Changes Dunvalos Reach and Kaedara #inworldz

mulling over the scene that's soon to disappear

mulling over the scene that’s soon to disappear

Changes are coming to Dunvalos Reach in Inworldz. Specifically, Dunvalos Reach is going bye-bye. We’re moving everything over to my Kaedara set of sims.

I find that I’m no longer able to maintain so much space in Inworldz, as my work schedule has grown. And with Sandie gone, the original thoughts I had with Dunvalos Reach are no longer attainable. Perhaps it is best to move on, so to speak.

I’m starting a new campaign I’m calling “Take Me To Kaedara” for my upcoming fantasy series. As part of this, the Kaedara sims will also feature a notecard style adventure to take visitors on a journey through my books.

The stores are set to open on Elvenglades sim on December 15th. In fact, the Elvenglades and the Lost Forest of Hudan sims are open to the public now. On the Hudan sim, the breedables sales level is above and on the ground is a lighter selection of landscaping and gazebos. A smaller version of the Silverwood memorial for Sandie is here too and I’ll have book stations in it to introduce people to her books.

Either on the 15th or sometime shortly thereafter I should be able to open the Enchanted Isles sim to the public also. Not sure of what sales will be on that one yet, as it’s a representation of the Isles from my books where the Myads live.

For the moment, Moor-Knight is closed and we plan on keeping it closed to the public, as we have our private building and living areas there. Going to see how this first month or two goes and then consider renting a 2X2 section to move us and be able to open Moor-Knight up. IF the time and expenses support such a thing.

During November, I was limited by an internet issue that the techs have been out numerous times to help us through, overloaded in other duties, and I had a little health episode to deal with. This is why my play blogging and social sites have been so quiet. Next week my husband is tying up the internet for some intense video conferencing on two of our computers, so I’ll be on limited internet time until after that’s done.

Wish I could post a definite schedule on the “Take Me To Kaedara” journey. This month, I’m working on preparing two books for Sandie and Lora. Then I hope we can begin work in earnest on my books in January. My artist had some surgeries to get through, and my editor had some issues.

Praying both are on the mend and ready to hustle after the holidays.

For the move to Kaedara, we’re keeping the stores we started. Mystic Serenia is building a new cool, large Egyptian store building for hers. My store buildings will be available for purchase. I’m not sure about hers.

I’ve decided to offer prepared room sets instead of the nearly 2000 throw pillows. I’ll still have throw pillows, just not as many and most will be offered in packs rather than individually.

There’s not a huge change in what we offer for breedables, except for our latest lineup of Relay For Life traited unicorns. We’re still breeding oyos only.

I’ll keep the horse breeding guide I set up and will expand on it. I may even make a notecard style of guide for inworldz viewing.

Not sure what to do about the recent change to oyo breedable groups. I’m sorry. I love the people, but do feel this was an unbelievably stupid move on their part.

They’ve had to secure against troublemakers and hackers lately. As part of the response they’ve overreacted and now switched both the help group and the chat group so that not everyone can join.

This is a terrible business move for those coming in to the breedables. It’s creating a pain in the butt situation for not only us who have no powers at all to try to help newbies, but also their CSRs have to listen to it.

I didn’t want a Kaedara Breedables group. But it seems that if they don’t realize how this is such a big mistake and correct it, that I may be forced into starting my own group.

Not that I can help them when there’s issues they need the CSRs in help group for. But maybe some of the elder breeders would join it too and contact a CSR for someone when needed.

Another pain in the butt process to go through, but I’ll do it if I must to make things easier for my own customers.

A business 101 rule: don’t make your customers work to get your product or to maintain your product. Surefire way to lose customers and turn away new ones.

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Hiding under my virtual rock #inworldz

Sometimes life hits you hard, speaking mentally versus physically for me.  Death has never been the easiest of things for me to take, and especially when it seems to make people suffer so much before the end.  Family visits like the last one can be so exhausting and I don’t expect it to improve anytime soon.

Add to that I’m awkward in dealing with many issues of a more mental nature. Probably because I have my hands full trying to keep my own brain working properly through my own issues. LOL

Friends with depression that still function through life, I can handle. Know a few with bi-polar, few living on meds, etc. The individuals just being stupid in their decisions about life…nah…no patience whatsoever with. They don’t want to talk to me, would only hear “get your foot out of your a**”.  Worked hard all my life, good jobs and crap ones. Set aside my dreams for 26 years to take care of family first, went beyond my responsibilities to them…no sympathy from me. I’ve known my life goal since the age of ten, but spent many years taking care of business before being able to reach my dream. Not saying you need to set it aside as long as I did, but you do need to take care of your own responsibilities and go for your dreams, responsibly.

