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A Visit to Sunset Valley: Questions from the Fans

Hi everyone, it’s been a hot minute since I posted here. I’m still working on setting up my TS3 game for the next story in Kass’ series. In the meantime, I have  some fun questions given to me by members of my Freezer Bunnies Reading Circle over on the forums.   I was going to answer everything over on the forums, but then it got a bit carried away so I’m sharing here for all my readers.  I sent my TS3 Simself to be the snoopy reporter and ask questions of this delightful cast.

Disclaimer: The answers are given based on where said reading circle is at in KCLKF (up through  Arc 12 or  chapter 1.33).  Really mild spoilers if you haven’t read that far.  Oh and a bit of breaking-the-fourth-wall humor.  Shout-out to all my reading circle peeps (you’re all mentioned below somewhere). Minor edit… apologies to Duvelina for not crediting her correctly. 


It’s a beautiful morning in Sunset Valley, Valverde.   The world appears to be peaceful as it is  just after the morning rush hour.  You can hear the low roar of ocean waves crashing against the soft sandy beaches and sweet sounds of swallows as they gather their families for the juicy gossip on the telephone wires.  No, not our gossip. Theirs. You know – like did you hear that  Chirpy McChatterbox was heard making amorous ticking sounds toward Hooty Howlin’ near the movie theater last weekend?  😉

While there are some clouds in sight, the skies are bright and beautiful.  Nothing can beat that tranquil blue!  I pause for a moment to drink in the sites, trying to ignore the Altos hideous Pepto-Bismol pink house on the hill. Tossing my empty paper cup  into the trash, I pop a mint to avoid coffee breath and head toward Central Park in downtown.

Gave my TS3 Simselfie a makeover… and put her in my favorite red plaid shirt. 🙂 Forgive what’s happening to Kass’ necklace here. I have no clue why it bugged out.

I caught up with the star  of The Krazy Crazy Life of Kassiopeia Fullbright.  We met on a park bench near the pond. I have to say it is a unique experience chatting with a character I’ve created.

Lizzie:  Hey Kass. Thanks for making time for this.

Kass: Sure. It’s an honor to chat with you, Lizzie.

Lizzie: No, the honor is mine. You’ve really brought my vision to life, and you’ve had some excellent input of your own . You’ve really taken charge of your life.

Kass: (smiles shyly) Wow… really? Um… that’s great to… hear. I haven’t been too sure… about a lotta things lately.

Lizzie: Well, let’s dive right in. Hope you don’t mind the cameras.

Kass: Not at all. I’m kinda used to them by now.

Lizzie: Really? They’re kinda weird for me. (clears throat) Okay… so first question is from ajmkv, writer and host of  the popular competitive reality TV show, Kev & Get It.

Kass:  Wow! He is a KCLKF fan?  Love that show. Ayesh and I watch it almost as religiously as Specific Hospital.

Lizzie: (smirks) I know. I can’t get enough of the juicy juicy drama.

Kass: (tilts head) Really? You strike me as more of a thriller and suspense kind-of gal.

Lizzie: (grins sheepishly) Guilty pleasure. Actually… if I’m being honest… a pleasure, pleasure. Not guilty at all. I also like a good fantasy. You should check out Tales from Camelot. Fantasy mixed with some excellent suspense.

Kass:  (pulls out her phone) Bookmarking it now.

Lizzie: Alright… the questions – ajmkv says, “A lot happened to you in these (most recent) Arcs. Lots of emotion, both negative and positive. Trying to stay positive, what is it that you’re most looking forward to in the next few days?”

Her expression brightens. She looks relieved by the question. Her face lights up with a smile and a flush creeps into her cheeks.

Kass: I… I’m really happy with my new boyfriend. His name is Davis, as you know.  I couldn’t have gotten through what I did recently without him.

Lizzie: He did seem to help out a lot, especially during that harrowing night  at your house.

Kass: Yeah… that mess… (laughs awkwardly) I’m just hoping for some down-time… baseball-free… with Davis.

Lizzie: Next question is from MercuryFoam of the exciting supernatural  thriller, Between 2 Worlds.

Kass: (places hand on her stomach and gasps) Cool! I had no idea so many writers were into my story. And Between 2 Worlds is awesome!

Lizzie: (smiles) I know how much you like crime stories.

Kass: Are you kidding? I have a huge collection back at the house. I don’t have enough bookcases.

Lizzie: Tell me about it.  I think I need a whole room devoted to my behemoth library.

We both laugh lightly, completely at ease with one another. I couldn’t imagine a better person to carry out this story near and dear to my heart.

Lizzie: Actually whoops! Didn’t read my notes correctly.  Sorry about that.  Duvelina asks,  “Do you know what you want to study in college already?”

Kass: (cracks her knuckles) Heh… you’d think I would’ve made up my mind by now, right? I’m a down-to-the-wire kinda girl, you know.

Lizzie: Yes, I do. (points to self) Fatal flaw.

Kass: Yeah. I thought about business like Nonno.  Though flipping houses isn’t exactly what I’m thinking. Maybe something like business… law? I don’t know. (bites lower lip) Is that too ambitious?

Lizzie: Not at all. If you put your mind to it.

Kass: Thanks. I also thought about communications like you, or writing. I think I did pretty good at writing for the school paper. And I guess I could always teach.

Lizzie: Duvelina also asks… wow! I really didn’t read that right. Must not have had enough coffee this morning. Not a morning person.

Kass: Go by the Jolt later. Granny Jade will fix you up.

Lizzie: Thanks. Okay.  Duvelina’s question – “Where do you see yourself in  5 to 10 years? How do you feel about moving away from Sunset Valley for college?”

Kass: (smiles and scrunches her nose) Yeah, everyone’s kinda asking me that now days.  Standard adult question I guess.

Lizzie: Something like that.

Kass: I can definitely answer that last one. I am excited, but also nervous. I’ve wanted to go to Edgewater for the last four years of my life. Nonno is an alumnus and so is Davis. (flushes again) A lot of important people have graduated from there, and the town is home to my favorite Sim National football team.

