Short Hiatus (Hopefully!!)

Hello Sims and romance fans!

This coming week presents some genuine problems with Hurricane Ian’s arrival in the Central Florida area. As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, now I’m preparing for a hurricane I can’t afford, one that threatens our home and family. This year has been a humdinger of a mess. I know I shouldn’t wish my life away, but this year could not end fast enough.

That said, I have been working on Chapter Seven for publishing, and I’m hoping to get it on the blog and done before we lose power and/or internet services for a while. If I’m out of commission for any length of time, Chris will take over briefly here at WordPress until I am back up and running, no matter where or when that would be.

I know y’all are diverse and come from different backgrounds, but if I could ask just this one favor from you, I would so appreciate it. Please keep me, my family, and the entire state of Florida in your thoughts and prayers this week? Whatever that looks like to you—white light, healing light, prayers, thoughts—I know every Floridian in this storm’s path will appreciate it. Wherever Ian comes onshore, it’s sure to cause some havoc. I really hate to see anyone’s life upended because of a natural disaster, but when it threatens so close to home… it’s a bit unnerving. I’m trying to stay calm. That’s the best I have right now.

If you don’t already, now is a good time to follow the blog on Facebook or Twitter, as I will probably post updates there as I can. Stay tuned for more of Destiny’s story, coming as soon as I can get it out. I’m crossing my fingers that it will happen before Ian rains down hell and fury on us on Wednesday.

If you’re in the storm’s path, know that my prayers are going up tonight for each of us. Stay safe, and I promise to do my best to do that, too!


Cover image courtesy of Kanenori from Pixabay

I’m Still Here!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still here, alive and kicking, and working on editing my latest chapter of the Legacy to publish. Hopefully, I’ll finish this soon, and get back on track.

Our year of challenges has continued, though not as badly as we started out. My hubby continues to have health struggles, but I think we’re on the right path to healing now. He’s had surgery on his foot, and he’s required much more of my time and attention. As it should, family comes first, and the blog… well, it loses out in situations like this. I’ve been struggling with increased pain issues since recovering from COVID, too. We’re quite the pair!

There are some exciting plans for the next five to six chapters in the works, so I hope you’ll stay tuned as we develop new storylines and revisit old ones from the original Gen Two text. I’m going to admit something I seldom do as a writer; I’ve had a terrible writer’s block since February, since Chapter Four was published. Five has been slow going, so Chris is dedicating some time to help me polish it into the story I want it to be. We’ll see some of Destiny’s character being developed in her narration, and a surprise I don’t want to give away until the chapter is released; I’m very excited about it! 

Now, I realize the Chapter Five teaser has been out for a while. I know I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I’m pretty picky about what I’m writing, and how it looks before it’s published. Content won’t go live until I’m at least 95% happy with it (there is always room for improvement!) so my chapters are slower than I’d like. Please bear with me just a little while longer? The wait will be worth it.

Summer brings warm weather, fun activities, and weddings! Oh, but who? (You already know!) Stay tuned!

Delays, Delays…

Hello everyone!

I definitely intended to post an update when the apartment repairs and upgrades were finished, to let you know when you can expect more new content. I’m sorry to say it will be at least another week before I can think about getting Chapter Four on the blog. We’ve had some unforeseen problems. I’ll explain.

Last Tuesday, my hubby and I took our two feline children and moved into a Marriott hotel for a few days while contractors repaired some of the structural problems in our home. I got a lot of writing done on Chapter Four, so the time away was productive.

On our last night in the hotel room, I discovered our room had bedbugs. Now, that’s a thing no one EVER wants to deal with. And as much as we’ve tried to keep our exposure limited, I guess it’s inevitable we brought home some extra tenants.

Now, we’re cleaning and packing AGAIN, but this time, it will be for bedbug treatment. On Friday, we’ll pack our cats and ourselves into the car and vacate our home for four hours minimum while our apartment is treated. I’m guessing PetSmart and Petco will see a LOT of us on Friday.

Tonight, I’m sending my draft of Chapter Four to Chris for his perusal, so hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ll have his suggestions in my hands, ready to complete this chapter of Destiny’s life. Meanwhile, the apartment needs my attention (again… sigh!) so I’ll be working my itchy fingers to the bone. Did I mention that I have no fewer than 30 bites all over my body? I’m wondering if all this mess was worth the upgrades. Extra pain, invested time and energy, and now bedbugs and the hassle it will bring to eradicate them. My gut says, “No.”

In reality, I’m shooting for Chapter Four to be up by the end of the month. Will I make that deadline? I don’t know. I’m going to try my best. Keep an eye on Facebook or Twitter for updates, as it’s easier for me to post there than here. This is a great time to follow me on social platforms! Just a click is all you need to ensure you get every update.

