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This unfortunately is not a proper update as of the updates of old. Ever since Fire posted about not finishing the Chandlers, I’ve been thinking and I’m in a similar position. I doubt I’ll open my game again at this point (although I will be keeping the files just in case) and I wanted to give the Apoc some closure. I had the general trajectory (four remaining episodes) planned out, and a lot of scenes written, which I will share here as a “final” episode.

Episode 25 would have been the first to really introduce generation 6. You can find BodyShop pictures of them here and a partial generation 6 post here, but here’s a group picture of the main players:

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(left to right: Kristin Holm, Idina Holm, Saxon Fitzhugh, Cassie Fitzhugh, Simon Morgan-Doran, Susie Morgan)

Saxon and Cassie Fitzhugh would have lifted Art and Culinary respectively. (I liked the idea of giving the middle finger to Culinary by lifting it last.) They are the children of Elle Fitzhugh, my generation 5 heir.

Idina and Kristin Holm are Saxon’s best friends. They are the daughters of Elle’s cousin Michael “Mikey” Holm and Elphaba Uglacy.

Simon Morgan-Doran (son of Phil Morgan and Kahlen Doran) and Susan Morgan (daughter of Barbara Morgan and Trent Doran) would have been Cassie’s closest friends.

As I stated in an earlier post, Episode 25 was going to be two parts, covering the same amount of time (the second half of Winter) from two perspectives. Part A would have covered that time from Saxon’s point of view.

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Part 2

CreMo '14 Starting Stats!

I'm doing SimStoCreMo again this year, like many other awesome people! This year, like last year, is a two-part goal:

1. Have both parts of Episode 25 written in full

2. Film and publish at least one of them

Right now I have three scenes of the second part of Episode 25 written. I have a beginning I might not keep for the first half. For the filming end, I need to play through my Winter rotation, which is half through at the main house. I plan to do that AFTER I finish the writing so I can take what shots I need as I go, because you all know how much I looooove filming :P

Going to start tomorrow; tonight is The Two Towers extended edition with the fam :D

I hope everybody who signed up meets their goal!
Title: You Can
Prompt: “I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.” (Michael Jordan)
Universe: A Villainous Apocalypse
Word Count: 580
Rating: G/PG
Summary: Elle’s not ready for this
Notes: Preemptive warning for a very obscure description of a panic attack, just in case. Also, this or something like it will go in a future update, so it’s spoilery, but somewhat out of context.

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So, I don't normally get on the writing bandwagon this fast, but I was chatting with Lark last night, and she was all "I bet I can get Myshuno before you!" Which, y'all must understand, is a sucker bet :P But she hadn't done it when I got up this morning so I spent a couple minutes wavering before going "...screw it, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED."

(She beat me anyway, but I still wrote up more than one prompt.)

Here's the first one :P

Title: Good Help
Prompt: Grey’s first day of school in Sierra Plains
Universe: A Villainous Apocalypse
Word Count: 680
Rating: PG (for language only)
Summary: Saxon does his cousin a favor
Notes: This is canon, probably not going in a future chapter. Grey and her parents live in Sim City, so college is the first time she goes to class anywhere near Sierra Plains.

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Myshuno! 2013: My Card

All right, let's do this. *game face*

I took one prompt from everyone and then a second as they spoke to me. Thank you to everyone who prompted me!

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A Villainous Apocalypse - Entr'acte

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Smoothie Sims, Inc. proudly presents...

A Villainous Apocalypse

"Entr'acte"


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Post-Politics House Tour

*points to icon* I signed up for Camp NaNo this month and have basically failed at it the entire time. However, in lieu of writing, I am trying to do something useful, and so you get picspam! Back when I lifted Politics, some people asked for a house tour, and I was looking at pics for the next interlude today and realized I actually had taken some for that purpose, sooooo...here you go!

(Sidebar: none of the rest of the houses in the 'hood are nearly this interesting. I've mostly been modifying bin houses because I hate building with all my heart and soul. 8x8 box, come baaaaaaack *sob*)

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Hope you enjoyed! I had a good time designing and building it. never again Interlude coming this week!

Meta #7

Just to get this out of the way: this meta is spoilery for Episodes 21-24. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

FINALLY, I get to post this!!! I have been working on this particular meta for months years now, adding and changing things as I played and wrote through my intended plot. I started back in…wow, probably August or September of 2009 when I was trying to lay out my thoughts and realized that I was beginning to forget how it all got started in my head and some of the reasons why I chose to take the directions I went. So I began writing it out, which is good, because I’ve forgotten half of this over the years and only remembered my initial thought process after I reread the draft. Now I finally get to share.

This almost ought to be three separate metas because there are three major subplots that make up the whole generation 5 story arc, but I am presenting them all together anyway and each part is clearly divided from the others and under its own cut, so if you need to take a break, hopefully it’s easy to reach a stopping point and come back later.

