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A turtle's Journey * Update October 2


  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,263 Member
    Don’t mind me, just catching up in the background. :mrgreen: My work PC hates wordpress, so I’m posting my comments here.

    Haha, winter’s fest in Sulani looks strange, with the beaches and everyone still in their breezy summerwear. And now I wonder what Father Winter looks like in Sulani swimwear.
    Ooooooh Finn! Whoa! Mistletoe kiss! Yasssssss! That’s a big step and must have taken some real courage. I’m glad to see him so happy and comfortable with everyone. He’s really grown and healed a lot since the beginning of the story.

    Haha, Finn’s expression after Maria’s line is hilarious. Looks like Finn found his treasure <3 I hope they'll be as happy together as Naja and Duane are. Finn deserves all the happiness after growing so much as a person.

    I just adore the holidays of Seasons. It’s my favourite pack, hands-down.
    Oh holy cow! He proposed! And she said yes! Yassss!! :smiley: And Naja is still gorgeous. Woops, Duane growing up means the game won’t let them be lovers anymore, no. Limitations of The Sims. I had that with a family once - they were only three days apart in terms of age, but I have storyprogression, and by the time she grew up, the game had already married him off to a random townie. :sweat_smile:
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    @_sims_Yimi Thanks for your comments
    I've seen Father Winter in swimming trunks but I do not think I have a picture .... you must have it for good :smile:

    I LOVE <3 Finn's facial expression and I thought about how I could write it into the story.... I agreed with myself that it became strongest without text.
    Finn has come a long way and it is a pleasure to describe his development. I think you have discovered that this is my common thread.

    Duane has grown up, but he is still very attached to Naja. Luckily I have no story progression so they are safe until Naja grows up. I can not split them now.
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    It's the morning after Finn's meeting with Angelo and Jeff. Life goes on and Finn returns to his daily chores.

    Chapter 50
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Finn makes a cake and gets ready to hold another party. Before the guests arrive, he tells Naja a story and about how it led to him making a decision.

    Chapter 51
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    When Finn now looks around at his home, he has a hard time understanding what has happened ... and how he has earned all this.

    Chapter 52
  • MaggieMarleyMaggieMarley Posts: 4,288 Member
    It's so nice to hear about Angelo and Jeff's life together! And Archimedes of course ;)

    And aww Tom found love too <3 love Siobhan Fyres, she is so beautiful.

    It's good to hear that Finn has put his time at the orphanage behind him :)

    Beautiful screenshots of the sunset in Sulani!

    I can see why Finn's 18th must have been a highly anticipated birthday for him since it meant he got to leave the orphanage. He's come a long way since then.

    Yay Naja is a YA now! She and Duante can be romatic together again :)

    Finn and Maria are too cute <3

    More beautiful screenshots of Sulani, it really is the prettiest world.

    "apart from the kitchen sink, life is perfect" - best quote ever :D
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    edited September 2020
    @MaggieMarley Thanks! <3
    I also love watching Finn and Maria together ... and then she was not meant for him at all. It just happened along the way. She is almost always cheerful and is a perfect counterpart to Finn's enclosed nature :)

    Naja and Duane are back to their normal togetherness o:)

    Now I'm about to round it all off and I think Tom and Jeff deserve their own development as so far they have only had the roles of the villains.
    It has been fun playing with them in Windenburg and spinning a story of their lives after the orphanage. There were so many ideas I had to try out while writing the story :smile:

    There are only five chapters left.... :#
    It gets terribly empty for me as I really enjoy sharing this narrative <3

    NB: I do not know what happens to that kitchen sink ... it breaks all the time, even though it is fully upgraded :s
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Finn is in love and today he discovers that love gives a greater gift than he has ever dreamed of.

    Chapter 53
  • MaggieMarleyMaggieMarley Posts: 4,288 Member
    Awww this is so adorable! Finn will be able to give his baby the happy childhood and loving parents that he missed out on after going to the orphanage <3
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Nowhere in the world is the sunset more beautiful than on the island of Mua Pel'am.
    It's time to experience it once again and this time all Finn and Naja's friends are with them.

    Chapter 54

  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,263 Member
    Chapter 54
    Awwwww. That was a beautiful wedding. Hard not to have a beautiful wedding when you're living in paradise, and right now both Finn and Naja are in paradise in more ways than one. :mrgreen:
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    edited September 2020
    Thanks @_sims_Yimi
    You are absolutely right ... they are almost in heaven <3
    By the way, you mentioned Father Winter in swimming trunks ... I found him in my game today :joy:
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  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Do you remember the shy and grumpy Finn from the house in Willow Creek?
    A lot has happened in his life since this story began and Finn has achieved a lot.

