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July 25

Ladies and gentlemen,

once again I can only apologize for my inactivity and announce that this will be the state of things for a while longer.

A little while ago there were heavy storms and floods in and around our area and our room in the cellar was flooded. Apart from several hundred Euro in damages and sadness about the loss of some unique things (e.g. handwritten novels I wrote back in school) that also causes a ton of work.

Additionally we finally ordered a new server since the current one is quite old by now and failed a few times in recent years. That means work too since there's a lot of old data that needs backups and sorting. (I will warn before the actual data move separately, since my websites won't be accessible for a while during that phase.)

Last but not least I'm ill and tired. Constant sleep deprievement and stress from noise (especially from events in the village opposite to ours and the neighbourhood, but also from very heavy ships) and shit like the cellar room and frustrating weekends where we can't spend any quality time due to too much noise and/or sleepless nights really gnaw at my substance. For us it's impossible to sleep with up to 80dB of music at 3am and when the noise restarts at 8am right away you only exist in zombie mode. My thyroid, for instance, is completely messed up again after only two good months and I suffer from several bad symptoms.

Let's see when I can continue Dolltopia, at least. I hope to publish at least the odd outtake now and then but I'd prefer to work on the actual storyline ASAP.

At least the events will cease in late October for some months again, so I hope I'll be able to get some things done over the winter.

February 19, 2016

What a bumpy start into the new year! Since the end of October I was ill to very ill all the time and I didn't go to a doctor because I was only disappointed there for the last decade. One day I couldn't take it anymore, though - and the female doc here is the best! Instead of succintly telling me to loose weight to get rid of my palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness and a resting heart rate of over 100bpm like her predecessors she actually did some tests and found out that the dosage of my thyroid med was totally off. (Back when I was put on that dosage I weighed ~16 pounds more, ate a lot of soya and was on birth control. No doc cared to check on me and actually I'm pretty sure that this played a HUGE role in me breaking my leg, since the symptoms were the same then and they got worse and worse the more weight I lost.)
Since they were adjusted I feel better all the time, I can leave the house again, use the exercise bike, tinker and craft, think and most of all sleep at night without fearing that I won't wake up again on the next day!
I was so thankful I almost cried.
Now I have to catch up with a lot of things though, here on the website as well as at home! ^^

Alas, ever since then Dolltopia is back from its involuntary short break and seems to update every Friday right now, ha ha. Currently I only have photos left for one more episode though and I'll need some new custom-made characters very soon. Depending on the weather next week there might be a short break of 1-2 weeks in the updates.

Sims moved back to its own website, which can be found as always at sims.ephralon.de. I do plan to update again starting in March, but just sporadically.

Christmas and my birthday brought a truckload of new dolls to my home - Amazon had some amazing sales! I still have to take heaps of photos and I also got some duplicate dolls for customizing and want to try and learn some new things this year.

In the crafting department there's also a lot of photos just waiting to be uploaded and I just started a new craft called quilling.

I won't say anything about my other plans before they take shape, that way you won't be disappointed when I can't get all of them rolling in time. ^^ But I have big plans!

October 19, 2015

Time for an update again!

I finally start to settle in here. Yep, it's still as boring and miles from anywhere as before, but at least now that winter is on its way it's getting more silent and I get used to having to buy everything by online shopping. By now we don't have to spend every weekend setting up stuff anymore.
At the beginning it was hard to snap out of the lethargy and depression, but once you grab yourself by the neck and force yourself to do a little something every day it starts getting easier over time and you start to do more and more each day. :) By now I'm so busy that even health problems usually can't stop me from finding something to enjoy that day.

