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5 Years of SimLit

fiveyearsofsimlit.pngHi guyssss!

Today, I’m bringing you a bit of a special post. See, bloggiversaries have little meaning to my blog. I think I’ve had this particular one for three or four years, but I’ve used it inconsistently. It only recently started to hold any kind of particular meaning to me. However, one thing that does have a special meaning to me is SimLit and it just so happens that tomorrow it’s been exactly five years since i began posting SimLit. You can call this my SimLitaversary or… something. Though probably not because that sounds dumb.

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Even back then, I always posted freaking early in the day. I swear I sleep sometimes.

Whatever you want to call it, I wanted to mark the occasion. The community means a lot to me and has become particularly special for me since last summer. The stories told with the game have meant a lot to me, and they’ve been a constant and a comfort. I’ve developed a lot as a writer thanks to this. I’ve developed a lot as a person. It’s not just due to SimLit (I mean, my psychologist has been pretty important), but I wouldn’t want to go through what I’ve gone through the past five years without SimLit as a comforting presence. In this post, I’m going to list some of my old projects with a few facts. I also want to talk a bit about the current projects and, as a last little tidbit, I’m going to share some details about future projects.

I’m posting it today, a day early, so as to not spam the reader too much tomorrow’s big old Chapter-o-rama. So, here we are, a tribute to my favourite online pastime, to my old shitty stories, to the current ones, and to the ones yet to come πŸ™‚

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The Beginning

Deep, deep within my Writing Projects Folder, there lies a folder called ‘on pause’. Deep, deep within that, you find the Ithaca Legacy. If you’ll pardon me for sounding dramatic: this is where it all began. On the 30th of June 2013, five years ago tomorrow, I posted the first chapter of the Ithaca Legacy to what was then Carl’s Sims 3 Forum (it’s now for Sims 4, go figure).

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It’s a folder of lies. They’re not sleeping – they’re dead.

It came about because I happened upon the dearly departed Ink Legacy by InkWisteria and I read it all within days. Not long before I’d acquired a new computer and The Sims 3. I didn’t truly start enjoying it until I found the Inks. This was a combination of two things I loved – the Sims and writing. So as soon as I had a chance, I sat down and coughed up the first chapters of my first legacy story.

The Ithaca Legacy

The Ithaca Legacy is a freaking messy beast. I wrote four full generations before giving up somewhere in the fifth generation. It was supposed to span a full ten generations, but I wrote about 40 chapters. It started on Carl’s Sims 3 forum, but after a while migrated to a new forum started by a fellow member from Carl’s who found it a little too limited. Carl’s has a very strict policy on violence, adult content, and so on. Nothing is allowed, and I didn’t feel like I could write the story I wanted, hence why the rest of the story can only be seen on old SimmerSanctumΒ (if you have the plug-in that lets you see PhotoBucket photos, that is).

The overarching thing was a naming theme based on Greek mythology. After each new member of the family was added, I would explain the story of the character in Greek mythology. The founder was called Persephone, her daughter PasiphΓ€e, and so on.

The story ended because it got out of hand. That’s often the case for me. It ended up involving magic, time travel (which was never even revealed in the story proper but only planned), and a villain with a very vague evil plan. It wasn’t… great. I mean, you can read for yourself, but for the sake of my mental health and your respect for me as a writer… pls no.

Facts about The Ithaca Legacy:

  • It was the first time I started in Monte Vista (a town I just bought at the time) and the first time I dragged poor Carlo into my twisted stories. Sorry Carlo – at least this time you’re a hunky man-beast and not just… under-developed.
  • I had triplets in the first gen and instantly regretted it. Because both basegame Carlo and my founder had small noses, one of their daughter ended up with the tiniest nose in the world, and she wasn’t very pretty at all.
  • I had planned a grand finale for the story. It involved, as I said, time travel and the gen six heir’s daughter (so she would have been the gen seven heir) saving her parents’ lives and then she ended up kidnapped to be used for some sort of magic… experiment to create more magic power and bring someone evil back to life… Um. Yeah. There’s aΒ reasonΒ I didn’t end up finishing.
  • I planned a spin-off using said seventh gen daughter at one point. It had a HORRIBLE title (I’m not even going to say) and never got off the ground.
  • When I started the legacy, everything in my game was EA stuff, apart from the hairstyles. I soon ended up downloading custom content. These days, I like to joke that my game doesn’t even look like the Sims anymore.

