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Episode 34: Worlds in motion

After the flurry of activity in Rosie’s last episode, it’s oddly quiet today. In Silverton, OR, not a creature is stirring.


And everything is quiet in Syracuse, IT as well.

I wonder where everyone could have gone?

Ah, *there* they are.

Well, looks like they’re all taking off. Let’s hope that Rosie’s map is right, and we’ll see you next week.

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A sense of place, revisited

In one of my first posts, I wrote about trying to find a place for Camellia in the real world. Her location was difficult to find, since I needed a livable, sparsely-inhabited island which might house a panther.

Since there’s not going to be a real reveal on place for her (just far away shots of Rosie’s map) I can say that I imagine her on one of the islands near Venezula at a time before there was much tourist traffic to those islands.

Daisy, Rosie, and James are somewhat less defined. I’m imagining that they’re somewhere in Oregon, but I never did find a town for them that I loved.

Lily, however, is in a very definite place, and I’ve been using shots of that place throughout her episodes. She’s in Syracuse in Sicily, not too far away from my grandfather’s birthplace in Nicosia, Sicily, and a few hours away from my grandmother’s birthplace in Coreleone, Sicily. I’ve never been to Sicily – on my one trip to Italy, I never got beyond Florence and Rome – but I like the feel of Syracuse from the distance of my living room.

But, in this week’s episode, everyone is leaving where they are and converging on Camellia. Oh look, here are Lily and Daisy arriving at the airport now.

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Episode 33: Back to the beginning

Camellia recalls the night she fled.

There had been a dance.

Camellia dances with the stranger, and then sees that Cado is watching

And then, when she realizes that Cado has left, she goes upstairs to find him . . .

and finds him holding Daisy, with a gun to his head.


As the late publication might suggest, I had a terrible time with this episode. I’d finished taking the photos with my original ending, and then felt like it was just too much – too much threatening of Daisy, and too much vilifying of Cado.

Here are those picture:

But, really, holding a gun on a toddler Disney Rapunzel? It’s just not right 🙂

So, we’ll go with this as the beginning, and, next time around, I’ll figure out a clearer way of moving towards it. And Camellia will shoulder a little more of the blame.

But, that’s it for the beginning. Now we’re on to the end.

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When the going gets tough, the tough start . . . organizing

I had a millions things to do this weekend. I’m on job hunt, so lots of time and effort in figuring where/how to apply. And I have the last critical Doll Adventure episode – the one where we go back to the very start and see what set everything in motion.

On top of that, I still haven’t dealt with the huge influx of items into my living room and doll room, making the whole space pretty unwieldy to work in. And I have about a months worth of gardening work, after the grass pollen drove me indoors for the month of June.

So, naturally, this is the weekend I decided to do my very most persnickety organizing task. This is the task where I go through EVERY SINGLE SHOT in the whole adventure and make sure that I find, catalog, and store EVERY SINGLE ITEM IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE SHOTS. This is less obsessively compulsive than it might appear. Once I finish this draft of the adventure, I’m going to go back and redo some shots/episodes. In order to fix just a single shot, though, I need to be able to recreate it. And that means that I have to be able to find everything that went into the shot.

It’s also a way of letting me cull through the mass ‘o stuff in my doll room. If I didn’t use it in a shot, and I won’t have to use it again soon, it can move out of the doll room into the deeper storage in my garage workspace.

So, not completely insane, but certainly not the most timely thing I could be doing either. Here’s what Daisy’s drawer looks like:

I’m not including the big furniture items, but this is all of her outfits, and then the accessories for each scene/place. For example, here are the things on her shelf:

Which I’ve been remarkably inconsistent about. I think I only had the Madeline hat up there for the first episode, and then, somehow, it ended up with Rosie’s things.

It turns out Camellia has a surprisingly small number of items. Here’s everything from her first three episodes:

Basically, just a dress and a slip.

I had a few moments of pure panic, like when I couldn’t find the torn photo anywhere. It’s in a bunch of scenes, and I couldn’t possibly recreate the tear pattern. Finally, though, I found it in Camellia’s boat, although I have absolutely no idea how it got there.

