rambling — en pointe warnings.

Hi, lovely readers! The first chapter is due to be posted in two weeks, on September 15. I proposed end of August last time (so like… today), but I realised that was a super busy time for uni and pushed the date back. Anyway, as I did for Generation 3, here’s a few warnings/preliminary information for the story. Before I begin: in my last post I showed a dress, which is sadly on the backburner, but I have released two pose packs instead!

Motion Pose Pack

Dynamite Pose Pack

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update — gen four kids.

I recommend reading this on my blog rather than Reader, for the right layout!


Heya! Long time no see 😝 The last couple of months I have been silent on the posting front, and fallen far behind on stories (sorry about that, I should be done catching up soonish since winter break just started). Instead, I’ve been super busy over at my Simblr, recording all my progress with Generation Four preparation. The process is taking longer than expected — mainly because I keep getting distracted by new photo ideas, such a big fresh new cast of characters is inspiring! I’m not sure when the first chapter will be out, perhaps end of August, but the prep been soooo much fun! Loads of time in CAS, picture + editing practice, and cc creating. I’m close to releasing my first piece, there are just a few issues to be fixed first.

This is a Blender preview so the dress doesn’t look quite as smooth in game, but this is basically what it looks like currently. I may have to change the sleeves into something more tight and simple since they are giving me grief. I’m also planning to add different textures like lace and paint in some details 😊

I think most people know who the Generation Four heir is, but just in case: Evangeline! I’m very excited to tell her story since it is super different from Cherry’s, and hopefully crafted way better as well. I will post again closer to the first chapter release date with more details, but for now here are my fave shots from my prep so far 🙂

I promised Fibi some time ago to show the unedited Gen 4 kids, so here are the before and afters with my commentary 😀 They aren’t the final versions yet — I’m working on hairstyles for the boys as I’ve run out of good ones, haha — but I think they are fairly close prototypes.

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rambling — cc creation.

Hello! As I mentioned in a previous post, I decided to learn how to create cc. Well, I have successfully made my first object, and a few people were curious to see how I go, so I’m sharing what I did and my thoughts on the learning process! You can skip reading if you have zero interest in cc creation, but if you are thinking of it, this may be helpful to preview and understand the basic process 😀


To begin learning from scratch, I followed Orangemitten’s Start-to-Finish Object Tutorial. This walks you through the process of creating a simple end table, which means you learn all the basics + terminology of cc creation along the way. It’s very thorough and helpful, although it does have small issues: it’s old, which means I had to figure out how to do things on newer (changed) tools, and there’s a few typos/errors, though I could work around them using common sense. Also, there was the issue of me being an idiot. Time and effort could have been saved if I just read the steps properly, because I somehow missed out on installing a few things, which caused me much confusion later on. If you are careful to follow the instructions, however, the process is quite straightforward — you just need to be patient, because for this one small table it took 5-6 hours (of course it will take much less time in the future).

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tag — genderbend challenge.

gbenfinal (1)The wonderful Amy tagged me in her genderbend challenge! Quick note, I haven’t changed anything except for hairstyle, makeup and clothes.


Luc

Yeah… his features are definitely more suited for males. *wince*

Raphael

Also meh. I was kinda expecting him to turn into a hip, cool looking girl but she turned out looking rather awkward haha.

Michel

Now this one I like! It makes sense because Michel has the most feminine features of the lot. I think I actually like his girl version better (+ I love the outfit and hairstyle, so I will be using that for Maria next chapter).


I have missed out on Cherry, Lilith and Gabriel because when I changed their genders, it was horrifying. I jumped right out of CAS but my eyes are still forever scarred. However, I did do something quite exciting to make up for it!

As you can see, this simmie looks a lot like Luc’s girl version. Now I’m going to release a big spoiler here because I was way too excited when I played around with his genderbend and came up with this girl (lets call her E). She is actually a WIP of the Generation 4 heir! And NO, she’s not Luc’s kid lmao, even if my version looks more like what his genderbend should look like, smh game. Anyway, E ended up more accurate than I expected to what she is supposed to look like (I based her on Jessica Lee Buchanan). I’m definitely going to tweak her before I get started on her story, but this is a pretty close representation of her. Here’s a picture of E in CAS:

I love her 😀 She’s very different from delicate little Cherry, and I’m very excited for her story, also to make the other seven Gen 4 kids (not all Cherry’s of course) but first I need to get through Gen 3. So see you next year, E 😛

Thanks again Amy for tagging me ❤ I had so much fun doing it. If anyone wants to try out this challenge too, go for it!

tag — more blogger awards.