    Chapter 55
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,263 Member
    Thanks @_sims_Yimi
    You are absolutely right ... they are almost in heaven <3
    By the way, you mentioned Father Winter in swimming trunks ... I found him in my game today :joy:

    Oh my god I am going to see that picture every time Father Winter appears in my game now. :D That's hilarious!
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    The time has come to fulfill all dreams and before the day is over, Finn makes a new promise.

    Chapter 56
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,263 Member
    Chapter 56
    He's a father now! I wonder what kind of dad Finn will become. Seeing how he was raised without parents and, even though he has healed, deep down that scar is still there. I bet that he will do anything for his daughter the same way he was willing to do anything for Naja, including change who he was as a person.
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    On the balcony is an easel with a painting. In the painting you see a small Pacific Island ….. It makes me think that if you open your eyes and senses then you might have the chance to find your Paradise ….
    Is it real ore is it just a story? .....The truth may be hiding somewhere in the middle <3

  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Fortunately, Finn has undergone a major change, otherwise there could well be a bad warning in that promise. Finn has grown up and he is a very caring father.
    I have chosen to end the story here, but I will return with some postcards.
    I have played with the family again while sharing the story and I just need to pick out some pictures.
    Thank you for your comments and support <3
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 1,263 Member
    Aaahh… and so Finn’s story has come to an end. What a lovely ending it is, though. :) You’re very good at letting the pictures tell the story with little words. I already mentioned this on your blog but those pictures of Sulani in contrast of child-Finn playing on the ship and the last few screenshots of Finn sailing away are just… mwah! :heart: Wonderfully done. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Thanks! @_sims_Yimi
    I am very happy for your feedback <3
    I take a lot of pictures while playing and it is the pictures that start a story in my head.
    The script comes along the way and after that I can spend a lot of time searching for a particular development. Sometimes I get surprised that it all takes a different direction.

    It has worried me a bit about my lack of words will deter my readers because they have to give themselves time to read the story in the pictures.
    I often have a message on my heart. As with much else in life, I assume that it is about accepting and refining the expression you have and believing in what you are capable of is good enough exactly as it is.
    It probably sounded pretty philosophical :joy:
  • MaggieMarleyMaggieMarley Posts: 4,288 Member
    Beautiful beach wedding for Finn and Maria against the sunset <3

    Looks like Naja and Duante had fun in the waterfall ;)

    Finn saying good morning to his unborn child is so cute!

    The thought of Finn running around the hallways while his wife is in labour made me smile :D:D

    Finn has a daughter! And Fiona is a beautiful name for her, it's kind of close to a female version of her father's name actually and I like that (I mean Finn and Fiona both begin with an 'Fi' then soon after have an 'n'... Maybe the names only look similar to me lol)

    Aww Finn promising to always take care of Fiona <3 she will be very loved!

    I'm sad to see this finish but I love the epilogue! Very poignant and a perfect end to the story. I love how the bit with Finn playing on the pirate ship mirrors the journey that Finn went through as an adult. And beautiful screenshots from Sulani and of Finn and his family and friends!

    It's been a joy to follow Finn's story, thank you so much for sharing!

    P.S. I am glad to hear that I helped persuade you to start a blog and to share this story! Thank you for the thank you :D
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    edited September 2020
    Dear Maggie. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story <3

    The name Fiona is inspired by both Finn's and Maria's names. Finn starts at FI and Maria ends at A. This is not a coincidence.

    I love taking pictures in Sulani. It's a great world to play in.
    I myself am very fond of the epilogue and think it managed to gather the essence of the story ... namely Finn's development journey.

    I'm even a little sad that it's over, but Finn is in a good place in life now and too much happiness can easily become boring to witness.

    I am really very grateful for the support you gave me in the beginning. I have a message in that story and it's always a little anxious when you have something at stake.
    The feedback has been so positive and I doubt I have any other stories worth sharing.
    I have two different stories I might be able to use....
    I think I will wait and see if there is anything pressing on.
  • MaggieMarleyMaggieMarley Posts: 4,288 Member
    Oh wow I'm so dumb how did I not realise that Finn + Maria + Fiona! That is genius, such a good idea!

    I loved the message in this story, it was really heartwarming :)

    I'm sure your other stories are just as amazing and worth and I hope you will share some more in future, I really enjoy your style :)
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 895 Member
    Of course I will not cheat you for some pictures of how things have gone with Finn and Naja.
    Here are some pictures from the family in Sulani.

    Postcard from Sulani
  • MaggieMarleyMaggieMarley Posts: 4,288 Member
    Lovely pictures :)
    Fiona is so cute! Loving the red hair. Maria and Finn look very happy :)

    Aww Finn building a sandsculpture with Fiona is too precious.

    Next picture is of a mess. Erm maybe Fiona has a naughty side!

    Ohhh Duante and Naja went to Selvadorada! Glad to see that Duante got cured of the poison before marrying Naja (having them marry in Selvadorada was a great idea, btw!)

    And Fiona has a cousin!
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