Looking back, I had no idea that I was going to fall for this story so hard. I planned to have about 36 chapters. And that included James eating the ambrosia … around chapter 30. Admittedly the chapters were really just rough ideas: “At Last the Fish” or “Life After Death.” So there wasn’t any plot involved, it was going to be pretty game driven.
That changed pretty fast. And by the time Julia was in high school I had to separate my challenge save from my screenshotting save. I was worried that if I “wasted” time getting shots of Julia in school or other places where she wasn’t every really going to be in game, I wouldn’t be able to finish reviving the ghost in her lifetime. And I really really want to do that.
Since I started on May 3rd, I have written 34,556 words in this story and by my figuring, I’m almost a fourth done. I’ve taken 2,695 pictures. Then again I’ve not used most of them. By now you may know my policy is never take one picture when ten will do.
One last thing before we get to the pictures. Up till now, despite James’s death, this story has tread pretty lightly into the darker areas of the human psyche. This will change. There will be some uncomfortable situations coming up as we go forward. I shall always treat my characters with compassion no matter their flaws, but I’m going to hit some pretty tough topics. Despite most of what I write here on this blog, life isn’t always a bed of roses and this story reflects that. If there are particular topics you can’t handle, PM me and I’ll make sure you get warned if those events occur so you can choose to skip over or stop reading.
Now onto the pictures!
Bloopers and amusing events
Sims 3 Bloopers
I make my toddlers in Sims 3 and I spend my time carefully making the toddler in question based of the child version of the sim. And then randomly assign a caretaker to them since they can’t live alone. Then I build the room that matches James’s room at that time. So far my shoots have never gone smoothly.
Julia and Bre’s Date Night
Since I separated the saves, sometimes I grab shots from the challenge save hoping to use them in the story. Sadly their first date never made it in.
Julia’s YA Birthday was a Hat-stravaganza
Trips to Granite Falls
Julia has been to Granite fall for the “first time” in three different saves and then a second time when she was pregnant with Max to up her gardening skills.
Max: Becuase he’s Cute
James was Alive
I played James and his family for several days before starting the game. I forget how cute he is.
Stay tuned! I’ve got the next five or so chapters planned, but not yet written. Hopefully, it won’t take too long to find time to write them. I hope you enjoyed this week of Ghostly fun! Oh! If you’re curious I do keep and up-to-date-ish tree on the PlumTreeApp of my entire Pigglewiggle Empire. James can be found in the upper right corner in generation 3. Hank’s family starts at generation 9, bottom left.