Lizzie: (pumps fist in the air) Go Saints!

Kass:   I’m a little worried I’ll miss my friends… and my sisters… (expression sobers) Especially my sisters. I know how much they… uh… need me. But um… (rubs head) Five to ten years. That’s a long way out. I don’t know what I’m gonna have for dinner tomorrow night or where I might be crashing on the weekend. A lot’s going on around here. I don’t know if I can… answer that.   I mean, did you know what you wanted when you were my age?

Lizzie: (stops and thinks for a minute) I had ideas… I  planned on studying communications. I bounced around for a bit in college and came back to communications. No. I guess I didn’t know where I saw myself in five to ten years after college. Sure didn’t expect to be where I am now, but I’m blessed.

Lizzie: I can give you some advice. Don’t be afraid to experiment. To try new things and different things. Find a mentor. Someone who can help you talk through what you want, your interests, the future. Don’t worry too much about the people you leave behind. This is your time. Enjoy your uni years. They go by quick. Sometimes it takes awhile to know what you want.  You’ll figure it out, Kass. I believe in you.

Kass: Thank you.

Lizzie: I couldn’t ask for a better leading lady.

Kass: (puts hand to heart) I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.

Next I headed to Papyrus Memorial Library. Andi was there, studying. She pulled out her earbuds when I arrived.

Lizzie: What are you listening to?

Andi:  Tchaikovsky’s  Waltz of Flowers from The Nutcracker.  (smiles) It helps me concentrate. It’s early, but I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures.

Lizzie: Hey, no judging here. Today’s pretty nice though.

Andi: Really? (looks out the window) I’ve been cooped up in here for awhile. I saved up simos to get a laptop, but our internet at home is snail’s pace so I came here.

Lizzie: You can’t be studying, can you? School’s out.

Andi: Summer school. I’m taking Calc I and II just to get them over with.

Lizzie: (clicks her tongue) Ah. Math!

Andi: It’s not so bad. It’s actually kinda fun.

Lizzie: (laughs) Says you… that’s cool you saved up for a laptop.

Andi: Yeah, the next thing I want to do is save up to visit Liz Ridley’s restaurant in Brindleton Bay. That’ll be a good chunk of moula.

Lizzie:  Oh, she and I share the same name. And yes, I’ve heard her food is to die for!  Okay, hey, the reason I’m here is  your fans have asked some questions.

Andi: You mean someone likes my music?

Lizzie: Sort of. It’s from ajmkv: “What’s it like to be so wise? Tell me your secrets, queen!”

Andi: (throws hands in the air) Uh…. what? I’m not… wise… (blushes deeply) not like… wait… really? Someone said that about me?

Lizzie: (smiles and nods)

Andi: (gasps and gulps) Uh my secrets? I dunno… I’m just me…

Andi: (stands up abruptly and looks at her naked wrist) Uh… (forces a laugh) Would you look at the time? I just remembered I have brunch plans.

Lizzie: What about the question?

Andi: I don’t even know how to answer that.  (quickly gathers her personal items and makes an exit)

Next I managed to catch Ayesha walking out of Sharma Day Spa.

Lizzie: Hey girl!

Ayesha: (turns and grins) Hey Liz, what’s up?

Lizzie: Oh not too much. Staying busy. Working a lot. Trying to keep up with the fans.

Ayesha: Sounds rough. What can I do you for?

Lizzie: Ajmkv would like to know: “WHERE ARE YOU, GIRL? I miss you!” (arches her brows) Ooo… I hope I did that right. I think I was practically screaming.

Ayesha:  (smiles and scrunches her face) Aww I miss you too… wait… who are you?

Lizzie: Ajmkv. He’s one of your fans.

I gave Ayesha a lip piercing in the second story. Honestly, I forgot all about it until I had to transfer over my saved Sims from my old game and I noticed it.

Ayesha: Right…  (strikes a pose)  oh I’ve got so many fans. It’s hard to keep track. And where have I been? (runs hand through her hair)  I just got a lip piercing. What do ya think?

Lizzie: Uh…

Ayesha: So did I like forget to give him my digits or something?

Lizzie: I think he means since Kass is busy with Davis and family drama, and then the  break-in that happened the other night.

Ayesha: Oh my gawd! What break-in? I gotta go call Kass.  Seriously, you holding out on me, Liz?

Lizzie: (winces) Not intentionally.

Ayesha: Oh and if you see my Mama… you never saw (points at her mouth) This! Or my… uh… (looks down) crop top… or ripped jeans… actually… (lifts finger) better say you didn’t see me.

Lizzie: (pretends to zip lips) Your secret is safe with me.  And it looks fab!

Ayesha: (runs away and waves) Thanks, girl! Oh and feel free to give ajmkv my digits. He can call anytime.

I have no idea what my Simself was doing here. And here’s the unedited Molly, River, and Sandi.

Since it was lunchtime, I headed across the street to load up on the greasy goodness of Hogan’s Deep-Fried Diner. Two words. Mozzarella balls. Take it from me. Try the Ranch. Not the marinara.

As I approach Gage, I recognize the two ladies he’s talking to as Molly French and River McIrish. The teen is carrying sweet baby Sandi.

Gage: Yes, and I just got accepted to Northwestern in Windy City.

This version of Gage is wearing glasses. Okay… I learned something new. He usually wears contacts, I guess. 😉

Lizzie: (pumps fist in the air and jumps up and down) Whoo! Whoo! Go  Wiley Wildcats!

Gage: (arches a brow) Uh yeah! Wildcats!

Lizzie: Sorry I’m in a school spirit mood today.

Molly: And you are?

Gage: This is Lizzie. We go way back. She gave me a chance in The Krazy Crazy Life

Lizzie: Yeah, Gage was the first character to crash my story. And  I let him.

Molly and River laugh awkwardly. They say goodbye. Now’s my chance to ask Gage some questions.

