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Sylvania: Into Storage and a New Clothing Program

ShowhouseFurther Unnatural Disaster Decimates Sylvania

A casualty to the unnatural disaster of unemployment, the town of Sylvania was obliterated last month.  Residences packed up and all housing was carefully boxed up.  “We’re crushed and disheartened,” said Mrs. Calico Cat said, before packing up her kittens into one of the fabric lined boxes set aside for residents to go into storage.

“Sylvania will be back, as soon as we find a new location,” Promised Mayor Walnut Raccoon, but some residents are not so sure.  “While I’m sure Sylvania will be back eventually, I doubt it’s the owner’s first priority,” said Mr. Chocolate Brown Rabbit.  “We’re being very carefully packed up, this means possibly a long term wait.”  “There’s too many variables, we can’t count on a new town right away,” agreed Mr. Mint Badger.  “We have to be prepared for the worst.”  “Out of sight, out of mind,” grumbled Mrs. Apricot Beaver.  “We’re likely to get forgotten.”

Sylvania will not be complete out of sight though, as the oldest and most treasured house, that of the Raccoon family, and original founding residence of the town has been set up in on top of the owner’s dresser to keep the house safe and a piece of Sylvania around.  Mayor Walnut Raccoon would not comment on the reasons for his family’s choice to continue to live in the house, but longtime friend Mr. Chocolate Brown Rabbit insisted, “The Raccoon were the original founders of Sylvania, and this has always been there house.  This is no surprised they were chosen.”

Showhouse livingroomClothing Program Keeps Select Group of Residents Out of Storage

A new program for Sylvania residents still without adiquate clothing was started in the wake of Sylvania’s move.  “We didn’t want people to have to wait through another moving process before finally getting the clothing they needed,” explained the program’s spokeswoman, Mrs. Blueberry Gray Bear.  “And thanks to Mrs. Maple Raccoon, members in this program have a place to stay while awaiting clothing.”showhouse kitchen

Six residents were chosen for the program, Mr. Tragic Bear, Breeze and Sandy Gray Rabbit, Alex Gray Bear, Royal Grizzly Bear and Amanda Tan Bear.  They will live with the Raccoon family in the showcase home, awaiting either brand new clothing or repairs on existing clothing.

“I’m really excited,” said Breeze Gray Rabbit.  “My skirt doesn’t fit right and my shirt was really badly made.  I can’t wait to have a brand new dress.”  Alex, youngest of the group admitted to being nervous about living away from his family.  “I kinda miss Mom and Grandma, but I’d really like new overalls like my brother got last year,” he admitted.  “Walnut and Sandy are really nice to me, so I’m starting to feel at home.”  “It’s great to have friends staying with us,” said Clover Raccoon.  “I’m so excited.  Breeze, Amanda, and I have so many great plans.  I just wish I was getting a new dress as well.”

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“It’s a joy to have the children and Tragic staying with us,” said Mrs. Maple Raccoon.  “I can’t wait to see their new clothes.”

This Month in Sylvania

Unnatural Disaster Sets Back Housing

Over the summer crash cleaning for visitors resulted in a massive dumping of boxes in Sylvania.  The resulting clog set back housing development and building as well as the furnishing of existing apparents.  “We’re severly disapointed,” Mayor Oak Racoon said.  “We’re hoping for a recovery this month and a steady increase in progress.  Shelving investigations are in the works for future homes.”

While one my aunts is keeping an eye out for cheap shelves at the Goodwill Outlet store, not all Sylvanian residents are as hopeful as the major.  “The wind from the open window blew over our cardboard box home,” complained Mrs. Mouse.  “Now our things are scattered all over the floor and the junk pile and no one has cleaned them up.”  “Honest, we’re still homeless and a lot of folks are camping in the junk pile with us,” said Mr. Red Panda.  “Not enough has been done to make even temporary homes for us.”

