It's hard to believe ten days have flown past since the last time I wrote, but my latest project has been taking quite a bit more time (and technical headaches) than I was expecting.
For those that do not know, I have recently begun to create hair, with the intention of opening a new hair shop in InWorldz. I've had a bit of a learning curve, learning how to make every bit of my styles from scratch, including all my own textures, taken from photos of my own hair, and all my own sculpts.
Having never made hair before, it's been quite a learning experience, and I've found that it's much much harder than it looks! For instance, in order for me to recolor any of my styles to other shades, it would be impossible for me to manually do this. With all the alpha sides, especially on my flexi tendrils, it would be a nightmare to even try to recolor one style, much less recoloring it in the 24 shades that I have created so far.
So about a month ago I enlisted the help of Anna Debruyere, who if you have not heard of yet, is the great mind behind the InBiz unofficial InWorldz Business Directory, as well as the Exclipsex ATM system. She was such a delight to work with, and even walked me through some very basic things I had not known about how to find a face on a prim, and how to find my texture UUID's, to help me in configuring the script/notecard system she created. If you ever need some script-work done, I highly recommend Anna, and Eclipse Scriptworks! Please tell her I sent you.
Well, procrastinator that I am, I didn't get around to recoloring the 3 styles that I had created in the months prior, and the new male style that I just finished. So I've been working busily away on those this past week, in anticipation of finishing the "Teen Hair Project" I've been working on for another Opensim grid. My deadline moved forward by about a month, due to an event they are holding this weekend, so I've been rushing to complete at least those 4 styles and ads done so they had something to offer their teens and new advisors on this grid.
"What grid," I hear you all asking. Well some of you had a sneak-peek at it a few weeks ago, when Jane Fosset wrote about it in her blog post Hypergrid Sailor II on her Metaverse Sailing blog. It's really a rather incredible build, with a great group of builders working hard to bring it all to life, and I'm delighted to be working with them, even if only in a small way, by creating some of the hair styles that they'll be offering free to their teens and residents.
I should have known not to do the bulk of my work on Friday the 13th. It was one major technical problem after another, compounding into quite a mess, and as of right now I still have zero styles moved over successfully to this other grid to show for all the effort. It's more than a little disheartening. But, it's a learning experience, and for that I am grateful.
To top off my already discouraged feeling, I just logged into my Blogger account to find that my new "Destiny Hair" site that I just created a few days ago has been removed. Now, I don't know how these things are usually done, having never lost a blog before, but not to receive any notification in my email and to leave me just hanging on a question, "Why?" is just a little too much for me to handle at this time.
So, while I get all these things sorted out and complete my task of importing my 4 newbie starter hairs over to the other grid, I'll have my hands quite full and will not be doing much in the way of posting on this site. My goal is to determine what's going on with the import/export issues and move those styles over within the next few days, then work on the other 4 styles that I would like to have completed for that grid, in all 24 colors, and then *finally* get my Destiny Hair shop open here in InWorldz, before my birthday on June 7th. If all goes well!
Here's just a little sneak peek at the styles, in case you missed them before my new hair blog was taken down. I'm new at this, I'm learning, and hopefully growing into something that people will enjoy wearing. I want to make people happy. Perhaps a bit too much of the "people-pleaser" in me. So if you see me making something that's just "Ew!" please let me know, and I'll do my best to learn and improve. Thanks!
Well, it's almost midnight here and I've been rambling on, so I'll leave you with my sincerest wishes for good times, wonderful memories, and a most enjoyable virtual experience, wherever you are and whichever virtual world you are playing in at the moment.