1 - June
2 - Kiara
3 - Mae
4 - Jane
5 - Leon
6 - Mystery
EDIT: I've temporarily assigned generation numbers, but they'll probably change as we add people.
- Current Location:My bed. Again.
- Current Mood: bored
( In the Beginning...Collapse )
Now, there's been some talk about us having a Round Robin Legacy. I think it's a great idea. If everyone wants to jump on the boat, I'd be more than happy to work on maintaining/organizing this project, especially since summer vacation's in a month or two.
I had some free time today, so I went ahead and made a possible founder for the RR. The idea is that several people can create a founder and we all decide who we like best.
My founder's name is Genesis Theophilus, after the first book of the Bible.
I'm still not sure if everyone's completely behind this, but I am! If you want any more pics of Genesis, such as a side profile, please just ask.
Hope you all in the States had a good Memorial Day, and everyone else had a good start to their week!
EDIT: We still need a name for the RR. Get creative and post your ideas, please! :)
- Current Location:here
- Current Mood: bouncy
These are the suggestions that I have received over the past week:
A Round Robin Legacy - Mae mentioned this, and I think it's a swell idea, but it would take a lot of work, and I am already up to my ears in projects. If there is enough interest in this, we can certainly go ahead with it.
A suggestion from Leon was that we could do a small challenge that would use sims to show the love of Christ. Perhaps a screenshot event weekly (or, since there's already sim_scenes, monthly) that would rotate around a few key words (Compassion, Mercy or Grace) or Bible characters (David, Esther, Paul), or even verses (John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11).
My idea was somewhat along the same lines, only they would be writing prompts (like in sim_spiration), only weekly ('cause, y'know, simspiration already does it daily). Or we could meld these two together, and you could do either a screenshot, a writing piece, or maybe both.
And then, there's my post over at boolprop. Jo suggested that I post some of the big questions we get over there over here, so that we can come up with a broader, and probably better reply to those big ones by working together. (On a side - thanks so much, Lea and Leon for your help over there. The way I posted it made it seem like it was just my post, when it shouldn't have been. You guys, (and anyone else) are(is) more than welcome to take a stab at any question we get there.)
Thoughts on these ideas?
Another smaller issue - I have made Leon and Mae maintainers of this comm as well. It doesn't mean much, other than we can delete posts/comments if we want, but I haven't had to do that yet. Still, if anyone else wants to help out, (maybe someone older than sixteen, just to have some variety - the three of us are teenagers) just let me know.
- Current Location:home
- Current Mood: busy
- Current Music:Relient K - Who I am hates who I've been
I've been thinking about this for the past few months, and I always decided against it for one reason or another. But after a fabulous conference at Hillsong church yesterday & today, I think I am going to do it.
I am very concerned about the fact that the thread will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, turn towards talking about homosexuality, which is the one issue on which I am not 100% certain of my standing. Other than that, I trust that God will give me the right words with which to answer people's questions.
I just thought I'd let you guys know what I'm about to do, in case any of you want to take part. I know a lot of you try to stay out the dramas that result from debates like these, and that's fine with me - I know discussions like these aren't everyone's cup of tea. But just in case some of you do want to drop by and help out, give different views from different denominations, make me look more like a pharisee by saying that you are okay with homosexuality, etc, you are most welcome to.
I'm going in - who's with me?
- Current Mood: crazy
- Current Music:Living to Make Your Name High - Hillsong
Yeah, yeah, I know. It's not like we're sitting around, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for a new, time-consuming project to drop out of thin air. I've been going back and forth on this for days, and I finally decided to tell Jane, and she told me to go ahead and post here and get your opinions.
I thought that, being Savior Sims and all, we could do a Biblical naming theme. We could do books of the Bible, the foundress could be Genesis, or if we wanted to do a male founder we could start with Matthew. Or we could do characters, for example start with Adam and/or Eve. That could be either in chronological order (Cain and Abel would be next) or in a random mix-up of everyone's favorite characters.
As for spouses, I guess we could just do regular townies, or go by neighborhood like the Boolpropian RRL, or do Legacy sims or maybe even simselves.
We could name it something fun like "A Legacy of Biblical Proportions".
Please be honest about your thoughts, or if you have an idea of your own, feel free to share!
- Current Location:My desk.
- Current Mood: curious
So in my little notebook, I wrote about - what else - the sims. I've been trying to get a story for Wyn Doran (Boolpropian Round Robin Legacy) written out for the longest time, and it wasn't coming. So after I sort of sat there and came up with ANOTHER new idea for what to do, I strating writing random scenes that could be a part of it - but probably won't. And I found myself writing this line:
"Always remember, child. You only see a small part of what is happening. But the Creator sees the big picture."
We, as simmers, and more specifically Legacy writers, see the big picture in our sim's lives. Obviously there are those little things the game throws us. "No, I didn't want you to get demoted!" or "Shoot, you weren't meant to fall in love with him!", all the way to (those who play with ACR) "Arggh! You're friggin 6 days from Elder and now you throw me a lullabye!". God doesn't get mistakes like that. He knows the purpose of that unplanned pregnancy long before it's even an option - but I think that with this game we get a little tiny taste of what it might be like to be God. Of course, he's a lot better at it than any human or gaming company ever could be. But to your little legacy sims, you are the one in control, who sees their big picture. And you can't tell me that you don't have at least some plans for where you want your legacy to be in a couple of chapters.
There are other ways that our stories can show us some spiritual meanings. For example, there are a lot of legacies that started out with just the creator and the founder chatting away.
"Creator, I need a job. What do you want me to do?"
"I want you to go with Science. It's your LTW and the sooner you get perma-plat, the better."
"Cool. After this, I want to gain a skill point."
