Years ago, when I was much younger, I had started a book based on a dream I had as a teenager. I had quite a few chapters of it written, but somewhere in the transition of life, I lost the manuscript. I never could recreate it, but I was okay with it.
When I developed the idea for this blog three years ago, and all I had written was the prologue, I took the story to my mother, who at the time was an avid reader. I told her how I came up with the idea, and she was more than familiar with the Sims, and she knew I was going to be a lifetime fan of the game. So, she was curious to hear how I was going to combine my love of writing and The Sims together into one wonderful project. As I read her the rough draft of the prologue, her eyes widened. “You wrote this?” she asked, and I said I had. She told me she would love to hear more of it, and so she was my primary inspiration to write.
With every chapter, every storyline, I read to her. Her eyes, mostly blinded with macular degeneration, wanted to see, but she listened with great interest. And she always asked, “Are you still writing your stories?” And I’d always answer, “I am.”
When she passed away, I took a break from writing for a while. I had only a few of the chapters up, and I became disinterested. Then I remembered her words of encouragement. “You should write them, Wendy,” she said. “You’re a good writer.” So, I returned to this project, her words in my ears and her love in my heart.
So, I dedicate this blog to the memory of my mother, Jane Londona. For her love of reading and a good, sappy romance story.
I would like to acknowledge the one person who has sat with me through this whole process, the person who has heard every chapter of this saga, brainstormed with me, given me strength when I want to just walk away, and has loved me through every step. That person is my husband and partner. Thank you for your inspiration, John. I love you to the moon and back.
A special thank you to the newest addition to my “Acknowledgment” section. To my editor Chris W., without whom the first generation rewrites would be a lot more boring. I owe you so much more than I can give. For all the late nights, endless edits, brilliant new ideas, the brainstorms, the patient guidance, and so, SO much more… thank you, my sweet friend.
Also, a special shout out to Bee, from Poses By Bee, for the fantastic labor of love she does in making Sims 3 poses for us storytellers. Her poses for the Sims 3 have taken my screenshots to a ‘whole ‘nutha level’, so to speak. My sincerest thanks to you! And to cmomoney for the Pose Player object that makes my pose obsession possible. Thank you! I take absolutely zero credit for any custom content featured on this blog. I am nowhere near talented enough to make such beautiful things.
A special acknowledgment to ForeverHailey, for one of my favorite poses, which features Andy and Danae from Generation Five as the cover screenshot. You can find this pose, and many other great ones, at her blog.
One last acknowledgment goes to Twallan of NRaas. He and his team of merry modders have developed game-saving mods and fixes to address many of the bugs that EA/Maxis never fixed, for whatever reason. It is because of Twallan that I have been able to play this story for as long as I have. Thank you again for saving my game, and my sanity. You have my undying gratitude.
A blanket “Thank You!” to every artist who has dedicated countless hours and their talents to make The Sims 3 a better game. My humble appreciation to you all.