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The Amazing Hollander

After a while of doing my Ithacas, which quickly spiraled into being mostly story-based, I wanted to do something like the observational type stories I had seen elsewhere. These differ in that you basically just play the game, snap a few photos, and insert commentary. Enter Leslie Hollander and The Amazing Hollander.

It was a simple legacy challenge with all the usual, and it was one of those types of deals where I constantly argued with and rolled my eyes at my own Sims. Honestly, it’s the only story I can read these days without cringing hard. It ended in the third generation when it stopped being fun to write. I built the family a terrible house (two floors which I should NEVER do, I hate it), and I had them have a lot of dogs because they were cute. Someone at one point said that they read because of the dogs alone. I hated having all the damn dogs, but didn’t feel I could get rid of them, since they were the only appeal. And that’s when it died.

Facts about the Amazing Hollander:

  • In the beginning, I tried to weave in some storytelling. Nobody remarked on it at all, and I dropped it quietly. It’s cringe incarnate to me now.
  • When the family started getting dogs, I named them with a pet name generator which was hilariously bad. It popped out names like Baby Bella, Mrs. Skinny, Big Nala, and Mister Lana. I really loved that generator, but I can’t find it now.
    EDIT: Magpie found it for me. It’s here. First time clicking into it for ages and it gives me this:

    You just can’t make that shit up.
  • I briefly considered “reviving” the Hollanders in the form of an ISBI challenge calledΒ I’m Surrounded by Hollanders. I just don’t care to play the game most of the time, so the idea was promptly scrapped.

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The Hartfields/The Talented

In time, I gave up on both of my first, big stories and moved on to bigger and better… ish. The Hartfields was my next big legacy. I wanted to return to a time of gameplay and that was definitely going to… not happen at all. I planned to have five generations, with the founder being Milena Hartfield. She was a time traveller who came back in time to save Aaron Finnegan (from Dragon Valley) from his murderous girlfriend (because when the guy you want your sim to marry is unavailable, you want to get rid of the harpy).

It lasted a whopping two generations before I scrapped it. The reason I scrapped it? Goddamn time travel. Yes. Again. I learnt nothing from the Ithaca fiasco and decided to base a whole freaking legacy around time travel. Yay me?

When I realised that it was convoluted and dumb and hard to write a time travel story, I reworked it into The Talented. I changed the plot (though the basic premise was the same just without time travel) and the characters a little and created a new blog for it which is still up. So yes, you can read it. I hope that you won’t but it’s not nearly as bad as the Ithacas. That story just didn’t do it for me, for whatever reason. Eventually, I scrapped it and after that, the next big story I started starred Carlo Mancini and Vittoria Nespola… and I think you all know how that went.

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Facts about The Hartfields/The Talented:

  • Remember that gen seven heir from The Ithaca Legacy whom I wanted to make a spin-off for? DanaΓ« Ithaca, or Dani, appeared in The Hartfields with Janus, another character who briefly appeared in The Ithaca Legacy. They and their daughter played a fairly big role in the story.
  • Dani wasn’t the only way that The Hartfields tied into my first legacy. In the time travel version, it was mentioned that time travel was discovered by PasiphaΓ« Ithaca, the second generation heir. Indeed, Passie was an inventor in her generation and made a time machine. She even appeared in generation 2 of The Hartfields and met Charlotte Hartfield.
  • The Talented is another story I tried to revive and I’m still sad that I couldn’t make it work. I actually had plans for it to be posted to the site once Champion of Moonlight was finished, and I even considered setting the two in the same universe. Alas, I would’ve had to post it much like I did first generation of MVS – writing as I went along and accepting any mistakes that brought with it. It made me unhappy to think of, so I stopped it. Maybe some day, because I still really like Milena as a character.
  • Aaron Finnegan started out green-skinned in the first gen, then I eventually made him black when I lost my appetite for funny-coloured sims. I later edited his face when I got new sliders and liked it a lot, so much so that a version of him was considered as Regina’s love interest (his name would have been Quentin). Eventually, I didn’t think the character I had in mind suited her personality, and instead I edited him into Vincente Cavalcante VII.

