Building a new level in #inworldz

I didn’t like how my houses blocked the view on the ground level. I really did mean to build small houses to fit anywhere, but I’m a person who likes being able to see around me in my own house and to have more freedom with my cam. Hence, my houses naturally come out bigger than I intend. Not as big as some, by a long shot though.

Not to mention the freedom of not having to worry about prims if I want to add another room on. It’s so great.

This has also affected my breedables herd, in a good way. For part of the new level, I’m working on corrals and horse buildings, and dog houses, along with the houses. Well, you need critters for a proper display in these areas, don’t you? hehe

And I’m really falling for the oyo breedables. Especially the horses.

It’s still a work in progress but coming along quickly. I hope to open this level up within the next few weeks. Just a few more houses, a smaller stall/corral system, and some dog houses to make. Then it’s ready.

The white pinto in the large dark tudor courtyard stall system.

The white pinto in the large dark tudor courtyard stall system.

The silver arabian stud in the dark tudor courtyard system. Thinking of offering a light tudor version too.

The silver arabian stud in the dark tudor courtyard system. Thinking of offering a light tudor version too.

Work in progress. Level coming along nicely...may need a few more horses yet before I'm done.

Work in progress. Level coming along nicely…may need a few more horses yet before I’m done.

Work in progress. My first attempt at mesh from a kit. Worked out well I think.

Work in progress. My first attempt at mesh from a kit. Worked out well I think.

Loving this dark tudor texture pack from Twisted Textures. I'm sure I'll make many things from it.

Loving this dark tudor texture pack from Twisted Textures. I’m sure I’ll make many things from it.

Sneak peak inside the small enchantment houses. Another set of textures I'm loving to work with from Twisted Textures.

Sneak peak inside the small enchantment houses. Another set of textures I’m loving to work with from Twisted Textures.

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Some #inworldz updates

There’s not a strong theme to today’s update post. I’ve been working on the sim and on the building, but it’s been tough since the loss of my friend. Still, getting into the building groove and playing with the breedables has been helping me focus again and get some purpose going.

And things have been moving along faster than planned. Work in life has been difficult. I have put getting the next set of clients to work for on hold and took a break from my own writing, for my heart just was not in it.

But it’s waking up. A life long ambition is not squelched for long by any tragedy, and as I adjust to Sandie’s absence, she also inspires me to do more. And more is what I’m gearing up to do.

LOOK! A unicorn with a gold horn. One finally showed up for sale and I found it. Now Sandie's unicorns are properly represented in Silverwood.

LOOK! A unicorn with a gold horn. One finally showed up for sale and I found it. Now Sandie’s unicorns are properly represented in Silverwood.

Marion Margaret Press will have another Virtual World exclusive line of shorts for sale only within virtual worlds. First in Inworldz, then perhaps in another when I feel safe to expand, after so long. For quite awhile they’ll only be available within Inworldz though. I hope to start publishing this line in the summer.

This will be time exclusive up to a certain number, then a collection edition of them will be available via our normal channels.

I’m staying with Second Life for the breedables definitely because I emotionally need them in my life to help me stay on track in my real life. But none of this will be in SL and subject to their TOS. So, fellow readers better get into Inworldz too if you want to see these.

Hopefully we’ll be able to work on getting Sandie’s last Cat’s Tales book ready for publication in March. Then a surprise probably that I just got word about for later in the year. I can’t say yet, because it’s not firmed yet. But I’m excited about it.

In Cat's Tales, the gate to Fornoss is lost to the bad guy. This is our depiction of that gate.

In Cat’s Tales, the gate to Fornoss is lost to the bad guy. This is our depiction of that gate.

The gates for Silverwood are done too now. We accidentally broke the wrong gate. Tiru was done with cracks to show it broken/lost by mistake. Or was it? Tiru is the world where Cat is from. Where her people were destroyed. And Cat was very special to Sandie. Perhaps with Sandie gone, now that gate is broken too. I have the working gate up now, but really debating about showing it broken too. To reflect our broken hearts.

Ron, the texture artist, and our main book artist, has an idea for a scrying stone to place in the center of the gates. Sandie didn’t have that in her books but I think she would love the idea. If it works out, I found a scripter I’ll contact to get the stone to work the way we want it to. Will be really cool!

There’s some building updates too, but think I’ll stop here. This makes this update have an actual theme once I got all this out.

Visitors to Silverwood are welcome. Silverwood can be found on Dunvalos Reach at http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/92/181/22

If you’re new to Inworldz then see this post

And please don’t listen to the news about virtual worlds. They only show negative stuff or show scientists trick gullible people into being lab rats and say “this is a serious mental condition!” Sad thing is, there’s enough ignorant people out there to allow them to continue misleading folks.

