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Van [userpic]

Holy shit, I need to post here more

October 21st, 2011 (12:18 am)

current mood: bouncy

...yeaaaah, pretty much.

Anyway. Just popping in for the purposes of being a general nuisance and pimping the Naroni top ten list:


Hey, it's the third anniversary today. That's about three years longer than I expected the thing would ever last XD

Van [userpic]

Naroni family tree confusion

July 26th, 2011 (11:26 am)

current mood: confused

Okay, still can't believe I have to do this, but...

http://naronianddovia.tribalpages.com/ is THE REAL TREE. It's (mostly) up-to-date, contains pictures, and is considered canon.

http://naroni.tribalpages.com/ is a fake.

I don't know who made it or why and I don't really care--the dates seem to be right (even if Octavius was supposedly born in "Dovoa") and they aren't hotlinking my images--but I don't want any confusion. I sent a message to the site admin just asking what was up, but really, I don't think there's much harm in the existence of this site other than the risk of it being mistaken for the real one. So, just one more time for the sake of being painfully obvious:

The real site can be reached with the URL http://naronianddovia.tribalpages.com/

Van [userpic]

Huh. It's been a long time.

July 22nd, 2011 (01:53 am)

current mood: blah

I seem to have a habit of neglecting babble blogs XD

Hmm... what to report. Well:

1. My new computer has been ordered and should be here before I head back to Vancouver. Thanks to Sunni, I now have the EPs in my possession and will install them on the new machine :)

2. I'm thinking I'll try to throw up an IFV next rotation. It'll probably suck, but it's about time.

3. Thoughts on the more focused Naroni? I have mixed feelings about it. I think overall it's a good experiment and I'm glad I tried it, but I don't see myself giving one arc a largely uninterrupted run again. There are so many characters in that story and too many I already miss. Hell, I miss Sparron and Searle so much that I'm even slipping them in between Riona posts again soon. Speaking of Sparron, I kind of think he and Isidro should get to know each other. Oh the angst!

4. My novel is kicking my ass! Also, I have one major character who thinks they're the main character when they're really supposed to be like, third or fourth. I love this character and would totally make them the main character if not for the fact that they know too much. That probably doesn't make sense. Oh well.

5. I'm getting very sick of my job. I'm thinking I'll try to find something new next summer.
Blah. I'm feeling boring right now. That and there's a chance that my five day work strike might be extended to eight days and this displeases me. Maybe my mother is right when she says I won't last long in the real world, but from what I've seen of the real world, maybe I don't care.

Van [userpic]

Character meme!

July 2nd, 2011 (03:43 pm)

current mood: bouncy

Stolen from simtopi :

Give me one of the characters from my story and I will tell you:

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing that will happen to this character in the future of my story.

Tagging anyone who feels like putting up this meme for their own stuff :)

Van [userpic]

Daddy Dearest

June 19th, 2011 (09:01 pm)

current mood: contemplative

Fathers' Day.

I've said it before and I'll say it again--I'm very lucky. My father is the kindest, smartest, most stable, patient, supportive, loving man in the entire universe and I would never trade him for any other father ever because he is the best and always will be.

So... why is it that whenever fathers come up in my stuff, there's tension there? There's Brett, who only reproduced for the sake of someone else's agenda and ended up with a "failure" he doesn't know what to do with and who therefore resents him. There's Domingo, who probably treats his head lice with more respect than he treats his son, and Albany, who's just a fucked-up psychopath. And then there are guys like Vinicio and Lonriad Sr. who realized too late that their kids should come before their vices and guys like Kohashi who only care about themselves and guys like Mr. Alcoholic Manwhore Revolutionary from my novel who routinely cheat on their pill-popping baby mamas and sell drugs to teenage junkies they may or may not have sired. And then of course there's the father drama that might not even be an issue but goes on in the characters' minds and eats them alive, like Sparron's obsessive fear of his father finding out the truth about his sexuality. Like... what the hell? Why are so many of the parents in my stories so messed up? Especially since my own parents aren't?

