Well, it is time for yet another belated holiday well-wishing, and this time I didn’t even make it in time for between-the-eves, so enjoy your New Years newsletter!
It has, admittedly, been a while since I have given any sort of an update, and that is mostly because I tend to find those sites that give constant updates just a tad annoying (this is a hobby, not a job, and it seems silly to have to constantly check in with readers as if I need to justify myself to my boss). Perhaps I am just particularly sensitive about this because… well… the truth is I have had to deal with that over the last several months, requiring signing up for the Family Medical Leave Act to protect myself at the workplace over medical absenses.
My health has not been great, and it isn’t something I’m going to apologize for, as it isn’t something I can control. I have intractable chronic migraine, I get attacks very frequently, and they are becoming harder and harder to treat with any kind of success. The pain can be unbarable, and at its worst, leave me wishing for a swift end. Many attacks last days, and right around Christmas I had my longest attack yet, lasting six consecutive days. I went to the ER at the four-day mark, and they were able to do nothing for me except waste my time and that of the friend kind enough to take me.
As one can imagine, the creative juices just aren’t really flowing for me lately. I’ve felt little interest in working on my projects because I’ve felt very beat down and demotivated by the pain, the situation at work, the lack of empathy from many of the people around me, and quite frankly it’s just been… depressing. You just lose a lot of the drive to do things you enjoy doing when you feel that way. That isn’t to say I have given up on Simlit. It just means I don’t feel I can really put my heart into it fully right now, so I’ve really drawn back from the Sims community in general.
I have been dabbling in things as I am able. It became obvious to me that Photo Friday was a bit much for me to handle at a weekly schedule, but I really enjoyed doing it, so for 2018 I decided to change the segment to Sim Shots, which will release on the first of the month, like getting a new calendar image. This year I think will be fantasy-themed images! The image for January released today. Preparing a single image a month will make composition and creation far easier for me to manage.
I have the start of two chapters of Cat Chronicles shot, but both need some more images to round them out and complete them. I can’t say when Cat Chronicles is going to return yet, but because winter is a very bad time for me due to the barometric pressure from winter storms causing my migraine frequency to be a bit higher than it is typically, it may not come off hiatus until spring. I will likely work on it a bit here and there in the background as I have time and feel able, and when I do relaunch it will probably be on a staggered schedule until I can guage what I can handle (perhaps only once a month at the start, then I may change to bi-weekly if I feel I can handle it, and only work back up to the three chapters a month it used to be at if my body tells me it can take it). I will say the game threw something big and unexpected that will likely be a big surprise.
In the meantime, rest assured that any time Shadow isn’t stealing the bed, Rose and Earl still enjoy cuddling!
As far as the Stories and Legacies Index goes… To be honest, last August I received some online bullying targetted toward myself and the site and I never really said anything about it. I did talk to one person about it which helped a lot, but I can’t deny how that all affected me. I continued with the index like nothing happened, but it was, in all honesty, the most time-intensive project I was managing. So when my health was really taking a toll, it was the first thing I lost the motivation for, and now it is the one thing I have the least drive to get back to. I have a slew of submission forms that have built up over the months that I need to get up, which will be the first priority when I can find the time. But I need to figure out a way to do the maintenance of the 600 or so entries already in the index that doesn’t require me having to go through masses of WordPress/Blogger/Tumblr/YouTube reader subscriptions every day to get updates. At this point, to even get the index back up-to-date, I’m going to have to manually check each and every site link, which is going to take a long time. I also have to get around to making a permanent banner for the site as well, since the rotating banner idea didn’t work out (I’m out of submissions and never received more). Considering how much work I have sitting there waiting for me, right now the SaLI is still pretty low on my priority list.
At the moment, most of the energy I do have has been directed at my other blog, Teatime Tuesday Reviews. I used to publish my tea reviews on this blog, but last October I decided to move them to their own blog, since I figured Simmers didn’t appreciate having that content on a Sims blog. I’m not going to lie… moving the reviews caused a huge decline in readership on the reviews. Even folks who used to read and comment on that content couldn’t be bothered to click a new link and Follow on a different blog. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little disappointing, but the truth of the matter is that it is a very relaxing hobby for me, and I really enjoy producing that content, and right now I need to focus on the things that are relatively stress-free and relaxing for me. Drinking tea and coloring are very zen, so I’ve been spending a lot of time doing those activities lately, while I just haven’t felt much drive to open up Sims 3. My tea reviews still come out every Tuesday at Teatime Tuesday Reviews, and I also now have tea reviews at Steepster.
I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday and have a fabulous 2018!