Trust me. I’ve been in virtual worlds for about seven years and haven’t had to deal with anything nefarious because it’s easy to avoid and plenty of good folks to find with same ideas about life. And I’ve never, ever confused my avatar with my real life person, even if I’ve spent 8 to ten hours a day being that person. (Yes, I have before for fundraising, building, and working with writers within the worlds.)

Trust me. You have to look out for yourself in a virtual world, just as you do in real life, but it’s very easy to do, and it’s a game. Most know that very well.

Two things I’ve fought against during my life and continue to do so. Animal abuse (common sense type, not extremist, but includes fighting against slaughter of horses, dogs, and cats) and cancer. I support nice breedables and the groups with them in virtual worlds. I can tell you there’s a lot of raising funds to fight cancer through the virtual worlds. And I do mean A LOT.

A lot of good people in virtual worlds. A lot of smart people with good intentions and good actions. Don’t let the negative publicity fool you.

 

#Inwordz Building update

I’m adding another level to the sim and opening up some of the ground level for more building. Houses block a lot of what’s behind them, so I chose to make a level for them that people will be able to tp to. I’ll also have sales boxes down below still for them.

I made a series of enchantment houses. I like the design and they fit easy in landscaping. May create a roof top patio add on for them too.

I made a series of enchantment houses. I like the design and they fit easy in landscaping. May create a roof top patio add on for them too.

Love the textures for the inside of the enchantment houses.

Love the textures for the inside of the enchantment houses.

I’m also going through my products and getting rid of anything with poseballs. I’ve tested a few sit script kits and think I’ve settled on my favorite. Through the years, I used single sit options. I may do a few with multiple sits via a menu too. You know, now that I’m older…

This is the texture for the gate to Cathras in the Silverwood memorial on Dunvalos Reach.

This is the texture for the gate to Cathras in the Silverwood memorial on Dunvalos Reach.

I’ll admit, I was greatly disappointed this weekend. Not one soul has bothered to visit Sandie’s memorial.

But luckily, I’m a bit of a hermit and that’s okay. I’m not real sociable. My talking is through my writing.

And Sandie approved the memorial. She’s the one I truly wanted to make happy.

 

Remembrance Day #inworldz is a long day

As it happened with my family growing up, I’m also a bit of the fabled black sheep of my friends in the writing world. They’re not virtual world gamers, the readers we’re connecting to are not virtual world gamers. And I am. That’s where I express myself and pay tribute to various causes and people.

Including today for Sandie Bergen’s Remembrance Day, the day of her memorial which takes place thousands of miles from me.

My two avatars, Tempest Myst and Marion Margaret, are Inworldz to be on standby for all day and into the evening if possible. To remember Sandie and to be there to help guide anyone who may want to come in and do so in an environment they’re unfamiliar with.

Here "we" are, starting our morning with coffee, next to the chirping chipmunk. i think I'll call him Fred.

Here “we” are, starting our morning with coffee, next to the chirping chipmunk. i think I’ll call him Fred.

To be honest, I don’t expect much action. I anticipated that and made a visual guide  online to Silverwood for all to enjoy. And Sixty visitors have checked it out.

Could be just a tough day too. It is a work day for most and most will be gearing up to spend time with their special someone tomorrow on the day many think of “forced affection day”.  I laugh at that. Because I know how to do it right. I don’t need a forced affection day. I force my sweetie to give me affection every day. 🙂

Sandie used to laugh at all my attitudes on this holiday. I miss that.

I miss a lot. She really was my daily friend, probably closer to her than I’ve been to most, even in person. Perhaps because the internet provides a certain amount of space between friends that you don’t find in real life. Easier to concentrate on the good and those things you agree with than the bad. When you start off with the good, and ten years ago, we did just that.

What truly surprised me about this experience is that when I told people physically around me about losing Sandie, they knew immediately who I was talking about without explanation, and was consoling in the way they would have been if I had told them it was a family member.

Wow! picture taken with my  husband's gaming computer is SO MUCH better. This is the dragon waterfall I have in place until I can manage to have one special made to Sandie's description.

Wow! picture taken with my husband’s gaming computer is SO MUCH better. This is the dragon waterfall I have in place until I can manage to have one special made to Sandie’s description.

My brain was locked in a pool of muck after she went into the hospital. Her situation was one I’m all too familiar with as it runs in my family, and I never wished for her or her family to be put into that situation.