I have no idea why my Simself always looks gigantic. I’m not that tall. Haha.

Gage sneezes.

Lizzie: Ah, bless you. Someone is thinking of you.  Which is perfect… I have questions for you from fans.

Gage:  Sure.

Lizzie: First up from MercuryFoam – “You were determined to get to know your roots better, but when you confessed to Kass, you told her you were alright with staying put and not pursuing your studies in… was it Riverview?”

Gage: (interrupts) No, Windy City! How could you forget?  I’ve only wanted to go to Northwestern my whole life!

Lizzie: Uh… I’m not finished. (continues reading)  “Anyway, what made you suddenly realise your feelings for Kass and I must say it’s surprisingly strong if you could make that comment. So I’d like if you could explain that part too.”

Gage: (blushes) Oh yeah, well, I’ve known Kass for a really long time. She was my first friend in Sunset Valley, and the only kid who was kind to me at church and school. Kid… haha. We’re adults now.

Gage: (lifts hand) I think it was when we went to homecoming together last October. I don’t know. I’d never looked at her that way before, but she was beautiful. And well… (scratches back of head) I think I’ve always cared about her. I just didn’t really realize it until I knew we were both gonna be apart. I do want to meet my family and stuff, but I’d like to have some nice memories with Kass before she leaves and I leave. You know… and I think, we could be really good together. And sometimes people can make long distance work, right?

Lizzie: Next question from ajmkv – “What do you think of Madison? Or you at all interested in her? Or could you be if Kass said no to your advances?”

Gage: (waves arms) Wait… Kass said no?

Lizzie: I didn’t say that. Uh… she hasn’t answered you yet.

Gage: Why would she say no?

Lizzie: Gage, did you miss the question?

Gage: She isn’t going to say no is she?

Lizzie: (sighs and puts hands toward her chest) Gage, focus. The question. Madison???

Ah vanilla Sunset Valley! What wild patterns on that wall at the gym! And the room is so bare and empty.

Unfortunately, Gage wandered off muttering under his breath about calling Kass. Uh oh! I may have lit a fuse too early. It didn’t matter. After that deep-fried lunch, I was in the mood to work off some calories. I headed to 28-Hour Wellness Gym and ran into none other than Davis. He shyly told me he didn’t feel comfortable swimming in the Riviera’s pool so he worked out here at the public gym.

Davis: Hi Lizzie. It’s good to see you.

Kass: Yeah, good to see you too. I have a question for you from ajmkv.

Davis: Is that one of the guys who hangs out in the coffee shop?

Kass: A virtual reading circle actually.

Davis: Okay. Shoot.

Kass: Ajmkv asks – “What about Kass do you like the most so far? We’ve all noticed you staring at her in her swimsuit, at her luscious red hair, and her pretty face, but what would you pick as her best attribute?”

I was so mad! Hearts appeared around Lizzie and Davis. GAH! NO! Not cool. I even have a retuned attraction mod so I know when Sims hearts appear, they “really” like each other. Oh… well… I guess I have a type.  😳 This is even pre-Davis makeover. Haha.

Davis: Oh a gentleman never kisses and tells.

Lizzie: This isn’t about kissing. (suddenly a little flustered***) Who said anything about kissing?

Davis: I think it’s a bit personal,  but I’ll say this… Kass is more than her beauty. She’s a kind and intelligent woman who goes above and beyond for the people she cares about. I really like and admire her for that. And she’s close with her family. It’s really beautiful to watch. I’m not sure about her mom though. She’s… it’s not my place to judge actually.

Lizzie: So her best… attribute? (wondering if it’s hot in here all the sudden – all that pool humidity)

Davis: Definitely the way she takes care of others.

Note the danger! 🤭

I made a quick exit, suddenly feeling weird about shapes randomly appearing above my head. What next? Thought bubbles!

Before heading to the Fullbright-Riviera home, I had one more spot in downtown – Community School for the Gifted. Maybe I could take take a cool dip in the school pool. But before that, I poked my head into the janitor’s closet. Just to take a quick look around.

Lizzie: Ah ha!  Found you!

Clark: (startled, drops hands in lap) Don’t sneak up on a person like that, Liz.

Lizzie: Sorry. Uh hey… ajmkv would like to know – “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU SNEAKY SAUSAGE?” (rubs throat) Oh, that’s hard on the voicebox.  Do you have any water?

Clark: (looks confused) Sneaky? Sau-sage? (crosses arms and spins around on his stool)  No, I’m not even going to dignify that with an answer.

I head over to the Fullbright-Riviera residence. Carina is just getting home from her afternoon shift at the movies. She picked up a second summer job at Wilsonoff Community Theater, saving money for some concert tickets that she and her bestie want to attend.  She motions to the adjacent lounge chair. As I sit down, I notice Cari was kind enough to bring us snacks.

Cari: Andi said you were in town.

Lizzie: Thanks for the soda.

Cari: What? No popcorn!

Lizzie: No… yuck!  No offense. But I hate butter popcorn.

Cari: (sighs) You and Kass both.

Carina took a phone call. How rude, right? A Sim wouldn’t stay where she was supposed to. *face palm*

Lizzie:  Carina, will you get off the phone so I can ask you a question?

Cari: And you’re not gonna believe it, Lisa! We had an INTRUDER! Twice. I thought I would lose my mind, but Kass like tore off after the guy like a mamma bear protecting cubs. I thought she’d break her ankle running down that hill. Oh and Kass’ new guy is really cool. He stayed and made sure we were all okay.

Lizzie: Cari!

Cari: Wait, omg! I didn’t tell you. Yeah, Kass is dating this dish. He’s super hot and…

Lizzie: (clears throat) CARINA!

Cari: (turns around and glares) Oh, gotta go Lisa. Somebody’s in need of something… I know… again.

Lizzie: (shakes head)

Cari: What is it? Make it snappy. I’m in demand.

Lizzie: Do you mind answering a question from a reader?

