#inworldz @oyo_breedable little real life interruptions #thegrumpyblogger

My intent this morning when I signed in and checked my stand at TR was to have a good bitching session on this blog. I didn’t come straight here but did some work instead elsewhere.

I’ve been very restless and a grumpy blogger the last few days. It’s time I sat in the corner and had a time out.

Not to say my upset isn’t valid. It is. And it’s important to me.

TR is a great marketplace. Ran by friendly people. Ben got hold of me when he returned and made good on my rent, very good on it. I’ve never been disappointed in the people in the oyos community once.

But I’m a finicky person. And I have a few pet peeves. In the virtual world one is not allowing people to fly on your region. I detest that!

I know, I’m pathetic and whiny.

I see absolutely no benefit to this. I’ve never disabled this over the years on any of my sims, and I never will. I do not presume to control my visitors to that degree.

Set rules to make sure they’re respectful to others. Yes.

Not this. Not on a public sim. Especially not on place you want people to buy from you.

Now in this case I’m one of the buyers on the sim. I shop there when I have some I’z to spend. BUT I’m very busy. I do not have time to walk around an entire sim. I fly to shop. Always have, always will.

This morning, suddenly the fly option is disabled on TR. It wasn’t before. If it was, I would not have set up there. I left another place because trying to put up with it was a royal pain. And I did try. It’s just not how I play.

So, now I’m committed to 24 days at a place I won’t shop around. Kind of sucks.

I’m hoping the fly option is a mistake and will be enabled again soon.

So, hey! Let’s go to a positive thing now I got the whine for my day out of the way.

Oyos may have another win for me in the horses. Maybe. There’s no announcement. In the short moments of time I get to sign in there’s no chatter.

But the last four or five bundles have actually shown female with the coat. And the one we did birth was female.

Does this mean we’ll get to see the actual sex of the bundle before birthing from now on?  I hope so!!!

Real life:

Yes. For one thing, I’m going crazy. We’ve wavered between flooding and storms and heatwaves here that my system is all out of whack from it. I’m a very geographically controlled person when it comes to inspiration and it’s been super unstable for months now.

Cabin fever style of symptoms.

Then I have a painful, but manageable hidden condition flaring up. Doesn’t get better in a few weeks may ask doctor for more help with it.

Stress could be triggering it. I’m not going to say it gently…just come right out with it. My dad’s dying. I don’t know when, could be today, could be a long time from now. But many of us feel this is his last year.

There’s a meeting with the doctor for him Thursday. This is so serious that all my siblings will be there. (This is NOT normal.)  I live 400 miles away.

We were prepared when we heard about it last week to go for a long weekend and be there for it. He’s done well over the weekend though and has been taking it easy, so I decided against it.

Pretty sure there’s a serious surgery to follow this meeting. That surgery may not happen immediately. Going to see when that is and explore being there for that instead. He’s got support for this bit. And I did go back and spend a week with them a few weeks ago.

I was going to take on a few new clients, but cancelled that. Working on my own products for now. Something I can do on a very flexible schedule without strict deadlines during this uneasy time. My dad is not the only family member in danger, and there’s some other things in need closer to home to allow for.

Plus get this dang pain to subside.

In the midst of this, I’m working with Sandie’s family to fulfill her final wishes for her books. This is an honor that helps drive me forward through the mayhem of life.

The two artists are working hard on this with me. Part of which is a ton of custom made gradients to use for textures on the virtual world memorials and around the internet.

I had a 1/2 hour phone meeting with her husband and trying hard to work on the things we came up with during that. Going slow. None of us are having an easy time with it. But it is fulfilling to do something for someone else.

And it has worked wonders with me. Reaffirmed how important family is to me. Our 28th is this weekend. May not do much, but we will make sure to have time for family as part of celebrating it. My husband is a treasure.