I’m still missing the rag doll from Lily’s first adventure. I guess it really is lost 🙂

Anyway, I’ve gotten through almost all of Daisy’s episodes, and up to Episode 8 for the rest of them. And I suspect that if some big emergency comes up again this week, I’ll put if off while I go chasing down one of the pink high heels Rosie was wearing in her first episode.

Night of the living dolls

I never thought I’d find myself downloading the 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead as part of my doll adventure, but that’s what happened this week.

After deciding (more or less) what I’d do with my two 1/4th dolls who got shut out of the treehouse story, I’ve spent the last few days pouring through the available public domain movies and illustrations. As you might expect, given that 1923 is the general cutoff date for things falling into public domain, there are more illustrations than movies available. Like maybe 1,000,000 illustrations for each movie. Or maybe more. There are so many illustrations that it’s hard to keep count of them.

That’s redefined the storyline as mainly entering books, and just occasionally entering films. Which makes “In scene” seem like a misleading title. Maybe “In the picture”?

But, since I started with looking at movies, that’s probably where the two girls are going to end up this week. And Night of the Living Dead is the one that’s caught my eye. It’s the sort of experience that might lead the girls to choose books over movies 🙂

So, I’ve downloaded a copy, and I’ll see if I can at least get it playing on the TV in their room.

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Episode 32 – Rosie solves it all

As we catch up to Rosie, after her last episode when she found that Fetch had stored away all of her dream objects in her cupboard, she appears to be . . . well . . . dragging a big bag of flour across her room . . .

Rosie drags a bag of flour across the floor

dumping it all in a sand table . . .

. . . into the sandbox, and begins raking it up

and then . . . not quite sure . . . looks like maybe she’s putting the things in her cupboard into and, oh, the blackbird has returned and appears to have gotten flour on himself.

The raven returns to watch Rosie’s work, and ends up getting flour on his face

Well, that’s all pretty puzzling. Let’s see what Lily and Daisy are up to.

After their last episode, when they talked with the stranger who had left Daisy and Rosie at the library, they figured out that Camellia may have landed on an island. Now they’re heading to the library to figure out what kind of land masses she might have been able to reach in her rowboat.

Lily and Daisy drive down to the library
Lily and Daisy pour through books figuring out where the tide could have carried Camellia

Let’s see what Rosie’s up to now. Oh, it looks like James has gone to her room, and now he’s making a phone call . . .

James walks into Rosie’s room, and immediately calls Lily and Daisy

to tell Lily and Daisy that they can stop their research . . .

Lily takes a call from James

because Rosie is sitting on her floor, beside a diorama with a boat, a raven, and a hut, looking at a detailed map of a set of islands. . .

James looks over the boat, the hut, and the map, then reaches down to take . . .

and beside her, is a Camellia.

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Turning a photographic novel into a graphic novel

Looks like I’m playing around with the second version again, while I’m supposed to be finishing the first 🙂

But I had an idea I wanted to see the adventure in more of a graphic form. Fortunately, Photoshop (and, in this case, Photoshop Elements) has some cool filters for quickly transforming photos into sketches and paintings.

Here is the original of the last panel of Camellia’s open ocean episode:

. . . dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean.

You can make some changes with Photoshop, but I find it more difficult to navigate for this kind of thing, and its painting filters are pretty limited. So, instead, I mostly use PhotoshopElements. Open the photo in Expert mode, and click on the FX tab. You’ll see a list of 50 or so filters. Here are the effects of the ones that turn the photo into a graphic:

Oil painting

. . . dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean.

Oil pastel

. . . dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean.

Pencil sketch

. . . dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean.


. . . dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean.

I ended up really liking the second one – the Oil Pastel filter. It retains the detail of the original, but gives it a kind of dreamy quality.

I don’t think I’ll turn the whole novel into a painting, but it’s possible that I’ll play around with Camellia’s early episodes.