Hi guys!

So I think it’s safe to say that it’s been… one of the longest breaks I’ve taken from the blog since I started this whole Sims thing. I swear I blinked and then it was October – so many things have happened, it’s mad.To explain, you already know I met my now boyfriend and things are still going great with us. I love him very, very much and of course I spend all the time I can with him. Now, having a boyfriend wouldn’t usually be enough to keep me from one of my favourite hobbies, but another thing is that since pretty much the start of this year, my job was draining. I was under constant pressure and increasingly bad management. And that’s why I went and got a new job. I got it already two months ago and I started last week. It’s great so far and seems like a much less terrible place. But of course it was also hard and so it’s taken a little while for me to get to a place where I had the energy to consider where I’m going with the Simlit. Which may be what you’re more interested in.


Before I started my new job, I sat down and seriously considered where I want to take this Simlit thing. The past many months I have opened the game, spent maybe a minute or two in CAS, and then closed the game to play something else. I would open the Clarity document and then close it. Finally, one day after, yet again, going into CAS and spending a while there, I though “I don’t want to do this anymore.”

So for a while, that was my conclusion – I’m done. I’ve outgrown Simlit and now it’s time to do something else. But then I couldn’t stop thinking about my characters. Adriana and Nico are still kinda stuck in my brain. Their story is still a story I want to tell really, really badly. I came to the conclusion that the way I have started the story here on the blog is a way I’m fundamentally unsatisfied with. The way I’ve envisioned it, it’s too dark and gloomy, too depressing. It’s not fun or sparkling or necessarily particularly spicy. So well… there we are. I need to start over. So… time to head into CAS in ts3 and get at it, right? Right? Well… I just really, really don’t want to. And that’s when stuff started stirring in my head.

See, my boyfriend has, time and time again, been nudging me to give Sims 4 a shot. “I’ve heard it’s really good now!” he’d say. “What packs would it take for you to actually get into it?” he would question. And last week it just all came flooding into my head. Many, many mods and pieces of CC later and damn. Just. Damn.

This is, so far, my best approximation of Adriana and Nico in The Sims 4. They’re not perfect and I’ll probably spend a lot of time tweaking them and downloading so much CC. It’ll also take… a while to get good at making sets, taking pictures, possibly even making poses. I also am aware that some people might be turned off by the… very big change in style. I generally like ts4’s clay hairs and slightly more cartoony style, so I’m trying to enhance the game’s good sides rather than layering it in hyper-realistic CC. I just think it works better.

Anyway, this is probably just a thing that’s going to happen. I hope. I can’t say for 100% sure that I won’t just change my mind completely and go some other way. But this is the most excited I’ve been about anything story/sims related in a while, so I hope it’s something that’ll just keep growing.

I hope you guys are interested to see where it takes me, even though it means I’m scrapping the already written chapters/the photos and that it will take a good amount of time before more story happens from me.

In the meantime, I don’t know how much I’ll be doing. I’m also doing a little bit of Sims 4 gameplay, which I might share, or maybe I’ll just show you my progress in recreating the old characters and building new sets. Either way, I hope you’ll be along for the ride.

Hope everyone else is doing well and I’ll see you… well, whenever I see you!

Love you all,

Categories: Random


sempreviva · October 12, 2022 at 9:31 pm

Hi Louise! 🙂 First of all, I know I am extremely late in reading your – everyone’s- story… actually that is a massive understatement, lol! I am sooo sorry! I plan to make a detailed post of what I have been up to these past… 2 years!! 🤯😭
Anyway, I kept thinking about catching up forever and naturally for me always procrastinating, and your post finally gave me the push to do it!
First of all, congrats on your new boyfriend!! 😀 I am really happy to read that things are going well between you! ^_^ And I know how it is to be constantly pressured at work, so kudos to you for making the change needed!
I must say, your characters are super good looking and from what I’ve seen, they’re very close to their original ts3 looks! I definitely wouldn’t mind reading their story with ts4 pictures! I actually find ts4 style pretty charming if done right – which you do! 😀
But first, I gotta read me some smutty Lia goodness, for I remember you publishing a chapter like this! 😉 And of course catch up on everything!
Hmm… I don’t think I’ve said everything I wanted to say, but I’ll be here (at last) to say more! 🙂