The only thing that slows me down is the weather. Currently I have most fun working on Dolltopia and I fill the rainy days with sewing, crafting and various work on the backdrops, but to actually take photos it's sadly too dark most of the time. Therefore the long pause since the last update. Over the last days I had two short time-windows with bearable light conditions and I took some episodes in advance. But even this material will only last for three or four episodes.
Well, I'm patient! As soon as I'll see another chance I'll take more photos! ^^
I hope there will be some nice sunny days eventually and that I can take so many photos in advance to update Dolltopia regularly once a week next year. That would be great but it also depends a bit on how the story develops. When you have a good stock of photos it's not a problem when you run into a scene that requires a handful of new props, but when the story suddenly calls for 20 new things and a new backdrop plus props on top of that things can get tight. So I won't announce anything before I'm sure to be well armed. So let's see how the weather will turn out in the upcoming weeks! ^^
The best thing about photo stories for me is still that you only have to craft/sew things once. With each new backdrop, character, piece of clothing or accessoire the pool grows and future stories become easier.

Apart from all of that I'm still busy with handiwork, especially sewing and crocheting, but for the time being that only results in new photos for the galleries. After the move I still haven't found all of my unfinished projects or all the documents for them and thus the Seekers ragdolls and crochet dolls have to wait until next year.

Since I'm in the process of learning some new digital "tricks" for Dolltopia and thus have to reconnect my graphic tablet to the pc it's pretty likely that I'll start doing some Sims stuff in the near future too and new artwork for the gallery is also not out of the question!

Have to admit though that Disgaea 5 is on its way to my postbox. Those who know the Disgaea video game series will know what tremendous time-eaters these games are. I will try not to get lost in this one as much as I did with Minecraft. ^^

 

August 04, 2015

Oh my, the latest news are from March. Sorry about that. On the other hand, there's not many positive things to be told.

We got rid of our old flat by the end of April. Here in this health resort live is way louder than in the inner city of Essen, thanks to permanent ship traffic and most of all due to the numerous festivities in the next village that often don't end before early in the morning. (45dB at 2:30am in our whole flat, while all windows and shutters are closed - we're so thrilled! / sarcasm)

To make up for that there's not a single interesting shop here (sarcasm again!) and I totally misjudged how far away the next city is. I haven't been to a city even once and only leave the house every few weeks to go to a doctor - which I have to do more often thanks to bad sleep and stress. I knew beforehand that my body doesn't like to change location but that three months are still not enough to get used to the new climate - ugh.
Add a big dose of homesickness to that, I still cry often. I never liked Essen much but I miss the handful of good shops I actually had there, and I even more miss the handful of truly nice shop assistants there. After buying my comics from Gele at the ComicZentrum for 19 years I feel like a traitor when I have to order my Case Closed manga at Amazon now. *sighs*

But it can't be changed, this was still the only decent flat that turned up in over four months searching, and five hours of daily travel just wasn't reasonable for my husband anymore. That we have more time for each other again is the only good thing about all this.
If this was the Sims I would re-locate the house to be 2-3 train stops closer to Bonn - to Bad Godesberg, for instance, and further away from the river. Since, sadly, this is real life we have no other option than to move again in a few years.

 

Although my creativity has hit an alltime low I'm actually quite pleased with the amount and also with the quality of new material that I made for the website over the last few months. Admittedly I have no urge to draw right now, but writing is nice too and if some people don't like doll photos with stories I simply can't help it.
Dolltopia just started out and I will write lots and looooots for that.

I didn't give up on Seekers but right now I just don't feel it. It's been ages since I last drew anything and I need so much exercise... Once I find some time for it I will sit down and try to write up the whole story as a (German) novel. Either I get the urge to draw again from that or there will at least be a (German) novel. Doh.

Didn't give up on Sims fully either, but I have to dig through tons of chaos and currently don't have the nerves for that. My hubbie also doesn't find the time to finish the re-coding of the download center, and thus Sims will probably move back to a separate website again pretty soon, because the way it is presented now it's neither convenient to download nor pretty in any way.

As you can see I added a category for tabletops and board games, although there isn't much inside yet. My husband and I just rediscovered this old hobby of ours and we also love to play cooperative boardgames by now. So this category will grow some.

My animal and plant photos, however, went into the void. I deleted almost all albums with photos and the rest will probably follow soon - except for my gerbils, they may stay! I just think that those photos don't fit in here and there are billions of pretty animal pictures on the web. I'd rather like to expand my artwork, that's more personal and unique. You don't need my shoddy snapshots.

