Kaedara Sims #Inworldz End of 2016 Report @oyo_breedable

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017. It was fun, but I’m sure it’s going to get even more fun this year. Inworldz has been a great grid to be on. Great people, great service.

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Big thing for 2017…Kaedara sims are going to the animals! *grin* For the most part. Of the oyo breedables, I’ve managed to keep over 250 retired animals. Inworldz is too small of a grid to expect a ton of traffic, and in my case, I sure don’t get a ton of sales from my builds. So, letting the animals take over most of the sims seems reasonable.

The Elvenglades sim still has the sales shops on it, along with yard décor and landscaping items. The huge Book Emporium building will remain, as will the newest Tempest Myst Designs building. Mystic’s Treasure Trove and gazebos will stay here. The children’s memorial stays put. Only thing left that I’m not sure of is the new Olde’ house set.

In addition, the Relay for Life (and T4T) sales corner is there. Only sales aren’t going for charity right now. The kiosks poofed at the end of the year. When I rez a new one, thinking it just would set for general fund, it poofs too. So…regular sales on oyos throughout year and special fundraisers twice a year now while the season’s active.

Still, it was fun and we did really well in 2016. We raised nearly 120K Izzies for Relay for Life from sim sales and 12k for Toys for Tots.

The story journey across the four sims for my fantasy series was cancelled and turned into a one stop freebie set on the Elvenglades sim. The visitor can still get everything that they could find on the story journey: the books and a book shelf for them.

Thinking the giver for that will stay at Elvenglades store sim.

The other sales sim, Lost Forest of Hudan, is almost finished. This sim is really gone mostly to the animals between our private areas above and the ground level. I’ve created different styles of tree groves and sized them 60X60, which is perfect for showing off lovely horses. Many of my retired and salt free horses are residing on the ground level now.

Native Grove
Native Grove
Purple Grove
Purple Grove
Fairy Blossom Grove
Fairy Blossom Grove

There are quite a few designed spaces for wild cats along the one end too. I’m adding to those also. I hope to be able to set out most of my retired wild cats there. I also plan on adding in an elephant setting. Most everything still needs pricing before it’s available for sale. And I need to rework the water builds. Having an issue with the permissions on them that I may need to get some help with from the other awesome builders on the grid.

When I get too far down on prim space I’ll use Enchanted Isles space for wild cats.

That seems odd. Saying one needs to economize on prim space in Inworldz. But that just shows how many animals I have. I have considered getting another sim just for them. LOL

Marion Margaret Press will still have a base of operations within Inworldz on Enchanted Isles, attached to the Silverwood Memorial area for Sandie Bergen. This is where I have the most work left to do. The set up needs to be altered a bit. MMP won’t be fully active in Inworldz, but may try to do something two to four times a year as a special event.

First event will be at the Club Twinkle, hosted by Matt and Kels Foxclaw. This event will herald the release of an anthology edition by Sandie Bergen. More detailed announcement will come once I have the exact release date and have procured the event date from Kels and Matt.

We have new store locations for our breedables and Tempest Myst Designs. Tempest Myst Designs is at Bluestar Breedables and Sunset Cove. I’m still setting up Sunset Cove location. Been bogged down by the end of the year paperwork for RL  business. The breedables have sales locations at Bluestar Breedables and M&K Stables.

Green Rainbow Herd Breeding on Moor-Knight
Green Rainbow Herd Breeding on Moor-Knight
Herd at the bog lady's cabin...halloween horse with red walkers and red bicolor hair.
Herd at the bog lady’s cabin…halloween horse with red walkers and red bicolor hair.

(Above two photos taken in ultra setting. Not working out so well for photos, looks amazing live though.)

The oYos have been a lot of fun to breed. My beloved Arion has less than a month of breeding to go. He will have given over 100 babies and be a bit diabetic from all the sugar he’s had. He’s given a lot of dawn dapples. I bought the nymph coated mare Chloe had and crossed her with him. I’m also building a nice line of nymph hair horses, some on dawn coat. Nymph coat has not yet passed. Hope it does.

The Christmas horses are passing their “kid” coats. I’ve gotten Faith and Joy so far from them. Think those come from the Love and Trust coats. I’m hoping to see the Wisdom and Hope coats pass me something too. And that the one hope horn I have passes.

