to build round objects when using stone, but square or rectangular when working with wood.  Very interesting. I see a side of their story coming through as this develops.

With my building today I see textures not behaving properly at times still. I’ve always had to watch when changing all sides of the object via sliding over the texture straight into the edit box. It will sometimes show mixed when I prompted it to change all sides by sliding the texture over. This time, it’s not changing all sides for the tortured prims of the huts.  But it’s also not showing mixed textures. Repeating the process does not fix it like it does before. I have to isolate and change the texture to the top of the hut’s roof…the flat part…individually.

At any rate, I hope my story helps explain a lot of the pieces of the structures as they develop. Or many builders will look at it and wonder what in the world was I thinking.

LOL I’m not. Building to me is an artistic, sometimes very unrealistic process. Laws of physics and gravity, and common sense do not belong in my building.