Oh, sorry. This is me. Xan. Xaneathmar. The author of this blog. Not a character. Sorry.
This is not going to be a story post. This is going to be a post about Important Things. The past, the present, the future, the furby illuminati – well, not that last one.
You see, it’s 2020. New year! New decade! Wow!
So, I figured I would take the time to look back on this blog. Talk about where it started, what I’m doing, and hint at my super-secret-not-at-all-evil-I-promise plans for the future.
InsaneSims is actually not my first ever sims blog. My first blog used my email address as a domain and hosted only a few posts before I migrated. Alas, those first few posts are lost – but they chronicled the (mis)adventures of the first two generations of the Lujan family, a matriarchal legacy of Insane sims.At that time the Erratic trait was still called Insane, and I planned to write mainly about the Lujans and other Insane sims, so I named my blog “InsaneSims”. That was back in 2016, but I’m still very fond of the name and have no intent of changing it. There are a few other posts from that time that still exist – one, Denorthe, was in part inspired by a school writing project; the other, New Life, was to be the beginning of a story called Red Herrings that I never continued. Shortly after that, my computer ate the Lujan save, and while I recovered it I lost enough progress that I transferred the Lujans to a new world, along with all of their Townies. I added a few characters that I’d come up with in the meantime, some of whom still exist in some form, and planned to give makeovers to all of my townies and ship them out to the Gallery. Two of those posts still exist, but my grand plans eventually fell through.
My next posts are from early 2017, and were created as part of the Pen Pal Project. My first sim, Dove, was an alien scientist – the next was a vampire named Aylin. Dove has largely disappeared, in part because her save was inadvertently deleted, but not before helping to establish the large, complicated world of the Collab for AAC. Aylin has showed up in a crossover with the amazing CathyTea as part of the third movement of her incredible New World Symphony, mentoring the young runaway Sylvia Zoranto – but there’s much more to Aylin (and her “dark form” Ingram) than I’ve ever revealed on this blog. More recently (in February 2018) we heard from her “ward” Tanvi – but the “Aylinverse” has more characters than just those few. Will we hear more from them? Only time will tell.
There are many “fragments” littered about this site too, such as the two posts of the House story, the scattered letters from Kiana (also a tie-in with the Pen Pal Project), the beginnings of a mysterious project entitled “For Whom the Bell Tolls“, the single post “A Beginning“, and a few more Pen Pal letters from Christy Galea and her ghostly friend Universe. All of them were once planned stories, but whether or not I revisit them depends on whether or not I still like their concepts.
September 2017 also brought the story “Friends“: a completed story in sixteen parts. It had a lot of holes and overall isn’t my best work – but I did finish it! By writing small, simple updates and posting several times a day when the inspiration struck, I was able to crank out a full plot in 10 days. I occasionally get the urge to revisit or redo this story – but we’ll see about that.
Most recently, I’ve put forward several new story beginnings, notable Strange Days and From the Logbook of Erika Oba. I may try to continue FLEO at some point, but Strange Days is officially canceled – I have plans for the characters, but they don’t involve SimsLit. The pilot for Renovatrix also came out, as did an initial post for something I wanted to call “Morning Glow”. Renovatrix is alive and well in my mind, but I don’t think Morning Glow will happen anytime soon.
My favorite posts, however, are “Alice” and “Juntas“. “Alice” was written for the Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge and “Juntas” was written because I felt like it, but these short, one-shot stories are the ones I consider the best examples of my current writing. Dealing with themes of mental illness, lesbian relationships, and cultural paradigms, these stories provide the best example of where I want to go in the future.
Most recently, of course, I posted the short teaser “Rain“. I’m really excited about this story, and I’m hoping it goes well.
So, that’s the blog as it stands. Where are we going from here?
I’m hoping to post the first part of the story teased in “Rain” very soon! It’s not going to be an easy story – but I hope it will be good.
I have a couple episodes of Renovatrix partially screenshotted. I don’t know when they’ll be ready – but I hope you’ll like them when they come out.
I have a lot of ideas for reworking old stories and fragments to fit with my current writing and playstyle. Red Herrings isn’t dead – neither are House, For Whom the Bell Tolls, or even McKenna and her townies.
I’m going to try and post between 2-3 times a month at the very least this year. I don’t want to ever go completely silent again. With all the ideas I’ve got, it shouldn’t be hard.
Thanks for reading this long post. If you have any thoughts – comment! I’d love to hear from you.