Cari: Make it quick. I got things to do. Namely like have you heard the dish on the Villareals lately?  It may be a work of fiction, but I don’t care. This is juicy stuff.  I, for one, want to know if Hugo is ever going to find out what’s going on with Nelson.

Lizzie: (giggles) I wonder that too, but Cari, focus, girl. Okay… ajmkv would like to know… “Are you upset that you’ve had to take a caretaking role in your household? Buying the groceries and things like that, I mean. Do you wish Kass and/or Andi should help out a little bit more or do you not mind doing these things?”

Cari: (rolls eyes)  Like for reals? I am invaluable around here and I put in soooooo much effort and do I ever get thanked for it? Like no… like never!

Lizzie: Cari that wasn’t the question.

So I asked my real-life sister, whom Carina is based on, which of the Too Good at Goodbye characters she found attractive. I just showed her pictures and she picked Hugo.

Cari: I know, right? So I wish my sisters wouldn’t be so obsessed with their boy toys, but whachagonnado? They’re at that age. (looks at her nails)

Lizzie: (beneath her breath) You’re at that age!

Cari: I guess I have to live vicariously through my magazines. Hugo. He’s got a lot of loving, but man, is he nice to look at!

Lizzie: (looks away thinking about her “weird” connection earlier) Uh….

Cari: Okay, I’ll say this. (straightens in seat) Kass isn’t half bad and she does do stuff… sometimes. (glares) But don’t tell her I said that!

The day and my questions are drawing to a close. Cari told me that her mamma was most likely sleeping all day again, even though it was nearly four in the afternoon.  I hesitated when I heard sniffling.

Lizzie: Amy?

Amy: (muffled) What? Who is it? Go away?

Lizzie: Amy, it’s me. Lizzie. I have some questions from readers for you.

Amy: (gasps) Readers? Is that like some cult thing? Palm readers? Mind readers? Not interested.

Lizzie: No… not a cult. A club. Or a circle. That is…  uh readers… like people who read stories, you know?

Amy: Not now, Lizzie. I’m not decent. Um… and why are they reading about me?

Lizzie: Are you willing to answer their questions?

Amy: Like what?

Lizzie: Let’s start with something light and fun. Mercuryfoam asks: “Sorry for super personal and intrusive question, but am I right to assume Clark the first man you’ve been with since Howard?”

Amy: (straightens immediately)  That is very personal. Yes. He’s the first man I’ve dated since my ex.

Lizzie: Okay, continuing… “Why do you find him attractive? (Besides his accent and guitar playing ofc).”

Amy: What accent? (sighs and rubs her face) I’m getting a headache. Can you hurry this up?

Lizzie: But you didn’t answer the question.

Amy: I don’t know why this is important. I’m tired. I need to get some things done today. Okay uh…  (shakes head) Clark takes good care of me. And my girls. They don’t see that yet, but he does and he will. He’s a good man. They just need to give him a chance.

Lizzie: Not exactly the answer I was looking for, but that’s better than nothing. Okay, next question. ajmkv asks: “What was running through your mind after THAT confrontation with Andi? Was it like your body took over?”

Amy: (softly starts crying)

Lizzie: (sighs and silently leans into the wall) Amy, are you okay?

Amy: (snaps)  I don’t have to justify myself to you! Or to anyone! Oh! (covers her face)

Lizzie: Amy, will you let me in?

Forgive my laziness. I didn’t reset up the Amy’s room like it was before. Nor did I add curtains everywhere. Eek!

After what feels like eternity, Amy opens the door and lets me walk into the bedroom. She explains that it’s very plain right now because she’s redecorating. A minimalist. I guess I hit the set later on in the story. I don’t really pay any attention to the surroundings. I’m more concerned about the woman who is obviously in pain.

Amy: I’m so ashamed. I hit my own daughter. Now they all hate me and they’ll probably never come back. Oh what have I done?

Lizzie: Hey now… it’s okay. Cari is actually out on the porch.

Amy: She is? Oh… don’t let her see me. I’m a terrible mother.

Lizzie: (sighs) I’m not a mother unless you count four cats.

Amy: (peeks out from behind her hand) You have four cats?

No clue what happened to her nightgown there. 😅

Lizzie: (half-smiles and sits on the bed) Yeah, but the point is, I’m not a mother so I don’t fully understand the pressure you’re under, but I know it’s a lot. And I think you’re trying and maybe someone like Clark is…try-ing… to help ease the burden, hmm?

Amy: Yeah, he is pretty helpful. The girls don’t know it yet, but he’s really good with kids. Kind. Patient. A good provider. I… miss… that around here. I feel like I’ve slowly lost myself over the years and he’s helping me come back. And now I just lost it last night when someone violated our home, and I was scared. I wasn’t thinking.

Lizzie: You were concerned and scared last night. I get it.

Amy: (buries her face in her hands) That’s no excuse for violence. My mamma never hit me.

Lizzie: I’m sure the girls will forgive you.

Amy: (whispers) I hope so.

Again… towering Lizzie for the win! Don’t worry. I fixed it after this scene.

Lizzie: It’s gonna be okay, Amy. You’ll work things out with them in time.

Amy: Isn’t that a spoiler?

Lizzie: (smirks and looks at her shoes) Yeah, maybe it is. I don’t care. I think it’s okay to give the readers some hope.

Amy: (hugs herself) Yeah, alright. Hey, you wanna stay for dinner?

Lizzie: What’s for dinner?

Amy: Waffles.

Lizzie: (laughs) Sure, I’ve heard all about Amy’s famous burnt waffles.


Author Notes: That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for reading. Feel free to send more questions if you like.   What other things would you like to see? Would you like to see more interviews? More of my TS3 Simselfie running around? A sneak peek at my character and townie makeovers? Shorts in the KCLKF world? I’m enjoying messing around in my game.  

Fresh Starts and Memory Lane

Memory Lane Award

I was nominated forever ago by the lovely Kate of the Loewe Legacy, a delightful legacy story about the Loewe family in Monte Vista.  Since my schedule has been hectic to say the least, the Sims has slipped lower on my list of things to do, but it is still a love of mine. I promised not to abandon you forever, and here I am.