    Kymber Hawke · October 13, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    You’ve been sorely missed, chickie. 🙂 And I agree with everything you’ve said here! ❤️❤️

      sempreviva · October 14, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Awww thank you Kym! I’ve missed everyone here too!! ❤️❤️

    NotJustaBook · October 13, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my god HIII! 😁
    So good to hear from you – that really made my day. I hope you’re doing well and I’m excited to hear what you’ve been up to. 😊

    Thanks so much! I’m so happy that I met him because he’s pretty much a perfect match for me. And I’m also extremely happy to rid of that old job. It was a little heartbreaking, because I honestly used to love it until it started just grinding me down into nothing. Thankfully the new place is a wonderful change of pace so far!

    Thanks so much on the kind words. I find Sims creation in ts4 sooo hard so far, so hopefully I’ll only get better in time and with even more custom content. I’ve really been enjoying this change of pace – it’s very different, but some things are so much better. Like load times, lol. 🤣

    Yaay! I’m so excited to hear what you think. Because yes, I think you pretty much disappeared right before the smuttiness came! Hope you’ll like it when you find the time. 😊

      sempreviva · October 14, 2022 at 8:15 am

      Yay, I am sooo excited to be back!
      Oooh, I love this! You sound like I did when I met my now husband, hehe! 😀 I hope everything works out perfectly for you two! <3
      Yup, load times at ts3 are insane – ts4 feels like such a breath of fresh air in that regard! And the sims themselves are pretty good looking, especially with cc (and there's soooo much of cc for ts4, it's bananas)! Honestly, the only thing I loathe in ts4 is the gameplay, but it's not like we use the sims to play anymore, right?
      Ah, don't I know it! I am suuuper excited to read it at last!! 😍 Again, it was so nice to talk to you! <3

    Jowita · October 13, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I’ve wondered what was happening to you SO many times! So happy to see you! I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to! Now if only we heard from socallucyfan, I think you both have been MIA for quite some time. But I always had hope you’d come back. I saw your comment on here this morning and it made my day to see you, like it did Louise’s ❤️❤️

      sempreviva · October 14, 2022 at 8:23 am

      Jowita!!! Oh my, I really missed you too! I saw that you had partly come back and I wanted to talk to you but… life! 😭
      Well, I always come back eventually! 😉 And hopefully I’m back for good (at least at the comments section for starters, lol)!
      I am also wondering about socallucyfan, hopefully she will make an appearance!
      Again, it was sooo nice to talk to you! ❤️❤️

amyqueen · October 13, 2022 at 1:51 am

Hey, Louise! I’ve been sharing a similar sentiment, RL had bombarded me and I just now logged into WP after months of not visiting. Seeing your post pop up in my reader came as such a pleasant surprise ❤️

Happy to hear your relationship is going well! I totally get that feeling of work draining you to the point where escaping to write simlit feels more like more work than the escape it used to be. Ooh, Adriana and Nico look good! I’m honestly blown away by some of the detail in Sims4 that I see on tumblr sometimes. I don’t doubt you’ll take some of the most lovely pics for the story if/when you eventually get back into writing it. It’s nice to see that you’ve found some of that spark again – it’s something I’m struggling with myself at the moment, hehe. Whatever it is you choose to do, and however you choose to do it, I’m sure it’ll be great, and I’ll be ready to support~ It’s lovely to see an update from you 😊

    sempreviva · October 13, 2022 at 9:07 am

    That was the exact same situation for me as well! <3 The moment I felt like logging in again I saw that post and it was like it was meant to be, lol!
    You are so right about simlit feeling like work sometimes… dealing with ts3 is so time consuming! Honestly, I have no idea when I'll be able to post again, but in the meantime I am super hyped to be catching up two years worth of content!! 😀 💕

      amyqueen · October 14, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      Whoops, I was trying to respond to you and accidentally responded to myself because I’m technologically challenged, lol 💀 My comment’s down there XD ⬇️

    NotJustaBook · October 13, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Amy! So good to see you around. I really want to catch up to your stuff – and everyone else’s – but as you say – sometimes real life just bombards you. In my case, both good and bad things got in the way and I was just honestly too drained to even consider being creative. Thankfully, it’s coming back!

