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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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

 

 

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.

weekend

My thoughts on #inworldz premium membership

The Inworldz team brought forth a new feature for the grid they thought out well and designed to help retain newcomers to the grid, turn inactive members to active ones, and hopefully in the end, benefit existing landowners and merchants.

As expected, there’s a lot of disagreement and fear with something new. To be expected whenever a business or head of an organization tries a different approach.

There’s way too much to go into with just one post, but I’ll try to go into the area I know the most of from a virtual world customer standpoint. And do my best not to be too long on it.

Not sure how well I will do. Still may be a novella. *grin*

First, who am I to say anything? Knowing the extent of my experience in such matters will help.

I’ve been with virtual world grids for seven years now, plus two with Myst Online players when it was with Gametap (think it was two years that it was published…I was there from birth to when Gametap dropped it anyway). Myst Online is completely different than being on a grid, but I would not have ventured into virtual worlds if it had not been for Myst Online. I thought this made it worth mentioning.

The type of player I am is probably a bit different than the greater percentage of players in one major way. Pixel sex. Don’t do it. Don’t watch it. To be honest, I don’t agree with it.

But I understand it. I have many, many friends who live the pixel sex life. Of all kinds. I’ve been exposed to things I’d never see in real life, and been around enough to not be alarmed. It’s another form of “normal” to me.

I don’t go clubbing. Think yuk about it. Most I do is meet with my D’ni family and dance with them to the great DJ’s we have once in a while.

And I’m an introvert.

And, to be honest, I’ve met a lot just like me in virtual world. So, I think what I say here is revelant.

One of the arguments against giving free land to premium members is that it’s going to hurt landlords.

First of all, the IW team has worked hard to see how they can do this and still benefit the existing landowners, with more than just offering to let them manage the sims for a return. And as new ideas on how to do this hit them, I’m sure they’ll see if they can work them in.

My biggest point: JUST BECAUSE SL DID THIS BIT WRONG DOES NOT MEAN IT WON’T WORK FOR IW WHEN THEY DO IT BETTER.

Sorry for caps…but did I express how I felt there yet? When I came to IW, I was looking for someone who could implement the good things I liked about SL but make them worth it.

And they’re doing just that. They’re following one golden rule of internet business: Find someone doing something you like and find a way to do it better.

This IS better.

When I first went to SL from Myst as a scared of the virtual world life newbie I hung out with my D’ni family on the safe Myst themed sims. It was my home.

I found a landlord who promoted SL with super cheap rentals and very well thought out themed sims. Renting there was fun.

When I learned about what land ownership was about, I wanted to have that sense of ownership in the grid. It’s a type of belonging.

Landlords lose the sense of what this means over time to a new player. They think just because they offer no cost or cheap areas to live, that’s enough.

This is what made me try premium membership. The land allowance was small, but it was MINE. This means something to people.

I played with my tiny 112 prim plot and enjoyed myself, even made a few L’s with the store I had there, and learned about the hunts and how fun it was to be in the hunts. I learned how to meet new avatars and not be afraid.

I even watched the neighboring plots and expanded when they came up for sale around me. I expanded.

Even then, that wasn’t enough for me and I took adventures into renting larger parcels. Working into whole mainland sims and homesteads. I managed rentals for the one landgroup manager I met and became friends with, besides having my own lands where I rented for stores and homes.

Would I have done that without the premium land allowance? I can assure you I would not. I would have left the grid in disinterest.

I had to be groomed to be a proper renter and landowner by the people running the grid. NOT the landowners.

Landowners should be taking advantage of this opportunity and working on ways to encourage people to go further than the land in premium ownership, rather than fighting it.

I have complete faith in the IW team to assist with this, if only those landowners would give ideas instead of fighting it.

You say many come from SL because they’re unhappy with LL. Yes, they do. It’s a big reason I went to IW too. But you’re forgetting bad business people and crooks can work any grid. (Edited for not providing the long winded proof of my experience and those I’m close to and the numerous reports on internet.)

There’s many bad landlords. I’ve had experiences with them, as many others have. Going to another grid is a cautious experience. I was cautious when I went to IW.

I tried out a townhouse for cheap rent because it was cheap and I wanted a home location. The place was full of houses…but empty. Which was okay for me, being a loner.

I then went to renting a bigger house with a good amount of prim allowance to allow me to rez and build smaller items. To get the feel of using IW tools.