The blackrose horn is passing well for me. The new texture for it has been handed in, but unfortunately Jenni hasn’t coded it in yet. Very sad about that. I was so looking forward to that horn. I’ll keep breeding them and stashing the bundles and hope they birth with the updated look. She never did respond to my prompt about if the current bundles are worth anything…whether they’ll birth with new texture or old, when she gets around to putting the code in anyway.

I birthed two more starter sets of morgans after getting notice to her that the eyes have not been passing. Mine have not started dropping yet, but Mystic let me know today one of her old starters passed the eye. I’m guessing this means that issue is fixed.

I’m thrilled with oYos. Love them to death. The Inworldz team is great. But doing a lot to keep both grids going at same time. Sometimes it stresses my patience to have to wait my turn. LOL But they do wonderful work.

The hairs are different now in SL for the horses. Barbie wanna be jokes to me. Yeah, I’m being rudely honest. Not holding back. Sorry. I breed for LLLL hairs. When I updated my LLLL sunset dapple in SL and had actual tears in my eyes at her ruination, I don’t feel compelled to play nice.

I sent a notice to Jenni right away telling her to count my vote as absolutely no to doing that in Inworldz if she does take opinions. I tried. I honestly tried to get used to it in SL. Tried to breed for LL which isn’t so bad. Tried for two weeks and then just had to heaven them all. Couldn’t deal with it. Total waste of my time and money there.

Why I’m feeding to retire so many in Inworldz. It’s my backup plan. If the others want the new hairs and they happen, I’m set to stop breeding so many horses and just enjoy the retired ones on my sims. Then just breed the specials with Tempest and the version ones with Marion.

Because, good news!! The Pegasus breeding still works with verson 1 horses. I got a black Pegasus yesterday. Maybe I’ll do more…we have tons of white unicorn girls to use yet. The version 1 horses are heavy on prims, but they’re not any worse on the sim performance than version 2 that I can see.

I have to say, if a person just has to keep breeding through the bad hairs in SL, the SS do look more natural than before and look very good on some of the coats. I’m keeping so many bundles in backup, just in case the mood hits me there. (And a small supply in IW as part of my backup plan.)

Speaking of hairs, evidently, the RFL Purple Hair was supposed to pass, but hasn’t. I’ve got Arion sugared up enough to have nearly 90 kids without the hair. Talked to Kels so she’d check with Jenni and boom! Today Arion with her dawn girl passed the hair onto a dawn. Looks fantastic! Arion’s got 25 days left and he’s going to be sugared like mad during that time. This late in the game, looks like it’s up to me to save the RFL Purple Hair from extinction.

AK~Wisteria Arion of Kaedara + Kels Dawn
AK~Wisteria
Arion of Kaedara + Kels Dawn

There’s also new random coats and eyes out. I got an Ibis eye today. I would show it, but alas, the eye texture is not working. That baby is sent in to Jenni for repairs. Guessing I’ll get that back in the morning during her normal Inworldz’s check in time before she runs off for work. Does that woman sleep? I’m not sure…

 

 

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Kaedara’s #inworldz Toys4Tots Sales Dash

Mystic and I decided it would be fun to do a special 3-day sale for Toys For Tots this year. From today through Friday, everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING we sell goes into the Toys4Tots kiosks.

This includes all breedables and all product sold by Mystic Serenia or my avatars, Tempest Myst and Marion Margaret.

Best place to start is at our Elvenglades Sim at https://inworldz/region/Elvenglades/134/130/26

We have signs set all around. Just click the sign and you’ll get notecards of all the locations we sell product and breedables.

I have two new house sets premiering for this sales event. The Olde Cottage Set and the Lockwood LiveIn Barn Set. LMs to both are included in the notecards.

I still have a lot of space to fill up in the Tempest Myst Designs building, but have one new product in there. I’ve been wanting to make carousel coffee tables, so when Bad Katz brought out one set I was thrilled.