But things are clearing up for me and I’m going to go out refreshed into the world. No more ‘dealing with it’ when it comes to certain things in life. Goals mean something now. And so much more.

The writing muse is active again, and I’m rejoining OWW where I first met Sandie, Steve, Elizabeth, and so many more who are on similar paths. The process of critiquing others is very helpful in getting the mind to work properly.

I’m also back into Holly Lisle’s forums and working  my way through the courses again. Which is good for me. It’s been a long time, back in 2006 when I became a member and student. Good to get back to the basics and find myself again.

Sandie taught me a lot about life and about living. Today I remember that. Tomorrow I live it.

Sandie's books. Her seventh and final for the Cat's Tales series comes out later this year.

Sandie’s books. Her seventh and final for the Cat’s Tales series comes out later this year.

 

For visitors to #Inworldz Silverwood Enclave Memorial area

The Silverwood Enclave on Dunvalos Reach is dedicated to our dear friend and great author, Sandie Bergen, who passed away February 4, 2015. Her remembrance day is Friday February 13, 2015. Visitors are welcome to come to the Inworldz sim and enjoy the reproduction of Silverwood, the sim, or to drop a message for her family in the heart by the Silverwood entrance.

Sandie was not a virtual gamer, so I’m guessing many who would like to go through Silverwood on her remembrance day Friday, February 13, 2015 will be new to Inworldz and maybe even virtual worlds all together. (Or to come in any time to see it. You’re always welcome.)

To those afraid of virtual worlds, don’t be. Many skeptics I talk to are people exposed to reports of scary instances and sexual depravity. Well, yes. That happens. But it’s NOT what virtual worlds are about.

They’re about exploring and creating awesome places and objects. Artistic expression is everywhere. They’re about being with group of people who care about you inside and not about your status or looks.

I’ve been in the gaming world for over six years and I’ve rarely had to witness anything not PG. It’s easy to find and play in safe areas.

My sims are always PG rated and never roleplay areas. You can dress and be as you like. You are protected by me from abuse and harassment. I became very adept at the mute, ban and eject functions quickly when I began playing all those years before. And I don’t mess around with offenders.

And Inworldz is one of the best managed, safest grids out there. Well, in my opinion, it’s the best managed. lol

Anyway, at this time, I have just the washstand to finish for Lindren’s cottage and then Silverwood is as done as it will be this week. Should have been done last night, but I forgot until this morning!

During the day February 13th, I’ll have my public avatar Marion Margaret on the sim to greet visitors and be available for questions. I will try to make it a long day and be available from morning to night.

For new visitors to the grid, follow these steps:

1 – go to Inworldz website, and register to join it. (Free to play.) Your username will also be your avatar’s name.

2 – then you will need to download a viewer to use within the game. At the inworldz home page you will see a tab that says Downloads. Go to viewer downloads and choose the 2.x viewer that matches your computer.

You need the 2.x viewer and not the other one because parts of my sim are built in what’s called mesh, and you need a viewer capable of seeing mesh.

3 – once the viewer is loaded, open it and sign in with the username and password you used to register at the website with.

You will land in a place we call IDI, which is a welcoming area for new players. There should be mentors on hand there.

As it happens my sim partner is Mystic Serenia and she is a mentor. IF she can be online, she may be there in the morning, until as late as 1pm on Friday. If you see her, feel free to say you’re here for Sandie’s memorial and she’ll pass you a landmark to get to our sim.
4 – If you need to get to our sim on your own after getting in:
Our sim is Dunvalos Reach. You can hit the map button at the bottom of your viewer, put Dunvalos Reach into the box that next to the find button. Hit find, and then hit teleport. Teleport takes you to that location. You will land on our sim and can walk to the memorial. Walking or flying around the sim will help some things rez in faster for you.

On Friday I should be on the sim as one of two of my avatars, or both if I’m on two computers. I am Tempest Myst as a private avatar that does all the building, or Marion Margaret who represents Marion Margaret Press on the sim.

I definitely will be Marion Margaret on Friday. If you come in another day, look for Tempest Myst and send me an IM.

**Mini-Map opens a radar map that lets you see other people on the sim.

5 – Give yourself plenty of time. It takes awhile to get used to using the viewers and get everything set to how you like it. Either on the welcome island or on my sim, you’re in a safe area and it’s okay to stand and go through things to get the hang of it.

If you’re stuck somewhere and need help, click search button. Go to people and punch in my avatar Tempest Myst. Go to profile and send IM to me for assistance. I will try to be on all days this week. Thursday afternoon I may be gone for awhile though.

If I’m not on, you can also try Mystic Serenia and see if she’s around.