I was nominated by dear Sempreviva and Kymber for the Versatile Award a little while ago, and although at the time I wasn’t going to do it, today freja64 kindly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award as well. So I decided to do them at the same time, thank you lovelies ❤ I will extend my answers beyond the focus of the questions so beware, lots of rambling coming up!


versatile-blogger-award

  • Write 7 interesting facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15+ amazing bloggers for this award. That’s a lot of bloggers when you’re a newbie. I won’t be offended if you choose not to “do anything with it.” 
  1. Autumn is my favourite season. I just love the crisp and sunny days that are cold but in a nice way.
  2. I took dance classes for ten years- jazz, ballet, contemporary and tap.
  3. Golden Retrievers are my favourite type of dog. Adorable as puppies and beautiful as adults, and they have such nice temperaments as well.
  4. I have a kinda weird memory in that I will memorise things very well but forget them the instant I don’t need the information anymore. Sometimes that is not very helpful, aka I have already forgotten how to do high school maths 😛
  5. I am super ambitious so I have *too* many goals in life, but one of the mains is to go on a luxury food-and-architecture trip around Europe and other notable destinations when I am older.
  6. Relating to that, I enjoy cooking up fresh and healthy meals of my own design. Hopefully I can actually do that when I move out of the house in the future.
  7. I like painting but it takes quite a long time, so I don’t paint often. And that I mean I only have two proper paintings from the last three years, one of which is still in the works as you can see below. If you would like to glimpse my progress on it + my bullet journal, here is my Instagram.

I think everyone has already done this award but if you haven’t, I tag you! *boop*

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tag — original character / 02.

Thank you freja64 for tagging me! This time I will do Lilith and Gabriel, because I really need to focus on the latter (believe me, I would be perfectly happy to continue ignoring Gabriel). To make this more concise, I am going to cut out all the filler/random questions 😛

The rules:

  1. Pick a character you’ve created.
  2. Fill in the questions/statements as if you were that character.
  3. Tag at least four people to do this meme.

 

  • What is your name? Lilith Torres.
  • Do you know why you were named that? I do not think there is a particular reason for me being named that, but I have heard that Lilith was the first wife of Adam in the bible. She was rejected for refusing to submit to men. That sounds about right to me.
  • Single or taken? Hmm, I am never ‘taken’ because most men seem to be intimidated by me. As they should be. But I am currently dating a lovely man called James.
  • What’s your eye colour? Silvery blue grey.
  •  How about hair colour? Black as my soul 😀
  •  Have you any family members? I consider my cousins Gabriel and Luc to be my brothers, and dear Raphael, Michel and Cherry to be part of my family also.
  •  Oh, how about pets? Dear no, the boys already make enough mess around the apartment.
  •  That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? I do not like a lot of things, but in particular, misogynists.
  • Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? I have always loved cooking and baking.
  • Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? Oh, of course. Brutally.
  •  Ever… killed anyone before? No.
  • Name your worst weaknesses. Mm, I can get a little hot-tempered sometimes.
  •  Do you look up to anyone at all? Not particularly.
  • Are you straight, gay or bisexual? Straight.
  • Do you go to school? I haven’t been to a formal school since I was fourteen.
  • Ever want to marry and have kids one day? I already have ‘children’ in my family. But I think it would be nice to marry and have babies someday, when I am in a more stable financial situation.
  • What are you most afraid of? I have this constant fear at the back of my mind for both Gabriel and Luc. But I will not voice it.
  •  What do you usually wear? I love the colour red, and I am a designer, so always something stylish and practical.
  •  What’s one food that tempts you? Spicy prawn pad thai.
  •  What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? Lower middle class, I suppose.
  • How many friends do you have? I have many friends, but my best friend is Raphael!
  • What are your thoughts on pie? Pie is a delicious and easy thing to bake. My father taught me this German chocolate pie recipe for special occasions.
  • Favourite drink? Wine.
  • What’s your favourite place? My apartment, I think- it’s been built up over many years and I have grown rather fond of it.
  •  Are you interested in anyone? James. He’s very intelligent and sophisticated.
  • What’s your type? Respectful men.