Here’s how Memory Lane Challenge works:

  1. Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for a totally legit award. Get a gold star and stick it on your forehead like a boss.
  2. Share 5 of your favorite moments from your legacy/challenge/story thus far. 
  3. Nominate 3-5 blogs to do the same. (Since I’m so forever late on this, I am not tagging anyone, but feel free to do the challenge if you so wish). 
Hello Gold Star!

As the new year rolls around, I am itching to get back to playing the Sims and writing SimLit. I have been contemplating a good number of things and how much has changed since I began Kass’s story in February 2015. I believe my writing has significantly improved… or at least, I hope it has.

FYI, the following post has spoilers for KCLKF, and massive spoilers for From Riverview, With Love (FRWL), Interludes & Solitude (I&S), and Colt Family Traitacy Generation 1.5 Thick As Thieves (TAT). You’ve been warned. 

The Krazy Crazy Life of Kassiopeia Fullbright

First pic

When I started the Kass series, I wasn’t entirely sure what my goal was. I wanted to write a family drama following a flawed female protagonist. She needed to have red hair. That was a must. I modeled some of my main character’s experiences and family after my own. They say write what you know.

I started with some tension…

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  1. Kass’s dad’s previous betrayal of his marriage and family and her parent’s implied divorce. Kass and her sisters stayed with their mother while their father left for some unknown place with his mistress.

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2. Kass and her sisters are mildly upset about their mother’s new beau.

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3. Kass’s youngest sister, Andi has a secret boyfriend.

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4. Kass is concerned for her best friend, Gage Briody, whether out of genuine concern for a friend or possible romantic attachment, and his recent re-connection with his biological family. Nonetheless, Kass wants to protect Gage.

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5. Kass also is fairly attracted to the new barista, Davis Lamar, the grandson of Granny Jade, the owner of her favorite coffee house.

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6. I also introduced the idea of EXCES, (EXtra Cellular Exclusion Syndrome), in chapter 4, and reintroduced her father into her life.

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I had good content to work with, and many places and directions I could go. Then the game threw many curveballs at me, and I tried to go with what happened on screen and what was supposed to happen in my outline, but things turned out differently than I originally intended. I’m not saying I regret this. I think it was a good learning experience. Kass and I were just getting our feet wet together, and I had a long way to go to understanding and loving her character. I’m not sure people “get” her like I do, and I know I had readers who really disliked her and gave up. I can understand that, and I don’t blame anyone for their opinions.

Where Things Changed

There were a good many things that weren’t supposed to happen.

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  1. The house destruction.  I quickly caused an earthquake in game to cover up some of the problems with losing the house.

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2. Due to losing her home, I sped things up in Kass and Davis’ romance, forcing an awkward conversation between Kass and her mom and a hesitation on Kass’ part even though she enjoyed “the kiss.”

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3. Kass and her mamma and sisters also moved into her Simtalian grandparents’ luxurious home because they were temporarily homeless after their house was destroyed.  This forced me to do more out of the home shoots, but I got around Sunset Valley more this way.

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Unfortunately for me, I lost this gorgeous home during game corruptions and when I moved devices. If anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know.

I will probably “level” Kass’s grandparents’ home and use a different but similar style lot on the same location in future Kass stories. I don’t have a great explanation yet, other than maybe her grandparents decided to do a total home renovation, probably with Nonno’s hip and falling problems.

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4. Davis never was supposed to have a crazy mixed-up background with sex traffickers. At the time in my life, my church was doing an awareness campaign for sex trafficking and raising money to help free women and children around the world. I felt the need to speak out on the issue but didn’t know how. What resulted was a sloppy explanation for Davis’ strange background used as a platform for an issue I wanted to discuss, but didn’t know how. I feel like I bungled the opportunity, and it didn’t fit Davis’ character.

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5. The second half of chapter 1.24 and the second half of chapter 1.27 and all of 1.28, Part 1, 2, and 3 were not in the original script. I added them to give Kass an opportunity to be distracted and to learn more about her world’s history, plus introduce the Goth family, which I had been wanting to do somehow. I wanted Kass to have a real reason to be depressed, and not merely over two guys, but now that section feels rushed, Kass comes off super “judgey” and impulsive, and this whole thing makes me cringe as a result.  *sigh* You live and learn.

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6. I did really really enjoy writing the short – X Marks the Spot. Carina Fullbright and Alex Goth were too adorable. 🙂 ❤  This was the first time I really played around with pose player. Plus I was pretty pleased with the dialogue:

“Are you all right?” the man asked, keeping his hands braced against her rib cage.

Cari peered up into the face of the man who had crashed into her. It wasn’t a face she could easily forget as his emerald green eyes penetrated her gaze. She inhaled his ambrosial cologne and nearly fell again, as it had a dizzying effect on her. As her vision came into focus, she realized the man was Alexander Goth.

“I…” escaped her lips as he still hadn’t let go of her.

“I’m sorry,” he was saying. “I was distracted.”

“That makes two of us…”

A Death in the Family

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7. Jennifer’s death was a shock to me. I had many plans for her character as sort-of a surrogate mother figure for Kass and obviously one for Gage. In fact, he took her death hard in game. His mourning lasted beyond the typical 2 day grieving period the game allows. That’s when I knew I needed to write a spinoff for his character as he was a premade who had taken on a whole life of his own.

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This was also the first time I had a game glitch death like this. Jennifer died off-screen in an uncontrolled family in a swimming pool. And yes, there were ladders. (Sorry, morbid humor). She succumbed to exhaustion. I thought about cancelling this out and bringing her back to life. I thought about having some giant conspiracy attached to it, though I didn’t plan well enough for that. I thought about having her actually die at the pool. But then I changed things to have her merely slip in the shower in her home, hit her head, and drown, and Gage was the one to find her. Maybe not the best death I could’ve written.  In fact, I wished I had introduced Jennifer sooner so the death would feel even more tragic and the readers would sympathize more.