Oh well. If nothing else, at least I have Severin (though Riona may protest). Still, not like he holds a candle to my old man.

Happy Fathers' Day.

Van [userpic]

Coming clean here...

June 16th, 2011 (02:00 am)

current mood: guilty

All right, this has been going on for a while now and I would imagine that a few people have begun to suspect this anyway, so I figure it's about time I came clean here:

It's IFV. I've more or less lost interest in writing it.

It's probably apparent in the decreasing quality of the work and the fact that lately I've been skipping it whenever it comes around in my update schedule. I feel kind of bad about it because I did like working on it once upon a time and I did have big plans for it and I don't want to leave readers feeling ripped off (err, if I haven't already). I will finish the story--I will--but the remaining updates will likely be ugly and scattered and sporadic. I don't approach my Sims stuff with the idea that it has to be good--my Sim stories are for the most part a recreational, low-stress break from my novel writing--but I think the remainder of IFV is going to take that to a whole new level.

I think the problem is that... well, with the possible exception of Hal's Dr. Stratford persona (who is perhaps the one character in IFV that I actually want to write more about), the characters just aren't mine. Yes, their paths and even their personalities have strayed far from what Maxis intended, but they are still in essence Maxis characters. Okay, I'm going to be lame and go all metaphorical here. They're not the seeds that inspiration planted in my mind. They're not the saplings I've raised and clipped and watered. They're not the plants I've watched bloom and flourish and wither. They're more like trees in a nursery. They're perfectly fine trees. They're just not my trees.

More than anything, writing IFV has begun to feel like writing fanfiction. Now, I'm not saying that stories using the premades are fanfics, and I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with fanfiction in the first place. I have nothing against fanfiction (even had a love affair with it myself back in my younger days), and I've read and loved a ton of SimFics involving the premades--and from a reader's standpoint, there are definite differences. As a writer, however... well, I'm just not finding those differences. All I know is that it's much more of a pain in the ass to write IFV than any of my other Sim stories or any of my novels. I'm just not feeling it--not feeling connected to the characters, not feeling like I know what I'm doing, not feeling like I even care.
That being said, I do care about everyone who might be reading IFV and while it seems inevitable that I will let you down, I do want to give you the closure you deserve for bearing with me this long. So, like I said, I will finish the story. It will span the full one hundred chapters. The major threads will be tied. It's just going to take a while and it's not going to be any good.
Sorry about this. Maybe I'll have an epiphany at some point, but I just don't see my love for this story being rekindled any time soon.

Van [userpic]

Squeeeee! :D

May 19th, 2011 (11:25 am)

current mood: ecstatic

Remember how I applied to major in Creative Writing but I was freaking out because they only take about twenty out of a hundred applicants a year and most of the people they accept are second-time applicants?

Guess what? I GOT IN! :D :D :D :D :D

So happy right now. I've been running around my house screaming at the top of my lungs and I just did another celebratory dance. I'm now going to post the next Realmspeaker, and then back to dancing.

Van [userpic]

A note on the RS family trees...

May 14th, 2011 (05:55 pm)

current mood: cranky

Family trees for Realmspeaker are now online.

Note that instead of the usual pregnancy/title/first appearance/etc. information in the "Notes" box on individual profiles, you will find the character's sex chromosome genotype with relation to the so-called "Speaker gene", which is found on the X chromosome.


XSXS = female non-Speaker
XSY = male non-Speaker
XSXs = female Speaker
XsY = male Speaker
XsXs = female Walker

Note that only females can be Walkers because it is a homozygous condition.

Van [userpic]

And now for something not so different...

May 13th, 2011 (09:51 pm)

current mood: annoyed

Realmspeaker has a new home:


Van [userpic]

Well, fuck me

May 13th, 2011 (08:47 am)
pissed off

current mood: pissed off

I'm most of you have heard about Blogger's issues by now. Most of the comments on the last Naroni post are missing and Realmspeaker might as well have never existed. Needless to say, I am pissed.

Planning on writing the next Naroni tonight, but whether or not it'll actually be posted is a different question entirely.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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