The sad notice #inworldz

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of a great writer. For those who don’t follow her FB page, Sandie Bergen was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors this month. Her first surgery did not go well and she is leaving our world.

Her family are sitting vigil with her now as I write this. Prayers for strength for them through this time are welcome.

I’m sure she’ll dance her way to heaven with Lindren and Cat doing the “Stepping through the Forest” dance she explained so well in her books. Through butterflies, hummingbirds, and gold and silver dragons.

As per her wishes, Marion Margaret Press will still release the next and last book in the Cat’s Tales series. Look for future notices as we get through the grief and figure out our business schedule.

Sandie is not only an author I represent, but a good friend for over ten years. She was the first person I tru10:04 AM 1/31/2015ly connected with when I discovered the internet that day so long ago through our online writing workshop.

Since then, we talked nearly every day. We began with the msn messenger, sitting at our computers and writing with it up. I remember numerous times how we’d get stuck on something and would yell at the other, “Hey, does this make sense?”

Then we went to our own private message board, emails, and social site connections for our daily exchanges.

The internet seems very quiet and dull without her…I’m still in shock as I write this.

Dunvalos Reach in the game Inworldz will remain with areas of her books reproduced as a tribute to her. The areas are open to the public for anyone to walk through and explore.

Silverwood is not complete, and it will take a long time to complete, but I’m adding details to it daily.

The rest…well, there’s more to come, just hard to think of it now.

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#Inworldz Final Touches on Lindrens Hope for Sandie

I’ve pretty much laid everything else aside to work on the Dunvalos Reach sim. Mostly in my Hope For Sandie work of recreating her worlds from her book, but also in getting the Marion Margaret Press library open for business. It’s stuff that needs doing and thankfully work I can do while my mind is so muddled. Ever since Charlie first told me they took her in the hospital, I haven’t been good for much of anything.

Getting back into her books and recreating pieces has been good therapy for me. She’s a good friend. The first person I really friended when I discovered the internet a bit over ten years ago, and we’ve talked nearly everyday since then. This is the next best thing to being able to be with her and give her support through this trying time.

Give her prayers please. My last update was that they found another tumor. Not saying more, because we have to wait until the team of specialists can look closer and just be patient, and wait, and hope.

Well, Silverwood is closer to being ready to show. It won’t be done fully for a long time. The big pieces are quicker to create or find, the smaller accent pieces will take longer to create. We hope by then Sandie is functional and back with us, and tell me how to fix the bits I got wrong.

A longer wait than we like. My mother and aunt went through this and after the operation, recovery just takes time.

I think I finally have Lindren’s cottage as close to Sandie’s description as I can. The great find today was a wood texture that really looks like molded wood. The elven cottages are magically worked out of the Shirren tree. So now, Lindren’s cottage looks like it was made with living wood. The floor is a natural knotty wood and I let the outside be a log cabin style, versus the original tudor style.

The elven cottages are also supposed to resemble human cottages more than we’d expect, so keeping the log cabin like walls out helps make this impression. And it gives a little bit more contrast against the vines, bushes, and Rhianna’s flower garden. I also did the best I could for right now with the roof. Couldn’t find any circular roof sculpts to make it from so may have to contract another creator later on for that.

Some pictures of how things are coming along follow.

Entrance to Silverwood - I set up a high quality wall and gate system to flow things together. Chose red roses, since it seems Rhianna likes those.

Entrance to Silverwood – I set up a high quality wall and gate system to flow things together. Chose red roses, since it seems Rhianna likes those.

Just a peek at the Silverwood Commons entrance beside Lindren's Cottage.

Just a peek at the Silverwood Commons entrance beside Lindren’s Cottage.

The path to Lindren's Cottage

The path to Lindren’s Cottage

Lindren's Kitchen. I think the other elves come here a lot for dinner.

Lindren’s Kitchen. I think the other elves come here a lot for dinner.

The Table and Chairs in the common room. I had to make the table - Sandie has it being an adjustable one.  Have to add the window in and some more details yet.