At the same time, it fit. Death felt random and sudden. Often in life, there is no warning. Sometimes tragedy happens, and there isn’t always a solid reason as to why. Sometimes it simply… happens. Death is violent and cruel, but it serves a purpose. For Gage, his foster mom’s death served as a catalyst for his journey to self-discovery in From Riverview, With Love. But first…

First Chapter from Another Point of View

8. Gage’s chapter with Natalya was a first for me. A first time I wrote a sex scene in SimLit. I was nervous. I must have edited that chapter a hundred times. I wanted to convey the whirlwind of their hookup, and emphasize the consequences of the night, but I also wanted to be tasteful and emphasize the beauty of Gage’s first time.

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Natalya helped him move to the couch with her third drink and Gage’s fifth. She pulled off her jacket and his and pulled at his tie in a taunting way. When she kissed him, he didn’t resist. He wanted her to. Her lips tasted like candy. Delicious. Sweet. Satisfying. She made him feel… good. He could barely breathe.

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Come on Gage, you’re a big boy, he thought to himself as he dropped his head in his hands and rubbed his temples. You had sex. Because that’s what it was. But oh hell! I shouldn’t have. I couldn’t have. Oh I did. Oh llamas, what have I done? 

The Original Ending… Sort of…

9. The ending of KCLKF was almost as planned, except there was supposed to be more situations and interactions building up to it.

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I fully intended on creating a sort-of love triangle, though it ended up being unrequited love of Gage’s part.  I did write content I never used, and might in the future.

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Some Kind of Confession” was originally titled “Some Kind of Wonderful” with the only interruption in Kass and Davis’ seemingly “perfect” relationship was the announcement of Gage’s foster mom’s tragic death. Honestly, I really wished I could’ve explored Davis a bit more.  He was sort-of too perfect, but the introduction of a weird sex trafficking ring made him too… um… not even sure what word I want to use here unbelievable? I started thinking afterward – wouldn’t he need to be in witness protection or something after all that happened? I mean, some individuals from that part of his life were still at large?  Was his name even Davis Lamar?

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Here’s where the family drama story went sideways and then felt halfhearted to me. I wish I could’ve gotten to know Davis better. The real Davis. I did a whole spinoff series with Gage. I wrote chapters from Brendon Shore’s and Ayesha Ansari’s and Billy Caspian’s point of view, but never Davis. I feel like I cheated the guy. I want to make his character more realistic. I’m not saying writing about sex trafficking wasn’t illuminating or an interesting challenge for me. I’m glad I did it. I wrote and rewrote and edited and edited again. In the end, I wish I had done things differently, or let on signs way sooner if that was the direction I really wanted to go, but again… you live and learn.

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The ending happened quite abruptly. There was supposed to be more build-up, and more explanation to Kass’s sudden desire to scrap college and travel across the country with her dad. I fully intended to have the whole awkward Davis-Gage scene in her grandparents guest bedroom the night after Kass and Gage got drunk. However, I should’ve offered more explanation. It’s hard to really say what it is I’m trying to say.  My original goal was a love triangle, so this scene originally played out differently in my head with different consequences.

Interludes and Solitude: Lucky Palms

To be honest, my favorite moments with Kass aren’t until Interludes & Solitude when I really started to understand Kass’s voice and she became ingratiated into my own. I really started to know who Kass was and what she wanted.

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The opening to Interludes & Solitude: Lucky Palms is one of my breakthrough moments as a SimLit writer.

Bells clanged softly in the distance signaling the start of another week. I stirred beneath the covers of my top bunk. Sometime during the night the sticky heat of the Simojave desert had dissipated enough to cause me to grab the blanket. I slid out from under the covers, peeking my head underneath the lacy white curtains. My suspicions confirmed, I flopped back on my stomach. The mid-morning sun was high in the sky and I had overslept again.

Somehow Kass’s character felt new and different here. Something had changed.  Kass had changed.  I had changed. This wasn’t simply a family drama anymore. This was the story of a young woman coming of age, and she was lonely and lost in her thoughts, isolated from the rest of the world, even if she had her dad.

 

 

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It was around Wishes and Prayers that I got my feet truly under me. I was in Kass’s head and she was in my heart. It is a bit of a strange chapter, but I had written it long before I ever got to I&S, in the middle of KCLKF to be precise, minus a few details. It’s where Kass begins to discover sensuality, even though nothing really happens in this chapter. It’s also where Kass gains the nickname “Red.” It’s where Billy Caspian is introduced and her first real adult relationship begins.

Of course, if you’ve read I&S, you know Billy isn’t as “cute” as he seems. There’s definitely an element of danger to him. Now that I think about it, sex trafficking ring backstory might work better for Billy than Davis. I digress. Their relationship is more carnal than previous relationships.

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 Kissing Billy was like reaching an oasis in the desert, and after being tricked by several mirages, finding the real thing.

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“I’m going to kiss you now.”

“Thanks for the warning,” he laughed.

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Somehow, we entangled ourselves and rolled around the bleacher posts without disengaging our lips.

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This is one of my favorite screenshots from I&S. 

 

Of course, other things happened in I&S… like Kass going to work for the celebrity chef, Romon Tanner

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befriending Audrey, the witch, and Cypher, her cat….

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tutoring Ethan

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…and Ethan “falling in love” with Kass, and becoming somewhat obsessed with her.

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Interludes and Solitude: Desierto Rojo

Then Kass and her dad traveled to Desierto Rojo and the Casa de la Esperanza. Here’s where I feel like I did a disservice to Kass’ story. When FRWL came to an end, it felt like the right place for a conclusion. I had closure. But with I&S Desierto Rojo episodes, I feel like I cut things short. It didn’t feel complete, which is why Kass chapters trickled over into FRWL and CFT: TAT.  I did appreciate some moments from I&S Desierto Rojo like…

Casa de la Esperanza was a gorgeous custom lot

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… the promising cast of characters… especially Juanita…

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and Miguel…

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Kass’s birthday surprise party and her sister’s unexpected arrival.