  • What is your name? Gabriel Torres.
  • Do you know why you were named that? I’ve been told by many people, including my parents, that Gabriel is an angel’s name.
  • Single or taken? Single.
  • What’s your eye colour? Blue-grey.
  •  How about hair colour? Black.
  •  Have you any family members? My older brother, Luc, and my cousin, Lilith.
  •  Oh, how about pets? I think it would be nice to have a dog or cat.
  •  That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? I don’t like Luc’s behavior at times. But I’m not sure if I can really blame him.
  • Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? My mother taught me how to play piano, and I still enjoy playing now.
  • Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? Yes, more than once.
  •  Ever… killed anyone before? No.
  • Name your worst weaknesses. I feel too much.
  •  Do you look up to anyone at all? I look up to Evangeline, the woman who taught me how to defend myself when I was younger.
  • Are you straight, gay or bisexual? Straight.
  • Do you go to school? No, I haven’t been in a long time.
  • Ever want to marry and have kids one day? That’s something I would have thought about a couple of years ago. Not now.
  • What are you most afraid of? I’m worried that my brother is going to hurt Cherry. But they seem to be doing fine.
  •  What do you usually wear? Anything comfortable and easy to move around in, usually in dark colours.
  •  What’s one food that tempts you? Everything Lilith makes.
  •  What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? Lower middle class.
  • How many friends do you have? I’m not very friendly, but Raphael and Michel I have been friends with for years. I get along okay with Cherry too.
  • What are your thoughts on pie? It’s delicious if made well.
  • Favourite drink? Hot chocolate with a little spice.
  • What’s your favourite place? Wherever my family is.
  •  Are you interested in anyone? Yes, but I’m keeping my distance.
  • What’s your type? Not sure.

I really can’t get a handle on Gabriel’s voice (probably because he doesn’t talk that much), he sort of just sounds like a depressed Cherry to me. And okay that’s it! I won’t tag anyone because I think I tagged everybody in the last post. If you haven’t done this yet but you would love to, consider yourself tagged 🙂 I’m busy with university right now so the updates will slow down, but mid semester break is coming up soon. I wish everyone a good day ❤

photoshoot — modern day.

As usual, I recommend viewing this on my actual blog for that full HD quality 😉

Okay I haven’t posted one of my dumb photoshoots in a very long time (thankfully), but today I was playing around with Reshade to try make a nice new preset for the next chapter. I actually did some fiddling with numbers instead of just clicking default options! So I scrolled around Bridgeport staring at the beautiful lighting and how sharp everything is~ I also edited my characters a teensy bit and thought it would be nice to snap a couple shots! I am currently at peace with literally everyone’s faces except for Gabriel. His face is honestly beyond saving blehhh 😦


Lilith and Luc ended up proving to be the only truly photogenic ones in the family lmao. Ahh they’ve changed so much since they first appeared in this generation, please ignore that haha 😅

I’ve been super excited to get Reshade for ages, and each time I use it I find even more cool effects. You might be able to see lense flares in the pictures, which are a lovely little addition! Oh, I also got a sky replacement mod which is probably why Bridgeport doesn’t look it’s usual depressing self 😀 I’m very surprised my computer still runs the game smoothly with all the sharpening and dof effects in place, it did seem to have some trouble at the beginning even without Reshade (the fans were sooo loud haha) but everything is running great now! *nods in shocked approval*

Here’s a random sneak peek for the next chapter…

This was a pretty short post but yeah! I hope everyone is having a nice day ❤

tag — sunshine blogger award #?

Here’s another one of these nice taggy things, nominated by Jowita! I was debating whether to actually do this because talking about myself is no fun, but she found some great character-related questions. So here I go!


