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.

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

 

 

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 thinking Breast Cancer and Terraforming

This month marks the one year anniversary for my mother being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Not sure what I’ll do for the fall time yet, but I do need to work on Dee’s Designs. It’s named after my mother and intended to promote breast cancer awareness. Yet, I’ve been so preoccupied I really only just have some products in it and not much guidance. I shall need to work on that.

Chloe has the oyos Breast Cancer horse and has bred the crap out of it. LOL She’s got a lot of eyes. And a few match my current oyos breeding program well, so thought adding one in for my mom’s store would be a good idea. If my pegasus pair sells I may have to choose between more starters or getting another to go with it.

The new mascot for the breast cancer awareness store, featuring the pink ribbon eyes. I named her Dee after my mom.

The new mascot for the breast cancer awareness store, featuring the pink ribbon eyes. I named her Dee after my mom.

I’ve started my 2X2 and today’s plans away from home were cancelled. I’m so thrilled! I get to play!

The first sim for the Kaedara region to be worked on is Enchanted Isles.

In my series, the continent name is Kaedara. Supposed to be South Kaedara but I made a change recently. Books far in the future will deal with the continent to the north of this one and if I name it South Kaedara that sort of limits me to naming the other one North Kaedara. I may not want to, so just going with Kaedara leaves my options open.

The Enchanted Isles is an island country on the southern side of the continent. This is where a civilization I created called Myads live. They’re descended from Dryads. Very human like, yet their skin and hair reflects their special nature. Myads are either Tree Servers or Stone Servers. The island designs will reflect this, of course. Lots of rock and lots of trees.

The ground level will not use a lot of prims, so Enchanted Isles is the sim which also houses the very high up oyos horses sky box. I’ve been stressing Dunvalos Reach out a bit in scripts, if not prims, so I moved most of the breeding age horses that aren’t for sale to Enchanted Isles.

Tests were interesting. Flying around on the skybox I got 90 fps. Ping sim kind of higher than I like, but didn’t seem like something I could control at the time and just have to deal with it. When I set the textures up for the skybox, fps lowered to about 70-80. I contribute that to having to use larger images there. Then when I stood and walked on the skybox it lowered further to 20-25  fps.

Not surprising. One of the biggest lag factors we faced in SL was walking on prims, due to how the computer communicates. Especially mega prims. Most lag conscious builders will use all 10X10s to make the floors. My skybox is with 128X128 sections. At some point I may recreate it out of 10X10s and see what the difference is.

For now I’ve tried one thing with my oyos horses. I rezed 10X10 platforms for them that don’t touch the main floor and have them on those. Food and the servers too. Not sure if that makes a difference but I’m hoping it does help. I also decided not to decor the skybox to keep things down as much as possible and keep both horses and sim as healthy as I can.

At ground level, my fps seems to bounce from 15-30 fps. Not great, considering it’s empty, but this is on my pc that needs replacing. Cool VL viewer. Will test with Firestorm’s new update when I can too. And with the ultra gamer laptop. Which may be interesting, as hubby just updated it to windows 10.  I love the Inworldz viewer but gave up on it. Got tired of issues and crashing.

The results of first terraforming with the Enchanted Isles sim.

The results of first terraforming with the Enchanted Isles sim.

With the ground level terraforming, I’ve noticed one big thing. Terraforming in Inworldz on private island versus terraforming in Second Life on private island is a whole lot more fun.  It’s a lot easier and smoother to get the results you’re going for.

Not sure if the textures will stay as I have them though. I have dolphins in the cove, so I went with two layers of sand and then two layers of grass. May experiment with different ones until I get the look I want.

I’ll try to keep up with the updates as I can this week. We have two family reunions to prepare for and be gone for over next weekend, so not positive how much I can get done this week. Besides going nuts on the 8 hour drive because I would ratherbe building Inworldz. 🙂

 

 

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!

 

#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