4 December 2017

My dolls as characters



For a few months now I've been thinking up a fictitious village and the characters that live there. For my dolls, of course :-). I have a story in mind, but don't have all the dolls for the characters yet, or enough props to create the actual photo story.

And, I'm in need of (free?) software other than Photoshop that can "drop" the dolls in photos (backgrounds) in a preferably uncomplicated way, so I don't have to make actual dioramas for every scene. If anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it :-).

Here is a first introduction of the village and some of the characters. A little warning: this is a long entry!

The village: Whitherville is a small village in a not specified country. There is one main street near the church that is occupied with all the necessary stores a village needs (bakery, butcher and so on), and also a bar-restaurant, dance studio, art gallery, fast food restaurant and more. Underneath the calm and boring surface of the village, crime, supernatural (...?) events, intrigues and secrets boil and bubble!


Emmanuelle Valentine (friends and family call her Em) is a journalist at the local newspaper The Whitherville Daily. She's very nosy and takes notes in her little red notebook all the time. She drives around town on her Vespa, always in search of news.

Unfortunately for this adventurous girl, at first glance nothing much happens in the small village, so she's forced to write rather boring stories most of the time. Em craves for something spectacular to write about...

Billie McGovern, younger sister of police officer Nat, is a yoga teacher and dance instructor for children and adults. She works at Move It, a chain of dance studios all over the country.

Billie's best friend is journalist Em, and the both of them like to think they're excellent amateur sleuths.

She still lives at home with her parents who are best selling writers of crime novels. They write together under a pseudonym. Billie loves to babysit for her older sister Nat, her little niece is the apple of her eye.







Natalie Winston-McGovern, or Nat (nobody ever calls her Natalie) is a police officer at the Whitherville police force. She's very good at her job, but doesn't have a lot of chances to show it. She longs for some excitement, and maybe she'll get more than she wished for soon...

Nat is married to James Winston, who is the manager of the local bank. The couple has a little girl. Aunt Billie, Nat's younger sister, loves her little niece very much and gladly babysits regularly.





Bree Baxter owns a small store where she sells herbs, health-food and Wicca supplies. She's a practicing white witch and fortune teller. Many inhabitants of Whitherville would never admit it, but do visit Bree in secret for advice, potions and spells.

She lives above the store, which is located in the main street of Whitherville.










Melanie Paige, a young widow, owns an art gallery. Although she has a lot of admirers, she appears to stay single by choice. She's a very private, yet friendly and understanding person. She can keep secrets as no other. People confide in her, because they feel she can be trusted. Maybe she even knows too much...

Melanie has a nose for talent and tries to promote young promising artists in her gallery.


Eve and Tia LaSalle. The identical twin sisters Jane and Mary Jones lost both their parents in a suspicious house fire at the age of thirteen. For a while Jane and Mary were the prime suspects, but eventually there was no proof found of foul play... The sisters went to live in a strict catholic orphanage until they were discovered by a fashion model agency.

The girls took on a new identity and soon they were famous and extremely successful in the fashion world. Due to their success and excellent investments they became billionaires.

They are now retired as fashion models and live a luxurious life in Whitherville Castle. They live together on the top floor in a huge penthouse and rent out the first floor for charity and other events. They own a few horses, which are very precious to the twins and maybe the only other living creatures they really care about.

In the village nobody knows about the past of the twins, and the sisters would do anything to keep it that way...

The LaSalle sisters call her their "personal assistant", but treat Lilly Sapphire as their maid. She has to do everything for them, from cooking and cleaning to running countless errands. Lilly lives in a small guesthouse on the Whitherville Castle estate.

Her salary is far below average, but Lilly has no choice but to keep working for the sisters. Eve and Tia know a secret about Lilly and use this knowledge to make her stay. They also confiscated her passport and keep that in their safe.


Kyle Nolan is the new priest of Whitherville. As a newcomer in the village he attracts a lot of attention. As you can see, he doesn't have a soutane yet :-).

Father Kyle's life is still a mystery, but the gossipy older ladies of the parish undoubtedly will try to find out everything about him soon enough, or they won't have any rest!










There are more characters of course, for instance Daryl, who lives in a trailer and works as a handyman and cleaner in the school, Oliver and Daniel, who exploit the bar-restaurant, Helen, who is a teacher, ... 

I'm not sure yet when I'll be able to make this photo story happen, but it is fun to create characters and story lines :-). Maybe next year it will be possible I hope. Anyway, I hope you liked to read the introduction to Whitherville!

33 comments:

  1. Your project promises to be very promising. Character characteristics interesting, read with pleasure. I am looking forward to next editions.

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    1. Hello Dlubaniny, I'm glad you liked the read and find the characters interesting :-). Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated :-).

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  2. That's a fascinating beginning of a story.
    I'm sure there will be many plot twists.
    Secrets and intrigues - I can't wait for more!
    Somehow it reminds me of an old computer game "The Colonel's Bequest" or a bit newer one "Gabriel Knight: Sins of the fathers".

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    1. Hello Nana, yes, there certainly will be plot twists, I hope all my ideas will work out :-).
      I used to be a big Sierra games fan in the time they first came out! I had them all! As it happens, I recently finally sold them to a collector, including The Colonel's Bequest. With a bit of pain in my heart :-).
      So yes, maybe there's something left in my mind of these great adventure games, mixed with everything picked up from all the good (and terrible) TV shows I have watched :-)

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  3. What a nice surprise! Your story sounds very intresting. I like characters you created and dolls you chose for them are great. At the beginning (first five characters) it reminds me "The Good Witch" (I watched season one and I liked it) but then it's getting much more intresting and promising.
    Looking forward for the beginning of your story! :)

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    1. Hello Kamelia, I'm glad you like the characters and the dolls that will "play" them :-). I've never watched The Good Witch, but maybe I should watch to see if it is too similar so I can adjust some things! It will not be published until next year, there is still much work I need to do before I'm ready to make the pictures for the story, but I hope it will be sooner than later! Thank you very much for your feedback!

