Liebster Award

Today I was nominated for the Liebster Award (an award given to bloggers by other bloggers, promoting their sites and showing support). I was nominated y Andante Zen, the author of the sim novel and also online novel The Last Canvas.

What’s funny is that I found his site through another simmer posting about the sims stories she enjoyed most and linking them. I was drawn in from the start and although I have not been a disciplined reader (I’m never disciplined) it is one of my most favorite fictional stories.

Thank you Andante Zen for nominating me, and I’m not just saying this because I have to as a condition!

Conditions for accepting nomination:

  1. Post the award on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
  3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
  4. Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My Nominations go to:

These are the 11 questions I must answer:

01. Why do you write?

I think the most honest answer would be because I feel in control of my emotions 100%. Every character I write about even though is not me, does come from a very tiny part of me. Perhaps someone I could never be, or someone I wish I could be, or someone I hate to be but feel like I could be sometimes… it’s not that complicated if you think about it but it is kind of hard to put into words (for me).
However, there is another answer which does not deferred too far from the truth. Because I like bringing all these characters to life and making them real in a sort of way. Because someone reading them and liking them, and connecting with them is telling me they like what I create and how I feel about it. And that is a damn good feeling.

02. What motivates you to write?

Music is one big motivation. I have always been a fan of classical music. When I was little I remember wanting to learn how to play the piano, but we are not all born with a gift for music. Nature is another motivation, and perhaps the biggest one. I do imagine an entire world up in the clouds, or down hiding in the grass.
Honestly I think, particularly for me motivation is not what makes me want to write, but because I like writing and creating stories I find motivation in things that surround me, like nature, music, and art.

03. When did you start writing? And blogging?

I started writing perhaps since I was a child, can’t think of an exact time in my life as writing (like most everything else in my life) has always been a hobby among many. I do feel like a jack of all trades and master of none when it comes to things I do like: writing, painting, and other crafts. I put too much emphasis on becoming someone I was proud of and very little on any of my crafts. So to say I have a passion for writing is not quite right, better I would say I have a passion for the arts and I have been creating art since I was able to hold a brush and a pen.
I started blogging when I was 28 years old.

04. Does publishing online interferes with your writing process, and how?

I don’t think it does actually it helps me write more. I have been emotionally affected by the online social networks. But when I have concentrated in just blogging I tend to get more done. It’s a bit lonely, the online world. Is like you get to know a bunch of people behind a computer, but do you really know these people? When you turn off the monitor you step out of that zone, is just  you. I find it very inspiring to write and share my writing with friends that I can actually meet for a cup of coffee while we discuss the reasons why my draft will always be a draft. On the other hand, online writing has it’s benefits. You do reach more audience faster, and those who honestly like your work will stick around for the long run.

05. What is your writing process — do you have a preferred place, hour, a ritual to write?

I do prefer to write when Im busy doing something that prevents me from sitting down and writing.

06. Do your online readers influence you, and how?

Yes, very much. Andante for starters… wow! What an amazing story he tells us with his writing, and what a great author he is.

07. Have social medias changed your writing, and how?

I don’t think it has at all. My writing has become a lot better from what it used to be back in high school when I was writing a spin off Interview With The Vampire. But it hasn’t really changed. I still love contrive plots which sound oh so good when I tell my friend of my idea, but become kinda loose when I start writing them down.

08. What do you do to overcome writer’s block?

I try to get back to the beginning of what started me in the first place. Reading, and drawing. Of course some times I have reader’s block, and artist’s block… in which case I have to watch Tv.

09. What are you favorite authors — in Literature, cinema?

Not many because I haven’t read many authors. Instead I read the same authors over and over again, because I dread exploring new waters… what if I don’t like it? What if I waste my time? Etc. Those are more thoughts, and so I stay where I am: Albert Camus, Anne Rice, Jane Austen, Jose Marti, Oscar Wilde. I have read more authors that I like, but these are the ones that I continue to go back to.
In cinema there is just one favorite writer, Nora Ephron. She wrote the funniest comedies you will ever watch.

10. Does writing help you in your personal life, and how?

Writing takes me to a place I couldn’t go and be sane at the same time otherwise. Because writing is the excuse to go to that place.I don’t know if that’s helping me in a way, but I haven’t done anything incriminating based on my writing so far so I guess that’s a good sign.

11. You’re free to deliver whatever message you want for whomever reads this.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading this blog. Thank you for stopping by even if you just found yourself here by accident. THANK YOU!

And thank you Andante Zen for your support. Truly. You are a wonderful person.

Okay so my questions for those nominated are (and forgive the not so serious questions, I’m on a very silly mood):

  1. Why do you write?
  2. What other things besides writing do you do and enjoy?
  3. What is your favorite book (favorite one book)?
  4. What things of nature do you like?
  5. How does any of these things mentioned above (if they do) inspired you in your writing?
  6. Is there a published writer you would love to meet and who?
  7. Do you prefer online publishing or standard?
  8. Do you think writing have changed your perspective on life?
  9. List 5 things that are your absolute favorite.
  10. How does being nominated makes you feel?
  11. If you could do something all over again what would that be and why?

Quote of the Day

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~~ Anne Bradstreet – The Works of Anne Bradstreet

The Random House

Hi there fellow simmers,

Summer is fast approaching… well at least here in Florida. Yes, that’s right. That beautiful paradise full of water, sand, and alligators! Trust me they are everywhere.

So this time I have come to share pictures of the house I will be using for the second generation of The Randominovs, which will take place in Island Paradise during summer. Based on part of the roll which requires a change of scenery (meaning moving the family to another world) and also based on Rocco looking like a beach boy with that red hair and tan skin. He reminds me of California boys.

