Feeling humbled #rflofIW #inworldz

While working on business forms, I check my Inworldz account through the website to see some wonderful people visited the Elvenglades sim to push us over the 50K mark for the year in RFL so far. Amazing!

This is counting the 21,100 izzies that went into the general fund kiosk during the few weeks before season opened and what’s on the current kiosk.  I jumped in and deposited the sales…we’re at 51,500 izzies so far this year!

Thank you so much. This means so much to both Mystic and I to see this working so well. And makes us love Inworldz all the more.

RFL corner looks nice. But I hope to add more to it before the season speeds by.
RFL corner looks nice. But I hope to add more to it before the season speeds by.

One way to know that I’m a little bit oYo addicted is to see how much is available in that corner, then to know that I’ve sent a bunch of stuff to Kels for the oYo events already, and I have a bunch more that I’ve been boxing up…and I still have a ton left over. LOL

I really am slowing down now. This morning, I separated my horses on platforms so ones that I want to have all the salt they can reach to produce as much as possible were separated from the ones I’m only letting have half as much. Part of my future goal is to breed to sell pets to go with the outdoor displays I have in design stages right now.

Then I went and birthed fifteen full white sabres. LOL It’s okay, I’m capable right now, and my number total will still come down on the goal day. They can produce RFL babies while I’m busy with family.

I have two big projects planned to build and the products I’m still working through. Plus I just loaded more materials for more projects.

Can’t give a time frame though. We’re off on a family trip this weekend. Then, I fear, another family member is getting close to his time so that interruption is expected. Plus fairly certain this is my dad’s last year, so I’m sure I’ll make another trip to visit him after this weekend. (I do see him this weekend.)

With building my business up, my build and play time is on the weekends, but these trips are also on the weekends. Plus we have September through December marketing efforts with the business, but Inworldz is part of that too. For the book promotions anyway.

Thank you to all who visit regularly, even if you just browse. It’s much appreciated. And thank you to those who help raise funds for the kiosks. Feels good to see that through my sometimes whining and griping about things there are those patient enough to put up with it.

Oh and still prayers needed. My cover artist, Ron, may be having a difficult time handling his cancer surgeries. We normally hear from him daily…every few days if he’s really ill. It’s been 3 1/2 weeks. People have been asking on the message sites he frequents about him, so it’s not just me. And he’s not answering emails.

Let us hope it’s computer issues rather than worse than what I know of his surgery troubles. His troubles are enough to need prayers. This long absence is cause to pray a little harder for him.

Graphic for one of the books Ron made me...being repurposed for Kaedara Inworldz.
Graphic for one of the books Ron made me…being repurposed for Kaedara Inworldz.

 

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yay! go oYo for #rflofIW we have kick off in #inworldz

Our group’s band leaders are back and ready to get into event planning. Yay! I think I’m more relieved than excited to see them back and getting down to business. I get testy and whiny a lot, because I also worry a lot.

We’ve lost so many people this last year due to too much life, and the dreaded death. I don’t take anyone for granted…haven’t for a long time. Think it all started with this woman who worked for a business I managed.

I helped her move on to a higher paying position where my husband works, but still saw her every day on her way home from work. She banked at the same bank where my business had accounts and I’d run the day’s deposits in at the same time she was on her way home. We’d chat for two minutes each time before going on our way.

One day she looked very busy with doing something with her account and I decided to just leave quietly, thinking, “I’ll catch up with her tomorrow.”

She was killed in a car wreck on her way home that night.

I repeated that mistake once more after that with a favorite aunt of mine. Youngest and healthiest of the family who died suddenly, surprising us all. I even had to ask my mom to repeat who it was when she called to tell me, positive that she had said the wrong sister.

I never assume there’s a tomorrow with anyone I associate with online and offline. Hence, my posts get whiny and frustrating…and this is why I feel using group notices are so very important in a virtual world business. How else are we to know there’s still work going on in the background? (Especially when we cannot attend the community events.)

mmm…I just thought of a few areas I’m failing my own expectations. Must add those to the week’s to-do list.

But Relay For Life!….I’m getting a number of visits for the oYo sales corner. Not so sure about Dee’s Designs. That store does not seem as much as a success as I hoped with the current crowd.

I may have to expose that one to a new crowd with some ads.

