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16 November 2008 @ 09:30 pm
I'm x-posting some entries from my personal journal (over on inksome) here, regarding what I've been doing over the past week or two with Deception Pass. Sorry if you see this multiple times. XD

"I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to rewrite some of the earliest parts of DP. I already did some (minor) work on the prologue, including resimming it (had to get rid of the holyshitobvious Grim Reaper), and I'd like to do a bit of cleanup on the first few parts. The problem with that is I'd have to reshoot at least the first part, as I want to write Andy out of it completely. I'm wondering if it'd be confusing to new readers to see something shiny and 2008 only to turn to the next parts and be teleported into the hilarity that is 2005 sims custom content. There's also the boys' hair to deal with... if I redo it, I'm going to be tempted to have them in their current hair, but in later flashbacks, I was (obviously) using their hilarious-as-hell oldskool hair.

One thing I noticed when rereading the entire series a few weeks ago is that it has the tendency to be a bit 'jolting' as you go from episode to episode. It's not something people reading from the beginning probably noticed, since there would be, at the very least, a week or so between episodes. When you sit down to read it all at once, things seem a little jumpy.

Whatever I end up doing, there's no way I'm resimming the entire series. Just looking at things like the Season One finale are enough to cure me of any desire to tackle a project like that, besides which I think as the series progressed, the custom content started to catch up with our 'vision.' "

"That thing about rewriting the earliest scenes of Deception Pass? Yeah, got the first one finished last night and it's at least eleventy billion times better than it was originally. I've decided to resim and repost these as their own little off-shoots, sort of how the new proglogue is right now. That way, I don't have to worry about cc continuity. Again, like I said, I do not plan to redo the entire series. Right now, the plan is to do the first few 'chunks' that were based on the original writings from when we were fifteen or whatever.

It's been a very good exercise for me to get back into everyone's head, and is considerably more fun than it probably should be. I loved the challenge of working in the absurdity of the Triple Chocolate Death icecream. XD"

"I've been doing so much rewriting over the last week it's insane. The more I read, the harder I find it to believe that anyone read beyond the first few chunks of Deception Pass. Honestly. Some of the writing is downright horrible, and the simming... egads. Don't get me started on all the thought bubbles and plumbbobs I've found. (Not to mention things like having the Xenon in the middle of an empty field.) I'm having a great time with the rewrites, though, it must be said. I've been able to really expand on scenes that felt so flat to me before, mostly because now I at least have an idea of where the story was headed. I also know exactly where I'm going to stop rewriting, which is also good."

Now, I realize people want to see new episodes, but I really feel this is helping me refocus on the series. I was beginning to feel as though I was struggling with the newest episode, and doing the rewrites has done a lot for my creativity. Hopefully when I'm done with this project, I'll be able to move forward again.
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+ misery inspires +: James - Hook & Eyeaikea_guinea on November 17th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
I was so stupid happy to put Azrael in the prologue, and I can't believe how gorgeous even just the lighting is now.
theafterimagestheafterimages on November 17th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see the rewrites! I actually started rereading the series a few weeks ago, while I was reinstalling my game, and it was fun to look back at how it used to be- the skintones, James and Tristan's hair, etc etc. I'm really interested to see what changes you make, though, and of course if it helps inspire you to write new episodes as well that's awesome. ^_^
+ misery inspires +: Mary - Quite Contraryaikea_guinea on November 17th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
I've been crying with laughter over some of the stuff in the earlier episodes. I think I nearly broke an internal organ or two when I got to the very first scene at the Xenon and there were random townies in base-game Maxis clothes drinking espresso. XD

What I'm finding best about this project is that I feel like I've refound Mary. I was convinced I couldn't write for her anymore, but she's been very clear to me lately. So far, I've got one scene that started off originally being about three pages long which is now very quickly heading towards being ten pages, so there's a lot of new content.
fireflowersimsthemorganlegacy on November 17th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
YES. I cracked up at that too- O HAI BRANDI, fancy seeing you here!

Mary is one of my favorites (I'm pretty sure I have more favorites than nonfavorites with this story) so I'm glad to hear that. ^_^
+ misery inspires +: Emily - Candlesaikea_guinea on November 18th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh holy shit, I should go double check that Goopy wasn't there, too! O_o
fireflowersimsthemorganlegacy on November 19th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
I don't remember seeing him there. I want to say Ben Long might have been, but don't hold me to that. At least one teenager was. I should go back and take another look.
msmcknittingtonmsmcknittington on November 17th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
(Not to mention things like having the Xenon in the middle of an empty field.)

I just assumed they sold porn there.

Oh, come on, you guys. You totally know Andy would own a strip club if he saw any financial viability in it whatsoever. Chris would either recruit new talent or be the head bouncer. Maybe both.

Before anyone says, "Oh, you are so weird," around the time DP started, my friend had told me this HI-larious story about how at freshman orientation at her school, they had very specifically warned everybody away from a building in a middle of a field outside of town because "they sell porn there, and you guys are better than that." So, now, whenever I see a building in the middle of a field, I assume they sell pictures of naked people and marital aids.
+ misery inspires +: Andy - Evil Wears Glassesaikea_guinea on November 17th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
You know, that's so going in the bizarro world episode now. :O
msmcknittingtonmsmcknittington on November 17th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
To me, that episode has become this epic thing of epic awesome . . . epicness. Like, I keep imagining Mary and James acting out scenes from Twilight and it's making me giggle just thinking about it.

James: Say it out loud. Say it.
Mary: Vampire. Now get off me because you have vampire breath.
James: You are my life now.
Mary: Blech! Nice Volvo, though.

It's going to be epic.
+ misery inspires +: James - Rougeaikea_guinea on November 18th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
'Mary tried desperatly to ignore James's smoldering blue eyes, and the way his mahogony brown hair fell against his ivory-like pale skin. Her heart raced and her breath quickened.

James: "Do I dazzle you?"
Mary: "Only because I spilled so much glitter on you."'

Egads. XD

You know what's sad? I haven't even read the damned Twilight books yet.
Rose Walkerrosewalker on November 18th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! But you used the word "smolder" wrong. It's not supposed to be an adverb or adjective. It's meant to be a verb. So, the correction: "Mary tried desperately to ignore James's blue eyes smoldering at her."

*kills self*
+ misery inspires +: Mary - Quite Contraryaikea_guinea on November 18th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

So is this before or after the part where Mary has the life-threatening papercut?
Rose Walkerrosewalker on November 18th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Ummm.... YES.

And... thirteen!