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Most of the time, there are just a few people on my bookshelf beside my chair: Janvier Jett, Submit, Araminthe and Sardonix.

They were recently joined by Zombieville denizens in various stages of completion: Béatrice, Chaz, Theophany, Novella and Absinthe, who is not an Zombieville citizen, but is hanging around because she is beautiful.

Because Me and My Muses is on hiatus and because I need the desk space for projects, I temporarily relocated the Me and My Muses people to this shelf as well, leaving only the fairies [Flower, Ginevra and Mellifer] and Jareth on my desk.

Here's a shot of the tiny hordes. I swear -- they multiply when I'm not looking. :p
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I wrote from 1.1 through 6.3 of Me and My Muses in a rush of inspiration last fall and then hit a complete and utter WALL. I had absolutely no idea what Ellery and Jamisia were going to do together. Since I knew that I would take months to even get to season 6, I figured I had nothing immediate to worry about, so I began to post eps weekly.

As soon as I got into the swing of Me and My Muses, I loved it. More specifically, I loved Ellery and Lucian. So did the readers [all 6 of you]. I received many compliments about Ellery and Lucian's character development, the exploration of imagination and reality and Ellery's sexual experimentation. Mostly, though, people really enjoyed Ellery and Lucian's snarky banter. It amused them and made them feel closer to the characters. Hey, it did the same for me too!

Season 3 ended on August 19th, almost a month ago. First, I needed a break from 8 months of weekly eps. Second, I was creeping closer to the WALL, still lacking in ideas of how to surmount it. I decided to seriously address the WALL by devoting the hiatus to overcoming it, first by thinking about it constantly in the back of my mind, finally by brainstorming my way over it.

I have spent the past month contemplating the WALL and not gaining any brilliant ideas as to its circumvention. I have, however, crystallized an important realization: I originally planned Me and My Muses as the story of Ellery's serial monogamy with three muses: Lucian, Mazzy and Jamisia. However, despite my initial plans, the heart of the story lies between Ellery and Lucian. Not only do I love them, the readers do too. Most importantly, they are the strongest characters. They have lives of their own in a way that none of the others do, and they're compelling me to tell their story, rather than the story of Ellery and Lucian and Mazzy and Jamisia.

In deference to my incredibly pushy, stubborn and demanding characters, I've given up telling the story I want to tell. Instead, I'm telling the story they want me to tell. I have changed my perspective from that of an architect following a meticulous blueprint to that of a hiker following more experienced guides on an unknown trail. Stupendously enough, the WALL has disappeared. It was a trompe l'oeil barrier erected mainly by my narrow perspective.

All of this is to say that I know where I'm going now...or, more precisely, I do not know exactly where I'm going, but I trust Ellery and Lucian to take me there. We're over the WALL and out of the hole, and regular eps of Me and My Muses will be back in early October! \o/
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Wouldn't you like to have a friend like her? I touched up her mouth a bit.
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She's so cute! I think I need to touch up her mouth a bit.
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I like Ellery's confident, smirky expression!Read more... )
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Ellery and Lucian's clothes from Andrea came today! Sadly the jeans and the underwear did not fit because the measurements that I gave Andrea were too small, though I took them from Lumedoll's Web site. Regardless, here's Ellery the geek with her questionable sense of style and Lucian the sly, finally with pants. Bonus picture of them together!!Read more... )
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Ellery with a redone mouth and darkened eyebrows looks no less messy, but infinitely improved, to my eyes.
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Do-overs

Oct. 14th, 2011 08:46 am
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I have come to the decision that Ellery's mouth looks blotchy and too dark. I will find some pale pink paint after work and maybe a smaller brush. I really like living so close to an arts and crafts supply store!!
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I made Ellery's hair tonight and started painting Lucian, but his mouth wouldn't cooperate, so you'll see no pictures of him tonight.
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How do you think Ellery looks with long blond hair? She doesn't look right to me...too severe..... [Wearing a dress by an42!]
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I painted Ellery this evening. She's much more sarcastic than I expected. :p I have also included a picture of my messy desk with faceup supplies all over it.
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Ellery and Lucian came today. They are so beautiful. The Lumedoll resin has a solid, chalky quality that I really like, with delicate tones and a nice tooth for scribbling on with watercolor pencil.
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Andrea finished up Ellery's clothes recently and sent me pictures of the final products.
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I'm slowly learning how to use my DSLR. Here are some pictures from my second round. I reduced my first round too greatly and had to trash them. From top to bottom, Ellery's desk, Ellery's desk, Ellery's desk, and Jareth.Read more... )
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Andrea showed me Ellery's underwear and one of her many pairs of sleeves today. "Semper ubi sub ubi...." Tee hee hee!
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Headline says it all! I hope to have them in my possession soon!
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Ellery's completed bookcase and desk with the addition of Homies figures for her dolls.
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Got some more Rement today and added the mushroom lamp, mushroom bookends and mushroom pencil cup to her desk. Can't wait till her dolls come in.Read more... )
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Andrea is making some of Ellery's clothes. Here's what she has so far. Look at the incredible little patchwork skirt!!
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Here are Ellery's desk, end table and bookshelf as I begin to add to them from my store of Rements and other small items. I'm leaving some space on her desk and bookshelf for the small hordes of Homies that should be coming soon...

