News

So, let's stop beating around the bush!

My (broken) leg doesn't annoy me as much as before but it's still giving me trouble in all kind of situations. The surgeon said it will take three years to fully heal.
In addition my husband is now unemployed and all decent jobs are so far away that we'll definitely move after he found a job and probation is over. (Also, I don't dare to set foot in the basement in this house anymore, as it was that ramshackle stairs I broke my leg on, so my husband has to do the wash. And the physiotherapist warned me of the 60 steps of the regular stairs here since they're very uneven. So even if the new job ends up being in this city we will move house.) This means that most of my time keeps going into training my leg and also into comforting my husband, uncluttering our household and even into packing moving boxes already - my energy level is still so low I rather do some of that work early while I can. I also try to finish as many of my numerous unfinished projects as possible so the components don't end up in various moving boxes later.

All of this means that I will definitely not come around to do anything related to Seekers this year. I'm tired, my nerves are worn down and I've got a truckload of stuff to do. I just lack the drive to draw and as I said before I want to get back into Seekers with all my power and not do a few pages and then take another break for moving etc. That only leads to mistakes.
There will not be any comic pages before March or even April 2015.

As for Sims, things don't look much better. I do have a few finished things lying around somewhere though, which I will upload once time permits. Then you at least have these few items.

Since I do need a LITTLE bit of fun though at least one big project starts:

Dolltopia - the new version of my photo story with dolls - starts this Friday!

This time with more dolls, more props and much more sense! Eternia gets a new roommate with Sinistra the elementalist, as Nareen retired.
Over the last weeks I worked hard on building a house backdrop and other new things for the story, Sinistra was repaired last minute (defect even before the start, unbelievable...) and today the sewing machine is running hot. I also ordered some small things to make the doll household better equipped.
If you wonder how I found the time to work on this then - most of the new props were on the list of projects to be finished anyway. I need a bit of fun after all the pain or I'll go crazy. And last but not least I only have to build props and clothes for the dolls once and then I can take a whole bunch of photos and write stories before I have to make the next item. Overall that takes up way less time than a drawn comic.

I hope you will have fun following that crazy doll soap opera. : )

EDIT Oct 17:

Dolltopia gets postponed a tiny bit to tomorrow, Saturday the 18th.

Ikea Essen suddenly carries the magnet boards that are perfect as basement in the dollhouse for the magnet boots of the dolls. I've gotta go there right away before they sell out - and since I'm fast as a turtle with my crutch...

The second surgery on my leg is almost nine weeks past by now and I slowly learn to walk again, now that I may put my full weight on the leg again. I'm still a bit in pain, can't do everything I want yet, mostly still have to stay in the flat und am quite the nervous wreck, especially since my husband's search for a new job starts in full force now.
Still, I try to work a bit on the website again because I'm tired of doing nothing.

As a first step I work on making the Monster High doll galleries complete to gain more space in my doll room for taking photos then for the Dolltopia photo comic and the photo Wacky Winglings.
Furthermore I have some finished craft items which I have to take photos of - partly to write sewing instructions and other tutorials then.
I doubt I'll find the calmness to draw and write before my husband found new work and I'm in better shape physically again. Right now I have to train my leg over and over and then recover.

 

Sailor Moon Pullip

Since I know there's a lot of Sailor Moon fans around here's a little tip from me. If you always wanted a Sailor Moon doll and also like my Pullips anyway this could be a thing for you. By the end of August Pullip Sailor Moon comes out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular manga.

I'll pass on her but I think many fans will like her. Since each Pullip is only made for a limited time (usually one month) you shouldn't wait for too long in case you want her.
I might have bought her but my hobby money for September is already spent and I don't plan any farther without a new job. Or does anyone want to sponsor me with some money so I can buy her for Dolltopia? No? I thought so. ;)
If my husband has a new job in October and you left one available for me I might buy her, after all. But only for the wig and to give the nerdy Batman an equally comic-crazy girlfriend.

Europeans can buy her at e.g. Plastikpop. For US shops, take a look at Ebay. There should be lots of vendors who sell them. And nope, I don't earn anything for this advert, ha ha.

EDIT:

I bought this doll, after all, and can only warn everyone not to buy her!

A thourough review with photos of the desaster will be posted soon.

 

Oh, before I forget! Something about the Sims section!

No, I didn't stop making stuff for Sims, there just was no time for it thanks to my broken leg.
And no, there is no phishing in the downloads, Kaspersky has a super-stupid formula which spits out false alarms! Phishing in a download doesn't even make ANY SENSE!
The most important news though: We switched off comments in the Sims section. Despite many tries it wasn't possible to adapt the code to allow me to actually answer to your nice comments. Especially when someone posted a comment to an older set I could never find out where that comment was - the paths just didn't work. Since this is useless for all sides and Sims comments were the most overrun with spambots anyway we switched them off. If you want to say something or notify me of a problem please use the forum or write me an email. (Or post in the guestbook if it's just generic praise or rants.)
Still a big thanks to everyone who took the time to post there - even if I couldn't always answer, I read all entries!

