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It's been a while, but here is an entry for this week's [livejournal.com profile] sim_scenes  prompt - haunting, pain, vampires.

I should probably post a warning that there are some suggestive themes that follow, so open at your own risk.  I would rate it at PG-13, but others might rate it for more mature audiences.

Under the Cut )
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Yup, another bandwagon jumper here.  I don't usually make resolutions because it's too depressing when they get broken, but this seemed like a good idea.

Sims Resolutions 2011

1.  Finish up Generation 10 of the BRRL.  This is in progress and should be done fairly quickly.  I have 2/3 of the next update shot and written, just need to get a little more done.  I think there will be two, maybe three, more updates and I'll be done.  Things should move a little more quickly now that the holidays are over.  They seemed to suck away a lot of my free time this year.

2.  Write a BTS/Meta regarding my turn at the BRRL.  I have a bunch of pictures for it already, and know a lot of what I want to discuss, it's just a matter of getting it all put together in a cohesive and coherent manner.

3.  Start a regular 10 generation legacy.  I have one in mind and have even created the founder and played him somewhat.  My working title for it is "Imprismed" and it will be similar to a rainbow legacy in theme.  I've set certain "rules" up for myself pertaining to each generation.  Right now, it's set up to be highly observational and not very plotty.  This may or may not change as I go along.


4.  Get back to my Prosperity Challenge Neighborhood.  Currently titled "Oak Grove", the neighborhood was actually lost in my last computer meltdown.  I've created a new one called "Elm Valley" which is different and I have plans to update the Oak Grove links with a switch to Elm Valley, complete with an explanation of what happened.  Both this and #3 are what I've used to keep playing Sims when I've become overwhelmed with staging and shooting for the BRRL, so there is progress, it's just slow and not very well documented at the moment.

5.  Make Birthday card wishes for friends on my friends list.  This is pretty self-explanatory.  I feel that my set building/picture taking is improving so that I feel comfortable enough doing this now.

6.  Participate more in the various communities I stalk.  I've never been a big commenter on the stories I read, and I'm not sure that I still will leave in depth comments, but I'd like to try to get out more "I really liked this update" comments at the very least.  I'd also like to respond to more [livejournal.com profile] sim_spiration  and [livejournal.com profile] sim_scenes  prompts as the mood strikes, and perhaps participate in some of the [livejournal.com profile] simhaven  monthly challenges.

7.  Create an index of what I have written.  Either here at LJ or at the Dreamwidth account that I've set up but never use.

8.  Write more.  This isn't so much sim-related as a general goal.  I have a personal journal set up that I believe has two or three things written in it at the moment.  I'd like to get more written there, both fiction and RL rants.  We'll see.
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This is a little later than I planned to have it up, but I feel that my skills are improving and I've made a new resolution to try to get Birthday wishes out for those on my friends list this year.  So, since Fire is first on my list...



Hope you had a great one!
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Happy Holidays to all who celebrate this time of year!

I have a a wish for you from the Dorans.

This might be a wee bit spoilery, but not too bad. :) )


Happy Hanukkah (I know it's late), Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza, and Merry ever other holiday we all celebrate this month!

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I had been wracking my brain to try to come up with something I could "give" to all the great friends I've made in the community and finally came up with something.

For you... )
Happy Holidays to all!!!!!!!!!!

A lot.

Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:35 pm
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A while back I mentioned that I had built a community lot.  Well, actually two lots.  Anyhoo, I finally got around to taking pictures of it and am posting them now.


My skillz...they are improving )
Now, I'm off to a community lot to get some dinner. :-)

Book Meme

Nov. 30th, 2010 09:31 pm
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Because I am truly addicted to these types of things, I have stolen it from Cait and Jenn and will probably post it to my Facebook too.

These are 100 great books listed by the BBC. According to them, most people have read only 6.

Instructions: Copy/paste this list of books. Bold the ones you've read in their entirety; italicize ones you've read in part.



The List )

Not too bad, considering my favorite genres are trashy romance bodice rippers, chick lit, and murder mystery "fluff".  There are a few I would have added to the list, but what do I know?
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I'm supposed to be working on the BRRL, and I am, but I was a bit sidetracked last week and decided to share.

It's not simming related, so I threw it under a cut.

Baby stuffeths )

So, now I will get back to the BRRL chapter that I need to get out.  Not going to give a time frame, because my days just seem like they don't have enough hours, but I will say that I'm about 60% there.
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Does anyone know if there is a black or ebony recolor of the Very Mysterious Bookshelves that came with Apartment Life (I think)?  Or if it can be done?  Or how to do it?  I've checked several WCIF threads on different sites, but haven't found anything.

Picture for reference )



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Hope you are having a wonderful day!!
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Happy Birthday Di!  Hope you had a fantastic day!

