A Long Few Months

Hello everyone.  My track record for keeping a blog schedule went right out the window.  I am sorry about that.  Things got crazy.  The bookstore I work at did finally get moved.  The space is wonderful.  I will plug it, for anyone that might be interested: fireflybookstore.com.   The new building is about 3 times the space.  We are even organized, finally (it took two months or close to it to finish that part).  Still a few things to do.  One of the things we’re still waiting on is to raise funds to help make our building accessible.  Our town is fairly old and most of the buildings were built in early-middle 1800’s, including ours.  It’s one of the oldest, in fact.  But that means it has stairs at both entrances, front and back.  We do have a GoFundMe up to help with defraying some of the costs.

Anyway, that was a large part of my absence.  Moving 45000+ items (most of which are books and are heavy) plus all the furniture and bookcases, as well as getting a building ready took a lot out of me.  There is also some personal issues, including health concerns (nothing serious) plus somethings going on with my family.  In fact, we just welcomed my new nephew last Monday.

Now that explanations are out of the way, I am going to try to keep a schedule, but because things are still a little chaotic, going to try to keep it to once every other week, maybe with a few more in there when I get the time.  For right now, I am still writing.  In fact, I managed to get through an entire outline of a novel.  I used K.M. Weiland’s method and have fallen in love.  I talked about it in previous posts.  I highly recommend checking it out.  In fact, her blog is amazing and has so much great information!

I am over halfway through the first draft of the novel that goes with that outline.  I hit 50k words just yesterday.  The beautiful part is, I’m not losing motivation.  Well, not entirely XD I have good days and bad days.  I’m learning that having those is perfectly fine.  There’s a fine line between getting the words out, keeping yourself motivated and burning yourself out.  Allow yourself a day or two to relax, to reset things when needed.  I’ve been using a site called Pacemaker.  Not only can you use it for writing and/or editing all sorts of things, but they have added several new ways to use it.  You can add dates, subtract them, set up your goals, your end and start date.  It’s been very helpful.

So that’s what’s been going on.  Look out for a new post come the end of the week!  I’m not entirely sure what it will be about at this point and time, so it’ll be a surprise for everyone!

 

Apologies

Hello everyone!  I know, I missed a post this past Friday.  Truth is, last couple weeks have been a bit rough.  Insomnia is pretty bad and work has been stressful as we prepare to move to a much bigger space, which is great, but we’re in that stretch of construction/deconstruction where things can kinda go pear-shaped fast and the costs tend to go up quick.

I haven’t done any writing in almost two weeks and it’s starting to get to me a bit.  So there won’t be a post this Friday either, but come February 3, I will be back on a regular schedule.  During this next week, I will be doing a number of organizational tasks for the blog and for my own writing in general.  Going to make a long list of topics to begin to cover, so be prepared!  Thanks for reading!  We’ll be back to regular schedule come February 3.

Whew!

–pants a little– Ok, well, that took a bit of doing, but it’s done!  What’s done you ask?  Well, I did a bunch of switching around of my various blogs.  Most of you will notice the biggest change of course: my original blog, alphashewolf13.wordpress.com which had been the sole home of Queen of the Dragons has now been transformed into a general writing/story/Sims/gaming blog.  Don’t worry, the Queen of the Dragons archive as well as those of all the stories I’ve done can be found here as well as downloads for Sims 3.

So, all my other blogs, aside from the current Sims 4 story I have going (The Start of Something: a Family Reign Challenge), have been deleted.  I have made backups of them all, just in case.  But from now on, I am going to attempt to do my best to give regular content, even if it’s some kind of grammar discussion, or gaming reference, or SOMETHING at least!  You guys can help by requesting content!  Have a question?  A comment?  Just let me know and I’ll see what I can do to make a post about it ^^

The Wyverns are done, but there’s still hope!

Ok, I know I have been a terrible, terrible person of late.  My apologies to one and all.  But I am afraid that there will be no more updates to this blog.  My Sims 3 file is unplayable and I don’t have the heart to move the family to a new save and all that.  So I’m afraid the Wyverns as a Sims 3 family are done.

