Last time we checked in, all of the characters were converging on the airport in an attempt to find Camellia.
Did they make it?
Well, hmmm, not sure. Let’s see if we can get another angle
Oh, yes, I think I can make it out. Let’s try one last angle
Ah, good, looks like they all made it there. Oh, where are the rest of the dogs?
Ah, there they are. And then, they turn and . . .
. . . it looks like it’s time for us to go.
Thanks to everyone for following along for this last year. August 22 was the official anniversary of *my* adventure, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as I have.
I’m going to make some changes going forward.
First, I’m going to split my behind the scenes mirror sites (mydolladventure.com and mydolladventure.wordpress.com) from the production site (coming soon – to be named Small Life Stories). That gives people the choice to watch what it looks like constructing the adventure, or just to follow along with the adventures themselves, or both.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to play around with constructing more substantial sets, and I’ll probably slip in an Underfoot episode while I’m doing that. Then I’ll cycle between the various adventures.
On the topic of Underfoot and my other adventures, I got one of my 1/3 scale dolls this week, and he’s totally bonded with little Ester (who was supposed to appear in the Underfoot adventures.)
So she’ll be joining the Betwixt adventure as a kind of fairy/sprite, leaving Buu and Jinjur to continue their journey alone. That actually works out a little better, I think, because it leaves a space for Buu to grow into.
Buu is also (I’m almost sure) going to also take a supporting role in the second draft of the Mia Fiorello story as young Daisy. She’s pretty much the right size, she looks a bit like Daisy, and she has all of those great joints that my toddler Disney doll is missing. There are going to be a few more recasts in that story, but the main Wildflower dolls will go on in their current roles.
So, thanks again for joining me on the first phase of my adventures, and happy doll adventures to all of you.
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.
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.
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 . . .
dumping it all in a sand table . . .
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.
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.
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 . . .
to tell Lily and Daisy that they can stop their research . . .
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. . .
and beside her, is a Camellia.
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:
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:
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.
And, we’re back. Lovely week off seeing my family, dancing at a wedding, and all-in-all having a great time.
We’re to the point in the plot where everyone-who-isn’t-Camellia shares a single episode. In the one I’m working on now, Lily and Daisy are rushing around looking at tide-tables and maps trying to figure out what island Camellia could have gotten to, while Rosie is (apparently) dumping piles of flour on her floor.
Which seems like an odd thing to do. But, it turns out, Rosie has an idea about what all those objects in her cupboard are for:
We’ll see how much she’s able to figure out when I finish the episode on Friday.