Prologue

31 thoughts on “Prologue”

  1. Ah, while reading I did think the mistakes must be on purpose – I’ve never seen you write ‘are’ instead of ‘our’ for example. I like the idea. Reminds me a bit of John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ wherein he has the characters deliberately say things that are wrong because they’re teenagers and don’t know everything 🙂 Not quite the same, of course, but I hope you get what I’m saying.
    I like the pictures as well. So crisp and light. And I have to say I think that frame you picked for them is awesome 🙂 I only know BeFunky because I used it for adding texts to pictures once, though these days I use a vector drawing program I ended up buying 🙂 Never saw their blurring tool, but it looks quite cool.
    This is a nice introduction to Ron as a character. I can’t wait to see how you mess up his life, lol 😀

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    1. Lol, yes, they were. I think this kind of mistakes is typical for native speakers. I was taught mainly to write in English – hence why I have difficulties speaking. But people who mainly speak think of the pronunciation rather than spelling and this is why mistakes like this exist. Yup, and I even gave up my favorite commas. I will be an analphabetic by the end of this gen, I swear, lol.
      I read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, but I had no idea about this. I like the idea, too, I just don’t want anyone thinking I can’t spell. I’d rather put too much commas than too little, you all know that. And I generally don’t mess up spelling. It was quite fun watching what Word will correct and what it won’t. Surprisingly, it didn’t correct everything, but a lot.
      I’m glad you like the pictures! I like the exposition or whatever it is called in the settings. It makes them so light. I like the frame, too! It had taken me quite a while of scrolling before I decided which to use. Oh, so that’s why I thought I heard BeFunky somewhere, I must have got it through you. I found it while searching for an alternative for ReShade. I like the blur effect, although it takes extra patience not to mess up.
      Oh, I have big plans for messing up his life, lol.

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  2. Woot! So excited. As for Ron’s dyslexia, I have a friend that has it. He’s in his 50s now and is a successful businessman. However, when your around him for very long, you can begin to understand why it takes him so long to express his thoughts or write a text message or figure out how much to tip or when we play cards, so long to figure out his play. He does very well though and is a very sweet man. I had to get onto my husband for some of the things he was teasing him about because I don’t think he realized it was due to dyslexia.

    I did notice the weird words in the chapter and figured that was what you were doing. 😄 It’s a little distracting, but then it makes sense that he would write like that.

    I’ve never heard of synesthesia. So that’s interesting to add that to his dyslexia. Makes him have different real issues to work through. Can’t wait. But Clint and Becca, that’s his half sister so maybe that’s why she ran? They really can’t have a relationship while, Shari and Ron can since they aren’t related. Can’t wait for more. Welcome back.

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    1. So am I! Can’t believe it’s the new gen. It’s been so long.
      Yes, dyslexic people can still do really well in life despite their condition. Ron has some struggles, clearly, and I thought it’d be a bit off if I wrote this post with as much perfectionism as I usually do, since it wouldn’t feel like him writing. I feel like it distances him from me more. Some people believe dyslexia is only an excuse, but it’s very real. Here is a dyslexia simulation I find really interesting. I can’t imagine seeing the world like this!
      I’ve heard of synesthesia because of Marina. He has some issues to work through. Actually, synesthesia is not much of a problem, it just makes him a bit different and he sees the world through his senses. I thought it’d be interesting to have a character like that. Hm… No, actually, that’s not it, although she knows, as both Clint and Ron suspected. That’s a completely different matter. One that will make all jaws drop when you find out. Shari and Ron definitely can, but it’s complicated for them with how Shari sees things. And she has some serious trust issues as the child who grew up without a dad. Thank you! Secondly post in a row, woot! I’m still excited to be back.

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  3. I`m sure Ron will do just great 🙂 the pictures of city from an apartment are cool… I`ve never played the game from an apartment… there looks like there still a lot about this game I don’t know about and have to try out for myself 🙂 I do like the blur effect and the white border too 🙂

    did you make the city yourself Jowita?

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  4. Hey, Jowita! This is really good. I like what you did with Ron’s dyslexia as it seemed very real without being offensive at all. Someone very close to me is dyslexic and it all rang true. I love the new theme and how big the pics are! You tricked me! haha When I saw that blurred pic, I was like, “Whoa! She used ReShade!” LOL I’m glad you’ve stuck to your guns about that. 😀 Great effects on the pics and great prologue, too.

    P.S. I hate trying to take pics in apartments and penthouses. Such a bother!

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    1. Hi, Kym! Thank you!
      I’m so glad that you think it seemed real without being offensive. I didn’t want to hurt anyone who has dyslexia, I just wanted to introduce you more to Ron’s struggles which are very real. I love this new theme, too. Lol, I did trick you 😛 No, it’s not ReShade. If I had it l, I would probably use it more consequently. I’m glad you like it!
      Me too. Fortunately it’s better after installing the camera mod.

