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.


A few asides

We’re heading towards the finish line, here, with the conclusion of Rosie’s final dream adventure. After that, it’s just a hop skip and a jump away from the conclusion of my year-long adventure.

For Rosie, apparently the pirates have taken her through some of my favorite artist’s landscapes:

In other news, I was rewarded for my splash dash work last week with one of my pictures making it into Flickr’s front page Explore – netting me 1400 views, or about 1200 more than I’ve ever gotten for a single photo. I have no idea why this photo, and not others that I’ve labored far more over. But, anyway, here it is again, for your (apparent) viewing pleasure:

Sitting by the waterfall, Camellia recalls the last time she saw her daughters.

It doesn’t seem exactly fair to take credit for the whole photo, since the waterfall image itself is one of those free downloads from Pexel. But, OTOH, I did take the effort to paste my dolls in :). Oddly, I feel much more like the Rosie-in-dreamland pictures are my own creation, even though the landscapes themselves obviously aren’t.

Seeing in 1/6 scale

I find it very hard to look at everyday objects and imagine what they might be in 1/6 scale. For my main doll adventures, that means I mostly either make everything in their world, or buy readymade playscale objects.

But, for my Underfoot adventure, it doesn’t make much sense for them to have object built to their scale since they’re residents in a normal scale world. That’s left me wandering the aisles of hardware stores trying to look at everything through their eyes and see what they might find useful, in the hopes of creating a Borrowers-type setting for them. But, so far, I’ve been utterly unable to make that transition. Everything just looks like what it is. Maybe if I took my dolls shopping with me?

A plot too complicated

I really struggle to make decent photos of my plot complications. I can usually get one or two that please me, but the rest are just mundane pictorial representations in service of an overly-convoluted storyline.

I’m far enough through My Doll Adventure that I can’t make mid-story plot corrections – the twists and turns are baked in, at this point. But in future stories I’ll either streamline the plot, or do more what I do for Rosie and Camellia’s adventures – put them in an interesting setting and then take pictures as the story naturally unfolds.

Next week, I’ll show you what I’m thinking of for a new “plot as you find it” adventure I’m planning starring my two new ball-joint dolls.

Tumblr, WTF?

I feel like I’m missing the point on Tumblr – what exactly is it good for? After a few weeks, I’m still struggling to find people who are actually making/doing/saying anything. Instead I’m lost in a bewildering world of reblogs, where I can watch the same damn post spread through my feed, like a contagion. Trying to follow anything back to it’s original source is well nigh impossible. It’s just z reblog y reblog x to infinity. I get the idea of curation, and I found a few feeds where people are scouring the wider web for their content to convert into a Tumblr post. But, in general, they’re not going any further than their feed to find material to curate.

Am I missing something?