Saturday, December 29, 2007

Year End...

And so another year draws to a close.. I hope everyone reading this had a good one, and I wish for you all a joyous and prosperous New Year, filled with everything you need, and more than a little of what you want. :D

We're all sick here right now, which isn't terribly surprising, considering that Michael had over twenty-two hundred kids sitting on his lap during this Santa season. (He's a great Santa, but kids sneeze, cough, drool, and otherwise share whatever they have with him.)

However, that doesn't keep me from working in Second Life, between collapsing in a heap naps, on something that I think you'll all like.

My co-worker on this particular project, Marianne McCann, has threatened me with Major Scowling if I post what I'm working on, though, and she has a Fearsome Scowl, so I'd best not do that.

I think you'll all like it, though!

See you next year!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nordic Moose Sweaters for Adults!

Between Second Life being down a good deal of the time for a couple of days, and suddenly getting sick, it took longer than expected. But the adult sweaters are finally up and ready to go!


I wasn't sure that they were going to work at all for a while, since guys will have to wear four pieces to really make them look the way I'd planned for them to look. So I sent them to a guy on my friend's list, and a couple from Mari's, and got feedback. The result? They think that they are great, and no, four pieces isn't too much; guys like to look good too. (Or, in the case of my friend, their wives want them to look good, and will see to it that they wear all four pieces. :D )

And besides, they look good, I'm told, without all four. Which is the way I suspect a lot of guys will wear them.

The jacket collar looked bad, though; all blurry and ugly. So I remade that with an Alpha, remade the skirts so there was more pattern that looked good when it was lengthened, and did the other small tweaks that were recommended, and they are now in the store, and ready to go.

I realized, at the last minute, that I'd made 18 colors, but none of them were brown. So I made that one, too, and now there are 19 colors of sweater, just waiting for people to pick them up.

If you'd like one, you can get it from Robin (Sojourner) Wood's AV Store, Livingtree (104, 128, 24). L$100, Mod/Copy/NO Transfer (but there's a Gift Button on the Vendor.)

See you there!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sweater Delay...

I was hoping to have the new Moose Sweater for Adults up for sale today, but it's probably not going to happen.

If you're interested, you can read the details on the Leaves from the Livingtree blog. But, basically, the Skirt fits so poorly on the Male avatar that it takes the Jacket layer, as well as the Shirt layer, to make a bulky sweater that doesn't show pants at the waist. Sigh.

Since I'm also working on Christmas presents for Mari, Pygar, and their parents (and no, I'm not saying what they are, since I know that Mari, at least, does read this blog) this is going to mean that the Sweaters won't be for sale until tomorrow.

Ah well. Worse things happen at sea, and indeed, at school (as they say.) :D


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Holiday Goody Boxes!

The Holiday Goodie Boxes are out at Livingtree. I think you'll like them. There's one for kids, and one for adults. You can pick up either or both; they're free. (Pay L$0 to get them.)

picture of the two wrapped boxes

You'll find them on the wall that surrounds the Livingtree, in the center of the Island.

Marianne McCann put in a really funny toy surprise (it's in both of them) and I put some clothing, candy, and stuff in both as well. (More clothing, in the Adult one, and less Stuff. :D ) And the best part; once you've emptied them, you can reuse the box to give something to someone else. (It's mod/transfer.)

Here's a brief glimpse of a couple of the things you'll find in there.

picture of Robin Sojourner, wearing a blue and white Moose Sweater and holding a Vigil Candle

Both the sweater I'm wearing and the candle I'm holding are new, and both are in the Goody Box for a limited time, so come and get yours!

I'm going to be doing more of the sweaters, in different colors, and putting them up for sale. I was hoping to have that all done today, but this time of year, it's hard to arrange the time!

On a totally different note; my partner, Skyia, is going through massage school, and needs bodies to work on. (She has to do 10 massages a month, and can only work on any one person 3 times during the school year.) She's incredibly good, by the way. So, if you're in my area (and if you are, and you know me, you know who you are,) give me a call, and we can arrange a time! Skyia will thank you, and your body will thank you. :D

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Boy's Cold Skin Demos

The boy's cold skin demos are up and in the stores in Second Life, wherever you can buy my Boy's Skins.

picture of boy with red rosy cheeks, on snowmobile

As mentioned before, I'm not doing all the Vendor stuff for this set unless there is some demand for them; so if you'd like one, please IM me and I'll get it for you right away. I know, that might be inconvenient, and I'm sorry for that. But I can't help but think that it's better than uploading the 86 textures required for a full set of skins (with and without freckles) and then making the 54 vendor images that would be needed.

I'd rather spend that time on other things.

Like the freebie box, which I'm going to be working on today. I'm planning some really nice goodies for that one. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow, when (I hope) it'll be done.

In the meantime, I played some with the new Windlight viewer for Second Life yesterday. It has a lot of potential, and it turns out that it's really easy to get rid of that reddish overtone that I dislike so. In fact, you can give your scenes whatever tone you want, make them as bright or dim as you'd like, and change the cloud speed and everything else.

