Long have I hesitated to allow Stellai to become alive. Okay, I made the photostories with her and the new ScoonimDolls before I send the new ones off to their new homes. I even allowed myself a little joke when it suited me in the comments after publishing the photostories, suggesting that there was more going on in her life besides the photo series. But nothing more! For it was obvious that allowing Stellai to become more would mean a serious reduction of my time. And time is precious. I can only spend it once.
But with every photo I took of Stellai her character became stronger and more vivid. And then my daughters started to mingle. They convinced me that Facebook would be perfect for publicity. And I, who till then even did not have an account of my own, who never wanted to go on Facebook, who has to divide his precious remaining time over already 3 women, I opened an account in her name...

Koen



I am no puppet!
The text below was originally posted on Facebook
2 June 2013
page of
Stellai ScoonimDoll


Koen
Hello Stellai, I am Koen , your puppeteer

Stellai
Hi Koen , ... you‘re my what??

Koen
I am your puppeteer

Stellai
Didn’t know I had one and I thought that you’re my creator.
So, what are you exactly? A creator or a puppeteer? Or is puppeteer just another word for creator?

Koen
No, I am both. And it is not the same.

Stellai
Hmm, it’s getting a bit puzzling.
I understand the creator part, but where does the puppeteer part fit in?

Koen
Because I am also your puppeteer.

Stellai
As far as I remember a puppeteer is the guy who makes those feeble dolls on strings jump up and down.
And last time I checked I did not have strings. Can check again if you like...

Check , check, double check.... Nope, no strings!
Then, why are you saying you are my puppeteer?

Koen
Because I am!

Stellai
Well, I do NOT need a puppeteer, thanks.
Having you as my creator is quite enough.

Koen
I think you do.
If I would not also be your puppeteer, you would not exist right now.

Stellai
Sorry, but this is a bit hard to believe.

Koen
Well, you better believe it.

Stellai
In case you failed to notice: no strings on my arms, no strings on my legs, no strings on my head, NO STRINGS AT ALL. And furthermore at this very moment I am writing and corresponding to you, I am thinking and I am pretty sure that I do make my own decisions, so I exist.
You may be pulling my leg, but you are definitely not pulling any strings on me. Except for the one in my pants I have none, and that one is not for you to pull!

Koen You are taking it a bit too literally. I am more like a virtual puppeteer.

Stellai
VIRTUAL PUPPETEER?? Please, give me a break!
You are just Koen, you are sitting more or less opposite of me behind your laptop communicating with me on facebook and I am writing back. There really is nothing virtual in this picture.

Koen
Well, that remains to be seen, because this whole conversation is taking place inside my head.

Stellai
Now you really need to have your head examined, because I am here and you are there. I do not know what has made you come up with this thought, but you are definitely wrong.
Virtual puppeteer, my ass!!

Koen
Its true!

Stellai
Okay, so, our conversation is completely taking place inside your head you say. That means that you think you are having some kind of mind control over my thoughts? Is that it?

Koen
Well, I think you might say that, yes.

Stellai
And what about Oksanna, and Tanyss and Svetlanna and Calernae, were you also controlling their thoughts?

Koen
Yes, although at that time they were less talkative than you.

Stellai
So I am to believe that you control all of our thoughts. You are some kind of god?...

Koen
No, I would not say that. I am not a god.

Stellai
Well, I am glad that you admit to that! You hopefully do realize that you are pretty close to making yourself the joke of the day.

Koen
Why is that?

Stellai
Be honest! Having mind control over all of us. Even you will have to admit that this is a more than a bit farfetched.

Stellai
You really want me to believe that when Svetlanna, Tanyss, Oksanna and Calernae were with us you had mind control over their thoughts?

Koen I could make them talk if I wanted to.

Stellai
That is not mind control! I also could make them talk. Most of the time I had to make an effort to make them shut up!

Koen
Indeed you could make them talk, but you had to do this through me.

Stellai
Now, that is rather presumptuous, don’t you agree. And I also sense a smell of superiority here. Let me tell you that when our conversation is going in the direction of you feeling superior over me, then this conversation will soon come to an end.

Koen
I will try to keep that in mind. But it will not be easy.

Stellai
You mean that you will try not to put in writing . But I can read from mind that you are thinking it!

Koen
Am I to understand now that you think that you are reading my mind?

Stellai
Clever guy!
Your thoughts are really not so hard to guess, you know.

Koen
So, it is guessing!

Stellai
Guessing what you think or reading your thoughts is the same.

Koen
Oh, no! In this case there is a big difference.

Stellai
Than in this case I think that ‘reading’ suits me better.

Koen
No problem. Reading my mind is okay as long as you do not try to control it.

Stellai
Now, that is an interesting thought. So, I am able to control your mind!? Then I can be your puppeteer!

Koen
Not exactly. It is more like that I am putting my thoughts from one part of my brain to your thoughts in another part of my brain making you believe that you can control my thoughts.

Stellai
If that is what you like to think I hope that you start to realize now that your puppeteer-with-mind-control- idea is starting to show some serious week spots! And so, I am sorry to inform you that if I should have considered - which for the record I did not - to believe you, I can now reasonably presume that you are not controlling my mind.

Koen
I understand that I cannot convince you at this moment, so I suggest we end this discussion. But be assured that we will have to talk about this again.

Stellai
Just tell me when, then I will sharpen my knifes!

Koen
Did I upset you?

Stellai
What do you think! You are my creator and for that I will be forever in your dept, and I made a promise to myself never to leave you, but I have feelings to, you know. And I may be a doll, but I think I deserve to be treated with a bit more respect.

Koen
I am sorry.

Stellai
It’s okay. Lets go do something fun.

Koen
Like what?

Stellai
I don’t know...hmm.... Lets hunt the guinee pigs!

Koen
Don’t you dare!

Stellai
Just kidding.!


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