Sandie Bergen: author of The Jada Trilogy and Cat's Tales. http://www.marionmargaretpress.com

Sandie Bergen: author of The Jada Trilogy and Cat’s Tales. http://www.marionmargaretpress.com

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Looking at my #Inworldz business planning

Am I going to run Dunvalos Reach like a real business or just use it for play, not caring about the Izzies it makes?

This is a huge choice I need to make. Which means I better study how inworld business works a little bit further than I have over the years.

Now, I’ve been running some sort of virtual world business for nearly ten years. Just in a very relaxed manner, compared to how I’ve ran my RL businesses. And I’ve never used marketplace for my own products, although I’ve purchased regularly from them.

The realization of just how naive I am came to light recently.

Lady Dark Shade Designs is ran by a good friend of mine. She has a reserved spot on Dunvalos Reach, but hasn’t been able to use it yet. And thanks to a tornado wiping out everything they own in real life, except for their two dogs, she’s not going to be able to get to it for a good while yet.

It sucks. Bad luck for them to have the tornado, and not be covered by insurance. Then, when they get back to the ruins of their home, they found out that anything salvageable has been stolen. The officials in charge promised to have the place guarded, but did not.

Now I did not follow the recent events concerning Inbiz. Obviously, she was preoccupied and didn’t either. Neither of us knew anything was wrong until she went to take her money out of it. Seems that service was ran by a single person and said person has disappeared.

Yes, people are concerned and patiently waiting. But chances are, everything is lost. This is NOT what my friend needed on top of everything else.

And here is where I’m naive. Dummy me thought for sure IW management would have rules in place for people offering global servers to their customers.

Where else am I naive at and unprotected with this situation?

It’s not that I don’t trust IW management. I do. I’ve just obviously assumed too much and have a lot I need to learn before I can answer my main question about my business goals.

In RL, this is a busy time for my publishing part of the business. I have multiple files to prepare and fall releases to prepare for.  I am not sure I’ll increase my inworld work time. Building is going slow as it is.

Visitors isn’t too bad. Sales seem to cover the costs of my classifieds for the non-breedable products.

Breedables aren’t that great in sales, but have been recently very well. A certain individual has evidently started his own project I cater to. That doesn’t happen that often, but nice when it does.

I did think to go back to marketplace and paid for a spot at TR. Yet Ben and Jenny seem offline. Vacation or something. And obviously don’t have anyone watching their place for new renters.

I’m guessing I’ll get credit for lost days when they return, but not sure. We’ll find out I guess.

None of my comps like Wild Rose Ranch, which I would like to be at, so won’t try there. I do visit and work through the lag to shop sometimes still.

The other one I like is MK but they’re full now. Should grabbed one when I saw it.

Not sure if returning to a market will help or not, but feels like a good way to advertise when I don’t have the time to do it the old fashioned way myself.

One thousand pillows I tell you. I got one thousand to choose from, unscripted ones are copy and modify to add your own sits in if you like.

One thousand pillows I tell you. I got one thousand to choose from, unscripted ones are copy and modify to add your own sits in if you like.

 

Dunvalos Reach Redesign update #inworldz

I’m making progress on the breedables and more level for Dunvalos Reach. Going a bit slow for me due to real life work and family.

Next is moving the Silverwood memorial up to that level and making the multiple corrals I’ll sell for the middle sections. I hope to get a lot of time to work this weekend, along with the hour a day I get until then.

I'm selling morgans and crown branded horses from a build inspired by a German palace garden.

I’m selling morgans and crown branded horses from a build inspired by a German palace garden.

The NE corner is done with a canopied build featured in the previous post and sales for grasses and trees.

The NE corner is done with a canopied build featured in the previous post and sales for grasses and trees.

The Native Warrior horses have a special mayan designed backdrop by Whisper Carfield.

The Native Warrior horses have a special mayan designed backdrop by Whisper Carfield.

Our oyos sales stores feature horses, dogs, cats, and dodos. We have no plans on breeding fuzzies, of course.

