rambling — quick update + note.

Hi everyone!

University is starting up on the 26th, which I’m both excited and nervous for. I’m going to finally buy a laptop of my own around then as well, with the money I earned over summer. Right now, I’m looking at a Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop, with Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz, 1TB HDD, 8 GB RAM, and 4 GB NVIDIA GTX 1050. These are pretty decent specs for within my price range, so it should be able to run Sims (and my hoard of cc) with minimal problems, and of course cater for my university needs. This will be a huge step up from the last computer, so I’m hoping to install more cc, more EPs (Pets!) and this beautiful post-processing program called Reshade, for more advanced picture-taking.

Soooo I’m aiming to resume posting around March 4. It could be later considering the finicky nature of the game, and the fact I still haven’t finished writing the first chapter 😅 But once I do post it, I’m hoping to update somewhat regularly, maybe every two weeks. To help, I will stop creating poses for this generation as they take up far too much time. Let’s get Gen 3 done and dusted by the end of this year!

I was going to talk story stuff later but I want to clarify something about a few characters real quick. A reader brought this up on Chapter 3.9- in the careless way I wrote the story, Luc and Gabriel both seem like they are falling in love with Cherry, despite there being very little to love about her. I must say that they are not falling madly in love with her. Gabriel has undisclosed reasons for being attracted to Cherry (note, this is simply attraction) but Luc is definitely, definitely not in love with her. I know that sounds like a spoiler but it’s something I really should have made clear before. Luc is a casual dater, so he does like Cherry and thinks she’s cute and whatnot, but there’s no initial deep attraction there. Just clarifying that for future reference, you’ll see what I mean later on. I’m really looking forward to writing Luc in the next couple of chapters, so I can finally show why he’s my favourite Gen 3 male character lol.

Saying that, I think I’m going to go back and edit the absolute worst parts of this gen. I physically cannot read Generation 3 thanks to me cringing painfully. When the lovely, talented Louise from Not Just A Book Sims talked about editing, she prompted me to think about the possibility. I usually hate going back and editing since it sort of feels like cheating, but I also want to reread Gen 3 without crying 🙂 So if you also reread (please don’t lmao), don’t be surprised if there are a few tweaks here and there.

That’s it for now, folks! I will post a lengthier rambling when I’ve begun snapping screenshots, concerning more substantial story things like further notes and warnings, and potentially a sneak peek. I’m also working on generation summaries which should be completed soon. Until then, I hope everyone is having a lovely February ❤

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22 thoughts on “rambling — quick update + note.

  1. Omg some of the things you say in your posts crack me up (like the crying bit, lol)
    Haha, if I still had access to my old sims games/files, I probably woulda went back and tweaked some of my story as well because cringeeeee :’) I do think you are being a tad hard on yourself though, but we are always are own harshest critics XD Considering how exponentially amazing your shots got throughout the gens, I can only imagine what the story shall look like when you return.
    I’m super excited to see your chapters in my reader for the first time as I’ve joined long after you went on hiatus. March is around the corner~
    Best of luck with uni! ❤ 🙂

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    • LOL it’s true thoughhhh~
      Yep, you’re right, but no matter how many times I tell myself to chill I can’t stop cringing 😂
      The ReShade program (have you seen it’s effects before?) gives screenshots super amazing effects- like depth of field. I’ve been wanting to install it for the longest time since everyone on Tumblr keeps on posting incredible pictures with it. If it works, the pictures of 3.10 will look super different. I’m not sure how much my writing has improved though, hopefully it has…
      I imagine it would look pretty weird for everyone seeing a chapter in Reader again, I know it will be for me haha.
      Thank you ❤

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      • I feel like you’ve mentioned it before but I didn’t get a chance to check it out yet. So it’s something you use to edit photos afterwards, right? Like photoshop but different options and such? Lol I’m not super tech savvy and do the most minimal amount of effort for my screenshots most of the time aside from adding a basic filter 😂 Guess I shall do some research now~

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    • Hehe thanks, I’m looking forward to whenever you post again as well ❤
      One day~ I'm actually scared to go edit because I'll have to read the cringiest parts, which is going to be painful, but after editing hopefully I can reread any time I want lmao.

