The Jeong-Espinosa Family Replaces Charlie with a Dog

And graduates from hanging out in the bathroom to acting out a teenager's worst nightmare---that is, if the teenager were capable of understanding the implications of two or more simultaneous events. My entire family is here. I'm in my room. Hm. If we envision moving our p.o.v. along the positive z-axis (yeah, oriented so it's … Continue reading The Jeong-Espinosa Family Replaces Charlie with a Dog

The Lucas/Liu/Haskins Conglomerate: To Being an ‘Us’ for Once

The smell of lobster cooked on a cheap stove and the sound of technical drills performed at a steadily increasing tempo clash for sensory dominance directly outside the 12th story window of an Arts District apartment. Their progenitor pauses to admire the acoustics of his living room; the partially tiled floor had a wonderful effect … Continue reading The Lucas/Liu/Haskins Conglomerate: To Being an ‘Us’ for Once

Charlie & Josephine J.-E.: I Call Shotgun! Pt. II

Power couple Char-Jo just got news they're harboring an unplanned, but wanted, Sim fetus. For more information, consult this goofy-ass fish Josephine left the workforce when Charlie became Chief, s.t. her priorities are now coming up with baby names that accurately reflect her priorities/the geography/modern naming trends, etc., finding a place in the stone-susceptible house … Continue reading Charlie & Josephine J.-E.: I Call Shotgun! Pt. II

Charlie J.-E./Josephine Liu: I Call Shotgun! Pt. I

(Yep; Part I. It's another twofer.) Some men cascade with emotion like water over a cliff. Charlie isn't one of them. Post an adolescence-long conversation with the night sky and people's shoes, an early career spent touching his patients too lightly to the point where the lack of contact became kind of creepy, and a … Continue reading Charlie J.-E./Josephine Liu: I Call Shotgun! Pt. I

The Shallot-Liu Family: Shallot-Liu vs. Shu

Some Sims belong in certain places. Charlie needs to live near a fishing hole. Hector has a 98% chance of ending up in Selvadorada. Shu’s heart was always in San Myshuno, and, in what is arguably the only silver lining to his parents' divorce, can temporarily stay with relatives. Relatives he'll talk to when Chantel's … Continue reading The Shallot-Liu Family: Shallot-Liu vs. Shu

The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Heart, Head, Hands, Hector

As Mike and Claudia transcribe their knowledge for future generations and Kendra and Hector learn their place in the world, we seize the opportunity to sample four slices of Jeong-Espinosa life. Evidence of how much writing style can evolve over 6 months. That is, if you started a Sims blog today, it would take you … Continue reading The Jeong-Espinosa Family: Heart, Head, Hands, Hector

The real meaning of “Claudia! Duck!”

First of all, congrats to the eight winners of the April SimLit Short Story Challenge! So, about "Claudia! Duck!" This was not a story about a Rube Goldberg machine. There were at minimum six instances of foolery, with six different targets. Of the characters in the story, Claudia was the recipient of the prank, and … Continue reading The real meaning of “Claudia! Duck!”

The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen and Shu Rack Up the Partner Count Until Everyone is Uncomfortable, Pt. II

As it says on the tin. We learned in the previous chapter that Chantel (new readers: girlfriend #1 out of ???) is about to lose bone plasticity and start slowly accumulating hyperlordosis-induced back pain as she prepares for the next step in her switchlike aging process. So, off we go to her birthday party, where … Continue reading The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen and Shu Rack Up the Partner Count Until Everyone is Uncomfortable, Pt. II

The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen and Shu Rack Up the Partner Count Until Everyone is Uncomfortable, Pt. I

(Yes---the partner count is so high, this had to be split into two parts. In fact, it comes with its own practice problems. The midterm is in two weeks. Good luck!) There are moments that change who we think we are. There are moments we lose countless hours of sleep reliving, and when our body … Continue reading The Jensen-Liu Family: Aileen and Shu Rack Up the Partner Count Until Everyone is Uncomfortable, Pt. I