May do a line of these. This is the Wild version.
May do a line of these. This is the Wild version.
Complete Olde Cottage Set: Cottage, Tree Yard, and Three trees. Can be purchased as a set all together or in separate pieces. Copy perms
Complete Olde Cottage Set: Cottage, Tree Yard, and Three trees. Can be purchased as a set all together or in separate pieces. Copy perms
The Olde set is regular and sculpt prims, except for one version of the tree. The other two are sculpt trees, one with leaves falling.
The Olde set is regular and sculpt prims, except for one version of the tree. The other two are sculpt trees, one with leaves falling.
The Lockwood LiveIn Barn is not like the others in the series, in that the balcony addition and stairs are separate so you can custom it the way you like. Copy/Mod
The Lockwood LiveIn Barn is not like the others in the series, in that the balcony addition and stairs are separate so you can custom it the way you like. Copy/Mod
The Set includes this matching 14m corral set.
The Set includes this matching 14m corral set.
Lockwood's interior continues the same them. This is the upper living quarters with two levels and separate stairs, with a shelf behind it.
Lockwood’s interior continues the same them. This is the upper living quarters with two levels and separate stairs, with a shelf behind it.
The barn level allows enough room for six stalls. Stall fronts are addons in case you prefer open stalls or want to make one into a tackroom.
The barn level allows enough room for six stalls. Stall fronts are addons in case you prefer open stalls or want to make one into a tackroom.
Six of my unicorns and pegasi are for sale inside the Lockwood LiveIn Barn. Breedables bundles are offered above in living quarters. Part of the Toys4Tots sale.
Six of my unicorns and pegasi are for sale inside the Lockwood LiveIn Barn. Breedables bundles are offered above in living quarters. Part of the Toys4Tots sale.

My building: I don’t sculpt. I use sculpt and mesh kits by others. I dabble in textures, but mostly use textures purchased inworldz or outside with proper TOS to them. Some special built for me by my books’ cover artist too. Music in builds with it are either purchased inworld or created by my cover artist (Bone).  Sounds in environmental pieces use a combination of free inworld sounds and sounds I brought in.

I use a lot of textures from Nyx, Twisted Textures, Timeless Textures, USC, and other texture designers.

 

Kaedara and RFL #Inworldz update and future planning

Warning: long, rambling update…

RFL Update: Elvenglades

Traffic has slowed and so have the oYo Breedables sales for RFL. Sort of expected that. Figured there would be a rush in the beginning and then occassional visitors until the rush to tip donations over the edge at the end.

I am disappointed with Dee’s Designs though. I’m not going to scrap it…the store stays to honor my mother’s successful fight against Breast Cancer, even if I’m the only one to enjoy it. It will remain and sales will continue to go to the RFL kiosk year round. IF any sales come about.

Shame too. I spent hours looking for some of the textures I used for pictures in there. At least they’re free TOS so I can use them on websites and whatever else I need, so not a complete waste of my time.

At this moment, Elvenglades kiosks have raised 61,100 izzies total. Not too shabby. In addition, Kels told me the oYo bundles I gave her for the first auction raised another 9500 Izzies. That’s good to know.

The bears are loved that I donated and she popped into the vendors. Not sure what those have brought in total. I think some were given away at the picnic and not sure where all the vendors are. Only one I know of doesn’t show but one sale of them, and I’ve had a lot of word of people loving them. Perhaps perms were not changed and they’re giving them to one another…don’t care. They can give to RFL kiosk on their own in return if so.

Holding the bear people like the best. Horses with me are Bob and Dee, named after my parents.
Holding the bear people like the best. Horses with me are Bob and Dee, named after my parents.

Kels has 15 Breeder’s Sets of wildz, horses, cats, dogs, and dodos to help finish the rest of the season from me. Of course, I breed way too many and will have more if she needs it.

I think I can call this “experiment” a success. My hope is to raise another 40k between now and the end of the season for an even 100K.

Those horse bundles still break!

The horse issue could hinder that, if I don’t find a work around. I just don’t have time to maintain loose version 2 bundles and spend the few hours or so it takes to send them in and then rename and price them when I get the new ones.

There was plenty of notice before this update, so I picked them up and then replaced them with wildz bundles that do not break. Only V2 horse bundles out now are boxed breeder’s sets, which don’t break for some reason.

Thing is, most of the small group of buyers want the horses. Being such a small group, losing the ability to provide the best selling product is hurting my oYo sales, and the RFL kiosk.

And the lack of knowing what is going on. Oyo isn’t noted for sending out notices and letting us know everything…they work more by word of mouth. So, those of us who cannot attend events/auctions or hang out to see chat all the time, do miss a lot.

Elvenglades RFL oYo sales have gone to the wildz thanks to the horse bundles breaking.
Elvenglades RFL oYo sales have gone to the wildz thanks to the horse bundles breaking.

