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The Family
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 03:14:53 PM »
Succession Rules
Gender Law: Matriarchy
Bloodline Law: Traditional
Heir Law: Merit

Generation 1
Founder: Talia Drake
Traits: Creative, Cheerful, Art Lover, Muser
Childhood Aspiration: N/A
Aspiration: Painter Extraordinaire (Incomplate)
Skills:
Career: Painting
Dates:
Parties:
Partner: Cale Casillas Drake
Children: Casey Drake (m)
Days:

Spouse: Cale Casillas Drake
Traits: Active, Childish, Bro, Gregarious
Childhood Aspiration: N/A
Aspiration: Friend to the World (Incomplete)
Skills:
Career:
Dates:
Parties:
Partner: Talia Drake
Children: Casey Drake (m)
Days:



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Scoring
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 03:19:53 PM »
Scoring

Family
+1 Founder
Creative
Fortune
Love
+1 (Childish, Goofball, Bro)
Knowledge
Athletic
Nature
Food
Popularity
Dates: (0) Bronze, (0) Silver, (1) Gold
Parties: (0) Bronze, (0) Silver, (0) Gold
Weddings: (0) Bronze, (0) Silver, (0) Gold
Deviance

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The Current House
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 03:20:15 PM »
Reserved for current house.

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Introductory Notes
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 03:21:01 PM »
Heyo! As most of you probably already know, this isn't my first crack at a Legacy, and undoubtedly it won't be my last, either. I'll need your support to get all the way through it, mainly because I get very tense about building legacy houses, and when they need to be completely restructured (which is typically frequent in a legacy challenge), I wind up struggling to get it "just right" and eventually give up on building. In short, my legacy families often live on the lawn through generation five, at which point I realize they need a house and stop playing them.

Your comments are more than welcome. Indeed, I appreciate any supportive comments that you can leave me, but all I ask is that you take the time to write more than "great job." Comments about what the sims look like (are they pretty? unfortunate?) or the house (if you have suggestions for expansions, these are quite grand!), then these are the sorts of things that I'm looking for. I'd especially appreciate your comments about the story itself, since I'm doing this with more writing than I've done recently (more like my original Sims 2 Legacy stories).

All of my sims (including the founder, heirs, spares, and spouses) will be available in the gallery. I'll include relevant links below as they come available, and profiles of the individual sims will be posted when their character is first introduced -- starting with the founder and her spouse, Talia Drake and Cale Casillas. If you have any questions, please ask!

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my founder and her (future) spouse.

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Meet the Founders
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2014, 05:36:45 PM »

My name is Talia Drake, and I moved to Willow Creek from Riverview when I was nineteen years old. When I was a little girl, my mother encouraged me to follow my dreams and to be true to my heart, but she died the year I turned thirteen, and that left me with my father. He was a good man, hard working and honest to a fault, but he believed that I was ridiculous to consider pursuing a career as a painter. Daddy pushed me to go to college and earn a degree in something that would give me a productive life, and that's why I chose to move to Willow Creek.

I feel bad for leaving Daddy behind on his own, and I still talk to him sometimes, but he made his decisions, and I have to make my own. Now that I'm in Willow Creek, I'm in school to learn more about art, and doing some artistic work on the side. My job makes me incredibly happy, but it doesn't leave a lot of leftover time for family. One thing Mama wanted before she died (and she talked about it all the time!) was grandchildren. Before she died, I told her that I'd make sure that my lineage went far into the future and that I'd tell them all about her and what a wonderful woman she was. I'd like to memorialize her in art, but that's going to be difficult. The photos I had of her are still with Daddy, and I loathe the idea of calling him up to ask him to give them to me.

Some people say that I'm hard headed and determined to get what I want in life, and maybe they're right, but I feel like I'm doing it for Mama and giving her what she wanted. Maybe she's looking down on me from wherever she is and smiling that I've taken the risk of moving to Willow Creek.


You know those guys you grow up with who always seem to be surrounded by friends? The high school quarterbacks and the guys you see running with the track team to work out for their next cross country meet. Everybody knows at least one of those guys. Yeah, I'm him. My mother laughs and says that I never grew up, but that she likes it that way because it means that she can go right on taking care of me. It makes me laugh that she wants me to get married and have a family as well. I'm too busy for that though. Friends mean more to me than finding myself a wife or having kids.

I'm getting older though, and Mama's getting greyer. Dad died when I was four, and since then, she's looked to me to fulfill her dreams. It's strange to think that I carry the weight of my whole family on my shoulders, but I guess that I'll get over it, eventually. Maybe I'll even find a nice girl and settle down somewhere in town, or maybe I'll move out of Sunset Valley and see what's out there in the world for me.

Who knows, maybe I will make her dreams come true after all.

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1.1 Greener Pastures
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2014, 06:00:39 PM »

One thing I didn't think about when I moved away from Riverview was that the world is a giant place and I'm just a spec in the simverse. No, really, I'm serious about this, and I want to make sure that you understand what I'm trying to say. Maybe my children, or my children's children won't make the same dumb mistake that I did, and maybe they'll stay close to home. Dreams are one thing, and I still believe that I can make them come true, but leaving home to strike out on my own without Daddy's support might have been just a small mistake.

I came here with nothing. You have to understand that I only had about §1,800 in my pocket and that was going to have to use that little bit of money to buy the things I'd need in order to survive -- plus an easel. The problem is that I was pretty stupid about the whole thing. I'd had a good life in Riverview (better than I realized!) and I guess that §1,800 seemed like a lot more money than it actually is. When I got here and I had to allocate all those funds to buy an easel, a toilet, a shower, and a refrigerator, I came to the unfortunate conclusion that unless my paintings sold well right from the start, I was going to be sleeping on park benches until I was able to accumulate the money necessary to purchase a bed.

A very uncomfortable bed.