However, all hope is not lost.  Last year, for NaNoWriMo, I began to make the Wyverns into a novel.  There is going to be some major changes, but I think it will be just as enjoyable.  I won’t be posting it for a while, not until I get the first novel (yes, first, since I think it’s going to take 2 or 3 to tell the full story, I think) finished.  I plan on finishing it or getting it almost finished during next month’s Camp Nano.  If you are looking for updates on the status there, go here: Wolfie’s Sims Stories and More.  I will do my best to keep everyone apprised.  Also, on that blog, you will find the list of my current Sims stories.  Right now, I’m working on a story for a challenge that I created, which you can also check out on that blog.

My apologies for keeping everyone waiting.  I am sincerely sorry for that.  But I hope that this new course the Wyverns are taking will prove to be just as enjoyable for those who have come to love them.

Ugh! –headdesk–

Ok, one of these days, I will be so much better with updates!  Really sorry, guys.  The last couple months have been pretty horrendous.  The most recent debacle happened at the beginning of July when the hubby and I were headed up the turnpike on a trip to visit my family.  July 3, our car broke down on the side of the turnpike, which… let me tell you, is a scary place to be broken down at.  It’s not because it’s secluded or dark or dreary or anything.  No, it’s because people go screaming past you at 80-90 miles per hour, enough to shake our little car.

Anyway, to make a long story short, our car, ended up being totalled.  After about a month of trying to figure out just what happened, we finally realized it was because of a traffic cone.  About mid June, the hubby was driving home from work in the morning, following behind a construction vehicle.  A cone fell off the back in front of him.  Well, he had no room to try to swerve so the damn thing went beneath the car.  Now, initially, other than a bit of broken plastic, everything seemed fine.  In fact, we drove it for two weeks after that without an issue.  Come to find out, it wasn’t just cosmetic damage like we thought.  In fact, that stupid cone had pushed the AC condenser back about an inch and cracked the radiator.  It was only a matter of time before the darn thing failed.  That failure resulted in the head cracking as well as the block.  So basically it meant a whole new engine.  But because it was caused by something that hit the car, we could turn it into our insurance.

Now, that means we’ve had no car for a month.  For the first 10 days, we rented a car… which let’s just say that’s freakin’ expensive!  Luckily, a family that I pet sit for let us borrow their car while they were gone, giving us time to figure things out.  Satuday, we went and bought a new car.  And I mean a brand new car XD.  We figured we wouldn’t be able to afford a brand new car for another 10 years, at least, ya know?  Well, come to find out, what we were looking at in used cars, and what we get with a new car, it was actually better for us to get a new one.  We haven’t picked it up yet.  We do that Thursday (gotta wait on the insurance check and all that, of course).  I’m still at the point of, “wait, did we actually just buy a NEW car?  Did we really?”  I figure that’ll wear off… eventually XD

Needless to say, I haven’t done a lot of simming or writing or anything much for that matter.  I’ve been pretty drained the last little while, but I hope this is a step in the right direction.  Maybe this week I’ll get some writing done for a few of my stories and even catch up on my RP’s I have going!  I can hope at least XD  Anyway, just trying to let everyone know I’m still alive and i haven’t forgotten my stories.  I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to give them the attention they deserve.  But keep an eye out.  Here’s to hoping for some updates soon!

New Content

Heya guys ^^

As promised, I started uploading pics of the builds I’ve been doing.  Right now, I just got the starter homes I’ve done up, but I’ll continue to upload things as I go.  I might be considering taking requests, but I am not sure about that at this point in time, mostly because it is a bit of a moot point with the gallery open to everyone and so many amazing houses and lots to choose from.  Go check out the page that reads: Wolf Designs and Realty, btw, just in case you might have missed that XD

I’ve actually been building for a Block Party Challenge (made by Pinstar), so as I complete more of it, I’ll be throwing those up as well.  So keep an eye out if you wanna see some more builds ^^

Some updates

Alright folks, despite the fact that my poor little computer had to be sent off to get serviced, I am going to attempt to get some fun bits up here.  The first thing I’ll be doing is uploading screenshots of some of the builds I’ve done for Sims 4.  Not sure how quickly I’ll get them up, but keep an eye out ^^

On the writing front, sadly, without my own computer (currently commandeering the hubby’s hehehehe), writing won’t happen.  Aside from needing to be able to sit back, get comfortable, it also has a bunch of my notes, screenshots etc.  While I have them backed up in several places, just easier to wait.  I have to have certain conditions to be able to write.  Doing it at a desktop like the hubby’s just isn’t going to happen.