Our oyos sales stores feature horses, dogs, cats, and dodos. We have no plans on breeding fuzzies, of course.

I've taken up collecting pegasus, so I built a pegasus display that's also for sale. As is the big elven style foyer behind them.

I’ve taken up collecting pegasus, so I built a pegasus display that’s also for sale. As is the big elven style foyer behind them.

Building again in #inworldz for Dunvalos Reach

Chilling on one of the yard swings in the twisted vine gazebo of my newest build.

Chilling on one of the yard swings in the twisted vine gazebo of my newest build.

Doing something different with this latest build on the horse level. It uses a combination of regular, sculpt, and mesh prims. Pieces I make mostly myself are copy/mod and pieces that use kits I’m more careful of permissions for are copy only.

Usually I like builds linked all together to sell. This will have separate pieces for it. Which is okay. Allows the buyer to use them in whatever way they like. And the modify pieces, well…if they don’t like how I did it, then they can change it. lol

It’s hard to show this one properly. This is for those wanting to share time with their horse in a more private setting. It’s a 20X40 section shaded by the canopy of trees. Of course, the buyer may use less trees, or no trees and open it up. The original intent is to be canopied though.

The corral next to the swing. It's approximately 14X15, includes a single horse  open stall barn.

The corral next to the swing. It’s approximately 14X15, includes a single horse open stall barn.

Horse not included. 🙂

Corral works well with a single horse set to roam at 3m.

Corral works well with a single horse set to roam at 3m.

Perfect shading for those hot summer days or desert terrain. Water tub is by Mystic, my sim partner.

Perfect shading for those hot summer days or desert terrain. Water tub is by Mystic, my sim partner.

Hard to show what this looks like with the trees in the way.

Hard to show what this looks like with the trees in the way.

I've included light colored grass below the trees and ferns to give some color.

I’ve included light colored grass below the trees and ferns to give some color.

I may throw in one or two of my environmental rocks in the box for it.  I hope to have this set ready to sell in a day or so. Along with a new selection of grasses and flowers.

I may have to load the cool viewer and try it though for building. I’ve been kicked out so many times today, it’s getting frustrating. Has to be the inworldz viewer. Two other games aren’t giving me a bit of trouble on the same computer.

 

Memorial moving and redesign #inworldz

Building time is short for me right now, so the redesign for the breedables level is going to take through June to complete. I decided to set the Silverwood Memorial for @sandiebergen on that level too. Right now I’m thinking maybe in the middle but not sure. Will take a bit of thinking, since my horse groups need to be set so far apart. Don’t want the ones not getting the salt stealing it.

A few houses will stay on display, but most will just be in vendors. For new sets I’ll offer they will be all horse themed. Toss in a few items created by others to display horses with. Got an Aztec temple for free today by Mystery Creations. Hope I can set up the native warrior horses in it next weekend.

Elven designed foyer. Great for adding onto a castle, using for a corral for horses, or a garden.

Elven designed foyer. Great for adding onto a castle, using for a corral for horses, or a garden.

I have the live unicorns set for sale in it now. Designed a corral system to enclose it that I offer for sale too.

I have the live unicorns set for sale in it now. Designed a corral system to enclose it that I offer for sale too.

I took inspiration from a palace garden to design a place for my crown brand horses I'm selling.

I took inspiration from a palace garden to design a place for my crown brand horses I’m selling.

The crown garden is not one I sell. It's using some pieces I got from others. Although I did redo the hedges to make my own mesh ones. I may offer those for sale.

The crown garden is not one I sell. It’s using some pieces I got from others. Although I did redo the hedges to make my own mesh ones. I may offer those for sale.

This is my pegasus display. There's room to add more in, but I may not, and just sell it as it is. Allow the buyer room to add extras in. Felt like going with a more artsy/fantasy touch in this.

This is my pegasus display. There’s room to add more in, but I may not, and just sell it as it is. Allow the buyer room to add extras in. Felt like going with a more artsy/fantasy touch in this.