Dunvalos Reach #Inworldz Memorial Additions

Building has begun on Dunvalos Reach once again. I’m determined to finish this sim this year!

The latest finished addition is a small memorial to a high school friend of mine. We’ve been trying to reconnect with old friends and today I found Free Bird. Only to discover that she died last year.

Way, way too young. We’re not that old!

Memorial for a friend from high school. We knew her as Free Bird for her love of the eagle.

Memorial for a friend from high school. We knew her as Free Bird for her love of the eagle.

Mystic is working on a section for honoring her mother who she lost a year ago.

I’m nearly ready to show the Garden of Hope for remembering lost children. Just top section of the fencing to go, the pedestals and flowers. Haven’t decided if I’m going to make a “floor” for it yet.

The final section of the memorial area will be for remembering lost pets. We’ve all lost pets.

More to come in other areas too. Mystic has designed a super unique oyo pig corral and sales area she’s offering for sale. I’m working on an Elven courtyard corral, plus a darker goth version of it to offer for sale.

I’ve started redecorating the ground level, including a store that’s going to be filled with beanbag chairs and more pillows. Because 1000 pillows just isn’t enough to offer people. 🙂

There’s also a hopefully cool design that will go on the ground level across the sim from those stores. With the loss of a few awesome texture designers, I’m setting this up as an art gallery that may become a texture store next year. I may have to get into making textures myself. 🙂

Inworldz is THE best place for builders to be. Someday it will be awesome for more breedables, if the creators would only wise up and realize it.

More coming soon. Including the book cover for Sandie Bergen’s next book release in November. Just saw the first peak of the cover in progress and it’s totally completely AWESOME with a capital AWESOME!

 

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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.

 

Dunvalos Reach lack of update #inworldz

I can’t really give much of an update for Dunvalos Reach. Things are pretty much cooling off for awhile. There’s so much to deal with for RL work and family issues. But I do have a few things to talk about, and ideas for the future have still been forming.

First of all, store upgrades will be slow. For one, I don’t know when Lady Dark Shade Designs will be able to join us as a full store. Camber, the owner, lost everything to a tornado the night before last. Luckily, she and Nik and their two dogs made it out. Sounds like we’re lucky to even still have them with us.

Scary stories like this is why I demand any house we have has a basement. A few weekends ago we were tormented with flooded towns due to 10 inches of rain in 12 hours and had about 7 tornadoes circling our town. Luckily, our town didn’t have to be evacuated like many around us and no direct hits. Just a lot of damage.

But I saw pictures of those not so lucky around us. Even the basement wasn’t a sure thing in times like this. Still, won’t find me living in a second floor apartment or in a house without a basement again. Lived in tornado alley all my life and learned to respect those creatures early on. Being caught out in a tent in one and live to tell the tale helps me stay respectful.

Should you wish to help a family out directly versus going through Red Cross or another agency, feel free to visit Camber’s fundraising page. http://www.gofundme.com/v4a5wde6  She’s been a good friend of mine for nearly six years. We’re both from pre-beta days of Biobreeds.

For the rest of the stores, there’s a lot of things I want to do. Seems I don’t have this sim fully settled in. Pillows and books finally have gotten some sales this month going, and the traffic is good. There seems to be more interest in the stores than the other areas.

I may dismantle the library and merge Marion Margaret Press into Silverwood, making Silverwood larger. Set up decorative kiosks for MMP through it instead of focusing on MMP. Sadly, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to set up events on the sim for MMP.

And, honestly, I have to search deep and think of where I want to go from here. Sandie kept my heart in the publishing. I’ve always been a writer and will die one. I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was ten, and I know this is the career I’ll go to my maker with, but getting into publishing was something new that cropped up when I worked for publishers.

Publishing can be fun. The business of publishing can be un-enjoyable at times, and it was wearing me down.  It’s possible…well, I don’t want to say. Still a lot of thinking and soul searching to do. But what I do know is that I’ll always have MMP to help her family keep her legacy of words going, as was her last wish. And I’ll have that brick and mortar business again in a few years where her books will be available too.

The new Silverwood will include a memorial area to others lost also. I have more gaming friends to dedicate, Mystic’s mom, and sadly, one or more this year from my family to add. We’re waiting on doctors to tell us how long for one of our parents now.

The other store at the top of the to-do list is Dee’s Designs. I need to get this one ready by fall time, at least, with information and proper dedications. This store is to honor my mother who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last fall and who is still involved in fighting the battle with it.

Then there’s the other designs. For the home level, the homes are going to go out for sale in the home and design store that Mystic and I still have to build product for. And I’m redoing the home level to be mostly horse themed. Multiple styles of corrals, some decor for yards, and a very special centerpiece I have in mind to build for displaying the multiple pegasus I have.

There will still be oyo sales there. Not that I’ve had any in three weeks. But then, I left the markets so there’s only the search and classifieds pointing people to our sim for them.

As for a MMP update, I don’t know what to say. Seems we’re on a bit of a hiatus for it. One artist dealing with serious health situation and in recovery. Other artist dealt with loss of two family members and a bad health thing from it. One editor dealing with health/family issues. One editor still grieving and having a hard time completing the job.

It’s possible that the grieving and recovery period may need to go on longer than we’d like. I’m giving all another week and then checking in with everyone before I go to take care of my parents for awhile. See if we can get back on track when I return and keep the current schedule we have planned. Will be sure to let everyone know.

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#Inworldz Dunvalos Reach update

This store update has more to say about what is in the works, versus what is going on now. My writing time is cutting too deeply into my building time to make much progress.

I have picked up some more ideas and product to work with though. There is much forthcoming.

Traffic for the sim is good. The stores attract attention, and oyos occasionally. Sales are not that great though. Lots of interest. Very few are buying.

Which gives me more freedom to change things with my moods as I like. So, not all bad. And I probably will change a few areas over the next few months.

Another build was started, yet I’m not sure if it’s going to be a Display level rebuild or if I’m actually planning for the next sim. It’s full sim size, for a skybox level.

Nothing to show yet and it will take a long time.

In fact, the product idea I’ve been having will be experimented on soon and work on that level may stop for awhile. Don’t want to say what the other idea is.

But a clue is horses. I’ve been involved with horses all my life, and with art, writing, and doing stuff with my hands. This product line would be very detailed and very primmy. Probably each piece would take me a month or two to make.

Plus, each piece would have a real life version of it in two mediums. Probably limited editions.

I hate risking no copy items, but something like this does dictate the need for it.

Much much thinking to do.

Just me at home with my morning coffee.

Just me at home with my morning coffee.

In the meantime, I continue to work on the writing and am a lot closer to figuring out what the virtual world special editions are going to be. I just need to get the textures from the one artist for the covers yet.

Not sure when Sandie’s new book will be released yet. Still waiting word from her family. I fear the grief is still too raw. Can only imagine. I’m fine for a long time and then suddenly it hits me again too.

As for other work, I’m not pushing it. Losing her zapped a lot out of me and I find myself needing to reset my mind or whatever it is.

Plus I need to figure out how to work longer. My back and nerve issues has been complicating things.

I did finally get the standing desk figured out and that helps a little. Helps my back a lot, but then my feet hurt. LOL

Working on getting tools for that too.