Once I had those basic necessities -- not to mention a roof over the toilet -- I got to work on what I do best. I started to paint. Unfortunately it turns out that I'm not as good at painting as I thought I was. It might not have occurred to me to feel so insecure if it hadn't been for the fact that the art gallery rejected the first nine paintings that I sent them! That was a tremendous disappointment, but it turns out that the education I'd given myself before leaving Riverview wasn't as high quality as I thought it was. Thank goodness that I was accepted on scholarship to the art school so that I can improve the skills that I (don't) have already.

At this rate, I'm going to have to do a lot of painting to buy the bed that I want, and it doesn't leave much time at all for a social life. I'm lonely a lot of the time, but it hasn't gotten so bad that I've called Daddy yet. Maybe I'll call him if I get super lonely, but it's going to take a lot to get me to that point. Until I'm painting high quality paintings I can sell to the gallery, I don't want to give him the satisfaction of "I told you so."

He already called last week to tell me that I could still come home. He left a message on the machine, and I listened to it later and debated taking him up on the offer. But what good would that do? At this point I have something to prove, and no matter how hard this life is, it's the life that I chose for myself, and I'm going to stick it out. If I can find some time for a social life, it couldn't hurt to move somebody else into the house for me to help make up the difference in bills that I have to pay.



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Chapter 1.2 Real World Jobs
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2014, 07:04:54 PM »

I'm exhausted. Sleeping on benches and spending every day and night doing nothing but painting isn't just boring -- it's tiring as well. My body is barely keeping up with so little sleep, and I have to slink off to class the next morning, sometimes in the clothes that I slept in. The shower doesn't get as much use as it ought to, and I think that my classmates have begun to notice that I smell like a pig. Truth be told, I'm not really sure how exactly a pig smells, as I've never been up close and personal with a pig, but I smell pretty bad. Some of my classmates have started to move away from me if I sit near them during class, so it's probably about time I try to find a way to carve out time from my painting schedule to take care of myself. They say that self-care is important. But then, who on earth is "they" anyway?

So I've decided that I should get a job. The gallery I've been selling my work to is hiring, and they have a studio attached to the gallery. I've applied, and the owner says that they can use me as a paintbrush cleaner. It's not a career I'm looking forward to, and surely it's not the type of thing that I was dreaming of when I moved here from Riverview, but I'm planning on making the most of it. They say that you have to pay your dues before you can do the job you really want to do. Whoever "they" is, that is.

Working means that I'm even busier than usual, but I'm bringing in some extra income, so I should be able to buy a bed pretty soon. Right now I'm sleeping in the store room at the gallery so that I can get some sleep. It's not much better than sleeping outside, but at least it's bearable.


I have to admit that I needed a break. There's no shame in needing a break from all the work, though I remember when I was younger and my father told me that you keep your nose to the grindstone and you do whatever is asked of you until you're able to make the most of your career. He's probably the hardest worker that I know, but it's never done much for him. Whatever dreams he might have had as a little boy never came true, and he'll probably spend most of his life doing menial work, like my cleaning paint brushes. It's boring and it's not the type of life that I want, so I won't be "keeping my nose to the grindstone." I'm going to have to spend some time getting out of the house.

Or I should say, off my lot.

Fortunately there are running trails that run along the sides of my home here in Willow Creek. A man was running there one day while I was painting my loneliness down onto the canvass, and so I rushed out to greet him and find out what his name was. It turns out that he's called Cale, and that he has a rather unfortunate taste in clothing and haircuts. Oh, and that mustache is awful. I probably wouldn't have given him a second look if I hadn't been so lonely. Call me a snob if you have to, but I think that the way a person presents themselves says a lot about the person they are.

Maybe that's what my classmates have been trying to tell me about the body odor. Oh, well. I showered today.


Either I'm desperate for somebody to talk to, or there's something about Cale that goes beyond the poor fashion choices that he's made. He's not gorgeous (at least not looking like he does right now!) but he's a good man who makes me laugh. He gets excited about the littlest things, and he's always on the go. It surprises me that the clothing I found him jogging in aren't his workout clothes, but he assures me that he isn't insane and dressed inappropriately, so I'll have to trust that however poor his fashion taste, it was intentional.

Oh Watcher, I'm losing my mind, aren't I? Can loneliness drive a sim crazy? If so, I think it must be making me crazy, because if I'm not mistaken, I'm falling in love with Cale Casillas. He's not good looking, and he's so childish sometimes that I feel (just talking to him) like I'm mothering him more than befriending him, but I can't seem to help myself: There's something special about Cale.

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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.1
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2014, 07:19:08 PM »
What a very pretty sim your founder is! I absolutely love your story writing style. It makes the story seem very personal to the reader when you use 1st person narration like that and it is a great technique to use so that the plot can evolve as the character experiences events. I really like 'stream of consciousness' or 'interior monologue' narration. I guess sometimes it becomes a bit tricky with major and minor characters, but that's where we've got our screen shots to aid the story.  :)
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p.s. Is her paint splattered t-shirt in CAS? I don't think I've seen it before.
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1.3 Dear Daddy, I'm in Love
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2014, 07:25:10 PM »
Dear Daddy,

I'm sorry that I haven't written sooner. I've been so busy with the painting and making grades in school, and I think you'd be proud of me: I even have a job as an Art Book Collator. The gallery hired me as a Paintbrush Cleaner, but I got the promotion pretty quickly when they realized how much time I spend looking on the internet for Art References, and how much technical knowledge I have about art. It turns out that I'm more than just knowledgeable, too though, because they're buying my paintings! Would you have ever believed that they would buy my paintings?

Oh, right. I guess you wouldn't.