But now there’s dementia in one, and an undefined mental illness that’s drastically changed someone close to me in the works.  Those are areas I can’t handle. My insides just shake and well, you know when you’ve reached your personal limit on what you’re capably of handling…that’s me.

Then to find another close to you was just diagnosed with cancer and given 2-3 years.  Emphasize another. Way way too many.

This came about in the midst of already dealing with one member on other side of family living his last days under very stressful circumstances. Get back to hotel, feeling like I wanted nothing more than to “crawl under my virtual rock called Inworldz” and build where things were still sane…only to get a call to get to hospital few hours later and spend the night there with my mother. She’s okay now, but utter exhaustion!

Experiences like the ones hitting us this year really do put things into perspective. Make you reconsider what’s important in life and what’s not.

Oddly, or how many would consider odd, is how important my virtual world is to me now. I realize its true value is in the strength it gives me to live through life’s challenges. Being able to create and build and share those creations with others is a huge stress relief. Same with the writing, the art, the other hobbies we enjoy.

You don’t hear a lot about this from those using games as a way to de-stress and gain strength to meet life’s challenging moments. We’re usually quiet about the importance of this…normally just showing off what we made and saying we love being there.

The ones you hear about are the ones using virtual living as a crutch to avoid life. So, people ignorant of how these worlds truly work, assume the worse sometimes. That’s another topic and not what I’m talking about here.

I’m just saying how recently I’ve realized how my virtual world work has become a valuable tool for me in handling the life stress. Give me an hour of building and playing with my critters and I can tackle that Real World issue a little better.

Now that’s out of the way…hey, how about some updates?

I’m nearly finished with the outdoor set up of the stores on the ground floor. These first pictures deal with that level.

The buildings are more in theme now for these original stores. The one in the corner will be Tempest Myst Designs 2, lots of bean bag chair, rugs and probably more pillows cause 1000 pillows is not enough.

The buildings are more in theme now for these original stores. The one in the corner will be Tempest Myst Designs 2, lots of bean bag chair, rugs and probably more pillows cause 1000 pillows is not enough.

 

The Marion Margaret Press book walk and a tree sales area takes up one side of the sim on the ground level.

The Marion Margaret Press book walk and a tree sales area takes up one side of the sim on the ground level.

The Myst relaxation area in the next corner hasn't changed much, but Mystic and I need to work on filling this building with product now. Various buildings and home decor, plus whatever strikes our fancy will be there.

The Myst relaxation area in the next corner hasn’t changed much, but Mystic and I need to work on filling this building with product now. Various buildings and home decor, plus whatever strikes our fancy will be there.

The Book Emporium did not change, of course. The other corner is reserved, though I'm not sure when my friend who lost everything in the tornado can return to her business yet.

The Book Emporium did not change, of course. The other corner is reserved, though I’m not sure when my friend who lost everything in the tornado can return to her business yet.

There’s more work to do at the breedables level 3000m up. Three more buildings to finish creating for the one side, Lindren’s cottage needs decorating again before the Silverwood Memorial is complete, Mystic has one memorial section to finish in the community memorial area and I have one to finish there too. Plus a few landscaping items to add in here and there. Still have to get the corral pieces out and set for sale, plus some other items for animals.

I’ve rearranged to open it up a little as it seemed to be to bog down a bit with all the alphas in place, or I assume that was the cause. Think it’s working well now, I’ve had a few good comments in from visitors so far.   Myst/Uru players may recognize our backdrop.

Mystic's Egyptian Dodo Pen and Iron Pig Display stand are set for sale.

Mystic’s Egyptian Dodo Pen and Iron Pig Display stand are set for sale.

 

Mystic also has a Steampunk Inspired Butterfly Pig Corral for sale.

Mystic also has a Steampunk Inspired Butterfly Pig Corral for sale. A tribute to “when pigs fly” phrase perhaps?

 

The Crown Brand and Morgan Display garden. Have 50 bundles there now for sale...may need to think of a big buy it or I heaven it sale and start over on stock.

The Crown Brand and Morgan Display garden. Have 50 bundles there now for sale…may need to think of a big buy it or I heaven it sale and start over on stock.

 

My lovely Black Buckskin Unicorn in the middle of the grasses and flowers sales display.

My lovely Black Buckskin Unicorn in the middle of the grasses and flowers sales display.

 

The Summer Horses have their own display area now. In front is a new Autumn corral/gazebo set for sale.

The Summer Horses have their own display area now. In front is a new Autumn corral/gazebo set for sale.