  1. Who of your Sims has the best style? Probably Cherry, because she wears soft, comfy and light clothes. I am refining the styles of each character in the next chapter, though, so this opinion will most likely change.
  2. Can you name your top 5 favorite Sims in your legacy/stories? Luc, Cinna, Max, Briar, Lilith. To be honest, all my real favourite characters are ones in future generations. It seems the characters I really like are the ones yet to introduced or developed 😀
  3. Can you name your favorite couple in your legacy/stories? Briax, I think. They are nothing but supportive and loving with each other! Their relationship was relatively simple and angst free, which my current characters could really take a lesson from (*stares at Gabriel*).
  4. Do you get attached to your Sims or play without deep thinking? I think that I don’t get attached to the sims, but rather their characters, so if they die in the game, I won’t particularly care haha…
  5. Favorite name used on your Sims? I actually really like each heir’s name, because they are all nature-inspired; Fern, Briar, Cherry.
  6. Your most unique Sim? I think Briar. She was just so weird. And her current personality, while very different from her younger self, isn’t a trope as far as I know. Everyone else is pretty stereotypical.
  7. Your hottest Sim? Well, Luc is definitely the best looking one in my opinion. I’m surprisingly still reasonably happy with his face, which is strange because I usually itch to continuously edit faces.
  8. The sim most sentimental to you? Why? If you don’t get attached to your Sims, just don’t answer. I have to say Luc. While I hate his current attitude and disrespect to Cherry, he’s the character I’ve been working on the most during my hiatus, and getting the deepest into his head. So I must retract my past statements of Luc being my favourite character, because he’s done too many stupid things, and rather say that Cinna is. However, he is definitely the most sentimental to me.
  9. Have you any funny moments in your gameplay/stories you would want to reminisce? I laugh when I reread Generation One, which was mostly gameplay-driven. Fern’s in game mishaps were quite funny. My stories don’t really have any funny written moments, though, which I need to work on. Unfortunately I’m not a very humorous person 😛
  10. How would you describe your style? Minimalist, modern, sharp.
  11. Country or city? I find cities a million times more interesting than the countryside. The architecture is fascinating to me, and my dream goal is to visit beautiful cities like Florence and Lisbon one day.

Alright, that’s it! I’m not going to tag anyone or make any questions if that’s okay. Thank you for reading 🙂

tag — moodboard.

Thanks to the ever awesome Jowita for tagging me! I had plenty of fun doing this one because aesthetics are just my… thing. So of course I was extra, and gave all my main characters my take on moodboards!

I nominate these people, and again, excuse me if you’ve already been tagged:

Set Apart

AQ Stories

Winters Valley

Our Different Paths

The Fairwood Legacy

Not Just a Book Sims

Noble Doubt

Sempreviva’s Sims

The Hunter Legacy

Light the way to heaven

That’s me for now! I hope everyone is having a lovely day ❤

tag — original character.

The amazing Jowita tagged me for this super fun post! I decided to do Cherry, not because I like her, but this is good practice in writing her annoying voice 😛 I’m adding in Luc as well, so a warning, there’s swearing in his answers. These are written in character just after the events of Chapter 3.9.


The rules:

  1. Pick a character you’ve created.
  2. Fill in the questions/statements as if you were that character.
  3. Tag at least four people to do this meme.