(I just informed one other big oYo breeder of her broken bundles and she’s shocked. Knew nothing about it and wonders why there’s no notices to people, or anything being done. Jenni said maybe I should contact others about it when I see their bundles broken. Not my job, but maybe I will. The more that know their bundles are broken, the more they’ll request something be done about it. Or stop breeding.)

I’m left with no recourse, but to plan as if nothing will be done in the near future about this issue. Need to cut back anyway. I’m clearance selling some horses and have my stay at home breeders down to 58 now, with plans to cut that by ten to 12 per month until probably down to breeding about 20 at a time.

I’ve picked up others like sabers, bears, and elephants, so by the time I’m finished breeding for the goals I have set now, I’ll have probably around 75 animals total. A lot more manageable than the 200 I’ve had in the past.

Thinking I may just breed to retire ones for my displays and sales products, and to donate to RFL. It’s a shame no one is supporting Mandy’s wonderfully done sales area, so any sales spots I need will be there. I may keep a selection at Elvenglades for RFL year around too…depends on what happens after the after season sorting.

My work around for the v2 bundles will be to box them all – means that will have to wait until I can find time to take pictures for each one and set them up.  I tested with ten loose ones out this time and kept the boxed sets out…9 of 10 loose ones broke, and boxed set ones were okay. Jenni is quick and fixed them right away, but still…

And shopping sucks anymore because other breeders just don’t check theirs. Most bundles at markets are broken. Although, I will admit, it does seem like less broke than before from this last update. Still many of them did.

RFL corner on Elvenglades Sim
RFL corner on Elvenglades Sim

He’s still alive!

We found someone who’s in contact with my close online friend and cover artist, Ron. I should have been informed but it seems that a windows 10 upgrade wiped out his contacts from his sister’s computer.

Ron’s been undergoing cancer related surgeries, with some hopeful results and some bad results I’m not at liberty to disclose. Around 4 weeks ago he had an ulcer burst and went into emergency surgery on top of everything else.

He is recovering and should have been entered into rehab yesterday. They hope to have him recovered enough to go home in a few weeks. Prayers still needed.

Or good thoughts…He’s Hopi raised so whatever you do, he appreciates.

Enchanted Isles sim in Kaedara region
Enchanted Isles sim in Kaedara region

Kaedara Future

God willing, I’ll be able to keep all four sims going for years to come. And maybe even add a few. We’re probably going to change jobs and move again, due to impossible circumstances we can’t seem to fix, much as we want to.

This is probably a good thing for us and our lives, so not wholy unwelcome. I just expect things to get pretty bumpy for awhile.

The unfixed bundle situation did make me consider cutting back and letting the sims go…and maybe it will if it’s not fixed. But I’m giving it time…as long as it takes for my current horses to retire, before deciding anything.

My sims are not doing well anymore in traffic. The store one is. The exploration ones are not.

Hudan I can understand. That one is picked up for new forest product to be built…not much to see there at the moment.  The forest is being worked on in my build level during the few moments I get.

But the other two finished ones are not. The story journey across the sims appears to be a failure. It begins where the store traffic comes in. People just do not seem interested. That may have to become a freebie bookcase with all the books in it instead for visitors.

Enchanted Isles is my sanctuary and do not think I’ll scrap it. The Silverwood Memorial will remain on it, and so will Marion Margaret Press’s base, which still needs some work done to it. This sim may be my book series’s show off sim.

Moor-Knight will change though. Perhaps I’ll make it the castle sim, with a full castle and full of items for sale in it. People seem to prefer shopping versus exploring and hanging out in nature scenes.

I shall miss the bog and the bog lady’s house when it comes time.

Elvenglades stores will be developed out as planned. And at some point, the product out and more will be in the marketplace.

This is a winter project…perhaps not until after our forthcoming move to who knows where in real life.

I am making a full range of holdables...may end up needing a whole store just for them when I'm done!
I am making a full range of holdables…may end up needing a whole store just for them when I’m done!

 

 

#rflofIW #inworldz Kaedara Update feeling a little guilty

Here I sit relaxing with my cup of morning coffee at the bog lady’s house, feeling a bit guilty and a little apprehensive this season.

I’ve been so tied up with life events that my sims have been largely neglected. Any other sim builder would have had them full developed long ago. As it is, for a long time, I’ve barely gotten more than maintaining the breedables done.

Cozy seating and cool sounds at the Bog Lady's house on Moor-Knight sim.
Cozy seating and cool sounds at the Bog Lady’s house on Moor-Knight sim.

