Friday, October 29, 2010

Problem Solved!

I'm back on track now! I searched online and found how to fix my problem with shape/skin/clothing not downloading, leaving me in a perpetual orange Ruthie state or continual happy misty cloud. It's an annoying problem going around right now and unfortunately the fix is not permanent. Who knows how long I will have to keep doing this for each time I log back on in order to keep everything loading properly. I hope Linden Labs fixes this thing soon. But this is how to force the clothing/shape/skin to download so you can use Second Life: Create a new folder. Place basic clothing in the folder and keep it handy. Then go to the pie menu on your AV and click Detach All. Everything will be removed so you'll not want to do this is a public high traffic area. Remember, others can see you perfectly fine (I had a friend take a pic while I had this problem and I was showing up like normal to her) so be careful not to flash anyone unintentionally! LOL! Then right click on your new folder and click Add all or whatever it says for you to add all of the contents at the same time. At once my AV loaded and I saw it again. If it doesn't for you right away like mine, then click the Rebake Textures in your Advanced settings (Ctrl,alt,D) and it should rezz up for you.

So now I am back in business! I can get back to creating clothing again and getting pics of them so I can get them out for all of you to enjoy! This is fantastic because I was starting to get worried that something was seriously wrong on my end and I had no fix for it, which would mean I'd have to forget having a store in world. But thank goodness that wasn't the case and things can go along as planned!

On a side note, but also sort of pertaining to this situation, I want to share a little trick that was passed on to me by a kind lady named Davina who I chatted with yesterday. She told me how to rid myself of seeing misty clouds wandering around SL and it is a very simple thing to do and it works! I don't see anyone as a cloud anymore. It didn't fix my own problem with seeing myself as a cloud or Ruthie (I had to do the above) but now I don't see other people as clouds which is pretty nice! Go to your Advanced settings (ctrl,alt,D). Click on Debug Settings. A little box will pop up at the bottom of your screen. There will be a search box with an arrow. Click the arrow and scroll down to REBAKEUNLOADEDAVATAR. Then switch the setting from False to TRUE. X out. Voila! No more misty cloud avatars floating around. :)

Now back to my store! I have a lot of work left to do but now I am shooting for a November 1st Opening date! There won't be many of my new clothing (thanks to my week of Ruthiness) but I am going to get it open anyway. New clothes will continually be put up. Also I'm going to start putting pics of the new clothes up here for you to see, whether the store is open yet or not, so you can see what will be available right away! And I will be uploading pics of each new outfit here as they come! This blog will be your go to for what is going on with the store. :)

Feeling more like myself,
Annie Melson

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Supersonic SL Time Lapse, then HALT!

Wow! Things are moving along FAST! I had forgotten the speed at which SL runs - supersonic. I've gotten the store all built now. All that is missing are some new pics for it. But that's what brings me to the stalling halt part. For some reason my avatar clothing is not loading. For the past two days SL is telling me that my clothing is still downloading. Others will see me as normal but I can't while the clothing is downloading. Everyone has seen that message before, but it doesn't take too long before the clothes are downloaded and you can go on your happy way. Mine however are NOT loading, not even in the least. I'm continually a happy little white mist floating around. And when I hit the Rebake Texture button I then turn into Ruthie (the default shape) who is a solid orange color. And from what I can see, she is naked. No clothes are downloading! So this is a cause for great frustration. I can't make more clothing because the AV never loads, and I can't get pics because the AV never loads. So SL's supersonic speed has come to a crashing halt.

I wish I could figure out what the problem is. Is it a setting I need to adjust? Or is SL having some major issues? If SL is coughing it better take some cough syrup because I can't work with it acting like this. If it is a setting, does anyone have any ideas??? HELP! lol!

In the mean time I can still finish up on the store (which is what has kept me busy and not worried too much over the downloading clothing problem). I still have to get all of the old items up and for sale (in the upstairs of the store). And once Ruthie let's Annie be herself again I'll be able to get pics of the new clothing and put those up too. So I'm not completely stalled, but I'm definitely coming to the end of what I can do. Cross your fingers for me, or give me a shout with some ideas if you have any! :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Land Bought - CHECK! :D

Well, I'm ahead of schedule as far as the land buying goes. Went far faster than I anticipated but I'm not arguing. :) Last night I bought the land and then logged off so there is nothing there yet. I'll keep you abreast of the progress as it goes. Usually my weekends are off but today for a bit I plan on doing a few things, try to put up something, even if it is only a wall or two! LOL! I'm still sticking to my November 8th launching date, but don't be surprised if it ends up coming much much sooner. :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Group Created in world!