Other Stories

There have been other stories along the way, most of them scrapped for one reason or another. I’ll only mention the ones that I actually posted:

Scarlet’s Asylum: An asylum challenge story that I tried to write for a while. If you don’t know the challenge, basically you control one insane sim and have seven others running around like lunatics. There aren’t enough beds, showers, or seating for everyone, and you have to fulfil your lifetime wish to be released. The story didn’t go far.

The Library:Β This was a story that wasn’t challenge-based at all. Everything was basically staged. It was about a woman who woke up in a strange library and she wandered the strange rooms and helped various odd people around the place. Eventually it would have been revealed to be her own mind that she was trapped in. After her boyfriend’s (husband’s?) tragic death, she had paid a company to trap her in a simulation of her old life – the simulation glitched and trapped her in a strange library instead. The people there were people who existed in her real life and the things going on were manifestations of her feelings and guilt about abandoning her daughter and about falling in love with her brother-in-law. So uh… yeah. Not a bad idea as such. I just didn’t fancy it so much after all.

The Year of Mimosas:Β Another non-challenge-based story. This one about an immortal being, Nikodemos, who was challenged by another immortal, Thalassa, to save the Earth before she destroyed it… out of boredom. His only help was a woman, Audrey – also called Mimosa – who had some issues and couldn’t help him until they were sorted out. It was always sort of vague how the planet would be destroyed, how Audrey was supposed to help Nikodemos, and what her issues were, hence why it got abandoned. Honestly, I want to go back to this some day, though I can’t say if it’ll ever happen.

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The Present

For my current stories, here are a few facts, just because I like random facts and maybe you do, too! Minor spoilers are ahead, though if you’re up to date on the stories, you should be fine.

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Monte Vista Stories | Generation 1 – Good Guys:

  • For a while, I wanted to include a subplot about Carlo’s dad. In the story, Carlo makes it clear that his dad was a good man who wouldn’t approve of his life of crime – I once planned to reveal that actually his dad, Marco, wasn’t much better. I would have revealed that he wasn’t just an artist, but an art forger. He very much loved the life of crime like Carlo, but tried to keep his son from going down the same path. Because I hadn’t written much about him, though, I didn’t think it made sense to suddenly make revelations about him. The idea was based around the in-game Marco Mancini from Monte Vista. He’s a dead sim in the graveyard, who may or may not be Carlo and Camillo’s dad. He does not have the evil trait, but has a lifetime wish related to the criminal career.
  • Vittoria hates dressing up. She was forced to do it when she was with her old gang. At first it was because Alessandro wouldn’t allow her to not look pretty, later it was because Gallo and other members like him expected it. When she dresses up later, it’s exclusively for Carlo’s sake.
  • Carlo, in contrast, never dresses down. He disapproves strongly of dressing shabbily and won’t tolerate his men being unkempt. He secretly wishes his wife would dress up more often, but he loves her too much to say it out loud.
  • Carlo loves red wine. Vittoria is more into beer, but has learnt to appreciate wine while with Carlo – however, she still doesn’t think that any of his wines have ‘notes of chocolate and sweet plums’ as he likes to claim. She thinks everything to do with wine tasting is nonsense.
  • Carlo hopelessly spoils his kids, but especially Regina who has mastered the art of wrapping him around her finger. His weakness is when his kids look or act like their mother – he’s helpless to do anything. Vittoria is aware, and she takes a sterner attitude with them, yet again: especially with Regina. Even though she has been absent for much of her children’s upbringing, her attitude has managed to temper some of Gina’s more spoiled tendencies.

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Monte Vista Stories | Generation 2 – Artful:

  • Vittoria has taken on her mother’s name, Lucia, after faking her own death. It has raised some eyebrows with you guys, for good reason. She doesn’t call herself anything but Vittoria with her close family and Franco, and the only time anyone calls her ‘aunt Lucia’ is to people not in the know. Vittoria isn’t too bothered by them using it, so long as it’s not to her face. The reason they call her aunt is that Carlo is widely known to have a relationship with her; he’d rather say he’s in a relationship with his kids’ aunt than their grandmother.
  • I’ve considered all kinds of possible careers for Regina, mostly before I finished generation 1. For the longest time, my plan was for her to be an actress, specifically a theatre actress. She would be very determined to make her own way without the gang’s influence. The story and her character never really clicked in my head until I decided that she would take over as leader after Carlo.
  • At one point I considered having Enzo be the oldest of six, but because that would be a lot of characters, I cut it down so he only has two siblings: a brother, Amadeo, and a sister, Rosalia.
  • I wrote 40 pages of a possible story for Gina. In this she was (inexplicably) both a gang member and an archaeologist, even though she hated studying (why, me, whyyyy?). The plot was a convoluted mess where she worked as an archaeologist to find information on another gang. Us writers sometimes suffer from temporary insanity, but thankfully I woke up and realised that it madeΒ no damn sense.
  • In the present version, it’s canon that Gina studied at university, but she dropped out after about a year and went home to join the gang. She studied art history, which came in handy for her… “job” later.
  • Regina has a best friend, Carlotta, who will feature in the story. Carlotta is also a member of the gang. The two are very different and people often wonder why they’re friends, since Gina is… well, Gina, and Carlotta was academic overachiever. They used to hate each other.

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Champion of Moonlight:

  • Genevieve’s mother, Philomena, never wanted children, but agreed to carry the pregnancy to term in an effort to keep her then-boyfriend, Genevieve’s dad. Eventually, their relationship fell apart and that left Philomena to raise her daughter alone. She raised Genevieve to the best of her abilities and was ultimately happy to have her. However, her and Genevieve aren’t particularly affectionate, and much of their relationship revolves around doing research together. Much like her mother, Genevieve doesn’t want children.
  • Nadir is an artist, both a sculptor (the ice sculpture he transforms in the story is one he made himself) and a painter. His grandfather never approved of his non-magical hobby, though Iris Basil encouraged him – she often asked him to make paintings to hang on her walls.
  • Genevieve and Nadir are about evenly matched in skill, though they have different strengths. Genevieve is better at dueling and broom riding, Nadir is better at alchemy. They’re about even in transformation and other spell casting. The reason Nadir was a little faster in the obstacle course in the Tournament is that Genevieve gets motion sickness from teleportation.
  • Before Celeste joined, the Tournament was very much a boy’s club. When she joined, everyone looked down on her because she’s a pretty blonde who likes dresses and make-up. That’s how she won two years in a row: people underestimated her skill. Genevieve’s winning streak came about because she noticed how skilled Celeste was. In a way, the two are pioneers. The reason a very young witch like Cloris dared to join was because Celeste and Genevieve led the way for more women to join.
  • Nadir knew about Genevieve before joining. He used to watch the Tournament with his grandfather. As mentioned in the story, his grandfather would complain that Nadir wasn’t more like Genevieve. Nadir thought she was pretty and was a little starstruck when he met her. He never imagined she would fall for him.

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The Future

I’m not done writing SimLit, not by a long shot, and for this little bit, I thought I’d share some things to come.

The Ink Charts
Believe it or not, I haven’t given up on the Champion of Moonlight sequel. I’m not going to give you too many details, but I will tell you that I have a title – The Ink Charts – and that the plan is to dive into the story of the Ink Volumes and Nadir’s family. I also want to include one or two view points other than Genevieve’s, and I plan on introducing Celeste’s wife, Atalante, as well as Nadir’s old friend, Iris Basil, to the story. I don’t have any kind of date for it, but I’ll tell you more when I have some more written.

Here’s a little picture to whet your appetite. It’s the first time I’ve posted a photo of Atalante – I think I finally managed to be satisfied with her appearance, so enjoy!

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Untitled Monte Vista Side Story
A little more certain is a little side project (apart from the title, lol) that I’ve been working on. It’s a side story to Monte Vista Stories, exploring how Giuliano met his girlfriend, Flora. I’ve written a rough draft for it, and now comes the editing.

I don’t have a date for it. However, I don’t think it’s too much to say that I’ll probably start posting it within a month or two. It won’t be terribly long (we’re talking shorter than CoM), but I hope it’ll be a cute and simple little love story. The draft is 7 chapters, so it’ll either stay like that or be one or two longer/shorter. Obligatory cute picture of Giuliano and Flora – ahoy!