But, I will be working on the Wyverns (my TS3 Legacy Family) as well as the Chromas (my TS4 Immortal Dynasty family) as soon as I get it back.  Going to try to at least get things organized and what not on my various blogs.

Ok, so some not-so-sad news

Well, I suppose it’s both good and bad news.  I will be continuing the Wyverns.  I think I have a few screenshots left that I can use, but after that, it will go to a straight story blog.  But, the good news is, Ivane and I are going to do our best to keep our collab going ^^

My computer had to be sent in for servicing, sadly.  Until I get it back, I will be unable to do the actual writing, but know that I- and more importantly, the Wyverns- will return, hopefully not too long after the 11th.  I’m not sure how long it will take for me to actually get my computer back since that’s when it will get to the Asus people.  After that… it may actually not be till the end of the month.  The charging port went out on it so it was only a matter of time before I couldn’t use it at all.  I will say, though, Asus has phenomenal customer service.  I just happen to be on the other end of the States from their headquarters XD.  I had intended to actually start writing for the Wyverns before July since it was just going to be a continuation, not a rewrite, but my computer threw a wrench into the works.  But know this: I’ll be back!  As will Luna, Roark, Ryu, Aurora, Jeffrey, and Cyn as well as the rest of this lovable (or decidedly not XD) cast of characters.  Also… I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all your support!  And a special thanks to Ivane!  I am so glad to see TCoC back in action as well and to be able to talk and collab with her again ^^

*Sheepish Look Around*

It’s been a long time since I updated here… or anywhere, really.  Lot of stuff has been going on.  Real life really taking over and getting crazy.  There was one thing I was putting off, but I finally made the announcement yesterday.  For those of you who follow my Queen of the Dragons blog, sadly, I just cannot continue the story as is.  Aside from real life considerations, my game file is almost impossible to play due to lag.  So as much as I hate to do it, I am not continuing the blog, at least not as a Sims story.  BUT, I am probably going to do some rewrites/re-working and post it as a simple story blog.  When I get that up, I’ll certainly let everyone know.  I might actually use it as my Camp Nano project for July.

As far as the blog itself, I’m thinking of moving the posts to this one for Queen of Dragons, giving it its own little section so if folks wanna read it, they can.  I might turn that particular address into a general writing blog.  Since I do a lot of that else-where, it would make sense, I suppose.

In other news, I’m still having quite the blast with Sims 4.  I got Get to Work and I am enjoying it thoroughly.  I also am participating in the annual tournament on Carl’s Guide and Forum.  I’m solidly in the bottom lol, but that’s ok.  I figured I’d be there.  I’ve always been more fascinated with the story that unfolds before me as I play than playing with a specific strategy, though the challenges have taught me sooo much about playing the game and that alone is worth it.  Once again, sorry for the absence.  Going to make a concentrated effort to not disappear again XD  Until next time.

Sad News

Ok guys, I have been putting this off for long enough.  I was hoping something would change, but I am very afraid that this is the only thing I can do.  With a heavy heart, I have to announce that I am afraid that I am unable to continue the Wyverns.  There are several reasons for this.  The first is that, the interconnectedness, the intertwining storylines of the Wyverns and Clarkes was a huge plus and one of the things that kept me going even in those times I didn’t have a lot of creativity going. I know Ivane is very busy and we haven’t been able to talk hardly at all.

Another important reason is that my game file is getting almost impossible to play, even on a fully functioning gaming rig.  That and the amount of time it takes to set up shots, I just can’t do it anymore.

Now, I am curious to see: if I could make the Wyverns into a simple text blog (I don’t know if they would be connected to the Clarkes anymore, it all depends on whether I can try and reconnect with Ivane again), would anyone be interested in that?  What will probably happen to this blog is that I would preserve this blog by transferring it to it’s own section on Wolfie’s Sims Stories and More and make this blog address something of a general writing blog.  Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.  And I want to thank each and everyone of you that has read and commented and I want to apologize for being unable to finish.  I truly am sorry.