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A Villainous Apocalypse - Episode 24

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Smoothie Sims, Inc. proudly presents…

A Villainous Apocalypse

Episode 24 – “You Are Not Alone”


Warning: Portrayals of depression and emotional abuse


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Part 2 is here

ALL RIIIIIIIGHT

The full text of Episode 24, sans Author's Note and picture inserts, clocks in at 27 pages.

You know what this means, right?

IT MEANS I FINALLY GET TO BOOT TRISTAN'S SORRY ASS I MADE MY CREMO GOAL!!!!!!

Maaaaaaaaan that feels so good to say. I have actually had a decently productive year so far between this and my prose and now that I'm on the brink of finishing this story arc, I'm hopeful it'll continue. Once I post the next update, I'll be able to actually play my Apocalypse hood. It's been SO LONG since I've done that. I am sure many of you know how that feels.

Speaking of updating, here's what my tentative updating schedule looks like:

End of March/first week of April: Episode 24, "You Are Not Alone." (Doctor Who reference completely intended. The timing depends on how much I have to stage and how quickly I can do it. Tomorrow's job is figuring that out.)

Two or three days after that: Giant-ass Generation 5 Meta covering episodes 16-24.

Mid- to late April: Picture-only interlude covering the end of Fall. This is already filmed played.

Sometime in May if all goes well: A two-part Episode 25 that will pick up after Saxon's teen birthday.

Then we'll go from there. I would love it if I could be done with the story by Episode 28. We'll see what happens. For now, PARTY TIME. *balloons and confetti*

A Villainous Apocalypse - Episode 23

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Smoothie Sims Inc. proudly presents…

A Villainous Apocalypse

Episode 23 – “Nothing You Can Do”


Warning: Portrayals of depression and emotional abuse




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SimStoCreMo 2013 Goals

Thanks everyone for your comments on my mini-update! I'm about to go reply to them all. Meanwhile, time for CreMo goals!

My Goal

To have the full text of Episodes 23 and 24 written, and at least one of those updates posted, by April 1st.

I have the first scene of Episode 23 in a Word Document and a solid idea of the progression of both updates. Tonight I'm going to make an outline, and tomorrow I'll go from there on the writing.

As far as pictures go, I am not certain what I already have in game, although I do remember waiting to play on a couple of occasions until I was up to filming scenes I knew I would need. I'm sure I can use a lot of what I have, especially since I've decided that from this point on, my updates are going to be a lot lighter on pictures than before. I'm anticipating 50-70 instead of 120+. When I have the text, I'll see where picture placement needs to happen and take it from there.

I'd like to get Episode 23 done and posted quickly. Apocaversary is in a week, so there's no way THAT'S happening, but getting it up before the end of March will be close enough.

I hope everyone else who signed up for CreMo does excellently this year! :D
There will be an actual Episode 23 in March, never you fear. I actually wrote a handful of slides for it months back but when I looked over them today I ended up deciding I wanted to open the episode differently. As this scene is still important and useful, have it as a bit of a teaser for the next proper update.

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Myshuno! 2012: "That's rough, buddy."

Title: The Men’s Room
Prompt: “That’s rough, buddy.”
Universe(s): The Morgan Legacy, specifically the Dark Path series
Word Count: 350
Rating: PG-13 because foulmouthed Rhys is foulmouthed
Summary: Toilet-cleaning was supposed to be Rhys’ private ranting time.
Notes: Lauri kindly gave me a hand with this when I got stuck! I didn’t use her whole idea but it gave me the springboard. For background, you might want to (re)read this first, or at least the section at the end. Also MYSHUNOOOOOO heck yeah!

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Myshuno! 2012: Why Elle prefers yellow

Title: Yellow
Prompt: Why Elle prefers yellow
Universe(s): A Villainous Apocalypse and The Morgan Legacy
Word Count: 980
Rating: G
Summary: Saxon introduces Donna and Nora to his mother.
Notes: Spoilers of the mild, “you knew it was coming” sort. Donna is, in fact, a half-cousin to Phil and Barbara—all three have Stephen for a grandfather.

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Myshuno! 2012: Sharing a secret

Title: Wants
Prompt: Sharing a secret
Universe(s): A Villainous Apocalypse and The Absolutely Crazy Matriarchy (by virtue of location reference only)
Word Count: 807
Rating: PG
Summary: Saxon hears something interesting about Idina’s vacation.
Notes: Mild pairing spoiler for both stories (in that Idina is one half and the unnamed second half is a Chandler), but the mentioned situation is only canon for mine. May not make it into an actual chapter, but Idina and Saxon are extremely close and this prompt made me think of them.

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Title: Nothing But The Truth
Prompt: Cassie learns the truth about her parents’ marriage
Universe(s): A Villainous Apocalypse
Word Count: 989
Rating: PG
Summary: Cassie begins to think.
Notes: Technically, this is the immediate aftermath of the actual reveal, which is SUPER spoilery so you cannot has. This is also a scene that will take place in a future update, although it may be in someone else’s point of view (I’ve also written Saxon’s, it just depends on which ends up being most useful).

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