Both landlords were nice and helpful, but they weren’t “there”. Sims were pretty empty. One was a way to help promote the clubs I think and turn renters into new attendees. The other, I think was something nice to do for new people with the sim excess after setting a store up.

Then, I took the plunge to go onto to renting a larger piece of land with a name I was familiar with from SL. That backfired when the land owner up and disappeared suddenly.

It was tempting to buy my own island then, but I still wanted to work with IW as it grew and make sure it was going to become stable enough to be worth owning a full sim. So I found another landlord.

Started with 4096 section until I finally rented a full sim. Thanks to my experience with my constant SL landlord, I wanted to help keep in business a good landlord who actually stayed available in world and was “there”.

Plus, I learned I prefer the freedom to choose which day tiers come out via the rental box, versus the auto pay via paying tiers directly. Works better with my game budget.

Very happy experience with renting this sim over the last few years and plan on renting another when I get this one settled in.

For people like me, the premium membership does not endanger this.

I’m not sure if knowing this does anyone any good, and it’s way too long winded. But this is my blog and I’ll blather on if I want to. *grin*

For people like me, this premium membership deal is a way to keep us in the game. It works.

Granted, there are groups it may risk. For instance, when I rented homes, the best and most reliable renters were the sex workers. I could see this becoming more attractive to them, versus renting their own land.

But the IW team is aware of this and has taken measures to take to discourage this.

Another group to get an idea is the breedables people. This may make it tempting to use this to have a corral full of horses there.

Again, the IW team can set rules to discourage this.

I regularly tour both SL and IW. Sims in both are empty a lot of the time. Rentals are standing unrented for long periods of time in both.

I fully believe this is a good idea implemented wrongly in SL that will do a world of good if implemented properly in IW.

Will it work to benefit landowners in the end and create better retention on the grid? I don’t know. But I do trust the IW team to do their best to try to make it do so.

In business, you don’t know until you’re willing to take a risk and try something. Some landlords don’t seem to get this idea. Again, just because SL did it wrong, does not mean it wasn’t a good idea and that it didn’t work for some. It did.

As a side note, I dropped my SL premium membership long ago, although I’m still there for the fundraising and breedables. (omitted comment, my own experience and observation is not considered proof, or so I find.)

I took 3/4 of my gaming allowance to IW. I trust the IW team. In IW, I rent more than I need, and I’m still thinking of doing more. My landlord has benefited from this, and so have other creators and merchants in my purchases for the sim.

I believe the premium membership will help groom new players into doing the same.

And, I think, being afraid of such a move for fear of loss of renters is not right. If people take advantage of this and settle in to not move towards renting more, they weren’t the types to do so anyway.

But it may help these types of individuals spend more time in the game itself and explore and build up that lack of traffic many seem so set on blaming others for. As one with a sim where I have businesses running, I would love to see this go forward.

Of course, the people who worry are the ones who don’t have a gaming allowance and play according to what they can make. I don’t. I don’t play more than what I can pay for. I worked the virtual system for years to make money…playing the market game, as I call it.

It was fun while I was getting my specialized training, but after I got into the market game in real life as my day job, the fun in it was gone. I’ve found it easier to make my play money in RL.

Still, we merchants do things like offer loss leaders to encourage fuller sales. This is items we either give away or offer at discount to hunters, group members, or at special occasions.

People should look at the discounts for premium members in this way. I would like to help and participate with this. I will set up a small section that is for premium member discounts.

This tactic works in RL businesses as well as VR businesses. People should not fear it, but work it to benefit themselves.

Think about it. How many freebie stores are there on the grid already? Doesn’t stop people from buying.

Oh yeah, those arguing that many didn’t know about the meetings because they don’t visit the forums…that’s not IW team fault! They provided the means, i.e. forums, for landowners to be informed. It’s the landowner’s responsibility to check notices, not IW’s responsibility to chase down everyone individually.

I would rather they pay attention to their jobs of running the grid so I can use it properly.

Okay, I do agree it should have been in events. That’s an oops I hope the IW team will take note of and be more careful about in the future.

Oh there’s so much more to say, but I have a headache now from just saying “I love the idea” in way too many words already. I’m not much of a debater. Hate debating stuff.

Just had to say something. And say thank you to the IW team for thinking this through so well and for all their effort in this and their other efforts to keep the grid going and growing.