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Well, that was… long, so I’d like to thank you for reading if you’ve made it this far. I’d also like to thank you for reading my stuff and for being part of my favourite community. There’s so much love and passion in our little corner of the Internet, and without all the support I’ve had over the years, I wouldn’t have continued for as long as I did.

Here’s to another five years and many more stories. Thank you for being you, friends πŸ™‚

Lots of love,
~Louise

35 Comments

  • loladiamond01

    Sorry, I was going to comment sooner, but I got distracted trying to determine whether my suspicions were true. But to the best of my knowledge, I started writing Simlit in the memories on TS3 official site in Polish in 2012. So I guess it’s longer than you? πŸ˜›
    It was very interesting reading about your stories. I edited all my posts on two forums and cleared out everything as I wanted to forget that stage. You see, forums weren’t kind on me, I was a brat, I was also accused of plagiarism, because my Sim looked “too good to be mine” (I never have and never would commit plagiarism) and I have rather bad memories of that time. I never want to delve into it again. I avoid the new forums founded with the release of TS4 as if it was fire. I’m so very glad and relieved to have found WordPress. I finally feel at home here.
    Take your time, obviously, but I’d love to read your future projects. It all sounds like lots of fun. CoM sequel, woot, bring it on! Congratulations on your anniversary!

    • NotJustaBook

      He, he, yes! A year more than me. Trust me, I’ve been tempted to purge everything of my old stuff (especially the Ithacas, dear god) πŸ˜› But for a post like this one, I’m glad I’ve got that old folder. But really, all you can still find online is The Ithacas, The Talented, and The Amazing Hollander. The others are gone!
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such bad experiences on another forum. I chose to join Carl’s back in the day because it honestly is a super-duper friendly place. The only reason I haven’t gone back is the fact that it’s so restricted – I don’t think my trigger-happy, murderous sims are welcome there πŸ˜› WordPress is definitely a better fit. I love this community so much πŸ™‚
      I really hope I won’t disappoint with those new projects. I can’t wait until everyone can read along πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Jowita <3

      • loladiamond01

        Fun fact is I used Google Translator back in 2012 and couldn’t really speak English. 2014 is the year I finally began to improve as I had been taking extra classes from 2013-2014. 2014 is the year I tried to translate my legacy to English, but no one was really interested and not many people were still on TS3 official site, new forum rolled around and everyone then started moving on to TS4. I never have πŸ™‚
        In honesty, I stumbled upon your poses halfway through generation 3 and never thought I’d actually speak to you. You seemed as distant as all the other master pose-makers all over the net! πŸ˜‚
        2015 is the year I started talking more to English-speaking people on the TS3 official site and there were toxic people there as well, but I also made friends and got introduced to WP as I started reading Kymber’s blog, because she used to post her updates on that site and I read when I didn’t even have an account on here. Then I posted a question whether I could start a blog in English and everyone was supportive of the idea.
        Generally, this community is a huge department from the Polish one on official forums. I feel blessed with everyone being so kind, when I became used to rather harsh criticism. There was a woman there who had an obsession with male Sims. To this day all the stuff she’d said comes at me like nightmares whenever I’m creating a male Sim.
        I’ve said two forums, because the other one was less-restricted, but these were the same people, just that they were enjoying more mature content there πŸ˜› And this one was a closed one.
        My ‘creative corner’ where I posted my works dates back to March 2013, but I’d done stuff earlier than that.

        • NotJustaBook

          I remember your English being much shakier in the first couple of gens but your English has gotten really good πŸ™‚
          Ha, ha, oh man I know the feeling – the pose makers and CC creators seem so distant and then in reality they’re just regular simmers :’) You’re going to learn to make poses, right? πŸ˜€
          I haven’t been on the official forums much at all, to be honest. It didn’t seem like the place for me πŸ˜› I’m really glad of the community here. Goodness, it sounds really bad there – like, she thought people made male sims wrong or…?