And maybe you don't even. I don't have anything to prove. Not to you anyway. I'm living outdoors because I want to, and the money's starting to come in. I'm so close to having a little house that I can taste it, and I'm not writing so that you can write me back and tell me how terrible it is that I'm not working menial labor and keeping my nose to the grindstone. Most of my time is spent working, so I think I deserve to take some kind of a break.

Actually, that's why I'm writing to you, to be honest. I've met somebody.


I've sent some pictures of him. You can't see how horrible his fashion sense is in this picture, but it's something that I plan on working with him on. The jeans you see are actually short cropped, and he's wearing the most horrific athletic socks you've ever seen. This was right before we went on our very first date. His clothing was so embarrassing that I asked him if we could stay in for the date, and so we just went back to my lawn so that we could flirt with one another there.

Yes, Daddy. We even sat down on my bed to sit and chat with one another. Very risque, I'm sure, but it was the only place that I had available to sit at the time. It won't be long before I have a couch and a dining room table though. That's more than I can say for you, Daddy, unless you've stopped eating off your lap in front of the television.

And don't you dare tell me that all men do that. I'm sure that Cale doesn't do it. He's too sweet for that.


When the date was over, I kissed him goodnight.

Oh, I know what you're going to say. I shouldn't be inviting him to think about me in that way, and all he's going to want from me is WooHoo. He's not that sort of fellow, Daddy, and I'm happy with Cale. I'm considering asking him to marry me, but I'd like for us to go on at least one more date before I invite him to move in with me. Maybe we won't even get married. This is the twenty-first century and we don't have to get married to live together. Maybe we'll even have kids. Mama would have liked that.

She also would have liked how hard I'm working, and that I'm making it as an artist. One day I won't have to work as hard as you do to make more money than you do.

It turns out that you were wrong about everything Daddy. You get that? Wrong about everything.

Love,
Talia

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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.1
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2014, 07:29:55 PM »
What a very pretty sim your founder is! I absolutely love your story writing style. It makes the story seem very personal to the reader when you use 1st person narration like that and it is a great technique to use so that the plot can evolve as the character experiences events. I really like 'stream of consciousness' or 'interior monologue' narration. I guess sometimes it becomes a bit tricky with major and minor characters, but that's where we've got our screen shots to aid the story.  :)
 Can't wait to see more.
p.s. Is her paint splattered t-shirt in CAS? I don't think I've seen it before.

I think that I'm going to swap perspectives back and forth between Talia and Cale until the child(ren) are old enough to speak for themselves, then I'll work it out from there how I'm going to carry on with the narration. In the past, I tried to give the characters in my stories (Sims 2) enough personality that I could write the stories without the legacy to boost their narrative if necessary, and that worked pretty well for a while, until the game play got repetitive. The dynamic changed with TS3 and then even more with TS4, and I'm less concerned about redundancy now than I was. Somehow it seems like I have fewer birthdays in TS4, maybe because there aren't any toddlers?

It's safe to say that the only CC that I use are replacement default eyes and skins and then mods which control time or lighting in order to make the game more efficient and visually appealing. In the past I felt like it got tedious to keep digging through page after page of CC, so pretty much anything that you see is available in CAS, provided that you're fully updated and expanded.

This one is one of the color variations on the tank top. When I load the game back up, I'll take a screenshot if you haven't been able to find it yourself. IIRC I stumbled on this accidentally and it suited Talia perfectly.

I'd just been noting how many of the pictures show her in that top, considering how many outfits she actually has to rotate through. It marks how few sim days I've played through and helps me to see which day is which when writing the stories. Always a nice marker!

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1.4 Something Unexpected
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2014, 08:51:56 PM »

After another date (oh my! Am I wearing the same shirt I was wearing on our previous date? Now who needs a fashion lesson?!), I decided that it was time to ask Cale to move in with me. I haven't gotten a letter back from Daddy, and I'm quite concerned that something might have happened to him. We haven't been close since Mom died, but that doesn't mean that I don't care about what's going on with him. I'm always telling myself that it's not my concern what he chooses to do or how his health is, but maybe that's just because I don't want to worry that our relationship is always going to be broken the way that it is right now. Still, I wish that he'd get in touch with me.

It's not worth making rash decisions if he's not going to respond to me telling him that I've made a rash decision, like asking Cale to move in with me. We're not even married, and I know that Daddy had hoped that I would wait until I was married to try WooHoo, but can you blame me? I'm twenty (nearly twenty-one!) and I'm here on my own trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Cale loves me -- or at least I think that he does -- and I love him, so why shouldn't I reach out and try to make something more of what we have together? Mama would have wanted that, and she's more reasonable.... I mean she was more reasonable than Daddy is, so I should pay attention to what she wanted, and not dwell on how he thinks I'm doing everything wrong with my life.


It turns out that Cale is pretty obsessed with making friends. Maybe that's why he was so open to becoming my friend as quickly as he did! He spends a lot of time across the street near the river chatting with any sim who happens to stop by. It's nice knowing that we'll always have friends around, but at the same time it takes him away from me.

Oh, well. I guess that it's more of that "nose to the grindstone" that I'm always complaining about and that my father says is the best way to move up in a career. It's going to be sure to help me get somewhere in my painting career at least, so if we have to be apart to make that happen, I guess that will be alright. It's not Mama's dream though. In fact, that sounds a bit more like Daddy's dream than like Mama's.

Cale says that it will be fine. Now he hangs out near the house (well, it's really just a water closet and a big room with our bed and our kitchen in it) and practices his speeches and stories while I paint. We don't talk much while we do this, but it's nice to hear him practice and we get to spend time together. I read once that men actually prefer to spend time hanging out quietly than they do talking about things, so maybe this is better for him, anyway. I haven't asked him.


Oops.

