I feel somewhat guilty about having 17 extra 1:6 dolls hanging around. By “extra,” I mean that they have no point. I keep them because I like them, not because they play any part in my major dolly project, LHF.
I keep thinking that I SHOULD play with them, which basically means that I should incorporate them somehow into LHF. In fact, 9 of the 17 extras are waiting to appear in LHF. I have eventual plans for them in LHF’s plotline [VERY eventual, usually not written down]. So they technically aren’t extra at all.
But what about those 8 useless dolls, the ones that just sit there, not earning their keep? [I require my dolls to WORK, dammit!] Okay, so 2 of them, Frank and Jennifer, aren’t useless [their compatriot Jareth has appeared in LHF as Leonyssus, Anneka’s muse] because the concept of the LHF universe does not apply to them. They live in the different universe of “inside my head.”
That still leaves 6 people unaccounted for. Yes, YOU, Bering, AJ, Cutey Honey, Epona, Dasu and Tamsin. In fact, we can pare this list down more because 4 of the 6 – Bering, AJ, Epona and Cutey Honey – were purchased explicitly for their pointlessness, i.e., as display-only dolls.
Poor Dasu and Tamsin, the odd ones out, forlorn and unassigned, drifting in an existence of purposelessness. I suppose I could put them in the “display-only” category because I enjoy looking at them.
What I clearly need to do is to shed the guilt of acquisition. I don’t want to acquire pointless extra dolls indiscriminately, but I should accept the fact that I have bought display-only dolls. They look nice, and they make me happy, and there’s nothing wrong with that.