    Thanks a bunch. I really hope I can capture all my characters in ts4. It’s so different, though I do like the change. So hopefully, I’ll learn a lot about taking ts4 pics and I’ll turn out something nice in this new style!

    It means a lot to have you along for this ride, Amy. Can’t wait to get back into Simlit so I can both write and consume!

      amyqueen · October 14, 2022 at 8:33 pm

      I totally understand, the feeling is mutual~ I’ve told myself time and time again to set aside some time to finally do some catch up, only for weeks to blast by without me having even opened WP. I hope to slowly start getting back to it though!

      My New Year’s resolution – last year – was to give TS4 a try, and I have it downloaded but still haven’t given it a proper shot, so I wish you luck with your journey! It’ll probably be much easier to navigate than the struggle TS3 is, haha.

    amyqueen · October 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    WP was calling out to us it seems XD I’m so happy to have seen you pop in here too! When we last spoke you mentioned you were thinking of slowly coming back. TS3 doesn’t make it any easier, lol. I have quite a bit to catch up on too, so I’ll probably see you around 😊

      sempreviva · October 17, 2022 at 9:13 am

      Haha, that is true! XD I am really happy to see you here too! 🥰
      Yup, tons to to catch up on; but I am so looking forward to read and comment, I have missed it so much! See you at comments section! 😉 💕

Kymber Hawke · October 13, 2022 at 2:06 pm

Hi, Louise! Thank you so much for the lovely visit to my site some time ago. I actually took a little break, too, but I’m back now, ready to roll into Generation 10. Finally! lol It’s only been 6 years. haha

Anyway, I’m so happy for you and your new boyfriend. Sending you the best of wishes in the love department, dear heart.

I’m also glad to hear you have changed jobs. No job is worth getting so anxious and drained for. I’m so proud of your accomplishments. I know it’s not easy changing jobs because there is always a certain amount of risk involved. But you did it, girl!

As for Adriana and Nico, I’ll take ’em wherever I can get ’em. LOLOLOL Your characters are so vibrant, I just want more and more. And they look awesome in TS4. Well done!

I’ve really been missing a lot of familiar faces around the wordpress circuit, but the last thing I ever want is to make anyone feel pressure. You should do what you love to do and that is is. ❤️❤️

Sending you my love and admiration, always. ❤️❤️

    NotJustaBook · October 13, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Hey Kymber! So glad to be back and glad to see you around as well. I have a serious number of posts to catch up on over on your blog, so hopefully I’ll get that done soon. You’re at the top of my list to catch up on. ⭐

    Thanks for the well-wishes. I’m so happy with him and things are going so well. 😊

    For sure, it was a leap! Thankfully, I started in a place with a former co-worker and after my former boss suggested that I switch. You’re right, no job is worth getting drained for, so I’m so happy that it seems I’ve come to a good place.

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I find it soooo hard to remake my characters in ts4, though some presets and a ton of CC have helped lolol. 😊 But it feels so good to be energised again and hopefully this will be a new beginning for my relationship with simlit. ⭐

    I’ve really missed you and everyone else as well. I sometimes visited my dashboard and was so sad at how far I fell behind, because I miss the many lovely people around.

