Tomorrow’s the Day!

I’m so very excited to be posting this, and I wish it was already tomorrow. Why? Because tomorrow starts the July SimNaNo Event at the boolprop forums. And.. not only am I entered, but I’m hoping to get to the highest medal goal – 50,000 words! Yes, I am more than a little bit crazy, but I looked at my initial goals and realized I was only about 11k shy of that top medal, and I had another story that I figured could get me there.. so why not?! (Although I could probably think of a million reasons why not.. but we’ll not go there…)

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two posts a day, and aiming to get at least 1600 words a day. I then total up all words posted across all of my challenge posts in July, and hope they add up to 50k. Which challenge stories am I posting? I plan to post 16 chapters of my Ramblers (a drifter challenge) and 15 chapters of my mermaids (Tails of Sulani), alternating days. The second post of each day will rotate between 8 chapters of Foreshadowed Sunset, my vampire story, and then the rest of the chapters will be in a new challenge, that I’ve dubbed “Plumbobbing Through Time.” It’s based on a ruleset that I found, and then modified.. a LOT. I will be posting the rules (at least the first few generations worth) July 2nd, and introducing the challenge then. The posts for that challenge will be commentary-style, although I reserve the right to switch to story if I get particularly inspired. It’s mostly for fun, and to test out my rules, hence the not-so-serious title. Anyway, here’s the banner that will show my progress:

I already have all the pictures taken for my vampire story, and I’m very excited to be publishing the story that goes with them.. some really cool stuff. As for the others, I have a few posts saved up as a buffer in case there are days in July that I simply can’t get the inspiration up, but for the most part, I’ll be playing and posting on a daily basis. I did this event last year, as well, and managed to get over 31,000 words then, so this will be a rather large jump up. It was a ton of fun, though, and I highly recommend trying it out if your SimLit writing needs a good kick in the rear. (Which mine definitely does!)

Oh, and one final note. This month will also be a testing-ground for a new story rotation plan I have – I will be picking four challenges per month to rotate, which should allow me time to actually connect with each challenge instead of having so long between each post. It does mean that whichever story is your favorite will only have one month of being posted per every four – but I think it’s better than being once every couple of weeks, if that. The whole idea is to try to avoid the major burn out I’ve been having because I’m not playing each save enough to get really interested in it. If you’re interested in the exact rotation of challenges, check out my home page (linked at the far left at the top of this page). The rotation listed there may eventually change, but it’ll do for now.

Anyway, see you tomorrow for Ramblers and Foreshadowed Sunset, and Wish me luck!

Posted in Ze Miscellany

Brand New Header Menu!

I spent a few hours over the last couple days, and have completely re-vamped the header menu. New stuff has been added that wasn’t there before, and the whole thing should be more comprehensive. I split up my current challenges by how they’re written – story-based vs. just commentary, so if you’re looking for a story to read, check under “stories”, and if you’re looking for my challenge attempts, they’re now under “challenges”. The “on hiatus” section should be self-explanatory, and “history” just means stories or challenges that are retired completely or on the shelf for long enough that I doubt they’ll ever come back. Also, the listed menu items are now in alphabetical order, so they’ll be easier to find, I hope. This change is LONG overdue, and – I really hope – a positive one for everyone who visits the site. Feel free to let me know what you think!

Also, I’m starting to use a new site editor, so I’m just trying to get used to it. It does some things I couldn’t do with the old one, but I still haven’t decided whether it makes writing easier… or harder. It’ll definitely take getting used to.

Posted in Ze Miscellany

Updated Site To-Do List

(This is for when Simnano finishes, starting in August, although I may get some done before then… who knows. Just wanted to post to show how much I’ve already gotten done!)

Challenge Rules:

  1. Update Master Simmer (initial)
  2. Finalize Master Simmer testing
  3. Update Master Simmer (final)
  4. Post a page for the Mermaid Challenge rules so it’s easier to find

Townie Rotation:

  1. Inventory all sims from:
    • Willow Creek
    • Oasis Springs
    • Newcrest
    • Windenburg
    • San Myshuno
    • Brindleton Bay
    • Del Sol Valley
    • StrangerVille
    • Sulani
    • Maxis’ Gallery
    • Glimmerbrook
    • Britechester
    • Evergreen Harbor
  2. Sulani Tour (and graphics)
  3. Sulani Index
  4. Put Feng and the Vampires back in
  5. Add Vampires
  6. Add Gallery Sims 1/2
  7. Add in Get Famous Sims
  8. Add mermaids to playables
  9. Rename new families 1/2
  10. Forgotten Hollow Tour (and graphics)
  11. Forgotten Hollow Index
  12. Glimmerbrook Tour (and graphics)
  13. Glimmerbrook Index
  14. Britechester Tour (and graphics)
  15. Britechester Index
  16. Evergreen Harbor Tour (and graphics)
  17. Evergreen Harbor Index
  18. Add the new families to intros/indexes
    • Willow Creek
    • Oasis Springs
    • Newcrest
    • Windenburg
    • San Myshuno
    • Forgotten Hollow
    • Brindleton Bay
    • Del Sol Valley
    • StrangerVille
    • Sulani
    • Glimmerbrook
    • Britechester
    • Evergreen Harbor
  19. Update the main page’s rules to reflect the changes I’ve made
  20. Pull playing these guys OFF of hiatus and catch up to where I am play-wise