Well, it does not help that I have hundreds of bundles and the last two times the grid updated a hundred of these broke. Each time. First time, forgiven. Second time, a royal pain.

I’ve been trying to watch for when the next update comes through. Make sure most are picked up or boxed up before it runs. I just hope Jenni and the IW team are working together to solve this. Haven’t seen any comments on forums, nor any reports about it from the oyo teams.

Not that oYo is really good about notices. It seems that if you don’t attend auctions or parties, you don’t get told much. (edited to include, or if you’re in chat when one of them is online…timing you know.) If they wish to stay in force when the grid grows in the future, it’s one of the things that must change for them. If they wish to avoid more frustration with customers than a creator normally gets, that is, which is already a lot.

Luckily, Jenni’s very approachable and I’m able to contact her directly to get more information. Perhaps someday, if I get some more free time, I can make a teaching series for oYo and enlist her assistance in filling in the gaps of my knowledge for it.

I have a good selection of products in Dee’s Designs for Relay For Life season, and will fill the second floor soon. The oYo sales area next to it is full and I’ve put 21000 Izzies into the kiosk from oYo sales so far.

I am part of oYo Team, but am worried. I don’t see where anyone represented them at the captain’s meeting and there’s been not one word through the group. This seems very unusual and concerns me. Like it or not, oYo has been a large part of the effort and it seems to have taken a back seat with them.

Granted, I don’t know what’s going on. But do wish they’d at least let us know what is coming…I can’t see them not doing something for RFL.

I am concerned a bit about the loss of some key breeders. Can I increase my giving this year to make up the difference? I don’t know…

There have been new members too in this time, so it does not seem as though the group is lacking. Nothing beyond the normal summer time slow down on both grids is visible. (No, I’m not talking about the other grid…that’s another book for another day. LOL )

Although I’m losing some valuable weekend time for building in Inworldz this month, I hope to make some progress on the sims. I need to make at least ten custom built trees for Hudan and offer those singly and in landscape groupings to get that sim finished. And I need to set up two more stores on Elvenglades.

I love my breedables, and the explosion of new stuff was super fun and addicting to get into, but it’s died down a bit for me. I still enjoy the horses, but I feel some people complained about too many unicorns and Jenni altered the settings.

I had arranged my 200 horses to match those settings…traits to traits, unicorns to unicorns. Now it’s frustrating that my unicorns make a lot fewer unicorns and I get a higher percentage of surprise unicorns from horses, where I didn’t really want them.

Even breeding 1.08s to use 2.0 bundles on provides significantly less cool bundles.

Since then, I’ve cut way back on my breeders and adjusted to breed trait to trait, mostly ignoring the horn. It seems to work better for me that way since the change now.

I know people complained because they wanted to sell their stuff and feels this lessened the market value of them. I understand…but I’ve realized something.

This is part of the entitlement problem we have nowadays. We see this in publishing all the time. We produce a good series of books, people love it, and then they feel they “own” our creation. God forbid if we delay getting the next book out, or even, gasp! decide to end the series and retire from writing.

They get pissed! They say we owe them a book, and so much worse… We don’t. We don’t owe anyone anything. And that’s the truth.

It’s why there’s pirating about in both book publishing and music industry. Entitlement.

oYo brought out the Hippie Phants recently. I'm an elephant lover and artist, these critters embrace both sides. And they make me smile on tough days. This is my current herd.
oYo brought out the Hippie Phants recently. I’m an elephant lover and artist, these critters embrace both sides. And they make me smile on tough days. This is my current herd.

I’ve realized it’s the same in breedables. A creator does not create the product just to build a secondary market. (Okay, maybe a few new ones may do so, but this is not how breedables started and not how most work.)

But once a breedable is available, suddenly people think they’re entitled to buy that product, grow it, and breed it, and make their money back. Often they feel they’re entitled to make a living at it…I’ve been around many of these. And I made a small paycheck at it for years myself.

Bottom line though, we’re not entitled to that.

I knew I fell victim to it long ago, but didn’t know what it really was until I realized this recently. I only knew something wasn’t right and I felt miserable playing the market game, even when I profited so greatly from it.

Living in a small town, I understand more about the community conscious part of it. “You live here, so you owe it to the community to do this.”

They do this in breedable groups too.