I'm not the kind of girl to kiss and tell, but I might have been wrong about us not spending enough time together. I hadn't thought much of it, since neither of us were ready to have children, but my moon didn't come this month and I realized -- maybe a bit too late -- that we were going to have children, whether we were ready for it or not. I'm a bit nervous about this development, and I'm not sure how it's going to go over with Cale when I tell him. He'd been hoping to have more friends before the children came along.

Maybe he'll just be happy to have a child he can be friends with? I'll bet he'll be a great dad.

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1.4 Dear Mama, We're Pregnant!
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2014, 09:23:11 PM »
Dear Mom,

Thank you for not saying "I told you so." Although admittedly I'm finding it difficult to make friends when I'm so distracted by Talia, I'm happy that I made the decision to move in with her when she invited me to. I get what you were saying now, about how love is an important part of having a life. Dad must have been a pretty special guy to win your heart, but then Talia's a pretty special girl, too. Why didn't you ever get married again, Mom? Maybe I'll feel like that about Talia if she goes before I do. Hopefully that doesn't happen too soon though. She's one of my few friends, and you know how important friends are to me.

Speaking of friends, I'm anticipating another new friend pretty soon.

I know you told me that we should be careful about getting pregnant before we were married, but it happened. We were doing our best to prevent it, but sometimes you can't help these things, and Talia says that she wanted to have kids. Just not, you know, yet, and I felt the same way until she told me that she was pregnant. Strangely, she found out around the time that I did, and she was already a few weeks into her pregnancy.


I thought she'd be bigger than this. I've seen pictures of you when you were pregnant with me, and you were pretty big. Do I have any older brothers or sisters that I don't know about? Somebody said you show earlier with your second or third baby. You can look at the picture I've included and see that she's still pretty small. Even so, she's having all the symptoms except, I guess, for morning sickness. I'm glad for that, since I get very upset when she's in pain or she's sick. It would be hard on me if she was vomiting all the time. The back aches are bad enough, and she's eating us out of house and home. That, and she's clogged the toilet three times just in the first trimester.

There are three of those, right? So two more for her to really pop. I just hope that the baby's alright considering she's so small. Does that mean that the baby's going to be small, too?


I've been meaning to tell you how grateful I am that you got me those books on household maintenance, because everything around here breaks all the time. I guess I didn't tell you when I first moved in with Talia, but she's very poor, and so we're working our way from the ground up to put our home together. The fixtures and appliances are all very cheap, and that means repairing them all the time. We don't have the money to replace them, and even if we did, they would only need more replacing. Hopefully I'll be able to do some upgrades pretty soon, or this is going to eat up more of my time than I have to spare.

As it is, I spend a lot of time practicing guitar and violin. Thanks for sending those with me, by the way. I'd have missed them a lot if you hadn't made sure they got to me.


I bought a computer with my earnings from work. We both need one for our jobs and it's easier for me to keep up with my friends via e-mail than it is to get involved in lengthy phone calls with everyone every day. Boy! They get mad at me fast if I don't bother to touch base with them. Every once in a while I send out a mass e-mail to everybody to make sure that we stay friends. Maybe I should feel bad about doing that, but I always get a slew of messages back and have to spend my time reading all of them and e-mailing everybody back personally. Fortunately most people seem to like me pretty well, so I get along with just about everybody.

It's too bad that they don't like my jokes. Do you remember when I was a kid, you used to say that I was one of the funniest people you knew? Let's just say that it's a good thing I can play the guitar, because I'm pretty sure you were lying to me about my being funny.

I'll write more next time, I promise. Talia said she had something she wanted to talk to me about.

Love from your son,
Cale

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1.6 Money Trouble
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2014, 01:16:00 PM »

I'd hoped never to have to have this conversation with Talia, but I'm concerned about the cash flow coming into the house. She's obsessed with decorating the house with her paintings (which I admit are very good for the most part), and so we're bleeding the income that she had before she started to hold onto those paintings. Maybe I should change career paths. I've always wanted to be a musician (you know everybody loves a good musician) and I wouldn't want to begrudge her being the artist she's dreamed of becoming, but we just don't have the money that we need to raise a child.

Heavens! The house isn't even finished. It's like we're living in a small box with a bed and a studio kitchen. Talia's going to have the baby in a few weeks and we can't afford to have the child living on the lawn the way that we started out. What are we going to do when it's time to start buying toys and books and bedding and everything else?

She's not happy with me for bringing it up, as I'm sure you understand. I'm trying to stay optimistic and cheerful about this -- I've never been much of a worrier, but she seems to be falling apart at the seams. I found her last night crying in bed, and I guess she must have had a nightmare about the baby living on the lawn and struggling to make ends meet. Maybe I shouldn't have brought it up in the first place.

Honestly, I just wish that she'd sell those paintings for the cash!


Maybe something I said has sunk in. Talia's working on her next promotion, hard at work on the computer and working on art references for the book she's been collating for her job. Her boss told her that if she could get it put together for him, that she was guaranteed a promotion and rewards that come along with it -- including a raise. I'm working hard to get promoted in my job as well, though I think that my requirements are somewhat easier than hers are. Unfortunately, I can't paint, so I'm not selling paintings the way that she is. I feel somewhat bad about that, because playing the violin isn't earning me any extra cash on the side, and even when I've tried busking, I don't do especially well in tips. It's something to do with my skill level, so I'm going to work on improving that.

I keep thinking that if we could both make it to the top of our careers, we'd be set bringing in the second generation. Unfortunately, I doubt that's going to happen before the baby is born. But maybe if we can leave something to him, or to his brothers and sisters if we have more children after him, then that would be something that we could say we did right for our children.

It's important to me that we do right by our kids. Talia lost her mother when she was young, and I lost my dad. I just want to be there for my children and make sure that they have everything that they need. When you have kids, it becomes about them and not about you any more, and that's what I'm trying to pour into my children. Hopefully Talia will get on board with it too. She's not moving up in her career as quickly as I am.