Once my husband can show me how to turn sewing patterns into pdfs that automatically print at the correct size I can finally turn towards those - I have a big folder full of sewing patterns and step-by-step photos of doll fashion!

Now I'm actually not sure what I want to say with this entry, but Mjkj said it's been so long since I wrote something here.
So, tl;dr: Flat isn't as great as we though, Eph is not at the peek of her physical and creative heights, website is still growing and let's see where this ship goes.

 

03.30,2015

NewsAfter weeks of uncertainty, looking at five no-good flats and discussing dozens of others by checking layouts we finally found a flat! No, it's not the castle on the picture but this is the view from our windows or when we sit on the patio!

This time we'll live on the ground floor of a newly built house in a tiny city with less than 9,000 people. There was no good flat in Bonn itself so we went even farther to Bad Breisig. So my husband and me will soon live in Rheinland-Pfalz instead of Nordrhein Westfalen. Although Bad Breisig has cheaper rents than Bonn our rent still almost doubled while our living space is roughly the same. (We have a patio this time and also a - totally useless - balcony, so it's bigger on paper.)

I admit that the closeness to the Rhein still frightens me a lot (I would have liked it better if the flat was on the first floor) and the flat isn't perfect with its big windows down to the floor and the slightly bad livingroom layout but it's silent, new, comfortable, extremely energy-saving and finally my husband will have free time again and we can have our marital life back. I have sunlight for drawing and painting/painting things, I can go wild with the fretsaw on the patio and I finally have a bathtub again. If the screws get ever removed from my leg I won't have to climb nasty stairs on crutches anymore and with underfloor heating, shutters and parquet floor I shouldn't feel cold anymore. There's the Rhein promenade right behind our garden, so we can take walks in beautiful landscapes and there's also parks nearbye. The city has a doll museum and a thermal bath.

When there was the hundred year flood the Rhein didn't flood the street so I hope that our feet and basement will always stay dry.

The move is extremely expensive, extremely unnerving, extremely time-consuming and I'm tired of it already, but it has to be done. ^^
If at least there wasn't all those traffic jams!

 

News"Why do we live here and not over there in the castle?"

The move already started but it will take us several weeks since we move with just the help of our friends and can't haul more than one load per week due to the distance and traffic situation. The old as well as the new flat have to be renovated and that is difficult too when there's almost 140km between both flats.
I'm anxious to see how stressy things will become when the old landlord starts showing up with potential next tenants, too. Sadly we have to pay for the old flat until the end of June.

I really can't say at what point I can fully start updating again. As you can see I diligently write Dolltopia Outtakes whenever I can spare some time but that will end soon too. I have no clue how long it will take to unpack and feel the pressure lifting off my head. Hopefully we will live in the new flat by the midth of May but then there's still renovating the old flat and all the unpacking. Surely everyone knows how long it takes until everything looks as wished and everything found its place.

I'm SO looking forward to Dolltopia, to the story itself as well as to sewing in peace again, modelling with Fimo and all the other things. So much of my stuff is packed away for weeks or months now, it stopped being funny a long while ago. It's been weeks too since I actually found the time to do something nice in the evening.

NewsEternia is looking forward to the new doll room. This time I have 15 square metres and as you can see a big window too, pointing to the south, to boot. I'm curious to see if that will have the desired positive effect on my photos - we'll see soon enough!

I suppose there will be "unpacking outtakes" for a while after the move until we settled in. Then I will work on Dolltopia full force and tackle some of the website things that have to wait right now, like the server move, a heap of photos for the galleries and all the promised tutorials for crafters and doll fans.

Sadly my computer is breaking more and more so it probably isn't even useful to connect the graphic tablet again before I got hold of a new mainboard. I don't know, it often doesn't close down, sometimes doesn't want to boot, often freezes and since last week I get error messages at start-up. I almost feel like I was using Windoze again. ;) The error messages hint at the mainboard becoming faulty, now it could be the graphics card on top, too.
Supposedly I will be offline for a few days in the new future when those parts are replaced and the computer gets a fresh install. My Linux is outdated anyway, once again.
As if the move wasn't expensive enough. *sighs*