Prior to the unnatural disaster and the resulting unreachable open window incident, a new shelf was installed on the west side of town. It’s four roomy shelves were turned into apartments for the Simba Bear family, the Brown Bear family, the Beaver family, and the Koala family.  The top shelf provided room for a bakery and the small crate home of the Mole Family.

Acorn Bakery First Shop to Open

Sylvania’s first store opened its doors last month, Acorn Bakery, run by Mr. and Mrs. Brown Rabbit.  Cookies, danishes, and cupcakes lined the windows of the small shop, purchased over the summer at Goodwill for 2.99.  While not technically Sylvanian but another off-brand, the small building fits remarkably well with the Calico Critter General Store, which is still under reconstruction due to damage while in storage.  The General store hopes to be able to open this coming month.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity,” gushed Mrs. Brown Rabbit.  “For us this bakery is a dream come true.”  The in-built oven on the wall of the bakery meant the Brown Rabbits could get directly down to business.  “If Acorn Bakery succeeds, this means big things for us,” said Mr. Brown Rabbit.  “I’d like to follow this up with getting first names, a house, and eventually baby rabbits for our family.  We’ve lots of wonderful nieces and nephews, but we’d like to establish ourselves as a full family in Sylvania.”

Mr. Salty Dog was the bakery’s first customer, along with the German Shepard twins.  “Who can resist a couple of fresh donuts when buying the week bread? We’re definitely coming back here!” said Mr. Dog.

Brown Bears Receive New Bathroom Set

Purchased at the miniature shop in Lincoln City, a brand new bathroom set was given to the Brown Bear family.  The set includes a tub, toilet, and sink.  The set looked to be about the right size for the Sylvanians but ended up being a bit large, and so was put in the Brown Bear’s apartment as they are some of the larger residents of Sylvania.

“Finally a tub I can fit in comfortably,” Mr. Brown Bear remarked.  “It doesn’t matter to us if we need a stool for the children to use the sink or the toilet, for us this is wonderful news.”

Not everyone in Sylvania, however, is so pleased.  “There are children on the streets and people living in the junk piles, and we’re buying  bathroom sets?” Grandma Gray Bear complained.  “I think housing should be our priority,” agreed junk pile resident Just Married Brown Rabbit.

“This was a vacation purchase,” insisted Mr. Koala, Sylvanian accountant.  “New shelving is being looked into as we speak, as well as disaster relief.  This was purchased earlier in the summer and only just opened now that the junk pile has been reduced enough to admit it.”

Not all residents are buying the official claim line.  “It’s all very well to claim it was in a previous budget, but there’s definitely corruption in the Sylvanian government,” Mrs. Maple Town Raccoon said.  “Notice, the Koala’s have a nice brand new apartment while we’re still homeless.”

New Erasable School Lunches

School opened on time with the town square getting cleared of both junk and Occupy protesters to make room for the school building (which was blown over in the window incident).  But what has students all excited was not the mayor’s controversial strategy for the building, but the new school lunch eraser set recently purchased at Wal-mart.

“The french fries are nearly as long as my ears!” an excited Rusty Brown Rabbit told reporters.  “I love the Cola-cola,” his friend Walnut Raccoon said. “I’ll be first at school every day just so I can snag it.”  “Its great to have so many choices,” said Thuy Gray Rabbit.  “If I don’t feel like the burger, I can always get the pizza or the hot dog for  change.”

Not everyone is so enthusiastic as the Maple Town School students.  “These are fatty foods and far too large of portions for growing students!” objected Mrs. Honey Bear.  “My children will bring more reasonable lunches from home.”  “Wal-mart will the be the ruination of Sylvania,” complained Mr. Frog, local of the General store.  “Last month we got in a crate of cabbages, a much more appropriate menu for growing young Sylvanians.  Catering to big business like this, letting them get inside our schools, is not a good idea.”

It is unknown what Calico Critters School for the younger grades is serving for lunches.  Mrs. Maple Town Raccon, the school teacher of Maple Town School, and Mr. Owl of Calico Critter School both declined to comment.

