Happy timezones, friends! Today’s interview is brought to you by one of my favorite SimLit authors, lisabeesims!
One of Lisa’s current ongoing stories is called “An Era of charming Tales” and it is sweet, romantic, as well as a fairytale all rolled into one. Here is what Lisa says about her story:
“This is a rotational play legacy story that follows the children of Prince and Snow white Charming. The two primary rotations are (Mike & Rose White) and (Bruno & Rose Red). Other family stories will be inserted as they come into play.”
Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? I’ve got to add that these character romances are epic.
Okay, let’s begin…
Wait, wait wait, first, let me thank dear Kymber for this opportunity to ramble a bit. I appreciate you so much. THANK you for having me <3
You’re so sweet, Lisa. Thank YOU. <3
1. How long have you been playing The Sims and what got you into it?
I have played Sims since the very beginning. My eldest daughter brought it home with her from college in June of 2000. We all fell in love and that passion has never waned.
2. Why did you begin blogging your sims story?
I’ve only been blogging my story for about two years. Before that, I would write and post Stories on Facebook. You know the format, two paragraphs and five screenies (because honestly very few people click on past that).
I had just finished a bachelor challenge and needed some time to set up the storyboard that would tell “the rest of the story.” I jumped in for a “quick look-see” into the life of Snow White, my insane asylum winner. Five updates later and it was apparent that Snow was not going anywhere soon. Readers had connected with the hapless lovelorn protagonist.
Some friends suggested that I start to blog the story so that it would be easier to find the updates. I set up my WordPress and begin to blog the earlier challenge (insane asylum) that had led to Snow’s story.
By the time Snow White met the elusive Prince Charming the popularity of the couple was gaining momentum. At the time I had no worries. Because both were elders and story would not go on long. True to simmy form, the end came predictably at the end of a nice long elder lifespan. The ending was very romantic and bittersweet. Here I would end it and happily go back to my bachelor story… Or so I thought.
The readers were very unhappy (very unhappy … VERY) with me for killing off this loveable couple and put pressure on me to, through the magic of Sims, give them another chance at life. As fortune would have it, at that time EA released Romantic Garden with it’s wishing well. They would get another chance (REDUX was begun). This time starting over as young adults.
That’s where I am, two years later still going forward (nope never gone back to that bachelor and his bride). We’re on generation two now and looking forward to a new era of charming tales.
3. How do you come up with your story ideas?
Believe it or not, I find most of my inspiration in the gallery. I love scrolling through my list of favorite builders. I will see a build that strikes my fancy in the story just seems to pop out around it.
A good case in point, this last update I just featured a wonderful rendition of the Trevi fountain in Rome by Simoniona. I saw that fountain almost a year and a half ago and musing on it for a bit I knew exactly what I needed to do to get to it. Three months later I started “the Search for a King” That would lead me to this point. It was a very sweet shoot for me because I had waited so long for it.
I have on reserve a beautiful Rapunzel house that was given to me by a fabulous builder (MychQQQ) and I’ve been waiting now for about a year to use it. That update is on its way soon.
I also will go root around the challenges for inspiration.
4. Which character is your favorite and why?
That is a very difficult question. I would be hard-pressed to pick my favorite main character. I love all of them so much. If I had to (had to had to had to) pick I would probably say, Snow White, because she was my first beloved from this story.
Outside of the main story, I would choose homeless Joe from my short story “The Chair.” My shorties are some of my FAV works (hardly anyone knows about them LOL) and Joe and the chair is my fav of that set. Joe was real and so was the bit about the chair (backstory I embellished a bit 😉 )
5. What chapter has been the most difficult to write so far, and why?
That’s a very easy question! Episode number 10 in “Search for a King: Meet Noel,” Rose became the victim of abuse when her date got drunk and turned violent. It probably was the hardest hitting story I have ever done (no terrible pun intended). It was a difficult subject to write about.
6. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. I love to think about it I love to talk about it I love to do it. (Picture editing is tedious for me tho).
7. Do you have a special time to write?
Yes, I do most of my writing late at night … till the wee hours of the am. I’m not a big sleeper and I do proofread my own LOL sometimes you can see that because I miss a lot when I am sleepy. I find it’s best that when I’m done writing that I close it down, walk away, do something else then I come back and I read it out LOUD.
8. Do you believe in writer’s block?
I read a very astute comment from someone that said they didn’t believe in writer’s block, they just thought the person was writing the wrong story. I wish I could remember who said it but my memory leaves me hanging (could have been Je2G … a FAB simlit writer). I agree with that. If you’re not inspired it’s not your story. Move on to what inspires you.
Many great authors (like Dickens) have “trashed” unfinished works. Simply put if you hit a dead end then end it. Please do not think I am at all comparing what we do to Dickens! But the reality is if he could do it so can we.
9. Do you have advice for any other writers who may just be starting out?
I have young people who want to write, ask me what should they write about? The truth is I cannot tell you. You have to write what flows out of you and is a part of who you are. You can’t be somebody else .. it will not work out.
So first off … You have to be true to your own self. My stories are decidedly G rated. Others have suggested that I would get more readers if I stepped up some of the more lascivious activities. It’s not me and I don’t think the readers would enjoy reading it from me.
A second bit of advice for young one starting out … be patient. You’re not going to get 400 readers the first update you put out. Shoot you’re not even going to get them two years out LOL You make a commitment for the long-haul.
When I was very discouraged at one point (early on) a lovely writer whom I admire very much told me that blogging is a bit like filling a birdfeeder. You put the seed out and wait. Eventually, they will come. And she was right they have LOL. Sometimes in flocks and other times only a few chickadees. Some will come, they are delighted so they leave a song and some come just take the birdseed and leave. Either way, you put out the seed.
Third … Do a storyboard. Whether it’s just a sheet in a notebook, or in a word doc or a writer’s app … Just get down where you want to go and how you are going to get there.
I have a word doc that I keep up on my desktop that I have written out an outline to keep me headed in the right direction but it’s very fluid. The benefit is that when I think of something I can stick it in where it goes and adjust the pans to fit. If I change my mind and I don’t want to go on that path or I want something else to happen along the way I just change my storyboard.
Fourth .. be careful with the self-deprecating thing. Nothing turns me off more than when I open a new blog and they tell me how “sh*tty” it is. Why on earth would I waste my time reading it then, you have to believe in you!
Even tho it looks like I am being contradictory here, you can fall off both sides of that horse. I also believe in keeping it real. I do call my work “my scribblings” .. I mean after all we are not writing War and Peace here. SO BALANCE is good!
Lastly, READ OTHER BLOGS! There’s nothing worse to me than that one-sided selfishness that says you read mine but I’m too busy to read yours. We are all busy but we need to be all about supporting each other here. I follow and read many many blogs (and have been faithfully for a long time) most do not give me the time of day on mine. Yes, that is a bit irksome but you see it is not about what THEY do it is about what I DO!
10b. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Getting new readers to just crack open the “fruit” and give it a taste. I don’t know how often I am sad that people would click in and watch a 15 to 45 minutes let’s play but won’t click in and spend 3 to 5 minutes reading a story.
11. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I do read a lot. My favorite author right now is Robert Galbraith. I am an avid Cormoran Strike fan and I’m waiting with baited breath for the newest.
That was terrific! Thank you so much, Lisa, for such a revealing interview!
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