Inworldz Forum thread on this can be found here http://inworldz.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=20411

Jim Tarber’s blog post on this can be found here http://jim.tarber.net/?p=354

(Added note on editing: I will strive to not mention ‘that other grid’ on this blog anymore. I don’t have the time or energy to provide pages of personal experiences, family member’s experiences, and research the documented proof on the grid to back up my OPINIONS of things and how it affected my decisions. I still play on multiple grids. I just don’t trust every grid’s management, for good, substantiated reasons, and I play accordingly. Any fully copyrighted creative efforts by me are only done on IW grid, for good reason. As of May, 2015, this blog is for IW and only IW speaking. No other grid talk allowed.)

Some #inworldz updates

There’s not a strong theme to today’s update post. I’ve been working on the sim and on the building, but it’s been tough since the loss of my friend. Still, getting into the building groove and playing with the breedables has been helping me focus again and get some purpose going.

And things have been moving along faster than planned. Work in life has been difficult. I have put getting the next set of clients to work for on hold and took a break from my own writing, for my heart just was not in it.

But it’s waking up. A life long ambition is not squelched for long by any tragedy, and as I adjust to Sandie’s absence, she also inspires me to do more. And more is what I’m gearing up to do.

LOOK! A unicorn with a gold horn. One finally showed up for sale and I found it. Now Sandie's unicorns are properly represented in Silverwood.

LOOK! A unicorn with a gold horn. One finally showed up for sale and I found it. Now Sandie’s unicorns are properly represented in Silverwood.

Marion Margaret Press will have another Virtual World exclusive line of shorts for sale only within virtual worlds. First in Inworldz, then perhaps in another when I feel safe to expand, after so long. For quite awhile they’ll only be available within Inworldz though. I hope to start publishing this line in the summer.

This will be time exclusive up to a certain number, then a collection edition of them will be available via our normal channels.

I’m staying with Second Life for the breedables definitely because I emotionally need them in my life to help me stay on track in my real life. But none of this will be in SL and subject to their TOS. So, fellow readers better get into Inworldz too if you want to see these.

Hopefully we’ll be able to work on getting Sandie’s last Cat’s Tales book ready for publication in March. Then a surprise probably that I just got word about for later in the year. I can’t say yet, because it’s not firmed yet. But I’m excited about it.

In Cat's Tales, the gate to Fornoss is lost to the bad guy. This is our depiction of that gate.

In Cat’s Tales, the gate to Fornoss is lost to the bad guy. This is our depiction of that gate.

The gates for Silverwood are done too now. We accidentally broke the wrong gate. Tiru was done with cracks to show it broken/lost by mistake. Or was it? Tiru is the world where Cat is from. Where her people were destroyed. And Cat was very special to Sandie. Perhaps with Sandie gone, now that gate is broken too. I have the working gate up now, but really debating about showing it broken too. To reflect our broken hearts.

Ron, the texture artist, and our main book artist, has an idea for a scrying stone to place in the center of the gates. Sandie didn’t have that in her books but I think she would love the idea. If it works out, I found a scripter I’ll contact to get the stone to work the way we want it to. Will be really cool!

There’s some building updates too, but think I’ll stop here. This makes this update have an actual theme once I got all this out.

Visitors to Silverwood are welcome. Silverwood can be found on Dunvalos Reach at http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/92/181/22

If you’re new to Inworldz then see this post

And please don’t listen to the news about virtual worlds. They only show negative stuff or show scientists trick gullible people into being lab rats and say “this is a serious mental condition!” Sad thing is, there’s enough ignorant people out there to allow them to continue misleading folks.

Trust me. I’ve been in virtual worlds for about seven years and haven’t had to deal with anything nefarious because it’s easy to avoid and plenty of good folks to find with same ideas about life. And I’ve never, ever confused my avatar with my real life person, even if I’ve spent 8 to ten hours a day being that person. (Yes, I have before for fundraising, building, and working with writers within the worlds.)

Trust me. You have to look out for yourself in a virtual world, just as you do in real life, but it’s very easy to do, and it’s a game. Most know that very well.

Two things I’ve fought against during my life and continue to do so. Animal abuse (common sense type, not extremist, but includes fighting against slaughter of horses, dogs, and cats) and cancer. I support nice breedables and the groups with them in virtual worlds. I can tell you there’s a lot of raising funds to fight cancer through the virtual worlds. And I do mean A LOT.

A lot of good people in virtual worlds. A lot of smart people with good intentions and good actions. Don’t let the negative publicity fool you.