Clicky... )
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I think I have a curse about being able to complete anything I start on a computer of any kind.  Either that or there is a curse similar to the Sports Illustrated one - you know, make the cover and your team starts to lose - following me around.  I'm not saying I've ever made the cover, but every time I decide to post anything sim-related that I am working on, I lose it.  Of course, most of the problem probably lies...how do they put it..."between the keyboard and the chair"?

Under the cut due to length. )


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Unlimited funds?  Paid by someone else?  I've spent a lot of time traveling around the vastness that is the United States, so I'd definitely go International.  I'd hit 12 different places, one month in each, all for different reasons:

January: Australia / New Zealand - I always wanted to go.  Since I was a little girl. 
February: Brazil or Argentina - Brazil because it seems like so much fun.  Argentina so that if my hubby were along he could bird hunt.
March: England / Ireland / Scotland (might need 2 months for this one) - Again, I always wanted to go.
April: France - Paris in the springtime?  Cliche or not, it's something I'd like to experience.
May: Italy - After seeing "Under the Tuscan Sun", I've wanted to visit Tuscany really bad.
June: Greece - I went when I was 12 years old and would love to go back.
July: Russia / Ukraine - I think the Russian culture is fascinating.
August: Norway - This one I don't think I can explain.  I just have the burning desire to see Norway.
September: Nepal - For peace and serenity in my life.
October: Germany - Oktoberfest!  'Nuff said.
November: China - Another cultural fascination, though more recent than the Russian one.
December: Bora Bora - There had to be a tropical relaxation spot, right?
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I have another update for Oak Grove.  This is my Prosperity Challenge neighborhood.



Comments are welcome here or at the Boolprop thread.

Thanks!
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I have a partial update of my Oak Grove Neighborhood to share.

I thought I had lost the neighborhood, so it's been a while since the last one.

So, without further ado, I present Oak Grove Update 2.2.





ETA: I created a Boolprop thread. Comments are welcome here or there. Thank you!
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Seeing all the meme's about who you write like has me jumping on the bandwagon.  I decided to see who I write like and submitted a bit from a "novel" I've been working on and off on for the last ten years.  Writers block, I has it.  Bad.  Anyhoo, the results were Vladimir Nabokov. Since I fail at being able to embed anything into a post, just take my word for it.

In the spirit of fairness and full disclosure, I did also submit a drabble I wrote some time ago and got the result of Stephen King.  I also submitted a bit that I've been working on for my turn in the BRRL and the result was Chuck Palahniuk, who I've never heard of, let alone read, so now I have something to add to my summer reading list as well.  Off to check out Amazon.com.

Mod Lair

Jul. 9th, 2010 12:07 am
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I had a little time on my hands and stumbled upon the Build a Summer Mod Lair Challenge at Boolprop.com and decided to submit an entry.  Having recently acquired Bon Voyage, I've been working on building a beach lot and thought it would suit this perfectly.  So, since I'm originally from Jersey, the Mod Summer Lair is


Down the Shore )
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Spent my evening watching Sparklepires and Wolves.  Took my daughter and some friends to see Eclipse.  I have to say it is a little better than the first two.  I think the acting has improved somewhat.  There were still corny lines, but there were some really funny ones too.  The fight scenes were pretty cool.  Jane is really creepy too.  Casting Dakota Fanning as her was genius.  Trying to be non-spoilery, hope I didn't ruin anything for anyone.
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Why yes, it is May 12, 2010.  Yes, they are predicting even more for this evening.


I think Mother Nature smokes crack... )
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I just spent the last 3 hours organizing my downloads folder.  A dirty job, but it needed to be done.  Thank goodness for the great mind of Delphy and the Download Organizer, or who knows how long I'd have been sitting here.  It's a ninja program!  I'm glad there are minds out there that are smarter than mine.  I still have a little more organization to do, but I'm happy with where I left off.  I only have a little over a GB of CC, which I understand is a small amount compared to some.

In other simming news, I finally went out and bought Bon Voyage.  It was the only EP I was missing, and I had mixed feelings about getting it, because in reality, I didn't really need a whole slew of other things for my sims to do and collect.  I love the beaches though, and I eventually want to download a mega hood, so I took the plunge.  I haven't played it a whole lot yet.

I also have been working on my Prosperity Challenge neighborhood, Oak Grove.  I had thought I lost it when I got a newer laptop.  I made a copy of the neighborhood and placed it in the neighborhood folder, but when I opened the game, it wouldn't show up.  I figured it was lost and moved on to other, less complicated, non-documented play.  After a few months, I came back to the copied folder and took a closer look.  To my surprise, I found a duplicate folder that didn't belong.  Deleted it, and voila, Oak Grove was back.  I'm working on an update, but it covers two rotations, so it's going to be a little while more before I catch up all the households.

Well, that's all folks.  I'm gonna go crash now.

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