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  4. Oh, goody, goody, goody! Sounds like a mystery is brewing in Whitherville. I can't wait! Don't worry too much about the Good Witch. I love a good witch shop. I lends that magical, earthy touch. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite books.

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    1. Hello Bailey, yes, there's a lot going on in that little village lol! Bree the witch also has a surprise up her sleeve... Actually making the diorama of Bree's store is something I really look forward to, there are so much details I can put in there! I've not read that novel yet, thank you for mentioning it!

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  5. You had me at "amateur sleuths." How very Murder She Wrote, or I guess due to the ages, how very Veronica Mars. You've got me interested!

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    1. Hello Muff, a bit of Veronica Mars meets Buffy maybe :-). I love amateur sleuths, so they had to be in the story!

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  6. Piękne lalki obsadzone w ciekawych postaciach :D
    Pozdrawiam :)

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    1. Hello Swiat P.L., Witam dziękuję, jestem zadowolony, że to ciekawe :-). Pozdrawiam :-)

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  7. Hello Millicent,
    What a great cast of characters. I look forward to hearing about their adventures.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Hello Giac, I'm glad you like them :-). I hope to start soon next year. Big hug back!

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  8. Hello Millicent :) Wow! I'm impressed :D I can't wait for the first story. :) Maybe you would think of an Easter story in 10 frames for comics... ha ha I have absolutely no idea for an Easter story. ;)) Greetings!

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    1. Hello Ida, I hope my story will be okay :-). And that I find some more dolls for the characters, I need more affordable men! lol!
      Mmm, an Easter story... not easy I have to admit :-). I wish you much inspiration for the story :-)

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    2. Thank you ;) I have only one week for it ;(

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  9. I love all the characters and I'm waiting for the story <3 <3 <3

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    1. Hello Urszula, I'm glad you like the characters :-)! Thank you :-)

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  10. White City - a city of people who are like white cards -
    which you write according to humor and will :) or maybe
    the city of a white card, that is, a clean opinion that
    all residents would like to be proud of, especially that
    I read, they probably have a lot to hide :)
    and this red notebook with mysterious notes, yes - it
    always works on the imagination!
    great idea - I feel under the skin that a good thriller
    is being prepared for us ...?

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    1. Hello Inka, it's a story with some crime, a bit of romance and some tragedy, a bit of the supernatural, and humor of course :-). But no soap, it's a story with an ending. I am not English speaking as you probably know, so it's a bit difficult sometimes to express exactly what I want to write, but the photos will help with that :-). Thank you for the feedback!

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    2. ooo? What is your native language?
      or: how do you like to communicate?
      I use an online translator because
      I'm not on the way with English :)

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    3. Hello Inka, my native language is Dutch. I live in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. I speak Flemish when I don't use it officially, in a local dialect.
      English is not a problem for regular articles, but for a story my vocabulary is rather restricted :-).
      I use translators too for comments in Spanish or Polish, luckily it is so easy to find them online :-).

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    4. ha! Ik dacht meteen aan Malikwie Dutch, het album met
      reproducties. H. Boch was een van de eersten die ik kocht
      voor het eerste verdiende geld - hoewel ik vandaag meer
      geneigd ben tot mariene motieven, stilleven en fabelachtige
      wolken die lui over de hemel glijden ...

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    5. Oh, de schilderijen van Bosch zijn heel bijzonder! Ikzelf houd van meer recente kunst, zoals Gerhard Richter en Michaël Borremans, ... Gerhard Richter maakte onder meer prachtige landschappen. Als je zijn kunst nog niet kent, raad ik die zeker aan!

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  11. I always enjoy reading people's stories centered around their doll characters! I use paint.net for all of my picture editing, and there are chroma key and green screen add-ons which I downloaded. It took me a while to learn how to do everything properly, but here is a chapter from my own story where I used the green screen effect.

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    1. Hello Barb, thank you so much, this will be a great help. It's exactly what I need! Your story is great and interesting, as it happens I've read a few chapters a few days ago and am catching up :-).

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  12. My goodness me, how many good moments to come in your blog!!! This will be really a wonderful way to "play" with your dolls and to entertain us all! Please, go on!!!
    (Sorry, but no idea of get backgrounds for the pictures!)
    Hugs and kisses

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    1. Hello Rosana, I've been reading doll photo stories from other bloggers for years, and now I enjoy writing one myself too :-). I hope you will like it :-). Hugs and kisses back!

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  13. Will be very curious to see how your stories develop especially with such a beautiful cast of characters.

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    1. Hello April, I have enough female dolls for the characters, but am still short on male dolls. I'm working on that though :-). The dioramas are a lot of work, but there's progress!

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  14. I enjoyed the character introductions and back stories very much. I'm looking forward to the launch of your story line. I know how much patience is needed to acquire all the necessary players and props. I have a story that came to me a year and a half ago that I hope to finally start in 2018.

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    1. Hello Jewell, thank you :-). Yes, it's a slow process to get the story ready for publication. I need more male dolls, and also a lot more (affordable) clothes for everyone, for starters.
      I look forward to your story too!

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