'Fine by me. Go for cleaning, you'll need it for a promotion."
Do you think maybe God wouldn't mind having a few discussions like this with us? When we bring the day-to-day things to him?
Another example: think about your sims. How well do you know them? That heir has a good relationship with his brother, but not so much his parents. He likes making salmon over pork chops, and he's very shy, even though he would never hurt a fly. You enjoy watching your sims, guiding them through their day and taking a part in their life. You are proud of them when they paint that first masterpiece, complete that novel, reach level ten in that business or reach the top of their career. Just like God is proud of each and every one of our accomplishments, great or small. And here's the even better news - He doesn't get bored with us. He is just as proud of the tenth masterpiece, the fifth novel, the third completed LTW, as He was of the first. He knows us and loves us and loves to tell our stories.
Think about it for a while. I am sure there are many other ways we can connect the Sims. or our writing, with Real Life. Maybe we can think of some more examples, or maybe we can just elaborate on these ones...
- Current Location:home
- Current Mood: thoughtful
So it's been in issue here in America; four states have allowed gay marriage, and there have been protests, shocks of outrage...you know it. I've lost a few friends (whom I'm not speaking to right now) over this issue, and I've gotten constant insults and lectures about Christians being closeminded, ignorant, foolish, full of hate, etc.
So I just can't help but ask...
what are all of your views on this oh-so-controversial subject?
- Current Mood: mellow
I am in a class of 23 (including me) in my Catholic high school. And despite that it's a Catholic high school, there are very few practicing Catholics in my class, I've noticed. Many are atheists; some are Catholic, but don't go to church; some belong to different branches of Christianity; one of classmates is Jewish.
There's nothing wrong with that, of course. But being in the minority of practicing Catholics my classmates often ask me why. I'm not a nun or anything, but even so, many of my friends in my class question how I can believe in God when it's seemingly impossible. They ask me how I can believe in God when bad things happen, when faith is so illogical.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this in a world where it's so hard to believe in what we can't see. I can see the logic behind why people think that way. Some people just need to know; I can believe that you don't have to know everything, and you can't anyway. My faith gives me security; many times I've been scared, because I'm afraid of a lot of things, and willing myself to believe that there's someone out there watching out for me, with a plan for me, and whatever happens, it happens for a reason and it's a chance to learn and grow. I'd be so lost without my faith, and I wish my atheist friends could have that.
So, is anyone else surrounded by people who don't believe, who wonder why you believe?
- Current Mood: curious
It's Good Friday, and I've been to church three times today. My mom went hunting for tradition - a Cross Walk. Back in Owen Sound, the evangelical churches of the area put on an ecumenical(sp?) service, meaning every congregation contributed: Alliance, Missionary, Pentecostal, Church of God, Salvation Army, etc. We packed out the Auditorium in one of the highschools and held our worship/church service and took Communion. Then we all left the Auditorium and 'marched' downtown to city hall, while various pastors carried the cross, and the congregants walked behind it.
Well, my Mom has had a really difficult time settling into Australia. She wants a 'real' church that's just like our old one, not a mimic of Hillsong. She wants to know the hymns and choruses, and she hasn't so far. This morning we went to the church we've been attending every Sunday (I've tried avoiding it, the Worship service is extremely repetitive and the pastor enjoys hearing himself speak.), and they hardly touched on the crucifixion. Mom hated it.
So we came home and hunted around on the internet to find anyone who did a similar crosswalk to what we used to do. And we found one, right downtown Sydney, on the same street as City Hall. It was being put on by the Weslean Mission, which was the second Church to establish itself in Australia. Somehow they've reisited the lure of copying Hillsong, so they were the more 'traditional' church Mom was looking for.
So we got on the train and headed into town so Mom could have her traditional crosswalk. After that, we sat in the service and she knew both of the songs they sang. Then back on the train to the western suburbs where I convinced my family to take me to my church (they're too loud and modern for mom's taste). Bringing the count up to three church services on Good Friday - a personal record.
With all that church, one would think I'm all tired out. But I had a blast! I saw my Mom in a good mood after leaving a church service for the first time in months, and I got to reflect on the meaning of this holiday more than I usually do.
This Crosswalk had actors - only one person carried the cross and certain blokes dressed as Roman Centurians, as well as a bunch of other people were actually yelling "save yourself" or "crucify him" or "get up, get up!" whenever he fell. I hear the story at least once a year, and I feel like I know it inside and out. But that doesn't mean it's lost it's power on me.
"We all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-6)
And, who could forget
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
I just want to encourage you guys not to toss this story aside this Easter Weekend. Don't do what I've done in the past and say "I've heard it a hundred times before - it doesn't change, or it looses it's impact." This is the base of our faith, and so many people out there haven't heard this wonderful story.
This wonderful story that needs to be told.
- Current Mood: touched
Here's a fun topic!
I was raised with no bad language. I went to grade one, the teacher told us we weren't allowed to swear, and I went home and asked mom what 'swear' means. She told me it was like a promise that you make. I was very confused for a rather long time.
But now I know what it means, and I try hardest to ignore it. I still get the 'death stare' from my mother for saying 'damn' (which isn't even a swear-word), and my grandpa was ready to lecture me for saying 'darn'! At least my mother allows that one.
But I have other words that I say instead of swearing. Reading Gin's story has put me into the habit of saying 'shrew' when something goes wrong. I've gotten a few funny looks from people for that one. Another one is 'curse'. I've litterally cursed my computer numerous times over the last few months. I've also invented a couple new words. "Shan", "Shadang", and "Frack" are all words that I've never heard anyone but me say.
So what about you? Does anyone else go to the trouble of coming up with new words to replace some of the more vulgar ones we hear far too often?
- Current Mood: cheerful