Posted 23 hours ago

So a brief recap of Sam and Keekee’s children so far

Diana, the oldest, the family nerd and she’s just moved out.

Marnie, the second child, the artist.

Finally, Mason, the romantic flirt.

As far as I can tell, we don’t have the ‘every child is a copy of one parent’ problem that plagues Sims 3. None of them seem to be exactly like Sam or Keekee

Posted 1 day ago

zashaspectrum:

And I dropped Zasha sim into the game where she proceeded to dig up a capsule, randomly acquire glasses and chat up a sim with her back turned to him. 

Guys…please tell me this game is going to hook me soon.  I really want to love it but right now It’s just…eh.  I mean it’s cute and stuff but man I really need that hook that makes me want to play. 

I can’t help you there. 

I am playing Sims 4 far far more than I’d played Sims 3 for ages.

I have been finding getting promotions to be more interesting than Sims 3, because you need to fill all the requirements. Same with school work for the kids.

I am testing a new challenge I wrote for Sims 4 - The Perfect Children. I need to reset and try again, only 2 of the 4 children are likely to complete their aspiration in 14 days.

The loading screens and the lack of story progression around the neighbour do not make me a happy camper.

Zasha sim is cute.

Posted 1 day ago

NaNo 2014

Approaches at warp speed. Feel free to add nicarra as a writing buddy if you participate.

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Posted 3 days ago

I quite liked this rock formation - looks like an abandoned and mostly destroyed castle. Still in Oregon

Posted 3 days ago

Sunlight, flares and extra rainbows

This is from our holiday back in May/June from Oregon. 

Posted 4 days ago

treason-and-plot:

Anita: So about working off that cheesecake-

Joel knows a thing or two about date night.

Posted 4 days ago

Photo for today - Red Tailed Black Cockatoo (male)

Taken Dec 2012

Posted 6 days ago

Sketch of the day.

If you don’t know, I won’t tell you

If you feel like having anything badly sketched by me, drop an ask or a note. The sketch is a good indication of the results. :D

This took me about 2 1/4 hours. Hmm

Posted 6 days ago

alittlepixelofheaven:

"Teacher. Halp. There’s a vampire behind me, and I heard his stomach growl."

Two lessons to be learned.

  1. Never sit in front of a vampire
  2. Do not be the best dressed in class - vampires love fancy food.
Posted 6 days ago

Two Sims, one soul.
One without the other
Can never be whole.

- pibsims

What a lovely picture to go with my small poem!

Loves it!

Posted 1 week ago

One week into the Perfect Kids challenge

The perfect children challenge rules

All four children are sitting at the top of a C average. On Monday, they should all make B

Derek, the artistic child only needs one point to push him to the final tier. The final tier requires drawing 5 different things on the drawing table, playing a musical instrument for 10 hours and max creativity.

Julie, the Whiz kid, needs to do her homework one more time while focussed to move the the third tier. Once she’s done that, she needs to craft potions, get an A and max her mental skills. We can work on mental skills all Sunday since that is going to be time consuming. But she has a hard week ahead.

Rumbunctious Scallion Zane is on the third tier. He needs three more points in motor skills and a high score in the typing game to get there.

Social butterfly Kay always is on the last tier. She only needs three more social skill points. But she needs 5 child friends and 3 adult ones. Unfortunately for Kay, they have to be new ones. Her siblings and parents aren’t counted. This could be tough in a single week.

Posted 1 week ago

tumblinrob:

Sweetening the pot!

