Sep. 6th, 2011 10:27 pm
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So I bought the Sims 3 on Steam a few days back and started playing. I first created Sims based on me, Toby, and the cats* and played with them for a bit, but later on created Sims for Genghis, Jason, and Beecher from my late unlamented*** webcomic Can't Sleep Con Will Eat Me, and that's been way more fun. For those of you who remember them, Beecher's been striking out with the ladies, Jason's been doing remarkably well with them (i.e., not actively repulsing them), and Genghis has been grumpy and insulting everyone.

They don't have a whole lot of money as I decided the first thing three young men rooming together right out of college would do is blow all available cash on a TV and a sweet stereo system. Beecher's the only one with a full-time job (law enforcement, as I figured his dad would get him a job, plus his ultimate desire is to be a Super Spy and he needs to work his way up through the ranks for that), Jason's working at a bookstore part time, and Genghis is currently a barista at a spa during the afternoons**** while picking up some extra cash hacking overnight.

In this picture, all three of our protagonists got up in the middle of the night to have an argument, precipitated by me not buying a third bed. Genghis and Beecher immediately took the two beds over and Jason shouted at them, went and napped fitfully on the couch, then shouted at them again until they got up to argue back.

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I did eventually take pity on Jason and buy him a bed. Which Beecher immediately took over, leaving his old bed for Jason.
* Humans, as SIms Pets isn't out yet. :) I was dressing human Nefer up in stripes to match her namesake's fur and didn't realize how Gothy I was making her. However, she's the only one in the household who has any sense.**

** Toby's Sim set the stove on fire while making mac and cheese, and the rest of us, including two random houseguests, stood around panicking until Nefer got the fire extinguisher and put it out.

*** Yes, [ profile] tprjones, I know.

**** Couldn't find anything else available that he'd take. He started as a Cash Register Specialist and has now worked his way up to barista. If they try to make him a masseuse or something, he's quitting.


Aug. 25th, 2010 06:07 pm
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Just went back over the Can't Sleep Con Will Eat Me* prose bits I wrote in 2003 and posted in 2006** and ... wow, there's been so much technological change since then that I pretty much have to update every single bit of technology I mentioned. Everybody has cell phones now, not just the most with-it students. No disks, it's pretty much all flash drives now. You no longer walk all the way across campus to check your email in the lab because (a) there's probably a lab in every single building nearby and (b) you probably have a laptop or smartphone anyway. I'll have to use printing problems as the thing that the girl in the first scene bitches about, because everyone on the campus I works on comes to the library lab to print their papers instead of doing it at home (at least for the first half the semester, as we give them 200 free prints).

* If you've joined my blog in the years since Can't Sleep, it's my, [ profile] mothoc, and [ profile] myrialux's late unlamented webcomic. It's set in a college SF club.

** Under a filter. I thought about digging it back out and polishing it up a bit more and getting a proper beta for it, from someone unfamiliar with Can't Sleep, just to see if it sparks more ideas in that vein. We'll see.


Sep. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm
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OK, so today I dug up the 6000 words I'd written towards a story about 2 or 3 years ago. Original fic, guys, not fanfic, but it was about the Can't Sleep Con Will Eat Me guys. I'm rereading it, and am about 6 pages in and: hey, it's not as bad as I'd feared! Rough, yes. Overrun with heavy-handed metaphors, yes. In desperate need of editing, yes. But - so far - it's more readable than I remembered. I'm toying with the idea of signing up for NaNoWriMo again to see if I can get farther along on it, but every time I do that, someone comes along and wants to pay me money to do something in November and that ends up taking precedence. (Which, come to think of it, might not be a bad idea: I can always use someone paying me for something. :D)

Plus, the reason I stalled out on it, I realized after I spent a week staring at the thing, not being able to come up with more, is that I'd solved the problem that I'd set the main character up with. I think in order to go on, I need to set up more problems, and I'm not sure what they'd be or where to fit them in. Hrm. *ponders*

At any rate, anyone wanna read it? :D I think I'm going to create a filter for it and post it, in all its rough glory. And to that end, a poll!

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