All those things that people are complaining about are just presets. You don't have to use them, if you don't like them. Instead, you can use what you do like!

Things do look quite different under the various lighting conditions, though. It's going to be almost impossible to make anything that looks like we'd hope it would under all the possible variations.

And nothing much is going to look like it did in PS. Not that it does now; but it's about to get .. ummm... more involved. :D

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday, Monday...

Yesterday was a "blind day" for me, (I wear my contacts 24 hours a day, so one day a week I take them out for the whole day to let my eyes rest. Currently, I'm doing that on Mondays,) so I didn't really log into SL at all.

Instead, I did a lot of other work that's been hanging fire; mostly stuff to do with printing pictures, and record keeping.

The orders had gotten a week or so behind, because I've been so sick, but they are all caught up now. So if you ordered something from me, you should have it by the end of the week. If you don't, please let me know.

I've decided, though, to go ahead with my idea of putting out Teaching Scripts. I'm not really a script expert, so I was a little hesitant to do that. But I've been getting scripting questions, and I had an expert look over the script.

She said it was fine, but she also said that all the orange (which is the color that SL shows script comments in) was going to make people's heads explode. :D

So there are two scripts, really. One without a lot of orange, and one with tons.

What people are supposed to do is look at the one without, and if they see something they don't understand, look at the one with. That way, the orange will really only be telling them what they need to know.

Of course, people can also just read the one with the orange if they want. But if their heads explode, it won't be my fault, because I'm also including a notecard with instructions, so they know what they should be doing!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Design Luminaria!

Yesterday was a very busy day!

People have been asking for some time if I can put designs on my Luminaria, like the cut outs you see on real ones.

I'm delighted to say that, finally, the answer is "Yes. Yes I can."

The scripts are written, the tests are done, and you can now buy Luminaria with eight different Winter designs available.

picture of eight luminaria, standing in the snow

They run from a menu, so they are very low lag, and are only one or two prims each (depending on which ones you put out.

I decided to not give them actual cut-out, so that there would be no difficulty with alpha sorting issues. (You know, when two transparent things overlap, and SL makes it look like the one in front is actually in back, and vice versa.) In my tests, there was very little difference between the way they looked from the front when they were lit. When they were not lit, the one without transparency actually looked better. (part of the design was invisible against the inside, since there aren't real shadows in SL, and light goes right through stuff.)

The only place they really looked better was from the inside looking out, and face it, if you camera down to look inside the bag, you'll notice it has no candle, and no bottom, so that's going to break the illusion anyway.

If you really want them with Alphas, though, I can do it easily enough. Just IM and tell me.

So those are in all the Landscape Additions vendors, and also out in Practical Magic in Serenite.

I also got snowmen and other things out in Serenite, and was invited to put things for sale in Winterland as well..(I'm really pretty jazzed about that. :D )

Next up, the demos for the Snow Play skins for the boys, and then working on the freebie bag!

I'm also (finally) getting over the lingering infection I've had for the last six weeks or so. And there was much rejoicing.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Demos for Girls Cold Skins Out!

Several people have been asking me for demos for the Cold Weather Skins for little girls, so I got those done yesterday, and placed in all the spots where I sell my kid skins.

They aren't selling well at all. I'm not sure if this is because there were no demos, if it's because people don't think to look for them in the Skin Vendor (which, by the way, totally confuses me. Where else would they be? There are 54 of them; I can't afford the prims to put them in a dedicated vendor) or if there simply is no demand.

Well, it sounded like a good idea. :D

Because of the lack of sales, however, I no longer plan to do the whole vendor thing for the boy's skins. Instead, I'm going to put out some demo skins today sometime, along with a note that says that if any boys are interested, they can IM me, and I'll be delighted to sell them a skin.

If I sell a dozen or so, I will put them in the vendors. But if I don't, it doesn't seem to me to be worth the time that it will take to do all of that, when I could be doing something else that people DO want.

Speaking of which, there should be Luminaria with Winter Holiday designs on them later today. This is a teaser. :D

Friday, December 07, 2007

New Stuff!

So, lots going on. :D

First off, for those of you who might be reading this to find out what's going on at Livingtree, there's a new blog just for that! Since Marianne McCann and Pygar Bu will be posting there, too (it was really Mari's idea) it's likely to be updated much more often than this one. It's called "Leaves from the Livingtree," and you can find it here.

I've been working hard, and just finished the limited edition Holiday Bear for 2007 a few hours ago. It's mostly Sculpties, and I've made it so that you can move the arms, legs and head really easily, so you can pose it however you want. Full instructions are included in the package. (Or click the Info button on the vendors if you want to see them before you buy.)

picture of the new bear, from the vendor

In the last week, I've also finished skins for little girls that have rosy cheeks and red noses, so they look like they are playing in the snow. Included in the package is an attachment that lets you "See My Breath", to give the real feeling of being outdoors in the Winter.

picture of a kid in the middle of a skate jump, with red cheeks, nose, and fingers

I've also finished a Snowman kit, so you can make your own snowman from parts (or you can buy one ready-made from the same vendor if you prefer) put Livingtree under snow cover, and several other things.

See you there!