Site Updates:

  1. Home page for:
    • BISBI
    • Baby Boom
    • Board Game Challenge
    • Magical Legacy
    • Apartment Switch Testing
      • (Why I never made one for this, I don’t know. But I wanted to go back to look at these posts and I suddenly realized they’re next to impossible to find. So a page needs to be added for them!!)
    • The Engles
  2. Initial posts for:
    • Baby Boom
    • Board Game Challenge
    • Magical Legacy
    • The Engles
  3. Update Menus (1/2 done)
  4. Update Home Page
  5. Update About me?
    • (This hasn’t been updated in YEARS. Whether I’ll just update it, or add a new page I haven’t decided yet, but I have plenty of time to debate it.)
  6. Post site update complete

And Finally: get back to playing!

Computer is back and better than ever!

Just posting a note that my computer is ALREADY!! back and fixed. The technician even fixed a problem that the computer wasn’t necessarily in the shop for.. which means that I now have a working microphone! I was fully prepared to wait a week to get it back, and she had it done within a day of delivery. So very awesome!

Computer Troubles

Just as an update for those who read my other stories, my computer died yesterday. Spectacularly. And strangely. Some things work – like Sims, and several other games – but I can’t get to 90% of my other programs, including any internet browsers. So.. I’m able to play and take screenshots, but not post them. Which is weird… and I have no idea how to fix it. This one’s going to take a professional.

Consequently, for my mermaid story and SimsNaNoWriMo, I’m playing way far ahead and putting screenshots on a flash drive and just hoping I’ll have enough updates that I can post from my hubby’s computer to last for as long as my computer is gone. Which is also weird, because I NEVER play that far ahead.. I’m always worried I’ll forget what the screenshots I took were for. So this will be an adventure.

On other notes, I won’t be able to start my new posting schedule until I get my computer back. I’m hoping that will be fairly soon.. but I guess it depends on what is ultimately wrong with it. Anyway, the computer goes in early morning tomorrow.. so today is my last day of Sims playing until it gets back. Hopefully my playstation will keep me occupied while the computer is gone!

Pages Updated

I know I’ve been gone a long while, but I’m back to playing now. Real life health issues got in the way, and let’s be honest, I was a little burned out anyway. I have played a bit since I posted last (played through and finished up the Strangerville aspiration- which was great fun!!, played around with Celebrity in Get Famous, and played some on my Achiever save that I’m not blogging.) .. I just didn’t feel like doing anything with the blog. Simply didn’t have the mental energy to do it. Things are looking up now, though… and I’m BACK!

So… that being said, the first thing I did was go through my Sims 4 saves and delete the ones I have no intention of playing again.

Then, I delved back into my Ramblers save, and got a bunch more of House 008 played.. and a new chapter published.

Lastly, I took a couple hours and updated my blog with the two neighborhoods (tours and indexes) I was missing for my Townie Rotation. I have not done the Introduction posts for each family yet, that’s next on my blog to-do list. Meanwhile, I’m going to play some more. All menus and pages updated with correct links.

Taking a Break…

I will probably not be posting much this week. To make a long story short, our Air Conditioning is not working and we’ve had trouble getting someone out to fix it. The end is in sight (it will get fixed friday or saturday), but with the heat wave we’re set to get this week, we will probably not be spending a lot of time at home, so I probably won’t be playing and posting much if at all this week. I wanted to post something about it, however, so I wouldn’t leave you guys wondering what happened.. and I will get back to posting as soon as being at home is once again tolerable!

Sorry about the lack of posts this week!

I’ve been feverishly testing the Apartment Switch – Switch Four so it can release on Sunday like I had scheduled. I also have a week long vacation that we leave for tomorrow morning right after I post the Switch.. so it’s been a hectic week. I haven’t had the time or energy to do anything other than getting ready for the trip or testing. I will be back to posting regularly April 2nd. I do have two posts scheduled for while I’m gone, the beginnings of the testing, but I didn’t have time to write up the rest of testing, so those will post after I get home and have time to breathe and go through the pile of screenshots and notes.

Trying out a new theme…

Decided I’d spent long enough on that dark/light theme (been using it since 2014!) .. so I’m trying out another one. Haven’t decided 100% whether I like it or not, but I’m giving it a go. It seems easier to get around, and there are less columns to fuss with. Tell me what you think.. keep it or go back to the old one? (Yay, I did manage to keep the horsies, though! Falconvale lives on a little bit with that header!) Bonus: I could add purple background to this one, it’s my favorite color!