May Productions: Shorts & Creations!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

As seems to end up being the norm, lately, I haven't been able to update Desperate Sims quite as often as I planned! At the start of the Season I'd hoped to get back into posting every 1-2 weeks, but May ended up being quite a busy little month for me!

I'm actually pretty happy to say--the lack of new episodes has been mostly due to focus on other projects, that I'm really happy I get to share with you guys! There's quite a lot to cover, so here we go!

Short Stories

There's a lot of "behind the scenes" moments in Desperate Sims that I can't really fit into the main storyline anymore, but all these little life excerpts are very important to the back-story and the characters. I know some of you guys miss seeing the rest of the family, and this is a great way to let you know what they're up to without diverging too much from the plot.

I really wanted to try and do full-fledged posts on some of these, but I've been finding that this format--dialogue only--is a lot more constructive on helping me get the point out quickly and effectively. This way, I can do lots of them quite easily! Most of these I was able to put together within a day--which, I know doesn't seem all that important with how short they are, but when you're like me and just want to get these "moments" out of my head and into yours ASAP, it is really helpful!

I hope you guys enjoy them!

Lilobot's Happy-Fun-Time Adventure



I've already linked to this, but I recently finished it, so now would be a good time to go back and re-read it from start to finish. The "comic book" style was quite a lot of fun to do, so I'll probably try it again in the future, but it was also a bit of work--which is why it took me so long to feel up to finishing.

As I've mentioned before: this short is about Lilobot's disappearance right after she transferred to her new body! It just wouldn't be Lil if she didn't go off and do something crazy--so, this sort of explains why she was late to Amelia's wedding.

Margo and Kory Go to Barnacle Bay



I'm not sure if I can consider this as much of a short as a compilation of Margo's thoughts on their travels. It includes two of her "blog" posts, as well as several photos and snippets of what they got up to while they were there.

It's not really a short, but because it talks a bit about how Travis' family is doing, I figured it was important to include!

Growing



The first of the 'mini-shorts', Growing is a small tale about the newest member of the Kane family. Even though Amelia and Naomi's story is over, it's important to show that their life together really is just beginning--and it just wouldn't be the same if they didn't start a family of their own.


Rest in Peace



Not to worry--this mini-short isn't laying either Jeb OR Meredith to rest--just their peace of mind! I always felt that Chandra's ghost never got the ending she deserved (only a brief mention in back in Season 4), and it was about time that the family's matriarch handled the literal skeleton in the closet.





I still have plans to do many-many more of these, since they're nice and easy and fast to do! In fact, I already have a couple of ideas of doing some "flashback" ones, about Jeb and Meredith when they were younger! If you have any that you would like to see, feel free to toss me a suggestion! I have no idea when I'll get to making more, but they're a nice diversion from everything else, so I hope you like them as much as I like making them. :)

Ask Margo

I'm not sure if this really deserves mention, but the Tumblr version of Yours Truly, Margo has turned into what appears to be the perfect location to offer Margo advice and ask her questions! She's gotten quite a few!

Click the picture to read Darcy's question about Meredith.


If you'd like to ask your own questions or leave your suggestion for future topics for Margo to talk about, Tumblr is the best place to do it--and you don't need an account to leave an anonymous message. Naturally, you can still ask questions/offer advice on the Blogspot blog, though. It's totally up to you!

I'd also like to mention. When I first started YTM, the main purpose was to provide a place for Margo to hold "polls" about what she should do about certain things--and I certainly have not forgotten about that. There's a lot of future decisions you guys will be helping her make, but it will take some time for her to reach those points, so be patient!

In the meantime--there's several suggestions I've received I still have plans to do (Chrysame suggested she write a letter to Brad to tell him how she's feeling; an Anon on Tumblr asked her to write more about school), so keep your eyes open for those, and keep your mind open for suggestions you'd like to make, yourself!


Downloads, Galore!

I've been quite busy making things and sharing things, but I have not yet announced them here, so here you guys go:

Pose Packs






I'll be making more pose packs in the future as I have the need for certain poses; unfortunately though, this is one thing I will probably not be asking for suggestions on very often. If you want to use the ones I've made though, just make sure to download the Pose Player and install it along with the packs!

Sims


The following sims are downloadable in a .zip file which includes all CC; the CC, however, is optional, so you do not need to install it if you do not wish to use it. (You'll need to replace their skin and hair in CAS, but that's an easy fix!)

To install the sims: simply put the .sim file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\SavedSims folder.






Lots


Not many lots; these are just two lots that have been updated for Showtime! (Notes on what EPS you should probably have for them are located in their descriptions.)

To install them, make sure you place the .package file in your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Library folder.



Actions


For those of you who use Photoshop to edit screenshots, you may be familiar with Actions and how they work. Finding actions that look good on Sims screenshots is difficult, though, so I've started to make a few of my own. This is the first one, there will probably be more in the future! (Note: These probably require Photoshop CS to use.)


Competitions!

Ever since Equus Sims opened up their forums, I've been keeping pretty busy over there giving advice on making poses, getting involved with the amazing equine community, and entering in some of the competitions that have been held! I've even hosted my very own, which I'm currently working on judging/prizes for, so if you're curious about that, keep an eye on this thread!

But as for the competitions I've entered, here's a few of pictures from entries I submitted:





As you can see, Margo (and Daisy) have been keeping quite busy, even though in the story they technically haven't learned to ride, yet. They will soon, though! They will soon.





Alright guys, that's it for now! I'm going to start working on DS's next episode sometime tonight; hopefully I will have it finished by this weekend.

Thank you guys for having never-ending patience with me! I really hope to get back to answering your comments soon, as well as of course continuing on the story. You guys are amazing--I am thankful for each and every one of ya! *mwah!*

Cheers~!


4 comments:

TenderWolf May 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM  

Oh wow you've certainly been busy! All kinds of exciting new projects, can't wait to see them all! I'm going to read the short stories ASAP and wow, I had no idea you also made poses!!! *downloads* Considering where Kenzie's next story is going, I could use those horse ones! :p I may have to borrow your short story idea too...I've got lots of little side stories in mind but they'd stray too far from the main mystery story but they aren't long enough for a whole chapter version. Anyway, I'll keep tabs on all your projects and I look forward to seeing them all!!!

Jennifer ~,  May 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

Wow, some amazing stuff you've created and worked so hard on! Well done and give yourself a pat on the back! ;)

Looking forward to the next episode of DS! Just dying, actually. Hee hee! Don't rush it though, finish it and post it when your ready.
Remember to take some time out for yourself too, I don't want to see a run down Kaleeko!

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Sara,  May 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM  

You have been such a busy bee- I'm so proud of all your accomplishments and creations! Looking forward to seeing the new episode, as well!

manon,  March 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM  

that's so cool what you're doing! I wanted to know if you could do poses where the horses do anything? thank you in advance :)

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