“Hey kiddo,” my father’s voice pulled me from my unpleasant reverie.

“Dad,” my face broke into a beaming smile. “You look great.”

“Are you kidding me?” he replied, leaning forward to hug me. “I’m a bum next to you. You look beautiful, my daughter. Happy birthday.”

“Do my eyes deceive me?” I asked stoically.

“Yes, Kassiopeia, nineteen is ancient. You need glasses,” my sister teased me.

Andi’s sweet dance with her dad.

And Kass’s shock when she learns that Brendon is responsible for Andi’s arrival in Desierto Rojo.

Introducing Brendon Shore

And nearly every scene with Brendon Shore. He had been “introduced” (albeit out of order) in KFLL, but here is the true first meeting of Kass and Brendon.

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He grunted. “Are you serving here at the bar? Your service sucks. I’ve been waiting here almost a half-hour…” he looked at me again as if expecting a response.

I blinked rapidly. He spoke Simlish. Good.

“…what are you deaf, honey?”

“The restaurant is closed,” I replied. “And your attitude is rude.”

“This is how you treat your customers?” he said in a shocked tone.

I gave him a loud “harumph” and crossed my arms in disbelief. “This is how you treat wait staff?”

 

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“I have a little Bernish in me blood too,” he offered with a slight accent as if we were bonding. “You wouldn’t happen to have Simnness on tap would you?”

“How many ways can I say closed?” I leaned over the bar.

He leaned forward, resting his elbows on the countertop, and offering another smile, albeit a gorgeous one. “As many times as you want, mi guapa reina, but I am a persistent one.”

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“I’m going to figure you out in three guesses,” he replied…

“Let’s see,” he said, almost excitedly. “You’re young so… you’re a student at La Fiesta Tech, paying your way through college by tending bar and your dad came to visit you early for the holidays?”

“Wrong,” I shook my head, as I pulled out the salt to line margarita glasses…

“Okay…” Brendon leaned forward over the bar, smiling more to himself than anyone. “…you are escaping the law of the SimNation because you committed a heinous crime and your father was the getaway driver and now you’re in Mexsimco trying to figure out your next move.”

My brow furrowed as I suppressed a smile. “Wow… really? You think I’m a criminal? What crime did I commit?”

“Horrendously overdue library books.”

Their friendship continues to blossom from here… over breakfast

 

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“I know what you are,” Brendon called after me.

I glanced back over my shoulder, but he wasn’t looking at me.

“I knew the whole time,” a smile played coyly at the edge of his lips as he continued scanning the movies. “For any woman who can keep up with me and has wits like you do is a writer.”

…drinks and dinner… 

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“This isn’t a date,” I blurted out.

“I never said it was.”

“Well then stop flirting with me.”

“Then stop enjoying it.”

I gaped and waved my hands in the air. “I’m not enjoying it.”

…a trip to the beach…

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Sì, parlo correntemente I’italiano.”

Brendon nodded in acknowledgement. “Impressive.” He set down his bottle in the sand. “What do you think of…Sei bella.” He proceeded with a mock-bow.

“Thank you,” I said, feeling flustered. “You’re pretty nice to look at too.”

Grazie,” he bowed graciously, and added, “Mi manchi.”

“Silly,” I giggled. “You can’t miss me. I’m still here.”

…a birthday surprise… 

“You sound back to normal,” a voice called to me from below.

“Er… hi… what are you doing here?” I asked nervously.

“Waiting for you to let down your hair,” he teased.

…a birthday celebration…

“But you do have the Bernish fiery spirit, you can’t deny it?”

“You just don’t give up,” I sighed exasperated.

“Never,” he grinned. “…Berns.”

“That’s… terrible,” I wheezed. “God-awful!”

“But it’s a full blown Bernish moonshine.”

“You never answered my question entirely…” I knew I was deflecting, but I didn’t care. “…about flying my sister out here.”

“I did have an ulterior motive,” he added. “I wanted to see you smile again, Berns.”

 …and a job offer. 

“Just don’t call me sir or anything. And I’m not your boss yet. This is still on spec until the editing team can review everything.”

“Right, thank you, sir,” I said teasingly.

“Alright, Berns.”

“You’re going to keep calling me that, aren’t you?”

“Yep,” he grinned.

From Riverview With Love: Home for the Holidays

And I&S came to a close. I feel like this is probably getting way too long, but all of these stories are one long continuous story to me. Kass and her dad pop over to Riverview to see Gage Briody and the two friends make up, and even a little romance sparks.

Unfortunately, things are cut short. First, because Kass and Gage travel to see Ethan’s band, and Ethan is strangely obsessed with Kass and tries to assault her, though Gage comes to her rescue in the nick of time.

And then because Gage discovers his one-night-stand, Natalya is pregnant with his child.

And Kass isn’t ready to be a mom figure to Gage’s kid, and she’s not even sure she wants to be with Gage still. It was an impulsive mistake in Kass’ mind.

Their goodbye is supposed to mirror Gage’s earlier goodbye with Anita.

…though ironically, they would be facing one another. I think there’s some powerful symbolism here, even if this wasn’t my intention.

Colt Family Traitacy: Thick As Thieves (Billy and Kass Reunion)

Then Kass travels to Hidden Springs with her dad, where she reconnects with her old flame, Billy. It was not my intention to dominate the opening of TAT with Kass or Billy, but somehow this is where my heart wanted to be and what I wanted to write so I went with it.

And against better reasoning, perhaps, they start up a relationship again, and romance leads to Kass’s first time. This was a huge turning point for Kass. Of course, the readers know about Billy’s past, his sexually abusive aunt, his werewolf-vampire hybrid condition, how he stayed at Glory Ann’s to cope and work through his fever, how he chose to run away instead of confronting his feelings with Kass, how he felt guilty and tried to return to find her in Sunset Valley only to hook-up with the newly pregnant (and not by him) Ayesha (and yes, I didn’t forget that random tidbit – did you?). And we know everything that has brought Kass to this moment. She chooses to be with Billy of her own free will and without alcohol, and yet the first time isn’t quite what she expected – a mix of pain and pleasure. She has a mixed reaction, and eventually stresses out to the point of having a panic attack and calling Gage.

