Well Hello Again Blog – In Which I Explain Where I’ve Been

Hello Blogsphere!

I’m well aware that I’ve neglected this blog and the internet in general for the last year or so.

Mostly this is because I’ve been consumed by wedding planning fever as well as dealing with an unstable thyroid problem which saps a lot of my energy when not treated correctly.

Now the thyroid is under control and my wedding and honeymoon, which were beyond my dreams, are very recently over.

I will admit that the previously impossible has also happened and I’ve fallen out of love with The Sims PC game. This is due to EA not fixing or caring to fix numerous bugs in the game and also that the direction they seem to be taking it in is not staying true to what most long time fans want (less celebrity endorsement for a start). However I know things change and maybe Sims 4 will be better? We’ll see.

Anyway, my next few posts will be about my wedding because I recently got the official pictures and they are beautiful and I have to share them. It was worth every minute of the planning stess.

Love to you all from a new Mrs!

~Kat

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My Mistress

I’ve been well and truly bitten by the writing bug.
This second poem today is all about her!

My Mistress

A lover’s touch taps on glass,
Contact cannot be made.
My attention is fully immersed,
Concentrated on my mistress.

With a whisper she ignites me,
With a kiss she excites me,
My eyes are on her body,
I’m fully focused on her need.

She has been lying dormant,
Biding her time, watching mine.
Now her door is unlocked,
She is commanding me again.

She laughs if I resist,
Her tendrils draw me in.
She is exposed to me only.
Confidently keeping close.

I sink into her embrace,
It’s like laying on a cloud.
Crazy laughter surrounds me
As she plays with my mind.

I am not afraid,
At least not for myself.
Others may get hurt
But I am her king.

I wonder how long this inspiration will last?!

Love Kat x

Determination

I’ve still not had much of a chance to update anything Sims 3 related but I did get the urge to write a poem, something I haven’t done for a long time, so here it is.

Hopefully it will come true and inspire me!

Determination

Fighting the waves,
arms beginning to tire.
Determination is steering,
staring at the bright pyre.

The wind shrieks loudly
while waves crash at the sides.
Determination steers straight,
eyes set to survive.

Sirens call out,
their music is sweet.
Determination fires a shot,
they will lead to defeat.

Voices sing shanties,
their intent is pure.
Determination closes its ears,
focuses on the shore.

On closer approach,
a calm sky descends.
Determination yawns slowly,
it is now among friends.

That’s all for now folks!

Love Kat x

Real Life is a Rollercoaster – Brief Update

I know I haven’t posted anything lately or updated my downloads website at all but I have a good reason. At the start of July I was made redundant from my job and have spent most of the month working out the legal technicalities of my agreement as well as job hunting. I do however have good news. I have found a new job which I start this Monday which I am both nervous and excited about.

I also took some time out to celebrate the birthdays of my Fiance and one of my best friends and I saw the Olympic Torch Relay in Uxbridge Town Centre.

The Olympic Torch passed through Uxbridge Town Centre, Middlesex, UK.
It was carried by Munir Azizshalizi, a local taekwondo teacher from Hayes

On the sims side of things I do have two lots that are currently only available on my Simpage (I put everything there before I post it anywhere else) Both have been thoroughly play tested and if anyone is interested here is a preview of them:

Download Details (contains only 2 free store items)

Download Details (contains many store items including some from Lucky Palms)

I have found some time to play and I have, of course, spent some time with Kendra & Clara Magna, the cousins from my Child of the Night story. I will be working on a new chapter soon but for now here’s a sneaky peak picture of the girls:

Looks like some kind of party is happening! 😉

Stay tuned to find out more!

~Kat

The Sims 3 Supernatural: highlights from the first live chat

Being the fantasy fan that I am, my excitement since the next Sims 3 Expansion Pack (EP), Supernatural, was announced has been hard to contain. Tonight was the producers first live chat about it. I am going to briefly detail the main points I gleaned from it.

Release Date: First week of September 2012 (day varies depending on region)

You will be able create supernaturals (witches, fairies, vampires, zombies and werewolves) in a variety of ways both in-game, through breeding, magic, biting and, uniquely for this EP, in Create a Sim (CAS). You will also be able to cure any turned sim.

There are five new sliders in CAS. Using these you can further adjust ear orbit & ear points, jaw line, brow definition and nostril flare. An extreme example of their use is on the poor sim below:

There is a new skill that all sims can gain. It is Alchemy and it is gained by mixing elixirs from collectables at a new Alchemy Station. You can make an elixir to turn another sim into a zombie but it isn’t a permanent curse (although they hinted that there are ways of making it permanent if you wish.) It is possible for your sim to die practising alchemy.   There was also a mention of a new haunted death.

If you install Supernatural a new lunar cycle will occur in all of your sim worlds and some sims will act strangely around a full moon. This will be particularly suited to the spooky ambience of the new world Moonlight Falls. It was also hinted that the new world has several mysteries for simmers to uncover.

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Sims 3 Adventure Download Update 17th June 2012

I’ve dropped off the radar a bit, I know, but its for good reasons.

I’m a lucky girl, I got to go to the Monaco Grand Prix and my fiance and I have started planning our wedding for next year in earnest. 🙂

But I do have 3 downloads for your enjoyment!

Small Barn Conversion:

Download Links:
http://www.sims3adventure.com/smallbarnconversion.htm
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=5863928

The Springfield Family:

Download Links:
http://www.sims3adventure.com/households.htm
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=5924311

210 Dauphine Street:

Download Links:
http://www.sims3adventure.com/210dauphinestreet.htm
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=5513385

Click on the download links to see more pictures and details.

~Kat

p.s I’m so very excited about the new EP Supernatural, I can hardly wait until September!

Child of the Night: The Kendra Magna Story – Chapter 12

This is Chapter 12 of Child of the Night to read from the beginning please go to the Contents Page.

*Adult Content Warning*
This chapter will contain some adult material. Forewarned is forearmed. 

Chapter 12 – Drunk on Power

Clara’s Perspective

A week after I became a vampire I began to tire of eating synthetic blood substitutes.   My cousin Kendra tried to convince me of their merits but I was always left longing for the real thing.
It was then I remembered my encounter with celebrity fitness instructor Moxie Logan not long after I had turned.  She had oozed health and vitality in a way that made me crave her.

I decided to pay her a visit and, to ensure her compliance with my wishes, I used my powers to read her mind and plant a need for me in her consciousness.

Once her attention was focused on me I went on a charm offensive, the politician in me couldn’t help it.

“I just had to seek you out Moxie, I need to get in shape for my campaign and I can’t think of anyone better to train me.”

“Thanks Clara! I’d be happy to put together a plan for you. I really think you are good for this city.”

Flattery and mind control seemed to work in perfect harmony.

I knew that now was the moment to get what I really wanted.

“Excellent! We’ll get to the fitness program later. For now I need something else of yours to improve my health…”

I moved my head towards her wrist preparing to bite.

Moxie seemed unsure but she was also fascinated. I wasted no more time. I sank my teeth in and she yelped in pain. Clearly I needed more practice!

However the pain was forgotten seconds later when the endorphins, stimulated by the bite, kicked in. This was what made many humans into willing blood donors.

The rush of her blood swam in my veins as I licked the last drop from my hand. This was far more pleasurable than eating plasma fruit!

I was overcome with the need to thank Moxie for her “donation”.

Before I could stop myself I placed a kiss on her lips.
To my surprise she accepted it readily.

Overcome with lust and excitement I let her lead me to her bedroom where we made out until tiredness overcame us.

When I woke up alone the next morning I felt a wonderful sense of calm. It was like her blood and touch soothed a longing deep within me. I was ready to take on the world.

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Child of the Night: The Kendra Magna Story – Chapter 11

This is chapter 11 of Child of the Night to read from the beginning please go to the Contents Page.

Chapter 11 – Clara’s Transformation

Clara’s Perspective

I had been 40 for a week, it was a week too long.
I could feel my time on this planet dripping away whilst my body aged unstoppably.
I hadn’t achieved all I had wanted to at Bridgeport City Hall by this age.
I was desperate to stop the aging process and suddenly knew that the answer had been in front of me all along. My cousin Kendra was a natural-born vampire.

I knew that Kendra had the power to turn others, I’d seen it in action with her ex-boyfriend Notzo Curious back in our home town of Twinbrook. It had backfired with him so I knew that convincing her wouldn’t be simple. But, like I said, I was desperate.
It was time to turn on the waterworks.

“It’s over Kendra!” I wailed, “I’m never going to make it into congress!”

She looked up from the computer where she had been writing her novel for most of the day and grasped me in a hug.

“Calm down cous’ well find a way around whatever it is that you feel is blocking you career-wise.”

I almost felt guilty at this point, Kendra was my best friend in the world but she could also give me the one thing I wanted more than anything.

“it’s not fair!” I mumbled into her shoulder, “I’m 40, by the time my Dad was my age he was being taken seriously as a politician. I should have stayed in Twinbrook. Moving to the city was the stupidest thing, looks matter here just as much as ideas. My PR team told me the latest polls show that the city thinks I’m too old to be in touch with their needs! Damn bunch of ungrateful yuppies.”

Kendra was surprised by my outburst. She backed off and attempted to placate me.

“Oh come on Clara, you’ve always said those polls are joke, that they never ask a wide enough selection of people. Sit down, I’ll make you some dinner.”

Clearly the whining and tears weren’t working it was time to change tactics.

“It’s alright for you,” I shouted, “it will be many years before you start to age. You don’t know how good you’ve got it. I’m becoming a dried up old prune and you still look the same as you did at 21!”

It was the killer blow. I knew Kendra felt sensitive about her condition. The problem with knowing each other so well was that we knew exactly what to say to each other to push each others buttons.  It was awful of me but necessary.

Kendra stormed upstairs to her room. I gave her a few minutes to calm down before following her.

“I’m sorry Kendra, I shouldn’t have lashed out like that. It’s just the older I get the more invisible I feel in public. People don’t look at me the way they used too. I know I’m still a good-looking woman, but I’m no longer young and the population of Bridgeport seems to get younger every year.”

She sighed, clearly uncomfortable with the conversation.
“It’s okay Clara, I get it. I just think maybe it’s time that I got my own place. It hard for you to come home and see me looking the way I do. I get that.”

That was not the outcome I was looking for. I needed her.

“I know how to fix it. I want you to turn me before I get any older.”

Kendra was not at all sure that she wanted to do this. I was relying on her love for me overcoming her hesitation.

My faith and persistence eventually paid off. Kendra couldn’t stand seeing me unhappy.
She took hold of my wrist and sank her teeth in. I felt drunk on the power of that bite.

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Kendra’s Perspective

Somehow Clara had talked me into turning her.
It wasn’t something I’d done willingly, as I knew that every person turned with a bite had a 50/50 chance of also receiving a negative personality overhaul.
But I had never seen Clara so desperate, and knowing I was the only one who could solve her problem gave me a delicious taste of power.

Once it was done Clara’s mood lifted immeasurably.

“Thanks so much Cous’ you won’t regret this I swear it. Me and you really will run this town now!”

I hugged her, hoping and praying inside that she was right. I really hoped I wouldn’t regret this the way I regretted turning my childhood sweetheart Notzo.

My nerves were on edge and I needed calming down. There was only one person capable of doing that my sort-of-boyfriend Eb Clavier. I called him and he was more than happy to come straight around.

His smile melted my heart and stopped the adrenalin racing around my body. Yet the fact that he was so pleased to see me again made my heart skip a beat.

Eb could tell that I was upset about something and soon had his arms around me. Nothing in this world could have made me feel happier at that moment.

“Thank you for coming Eb, it means so much to me that you are here. I think I may have done something very stupid today.”

He stroked my hair and held me tighter.
“Whatever it is Kendra, I’m sure it’s not as bad as you think.”

Just for a second I wanted to believe him.

I suddenly felt very tired. The emotional rigor of the day had worn me out.

Eb didn’t ask anything of me, he simply held me close as we slept that night.

The next morning I was determined to make it up to him.

We spent the morning in my room making love over and over again. I really couldn’t get enough of this man.

Even when we finally managed to put on some clothes to say goodbye we couldn’t keep our hands off of each other.

I decided to spend the rest of my day working on my projects.

I utilized my afternoon painting, it was a good sideline that brought in a few pennies from the rich folks that commissioned my services.

I then settled down to concentrate on my novel.

The Girl With Diamond eyes was close to completion and I was excited about submitting it to the publishers. They had read and approved that first few chapters and I finally felt as if my dream of becoming a writer was coming to fruition.

I didn’t move from my computer until Clara returned home from work later that evening.
She looked a little worse for wear. I knew it was the effects of the transformation on her body. She would soon be a full vampire.

With this in mind I decided to go grocery shopping for Plasma Juice and Plasma Fruit. The only kinds of food specially made for vampires like me.

