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First up I wanted to apologise because I feel like a bad friend.  I keep popping up for a bit, posting something, replying to things and then disappearing, seemingly ignoring a lot of what is going on on my f-list.  I'm not ignoring it.  I'm reading almost all of it, but I've been dealing with some health issues since July.  At the moment, it's not looking like they are serious, although I still don't have answers, but it does mean that I've not been feeling that great, and I've not been feeling chatty.  At all.  So yes, I've been quiet apart from when I force myself to do something, or the guilt gets to me.

But you're not here for that.  You're here for the spam.

50 pictures under the cut. )
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Welcome the first of the new look picspams.  Since I'm moving into producing completely staged and plotted chapters, I thought it's be nice to post some picspam of what actually happens when I play.  Thanks to the results of the poll I published a little while ago, I'm going to be sharing as much as I can from the other houses too, and each house is named after the family who first moved in.  I'm also trying to keep this more organised too, but I might not talk as much as I have in the past.  With that said, let's begin.
90+ pictures )
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I have picspam for you once again.  As soon as I've finished posting the second part of this, I can start playing again, so yay!  Looking forward to that.

A little bit of picspam )
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I'm back with more picspam!  I want to get the planned picspams finished before I start playing again, so I'm working on getting them done for you.  I'm going to be changing how I do picspmas slightly for the next rotation, but more on that in the future.  I've also been playing TSM and TS3 recently, and want to share my thoughts on them with you too.

But enough, waffle, on with the picspam!

More pictures now with added cuteness! )

dicreasy2: (Joe zombie)
Hello!  Time for more picspam.

This time, it's of Simmingfordbury (currently situated in Bluewater but I want to change that at some point) and the first part of the Simdon spam.  (Sorry Marina, you have to wait for part two of that for the pictures I know you want to see).  So on with the spam!

Quite a few pictures )
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Only a month or so later than I wanted, here's the next part of this rotation's picspam.  This covers three houses in Regalton proper, and I'm going in the order I want to, rather than the order of playing like I normally do.

60+ pictures and some blather )

dicreasy2: (Eddie)
So, I have a list of things to do as long as my arm, and I don't really feel like doing any of them.  I'm thinking I'm going to have to take a leaf out of Widget's book and start making monthly to do lists, if only to guilt me into doing them and crossing things off.  I'm currently firing the game up to sort out Alfie, but I've not done any more filming since my CreeMo round up post, and have only played a couple houses.  I've also not finished the red damask wall set, or finished the rescaled teacups I've made.  Actually, there's not too much to do for those: all the meshes are made and the packages complete, I just need to slave them to the original meshes.  That won't take long, I just need to get my head round following the instructions, since no matter how many times I've done it, I always manage to mess something up on the first package I do.

Aaaanyway, enough of that.  I've been promising picspam for a while, so here we go.  This is the first part of the Regalton houses, and you'll notice that there's nothing from either John's house or the main house.  The reason is that I've not played them yet: I wanted to get the chapter written first, since I need to shoot some things with John and his family and I wasn't sure what age I need his child to be.  As for the main house, well the main house is always the last one I play in the rotation. 

Also, I should say that part way through this, I decided to change my rotation and synchronise all the seasons, and i started playing with lighting mods, so you'll see a few anomalies with lighting and seasons with these pictures.  For those who are interested, I've cut my rotation down from five days to three days, and one rotation equalling one year at uni.  Basically as I was starting to play this rotation I realised that over the past year, all of my ages had become hopelessly out of whack, and part of that was due to how I was playing the cousins at uni.  This way should make it much easier to keep everyone at the age they should be, and I'll check that against a spreadsheet I've set up.  That's the plan anyway.

But now, onto pictures.

lots of piccies this way )

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Wow, this playing malarky means I actually have pictures to share with you all. I've been meaning to share some of these for the past 2 weeks, so there are lots of them I'm afraid, and I apologise to those of you with slower connections.

LOTS of piccies (100+) )

i still have a few days to play in the rotation before I'm able to get to the main house, but for now, this is it. Lots of pictures for you, and I'm sorry the captions were so uninspired. I really must post more, smaller picspams rather than leave it to one big post. Anyway, that's what I've been doing in the game. I hope you enjoyed it.

