…is already the most popular character in Zombieville. >^-_-^< Maybe I should take up Janna’s suggestion to do some Mugginsville side stories…
Nine people and God knows how many dolls attended last Saturday’s get-together. For the very first time, other types of dolls outnumbered the BJDs! Monster Highs represented very well, thanks to Shannon. Continue reading Chittenden County Vermont Doll Club meetup: 06/14/2014
This weekend I added a death’s head to Isabel’s bag, which becomes a plot point later in the prologue. I just printed out this design [a vector of a design element, used with permission from Gravestone Artwear] on a color printer, glued it to another sheet of paper to give it more rigidity, then used Mod Podge to attach it to the flap of the bag. Not bad for an eminently lazy execution.
After an excruciatingly long wait, I finally received word at the end of last week that Muggins is all ready to ship. I just need to pay the $171.00 balance on her. I just put down a $50.00 installment on the remainder, and I hope to have her soon so that she can take her rightful place in Zombieville — i.e., getting into all of Isabel’s projects while talking in brackets and being ridiculously friendly and cute.
Look at this beautiful small-scale cat furniture created by an owner of an Evethecat BJC. It’s accurately constructed and appropriately scaled, and the BJC appears to be having fun with it. Clearly Muggins needs at least a scratching post….
Evethecat [whence Muggins] has diagrams that prospective owners can print to see how various sizes of ball-jointed cats scale out in real life. I printed a diagram for Muggins’ size, that is, 4cm at withers, and posed Isabel with it. Look! A 1:6 scale articulated kitty cat!!!
Now that I see how small all the tail sections actually are, I can’t say I’m looking forward to their assembly. I’m seriously considering sculpting a solid tail, jointed only at the base, myself.
>^-_-^< I just put a 50% down payment on Muggins, who I purchased [purr-chased?] as an unstrung kit. She’s the British mold in polyamide [3-D printed plastic] with unfolded ears, 4cm high at withers, solid dark grey [I thought pure black was a bit too, uh, black], with orange eyes and big round pupils. Yay! Isabel’s kitty cat is on her way!
Muggins: "[Yay! I can’t wait to see Mom! I love you Mom! Feed me yogurt!]"
What I’ve read about Bombay cats is that they are black, very social, intensely loyal to their peoples, attention-loving and interested in cuddling. Muggins is clearly a Bombay!
EDIT: Bombays have yellow to copper eyes, so green eyes are out for Muggins. Phooey.
Isabel has a cat, Muggins, who is a slender, somewhat undersized female cat, all black, with bright green eyes. Isabel rescued her and thinks she’s about four or five years old.
Muggins is a very talkative, sociable, friendly, snuggly, affectionate cat who evinces many traits more often associated with dogs. She is absolutely devoted to Isabel: she sits at the door, meowing, when Isabel comes home, follows Isabel from room to room [including bathroom], sits either next to her, in her lap or on top of her where possible and sleeps either at Moriendi’s feet or on Isabel’s pillow. If Isabel closes a door on her or moves to another room when Muggins is sleeping, Muggins lets out distress calls. Isabel says, "I’m right here!" and then Muggins comes running.
Muggins seems to be pretty smart for a cat. She knows her name and comes when called. She knows the different places from which dry food, catnip, cat treats and yogurt come from, and she will sit by the appropriate place, chirping, depending on what she wants. She knows how to turn on the bathroom faucet for running water. Isabel swears that Muggins also changes the sound on her alarm clock from beeping to radio when she wants Isabel to wake up.
Muggins likes to play with Isabel. Isabel puts her covers over her head, and Muggins pats at her with her paw until Isabel comes out. When Isabel is in the bathroom, sometimes Muggins sits on the sink and turns the faucet on whenever Isabel turns it off. Isabel plays "birdies" with Muggins by fluttering her hands just over Muggins’ head. Muggins grabs Isabel’s hands with her front paws and play bites them. She also plays fetch with her jingle ball and steals the drawstrings from Isabel’s pajama pants and slippers. She also likes to hunt doll wigs, kill them, then hide them and sleep on them. She also likes to sleep in Isabel’s doll sets, much to Isabel’s dismay.
Muggins likes to hunt. Besides the aforementioned doll wigs, she also stalks moths, mosquitoes, spiders and flies. After she catches something and harasses it to death, she regularly presents her trophies to Isabel with much purring and chirping. Muggins leaves her kills on Isabel’s desk or on her pillow, mostly moths, flies and horribly mangled doll wigs. She has also occasionally offered Isabel parts of small unidentifiable furry animals and pieces of toads.
Muggins is bold and unafraid. She bounds up to new people, wagging her tail, sniffing and rubbing all over them, asking for petpets. Even the vacuum doesn’t scare her. In fact, she likes having her loose fur vacuumed off. When Isabel turns on the vacuum, Muggins appears and starts rubbing against the vacuum and purring.
When I have the funds, I want to get an Oleum 1:6 scale BJC [ball-jointed cat] [link to order form]. She is going to be polyamide [3-D printing, cheaper than resin casting], with the Oriental sculpt [i.e., Siamese-shaped], unassembled [cheaper than assembled], 5cm at withers, open eyes, solid black body, no snout airbrushing, emerald eyes with oval pupil, for a total of ~$260.00, s/h from Russia not included. SO DAMN CUTE!!!!!
Muggins talks in brackets to illustrate that all her words are translated. Thus she will not say, "Prrrrrp?" She will say, "[Chicken? For me?]" Nor will she say, "Mrrooooowr!" Instead that will be, "[Fuck off. This is MY spot!]"
EDIT: Now that I think about it, I would rather have polyamide, British sculpt, regular ears, unassembled, solid black body, no snout airbrushing, emerald eyes with round pupil. The stylization of the BJC makes them unusually slender, so the rotund, short-limbed British sculpt will look less strangely elongated and more realistically feline. Eyes with round pupils make the sculpt look younger, friendlier and more open.
Here kitty kitty! These are amazing! I would love to get one just to see if it can do the same positions that Babycat does: loaf cat, extend-o-feets, retract-o-feets, circle and florb.
EDIT: The artist also has an entry showing her 3-D digital models of the cats, as well as other headsculpts.
I was just thinking that it would be pretty funny to have a cat in one of my stories that talks, but only in phrases that are obviously translatable from the sounds cats make. I.e., the cat would never say, "I think it looks like rain" or "What’s the meaning of life?" Instead, you’d get a lot of "Is that food for me?", "Can I have some?", "I love you Mom!", "I’m bored," "I’m hungry," "Fuck off — I’m napping," "No, I don’t wanna move," "It hurts," "I’m scared," "Pet me," "Do not pet me," etc. ^_^