I will see you on the flip side of all this mess. And hopefully, I’ll be feeling better by then, too. As always, thank you for hanging with me here, and for reading my stories. I appreciate you more than you know!


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Happy New Year! The Farmer Legacy 2021 Year In Review.

Happy New Year, everyone! Has this been a nutty, insane year or what?! Man, and we thought 2020 was bad with COVID. I think we can all agree that we need some return to normal here soon, right? Luckily, things here at the Farmer Legacy have been going well!

Since Chris has come on board with the Legacy, you might have noticed a stark improvement in the quality of the story posts. This directly results from Chris’ influence on my writing style, and his careful attention to detail. He continues to bless me and, by extension, this blog, with his insights and technical expertise. 

In September, the rewrites of Generation One concluded with the passing of Charlie and Fran Farmer. Those rewrites afforded me a long opportunity to fall in love with them and their stories, ones that had only existed in my mind before I got them in print and shared with you. The one thing I wanted to do with their story was to end it with dignity and a conclusion worthy of their journey. I hope I pulled that off, with Chris’ help, of course!

Mid-October brought the beginning of another generational story with Destiny Farmer, the daughter and sole heiress of the Farmer estate. This generation is unique from its predecessor and successors in that it will be told from Destiny’s point-of-view, with an occasional shift to Arthur as the story progression dictates. Composing these stories in her voice presents its own challenges. It’s one that I accept in an attempt to grow as a writer. 

The Legacy’s presence on social media continues to grow far beyond what I expected or imagined. Follows on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter have increased, though I don’t have exact numbers. On behalf of Chris and myself, thank you!

Now for the really fun stuff! Fifteen new chapters debuted this year, spanning three different generations. Besides Generation One’s conclusion, Destiny’s story and a pair of chapters for Danae and Andy (Generation Five) made their way to the blog this year. Here’s how it breaks down:

Generation One had eight chapters—beginning with Chapter 15-5, and ending with Chapter 20-2—containing 219 pages, and 91,337 words (this is a full-length novel unto itself!) 

Generation Two had five chapters—beginning with the Generation Two prologue and ending with Chapter three—containing 150 pages, and 65,175 words.

Generation Five had two chapters—Chapter 35, parts one and two—containing 50 pages, and 19,237 words. 

This amounts to fifteen total chapters, 419 pages, and 175,749 words. In terms of what’s considered a standard length novel, I’ve written the equivalent of two full-length romance novels this year. Holy cow!! Compared to last year’s twenty-one chapters, 271 pages, and 114,028 words, I can conclude I’m getting a lot more verbose! (Thanks, Chris!)

Blogger stats continue to be tepid. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2021, I’m seeing 168 total views with no followers. I suppose this isn’t terrible, considering that I haven’t promoted the site at all over the past year. I’ll give Blogger another year to catch on, and I’ll decide next year the fate of that site. 

Now let’s get to the impressive stats: the WordPress site visits and views. In 2020, the WordPress site saw 374 visitors who viewed my stories and articles 751 times. In 2021, the visitor count spiked to 1,371 (a 367% increase!) with 2,053 views (a 273% increase!) My mind is blown. With your help, we’ve surpassed more than I ever thought possible on this blog, and I am humbled beyond measure. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Plans for the future? Well, I’m continuing the Generation Two rewrites into January and beyond, editing the manuscript that we’ve compiled for submission to an Indie publisher, and finishing the original prologue rewrite. If I’m able to finish the Generation Two rewrites in 2022, I’ll revamp and clean up Generation Three, though I don’t believe the St. John family needs a full rewrite. Some of their generation needs some polishing and tuning up. Overall, I’ve always liked their storyline, so I doubt I’ll change it much. I’d love to return to Danae and Andy in late 2022 to conclude their storyline and begin Generation Six with Elyse and Howie. We’ll see how it goes!

I would love to see the blog continue to grow in followers and reads, but I’ll need your help to do so. Please tell a friend (or two!) about The Farmer Legacy if you enjoy the stories. I would love your shares, follows and likes on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram if you feel so inclined. My email box is always open! Drop me a line to say “hi,” or to let me know how I can improve the site, or its content. 

I am grateful for each of you who comes and reads the chapters as they’re posted. I’m happy to see the reach we have all over the world, from the US and Canada to China and South Korea, and everywhere in between. Chris and I thank you and wish you the very best in the coming year. We’ll see you back in Mid-January with Chapter Four of Destiny’s story.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Pose courtesy of Poses By Bee.
Christmas tree by Around The Sims 3.
Destiny’s dress and leggings by Ekinege and Alopex, respectively.

A Deserved Christmas Break

Hello Simmers and story fans! It’s just me checking in with a quick update and an informative post.

First, I have two new posts coming. The first will be Chapter Three in Generation Two, and you will NOT want to miss it! Chris is ‘massaging’ some of my storyline to clarify and polish it; I hope to have that back soon! I am shooting for a Christmastime release, but it will definitely be here before the new year settles around us. The second post will be the annual Year In Review post, and though I haven’t begun compiling data on that yet, I’m pretty optimistic I will have some impressive numbers to share with you!! Stayed tuned for both posts.

The second item of note is an approximate three week break for me. This is to prepare our home for some significant structural repairs, which will be completed around the second week of January. I have much to do, and not much time to finish packing away valuables and breakables. After a close call in August with a tiny electrical fire outside our bedroom window, and a bigger, more serious fire on the property in November, the property management here is taking more seriously the issues present in these older apartments.

Those photos were of the structure fire diagonally across from our building. Our home was never in danger, but you can bet this event was stressful for all 100 families that call this place home.

Management is being proactive with repairs going forward, which is why we are being temporarily displaced. We have issues with stress cracking and leaking windows, wet rot and mold. These issues will be repaired while we are gone. I understand they will replace our old, worn flooring in the non-carpeted areas, too. This is a good thing!!

Writing will continue actively once we are in the hotel, and then another week off to resettle everything how it was before. In reality, this shouldn’t change how often I’m publishing chapters, but I wanted y’all to be aware of why Chapter Four might be a little longer than I’d like.

Thank you ALL so much for your audience to this blog, for loving and supporting my work, and for your comments, emails, and social media follows. The Sims community rocks, and I’m so humbled.

From my families to yours… I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. May 2022 be the year all your dreams come to fruition!!


Pose on cover photo courtesy of Poses By Bee. Custom Content by Severinka & Around The Sims 3. See my Custom Content page for items not credited here.

Can I Be Real For A Moment…?

Hi everyone. 

This isn’t something I normally have to talk about on this blog, because it isn’t usually an issue. But I’ve made some promises I haven’t kept regarding the Generation Two rewrites. It’s time I come clean and tell you the real reason I can’t keep to timelines and deadlines I’ve set for myself. 

In the simplest terms, I’m a chronic pain warrior. I have suffered and struggled with Fibromyalgia for 22 of my 52 years. Some days are better than others. This past week has been my worst symptom flare up of the year, maybe of the last two years. These are things I can’t control, and when it flares up, I’m out of commission despite my attempts to remain ‘normal.’ 

This is why I appreciate your patience when I miss deadlines, or when I’m a year behind where I wanted to be with rewrites. When I started my Generation One rewrites last January, I never intended them to last nearly two years. I thought a couple of months, then revisit Generation Two, and I’d be back with Danae and Andy in Generation Five by May of last year. But that didn’t happen. 

It’s important to me to come clean on this stuff, because it impacts the blog progress. It impacts you, and me, too. I am grateful for every bit of grace you’ve all extended by way of your patience, hanging with me when it seems the stories are taking forever. I’m asking you to extend that grace one more time when it comes to Generation Two. It’s coming. It’s long. But it’s awesome. Destiny Farmer has a story to tell, and believe me, she will. Hers is a story of patience, determination, disappointment, heartbreak, love, and triumph. I promise, it’s worth the wait. 

As the great Paul Harvey once said… “And now, you know the rest of the story.” Thank you, for sticking with me, and for understanding. I appreciate it more than you know. As always, I’m open for comments and whatever else you’d like to throw my way. My email box is open. Feedback is always welcomed!

We will see you soon!

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Generation Two Rewrites Coming Soon!

Hi everyone! First, I want to thank all of my loyal readers for your support through the craziest two years in a very long time. The blog has grown, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you! 

As the title of this post suggests, the Generation Two rewrites will be posted beginning September 1, 2021, starting with Destiny’s character bio, and Chapter One if I can finish it to my satisfaction. My schedule for August is pretty ambitious, and though I have written several chapters in a month in the past, it has been a very long time since I’ve accomplished this feat. With or without the finale of Generation One, Destiny’s story will publish on September 1st. It will make a lot more sense, however, if I can finish and publish Generation One in its entirety before then. 

As of this writing, Chapter Eighteen is finished and awaiting the final ‘OK’ from Chris, my brilliant editor and partner-in-crime here at The Farmer Legacy. Chapter Nineteen is well on its way, and Twenty has been in my mind for a long time. Because I’ve dedicated almost two years to the Generation One rewrites, I want need to ensure the ending of their story tugs a few heartstrings and serves them well—no one outruns death, not even Charlie and Fran.

Again, thanks for tuning in! Watch the site for updates. I’m expecting a lot of new content within the month. I’ll be announcing something big before Christmas, so stay tuned for that as well!