Slow going

Sep. 30th, 2009 08:20 pm
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Hello you lovely peoples you. I felt like aimlessly chatting in the hopes that it will make me write quicker, or something. That's because work on Vicky's interlude is going very slowly, and I've been trying to peg down why. I've written only 88 slides, which is about 2 pages of my outline, and is only the start of the adventure really.  Last night I wrote only 10 slides, which is rubbish for about two hours work.  I think I've figured it out though.

Talk and pictures )
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Hey, how is everyone?

I'm still being a bit quiet, but things do seem to be going a bit better which is good.  I've been lurking a lot, including around the Sims 3 threads at MATY.  I've been saying for a long time that I'm not planning on getting the game, and reading those threads just makes me more determined not to get it.  There are just too many things that I don't like about it, from the fact that the sims seem to be having babies left right and centre when left alone, to the graphics.  It's not just the fact that the sims look really doughy, but the lighting doesn't seem to reflect from their skin right, making them look flat and dull.  It's hard to explain, but everything about the screenshots I've seen remind me more of the original game than the second one.  It might be the colours I think. 

I also don't like the fact that genetics appear to have equal weighting.  I love the gentics in TS2, I mean when A&A have a child there are 3 possible eye colours the kid could have: Allyn, William and Alexandra's light blue eyes, Beth's green eyes or Anthony's green eyes.  I love sitting and waiting to see the baby's eyes.  Having a 50/50 chance no matter what the colours are is s huge DNW for me.  Actually most things in it are a huge DNW, so I'll be sticking with TS2.
Tidly bit of picspam )

I've also blocked out my next chapter, and it's two long parts as it stands now.  I'm in no hurry to get it written for a couple of reasons: 1) I have no idea when (or if) the exchange will be up.  I know I can upload it elsewhere, but I prefer the format of the exchange over the alternatives.  2) I've still not got my writing mojo back, or my inspiration and I don't want to force this chapter.  It's one of those that have lots of weddings and normal gameplay as well as some plot, and I find gameplay captions more difficult to write than plot.

Well, that's it from me at the moment, I hope that everyone has a good rest of the weekend,.
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Hey, hey, hey, I've been a bit quiet lately so I thought I'd rectify that with a post telling you what I've been up to.

Picspam, how I love thee. )

dicreasy2: (Theo)
I have a mixed bag of news about my current playing and the progress of my next chapter.

Good news is I have everything I need from the main house for chapter 18 and quite a bit of chapter 19 too. 

Good news is I have everything I need from three of the other families I'm shooting for this chapter. 

Bad news is I have two more to shoot with and they are quite big bits.

Bad news is one of those families is ten families away from where I currently am in the rotation.

Good news is I'm cheating a lot with the families who bore me so I'm hardly in their houses at all.  In fact I've decided to bypass the Turner household completely at the moment and play Stanley because they bore the socks off me and Stanley is Stanley.

Good news is I have next week off so I can get some serious simming done then.

As I am playing though I do have picspam for you all.
Pictures! )

One last thing I'd like your opinions on.  I would really like to do more with Vicky when she graduates.  (As if I don't have enough I want to do).  To my mind she would make a perfect investigative agent along with Rosemary, so I'm thinking about doing at least one interlude which would be her starring in a mystery.  What's holding me back is the thought that Chris and Sarah already write the wonderful Sim Spade, and although this wouldn't be a spoof and would be very different, I'm worried about comparisons, and people thinking I'm copying their idea, so what do you all think?  Yay or nay?
dicreasy2: (Stan)
I'm still slogging through the rotation, and for the most part it is still going well.  The only thing is that I've had a couple of things happen over the last two days that worry me slightly.  I can probably dismiss them as just one of those things, and two of them I've had happen before, but I'm still worried. 

You see I had to pop into Di's house for a bit, and whilst there I thought I'd better clear the trash from her memories.  When I looked at her memories, she had a memory of kissing herself for the first time.  Now I have had this happen before when two sims have made out in a hot tub, and nothing bad came of it, so I'm hoping it's just that.

The second thing is that when Sophia got married, Catherine had a memory of her joining the family even though she was already a member.  Again I have seen this happen before, so here's hoping it's just a glitch.

The more worrying things are that I have 3 sims with LTWs who shouldn't have them.  Two are a Newson toddler and child, and the other is Ernie, SimAngela's son.  The two Newson children, well they are Maxis sims and odd things do sometimes happen with Maxis sims, but Ernie...  The last time I was in their house he didn't have a LTW and the only thing I have done since is patch the game.   He's also rolling teen and adult fortune sim  wants: as a toddler he wanted to buy a car.  I've also had a couple of sims reroll their LTW with no help from me, and I am getting LTWs that don't correspond to a sims aspiration.  Since I have never done any of the the things on the VBT list, I am really hoping that these are just odd glitches, and do not mean that the neighbourhood is heading for a melt down.   I do backup regularly, but if there is a problem, I would be worried about how far back the problem goes.   Now I can rebuild: I've done it before, I'd just really rather not.