I do have some ideas that may work better for next year, and I may be able to contribute to Inworldz’s broader Relay efforts then. This year, I’m too limited in time and expense due to our parents preparing for their last days. Which I’m surprised has not happened for two of our four parents yet.

And spending more time with them, being thankful we’re given the extra time we did not expect.

Today I’m on limited Inworldz time due to nursing a slight neck injury I got yesterday afternoon. It will pass soon and I’ll be back to normal.

If you’re interested in seeing what we’re doing on the sims, click on the Find Us link above.

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#rflofIW @oyo_breedable sales and building on Kaedara in #inworldz update

It’s been a weekend of mixed feelings. The Relay For Life sales area is loaded up, but traffic was not good this weekend, causing me to question how this was doing.

It’s difficult to measure results with the oYo crowd. They have a pesky habit of not utilizing group notices to keep people informed for various things until last minute. Like now…there’s new elephants being coded in…minis! But how many know? Just the few of us who happen to be in when Jenni told us in chat. And this whole RFL season? Only Lord knows how it’s going to work because I haven’t seen anything telling us if there’s going to be future fundraising auctions or if we’re just skipping this one.

Which would be a shame. We raised over 600K last season.

I don’t think it would happen. I suspect it’s just quiet while Kels and Matt are gone for…whatever. Don’t know what’s going on there either. But the group does pull together when the band leaders are in town…just not much when they’re not, like now.

Still…my oYo RFL fundraising area has seen a little action, and it does feel good to toss the funds in the kiosk routinely. Right now, it’s around 9,600 izzies since the season officially started Saturday. (Pre season kiosk ended at 21,100 izzies)

There’s a new memorial wall for Digital Pixal in the area now too. Lazy sent me some of her bundles to donate to RFL.

These bundles came from Digital Pixal, via Lazy. Each time one is sold the buyer gets a plaque put in the bundle's place.
These bundles came from Digital Pixal, via Lazy. Each time one is sold the buyer gets a plaque put in the bundle’s place.
How the plaques look. I goofed making them at first have them fixed now.
How the plaques look. I goofed making them at first have them fixed now.
RFL is all set up. I'll continually add oYo bundles as they come available and may build a few more items for Dee's Designs.
RFL is all set up. I’ll continually add oYo bundles as they come available and may build a few more items for Dee’s Designs. I even added to the Garden of Hope since this picture was taken…and Digital’s wall was added in.

I am cutting back on oYo critters yet again over the next month. I am at my happy place with them in regards to how many I have, but have changed my mind after a walk around my sims.

They’re costing me way more time than I should give to them. Cutting the number down by half again will get me down to a more acceptable priority. I’ve worked it out. I have a lot retiring within the 30 days and a good portion of them are flagged for going bye-bye at the end of the 30 days.

My walk around the sims left me feeling very guilty about neglecting my duties as a sim owner. So much is unfinished and has not been worked on in quite awhile. Time to change that and to get the sims set up properly.

For the time being, all my spare moments are spent tending to the RFL building on my sim and getting the first floor of the regular building set up. I promised an update ad through the group on that middle of last month and didn’t get there. Time to do that.

New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee's Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee’s Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee's Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee’s Designs.

 

#rflofIW @oyo_breedable sales setback in #inworldz

It seems there was a reason to do a last minute restart of all regions for internal updates, which is no issue for me. What is, is that obviously there’s a lack of communication or progress between oyo people and IW people about the version 2.0 issues.

I love both IW and oYo, but truly wonder how long I can justify this. Through the last two updates and any sim restart since then, the bundles break. I’m not speaking of one or two but loads. I get anywhere from 80 to 120 of them each time broken that has to be heavened, deleted, or remade by Jenni.

This time was 80 bundles I had set up for Relay for Life fundraising. I was able to birth a bunch to cut down on what I had to send in to Jenni. Those will be a flash sale through the weekend, for a lot less than what I would have sold the bundles for.

The market/grid size being what it is, I’m sure I’ll end up heavening most still after the sale. What a loss.

I am worried about my RFL efforts this year. And the lack of improvement in this situation. I’m proceeding very carefully, and thinking.

If things aren’t improved soon, I very well may give up the four sims and just do one mainland sim, or go back to renting a partial sim and do less in Inworldz. Dealing with things when the bundles break does cost me time I don’t have, and now my RFL set up time was compromised this weekend.

Hoping I can still get the special kiosks items made.