HER FACE FREAKING TRIGGERS ME *CHOKES*
  1. What is your name? My name is Cherry Kingston.
  2. Do you know why you were named that? My mom, Briar, thought it would be nice to give my siblings food names- Cherry, Caramel and Cinnamon. My name is the least strange, thankfully.
  3. Single or taken? Oh, taken! That feels a little weird to say, but taken.
  4. Stop being a Mary Sue! Um… sorry…?
  5. What’s your eye colour? My eyes were originally electric blue, but one of them was blinded into milky green.
  6.  How about hair colour? Brown, a sort of chestnut chocolate.
  7.  Have you any family members? My mother, my father Max, and two sisters. My extended family is quite big and I can’t name them all here, but my grandparents Fern and Christopher are really nice.
  8.  Oh, how about pets? I don’t have any, but I would love a dog or cat someday- they are so fluffy and cute!
  9.  That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? I am rather antisocial and don’t like talking to strangers.
  10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? I love playing the piano and singing!
  11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? My mom. I know she must have been angry and sad when I ran away, and I still feel very guilty about it.
  12.  Ever… killed anyone before? No, definitely not!
  13.  What kind of animal are you? Human…
  14. Name your worst weaknesses. This is a little hard to admit, but probably my low self esteem. I’m trying to stop thinking negatively about myself, although it’s difficult.
  15.  Do you look up to anyone at all? My best friend Lilith- she is totally comfortable with herself, brave, kind, and a strong leader.
  16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? Straight, though I do wish I was asexual sometimes. But then I wouldn’t be with Luc.
  17. Do you go to school? I think it would be nice to study music at a university, but my mom had other ideas, and Gabriel… well, happened.
  18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day? I’m not sure… a wedding sounds lovely, and maybe a family, but it all seems like a far fetched dream.
  19.  Do you have fangirls/fanboys? Of course not.
  20. What are you most afraid of? I don’t really want to say, but if you insist, as of now? Luc leaving me. He’s flighty and I don’t know how our relationship is going to go.
  21.  What do you usually wear? I like soft, pretty things; blouses, florals, ballet flats.
  22.  What’s one food that tempts you? I love anything sweet, I particularly enjoy freshly baked pastries from a cafe.
  23. Am I annoying you? Um… no…
  24. Well, it’s not over! Okay.
  25.  What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? My family is quite wealthy, I think, but I myself do not earn much.
  26. How many friends do you have? I have two close friends -Lilith and Michel- and I could consider Gabriel a friend as well. Raphael doesn’t really like me, but I can’t blame him.
  27. What are your thoughts on pie? This pretty bakery next door to where I work makes delicious apple pies.
  28. Favourite drink? Oh, the caramel frappucino from Starbucks is heavenly.
  29. What’s your favourite place? There is a quiet beach hidden nearby my family house. It is a beautiful place, with golden sand and palm trees, and almost no one goes there.
  30.  Are you interested in anyone? Luc, of course. He’s being super nice to me so far.
  31. That was a stupid question. I don’t think so.
  32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean? The aforementioned beach was wonderful for uninterrupted swimming. I like the scent of salt water.
  33. What’s your type? I don’t really have a type. I’m just happy Luc is dating me.
  34.  Any fetishes? None… (o_o)
  35. Camping or indoors? I like being alone in nature, but lately I have preferred being indoors, perhaps because Bridgeport is all buildings and smoky air.

I don’t have any pictures of Luc alone, and looking at these shots I want to edit his face a bit again… or at least add detail. His skin looks plastic .___.
  1. What is your name? My real name’s Luc, but my self-inflicted nickname is Lucifer.
  2. Do you know why you were named that? Nah.
  3. Single or taken? I’m never taken. But I’m not single right now, yeah.
  4. Stop being a Mary Sue! What?
  5. What’s your eye colour? Green.
  6.  How about hair colour? Dark blonde, but I usually dye it different colours. Just not insane colours like Raphael.
  7.  Have you any family members? My younger brother Gabriel and my cousin Lilith.
  8.  Oh, how about pets? None.
  9.  That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like? People asking nosy damn questions.
  10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? Basketball, nothing much else.
  11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? Yeah. Too many, too much.
  12.  Ever… killed anyone before? Uh… no.
  13.  What kind of animal are you? What kind of question is this?
  14. Name your worst weaknesses. I don’t have any weaknesses, and if I did, I wouldn’t fucking tell you.
  15.  Do you look up to anyone at all? No one, off the top of my head.
  16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? Straight.
  17. Do you go to school? Not smart or rich enough for university.
  18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day? Fuck no. Do I look like someone who should have kids?
  19.  Do you have fangirls/fanboys? Probably.
  20. What are you most afraid of? Again, not afraid of anything. Quit with these overly personal questions.
  21.  What do you usually wear? Jeans, tees, the basic shit. I look good in almost anything, doesn’t really matter.
  22.  What’s one food that tempts you? Anything Lilith cooks.
  23. Am I annoying you? Yeah, kinda.
  24. Well, it’s not over! Alright then.
  25.  What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? Middle class.
  26. How many friends do you have? Two, I’m not great at keeping up friendships.
  27. What are your thoughts on pie? Don’t have any thoughts on it.
  28. Favourite drink? Black coffee is all good.
  29. What’s your favourite place? Probably my bedroom, for multiple reasons, but actually? Dunno, I don’t get attached to things much.
  30.  Are you interested in anyone? Cherry. She’s cute.
  31. That was a stupid question. Whatever you say.
  32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean? The sea around Bridgeport is dirty as hell, so I’m gonna say lake.
  33. What’s your type? Pretty girls.
  34.  Any fetishes? Don’t think so.
  35. Camping or indoors? Indoors.

I’m tagging a few people this time, excuse me if you’ve already been nominated, which you probably have, but I’m doing it anyway: