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Birthday Bonus

Hey everybody~
As promised, here is a little bonus that I said I’d share since my birthday was fairly recently 🙂 I actually started using this blog on April 30th after I got a new game on my birthday last year that reminded me of the Sims 3 and all of the stories I had lying around on a folder in some obscure portion of my computer.

So, I figured since my birthday was what ignited my start in using this, I thought I’d celebrate a bit and share some stuff I won’t be able to fit into my blogiversary post as it’s already quite long… (I’ve actually managed to finish it ahead of time, and will post it on the 30th~)


As I’m another year older, I realize I’m blessed to have such wonderful friends and family in my day-to-day life, as well as this wonderful community online. When I started posting, it was just to drag my stories out of the darkness and I never expected to find so many like-minded, passionate people with a similar joy for story-telling coming from different countries and walks of life, hehe. Not to get too sentimental there, but it’s true.

That being said, I’ve mentioned this fairly recently, but as I’m nearing the year mark and have been pumping out chapters fairly consistently – with only that one extended hiatus after my computer tragedy, and two weeks of delayed postings because of life – me and my computer are running out of steam.

It feels weird to complain about something I’ve chosen to do, lol, but here I am. I love doing this, don’t get me wrong, but my personality is kind of the obsessive type, and no one is forcing me to do this but I am kind of acting as a drill sergeant on myself. And I feel odd not posting and taking gaps in between chapters, so the only way for me to do that in peace is to concretely state that I’ll be taking a break.

I don’t tend to finish things, as you all know by now, haha, and I’m patting myself on the back for sticking to this as I have been so far. Where I am right now reminds me of myself 8-ish years ago; utilizing any spare second I have when I’m not at school or doing part time stuff to play, write, or edit sims-related things. Speaking of which, I feel like that’s a great segue to share the very first screenshot I ever took in game in 2009.

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I know, right? XD Here’s another photo I’ve taken on around the same day towards the end of last year, nearly exactly eight years later, to compare.

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Both of these pics haven’t been edited at all; it’s crazy to see how different they are considering I don’t have anything installed in-game apart from the pose player and a truckload of CC. I was never super good at taking advantage of all of the great mods like the HQ, lighting, and sky ones as well as the master controller, haha. I want to, but I haven’t gotten around to getting them, so that evolution in photo taking came about from just tinkering with the in-game settings.


I’ve thought a lot about Sight, which has practically become a baby of mine considering all the time I’ve been spending on it, lmao, and I’ve nearly completed an outline for the rest of the story. I was unsure before but now I can concretely say that it will 100% have 50 chapters, which means the chapter I’ll be posting this week (#25) will be the half-way point.

In my haste to get things posted on time – which again, are deadlines I’ve been imposing on my self because of my obsessiveness – I’ve become slightly unsatisfied with how some shots or scenes came out. I had originally intended for certain parts of the story to be reached at this point, but even with my long chapters I didn’t manage to (which I shall mention again and you will see for yourselves on Saturday’s post) but I’m okay with that as I feel like where we’ll be at the end of chapter 25 is a solid halfway point with quite a bit having gone down in terms of character development and plot.

And so, after the next chapter, which is aptly named Goodbye For Now, I shall be halting on posting for an indefinite amount of time. It kills me to do this as I already have screenshots taken for chapter 28, but since I haven’t completed 26 or 27 yet, I don’t think I can bring myself to get them done because it’ll involve a lot of CC and extra set-up that I’m not up for.

My computer is not a gaming one and I can already see signs of it wearing down, but that’s also because I abuse it when I’m working on school stuff; even though I’ve learned my lesson and am backing things up, I still want to ease its suffering, hehe. I’m also spending late nights re-editing chapters when I could be sleeping or studying ahead, lol, and that can take hours… So this break really is for both of us XD.


I can’t thank all of you enough for investing your time to read, like, and comment on my story. I have no intention of leaving it unresolved or uncompleted, and I promise that whenever I return, it will be to finish it for good. I had intended for this to be a happy post, but it kind of turned into more of a lengthy, slightly sad, life update, haha. So to make up for that, here are some of my favorite photos from the story so far (not in chronological order)

I also said this would be a bonus, so since you won’t be seeing any of those screenshots I’ve already taken for subsequent chapters, I shall share them here as a teaser.


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And well, there you go! The latter pics look like that because they were taken on Cailean’s camera :3

I shall still be active in the community, reading the stories I’m currently following as well as catching up and starting on others, and if there are any challenges/tags going around feel free to send em my way, as I’d be more than happy to partake in them, but other than that, as for now, Sight will be on pause.

Thanks for reading another one of my lengthy posts ❤ I’ll see you for the next chapter and the blogiversary post and then it’ll be break-time.

❤ Take care as always ❤
xoxo Amy

21 thoughts on “Birthday Bonus

  1. First of all, happy belated birthday! ❤
    Well this post took an unexpected turn! But seriously, don't worry about it. Please take as much time as you need to relax and reinvigorate. I unfortunately can say that I 1000% understand your situation, both with the computer (I think I wrecked the last two computers with the game…thanks a lot EA) and being obsessive. Staying up very late doing stuff for the chapters < literally me too the past few nights.
    #25 is the best place as any to have a break, I just hope you won't take an extremely long hiatus like me haha, because I truly enjoy reading your story and seeing one of your chapters pop up in Reader always makes me smile.
    Man, that difference between your first and last picture is just wow. And ahhhhh all those pictures! Christmas! Aislyn with short hair! I'm very much looking forward to the next chapter 😀

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    1. Thank you 😊
      Right?!! It’s a computer killer for sure 😂😭 I had a feeling you’d understand since you just started uni and returned to your writing (and yay I’m super excited to read your new chapter which I’m guessing shall be dropping quite soon 😇) I have no idea how long it’ll be but I’ll do my best to keep it short, hehe.
      Aww thank you, that really means a lot 💓💓💓
      I hadn’t noticed they’d changed that drastically till I went back and took a look – I’m still not on your level though 🙌 Yup, there’ll be quite the festive spirit coming up~ I hope you’ll enjoy 😄

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  2. Happy belated birthday 🙂 I liked hearing about how this got started and the transition between your old and new pictures. It’s impressive that you made them look so good with only CC and in-game changes in settings 🙂
    It’s sad that you’ll be on hiatus, of course, but I understand how you feel and your writing should be something you’re doing for fun and because you want to, not out of obligation – when we write because of a feeling of ‘have to’, it’s not nearly as fun. You do you and have a really nice, enjoyable time on your break. When I took my recent break to write, I pumped out way more than I normally do, so in my experience it’s good to have a breather like that!
    Glad to hear you’re still around and up for tags, though – I’ll keep that in mind 🙂 Until then, I’m looking forward to chapter 25 and, a bit further down the line, the other half of the story 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks! (Love your new prof photo btw 😊)
      I wish I could utilize all of those great game enhancing stuff but I haven’t, and thankfully everything has come out alright so far~
      Exactly, it’s almost feeling like a chore which I told myself it shouldn’t ever, so I think now’s the time to step back. I hope I shall also be reinspired when I return 😊 Thanks for understanding and being here 💕

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  3. Happy Birthday! 😄 I am sad to see a hiatus for you but so much understand. I love this story so much and so badly want to see how it turns out. However, I understand the need to take a break. Take care of yourself too. I killed a pc with sims 3 as well so you aren’t alone there! I look forward to your Goodbye chapter and hope to see a new one as soon as you are in a better place. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you 😊 Aww, I appreciate it~ I hate to be left hanging so I hope to not do that to you guys for too long. Same here, haha 😂😭 (r.i.p my old laptop and stories 💔) Thanks~ 💕

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  4. Happy belated birthday!
    I completely understand your reasons for wanting a break and I am the same about myself with being obsessive and staying nights working on my chapters – most of generation 1 and 2 was made on the nights from Friday to Saturday, because posting schedule. These pictures are lovely and I always admire the amount of detail you put into them, always searching for the right CC and poses. It’s a delight to watch how you do your thing 🙂
    And I feel blessed to have you as a friend, too!