I hoped to train vampire Clara into good habits to stop her from turning evil like Notzo had.

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Clara’s Perspective:

After work the next day I wasn’t feeling to good. I decided to take myself off to the hospital for a check up rather than worry Kendra with my hypochondria.

I parked my motorbike and ran to the front desk. I could actually feel my blood burning in my veins, it was disconcerting to say the least.

Just as I reached the front door the feeling within me stalled my movements.

The boiling of my blood abated but I felt the heat shoot out of my eyes and I seemed to be levitating!

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My Take On The Katy Perry Sims 3 Endorsement Deal

Tonight EA opened a new section of the official forum for the Katy Perry Sweet Treats Stuff Pack. A simmer by the name of TheSimling started a debate about the endorsement deal with a sensible well thought out post.

The following is my take on the situation which I posted as a reply in the aforementioned thread.

“Thank you TheSimling for your well thought out post that shows understanding of the business world.

Yes EA is out to make a profit, nothing unusual there. However they have signed a deal with Katy Perry to endorse several sims 3 projects. That is unusual. The sims franchise has never done that before.

I am one of those long time simmers who has bought every EP and SP from the original Sims, Sims 2 and Sims 3 up until Master Suite Stuff.

I took a decision not to buy Showtime as I felt the price was too high for what was included. And when I do get it, when the price drops, I will not be buying the Katy Perry edition.

I really do not care for celebrity endorsement of the sims franchise and I don’t understand why EA feels it is necessary. The Sims has been the number 1 best-selling PC game in its own right for many years now. The only explanation for this kind of cross purpose marketing is falling sales.

Katy Perry isn’t doing this out of love for the game and EA isn’t doing out of love for her. They are both doing it to boost their own profiles and inject more cash into their wallets. It is cold hard business with a powerful and convincing marketing machine behind it.

I don’t hate Katy Perry, I just don’t care much about her or her music, it’s not my thing but I accept that other people are into her. I would feel the same about any celebrity who signed a deal like this. The extra pricing for versions carrying a celebrity name just rubs salt in this wound.

As for this Sweet Treats SP. I’m sad to say that the content doesn’t appeal to me as I prefer fairly realistic worlds. But again I accept that others will like it. It is a matter of personal taste.

The Sims game itself should be good enough to appeal to gamers. If it isn’t any more then EA need to start listening more to the community to understand what those who spend their cash on the game really want”

That’s my take what do the rest of you think?

~Kat

Child of the Night: The Kendra Magna Story – Chapter 10

This is chapter 10 of Child of the Night to read from the beginning please go to the Contents Page.

Child of the Night: The Kendra Magna Story – Chapter 10

Kendra’s Perspective:

A week after we met I was thrilled to get a phone call from Ebenezer Clavier.  Ever since I bumped into him outside the publishers I had thought about little else.

Eb, as he liked to be called, asked me on a sunset date to a funky fusion bar in Bridgeport city.  The fact that he was sensitive enough of my vampiric condition to suggest a late time of day endeared him to me even more.

I left a note for my cousin and house mate Clara, who was working late at city hall, got ready and left the apartment giddy with excitement.

Eb met me outside the bar.

“I’m so glad you came Kendra,” he grinned at me “I got here early and the wait seemed forever but now you are here I know it was worth it.”

“Thanks,” I blushed, “Shall we get a drink?”

We went inside and bought two Kyoto My Heart cocktails.

I was impressed that he was man enough not to be phased by the very feminine drink. The effect of the alcohol was instant, it made us both relax a bit more in each other’s company. After a few more drinks and relaxed conversation we decided to go outside for some privacy.

Ever since I had become a fully fledged vampire at the age of 21 I had developed a fascination with the night sky as it was the view I saw most often.

Eb listened in fascination as I pointed out the Orion Constellation and explained the mythological stories attached to it.  When I finished talking he pulled me to my feet and into his embrace.

After kissing me so hard that I felt my pulse begin to race, he pulled back and looked me straight in the eyes.

“Kendra Magna, you are a fascinating woman, would you let me escort you home?”

“Yes of course.” I replied breathlessly. I did not want this night to end.

Once we reached my apartment building I asked Eb if he wanted to come up for coffee. I know it’s a cliché but I was feeling too shy to say what I really wanted.

However once we got in the lift I wasn’t afraid to show him:

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