The Table and Chairs in the common room. I had to make the table – Sandie has it being an adjustable one. Have to add the window in and some more details yet.

The cottage common room. Fireplace not exactly as Sandie has it, but it has elven script on it.

The cottage common room. Fireplace not exactly as Sandie has it, but it has elven script on it.

The kitchen pantry. Yep. I think this is more than just for a family of four.  *grin*

The kitchen pantry. Yep. I think this is more than just for a family of four. *grin*

Well, Sandie did say a LARGE wooden bathtub. Special made by my friend and sim partner. Needs some details added yet.

Well, Sandie did say a LARGE wooden bathtub. Special made by my friend and sim partner. Needs some details added yet.

 

#Inworldz Silverwood Thoughts

Sandie is still in the hospital. Being shifted between a few, to be precise, for more tests.

Meanwhile, I continue to use almost all of my time trying to catch up on details from her books and recreating what I can from them. (Minus time for the domestic duties of life, managing my closing sale in SL, and taking breaks to kill enemies or heal the emperor’s son on other games.)

Silverwood always seemed a place I’d like to live and now I know it would be. Even if the world we really live in was sane, Silverwood would still be heaps better.

I really hope to finish up Lindren’s cottage this week, and get the little bits and pieces added to Silverwood. Of course, Sandie does have details in her books, but it still leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Mystic commented on how interesting it would be for a writer to see their world from a reader’s perspective.

Funny how our thoughts run in line with one another. I had been thinking something similar, only from the writer’s perspective, being one myself. How recreating your own world in virtual design can be useful in deciding how to describe it in words. There’s a blog post coming for the writing blog I have.

Fountain end of Silverwood Commons

Fountain end of Silverwood Commons

Silverwood Commons is mostly done. Just needs some touching up with little additions here and there to add contrast and to represent the elven love for nature. Of course, I have a zoo full of animals and birds and frogs in my inventory to choose from. And Mystic is helping me find a good hawk to put in.

Little Cat connected to a hawk within the books once and I think that would be a nice addition. Not sure if her world has eagles, but I did set one above the arched entrance to it.

The fountain I have out is just a placer for now. The true fountain in her book will have to be special made at some point. Perhaps I’ll put a donation box out at the beginning of the Silverwood area in case any would wish to contribute to having it made. I know of four creators who make products which run in the same concept as Sandie’s ideas.

A neat idea I had was to contact the elves in Inworldz and see if they’d like to set up a scene within Silverwood Commons. As if there really was a meeting of the elves. Nothing role playing…I’m not a role player and I don’t let my sims be so, but a planned setting would be cool.

(My own avatar has been elf or fairy for years. Elves seem to have a better grip on what life’s really about more than humans.)

The pantry in Lindren's Cottage. Elves are vegetarians.

The pantry in Lindren’s Cottage. Elves are vegetarians.

Now, one area I’m sure there will be a lot of adjustments to make as time goes by is Lindren’s Cottage. For one, she doesn’t specify what type of cottage, just implies it’s human like. So I went with a common tudor style design because it has a lot of wood work in it.

The elven cottage grow from a big Shirren tree they’re attached to. So I’m sure this isn’t quite the look she’s going for. Either that’s another thing I’d have to have special made to properly match it, or maybe the other set of detailed log cabin style walls would work better.

The architecture of the cottage is designed based on her descriptions. And I’m sure this isn’t what she exactly had in mind, but it is what she described. As a writer, this struck me as interesting. I think before I set up a house for a scene in my books now I’m going to recreate it as I envision it in world first.

Another thing is that because of the number of rooms she has in her cottage, it came out bigger than what I’m sure she thought it would be. Thus, I had to fill it with more objects to make it look right. The kitchen and pantry are pretty much done. The common room is close to being done.

The result is…I believe Lindren must have one of the biggest cottages in the enclave. Being the elder and boss of the enclave, I see this as a natural thing. When you look in his kitchen and his pantry, you see it holds a lot of food. I say he stores a lot of food for the enclave, as I don’t see a family of four being able to eat all that before it rots.

Lindren's kitchen.

Lindren’s kitchen.