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    1. Thank you ❤️
      I’ve noticed you are even more meticulous than me about working late and finishing on time, it’s really admirable! I’ve burned out but I’m looking forward to seeing where your story goes in the meantime~
      Thanks! Bless CC 😄 setting it up took forever though, haha.
      I really appreciate it, thank you 😊

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  5. Happy belated birthday! ❤
    Although I'll definitely miss your story, I totally understand your decision to take a break..! This game is so time consuming as it is (especially when constantly loaded with more and more cc), and if you put poses, picture editing and writing along with it, it often becomes a very tedious process! So take all the time you need for it, we'll be here when you feel like continuing!
    I'm happy that you'll still be active here, except for your posts I love reading your comments – be it on my blog or others' as well! And good to know you'll still accept tags 😀
    But for now, just take all the time you need – sometimes a break gives us what we need to not completely give up!
    Those last pictures were awesome – definitely a huge improvement from your first ones (which were also lovely)! I'm looking forward to reading your next chapter! ❤ ❤

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    1. Thanks! 😄 Haha the CC increase the loading time exponentially 😂😭
      I love reading your comments as well! This really is a cool community to be apart of 😊 Yeah, I really don’t want to quit so this is the better alternative~
      Thank you~ I hope you enjoy 💓

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  6. Happy birthday, Amy! ❤

    I'm sad about the hiatus, but I completely understand. I say, take care of yourself. 🙂 I love those pics a lot and didn't know you hadn't edited them! I'm very impressed. 😀

    Sending you virtual hugs and looking forward to 25!

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    1. Thank you!
      I never bothered touching up or working on my photos in any way until Sight came along – I tweak them a bit for the theme of the story 😊
      Thanks~ I’m returning the hugs and hope you’ll enjoy 💕

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  7. Happy belated birthday 🍰
    I’ll miss your posts popping up on my Reader, but Sims 3 can be tiring when it constantly crashes, lags and overall is just a real pain in the butt! I completely understand why it’s a bit tiring, although it is fun to do. I also need a few breaks in between writing because I can’t be bothered to take picture after picture, setting the scene, setting poses…
    I will be waiting for your next post, however you can take all the time you need and relax ❤️

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    1. Thank you!
      Yesss, it is precisely for all those reasons that I’ve been getting stressed out and exhausted as of late despite enjoying the creative process, lol.
      I’ll be looking forward to when your next chapter is up~ 😊
      Thanks 💓

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  8. I’m glad I’m in the future where Sight is no longer on hiatus!! That being said, I know exactly what you mean, because I’m the exact same type of person. “Self-imposed deadlines” might as well be my middle name, and although most of the time I enjoy the business of it, it does wear on you fast and sometimes you just, well, cant get it up anymore LOL. In those situations it’s better to take the break and just cruise for a bit, even though I know firsthand how hard that can be to break your own schedule. But I’m happy to see you have found your stride again and are back to posting! More for me! Loved the bonus shots, especially the interiors! We all know I live for a good interior lol

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    1. Heheh, you might find yourself slightly disappointed because my posting schedule is atrocious lmao 😂😭
      Yeah, it took a lot to finally break it but once I did, it was surpassingly easy to become unbothered by my inability to post, haha. The plus side is chapters I enjoy working on… and the down side is, well, like getting barely one post out a month 🙃 Thanks! Everything looked so lovely I couldn’t not take pics. While you’re capable of putting effort into tending to those little details, I cheated and downloaded this lovely lot 😆 But still, it was a lot of fun to play in, hehe.

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