I haven't written a word yet in my nove todayl. I have been looking through various books on writing, looking for a jump start. I brought one with me, a book called The Writer's Idea Book. I have used it before and think it could help.
My sims are evolving...no, actually I think my playing is evolving. I thought about using a sims player as a character in the novel, having one of my main characters be addicted, but at this point I don't think so. I may add one later. It is tempting to find parallels between sims life and real life.
My sims have lives very different from my own. About a week ago, one of the members of the sims community I belong to was looking for a way to get aspiration rewards quickly, to steal or buy them or whatever, so her character could have ten children and get them potty trained quickly, using smart milk. At the time I thought that was one strange ambition, to have the sim have ten children.
Then I went back to visit Brandi Broke. When last we left Brandi, her life and her family's were a mess. The house was messy, she was exhausted, her son Dustin was failing school and always exhausted, and the baby was just getting by, getting changed as needed. I had played with her family when I first installed sims2 - they came with the game - and I didn't know how to take care of her or the children. I had Dustin working a job after school because Brandi was pregnant and a single mom. So what a mess it was.
When I came back to it last week, though, I decided I had to save them and get them on the right road. The only way I could see to do that was to use the cheat code to get money and to have Dustin quit his job. So I motherloded them and little by little started to improve things. Turns out that one of Brandi's aspirations was to have ten children! That got me thinking...how about I get her to meet a man, get to know him at his place (to save her time on the clock and to have the children not there). And have her woohoo at his place, "try for baby".
I had her hire a maid. Turned out to be a stud of a fellow. Immediately I thought about him as material for fatherhood, but they really didn't go anywhere. Finally I decided I would create a new guy, move him in next door, and get the wheels rolling. So I did. And I got them in love, in spite of competition from others that I had to keep squelching. Finally, after three woohoo sessions at his place (I was never given the "try for baby" option) I had him come over to her place, where they were able to "try for baby" and of course she did get pregnant. So this is baby number four. I am considering having her adopt a few if that's possible, but I have also had her drink some elixar of life to extend her breeding time.
Now I am trying to decide whether to have the guy - his name is Simson - propose to Brandi or the other way around. If he does, then she moves into his place. His is a nice little brick house that is easily expanded. Hers is already expanded. Both are getting more interesting each time I work on them...that's another part of the game that I like. I have become quite proficient at making interesting additions or creating whole new homes rather quickly.
So now that I've had my sims fun it is time to get back to that book and my novel.