Dec 262015

emerson 6

Lovely, isn’t she?

Emerson Appleton
I feel very lucky to have her in my collection. She has (in my opinion) a completely different vibe than Giselle (customized Old is New Giselle). She seems softer and dreamier to me.

So what do I know about Emerson?
Let’s see….

Emerson Appleton is in her early 20’s. Her personality is moody and creative with highs and lows. Her fashion sense is “I’m gonna wear what I want and anyone who doesn’t like it can sit and spin!” (This is tempered at times by her Aunts’ strongly worded recommendations 😉


Emerson (or Em as she is often nicknamed by friends and family) is single and looking but she’s had her fair share (and more) of jerks and wonders why she bothers looking. She is looking for someone who’ll love her no matter where she ends up in life, and she wants someone who is sensitive and willing to understand her artistic nature…Really, she isn’t very good at the whole dating thing and usually ends up waiting by the phone for the text/im/call that never comes for a second date.

Emerson Appleton

She has a small family consisting of her two aunts: Arabella Appleton and Agnes Appleton-Weld, and an Uncle: Theo Appleton & his wife and their children (her cousins). Emerson’s parents are deceased and losing them as well as her sister has left a mark on her psyche. She dislikes her Uncle Theo’s wife, but tolerates her at holidays when necessary.

Sometimes Emerson is looking for a place to hide away from the world.


She is struggling as an artist and although she has had her work shown in a number of galleries and juried art shows she isn’t “there” yet and wonders if she will ever be truly successful in the way that Warhol or Pollock were. Emerson is a trust fund-baby and as such doesn’t have to worry much about where her rent money is coming from as long as she stays in line with the budget her Aunt Agnes (known as Aunt Ness) made for her.

Quick facts:
Emerson’s favorite colors: black,  blue, dark purple and crimson/mulberry colors.
Favorite clothing: Emerson likes to wear everything from raggy T & Jeans to formal wear.
Emerson’s background: Born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. To: Joseph and Sarah (nee Black) Appleton. She had a twin sister who went missing as an infant. Emerson completed a BA in fine arts at Yale and decided that getting an MFA would be a waste of her time when all she wants to do is make art. She spent a year after graduation traveling and then moved to Seattle for two years before she settled in NY, NY. where she has connections with some galleries and restaurants to hang and show her work.

She goes out evenings to see bands play, and spends a lot of time in the libraries and museums around town.

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!) 😉

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