Dec 132013

So it’s been a while, right? Since I managed to put together a Friday Monologue. I’m recalling now why I have been so reluctant to do them. My memory made me think it was just normal stress, and regular life stuff. But that is incorrect.

(You can skip through the following rant to the photostory! I’m feeling very rant-y today!)

The real reason is the software program that I was using. I’ve been using Plasq Comic Life 2. I had been using their original (first release) when I was in the UK and although it was buggy (and prone to occasional crashes) I liked it for throwing things together quick and easy.

I can’t say the same about Comic Life 2.0 for Windows(or the 3.0 which is in beta, that I had downloaded last week and after 1 use and looking it over decided to uninstall it.) IMO it’s a bloated program that has lost most of it’s charm–and any reliability it had. Today, in the course of working on Giselle’s FM it crashed a total of ELEVEN times. Eleven times in FOUR HOURS. Not good. Ok, I knew that I should always save every few minutes (or hell, any time I actually put some text in the bubbles) because I tend to diverge from my sketch scripts…and when I’ve done that, failed to save it and it crashes–well, that flash of creativity and insight into that character is gone with it. :(

I am going to say this now. Giselle’s Friday Monologue is the very last one I am going to be using plasq’s comic life for.

It’s too unreliable, too frustrating.
For example:

  1. No matter what I do or what settings I use the text always looks less than crisp.
  2. The interface for the program is so filled with bells and whistles and crap that it makes my eyes hurt. SCREW THAT>> Life is too short for crap programs.
  3. It is so buggy it needs an exterminator.
  4. Crashes like there is no tomorrow! (and for some of the scripts, there are NO tomorrows!)

What’s my solution?

I’ll do them old school from now on, in a proper graphics program.

Shoot, it looks like I’m going to have to learn my way around illustrator! >_< steep learning curve, but I can do it. You folks deserve to know the whole story behind each character. I’m washing my hands of Plasq’s Comic Life. (the comic part must be how many times I kept trying to use it! Bleh!)

I’d also like to apologize to some folks that I recommended the program to. When I’d done that I was still using the first edition, and was pretty darned happy with it. :S My how software changes–and not always for the better! >:(

ANYWAY! On to the story: Giselle’s moved to Quinlan, you know? :)

As usual CLICK on the image below for the monologue!Friday Monologues: #11 Giselle Weston

Apr 052013

Yea it’s almost 11pm, but I got the monologue done for this week. I apologize ahead of time that it’s not a very good one (the photos weren’t working and I didn’t have patience to take a new batch). But something is better than nothing, right? 😉

Click the image below for the story! (and feel free to leave a comment here) :)


Feb 272013

Ok, so you know I think about my photostory stuff a lot. And as one of my good friend says about my attempts to assign roommates/ pairs of students  “You over-think it! Just DO it already!”

Guilty as charged. 😛

But I was determined that I’d do it this time. I mean since I have the dorm room / student lounge set almost (sort of) done, I need to know this stuff. Really! And I need to be able to refer to it time and again (since I can remember the characters but not always who’ll be living where). So today (after I finished the last 3 re-paints so I had enough students for this) I made up a chart. It’s a quick reference one, so it’s not all pretty and lovely. But it’ll do the trick. So. Here we are: the female roomates. (you’ll notice that Nerissa isn’t on the chart. That’s because she’s got a private/ single room! Lucky girl!)

If you want to see the image @ full size click it and then look for the white X and then click that. :)


There you have it!

Now I have to get back to sewing!

Sep 172012

In re-casting the “old” Claudia into a new character (She’s now named Meline  and she works in the admissions/ student life part of the university).  I realized that I don’t have anywhere near as many adult characters in my cast as I thought I did.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I really did think I had more than there are. There are a mix of them–some of them are Volks/Obitsu based, some are CG based, and some are FR based…and you’d think that given that, there’s be an overflowing amount of professors and university staff, right?

So not the case though! (O_o)

I have 5 female professors *including the librarian*

  • Shay Kohle (volks)
  • Yseult LeClerc (volks)
  • Justine Yeager (volks)
  • Imogen Stafford (FR)
  • Gwen Belden (CG)

I do have some female characters who are “special lecturers” so they aren’t full time professors or anything, but they do come on campus and teach specific seminars. Those are:

  • Bianca Ashford (law)
  • Vivienne Marcelle (forensic chemistry)
  • Lilith Porter (artist in residence)

I wanted to make one female professor who teaches ancient & mystical languages….so I guess I really should. 😉 I mean, i believe I hav ea use for her so why not, right?

*not even going to discuss the male professors in this post*

Ok, well once we get settled in, and I get a paying job so I can get supplies I think that’s what I’ll do!

This week I managed to do some more scripting and wrote a pretty detailed piece between Shay and Meline. It was really good IMO since it revealed parts of both characters’ personalities that I didn’t really know about. 😀

Meline is going to be a lot of fun to use in photostories–she’s feisty!