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  5. I already like Ron and Clinton anyway. I’m looking forward to see, what the future helds for them. I’m glad that they’d become friends for life. He’s starting under some unlucky conditions, so I’ve the irrational hope, his life may not be a totally mess when he passes on the diary. Grammar Nazi, yay 😛
    “If only the most gifted birds will sing, it would be quiet in the forest.”
    I use a camera-mod for years now and will never do without. For me, it was only wobbly at the beginning. I like your pictures a lot.
    Bridgeport is not an easy place to live in, but gives us nice pictures.
    Glad you’re back, Jowita .

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    1. I’m glad you like these two brothers! 🙂
      It’s quite an irrational hope, admittedly. 😛 LOL, me, not him as the grammar nazi!
      That’s a beautiful quote. 🙂
      I hasn’t used it before. I tried it back in Sam’s gen and it seemed way too slow. Now I’m rather liking it. I’ve already taken some of the pictures for the new chapter with it.
      Bridgeport is definitely not easy to live in, but a really pretty city. My characters are only going to stay there for a couple of days. I refuse to deal with this for too long.
      I’m glad to be back, too. 🙂

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  6. Oh, for some reason I thought Clint was the heir, so I was really confused for a moment LOL.
    I’m not going to lie, I was actually so shocked to see that blurred picture! I was totally not expecting that after all your comments, although I do get how sometimes Reshade’s DOF looks weird in certain pictures. I used to edit in blur manually as well, but it takes way too much time for my taste. Anyway, your picture looks nice and so does the others — I like how light you’ve managed to make Bridgeport look 😀
    I don’t know much about dyslexia, but I like how you integrated it within Ron’s actual perspective!
    I know Ron is hurt and all, but I am really liking Shari and her logical way of looking at things, although I do question her firm belief of the first love working out. Surely there are exceptions, so perhaps they will meet up again?
    Nice prologue 🙂

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    1. Lol, no, Clint grew up without Hailey, so I couldn’t really see her passing on the diary to him. But he had the bigger part in the intro due to my love for Frank only.
      Oh, I think ReShade can look good, but it’s not really for me. As I said, the blur is so distracting and isn’t always necessary. In this case, however, I thought it’d be good, because I always show only the heir in the prologue and I didn’t want to distract you too much from Ron while still showing Clint in the background. It was his prologue after all. It definitely takes a lot of time to get it right! Maybe I’ll use it some more, but only occasionally.
      I don’t know either, I’ve never had troubles with writing, it’s always been natural for me. I’m glad you like the effect. I didn’t want to distract you all too much with the mistakes, though.
      Shari has her own problems to work through and not everything about it is logical. She grew up as an only child and that’s where all this distrust comes from. She’s afraid of being like her mother, so she can’t fully invest in a relationship.
      Thank you!

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  7. Oh I really loved this intro! Ron has a unique persoective and I love how you tackle new issues in each generation. Dyslexia adds to his writing style and makes it interesting, plus we get into his head. The pictures looked fantastic as well 🙂 Can’t wait to dive deeper into the mystery of Becca’s disappearance!

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    1. I’m so glad you loved it! Next intro in the row, lol. I promise we’ll now get to the actual story with no more intros.
      I like my characters to have some original qualities about them. Ron has an absent-minded trait and, although you could say I have it and don’t have dyslexia, I made use of it and made him dyslexic. It’ll be interesting. Also glad that you like the pictures! 💕
      I can’t wait, too!

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  8. Aaah, welcome back!! This is so exciting, I’ve been waiting for this!
    I already love Ron, he sounds like a really sensitive guy (from the looks of it, he’s still very much in love with Shari) – and you made him a synesthetic too? That will be very interesting to read! I wondered if you would try to paint/light the other characters in the colors Ron described, but you explained that you won’t and that’s totally understandable – it would be a hassle to do it really, while I’m not sure how much it would actually offer to the story (compared to the amount of work it would require)..! I think you made a good call 😉
    I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him! – I mean, I know it will all lead to bad stuff but… you know. Until then 😉 😀 Great start! ❤ ❤

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    1. Yay, I’m still super excited about being back! ♥
      He is a rather sensitive guy, that’s true. And he has synesthesia, which makes things interesting. He loves Shari very much, they used to be really close friends and then a couple. He spent his life in high school with her, totally love-struck. Hm… I may try it, but it’d be quite a hussle as you said and I’m not sure how I’d even incorporate that. I have rather poor skills in photo-editing, lol. And it might be distracting, too! I’ll see 😉
      LOL, yup. Bad stuff coming sometime in the future 😀

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  9. “Like when I get to the room and I don’t know what I’ve come for.” – that’ll just be Jowita cancelling your action, dear 😉
    I’m bowled over by your pics, by the way. The lighting is gorgeous here, that picture of him looking out the window to the city is amazing too, and the blur really works here too!! And the picture frame really suits him too, I think.
    Oooh I had a friend with synesthesia once – she said to me that certain vowels and sounds had colours, and those colours changed depending on what came before or other sounds that were dominant over it. Sounds really interesting!
    Ron’s little smirk at the end – he’s a devil! Love it. I’m excited to watch him go through life!