There is now a *Just BECAUSE* group in world! Keep up to date with new outfits, coming events, news, and even Bonus items for members! Simply go to my profile in world and click on the group listed in my group listings. Joining is FREE! So head online now and join! :D

Tentative Launching Date!

I have set a goal to have *Just BECAUSE* launched and in-world this coming November 8th! As long as everything goes right I hope to make this goal an actual reality. If it happens sooner, then BONUS! :D But if it comes later I won't sweat over it. I do know one thing however - *Just BECAUSE* will be in world before Thanksgiving. So start planning for it!

I am now officially making it known that I am coming back. I have put it in my SL profile and changes will soon be made to my Marketplace as well. One step at a time, but everything is coming along quite well. :) I have also made good progress on another outfit. If I don't get to the 10 outfits goal I'm not going to lose sleep over that. I am going to open with whatever I have ready because I am going to keep on making clothing without breaks until I have a good inventory built up. So what is the point of just sitting on my items while I keep making more? I might as well get it out there for you to enjoy and you can look forward to new designs that will hopefully come along weekly!

Another exciting piece of news is that I am working on getting some land. I have narrowed down a few places that I like. By November 1st I plan to have purchased some land and then build the store, getting it prepared for the grand opening. Lots of stuff going on for sure!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Working on Men's clothing too!

I have been working on creating some men's clothing too! Yup, *Just BECAUSE* will also be catering to the awesome men in Second Life. I mean, shoot! Men can't look shoddy next to the beautiful women in SL now, can they?? Nooooo! So I'm also working on that as well. So if you happen to stumble across this blog, let the men know too! It's a store for everyone. :)

I am staying organized and working steadily on the preparations. Once everything off the grid is in place I will finally be bringing it in world! But we all have to have some patience as this process goes along. I want to open it NOW but that would be putting the cart before the horse and I don't want to do that. But *Just BECAUSE* is forming and solidifying quite well, and I am pleased with the process so far.

Thanks for sticking it out with me so far! I am thinking of a goal date for the launch of *Just BECAUSE*. Stay tuned!

Talk soon!,
Annie Melson

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In Preparation for *Just Because*!

Here starts a whole new adventure! I'm preparing to open a brand new store in Second Life featuring highly detailed quality clothing called Just Because! But there is a history here that I feel should be shared:

I started back in Second Life October 25, 2007. I used to have a furniture and clothing store there named Repose and it did quite well, but then due to personal reasons I care not get in to in real life I had to close my store in August of 2009. I left SL, and have been gone for over a year now. It has been a very hard year, but  going much better now and we pray that it continues to be good. In April, 2010 I decided to put my old furniture and clothing on the SL Marketplace for next to nothing just so people could enjoy them.

Now that brings us to just recently. I have begun to get the itch to create things again so I started to play around in Photoshop. I've created 3 new outfits as of now and have begun the process of opening a new store in SL again. I came up with the name Just Because for no other reason than I wanted to start making clothing again "just because" it was fun and enjoyable. Pretty novel, huh??? Not very inventive but the name stuck! LOL! But think about it: what other reason does one need??? And what better reason than "just because" to buy some highly detailed quality clothing too??? I can't think of a better reason than that, can you? :)

So now I am preparing for the launch of Just Because! I plan on having at least 10 new outfits done before I launch so I've created this blog, a Twitter, and a Facebook account in order to keep you updated and to then continue with new clothing updates as time goes on. Once I launch Just Because I plan on creating a new outfit at least once every week and you'll be able to see it's debut here!

So here's to a new chapter of my Second Life! I hope you will stick around and enjoy the ride with me. :)

Until later,
Annie Melson

P.S. When I finally open my store in world I will still offer my old items from Repose and they will continue to be the next to nothing prices that they are now. They will be my discontinued items. But this means I won't be able to refund the items or be able to offer help with scripting issues. That was my old chapter in life and I don't want to go back to that one. I'd much rather focus on my new Chapter and look forward! I'm sure you won't begrudge me on that. But at those super low prices it is worth it! :)

P.P.S. Oh, also note that I am done creating furniture. I've had enough with scripts to last me to a Third Life! LOL!