First Acorns of the Season Officially In

Mr. Squirrel was pleased to announce that the first acorns of the season are being harvested.  “We’ve got them in all sizes, shapes, and colors so come on out to the town square and take a look.”  The whole squirrel family went acorn collecting last weekend and brought home quite the tasty assortment.

“Acorn caps are also available if you want to make your own cups and bowls,” Mr. Squirrel explained.  “Later in the season we’re hoping to sell pre-made ones as well, but these have just come in.”  Get them while supplies last!

Nanowrimo fireworks and Sylvanian Elephants

Well, despite the chaos, I hit my 50K goal for “A Recipe for Disaster” making it an official Camp Nanowrimo winner.  What does this mean for a novella whose target word count was 25-30K?  Frankly, that I have another actual novel on my hands.  Sigh.  This unexpected novel is also by far the most bizarre one I’ve written, but I’ve decided to just wait and see how revisions go and let it be however long or short it insists on.  Granted, I’m hoping to lose at least 10K cutting out the stream of consciousness notes and there’s a random scene from “The Claypit Banti” at the end of it to fill it out (hold out hope for a new chapters soon my Holy Worlds readers) but I still think this will end up pretty much a chapter book/middle grade novel.  I’m still hoping to release it this fall.

I’ve really enjoyed drafting again and this has been a positive experience, so I’m planning to do this all over again in August.  At the beginning of the year, I took part in the Taleist Self-publishing survey and have been enjoying reading the results.  One of the things I learned was statistically how much better Romance does selling on kindle than Fantasy as a genre.  Basically, on average Romance writers made well above average, while Fantasy writers well below.

Like every author, I have a variety of brand new story ideas of many different sorts, but this got me thinking.  I’m not the sort of person to pick a genre purely for the sake of sales, but picking which ideas to draft or edit first has always been a challenge for me.  If indie publishing and kindle books are favoring Romance stories, did I have any ideas that featured a romance sitting around?  Could I use this statistical information to inspire myself to finish sooner in hopes the book would sell particularly well?  Looking through my lists of previous ideas, I found four that I could categorize as YA Romance, and after rereading those and glancing over the notes and scenes I had for each, I picked one to draft for August Camp Nanowrimo and possibly future indie publication.

I’m hoping to report in next years survey all my success.

But until the month of August, I hope to manage to get some other stuff done first.  Like working on Sylvania.  The Sylvanian housing crisis is still a hard reality of life and all this summer Nanowrimo chaos hasn’t been good for the Sylvania.  All I’ve had time to do is stack cardboard boxes up on each other for temporary housing for a little over half the animals.  I did get a small green shelf second hand to make into a couple homes as well.

The trouble is the upstairs is short on shelving in general.  I have books stacked on the floor and stacks of boxes.  Fortunately, I got a couple of old bedrails to turn into shelves from my parents, but I need to buy cinder blocks to set them up before I can finally get the books off the floor.  I’m hoping after that I can perhaps manage something similar for the rest of Sylvania.

However, despite all logic to the contrary, I just couldn’t resist using my birthday money for this exceedingly cute elephant family.  As a child, my brother and had two elephant children we’d often pretend to be, Timbo and Blotto.  I think we might have gotten the idea of being elephant children from the Babar books.  So, letting other residents wait, I have excited settled the Elephant family into their new quarters.

The boy and girl are of course Timbo and Blotto, and the father’s green jacket makes him a perfect Babar, the mother Celeste (I think that’s the right name).  I haven’t named the three babies yet.  The youngest is just a flocked animal that isn’t a Sylvanian, but fits too nicely for me not to include him.

Also, because cats are awesome, here is Caramel who thinks she lives here.  She’s the landlord’s cat next door (no idea what they call her, but I name all cats I see regularly), but since their relatives used to live here, I think she used to be allowed indoors.  Every time I go out to work on the yard she thinks I’ve arrived to pet her.