She apologized later and promised that she'd work harder on the promotions. The paintings are apparently important to her, but she's promised that she'll sell them soon. I'm quite sure that we have at least ten thousand simoleans worth of paintings on the walls at the moment, so that could be a serious expansion for the house. When she reaches the top of the career, we might have her quit again so that she can focus on painting. Her goals are more simple than mine are, and perhaps easier for her to reach. It occurs to me that if she stays employed, I may find it easier to become a friend to the world, but I don't know that I want that for either of us.

We'll figure it out. Good couples always do find a way to figure these things out in the long run. She's working hard even though she's pregnant so maybe it's time for me to step up my game a bit, too.


Casey arrived in the middle of the night. I've never been more terrified of anything in my entire life. It's a small sim who cries and poops and eats (and eats, and eats, and eats) and yet I'm terrified of this sim who means the world to me. I've always known that I could love someone I'd never met, but I never realized that I could love them as much as I loved Casey before he was born, and even more so now that he's with us. He's a little bundle of stinky joy, and he's the great love of my life. So much potential in one tiny sim, and Talia and I are in charge of making sure that he grows up right.

What a tremendous responsibility! I'm going to have to get to work harder on achieving my career goals. Aspiration goals will have to go to the back burner for the time being.

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1.7 Light of My Life
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2014, 02:05:29 PM »

I never realized how much a baby could bring two people together.

I've been angry with Cale for a while now, since he encouraged me to sell my paintings. He's right about our money situation: Our house is too small to support a child and we only have one bathroom (one that is always in need of repairs). This home isn't going to support three people for very long, and we'll need to be able to do some upgrades. Money's important, and I guess that everybody worries about it at some point or another. The fight was bound to happen soon enough, I'm just disappointed that we had to have it at all.

It's the sort of thing I would have expected from my father, not from Cale. He's so childish most of the time that I expected I'd be the one talking to him about money, but he's right about one thing: He's moving up in his career more quickly than I'm moving up in mine. It makes me wonder if I'm not focusing too much on my aspiration and not enough on my career.

One thing is for certain: I'd do anything for our son. Casey is the light of my life. He's an amazing little boy who, in spite of the fact that he spends most of his time pooping or eating (and eating, and eating), brings a certain joy into our lives that I never imagined would be possible. I love him to pieces, and I'd do anything to make sure that he's happy.

Our relationship is a good one, mine and Cale's, and I believe that we're the best thing for our son. We have to work had, but I think that we both have to remember to be careful not to work so hard that we don't have time to spend with our son. Breaks are important. If I hadn't taken a break, I'd have never met Cale. Money's important too, though.

It's about finding a balance, which is something my father was never able to do. He worked too hard and he was never there. I wanted him to be my father, not just to work his entire life away, so I want to encourage Cale to take the time off that he needs to build that relationship with his son as well. No point in pushing too hard if it means that you don't get to have the life you're paying for.


Cale, as it happens, is an amazing father. Somehow he manages to balance everything, from job to aspiration to family without missing a beat. I suppose this is where I have failed. My focus on my dreams has locked everything else out, and it occurs to me now that perhaps Cale is lonely. He spends so much of his time with little Casey that my attention is drawn to the fact we rarely sit down to talk any more when we aren't arguing about the problems of raising a family on too little income. He's an intelligent man with more to contribute than I sometimes think he realizes.

Yesterday he made me smile when he looked up from feeding Casey and exclaimed "He's smiling at me! I think we're friends!" My dreams are isolating, and his give him wings. How I wish sometimes that I could have the friends he does. Those strong ties to people have eluded me since Mother's death when I was thirteen, and I miss connecting with another person. I should put more effort into Cale, more effort into Casey.

Perhaps once I've reached the top of my career.


It must be nice to be so surrounded by friends.

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« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2014, 02:51:56 PM »

I'm not sure how this is supposed to work, but I found this scrapbook that Mom and Dad have been keeping, and I wanted to stick something in it.

So: Hi! I'm Casey, and today's my birthday. Mom called me her "little man" and told me how proud she is of me for growing up to be so handsome. I told her I know I'm handsome, so she should tell me something I didn't already know. She laughed like it was actually funny, but I think I might have hurt her feelings a little bit. Turns out she and Dad have been arguing about some things, and so I guess she's a bit sensitive.

She ought to be. I can paint better than she can, and I'm eight! How long has she been doing this, anyway?


As you can see, I take my art very seriously. It's a job for me, don't you know? One day I'm going to make much more money than Mom or Dad do. That's why I set to work on my art while wearing my best suit. I had to make a point to them that you can't slack off and not bother to take the time to invest in the things that you want. They've given me everything I have, but I do not plan on living outdoors for the rest of my life. They're going to have to step up their game if they don't want me to be more successful than they are by the time that I'm twelve.

I read something in here about Grandpa (Mom's Dad) and how he works too hard and never makes time for anything else. She'd do pretty well to take a page out of his book, I think.


Dad talks a lot. I read somewhere in here that he wants to have like a million friends or something, and that I'm supposed to be his friend. I guess that we are friends, except he's kind of an idiot and he's too interested in dumb stuff like making friends and not interested enough in making money or anything important like that. It's kind of ridiculous, if you ask me, but what am I supposed to do about it? I'm eight!

Also, I feel kind of used, you know? What am I, just another number to him to add to his list of friends.


He also keeps chasing me out of the house and telling me that I should go "be a kid" or some other awful thing like that. I guess he doesn't understand that I don't really want to be a kid, I'd rather be a grownup and make the money so that we don't have to keep living on the lawn. If they aren't going to be responsible, then somebody else has to be, and I guess that somebody else is me, you know?