*sigh*  So that's my worries, now who wants pictures?

Spares and such )

So tha'ts it for the rotation at the moment.  Hopefully the glitches aren't too bad, and my 'hood won't explode. 

I have one more thing I want to share.  I've built the first set for my plan with Joe.  I'm pretty pleased with it: it's simple but effective.

I wouldn't want to walk down here alone at night... )
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Yeah, so I'm finding it really hard going writing chapter 14.1.  I have ideas as to what to write, but it's taking me so long to get it down in Word.  Normally when I'm writing during the week, I average 20-25 slides a night.  Not a great deal, but I tend to do other things at the same time, such as play the game or surf the net.  This week I'm averaging 12.15 slides.  It's only a short chapter too (about 100 slides) but with only 41 done I'm not sure if I'll hit my self-imposed deadline of uploading on monday night. 

I think part of it is I am so close to sending the second wave to university and getting started on Edward's story, I just want to get that done.  I am really looking forward to getting the kids to uni and having the plot start to take off again.  I don't want to say too much, but when my readers figure out what is going on I want there to be gasps, gasps I tell you, and shouts at the screen of "Nooooo."  You'll probably all find it very anti-climactic now, but there you go. 

With the boys at uni I can start thinking more about the BC too.  I still have two spaces left, so I'm hoping that there will be two more volunteers when the next chapter goes up, because Theo is in it and everyone can see how yummy he is.

I've also been procrastinating by re-colouring some of the eyes I made last year.

Anyway, I think that's enough procrastination for now.  Back to the writing.
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...of secuROM.  Yay!  I finally took the plunge and removed the blasted programme, and I can't tell you how good it feels.  I downloaded the removal tool from a link at Simmers Against SecuROM because I really don't feel comfortable editing the registry myself, and it appears to have worked: there is no trace of SuckuROM on my pc any more. 

I've been a busy bee sim wise too.  I've planned the next interlude and made a start writing it, and although I've not got as much written as I would like, it's only a small piece so should be up sometime in the next week.  It will be the cover for this that will take more time I think, because I'm going to play around a bit more with PSP.  I have an idea of what I want, I just need to do it.

I've also nearly finished the spares rotation: I just have the uni houses to play.  I've cheated in a few, rather than play them all the way through the five days because it was taking so long and there wasn't anything I wanted to do with them this time around.  Anyway, there were lots of birthdays and so I have lots of pictures of spare spawn to share with you...

Sorry about all the pictures, but I'm really not sure how I'm going to work everything that has happened with the spares into the story yet, and I wanted to share them with you all.


May. 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm
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Well, since I'm not out tonight, I thought I'd sit down and finish reordering my snapshots in my little folders following the other day's mini disaster.  I'm so happy that I've finally finished it, I can now start writing when the inspiration sparks.  I'm aiming to start writing this weekend once I've finished the current rotation in the main house, and since it's a bank holiday I should find the time to make a good start. 

I also want to start sorting pictures for my next interlude if I can, but I need to play one particular house before I can get that done *tries to be slightly mysterious.*

Well anyway, now I've finished sorting, I am going to reward myself by playing the main family for a bit. :)

Edit: just wanted to share that the Toybox is now at level 10, the final star coming from Denise Jacquet, woot.  I'm going to start planning the fourth business now, and try to get William some crafting bench badges.

Edit 2: William has finally got a gold flower arranging badge, hoo-bloody-ray!  I am very happy about this.
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Well I've been trying to work out what exactly I need to shoot in order to wrap up my latest plot line.  I know what has been going on, but my problem was how to get that across to my readers whilst making it entertaining and stopping up any holes.  Well monday night I sat down and wrote out the idea I had as to how to do it.   I ended up with three pages of notes, and hating it lol. 

Thankfully, I've had another idea, and having written it out I like it. :D  I'm now busy setting things up to film it.

Piccies )

I really must start making more progress with the spares.  I think a lot of the reason I've been so slow is I hadn't sorted out the main story line, but now that's done hopefully I can pick up the pace. :D


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