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    1. Lol, but I get that, too. Who’s my Creator, though and who keeps canceling my actions? They’d better use more motherlode!
      Really? Wow, thank you! I edited out the apartment and put a lot of windows there, because what’s the point of me dealing with lags if I don’t get to see the view?! I’m always pretty satisfied with the decor and interior in general. You’ll likely see more of it in the next post. Well, at least I can work out the anesthetics in the Sims. Everything creative I do in real is pretty hideous, tbh. :’) I thought the blur would be good not to distract you too much since we should stay focused on Ron, not Clint and the kitchen in the background.
      Synesthesia is a really interesting phenomenon, I think. It’ll be a challenge to work that into the story. I don’t have any form of synesthesia or dyslexia, but I’ll try my best. Ooh… Come to think of it, I have something like dyslexia – a complete lack of sense of direction. Pretty annoying!
      LOL, yup, he kind of has the mean-spirited trait. And I had to cheat twice for him not to have the evil trait. I’m so done with Sams! I’m excited to write about his journey. ♥

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    1. Oh wow, I didn’t expect you here. Well, welcome! I’d been on a super long break and this gen should have started weeks ago. If you need a recap, feel free to read the summaries, but I think that the intro post, which is the one I posted just before this prologue, gives you some important information as well. I decided to bring up most of the main characters currently alive in that one. Hope you enjoy reading! Oh, and I will admit I may have stolen your idea for FaceTime pics in the next one.

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      1. Haha, why not expect me? The only reason I’m not reading more stories is because the amount I’d have to catch up on is intimidating 😂😂 also, I’m happy to have inspired you!

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      2. I don’t know, it’s just I’d never seen you here. But it was a nice surprise! Lmao, so basically the minimum you need to know is that there are 4 main characters in gen 6: so the heir, Ron, his twin sister, Becca, who somehow went missing, Clint, who is their half-brother, but they have only found out just recently, and he is in love with Becca (’cause there has to be drama), and Shari, who is not anyone’s relative, but Ron is in love with her. I mean… I really tried not to complicate it even more. But there’s a lot in gen 5 summary and intro to this gen if you’re interested.

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      3. If you wish, I think it should make things either a bit clearer or mess it up even more. But you should be pretty okay. Amy read only summaries for my first two gens and started properly catching up since gen 3. That’s why I made them, there’s a ridiculous amount of posts out there that I cringe at the thought of, so I really, really don’t mind people skipping them.

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  10. I relate to Ron so much with the walking into a room and forgetting what you came in there for thing. I’m so forgetful! (my simself has the absent minded trait XD)

    Ron has synesthesia, interesting! That is such a cool idea to light the characters with the colors he sees. Maybe with after effects? And just during heated/important moments?

    I was just thinking you were using reshade 😛 I’m going to have to try befunky. Sometimes I want a blurred background but the online editors I’ve used aren’t that good.

    There’s been a lot of incest this generation. I blame Hailey 😛

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    1. Lol, yup, I can relate as well. Sometimes I wonder who controls my dummy of a simself 😂 Ron has the absent-minded trait and in the interpretation I decided to take a bit further and make him dyslexic, although I’m absent-minded and not dyslexic myself.
      I’m still not sure about the effects. It would be a lot of additional work on my part and I barely have time to keep up the old schedule again. I’ll see about that and if there’s an easy way to do so. Would be so much easier in TS4 where, I think, the aliens have colors around them corresponding to how they feel.
      Lol, nope. Everyone knows I’m pretty much a ReShade hater 😂 This BeFunky takes some patience, but it’s fairly easy to use. You just blur the whole image, then use the tool to paint around the surface you don’t want blurred. If you make a mistake, you can either ctrl+Z or reverse what the tool does and make it blur instead of unblur and correct it. Don’t know if it makes sense. I think it’s easy, just takes some patience.
      Lol, I mean, just Becca and Clint. At least Shari’s not a relative. Hailey and her romances, though… Questionable life choices. 🙄

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  11. As the birds come in the spring, I returned to read this chapter.
    I’m glad Ron is in Bridgeport. There is so much adventures waiting for him outside the window. I still hope he will forget about Sharicka (I mean his love for her, he can’t forget about someone who he lives with). I know how hard it is, but everything is possible and time heals wounds. He has to go out with Clint and explore this big city (and foremost, find Becca).
    It’s good he presented himself, I could remind myself about his life (I remember about most things). I happy you decided to make mistakes on purpose. It makes Ron more realistic. I found a few of them and I thought you just made a mistake at first, but I put two and two together while reading. My english isn’t that bad.
    I like Ron’s narration, he was very authentic, and this creates a sympathy between reader and heir (in my humble opinion). In this chapter were things I know about, but it was great written and absorbing. His generation is going to be interesting. Because of you I can’t wait to read the next chapter now.
    I almost forgot… props for you!

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    1. You’re back!
      Hm… We’ll see how it goes with forgetting about Shari. There are many adventures ahead of him, indeed.
      I’m glad you like this concept of making mistakes. I was worried how readers would take to it.
      I’m happy you think that Ron was authentic and that you liked him. Thank you so much for reading ♥

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