Mom's way more serious. She followed me to the park to help me with my homework and make sure that it got done, even though I didn't want an idiot's help with my homework and I don't care whether or not I do it. She keeps telling me that if I'm going to make it to the top of my career as a teenager, that I have to do well in school, but that's really just about the money to her. I'd planned on painting my way through high school instead of getting a job, but I guess that she isn't really giving me much of a choice in that, either (which sucks, I guess).

To listen to them talk, you'd think that Dad was the one who was all business, but it's really the opposite. He just has an easier job, if you ask me!


Well, I have to head off for my first day of school! Mom says that I "have" to get an A and Dad's talked to me about my Aspiration. He's not too pleased that I'm following in Mom's footsteps instead of in his, but what can I say about that? It's not like I got a choice in what I wanted to do with my life is it?

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« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2014, 05:33:50 PM »
Dear Daddy,

Where are you? I never heard back from my previous letter, and Cale gets weekly letters from his mother. I guess I no longer have that open invitation to move back in with you if things go sour here. Cale and I have had a few fights the last few weeks, mainly because the house is too small and I'm pregnant again. I'm sure that you think that's not the greatest news, because more children mean more mouths to feed and the need for more space. That was why you and Mama only had one child, wasn't it?

Honestly, I'm beginning to see your point. I'm spending more time working on my career more than my personal goals. We need the money, so I'm selling more paintings than I'm keeping. It makes me so terribly sad, but the good news is that I'm making money from my painting, and that's what I always wanted, and what Mama always wanted for me as well. She wanted me to give her grandchildren as well.

Why haven't you come to see Casey? I think you'd like him. He's like you, a hard worker even if he does prefer my type of work (art, that is) over your type of work. He'd never want to be a mechanic, but I can see him designing cars, you know?

He's a good kid... In a manner of speaking.


My real reason for writing to you is to say that I've gotten another promotion. Now I'm mostly earning money from painting, and soon I'm going to have the choice of whether I want to paint for a living or if I'm going to be a patron instead. I'd like to keep painting, but the money is important. The question is whether or not I can keep painting in my free time. Keeping the paintings in the house is important to me, but they're selling surprisingly well.

You always doubted me.

I want so badly to hear you say that I'm a success and that you're happy with everything I've done. Maybe when I make it to the top you'll let me have that thing I've been waiting for my entire life. All I want is your approval. It's a constant reminder to make sure that I give Casey as much affirmation as I possibly can. He's an excellent artist, and he may be better than me one day. I'll never discourage him from following his dreams the way that you discouraged me, Daddy.


(Casey took this picture. He was laughing about it and insisted that I include it with my letter to his grandfather.)

This pregnancy has been more difficult than my pregnancy with Casey. Cale says that he read that sometimes women have more morning sickness when they're pregnant with girls than when they're pregnant with boys, but I have this sinking feeling in my gut that it's not that.

We can't afford twins, Daddy. I don't know what we're going to do if this pregnancy is more than one baby, because we simply can't afford to take care of two (or three!) babies at the same time. I'm only hoping that the Watcher smiles down on us and grants us a single girl to carry on the family lineage instead of giving us more mouths than we can afford to feed.

At least we're living indoors now. You won't be able to tell it from some of the pictures that I sent you (since some of our furniture is still on the lawn), but Casey has a bed inside now. It's an improvement, even if it's not perfect.


Cale's music is getting better, and he's using it to make himself some friends. Did you know that if you stand on a street corner and play an instrument that people will toss money at you? He's made some money that way, albeit not very much, and he's had to switch from the violin to the guitar, since people prefer the guitar music over the violin music. His mother has sent the instruments, so it's not like we're paying for those.


She also sent a violin for Casey. It hasn't escaped our notice that you've sent nothing for your grandson. We haven't so much as heard from you. He's so artistically inclined that it seems in some ways that he got these traits from both of us. I love it, and I think Cale does too. He's closer to Casey than I am, so maybe that's why our son chose the violin.

Even so, he continues to work on his artwork any chance that he gets. I'm on him about his schoolwork, the same way that you were always hard on me about mine. I wonder sometimes whether I'm doing the right thing, but at least I help him with his homework every night. He has a B right now, but it shouldn't be too long before we are celebrating his first A homework level. That will be a tremendous thrill for all of us. He's going to be successful at whatever he does.

He says he wants to be a criminal mastermind. I think he's joking, but Cale seems suspicious.


Did I tell you that I think I might be expecting twins? I'm definitely bigger with this pregnancy, but it's also my second, so it's hard to tell how things are progressing. I've included a photo of myself in the first trimester. I'm painting in it. Can you see that I'm painting? Yes, Daddy, I still do that, and I'm even more serious about it now than I used to be in the past. Painting is serious business for me, and I love every  minute that I spend at the easel.

What are we going to do if it's twins? Please send money?

No, I'm not really asking. We're doing fine in our careers. It's going to be alright.


Cale is spending a lot of time in town playing his guitar for tips. We call that "busking" and it seems like a rather distasteful term but the activity itself has proven to be fairly lucrative for him. It doesn't pull as much as selling a single painting of mine, but he enjoys doing it and it has the added benefit of allowing him to meet several sims at once. We've not had a party yet, but I think that when we do he'll have plenty of people to invite over.

I wish that first party could be our wedding, but Cale hasn't proposed yet and I'm beginning to doubt that he ever will. Casey's birthday is more likely for all of us, I think. Casey will enjoy it at least. You made sure I didn't get birthday parties when I was growing up, and that always disappointed me. He should enjoy that, even if he has so few friends.


Cale and Casey continue to be quite close. They are so different from one another and yet they have so much fun together that it's hard to explain what attracts them. I don't think they're best friends, but there's something conspiratorial about the way they come together and chatter when I'm just out of earshot. Maybe they're planning something.

Maybe they're planning Cale's proposal? That would be amazing. Do you think that you'd come to the wedding, Daddy?