          • loladiamond01

            Well, I guess you have to start off somewhere. First I was translating and if you’re translating, it’s really just a seperate thing. Then I was writing and it felt like a chore, because I felt lost and wasn’t sure what I was doing. It was really the first time of me writing such a long text in English that wasn’t for school. It felt a bit creepy. Thank you, I’m glad you think so. And yeah, I hope you weren’t cringing too much catching up πŸ˜›
            I know, it’s so crazy. Yeah, I *was* going to, but I’m slowly losing hope as I need more practice and the fingers are killing me :’)
            She thought they didn’t look manly enough. She even said one of my Sims looked worse than some EA ones. She really had a fetish on making them super masculine and expected the same from everyone. But then there are ‘inexperienced’ people who make males with long lashes and big eyes and it’s a bit cringy, tbh :’)

          • NotJustaBook

            Translating is hard πŸ˜› I definitely think your English is good and I wasn’t cringing, don’t worry.
            It takes a lot of practise for sure. My old poses are honestly garbage :’) I used one of the oldest ones recently and I was like oh nooooo, why did I do that to their arm?! If you need any help at all, just say the word. Fingers can be finicky, but I feel like I know them okay by now πŸ™‚
            Well, that sounds… obnoxious. I really don’t mind how people make their male Sims. I prefer them with broad shoulders and tall, but everyone’s different. Yours don’t look bad. Your sims are definitely not as ugly as any of the EA ones. That’s so rude to say!

          • loladiamond01

            Oh, everything takes practice, both English and poses for sure πŸ™‚
            Well, I think I know my way around, but don’t have that practice yet, that’s why I can’t get it right. Maybe it’ll come someday.
            These were my Sims a long time ago, soo I think you can’t really compare, as after some time she started telling me my males were actually good :’) That woman was a mess.

          • NotJustaBook

            I’m sure you’ll get it soon. It’s finicky to begin with, but you get to know the rigs and it starts making more sense πŸ™‚
            Eh, I still don’t think it’s okay to tell people how to make their characters. I’m sure yours weren’t so bad πŸ™‚

      • magpie14031983

        They’ve lightened up a bit on the TS3 side since most the activity is in the TS4 portion of the Forum now. Have you read Light the Way to Heaven? Blamsart has been posting WordPress links there for a while now without issues…

        • NotJustaBook

          Oh they have? πŸ™‚ I guess that makes sense. That’s pretty cool – it was so crazy restrictive, it was hard to write anything other than pure observational gameplay stuff, I think.

          • magpie14031983

            They are still a bit strict on the TS4 side, which is understandable since it gets the most traffic now. I agree it is crazy restrictive, the downside of Carl’s being a super family-friendly site. I always find it a bit comical since the game itself is (supposedly) geared towards teens and up. I don’t know about y’all but I have a filthy mouth and that started in Primary/Grade School lol and my love of horror movies and thrillers and action moves with gore and violence, as well πŸ™‚ so, denying the ability to swear and depict violence in the stories is a bit dumb (I want to say dof because that just sounds so much better – Afrikaans for dumb) but, when I see the drama on the Official Forum where they allow swearing etc… Eish…

            I steer clear of the OF for just that reason. A lot of the people there are toxic. Even Twitter is dicey sometimes, but, it’s the quickest way for me to get my Sims fix lol

            And… I am babbling… I’m at work and multitasking my ass off so I’m not 100% sure that I’ve even replied in the right places lol let alone actually made sense πŸ™‚

          • NotJustaBook

            Oh, I’ve got a very filthy mouth myself (I blame it on my characters, especially Regina, but it’s just me). I’m not super into gore or horror, but the idea that you can’t include violence in a story is ridiculous. At least if you want to foster creativity. I guess the stories aren’t the focus of Carl’s, but still…

            Oh, there are plenty of places where stuff gets toxic. Thankfully, the little circle of SimLit blogs here on WordPress are extremely friend, even though we have violence, swearing, and sex all over the place πŸ˜›
            I stay away from the sim side of Tumblr as well, because it’s so negative. People are so fucking rude, I don’t even…

            I’m babbling, too, don’t worry. It’s always fun πŸ™‚

  • Lila Remonn

    Congratulations on five years in Simlit! <3 <3 <3
    It was great reading your story history. I feel like I've seen The Amazing Hollander somewhere and I've definitely read The Talented, but I don't think I have come across the others. The Library idea is actually really cool!
    Ooh, Gina and Enzo are looking real snazzy πŸ˜‰ It's also nice seeing Atalante and Flora — they are both very beautiful. I'm so looking forward to The Ink Charts and cute side story!