Sorry, hun. I bought a product to use and to dispose of the resulting creations it gives me as I see fit with no regards or obligation to anyone else. Period.

I don’t owe the community anything just because I’m using a product. I don’t have to care about the health and growth of the secondary market. That is just not the point of raising breedables.

I feel sorry for those who do believe it, and more sorry for those who are brow-beaten into following their “rules and guidelines” in what to sell their stuff for.

This is not to say I don’t pay attention to those around me. I price for what seems fair. Fair is a balance of supply and demand, with close attention to what the product is worth keeping to myself and with what buyers seem happy to spend. Not how much I can make from the sale of one product to pay gaming bills that should be my own responsibility, nor how much the market nazis want to force people to pay for a certain trait.

I’ve found a sort of balance in this with oYo in Inworldz. Now, I like to play the lottery and buy packs when I buy food to see if I can get a rare out of it. I buy the mega pack. It gives you 12 chances at a rare for 5k.

This means to me, if I want to buy a rare, I’m not going to feel taken if I pay 5k for that rare. In Inworldz, people aren’t bad about this, thankfully. Most of us sell our rares for anything from 2-5K each.

I do have some that I sell for less, as do others. Usually these are ones you can find more easily. Some rares just seem to come out more than others.

When I go over 5K, I’m adding in for an additional trait, usually at 1k each. Or adding extra because it’s something I’ll use for myself once something retires, if that one does not sell. (Honestly, buyers seem happiest paying 2k for many rares, versus the 5k. Really depends on how “new” it is at the time of purchase.)

In the Relay for Life sales area I’ve planned a system to offer breedables for anything from 100 to 2000 Izzies, in an effort to give anyone living on a budget a way to give. Next door, Dee’s Designs has product as low as 50 Izzies for those on super tight budgets.

I still see Team oYo on the list for teams this year. That is comforting. There is just a delay in letting us know what’s going to come this season, and not life causing them to skip it this time, it seems.

Guess I better plan my kiosk only sales for this too…those builds have to be created and set up this weekend.

I may be an introvert, but I love a good fight. Let’s fight cancer!!

BTW, my mom beat her breast cancer. God willing, it will just be natural old age that takes her and not that now.

But my main cover artist, Ron, still needs prayers. Seems he’s having a super hard time recovering from cancer surgeries. And further prayers he hasn’t lost motor control of the one arm in the process.

(As I wrote this, another 3k in sales for oYo came in to go into the kiosk this week. Makes 24k total now.)

Family needs and #inworldz a timeline of sorts

Forgive me if this doesn’t sound right. Not that I ever really sound right. LOL But I have been fighting the stress migraines for the past few days.

Lots of family interruptions to my game time and Relay for Life planning. My husband and I each have a parent who seem to be on their final days of life, so there’s a lot of extra days off to deal with that.

We have a trip for his family planned this weekend and then hopefully it will be quiet for awhile to let us recharge. What sucks is that it’s not a happy trip, due to that family member definitely short on time and very unwell, but also that it’s our anniversary weekend.

We’re trying to plan something for US for next year as best as we can. For years, we’ve had no real vacation, just using days off for family needs. It’s wearing on us.

At inworldz, there hasn’t been much progress made. I was on a limited computer for a week, so no time to build. Nonetheless, I did do a bit of adjusting to Dee’s Designs and the RFL oYo sales area.

After I get back next week from this trip, I finish building product for RFL sales and sort the oYo I have for the RFL sales area. It looks like I’ll have over 200 bundles to sort through.

Everything is out at the sales down area. My hope is that some people visit and buy some to help me with my sorting needs. Gaining two weeks worth of food while I’m gone wouldn’t be terrible either. After the RFL set up is done, none of my continued costs will be recouped with sales, as it will all go to RFL.

If this goes well, I’ll do it again next year.

Not only is this something I’ve wanted to try in forever for RFL, but also a way of protecting myself should the grid grow to handle a larger secondary market for the oYo breedables.

There’s insane, stupid market drama in SL. Should that move over, I do not want any part of it. If all my sales are going to charity they dang well better leave me alone and let me put what prices I wish to do so on them.

But…the Inworldz market is very, very small. This means there’s not many places to breedable shop. Only one market seems to carry more than I do. Others are a lot more sparce.

