DR Product Update: More for Landscaping #Inworldz #ambuilding

Going a little cross eyed with this headache so thought we’re due an update here. Virtual life is good. Business growth is good. Both day job and Marion Margaret Press are accomplishing things. I see 2016 being a strong year for me. Real life sucks a little. But in things one cannot avoid.

I know I may whine a bit, but perhaps reading this will get future readers to check back here often, should I have to lay low with sadness at some point. In addition to what went on before, my father was not able to have the second of three surgeries he needed last week. In fact, he can’t have any more without the almost 100% risk of not making it through the surgery. In other words, he’s got to do his best to enjoy his last days, months, or however long God decides to give him. Medically, nothing else can be done.

I’m the youngest. “Daddy’s Girl” Funny. I’ve got grown children and three grand children (yes, I married young), but something like this makes me emotionally feel like a teenager still living at home. Guess everyone feels this when it’s time for their parents.

Anyway…I’m very close to finishing Dunvalos Reach! After what…two years of planning and building? lol A few more buildings, a few more outdoor items, and then the last two stores will fill up quickly once I get the main templates for those products created.

This then leaves the memorial sections to finish, and Dee’s Design. I’m moving the current products in it to another store and re-thinking this one. Needs to be a little more special and not just the same, and perhaps involve a little bit of teaching or sharing on cancer. Trying to decide. One of a kind items? Limited edition exclusive sets? Or what? Not sure yet.

Pink Ribbon Eye Pair in front of Dee's Designs in support of Breast Cancer

Pink Ribbon Eye Pair in front of Dee’s Designs in support of Breast Cancer

My Pink Ribbon Eye mare kept giving daughters and no sons I could put back with her, so I gave up and bought another Pink Ribbon Eye male from Chloe.  Since the mare is named Dee after my mother, the male is Bob after my father.

Summer Horse mares with a Black & Gold Morgan stud.

Summer Horse mares with a Black & Gold Morgan stud. Plants for display will be available for sale in a box together.

New project in oyo breedables that I hope to have a sales line from one day is getting the sun eye onto the morgan coat. This herd gives me another option, actually, because the male also has the crown eye. Could get crown eye onto the summer coat too.

For breedables, we have a few more rare horses at our TR Ranch stand, but they do go quickly. I hope that my herds keep kicking out the coats. I’m about to heaven the extra lives I have out for sale at the TR Ranch stands, so I hope they sell soon. Much is the same at Dunvalos Ranch, except I heavened a lot of the extra crown brands and redesigned the sales area to separate the coats for easier shopping.

White wolf coat on Great Dane body.

White wolf coat on Great Dane body.

Now, you hear me say time and time again I really don’t like the oyo wolves. Not at all. If I get a starter pack and it births wolf, I heaven it. If I get a wolf from a breeder it’s heavened. Except this one. I could sell this white wolf very easily to pay for a few packs of bones, but had to birth it out of curiosity. It actually looks neat! Eye says black, but looks like silver. And it’s out of my rare creme dane pair so she’s going to go back to Dad. May be worth something as a breeder and will make a cool pet when she’s done.

Preview of Halloween display Mystic is currently building in the store area. Halloween's on the way!

Preview of Halloween display Mystic is currently building in the store area. Halloween’s on the way!

Book displays are being updated in the Marion Margaret Press book walk. New books coming out in November!

Book displays are being updated in the Marion Margaret Press book walk. New books coming out in November!

New Rock Pond with girl and waterfall. Sculpt.

New Rock Pond with girl and waterfall. Sculpt.

The newest line for landscaping is the rock ponds. I’m offering four basic rock ponds and then a bunch of different themed ones, with plants, animals, mushrooms, or fairies added in. Some are all sculpt while others are sculpt and mesh combinations.

New double rock pond series.

New double rock pond series.

I also offer 7 different rock ponds with a ivy covered rock behind them for larger landscaping needs. These are mesh and sculpt combined.

Lady Dark Shade Designs coming soon!

Lady Dark Shade Designs coming soon!

Good news! My friend has finally settled into a new home and with internet again after losing everything to a tornado three months ago. She’s setting up her online businesses again and will be back in Inworldz very soon! Lady Dark Shade Designs will be back to Dunvalos Reach soon.

Both the ground level and the upper breedables level are well stocked, with more to come soon!

Dunvalos Reach Stores and Landscaping Level

Dunvalos Reach Breedables, Memorials, More landscaping level

 

 

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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 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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