    • NotJustaBook

      Thank you very much <3 <3 <3
      I posted The Amazing Hollander to this blog for a while, actually, now that I think about it. Or at least I had a page for it. I may have had a side blog for it as well for a while, but it was too much work to post it in several places :') I do honestly like the idea behind the Library – I just couldn't make it work. Who knows – maybe some day πŸ™‚ I'm just glad it's not The Ithaca one you've read because my god, it was bad… Hahhaha πŸ˜›
      While editing those pics, I looked at Gina and Enzo and was like – he looks like James Bond or something. And he is SO NOT James Bond πŸ˜› I really can't wait to start posting both sequel and side story. I really hope they won't disappoint once I get there. (So much editing first, though!)
      Thank you again <3

  • sempreviva

    Congratulations on five years in Simlit! πŸ˜€ <3 <3 Wow, what a milestone!
    I had such an amazing time reading all about your past stories and projects! I don't think I've seen any of them, but that's just because I'm ashamed to say that I only got really into simlit when I started this blog (a little more than a year ago) – I read it, but only casually. And I now realize that I've been totally missing out!
    I agree with Lila that the Library story sounds really impressive! It would totally blow my mind if I read it (well, it blew my mind a little now)! πŸ™‚
    I look forward to seeing more of Genevieve and Nadir (and of course Celeste)! I look forward to all your projects actually, I'm always so excited to read them! πŸ˜€ Here's to another five years of Simlit!! <3 <3

    • NotJustaBook

      Thank you so much <3
      To be honest, I don't think you missed out on THAT much with my past stuff, since it was all abandoned, eventually :')
      There does seem to be agreement that it was a cool idea. I did really like it, but it didn't click. I can't remember why but it just didn't πŸ˜› Maybe it was just a bad time.
      I'm looking forward to having you guys read along. I always do <3 Thank you very much for commenting, and for being a reader <3

  • amyqueen

    This was such an interesting read πŸ˜€ Congrats on your simlit milestone!
    I don’t think it’s possible as a writer to go back and look at your work without having a million things you’d want to change or excessive cringing XD Glad to see I’m not the only one who has bounced around working on different stories, although yours are way more fleshed out than mine ever were. I love how you experiment with different genres and themes for your stories, though you mention that after some time they became problematic, still, it’s impressive that you’ve managed to incorporate them. Sight is the most different thing I’ve ever worked on and that’s only because I incorporated some ghosts, lol, not that wild. But you have such a wide range from magic to immortal beings and time travel. I unfortunately left the world of simlit right around the time you started, so I’ve missed a lot of great stories and pages that I’m belatedly getting acquainted with now. The bit about the nose of the heir for the Ithaca legacy made me laugh, if only we could edit infants, lol. I’m gonna reiterate what the others have said about the Library being great, that would’ve been such a cool twist/reveal to learn that she was trapped in her own mind. If you ever decide to re-attempt that, I don’t doubt it’ll be an interesting read. The bit about Carlo being a snazzy dresser comes as no surprise, the fact that he won’t tell Vittoria to do the same is also no surprise :’) what a guy. As you probably recall from me inhaling CoM, I can’t wait until the sequel is out, no pressure though πŸ˜‡ Anndddd the side story of Giuliano and Flora as well! Here’s to many years of more simlit, you are a terrific writer Louise πŸ™‚ <3

    • NotJustaBook

      Thank you very much <3 I'm glad you liked it.
      I don't think so either. I mean, even the first gen of MVS has some cringeyness (time skippp, siiiighhhh…), but all in all I'm honestly glad to have had a look back πŸ™‚ Not all my ideas are terrible.
      I'm glad people seem to think my silly old idea was so great. Looking back, I do think it had potential. Whether I'll ever get it to work isanother matter, though. I'll definitely consider it.
      I'm really excited to get more done about the CoM sequel. It's no secret that it's a tough one to write for me. That's probably also why the sidestory happened – I needed a palate cleaner of sorts πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much, and thank you for commenting <3

  • Kymber

    Congratulations! Five years! Wow! That is beyond awesome. This post was really great. I enjoyed going back in time with you to your older stories and then seeing the current ones. You’ve done a lot of work, my friend. <3

  • socallucyfan

    Congrats on your SimLitaversary!! 5 years. WOW!!!
    I loved looking at some of your older stories (I too loved the Ink legacy). And then seeing some fun facts about your current one. Here’s to another 5 years!!! πŸ™‚

