Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

The Best Therapies

Things are going pretty well. Finally. I got some writing done over the weekend. Nothing too major, but it was enough to feel I had broken out of the cold's grasp. I'm feeling very inspired in pre-production, too. I'm so excited about a couple of ideas right now, but they are so far down the line of what I'm currently writing that it is kind of funny.

I don't think I'll ever run out of story ideas. If I ever got close, I guess I'd just throw some characters into The Sims 2 and see what happened!

And speaking of sims! (Well, honestly, that was an artificial segue. And you know, I had to look up how to spell that! I've never actually seen in in print. Crazy. Okay, back to sims talk...)

I finished a sims story, In the Valley of the Sun, that I started reading back in May of this year. *Cringes* But be assured, that cringe is for "May of this year" and not the story in question! It was a fantastic story; the best Sims 3 story I've read so far. And I can't believe how great some of the shots that medleymisty got were. I find the Sims 3 very difficult to take good pictures in, but she manages very well with it. She's also working on a text-only story following one of the character's pasts. I'll probably take a little break before I read that, but it's always nice to know there's a little more of a world you loved to enjoy.

After I finished the story, I started thinking about my other two favorite sims stories. So, I went ahead and updated my Favorite Fanworks List with all three stories. <3 They are all highly recommended. I totally feel like restarting the other stories now. They aren't finished, and I'm behind on one of them, which might become my new project. First, I read through If You've a Ready Mind, then In the Valley of the Sun in a few chapters a day format. It's worked pretty well so far.

The other thing I've been excited about over the last few days is getting a paid account for Giant Bomb/Whiskey Media. I thought it over for a few weeks, but I decided that all the laughter those guys have given me over the last 4 years is worth $50 a year when I have it. Just the first Endurance Run was over 100 hours of enjoyment. Then, there's the podcasts, Quick Looks, and old On the Spots. They've helped me through some hard times, and laughter is the best medicine, right? When I explained my decision to my Mom, she said, "I really should thank them.".

The only paid subscriber thing I've really cared about so far are the weekly Whiskey Media Happy Hours. They feel to me like a throwback to old On the Spots but with more than just games to talk about. I've been going through the episodes, and I'm enjoying them very much. But really, my money is more like a thank-you gift to the sites for all the help they've given me.

And hey, thinking about it, The Sims 2 is the other thing I've turned to time and time again to help cheer me up since I left school. And I spoke briefly about writing, too. My three best forms of therapy: writing, simming, and Giant Bombing. Other than my real therapy, of course. <3

Tags: anxiety, fandom, the sims, video games, writing

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