Sep 102012

Yes, it’s me again. I’m still jonesin’ to work on stuff, make stuff etc. But since I can’t I’ve gone through my “favorite” dolls (the ones who are still in my carry-on bag! LOL). While I was at it I was thinking about Claudia.

To refresh your memory this is Claudia:

Claudia was always supposed to come across as sexy, self confident and chic in a way that her best friend Mallory wasn’t.  I had a difficult time creating Claudia to fill that role, and fit (kind of) my mental image of her.

The problem I’m having with her is that she feels too “mature” to me.

Like maybe she’d be a better match in age as a professor, or other inhabitant of Quinlan…Maybe a gallery owner, secretary, or something.  Realistically, I know that you can get a range of students some of whom can easily pass for older adults…..but to me….I’m not so sure about this being the best Claudia. Does it seem right to re-cast her?

If I recast her, then the chances are I’ll end up using this custom for another character *to be developed based on appearance* but if I don’t recast her the odds are that Claudia won’t get much screen time because I won’t/don’t feel comfortable imagining her in that role.

What do you all think?

Would this custom seem to be a better match as an adult of some sort in Quinlan rather than a 19/20 year old?

Does she seem to have more of a “grown up” feel when you look at her?


Sep 032012

Hey everyone!  I’m feeling kind of bad that I don’t have much to share on the blog these days (I know, I can’t be expected to be cranking out stuff since we’re still looking for a home—but still!) so I thought I’d share something I did in the last month before I left the UK.

You might remember that I mentioned doing some Larp costumes for the students (and some adult costumes for the Wrenwood Hall stuff).   So here’s a dress that I threw together in an afternoon…originally it was going to be for raven but her boobs were too much for it so someone with a more modest chestline got to claim it! Piper!

*please excuse the photos: I’m way out of practice shooting pics and editing them without the usual software*

and a full length shot:

It’s not the best of dresses but I think it probably reflects that Piper’s not much of a seamstress! It makes her look extremely “hip-py” and maybe a bit dumpy…but it’s what she’s got for now.

As far as sewing went it was the best experience I had with sewing stretch / panne velvet. The embroidery around the neckline was hand done (and I hated doing it because the trim I was using kept unravelling every stitch I did).

Anyway, just thought I’d share! 😉


Dec 092011

Since I’m feeling pretty down about the holiday I thought I’d take my mind off of it by subjecting y’all to another Friday Monologue! It’s been a while since I put one up so now seems like a good time to help get me off the bus to holiday blues land!

(as usual click the image for the story)

I don’t promise that it’s good, I don’t promise that it’s entertaining….only that it is what it is!  Enjoy (I hope!) 😉

Dec 012011

The last two weeks have kind of ended up being a write-off.  We were getting insulation put in and between the multiple times the people came to survey the attic/the landlord/and the actual installation of the insulation I got almost nada done. (since all my stuff was piled high & boxed to allow access into the attic).

So back to talking about Alison…Do you know who she is? If not check out her basic profile here: Alison.

In the process of everything going on I took her out of the box and did some thinking.  You probably don’t realize that Alison is actually one of my favorites.  I don’t know why for certain, but I think it is because of her personality.

She’s actually pretty nice and she isn’t bitter or particularly vindictive (and maybe she should be considering some of the storylines and plots that I have in mind for her).  But despite me liking her personality I’ve got to admit that there are a few reasons she doesn’t get much in the way of screen-time. Or attention in general.

To begin with me and her head have a not-so-great history. She started out as a bit part named Nyssa:

As you can see she didn’t have much going for her. Awful facepaint, long frizzy hair and a beauty F body (that made her neck look weird).  I really just couldn’t get on with the head and eventually tried repainting it.

So then she became this rather perplexed looking person….who eventually got her face wiped yet again. to become Alison.

She’s certainly my favorite but her face paint is messy and her eyes are crooked. I like the fact that she has a more mature look to her face. But…her face paint is messy (although that alone won’t stop me from using a doll).  Anyway, I had her out on my desk and I started thinking that a good part of the reason why I don’t use her often is that I just don’t like the body that she was on. I had her on a volks EB-D (which I call the Basketball Boob body)

I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t get on with it (I suppose the fact that I have out of all my many volks dollfies only 2 with the EB-D body it should tell me something, huh?). So I decided that I’d stick someone else on the Basketball boob body and let Alison have an EB-E body (bigger boobs yes, but they show that they’re subject to gravity–which will get the boobs everytime!) So here’s a quick pic of Alison sporting her new body!


I think I’ll be more inclined to play with her now, and make her some clothes–and maybe even consider working some more on her cafe! She just seems more “ta dah” and with it to me with the new body….So look for some more photos of her soon, and who knows, maybe I’ll do a mini story with her soon?

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