I am so pleased someone finally found a use for IFs

Posted 1 week ago
I should be working on finishing a novel - currently trying to finish my 2011 NaNo.
There are two impediments to my work
Ruby - our new pup. Pups demand a lot of time and attention
Sims 4 - which has been a major distraction.
NaNo 2011 is getting close though. I’m rewriting the start - it sucked big time.
I’m trying to get to the finish without boring myself and potential readers to tears.
I want to try and clean up the bits I’ve highlighted over time. I use highlighting to mark bits I KNOW need changing.
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critical moments in the lives of these characters

“I think you’re right,” said Sam softly as he turned back to look at Onyx again. “No, you can’t die, Onyx,” he said to Onyx. “That’s not allowed. I can’t fail this quest.” He dropped to his knees beside Onyx. “What can we do, Master Dervin?”
Dervin shook his head. “There’s nothing at all that I can do. Weather isn’t going to help Onyx survive those wounds and that’s the only magic I have to offer.” Master Dervin paused. “Onyx and your grandmother both believe that you have the gift of a healer. If you do, perhaps you can save him.”
Sam pulled a knife from his belt and cut open Onyx’s tunic revealing the deep lacerations across his stomach. Next he took a deep breath as he placed his hands gently on Onyx’s chest. “Stay with me, Onyx. Give me a minute to work this out, all right?” He closed his eyes and went very still.
Master Dervin stood watching. He felt helpless, either Sam could use magic to heal or Onyx was dead. If only they had known that dragons hunt in pairs some times, they could have taken more precautions. Could have was not going to save Onyx now though.
Sam crouched over Onyx pressing his hands firmly against Onyx’s chest trying to work out what to do. He could feel that Onyx’s heart was beating irregularly, his spirit already trying to depart. “Onyx, don’t leave. I’m here, I’ll save you.” He could feel that the heart was slowing because there was less blood. Once he sensed that, he began to feel what to do to fix rips through Onyx’s body. First he found a few of the places where the blood was leaving the body fastest and convinced those blood vessels to heal. Then he began helping the other parts to mend themselves. 

This would eventually lead to this 

They sat side by side on one of the beds. Sam slowly slid his hand under Onyx’s tunic and gently put his hand on his chest. “Onyx, I’ve been wanting to talk to you alone. Do you know when I laid my hand on you,” he said softly, “that I felt your heart start to give up? It was slowing down and that frightened me. Your spirit was nearly ready to leave your body. All your blood everywhere.”
“You didn’t want to lose your first patient, did you?”
“No, I didn’t want to lose you. That first touch triggered much more than just magic. It triggered a deep need for you.” Sam removed his hand from Onyx’s chest and very gently touched his hand. “From the moment I laid my hands on you, I knew that I wanted you. That I love you.” He looked away. “Sorry, that was probably unexpected but I had to tell you.”
Onyx sat still, heart pounding in his chest. “Sam, every day that I live from here to the end of my life is because of you. Words can’t express how that feels. Whatever you want from me, I’ll try my best to give. Though I really don’t quite know much about love.”
Sam slowly leaned close to Onyx. His lips barely touched Onyx’s cheek. “I don’t either but I need you to know that I love you. It might just be because I healed you, I don’t know. Maybe once I’ve healed other people, I’ll feel the same about them.” He sighed, “I’ve been wanting to touch you again since that day. It feels so right.”

Which was the characters leading the way. I had no intention of having a romance between the characters. Sam had other plans.

I should be working on finishing a novel - currently trying to finish my 2011 NaNo.

There are two impediments to my work

  1. Ruby - our new pup. Pups demand a lot of time and attention
  2. Sims 4 - which has been a major distraction.

NaNo 2011 is getting close though. I’m rewriting the start - it sucked big time.

I’m trying to get to the finish without boring myself and potential readers to tears.

I want to try and clean up the bits I’ve highlighted over time. I use highlighting to mark bits I KNOW need changing.

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Posted 1 week ago

In this episode of “As the Sims Twirl”

On the same night as the big party for Diana, there is much smaller, quieter celebration. Mason becomes a teen. He wants romance in his life and with those looks, I don’t think it will be a problem.

Keekee and Sam work long hours in the garden to keep it in top shape.

Glitch ate the door to the upstairs bathroom. I didn’t notice until Keekee needed the facilities. Keekee with another big pregnancy tummy.

Another Mason pic.

First episode - Last episode

Posted 1 week ago

Mystery of the day. In the Perfect Children save

3 of the 4 children want to interact with Sam. None want to interact with their mom. None.