 

#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.)

New Bluestar Location and #RFLofIW update #inworldz

Beginning to think this Inworldz thing is a lifelong goal…taking me so long to anything done. But I finally got the Bluestar location for Tempest Myst Designs set up and with it, a few new products.

Including getting those live-in barns back out, as people have requested. I don’t have a display area for them set up yet. Frankly, not positive I will. We shall see.

Someday I’ll need time to start listing items on the marketplace too. A winter project.

First of all, let me say Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou to my oYo Breedables customers. You’re so great!

The Relay for Life of Inworldz season doesn’t even start until August 8th and I’ve already accrued enough sales to put 16,100 Izzies into the kiosk!

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Sales from Dee’s Designs and the oYo Breedables sales corner on Elvenglades all go into the RFL kiosk
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The oYo sales area is full, offering opportunities to buy to benefit RFL from 100 to 2000 Izzies. I have more, but holding back until the official season kicks in.

One of my other stores on Elvenglades is Tempest Myst Designs. It’s my play store that features a little bit of everything and the products rotate in it according to my moods.

I set up a pilot store for it at Bluestar Market, owned by Mandy Bluestar. The market is a oYo Breedables oriented market that also has regular shop buildings for rent. My store there carries the products themed for animal lovers to match.

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The Bluestar store location offers wall art and shadow box art for your walls, the live in barns, two types of elven stables, Tempest Myst holdables collection, sit bears, and Mini Phants displays. So far.
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oYo Breedables released the Mini Phants, non-breedable tiny elephants. I quickly made a display for them, which will become part of a much larger project for oYo collectors like myself.
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Couldn’t help it. Just had to give the mini phants their own shadow boxes too.
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One of the new product this month is the Tempest Myst sit collection. So far there’s two large bears with different sit positions. More animals to come.
Next pictures feature the other new product this month: Tempest Myst Holdables Collection. More coming in this line too.

Holdablemeshcorgi Holdablesculptbearblue Holdablesculptbeargreen Holdablesculptbearpurple Holdablesculptbearyellow holdablesmeshcrab

As always, I do try to help promote products with regular and sculpt prims for those who still prefer not to use mesh. But this is Inworldz, which is a whole lot better for mesh than “that other grid”. So, I do a lot of mesh too.

Personally, I find the best results on the sim with a balance of all three types.

Respecting others and their desire to know what they’re shopping for, I do try to mark all products with signs letting the shopper know which prims they’re made of.

The oYo breedables are made with mesh.

 

#inworldz oyos #RFL donations and yes, Victoria there are jerks here too

The GOOD News…sales so far for my new Relay For Life donation sales is 10,700 izzies.  Yay!  I’ve tossed that into the RFL kiosk already.

My good news are some more good births in oYo horses…that I’m keeping for myself. LOL

Galaxy Myst made an offspring stardust unicorn girl. Named her Andromeda Myst. Rainbow horn looks good on her. Still waiting for the stardust horn to show up somewhere.
Galaxy Myst made an offspring stardust unicorn girl. Named her Andromeda Myst. Rainbow horn looks good on her. Still waiting for the stardust horn to show up somewhere.
Sepia Walker with Beige Hair. One of the newest coats.
Sepia Walker with Beige Hair. One of the newest coats.

 

The bad news. I have to use singularity viewer on the main computer. And I used it for restocking the RFL sales area just a short time ago. I have to watch it very, very carefully. It resets prices on me when I click original.

For a long time, I thought it was me until I saw it do it in action one day. And I got zapped again.

Note to self: only restock when you’re able to go very slowly and can click on everything new to double check.

Right after I finished, two new people showed up. Know how much I made from their visit for the kiosk? 10 Izzies.

Why only ten? mmm…I suspect this team was looking for cheap deals and even to STEAL. Yes, I dare say it. Now, legally they did not. They bought it for what it was set for. But let’s be real.

They know darn good and well what was going on. They know darn good and well that the actual price on that horse should have been 1000 Izzies not 10 Izzies.

Come on. I’m giving sales to charity and nothing there is less than 300 Izzies. Perfectly OBVIOUS that that price was wrong.  And they knew what they were doing fully well.

One thing to do that to a person selling something, but that, my dear fellow, just got you added to the list of jerks too. You stole from charity.

If only it wasn’t legal…then I could ban him from my sims too. Dangit.