Everything around the house breaks regularly. This time it was the computer, but it could be anything from the toilet to the shower to the refrigerator. Cale and I are getting so good at repairing things that I've considered (not really) taking on a job as a mechanic or a plumber. Maybe you could come by some time to help us to fix all these problems around the house. Would you do that for us, if I asked you nicely?

I know, I know. You want me to be able to stand on my own two feet without your help, and that's why you've always been so hard on me. I just wish you'd done more to encourage me and to lift me up. I can't imagine being like that with Casey; The way that you were, I mean. It was horrible, growing up that way, without knowing which way to turn and without knowing that I could rely on you if there was a problem in my life.

You offered once to let me come home if I needed to, but I know that I don't need to. Money won't be an issue for very much longer.


Casey's looking forward to having a little brother or (more likely) sister. He's going to be a wonderful big brother, I have no doubt of that. Hopefully he'll teach his brother or sister the ropes and he'll help him or her at school. Friends are important, and siblings are the first friends that we get to have. Casey should be good at that, if he continues the way that he has been. He doesn't have many friends, but the friends that he does have are good.

I sense he might have a crush.


Her name is Courtney, and right now they're best friends, but I have hope for the future. I'd love to have grandkids. Maybe I'm more like Mama than I thought. You're a grandfather, Daddy. Can you imagine being a great-grandfather?


I have to go, Daddy. The baby's coming. Write back this time, okay?

With Love,
Talia

P.S. IT WAS TWINS! We've named them Emilio and Emily. Not my best moment. I've slipped in a picture of them as nooboos!


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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.9
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2014, 01:47:18 AM »
Hi, mind if I come in? *knock knock*

Err…

No one answer? Maybe there’s nobody home right now.

Uhh… Okay.

I think I will leave the video here. Okay, now the problem is… How I supposed to do with this to play it automatically when someone comes home.

Hold on Ari, where there’s a will, there’s a way. *talk to self*

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- start the video -

*beep*


 
Hi, last night I was trying to visit your home but no one inside. I want to talk you in person but it seems there’s something wrong inside while there’s no one. There’s one creepy voice. That’s weird, because it’s not Halloween yet. So, I chose to run away and leave everything behind hahaha. Uh, so I will only leave the message from the video. Hope it’d helpful and I hope that you’ll watch it. 

Things that I love in your story are:

1.   Your effort to edit the images with photoshop. I admit. I couldn’t do thing like you did. It looks great, but that makes thing seems not natural; it’s not like TS4 that I knew, so somehow it looks unfamiliar… It feels so distant and kinda lonely.
2.   You’re proficient with English and good with writing, it’s enjoyable to read and I learned a lot from simply reading from yours alone :) 
3.   That’s a lovely introduction for meet the character. I love the back-story and touch you’re given there.
4.   You’re very good with giving character personality. It complicated and what is show in the appearance is not entirely all about it. But in my opinion for having a Snob for main character isn’t a good choice lol. It only great for antagonist. The way you told me about her not made me feel any sympathy or empathy toward her. That just makes me hate her. Even she’s a Snob, try to show her soft side in the future, and don’t blame it on her. It’s not her fault; just blame it on her classmates, lol. I love Cole personality though, he’s a down-to-earth person, he’s kind and genuine. And for their son Casey, oh gosh… I couldn’t say anything; I tend to walk away instead having him break my heart. Hopefully the twins would be different.

I have words for Talia from my Sims:


 
Dear, Talia. It’s not all about the appearance, thing that matter the most is what comes from inside. Its must be hurt to keep up appearance all this time, but please just don’t become something like who hurts you. Just don’t be with someone who always disrespects you. You only gain nothing but hurt feeling. Sometimes people who are hurt tend to hurt other because they don’t want to be hurt again.     

There’s one recommendation that I want you to hear. Please just simply listen to this song ;)

Sincerely,
Aristo



 
Umm… Hi… I’m just kinda new, I supposed to be in Oasis Spring but I don’t know why I that I am lost in this place. Oh, gosh. I hope that wouldn’t be trouble in future event that I would like to participate in. But I do believe we’re not in the same place. Please forgive for my rudeness for what I say… >.<

Do it for your Mom’ sake. She’s the one who encourage you for being a painter, right? Do just because you want to do it. Remember that whenever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Oh, it’s a quote from one book called The Alchemist.

So, uhhh… Where’s the way to Oasis Spring again? Uh, oh I can’t get lost forever or I can’t participate in my first challenge ever! (;_;)

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P.S: You’ve been working this far. It’s not easy to writing story. So, please go on! It would be nice in the next chapter to start with just be as you are. You know that beautiful thing is come from simplicity. Just be yourself and I hope there would be more varieties in genre that you’d bring in the next chapter.


 
P.P. S:  I have feedback on Watcher’s notes. Please kindly understand that not all people in this forum are proficient with English, because for some of us, that’s not our native tongue (like me). Sometimes it takes effort (for us) just to understand and enjoy stories (I have to open dictionaries and such to understand) that also could be applies to writing things (most of us are not a writer, we’re just Simmers who love to tell about our Sims tale) and the simply thing that we can do is left something as encouragement and support so the author can move on because we want to see the story until the end.

And the most beautiful thing that we can give to someone is our time, because time is part of our soul that we couldn’t get it back and that’s so precious :)


 
Sorry if I have something that offends you somehow. But, that’s what I truly feel. Last but not least, we’re here to having fun right? So why we must bother with something that gave us uncomfortable emotion ;)

I’ll look forward for the next update! :D

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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2014, 02:01:13 AM »
arimu,

I couldn't even begin to write in a non-native language. I'd be terrified to even try in French, which is the closest I come to being fluent in a language that I didn't grow up with. Dutch and Italian would be purely impossible. You have my utmost respect just for putting in the effort in the first place, and my admiration because you're learning so much by writing in a language you're learning.

