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Okay, so. My last Poker face card was "1000 words or less", and I was originally a bit uninspired. You know, since those 1000 words or less could be about anything. So I went looking for inspiration, and remembered that I have plenty of unused, perfectly good prompts from the two previous Myshuno events, so why not use one of them?

This prompt is Getting married to the wrong person and it's from my 2011 Myshuno card. And actually, it's an even older weekly simspiration prompt that I included in the card because well, with the storyline I was writing back then, it obviously inspired me. I had every intention of writing that prompt then, almost two years ago, but somehow never did, as was the case with several other interesting prompts.

So what can I say, here it is now? It's another angle on a rather big event, an angle I never showed in the story itself, but kind of wanted to. This is approximately how it is in my head.

I can't )
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This was a very hard one for me. First to figure out what to write about with such a vague prompt (and my last remaining one is "1000 words or less", oh man...), then to actually do it. Future tense isn't very natural to me, it seems, and in fact I had to allow for a couple of present tense verbs that refer to the future to avoid blatant overuse of "will". (Actually, there is still a blatant overuse of it, and it doesn't feel entirely fluent to me.) I could have written much longer about this conversation, but I had to leave out things that would necessarily have been in the wrong tense.

Anyway, what do you do when you need to write about the future but don't want to spoil it for the audience? You just go far enough in the past. So this one is canon Alphabetia, from the times of generation A, when the founders were still alive.

The dark future )
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So I'm a bit behind on these, but here comes another one. Again for Villains or Heroes?, and again a bit into the future. This may be considered slightly spoilery, though I don't think there's too much that you can tell from it. Canonish, things are not set in stone but I think we're on fairly solid ground in this one. And I'm not completely happy with it, but oh well.

Anyway.


Prompt: Diary/journal
Title: Diary in a diary
Words: 397
Universe: Villains or Heroes Strangetown, canonish
Warnings: mildly spoilerish for chapter 1, or perhaps rather just cryptic

The dream continued again today, as I knew it would. I have some time before the lights are out, so I will attempt to describe the odd turns of events that took place in it.

As I wrote yesterday, I was not quite sure what it was that was happening in the city council of Strangetown. I was positive that I had heard the voice of Rodney Jalowitz on the radio. If that was the case, he was likely a high official in the city council. Possibly even the Mayor. And if Jalowitz was involved with the city council, I knew three others who would be involved with the city council. All this had something to do with their former plans. The plans that had very likely been foiled by the disaster. But what exactly did they want? That I did not know.

For the time being, I had very little chance of discovering the truth. It would be unwise to attempt to wander very far from my shelter, due to all kinds of suspicious characters wandering the streets these days. I had no internet access, and the phone lines only functioned sporadically. In addition, I had realized that I was indeed aging. I had been able to change some things through my position at work, but it would take a group effort and several lifetimes to change all the things that needed changing. I had to accept the fact that quite possibly both myself and Bim would be long dead by the time we would be able to uncover the truth.

All of this in mind, I sat at my chessboard at night. I played through the moves, but my mind was elsewhere. There simply had to be something I would be able to do, even with my limited knowledge and vague suspicions. Had to, but my mind was completely empty. I played more and more moves, almost completely disconnected from the outside world. And then it struck me.

I put away the chess pieces and stood up. This plan would work. I would need to discuss it with Bim, but I was sure that she would approve. I climbed the stairs into the apartment, and sat at the typewriter. I would have plenty of time to complete it, but it was still best to start. I thought for a moment and begun typing.

Dear diary...


As for the chapter, that's coming along. I've got the gameplay material just about settled, and am writing the plotty bits and trying to figure out what pictures I need for it. I'm slightly stuck about motivations and stuff right now, but hopefully it'll sort itself out.
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I've taken a bit of a break from my procastrination, and was able to finish another piece for Poker Face, so here it is. For Villains or Heroes? this time, a tiny bit into the future but I wouldn't call it spoilery. It's canon-ish, don't bite me if I change a detail. A part of this may make it into the next chapter.

On a Tuesday )
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Ok, so I should be writing the chapter. Or my poker face entries. Or something. But I've been procastrinating, because I had and idea and had to get to it. I suspect you'll be seeing the result of my procastrination at one point or another.

Anyway, today the thing I've been procastrinating with gave me an idea. An utterly silly one, but one I absolutely wanted to do, once I realized it does fit with one of my poker face cards: "pictures-only". So under the cut is my pictures-only entry. The story should be a rather familiar one, I hope you can recognize it. :)

Good old times )
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I signed up for the Poker Face summer event over at Simspiration, and now that the challenge is officially starting, I thought I could post my hand of cards. I have been given five randomized restrictions, "cards" and my task is to write five pieces each according to one of them, and if I get all five done before Aug. 15, well then I win.

My hand of cards is as follows:

Dialogue-only
Future tense
Diary/journal
1000 words or less
Pictures-only

So I hope you'll be seeing some of these soonish. :)

I'm also playing Alphabetia and posting picspam again, and slowly writing the apocalypse chapter. Progress has been slower than I had hoped (isn't it always?) but it's progress anyway. I'm currently on a little under 60 slides. New text comes out fairly easily, but I'm not sure if I'm happy with it; the beginning of an apocalypse is actually pretty booooring to write/read. Go to work, cross fingers for promotion, eat once a day, wash hands like a maniac, greet everyone who comes over (and try to explain to the reader why there's a horde of sims marching on the lawn, it's supposed to be the end of the world and it's supposed to be dangerous to move about), rinse and repeat. And then again, I don't want to squeeze it onto one slide with "and then he got five more promotions on successive days, washed his hands some more, met some more townies who weren't supposed to be there, and lifted the restriction, the end". And I'm a bit unsure on how the plot, insofar as there is one, should go, too. Oh well, I guess I'll figure it out as I go. The way I always do.

I've got a week of vacation left, and I doubt the apocalypse chapter will be out before it ends. I try to stick to remembering that I've made progress, and stick to trying to make a bit of progress every day. I'll get it done eventually.

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