Just let us know you’re one of Sandie’s people. 🙂

Once you get to my sim, I can get you into one of my groups and you can set home to there and be able to rez in on a safe spot whenever you visit.

I do suggest joining Friends of Dragonlady group on Facebook. I will also be watching there and on hand for people.

 

This is waffle's dragon. Click him when you see him and he'll give you a card with information.

This is waffle’s dragon. Click him when you see him and he’ll give you a card with information. First at the Silverwood entrance under the sign, then throughout Silverwood.

 

Upcoming #Inworldz Memorial Time

I’m still working the details out, but Sandie Bergen‘s memorial in Real Life is on Friday. Since she touched the hearts of so many friends and fans on the internet, I thought I’d host an event for her memorial too. More of a “be there” type of event. Give a day over for someone so special.

New entrance to Silverwood on Dunvalos Reach sim

New entrance to Silverwood on Dunvalos Reach sim

Inworldz, I’ll have my public avatar Marion Margaret on throughout most of the day Friday, January 13th. People are welcome to come in to the game and take a walk through Silverwood and remember Sandie. At the entrance, I’ve set up a heart shaped mailbox should anyone wish to drop in their words of support on a notecard. These will be passed on to her husband and kids.

I don’t know specific times yet, as I’m sure I’ll have to take a break at some time during the day and I would like to be available in the evening also just in case.

Who knows how many will come try out Inworldz and check out Silverwood for her. Perhaps those in Inworldz now will come visit and then decide to go grab her books to learn the story behind Silverwood. Sandie’s family, and myself, truly want to keep her legacy going by keeping her books out there.

Visitors start by clicking these gates and passing through. They're unlocked. :-)

Visitors start by clicking these gates and passing through. They’re unlocked. 🙂

In addition, I will be making a group at Facebook for friends to join and give their words of encouragement to her family or share their memories of her on that day. I hope to make that group tomorrow or Tuesday and post a full notice here of how that day will play out.

In the meantime, I’m getting Silverwood ready for visitors. I’ll post a guide here also. It’s shaping up nicely. Only worried about the runes graphics for the gates. Hoping they’ll be done in time, or else I’ll have to hang a sign saying the meadow is under construction.

Deep purple bushes with colored dots. One of Sandie's descriptions...think I got it right...

Deep purple bushes with colored dots. One of Sandie’s descriptions…think I got it right…

 

On The Path to Finding Myself Again

…sort of.

My friend and basically business partner for many years, Sandie, is still lingering to this life in a coma. We truly thought she’d let go quicker than this. But I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. She never gave up on me, even through the many times I tried and failed.

I find myself completely lost without her. At least in my career.

It’s funny. I’m a motivator and counselor for others in their career path, yet I find out that my own was so dependent upon one generous individual being there.  I can’t say I took her forgranted because she had been battling an unrelated life threatening condition. I was just distracted by my desire to do right by her and do the best I could for her books because I wasn’t sure if she had time for as many as she did.

I’m very, very thankful she did get through seven books before her time ran out. It was more than I hoped for in the beginning.

In my desire to do right for her, I failed to see how dependent I became on her. Still am, I guess.

Honestly, I think I would have disappeared off of the internet scene for a time: month, a few months, a few years, something.  I did not. Not right away because I wanted to help her family see this through, and make sure her books are handled the way they wanted.

Then, not planning to at all once I was told she made a last request for her books with MMP that makes me think of myself as a caretaker for her books and creations. It’s a responsibility I take seriously.

Yet, I also must caretake my own career. Find the drive for it again.

Thankfully, my other dear friend and artist Ron Leming is helping with that.

And thank God for Inworldz. Building is good for the soul and good therapy. It’s something I can enjoy there and not at that other place. Because prims don’t matter.

Sorry to keep harping on that, but so many days I see this as a life saver. I had felt badly that my game family chose another open source grid instead, with many of the same benefits, but after much thought, that’s not so bad. I can still go visit in the other place and within the actual game itself. This suits my need for anonymity to satisfy my introverted personality during those quiet moments I need.

For the part of the business that’s the press, I need to get dates going for the anthology editions and post those for writers to submit to, and set up the 2015 schedule. For the ‘day job’ part of the business, I need to set up a routine for clients to start off the new year.

Due to my inability to break free of the mind numbing shock of losing someone so close to me, I’ve had all this put on hold. (Other than taxes. That I was able to process properly, thankfully.)

Now it’s time to move forward, get the planning done, and do some work again. Time to straighten out this winding path I’m on.

On the little forest in Inworldz on Dunvalos Reach

On the little forest in Inworldz on Dunvalos Reach