It has been two years now since I first started working on THOTB. At the time, I had just finished chemo and radiation, but was still dealing with post-op pain from surgery that I had that February. Writing stories seemed like a pretty good outlet to pursue and sure enough, it feels that it has been just that. Now, I am not too sure about the readers, but for me it has helped me with the healing process. As it is, two years later I am stilling dealing with the post-op pain syndrome and writing continues to help me.
Every time I end a season, I wonder if I am going be able to keep it going – not due to any physical limitation, but whether I am able to keep coming up with ideas for the story. This time around I am not wondering, because the good news is I started working on season 10 even before I finished season 9. (That’s one excuse for the two week delay in getting the final episode of season 9 finished on time).
As I have stated in the past: If I was not having fun doing this, I would not be doing it.
Another thing that has not changed since I started this is that when I begin a season I am not quite sure where the story is going to go and each time I give the characters – the Sims – a certain amount of latitude to tell me the story. This time around, I stumbled upon the idea of having a character named Lori Clemens tell about half the story of season nine, and I had the most fun with her and her two friends Moon-unit “Moo” Stoney-Clemens and Melody “Mel” Ringwald-Viernes.
In case anyone is wondering where I got the names Moon-Unit, Dweezil, Diva, and Ahmet. Those are the names of the children of the great classical rock musician Frank Zappa. He and his daughter Moon-Unit Zappa had a hit song in the early 1980’s titled “Valley Girl”.
After I wrote episode 5, I had no clue as to where to go next, so I thought I would just follow Lori and her friends around. Having Moo turn Lori into a fairy set into motion the entire rest of the story and opened up a story-line that will be continuing into season ten.
I feel like it took me a long time to get this far because generation 5 was such a problem – too many characters. However, I am glad of that because otherwise there would not have been a Mike Dutranoy (season 5) and a Dobbs James Dobbs (season 6).
Also, merging the storylines of “Story-8” and THOTB will allow me to do some interesting things with the story going forward.
And with that I am going to stop now before I go and do something stupid like speculating on what may be happening in season 10.
What I want to do instead of that is to respond to the questionnaire from misterwolfe86 at Mister Wolfe Legacy who was kind enough to nominate me for a Leibster Award.
1: Which book or book series has had a profound effect on your life?
The Bhagavad-Gita – reading this sacred Hindu text made realize that the world (and the universe) and are far bigger than I had already imagined.
2: Who is the funniest person on the planet?
I don’t know about now, but I have to say that Jack Benny was the funniest man who ever lived. I can listen to a routine of his that I have heard a thousand times before and I will still laugh out loud at his jokes.
3: What is your favourite Symphonic Metal album? Or, if for some reason you don’t have one, your favourite album in another genre?
I do not know what Symphonic Metal is, but my all time favorite album is “We’re Only in It For the Money” by Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention recorded in 1967. That may be proto-symphonic metal.
4: What is one of your favourite video games? What video game is simply the worst? *For diversity’s sake, you can’t pick any of The Sims games or spin-offs.
If I cannot pick Sim City, then I will go with Civilization. Beside just about every Maxis/Sim game published, the only other videos games that I have played are from the Civ series by Sid Meirs.
5: Windows or Mac? Laptop or Desktop? PC or Console (then which one?)
I have never owned, nor I have ever used an Apple product. Does that answer the question?
6: Which TV series(es) are you watching now and would you recommend it/them?
I just finished watching season two of “Young Justice” and I am also watching “Batman: the Animated Series” from the early-90s. I recommend them both highly.
7: Your friend has just ingested some oak-matured mead and falls on the ground in spasms, foaming at the mouth. It appears to be a fast-acting poison. What do you do?
Call Poison-Control and ask them what to do. Then I will hunt down that guy that did this to my friend and make him suffer in the same way that she did.
8: Live forever or live a short life full of happiness?
Reminds me of a Jack Benny routine.
“Your money or your life!… C’mon bud! What’s it gonna be?”
“I’m thinking it over!”
Audience roars with laughter.
9: You are walking to the grocery store when you notice a little old lady sitting in the backseat of a parked car. It’s not warm out and the windows are closed. Do you do something?
Nope. I mind my own business.
10: What is the least important topic of discussion? And the most?
Least important: Whether or not it is raining right now.
Most important: Whether or not it is going to rain today.
11: What’s one thing you want to let your readers know?
That I truly care for each and every one of them. Naw, I am just kidding.