Lots of Updates!

Tonight I’ll be seeing an author read a bit of his book. I’ve never been to one of these events before so I’m pretty excited. I’ll try to blog about it when I get home tonight but it really depends on how I’m feeling when I get home. I’ve been running around all day so I might just want to go to bed. Actually I currently want to go to bed, but because I need go out for the…what third time today? I guess I should just chill.

In other news, my classes have been excellent so far. Although I’ve only had about one of each class. It’s still been a lot of fun. I’m meeting new people, seeing familiar faces here and there. I’m going to make good memories this year. That’s my goal.

Writing wise I have a lot to do for school. I’m in a creative writing course so I’ll probably share some of the things I’ve written on here (once they’ve been marked and everything…since I use a pen name online). I realized when I moved into my apartment that I had left a chuck of my writing material at home and had only remembered to bring the two binders I had…. which kind of sucks but I’ll get them next time I’m home…or just scan them onto my computer somehow. Oh wait…I took the scanner. I can’t scan them. Well then…this will take some serious planning.

Overall my first week and a bit back at school has been excellent and I’m working to get out there and make memories. Also my apartment is really nice. I realized I’ve been here for almost three weeks…but it only feels like I’ve been here a week. I thought today was the 13th of September, but it turns out that it’s actually the 15th…according to my phone and laptop. This is why I need to put up my calendar. So I can keep track of things. At least I know what day of the week it is.

Hope everyone else is enjoy summers (probably short) comeback. I sure arm. The sun is nice. The sun is out friend. Don’t complain about the nice weather. Thank God it’s not snowing yet and when it snows, don’t complain because at least it’s not over 60 something degree’s (that’s 140 in farenheit…I Googled that for my American followers. I got you. 😛 ). Just embrace the weather…because whether or not you like it (haha see what I did there?), the weather is going to do what it wants. The weather is its own master. Unless you know…this is Sims and you used your Lifetime rewards to buy the weather changing machine.

Okay I’m going to stop talking now and eat cookies…and possibly spoil my dinner.

Enjoy your week!

How Playing Sims Inspires New Book Ideas

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EA is a gaming company known for it’s realistic character designs and game features. The Sims games are my favourite out of the EA games that I own because for a change I am able to create my own characters.

Not only do players get to create how their characters look, they are able to pick personality traits for their characters, decide on their characters favourite food, colour and music, and even their characters voice.

Some aren’t a fan of “playing God” when it comes to this game, however I’ve never thought of that until it was pointed out by my teacher during a class discussion. I think of this game as a tool for character and story design.

You can create up to eight characters of your choice and then send them out into the Sim world to live and interact with one another. Because each Sim has their own unique personality it gives you a chance to watch how your characters react to different situations.

For example, I had Sim who was a coward. When someone in their family passed away the Sim fainted from shock. For all you Romantic novelists out there (though the Romantic period has been gone for some time), a character having a fainting fit due to a shocking situation might be exactly what you’re looking for. This reaction reminds me a lot of Victor Frankenstein as he often grew ill when he was in shock.

When it comes to the story line, sometimes people have a hard time including subplots. Will your character fall in love? Will they get a new job? Will they break off their engagement?

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You can play around with these different scenarios throughout the game and see which one works best for your novel. The possibilities are endless.

Sims also inspires many different novel ideas. Especially ones that I may not have considered on my own.

I once made a random family of a single father with two young children (a little boy toddler and little girl child). This family did not have much money at all and could barely afford their home. The father paid babysitters to watch his children while he went diving in dumpsters for items that he could sell. The family slept on the couch or in sleeping bags on the floor. Their only shower was broken, the children’s only toy was a stuffed bear that their father found in the trash and their father barely had time to eat himself while trying to make ends meet.

I actually felt a slight pain in my chest when this Sim father died while trying to get food for himself. After his long struggle he passed away, leaving behind two children who ended up being taken by the social worker.

Never would I have thought about writing a novel about a struggling single parent with multiple children. Honestly the idea wouldn’t have crossed my mind.

Note: I know that I’m able to just use cheat codes to give the Sims a ton of money but I decided I didn’t want to do that because it takes away from the game play.

The game has given me many new ideas like that one, which I on my own wouldn’t have thought of writing either because the idea was too sad, or because I myself had never experienced something like that. I’m now starting university and I only know that I should expect a lot of reading and new memories. However when I started a novel about a university student, I knew absolutely nothing about what it was like being a university student, and I still won’t until I get there.

My younger sister, who introduced me to the Sims games got Sims3 University Life for her 15th birthday.

Sims3 University Life

I learned from the game that students were required to attend both classes and lectures and that they didn’t have a class each of the five days of the week. I realized how important caffeine was to the average university student, and how university was not all about throwing crazy parties and using your yellow Camaro to pick up girls.

Transformers 2. Sam and Alice.

I also got to see different settings with the towns that came with the expansion packs like Sunset Valley and Isle Paradiso. I even got to get an idea of what it would be like for a celebrity to rise to fame and then get bashed by the media.

I could even build the houses from my novels (which I have yet to do) and have a 3D view of it for reference.

If the novel consists of several years of a persons life, I could start off the Sim version of that character as a child or teenager and watch as the events happen (you can change the life span settings for all of the Sims so you don’t have to wait a month for them to age up…you could already have a good start on your novel in that amount of time).

The game overall is a really cool and fun way to get ideas for a novel, or even just to get an idea of what your characters (both main and secondary) look like and how they react to different situations.

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