Mystic pointed out how people will miss our selection if I cut it down too far. So, I’ve readjusted Dee’s Designs corner to make the oYo section bigger. I still won’t get to fit in all the bundles, but by boxing some into sets and creating some matching sets to donate to oYo’s RFL auctions, I should still offer a decent sized marketplace for people to shop. And where they can feel good buying from since it goes to RFL.

I moved the building over next to Mystic's store parcel and the Garden of Hope closer to The Book Emporium to give the oYo sales more space
I moved the building over next to Mystic’s store parcel and the Garden of Hope closer to The Book Emporium to give the oYo sales more space
Still won't fit all I have in there, but should get a good portion of what's left after my Sales down sale is over.
Still won’t fit all I have in there, but should get a good portion of what’s left after my Sales down sale is over.

My plan is to have all built and set up to have the Dee’s Designs and oYo Sales for RFL area open mid-July.

Building the Hudan Forest may take me until end of the month. I’m custom building trees and sets to sell throughout the forest.

The oyo museum is on Hudan side now. Thinking I may get rid of the building and spread the unicorns and pegasi throughout the forest instead.

This, of course, depends on how quiet it is after this trip. We know we have two funerals, at least, to deal with for parents this year. I also may schedule in a few more 400 mile trips to see my parents before then too, if I get the chance.

 

 

Sim Store Redesign Progress Kaedara #inworldz

In spite of having limited time to do work in Inworldz, I seem to be making pretty good progress on weeding down the oYo breedables and the areas being redesigned because of the new development.

The sale down won’t take as long as I was going to give it. Maybe some of my favorite lives will stay out for awhile longer at the redirect site to catch those who don’t check in so often.

Within a week all non-favorites and non-specials will be heavened. The best will go to Dee’s Designs. Limited number so I still have to decide how I’ll choose what to store and what to heaven as they’re birthed.

I may actually do another stand at one or both of the markets during RFL season.

Actually, I’ve become very happy with the changes. I get to return to breeding for myself exclusively and not for sales. After this sales down anything oYo I sell will be for Relay For Life.

And I get to keep out of drama should any of the other grid’s mayhem reach us here. Thankfully it has not at this time.

So, this saves me $50USD a month in my gaming allowance. Still debating on if I’ll keep it in my gaming wallet or if I’ll use it in RL instead. But I’m very tempted to get a mainland sim after I have the week of taking care of my parents at the end of the month.

Not sure if it would be for product sales or for recreating Dragonfist from The Jada Trilogy. It’s a huge castle that would take a lot of prims and space.

Trying to think on how to do the official opening of Dee’s Design. I bet it will be ready next week, depending on how long it takes to set up kiosks and set out the rest of the sales product. Everything with kiosks and the oYo breedables are going to Relay For Life 100%. Anything else, I’ll drop 50% of sales into the kiosk.

Kiosks are for oYo RFL team when the season starts. Until then it goes to general funds.

New set up for Dee's Designs. Almost finished and ready for Relay For Life season!
New set up for Dee’s Designs. Almost finished and ready for Relay For Life season!
Ground level is cleaned up of breedables sales and ready to become The Lost Forest of Hudan from The Forbidden Series
Ground level is cleaned up of breedables sales and ready to become The Lost Forest of Hudan from The Forbidden Series

The sims will be fully set up soon to promote The Forbidden Series of books, but I will need to come up with extras to offer through this fall and winter while the cover artist recovers.

My artist and long time friend for this series, Ron Leming, is still waiting on his surgery for his cancer condition. In the meantime, he’s in a lot of pain and sick so much to the point that work is impossible at times for him.

Ron Leming co-authored The Gutbucket Quest with Piers Anthony, and one of his recent works was as one of the writers for the movie Carnies. He has a history of being a game artist, CD cover designer, editor, and movie writer and he uses some secrets he learned from that experience to make his covers a little better.

For nearly ten years, he’s worked with me on book and magazine publishing, both with mine and with authors I’ve represented. Don’t know what I’d do without his friendship, professional work, and support.

 

Kaedara Sims Update #inworldz

Time for a happy post. Posting updates is getting tough, as work time is heavy and keeping the sims up is taking all the time I can spare. So I apologize, for many of these updates will need to be a mix of everything instead of one theme during such times. And shown with mostly pictures.

My first idea with the four sim set up was to have all the breedables sales at sky level for sake of lag control. I do a ton of breeding so this meant spreading the sales area across four sims.