In between all this, Kass went to work for Shark Racket at a supernaturals only nightclub.  Unfortunately, Billy Caspian nudged Kass’s position at the nightclub in order to gain an in for Dennis, to which Shark was upset about, and Kass’s job came to an abrupt end.

Oh we also learn that things aren’t quite on the up and up with Billy… like he manipulated the situation a bit, but he didn’t force Kass, and oh yeah…

Dennis Racket is Billy’s biological father, which was a fluke on my part. Originally he was supposed to be an uncle to Billy but after I wrote it, it fit. I left it in.

Kass shockingly discovers that Billy and Constance Shelley were once in a relationship… and if you remember, Gage liked Constance.

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And then Gage shows up out of the blue and wants to fight for Kass. Unfortunately, he is egged on by Billy, and then punches Howard in the face. Kass is beyond furious.

And then Billy breaks up with Kass to protect her, from something unknown, though suspected given the overtones and undertones of the Colt Family Traitacy series and the Racket family… even if he cares for her. This is not the same Billy we see in the beginning. He’s changed some. He is also a deeper, more well rounded character in my opinion.

The Lost Legacy

This brings us up to something close to 2.0 KFLL. I did want to point out one thing from the first chapter in Bay City… after knowing what we know about Kass and Billy (and even Gage), these lines make more sense.  (and yes, that is JoAnn Norman, the bartender who dies later in this scene).

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“…you’re a pretender, Kassio, just like me.”

“A pretender?” I stared at him blankly.

“There are two types of people in this world who are good at pretending. Actors and writers. And while neither one of us is an actor, we are writers. Writers, the good ones, have lived life. They’ve been hurt. They’ve lost something. They’ve gotten angry. They’ve made mistakes. They’ve said the wrong things and drank a little too much and slept with the wrong people.”

I felt my cheek twitch and my face flush. His words hit a chord with me. I felt embarrassed, especially since Brendon was my boss. I felt a nervous pit forming in my stomach.

“You hide your true feelings beneath this façade of toughness because it’s easier to act tough than to face the pain,” he continued. “We’re pretenders. I do it too. I’ve been there. That’s what makes me a good writer too. But since we’re good at pretending…”

I held my breath nervously, hoping he would get to the point quickly.

“…could you at least pretend to like me?” he offered a weak smile.

The Lost Legacy didn’t have its legs underneath it firmly. I was overly ambitious and lacked direction, thus the introduction of a bunch of random plot lines that never quite got resolved. They would’ve been resolved. And they will be resolved. I just need more time.

Kass – the 2nd Time Around

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Now why did I take you through this long journey? Way beyond the five awesome memories. I wanted to show you the journey Kass has been on, and what’s changed from beginning to present. I could continue to talk about 2.0 and various highlights, but I’m stopping here for an important reason. I am planning to write a second edition of KCLKF, include I&S chapters, the FRWL and TAT section chapters on this site, and rewrite some of KFLL.

This has been a hard decision, and one that required contemplation.  I want to explore characters I didn’t really go into depth with because I feel they deserve their moment to shine. I also want to clarify things, simplify other things, and overall make the story more coherent. I want things to make sense, and I want to give Kass the story she deserves.

Don’t worry. I do not plan to rewrite everything. Many things will be largely the same. Some things may receive alternate endings as I have been reconsidering using my original outline. However, Kass’s essence and character and persona will remain steadfast.

It is also my goal to include extensive author’s notes so you understand why I made certain changes, and to keep the original chapters available for viewing for some time. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. I am happy to try and make sense of all this for you. Also if there’s a character or something specific you’d like to see me write about in my rewrites, let me know.

Personally, I’ve been contemplating this change and rewrite for weeks, and I’m excited. I am ready for a fresh start and to take Kass’s story to the next level. And I hope those of you who have been on this journey with me will continue to follow me down the rabbit hole. Haha.

Again, thank you so much to Kate from the Loewe Legacy for the Memory Lane nomination. Here’s to 2018 and new surprises and new beginnings! Happy New Year everyone!

❤ Lizzie

 

Summer Reading (Sim Short)

“Finished already?”

“Yes. It was good. Will you have coffee with me now?”

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“You’re too young for me.”

“I’m eighteen. I’m a man.”

“That is not enough to make you a man. Read To Kill a Mockingbird.”

He was intrigued. He took three days to finish it.

When he returned, she inquired, “What did you think of Atticus Fitch?”

Continue reading on Livin’a’Simmin’Life.

This story is entered in the Short Story Challenges over on the forums for the August 2016 theme – summer love. I hope you enjoy as it features one of my beloved Sims, Gage Briody, and serves as a way to reboot his story. Third times the charm. 😉

 

Flowers Grow Back: Sim Short

I’ve been going back through and editing posts for continuity errors, minor formatting, grammar and spelling issues. As I was rereading posts, I came across quite a few characters who only made single appearances. I decided it was time to give those characters a chance to be in the spotlight.

This month on the forums I submitted my story – Flowers Grow Back – for the short story contest. You can read it here.

I hope you enjoy! You can vote on the forums here starting 6/1 and find other great story submissions.

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April 2016’s Short Story Challenge

He went to sleep alone. Jason always slept alone. He woke up alone. He ate alone. He worked alone. He watched TV alone. He did everything alone. He shouldn’t be surprised. He made his choices. He had to live with them.

Tonight was different though. Tonight he had the heaviest heart. He wished he could take it back – those terrible words he had uttered that day in the woods. If he had, maybe she would still be…

Pop over to my other blog to read more of my entry in April 2016’s short story challenge from the Sims forums.

Choices by Livin’A’Simmin’Life

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