Out of all of these, my favorite piece is the Rement end table, featuring a working lamp with a shade that has animals all over it!Read more... )


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Here's Ellery's bedroom where much of the action takes place...Read more... )
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I substituted the carpentry scrap boosters for little pieces of dowel to raise up the rolltop Batchix gave me. Now it looks much better!Read more... )
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I just glued the loose pieces of the rolltop desk together and added some boosters on the bottom, then put a few of Ellery's dolls around the desk to see the effect. Pretty nice!
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My rolltop desk came in the mail today! This is Ellery's desk. As you can see in the first photo, it needs some help. As you can see in the second photo, with Frank for comparison, it's also a little small, probably closer to 1:8 than 1:6. However, I can make this work. I think that I will add some legs, if I can find any, to boost the height, which will make the scale seem more agreeable. It's a nice little piece, and, for $5.00, I can't complain. It has a lot more character than the plastic Barbie desk that I was planning to use.
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My mini GI Joe came today, along with his mini adventure-mobile and his mini sarcophagus. Jareth and Jennifer show off the playthings.
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Ellery plays with dolls, so, naturally, I need to get her some dolls. I would like the dolls to be around 1:36 scale, that is, 1:6 scale for 1:6 scale people, but I can go with slightly larger or smaller. Anyway, I bought Ellery an awesome little replica of Silken Flame Barbie and her carrying case. It is a Hallmark ornament with two pieces, one the doll, the other the carrying case, which actually has an opening drawer. It's either 1:36 scale or a little smaller. Pictures when I get mine! No, I won't tell you how much I paid for it.

EDIT: I also got her a set of 3 1:36 GI Joe ornaments, including a GI Joe, an ATV and a mummy's sarcophagus. Yay, now she will have truly scaled dolls! No, I won't tell you what I paid for those either.

EDIT 2: I also got her a set of 12 Homies figures, which are 1.75 to 2 inches tall, just right for 1:36 scale. It was only $6.00 for 12!
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I brought back from my parents' house selected pieces of furniture from my amassment to build sets. Most of this stuff is for Ellery. Jareth and Jennifer host the pictures.
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Well, dang. Ellery and Lucian just wrote themselves into Lucian's castle, where Lucian is showing her his illuminated manuscripts. I guess this means a castle set and some 1:6 illumination supplies.
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Searching for "blythe sports shoes" on Ebay brings up a selection of footwear <$10.00 a pair that will accommodate Lumelight fems' feet.

Andrea [who is God] tells me that Momoko and Pullip clothes will very likely be too small for Ellery and Jessica, so I have commissioned someone [=God] to make a stylistically clashing wardrobe for Ellery.

My ideal wardrobe for Ellery would be
  • a tiered skirt of mismatching layers
  • some underwear [bra and briefs]
  • a T-shirt that says FEMINIST
  • a T-shirt that says GEEK
  • a pair of jeans that go up to her waist
  • a long-sleeved shirt to wear open over the T-shirts [i.e., doesn't need fasteners] and
  • as many as possible pairs of sleeves with all different patterns and colors.
Meanwhile, I have given up on my search for a French maid outfit for Jessica Jamisia. I will just use a dress [Ebru's] and apron [Materyllis', shown under her felt apron here] from Andrea that I already have, and I'll leave it at that. I'm already laying out quite a bit for the 4 main dolls themselves and Ellery and Lucian's clothes, so I'd like to save where possible.
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I think Ellery might need her clothes. They're not very dykey, but they are atrociously mismatched. Unfortunately, again, as is the case with Nosferatu Taeyang, a doll comes with the clothes. Poop.

P.S. She has blue shoes!!

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Today I just ordered a Lumedoll Erine, large bust, and a Lumedoll Lucas, regular body! I didn't get the aforementioned Soom Uyoo after all, so I went ahead and got the two chronologically first characters in Me and My Muses: Ellery and Lucian. In 6 to 8 weeks, I should have them!

Also Janvier Jett is here, a mere 1.5 miles from me, but waiting at the post office till Monday. Bleh.
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My earlier plot of putting a Lumedoll Lucas [male] head on a Lumedoll fem body will not work for Mazzy, so he needs a different headsculpt. I may just get another Lumedoll Arine and paint it differently, emphasizing the link between Ellery and her muses by similarity of features. In that case, maybe Jessica should be an Arine as well with a small bust?


Dolls, updated


  • Ellery: Lumedoll Arine, large bust

  • Lucian: Lumedoll Lucas

  • Mazzy: Lumedoll Arine, large bust

  • Jessica: Lumedoll Elin, small bust, or Souldoll Jandi, or Souldoll Metel

  • Avery: ? [the doll formerly known as Cutey Honey?]

  • Kristin: ? [the doll formerly known as Cory?]

  • Melinda: ? [the doll previously appearing as Maybe?]

  • Jo: ? [the doll formerly known as AJ?]

  • MacKenzie: ? [the doll formerly known as Tamsin?]

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Ellery: Find something in clothes bin.


Lucian: open white collared shirt, jeans, black boots


Mazzy: ridiculous underwear


Jessica: French maid outfit


Avery: Find something in clothes bin.


Kristin: Cory's clothes


Melinda: Maybe's clothes


Jo: AJ's clothes



MacKenzie: Tamsin's clothes, shoes
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Dolls
  • Ellery: Lumedoll Arine, large bust
  • Lucian: Lumedoll Lucas
  • Mazzy: Lumedoll Blaze head on large bust fem body
  • Jessica: Lumedoll Elin, small bust
  • Avery: ?
  • Kristin: ? [the doll formerly known as Cory?]
  • Melinda: ? [the doll previously appearing as Maybe?]
  • Jo: ? [the doll formerly known as AJ?]
  • MacKenzie: ? [the doll formerly known as Tamsin?]
Check drawer of heads and doll parts for parts for other characters.

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