I've been planning an update within the next couple of days. Unfortunately I wind up playing way in advance of where I'm writing, and going back and writing it out this way is confusing (for me, anyway). In the future, I'll be slowing it down a bit. I've been experimenting some more with characters in my stories and slowing down has served to be of utmost use.

P.S. I think the photos look unnatural because of the screen on them. I've done some tweaks to the way that I'm editing and am generally only using seventhecho's action. In some cases I may add a selective coloring layer to make the greens pop, but that's usually only for gardens (because it looks incredible).

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1.10 Growing Up
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2014, 02:38:48 AM »
These photos should be a bit better. As Arimu said, they didn't look right. Sometimes my own eye for aesthetics is far from perfect, and I've changed the way that I edited them halfway through another story I've been working on writing. These shouldn't be as bright and washed out. This is purely seventhecho's Photoshop Action.


Time passes quickly around here. Sometimes I think I let it blow by without me, so I'm going to try to make this a quick update to let you know what's going on in our little family. I promise you to try to keep this short, but there will be another one right behind it.

The twins grew up. That's Emilio on the left, Emily in the middle, and of course our dear Casey on the end, looking agitated with his brother for reasons I can't even begin to fathom. Casey's angry so much of the time these days, and I feel sincerely bad for him. It would make his life easier if he could let things go, but he often has such a full head of steam that it's difficult for him to control.


Emilio grew up to be quite the rambunctious scamp. He loves to play at the park whenever he gets the chance, but unfortunately we're mostly confined to the house at the moment. With three children, each with his or her different aspirations, we're hard at work to make things happen for each of them, and it's easier when we can supervise, of course.

He's quite the handsome little devil though, isn't he?


Meanwhile, Casey continues to get to know Courtney. They seem to play quite well together, but I think that some of this might have to do with the fact that Courtney (who is a bit on the chubby side, isn't she?) seems not to mind Casey's antics. I've not determined what his childhood trait is, but I'm suspecting that he's evil, the way that he behaves with his siblings. I don't see them becoming friends, unfortunately.


He tries so hard to scare her with his stories, but no matter what he says or does, Courtney stands by as though nothing he says affects her at all. It's a bit strange, if you ask me, but he seems to like her, and I'm not going to discourage him. Look at me and Cale!


Emily also set out to make some new friends while practicing chess in the park. She wants to be a Whiz Kid, and she's already setting out to get an A in elementary school. Cale and I are both hopeful that it will happen for her soon!


The kids came home after the park and sat down to do their homework together. Courtney tagged along with them, so we let her stay as long as the homework got done in a timely manner!


Cale's music has continued to improve, and I'm happy to have him play now. He's excellent at all three instruments he plays, and it's nice to have live music played around the house. The children seem to enjoy it too, Casey in particular.


I'm working hard to help Emily with her aspiration.


Cale is too.


But we still had time to get "in the club" again! I'm expecting any day now!



This was not in any way my best update, but I played too quickly ahead of the story. The next one after this is probably going to be in the same rough format before I can get back into the swing of things with the characters. Playing too far ahead makes me disjointed, I'm afraid. Next one will be better!

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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2014, 03:13:48 AM »
I'm going to make this as quick as possible because of how far behind the game play the story is at present. This is pretty much just going to be a photo drop and then I'll pick up the story from there. Please accept my sincere apologies. It should get way better after this!






































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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.9
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2014, 03:15:36 AM »
It's all a learning curve. Maybe your update was too brief, but you know mine are so long winded it's going to take me a year to get to generation 10! That's what is so nice about this forum, people will only be supportive and not dismissive.
It looks like your house has moved on considerably from the pictures so your legacy must be going well, especially if Cale is leveling up in all three instruments.
I'm looking forward to the next chapter, it is interesting how other people play and what happens.

In one of your chapters your heir said this...
"My dreams are isolating, and his give him wings. How I wish sometimes that I could have the friends he does. Those strong ties to people have eluded me since Mother's death when I was thirteen, and I miss connecting with another person. I should put more effort into Cale, more effort into Casey.

Perhaps once I've reached the top of my career."

I think this sum her up well. She is terrified of being hurt, but she has to soften up otherwise she will end up lonely and only a small part of the potential she has in her to become. Use her relationships with her children, children have a knack of breaking open the toughest hearts.  :)

P.S. I actually liked the briefness of your update as it told us a lot of info  :)

*edited, great photo update, my comments were really about the update before this one! Sorry for somehow posting out of order and making it confusing.
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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.9
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2014, 03:17:29 AM »
Thank you (: I've now updated as far as I've played, without any real introduction to Eleanor or Brianna. Frankly, two sets of twins is harrowing, and I'm barely making it on the first set, let alone the second. Eleanor's aspiration is Social Butterfly and it's impossible to manage while managing the other children.

Casey grew up handsome though (:

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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2014, 03:25:41 AM »
I agree about the aspiration Social Butterfly, I have totally failed this one too with Kaiden. He has one day as a child left and only one adult friend and three child aged friends. Impossible!
Casey is very cute.  :)
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Re: The Drake Legacy Challenge - Chapter 1.9
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2014, 04:35:15 AM »
I'm thinking about testing out the social butterfly aspiration in another story I'm writing on a blog (and will move here once I've gotten to generation three and am sure it's not going to die out. TONS of writing in that one) because that story doesn't involve randomization of traits and aspirations and it gives me a chance to see how far I can take it.

You have exceptional skill at managing more than one child at a time. I have never, in all the years I've been simming (which seems like forever now!) learned to handle large groups of sims in a single household. I've tried, and I've consistently failed to manage more than four at a time. Practice is helping, but this particular aspiration is more than enough to run me off of wanting to have more than one child per generation, since it's hard to handle if your other child sims have aspirations of their own to complete :-/

 

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