Full length of Lindren's kitchen

Full length of Lindren’s kitchen

Entry way to Lindren's Kitchen from the common room.

Entry way to Lindren’s Kitchen from the common room.

Mystic and I liked the open entry way to the kitchen versus using a door. Sandie is a lover of dragons and Cat’s Tales centers much around them, so I set a dragon texture into the entry way. It feels something the elves would like.

Coming next is the common room, where the elves meet. I had to make a simple table for it to get the right make and size to fit her description. And I found a copyable chair to use around the table, thankfully. For some reason, I really don’t like making kitchen chairs.

Mystic designed a simple bathtub to fit her description and I’ve got the bathroom washstand to make, then that room is ready. Then the bedrooms for Cat, Lindren and Rhianna, and Robbi. On the outside I’m still trying to figure out the flower garden area. That is one place I’m sure I’ll redo numerous times. I’m not much of a gardener. LOL

Ilsie is working on a new design for the Silverwood entryway that I can also use as an ad for selling Cat’s Tales, while our other cover artist is working on the runes for the gates.

I ended up with room for showing one more place of Silverwood, so I’m thinking on that spot. Maybe Cat’s camp. Not sure yet.

Then on to The Jada Trilogy. I have one spot I’m not happy with and am currently trying to think of the design for a Dunvalos Reach Jada Museum. This would showcase different rooms and objects from the books of Sandie’s The Jada Trilogy.

Oh, and working on Marion Margaret Press Library still. Got the stairs created yesterday.

 

#Inworldz Labor of Hope

Sandie Bergen is an author with Marion Margaret Press, which I run. We’ve known each other for ten years and I can barely count any days in which we haven’t talked during that time. Except recently. She’s been already battling a life threatening condition for the last five years, and just recently discovered she has two brain tumors and cancer. She’s still in the hospital.

My sim, Dunvalos Reach, was already named after a location in her first series, The Jada Trilogy.

Now, I’m creating areas from her second series, Cat’s Tales on the sim. My hope is this inspires Sandie to keep fighting. I hope to provide her with a walk through video of her worlds. I’ve asked both of Marion Margaret Press‘s cover artists for help on some small bits I need. As I’m clueless about video taking and there are a few more bits I don’t have access to, I’m sure I’ll ask others for help at times.

Lindren's home. Roof is temporary. Still looking for the right kit for it.

Lindren’s home. Roof is temporary. Still looking for the right kit for it.

I feel as if I’ve spent a long time in Silverwood since Cat’s Tales became an idea in Sandie’s mind.  Lindren is the head of the Silverwood Elven Enclave, so his cottage was a natural place to start. The cottage is grown from a Shirren tree, and surprisingly, her elves live in cottages, versus the fairytale style woodsy houses we think of. I avoided stone, although I think that would be allowed. Not a perfect design, but closest I could find to what I know of Lindren’s home.

 

Sliverwood Commons from the Cat's Tales series by Sandie Bergen.

Sliverwood Commons from the Cat’s Tales series by Sandie Bergen.

The Silverwood Commons is a big meadow clearing where the elves would gather. At special events, like weddings, a group of elves would dance in the middle, creating beautiful holographic images as they danced higher and higher. Cat and Kelwyn’s favorite tree is at one end. At the other end is going to be the fountain that Cat loves.

More to come on Silverwood as it develops. I still have a long way to go!

In the meantime, meet some new friends on Dunvalos Reach that arrived this week.

In the lagoon is Nessie and her baby. A good substitution for Shroomie, since she doesn't appear to want to show herself.

In the lagoon is Nessie and her baby. A good substitution for Shroomie, since she doesn’t appear to want to show herself.

oyo horses have been on the grid for awhile. I decided to test a few on our sim

oyo horses have been on the grid for awhile. I decided to test a few on our sim

oyo has dogs too - seems mixed breeding code, which isn't my favorite, but they'll do until Ozzie comes to Inworldz too

oyo has dogs too – seems mixed breeding code, which isn’t my favorite, but they’ll do until Ozzie comes to Inworldz too