 

I've added bright fantasy grasses around the sales area, some in front with the pegasus and black unicorn, others are in the back there.

I’ve added bright fantasy grasses around the sales area, some in front with the pegasus and black unicorn, others are in the back there.

 

So far to offer with my basic wagon I have scattered hay piles. More coming soon for this section. Next to it is the edge of the community Memorial area.

So far to offer with my basic wagon I have scattered hay piles. More coming soon for this section. Next to it is the edge of the community Memorial area.

 

This is the Garden of Hope to remember all the children we've lost.

This is the Garden of Hope to remember all the children we’ve lost.

 

Beginning to the Silverwood Enclave, memorial for Sandie Bergen. The forest is complete and the gates are there. Still need to furbish Lindren's house and add some extra touches.

Beginning to the Silverwood Enclave, memorial for Sandie Bergen. The forest is complete and the gates are there. Still need to refurbish Lindren’s house and add some extra touches.

 

An Autumn themed forest piece. I think it's done. I just need to double check everything and make the sales box for it.

An Autumn themed forest piece. I think it’s done. I just need to double check everything and make the sales box for it.

Everything’s good. I’ve switched to Singularity viewer and love the results. FPS didn’t increase, but it runs a lot smoother and the textures rez in way better for me. And so much clearer!

Only issue I have is I cannot set my animals and bundles for sale in it. I can create and set something for sale so it must be either confined to no-copy items or items made by someone else. Still investigating that issue.

Oyos people still complain of their horses not eating or not breeding or other things. They are quick to blame the 2X2’s for messing with scripts. Not sure I buy that. I have about 60 breeding animals at my 2X2 and have no issues with them at all. In fact, I’ve been building a lot there too and haven’t had issues with anything.

I sure hope the creators are working with Inworldz to track this down properly, not just blaming the grid. There was an update around the same time on the animals. It needs to be looked into also. And I’m sure Inworldz IT dept would find the information valuable for their work if there is a conflict of some sort going on after 2X2’s were initiated. Breedables aren’t the only scripted items players use.

Heavy work week here, lots of book files to get ready for Marion Margaret Press, plus client jobs, but hope to get some time to work in Inworldz and update here again soon. Lots of custom made trees and tree houses may happen. 🙂

Dunvalos Reach Breedables, Landscaping, Corrals, and Memorial Area
https://inworldz/region/Dunvalos%20Reach/132/156/3002

Dunvalos Reach Main LM on ground floor
https://inworldz/region/Dunvalos%20Reach/133/157/22

 

 

#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

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.

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.

weekend

A Dunvalos Reach Update #Inworldz

It's Easter Egg Hunt time on Dunvalos Reach sim right now. TWO levels with over thirty eggs hidden. Hints in the sign when you tp in.

It’s Easter Egg Hunt time on Dunvalos Reach sim right now. TWO levels with over thirty eggs hidden. Hints in the sign when you tp in.

Finally have the building duties settled in most of the way, and things will be slower now. Tomorrow I start a full two months of solid fiction writing for fall releases. I’m sure I’ll post some times when my public publisher avatar, Marion Margaret, will be on the sim.

The Book Emporium is partly stocked now. I have a unique line of book shelves to build for it yet, but that will be slow in coming. When I fry my brain from hours of writing and need a break.

Some Elven design shelves and hutches.

Some Elven design shelves and hutches. Some books are in the building now too. Copy and Mod for those who wish to turn them into notecard books for their home shelves.

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Harp plays some music. On the desks are some music boxes available too.

Harp plays some music. On the desks are some music boxes available too.

Trying different ideas with corner desks. There's 8 versions available.

Trying different ideas with corner desks. There’s 8 versions available.

IWbe3_001

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And every office needs the office cat. These are mesh sets for the desk or shelf or floor in your home.

And every office needs the office cat. These are mesh sets for the desk or shelf or floor in your home.

Be sure to check us out on the sim for the hunt and new products!

Be sure to check us out on the sim for the hunt and new products!

http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/133/157/22

I’ve also converted an older level of the sim into a breeding pod ground for my oyos horses. See, there’s this pesky inability to bond them, which makes specialty breeding a bit of a challenge, especially if one can’t be online constantly to make sure the right stud gets the right mare.

So I took my psychedelic marble textures and my ahnonay Myst age background to make a special breeding ground. Sim wide level. Pods and platforms for them.

Thankfully for my busy times, the auto feeder works sim wide very well.

The oyo breeding pod.

The oyo breeding pod.

Special coat oyos designed for the M&K Stables Breast Cancer charity auction.

Special coat oyos designed for the M&K Stables Breast Cancer charity auction for Monday March 30th.