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  2. I’m really looking forward to reading the new chapters – just have to catch up first. It’s kind of good it won’t be until March ’cause I’m slow 😀
    I wish you good luck on the edits! Obviously, I don’t think it’s cheating at all ^_^ (Thank you for the nice words, btw, you’re too nice <3). I know the feeling of the cringe so well (what even was I thinking with some of the AMVS chapters, lordy lord…) but I hope you'll also find that there's a core of good that can be improved with a little tlc 🙂 I haven't read gen 3 yet, but with how good your prose is in 1/2 I don't see how it can be all that bad 🙂
    Cheers! ❤

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  3. I’m so sorry it took me forever to leave a comment..!
    First of all, good luck on starting uni, I hope it’s exactly how you imagine it – or even better! ❤
    You can't even imagine how forward I'm looking to reading your next chapter! 😄 I have to agree with Amy that your pictures and writing improved so much in the third generation and so fast, that you shouldn't worry about them, they're so amazing nonetheless! 🙂
    This program(?) sounds so awesome, but although my laptop handles sims 3 with almost all expansions fine I guess, I worry that this will be too hard on it 😭 I can't wait to see your pictures using it though – I really can't imagine them get any better than they already are, but maybe there will be a difference! 😀
    Oh, and before I forget to mention it: I'm so happy that Luc is one of your favorites – meaning he is going to be extra featured in your story – cause he's definitely my favorite, lol!
    Looking forward to reading your next chapter! ❤

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    • That’s totally okay haha! Thanks for leaving one 💕
      Aww thank you! Hehe you’re right, I am fine with my pictures right now (in fact they are the thing I like most about the story). But I’m so extra that if there’s a way to improve them, I have to try improve them 😭 I barely have any EPS so hopefully the game doesn’t die because of that!
      Luc can be a jerk, but he’s a jerk with the biggest potential in both backstory and character development. He actually gets featured a lot more in this generation compared to Gabriel- probably the second biggest role after Cherry! So you’ll definitely be seeing him most of the time, and that of his nicer side 😊

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      • Oh, and I always meant to say – I think I never have – that I really appreciate the names of the characters and how they tie with the generation title, fallen angels!
        Although an atheist, I’m always fascinated by those biblical themes – I have no idea if that makes sense, haha!
        So maybe that’s partly why I like Luc so much… he’s the one most in need of some kind of redemption 😉
        Just thought I’d say it, lol!

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        • Wow, thank you! I thought the generation-character name connection was a bit cheesy so I’m really happy you like it!
          I agree with you, I find those themes intriguing as well. The fallen angels concept alludes to both that and to the nature of the characters’ histories, which I’ll begin showing next chapter. There’s actually going to be about five or six flashback chapters interweaving with the current day chapters! I’m having trouble linking everything together smoothly but hopefully the end result will be interesting to read *crosses fingers*
          You’re right, I think Luc’s redemption arc (all three of the main characters really need one haha) will definitely be the most prominent, and I’m hoping surprising, too.

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  4. See, the funny thing is I actually don’t hate Cherry the way you seem to. The only thing I find annoying about her is how negative she is a lot of the time. But I don’t dislike her as a character. I’m hoping you’ll be able to change my mind about Luc because at this point I really feel like he doesn’t give her the respect she deserves. Still firmly on the Cherriel wagon lol!

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    • Hey Fibi! 🙂
      Ha, I think myself (+ my sister) are the only ones who really dislike Cherry. If I’m being super honest, the main reason why I find her frustrating is that she somehow ended up being a combination of my own worst qualities. I see my own negative traits represented in her and that sort of drowns out her good traits, because really, she’s not a bad person. She’s actually bearable if I stop being biased. So I am being a bit harsh on her lmao.
      You’re right, Luc isn’t being respectful at all. I know if I was a reader I would loathe him. The only reason why I like him so much is because I know his full backstory, mental state and true thoughts. Of course, nothing really excuses being a manipulative jerk, but maybe once it all comes out it will change your mind 😛
      I’m actually going through and editing the Gen 3 chapters right now, for the plot inconsistencies, and now I’ve fixed a few things up about Gabriel, I’m halfway back on the Cheriel wagon 😛
      Sorry for my rambling, oops. It was nice to talk to you again, hope real life is going okay!

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