    • NotJustaBook

      Thank you so much <3
      The Ink Legacy was so lovely. Did you ever read her Gingersnap Diaries on Tumblr? Every bit as lovely, though by now also abandoned (though it has an ending of sorts, at least) πŸ™
      Yes, fire more years would be grand! πŸ˜€

      • socallucyfan

        I never read the Gingersnap Diaries. Did you read The Smiths, which I am pretty sure was the 1st TS3 legacy. That went on for almost 20 generations.
        BTW- you wrote fire more years would be grand. LOL Which is also true. πŸ™‚

  • magpie14031983

    Wow! 5 years has come and gone so fast. Time flies when you’ve got RL crap getting in the way of your SimLit reading 😁 but seriously, I was late to the Ithaca party (it was already gone when I read it) because I was busy reading anything and everything that Schipperke and Ricalyn wrote on Carl’s 😁 I figured I’d “catch-up” on any other stories later (pffft cuz THAT worked out so well *insert eyeroll here). I adored the Hollanders 😁 It was sad to see it go – I think I might have a link to the pet name generator, I’ll get back to you on that one when I’m on a PC. I enjoyed the Asylum until it ended as well and now I’m trying to figure out how I missed the one after that. I think I read the Nikodemus story but I’d have to check lol.

    Basically what I’m trying to say is that you and the other SimLit writers that started me off reading SimLit inspire me every day, and I thank you for it. What you think was crap or cringe-worthy was actually enjoyable from an outside reader’s perspective so don’t be so hard on yourself! Easier said than done, I know, especially since I’ve started writing flash fiction now 😲 I have a new appreciation of the standard that writers like yourself hold yourselves to, and it’s fucking insane!!! It makes me wonder how many drafts my favourite published authors go through before they are happy with their work!

    Anyway… I’m still one of your biggest fans even if I am less visible than I used to be! Thanks for always having something interesting for me to read πŸ˜β€πŸ€—

    • NotJustaBook

      Hi Mags! πŸ™‚ It’s good to hear from you – I was a little worried since you went so quiet. I hope you’re doing well <3

      You were late to the Ithaca game?! Wow, I didn't notice at all, because you're still around and you're probably like the only person from "back in the day" who's hanging around? πŸ˜€ At least on WP! There are so many good memories associated with those stories for me even if, yes, I cringe, he, he πŸ™‚

      Us artistic folks are our own worst critics, for sure! Ha, ha πŸ˜€ It's so easy to obsess over small details and when you tell others that there was that little detail and that little thing there, they go 'Um what?' and you realise you worried for no reason... at least you get to satisfy yourself, though πŸ˜›

      I'm really glad to still have you around, it means a lot. You don't even have to be commenting or anything - just getting your likes now and again makes me smile πŸ™‚ <3

      • magpie14031983

        I’ll always be lurking somewhere around your stories πŸ™‚ I’m a fangirl of note as you know πŸ™‚

        Yup, I only read the Ithaca story after it was ended πŸ™ I’m making up for that now though lol

        RL has been kicking my rear lately and I’m battling to find time to breathe lol but, I will always make my way here, it’s one of my happy places!

        I think this is the website with the pet name generator: http://online-generator.com/name-generator/pet-name-generator.php it’s the only one I have, sorry if it isn’t coming through as a hyperlink, I’m using the quick reply function and I’m not sure what the BCC-code is for hyperlinks

        • NotJustaBook

          It means so much to know you’re here. You’re a very comforting presence, for sure πŸ™‚

          Sorry to hear that things have been tough on you, friend. I hope things slow down soon so you can have some much needed rest πŸ™‚ <3

          Oh my gosh, that's it. I go onto the site and it immediately gives me Dreaded Muffy. DREADED. MUFFY. It's like it's welcoming me home. I could cry it's so beautiful! So bad. But beautiful.
          At the same time, why didn't it give me that name for the Hollander pets? That's offensive.

          • magpie14031983

            I’m glad it was the right link 😁 Did you see there’s a few other variations on the generator site and not just the pet one? Much fun can be had with them all πŸ˜‚

          • NotJustaBook

            I didn’t notice but that’s amazing! Much fun will be had!! πŸ˜€

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