    All my love to you, Kym. 💕

Jowita · October 13, 2022 at 7:33 pm

I can’t believe you’re now posting this and I STILL have not commented on the chapter I read ages ago. Honestly I read it way too many times and I just had no energy at the time to leave a detailed comment and kept postponing it. And now it feels almost wrong to do this. I love how your post attracted Amy *and* Sempreviva! It’s so good to see them, especially since we haven’t seen the latter for so long.
I’m glad things are well with the new BF and congrats on the courage to change jobs. You definitely needed it.
I’m in for the ride whatever you choose to do. Honestly I just missed seeing you. Our little community on here suffered so much in terms of people leaving recently… I know I shouldn’t complain since I left first and most definitely, but still. Kymber has only recently come back, Audrey’s updates have been sparse and we just now see Sempreviva. I wonder what’s up with socallucyfan. I haven’t seen her for as long as Sempreviva, I think. I grew so attached to the community ❤️ I miss 2017-18. Those were simpler times when we were all so active and such a tight-knit community!
I think your replication of your characters is pretty close! I only just thought that Nico’s skin is darker than I realized. Maybe it was because we saw him in daylight and well-lit that it didn’t quite register. I was just surprised a bit, I guess.
So good to see you, Louise ❤️

    sempreviva · October 14, 2022 at 8:30 am

    I have to say, I love the use of the word “attracted”! Now I feel so ethereal ~ like a butterfly, lol!
    And oh yes; those were the years indeed! I loved 2017-18 <3 😭

    amyqueen · October 14, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    It ‘twas a happy coincidence we all happened to hop back on after so long when we did *telepathically calls out to Lila* ⚡
    It’s neat how no matter how much time passes, we inevitably get drawn back in~ Nice to see hear how everyone’s doing every now and then 💕

    NotJustaBook · October 17, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Jowita! 😊
    It’s so good to have “summoned” all of these wonderful people. There’s just something about this little corner of the Internet that keeps drawing us back, it seems.
    I’m really happy with both boyfriend and the change of job. It’s been a long trek getting to this point, but it was worth it. ☺️
    It’s so true, I miss those days as well, but I must say it warms my heart to see all of you guys chatting away in my comments section. WordPress still feels like my second home on the Internet. 💕
    Thanks so much! I think you’re right, his skin is a tad darker than originally – it was SO difficult finding the right skintone in ts4! That’s also why I’ll probably never recreate Adriana (and Gina and Carlo’s) hair colour exactly, since it’s a more reddish brown than ts4 allows. But oh well – I think it’ll do!
    It was so good to have a message from you again, Jowita. 😊💕

Lila Remonn · October 20, 2022 at 1:44 am

Hello! I opened the post a few days ago to comment, got distracted and had to refresh, and now all the oldies have gathered here, hehe. So nice to see! Glad to hear you’re doing well with the new boyfriend and fingers crossed that your new job turns out much better too, yay for moving onto happier and healthier things❤️

Ooooh I can’t say I’m not disappointed to hear that you’re leaving TS3 to move to TS4 😅 It won’t be quite the same without the iconic TS3 characters and your unique picture style 😣 But at the same time, it’s totally understandable and it’s really great that the move has reignited your simming/creative spark. TS3 as a storytelling medium is really sooo laborious to manage long-term, which I guess is a big reason why the community has sadly slowed to a crawl the past few years. I get your sentiment, I often feel like abandoning Sims completely but I also refuse to leave EP unfinished, it’s a bit of a conundrum. I’m happy to hear that you’ll be continuing with Adriana and Nico at least, and I’m looking forward to see how you make TS4 your own! The simmies are looking quite nice already. Good to hear from you again 💕

    NotJustaBook · October 26, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    He, he, no worries! But yes, so glad to see all the oldies gathered. I really missed it, but something just keeps us coming back now and then. Even when it’s only for a moment, I love it. <3

    Yeah, I'm a little sad, too, but I think ts3 is really starting to wear on me. I do love the style of the game with mods and I'll miss it. But yeah - it gets so cumbersome, and that's even as someone with relatively few problems. I just think building all those elaborate sets and such was starting to break me. I hope my style will still shine through. I'm still not there with taking photos in ts4, because I need to learn the tools, but hopefully I'll get there. ☺️
    Thanks for dropping by as well Lila. This was a proper party! 🥳💕

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