Well, as mentioned by my husband in an earlier blog entry I hit the jackpot. I fell down the last two steps of the basement stairs and after my foot pointed backwards I was carried to hospital.

I broke my shank and spent almost three weeks in hospital. Both bones are broken and were repaired with steel plates after I had spent a considerable time with a fixateur - that's steel pins which are drilled into the bones and look like braces on the leg.

By now I'm back home but I'm not allowed to put my foot on the floor for six weeks. I'm on day 13 now of that period. I'm in strong pain - all nerve damage, probably - and the painkillers don't work. I can only spend very few time on the computer and the rest of what I can do is very limited too. Therefore all of my plans fall flat. Seekers isn't possible, to sim isn't possible, crawling around to take photos for Dolltopia or the galleries isn't possible. So far I only crocheted a doggie for my brother's other half.

Since I barely slept for weeks due to the pain my brain isn't in good shape either. It all sucks. I have so many new dolls and was so motivated...
Yesterday the stitches were taken out, next Monday is my next appointment at the doctor's. When the six weeks are over there's a chance that I still won't be allowed to use my leg in full right away and I'll also have to face physiotherapy. Currently I move through the flat either by walking frame or sitting on an office chair, in the evenings I train a bit with the crutches. The doctors tried to force me to use only those and jump down the 60 steps here in this old building alone all the time. My reply to that: Kiss my behind! The stairs aren't the best anyway, I'm completely worn out after lying around for weeks and barely getting sleep and my foot only has to touch ground once to break the leg again. So far health insurance pays for PTA to the doc but even if they wouldn't we would pay for it ourselves.

So sadly the website has to wait and rot until I'm better. All I can do is to work with barbells etc on myself so I don't loose even more muscles and become more mobile again, but creativity is just too hard. Most of the time I either cry from the pain or lie with my feet up.
Since I don't know what will happen after the six weeks are over I can't say yet when I can continue working again.

 Hello fellow internet-voyagers,

 bad news from the land of authors: today Eph has hurt her foot badly and will be unavailable for quite some time (at the very least 7 days). I hope you can wait a little longer for news of dolltopia and co.

 Greetings, Dorian (the technology guy)

"You can't bbq a unicorn!"
I overheard this phrase some weeks ago on my way to the city when a young couple crossed our way. It led to a lively discussion between my husband and me on the correct method to cook a unicorn. At the same spot I came across another young couple one week later who were both clad from head to toe into bright yellow Pikachu plush costumes, including hood and tail. My only thought was "Oh my, I hope those can stand the rain!"
Sometimes I love living in a big city. :)

After this little episode let's talk about the news!
The Daily Doodles go into retirement for the time being. In over 40 days they triggered not a single reaction and I don't like wasting neither my nor your time. I do like the idea though and when the time comes I'll try another run - when I got the feeling there's actually more than 2 users here.

To make up for that the new Dolltopia will start right this month - Eternia and Sinistra will give their best in the doll photo comics and of course the rest of the cast will too! Sinistra's outfit isn't wholly done yet and I'll need some days to take a bunch of photos in advance then - you never know how the weather will be and there's a small birthday party scheduled here too. So I figure the 26th is a good day to check for the first episodes.

To get in the mood for photo comic mayhem you can visit the new menu point Dolltopia Outtakes to read the first outtake. That page will recieve new small stories from behind the scenes from time to time. Dolltopia itself will be realized with the gallery as before, so one photo + text per page.

Sewing Sinistra's outfit is taking extra long because I take notes of every step and also take photos to share the sewing patterns with you gals afterwards. Other sewing patterns are also in the works.

Although I do my best to also draw and work on Seekers artwork I'm afraid the photo comics will have to be the main bulk of updates here for the next months. The job search of my husband and preparation for a possible move are more important right now. His contract only runs for four more months and there's a lot to do. I don't want to bring a handful of pages online, get the advertizing machinery in gear and then vanish for several months again right away because we have to move to the other side of the nation. So I keep myself busy with colour artwork and a longer Wacky Wingling project to exercise more with my new software.

In other news, by now I recieved Holt Hyde and thus have completed my Monster High collection for the time being. Currently there's only Invisi-Billy left on my wishlist, who was really announced for 2014. I try not to buy any girls for a while. Ever After High is currently pretty much dead for me too since Mattel seems determined to give each doll the same head. That kicked Cedar Wood from my wishlist (I have no use for Pinocchio's daughter when her body looks like wood and her head is "normal") and I get the feeling that Cherise Hood doesn't have her wolf ears either.

I will probably buy Taeyang Black Jack since currently I re-read some Black Jack stories daily. (A masterpiece of Tezuka!) Apart from that I have... *counts*... six blank dolls that want to be painted and clothed. Especially Giselda and Eloya, of course, for which I'll also have to create custom wigs.

There's still a ton of dolls missing in the galleries though so I try to take new photos every few days even though I can only upload them in batches.
Still a lot of old artwork that needs to be overhauled too. Bah, where is all the time gone?