If you don’t believe me just look at that face,

faceIsn’t that face deserving of a paradise? And when we talk of paradise we talk of coconut trees in sandy beaches.

Anyway, let’s not deviate from our purpose here.

I got the original house from minasavenue, so it goes without saying that I won’t be putting this house up for download since it already is at her site – link has been provided below.

You can download the house at the creator’s site, here.

randomhouse

Of course the original house doesn’t look like this. I have remodeled the entire thing except from the basic structure. I changed guest bathroom into laundry room, did open kitchen plan, changed the stairs leading to the second floor, and the floridaroom was converted into an open porch. Phew, that was a lot of work, but it paid off.

Let’s take a look!

1The shots were taken in Sunlit Tides, but that isn’t important.

2Front porch.

3And we are inside. The stairs lead to the second floor (obviously. Why do I keep stating the facts?) One thing I noticed is the house is a bit dark inside.

4Dinning. Viewed from foyer area.

5Right of the dinning room is the living room, or reading haven. Whichever makes you happier.

6Ah! Some light. As you can see the open floor plan is the best thing anyone could come up with.

7Kitchen viewed from dinning. Yep, I love how things look framed.

8Here is a broader look for your convenience.

9The back porch which in the original house was just this bit here, and the rest was a florida room/sun room/covered porch… whatever.

10Now is open and bright!

11I would so take naps on that couch.

13The master bedroom. It has a mini office for decoration purposes only as the chair is not usable.

12I must say, without blowing my own horn really, this bedroom is a coastal dream. It is by far, my favorite bedroom out of all the ones I have decorated.

14What that sign says!

15The master bathroom has a more rustic feel to it, but it’s reminiscent of old coastal houses.

16I would prefer thicker curtains but the sims won’t mind.

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18On the second floor we have a reading nook (the official one)

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20And the family room. With more books. What can I say? I love decorating with bookcases.

21The girl’s room.

22A sharing bathroom, also the guest bathroom since I took the original tiny one and made it into a laundry room (which picture I do not show on this post. Odd, no?)

23The boy’s room, and perhaps future heir to my third generation of Randominovs.

24I just love how cozy his bed is.

And this is it! I’ll see you next time with family photos of the Randominovs. Can’t help myself. ^.^

islandparadise

Thanks for reading me,

Becca

P.S. If you want info on any of the items on this house please don’t be shy to ask me on a comment bellow. ^ ^

Breakpoint Crashes – Not a Problem

(If you find yourself reading this because you have an actual breakpoint problem with your game, I hope you fully read this post without getting impatient. I like to talk a lot)

 

Ever since I started playing again I have been experiencing crashes (You can tell the difference between an experienced sims player and a newbie by the kind of effect having a game crash causes on them. lol. Seriously, I’m like “it’s all good”) Anyway, the main reason why I have been having crashes is because of the world I’m playing. Yep. I learned routing problems can cause a crash and there is nothing you can do about it other than prevent routing problems. How? Well, I wasn’t using the Debugenabler and Errortrap mods from nRaas on this particular save and once I put them in the game the crashes stopped happening from a 70% chance to a 5% chance. So that’s one way to stop your routing crashes. — Now, this post on crashes is not to report on routing crashes but I have deviated from the main subject as I always do. Sorry ’bout that.

I was playing perfectly happy this morning, went to work, came back and BOOM, the game crashed. It read like this:

type: BREAKPOINT
address: 0x0058dbf6 “E:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 3\Game\Bin\TS3W.exe”:0x0001:0x0018cbf6

So knowing google is my friend I naturally did a search for it and found this:

GAME CRASHING (BREAKPOINT)

What’s hilarious (and kinda scary) is that the person with the crashing problem on this site is no other than me. Yep. Your one and only. True story: if you every see a screen name with JADEEYES anywhere or just JADEEYES, well that would be me… 99% of the time. Now, after reading my poor attempt at trying to ask for help and solving the problem I tried playing the game once more, suspecting I had corrupted the ‘save’ file – because let’s face it, if breakpoint meant I have a corrupted installation the game would have been crashing long time ago with this particular problem, like right after doing my reinstall sometime in 2014, so it’s safe to assume that whatever is corrupted happened right before I clicked that beautiful blue arrow symbol on my launcher, and that it is most likely (100% positive) caused by me. It crashed again. Fearing losing all my progress on this generation 2 of Randominovs, I was already about to cry (yeah, wasn’t feeling like an expert then) when I thought of doing something which I have to say I feel so proud because I would’ve never thought of that before. Am I getting smarter? BAH.

Okay, so I right-clicked on the folder The Sims 3 and clicked on ‘restore previous version’, it showed me two late versions of this game from last week; I picked the closest to the present version being one day ago and went with that. The game ran perfect, no crashes. Problem solved. Sure I lost an entire day of gaming (which I had accomplished a lot) But hey! That’s better than losing the entire generation. And now I’m going to sleep because I have spent my gaming time fixing this crash which I provoked myself by deleting the ‘backup’ folder of the save. Yeah I do that… dumb.

P.S. If by any reason restoring previous version of the The Sims 3 folder doesn’t work, or creating a backup folder for a corrupted save folder (which is another thing I could have done) doesn’t work either, and it is in fact a corrupted installation – in which case you would have to uninstall and reinstall the game… sorry buddy – you can read this thread which talks about the same problem and provides another alternative to solving the issue: Sims 3 seasons stops working with additional issues

Happy simming!

Becca