Turned out to be a lot of work, and seemed like a lot of work to ask my shoppers to do. So, I gave in and made Hudan sim all breedables. Horses, dogs, cats, dodos, and pigs are in sky level. Wild Onez are on ground level.

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Wildz sales have dropped dramatically since the version 2.0 horses came out. Traffic to their areas have also. But they work nice on the sim.

In the books, the main scene on Hudan is the Lost Forest of Hudan. So I’ve done my best to make the sim a light forest theme to match. This is done by setting up trees and tree sets for sale along the sim border. Be a great setting to have a trail through the woods, sales areas in open meadow sections, but thought with the scripted animals on the sim, that may be too much for lag control. This works.

The skyl evel for Kaedara Breedables on Hudan
The skyl evel for Kaedara Breedables on Hudan

The horses have been good to me. I’ve gotten a lot of fun out of breeding them. There’s so many fun trait combinations to get this time that I’ve bred over 200 so far and just begun to settle into where my specialties will lay.

Purchased from Chloe, this beauty is one of my favorite studs.
Purchased from Chloe, this beauty is one of my favorite studs.
Mystic made me a LLLL brown walker male to set up my LLLL breeding with. Perfect since I have only been getting females.
Mystic made me a LLLL brown walker male to set up my LLLL breeding with. Perfect since I have only been getting females.
This sweet silver LL on brown walker is actually from cross breeding to 1.08s.
This sweet silver LL on brown walker is actually from cross breeding to 1.08s.
This is a sweet black palomino with LL silver hair and black eyes. She's going to a special stud I've been feeding sugar to so he keeps many females happy.
This is a sweet black palomino with LL silver hair and black eyes. She’s going to a special stud I’ve been feeding sugar to so he keeps many females happy.

The Elvenglades sim that houses the Elvenglades stores has been adjusted to take in the garden, yard decor, and landscaping items. Work is still going on with that sim so some items are not for sale yet. Soon though.

Dee’s Designs is my priority at the moment. This store was named after my mom who has battled breast cancer for a few years, and was declared cancer free this year.

Dee’s Designs will feature items that will only be sold via RFL or Breast Cancer kiosks, if those become available too. Plus 50% of sales of the other items inside the store will go towards the kiosks.

I’ve stayed with the pinks and purples of Breast Cancer and RFL support of times past for the theme. Along with a strong butterfly theme. Seems appropriate for flying to freedom from cancer to me.

I spent a lot of hours searching for product and textures I haven’t used before. Some of the textures I’m using are interesting public domain textures from the internet. Others from Alternate Metaverse Creations, Bad Katz, Twisted Thorn Textures, Dover, and more.

Next to Dee’s Design is the Garden of Hope for lost children.

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I kept one full sized home decor building at the Elvenglades and will make new product to go with some of the old to fill it with. The book emporium stays, of course. I’ve already added a new line of shelves to the first floor there.

Right now I’m working on the new landscaping and yard decor products for Elvenglades. A few things came over from Hudan, but most will be boxed up and sold in a greenhouse or gazebo for them.

Someday after this current heavy workload is done, I’ll get onto the marketplace and offer the stuff I don’t offer on the sim too.

Dark Mossy Ruins, great for a forest environment.
Dark Mossy Ruins, great for a forest environment.
Working on a series of unicorn themed items for the yard and home.
Working on a series of unicorn themed items for the yard and home.

Elvenglades is bordered on some sides by large tropical style plants. The Elvenglades in the books has large trees with similar style leaves.

On the Elvenglades sim is the starting point to a 13 book story journey across the four sims. It’s easy to do. Get the first book and it gives you a copy of the book to keep at home, plus the direct LM to the next book in the series. Each book does the same. Then the 13th book of the series gives you a prize to go with them, rather than another LM.

The other two sims the book journey takes you through are Enchanted Isles and Moor-Knight.

Enchanted Isles are where my myads live. This sim depicts both myad and elven reproduced scenes of the book. The main building is also the Inworldz headquarters of Marion Margaret Press with Sandie Bergen’s memorial forest behind it. This area is still in development so more coming soon.

Moor-Knight is home to the Knightens in the books. Mostly an exploration sim. I’m building more information guides for the dock area, and the small castle section is the Memorial Hall. This a general memorial area for friends and family. Still being developed out also.

Enjoy exploring…look for Kaedara region on the map or any of the four sims:
Elvenglades
Hudan Forest
Moor-Knight
Enchanted Isles