Where do I even begin? I think I’ll start with thanking each and every reader, commenter and supporter of this blog and my first story! It’s been a real journey through this and I believe that I have grown as both a story-teller and a writer. The first ever chapter of The Wonder Child was posted on the 18th January 2015 and ended on the 30th May 2015. That’s a whopping four months and twelve days (of course, I did take some breaks between), but still, it’s been quite some time! I think I’ll now talk about my thoughts surrounding the actual challenge this story was based upon!
Leliana ended up with a total score of 496 points! I did beat Pinstar which was my side-goal for this challenge! While playing this challenge, I devised a sort of strategy during Leliana’s child phase which was to save the social butterfly aspiration until last since that was going to be the hardest to complete. Although, when I actually played through it, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I also managed to get Leliana to build that ‘hidden homework skill’ so she could fly through her homework easy peasy.
In Leliana’s teenage years, I heavily focused on aspirations and skills while trying to fit some story plot in there! Luckily with the help of the amazing Jes2G, we even had a mini-storyline! In terms of aspirations, I chose the ones that were the easiest to complete, and because of the easter egg hunt at the time, the collector aspiration was perfect! I slowly built up her traits over time and her skills became easier and easier to level which took off a lot of pressure on me and allowed me to focus on the story.
Concerning the actual story… it was a blast. From the first chapter until the end, there was never a chapter I regretted posting or a chapter that I didn’t want to write. I loved all of the Frenlore Family and I loved that each member of the family acted in their own special way which really pieced the story together for me. Although it may have seemed I made Leliana out to be a lunatic to some sims, I feel that her amazingness convinced them that she is a Queen! Now, Danielle’s storyline came to me while I was trying to think of the ending to The Wonder Child. Originally, Danielle was going to be the big bad who wanted to kill Leliana so that she could absorb her knowledge using a machine… however I felt that was too… weird. So, I changed her and I think I like her better now than ever.
How much of the plot did you work out ahead of time, and how much evolved as you played the challenge?
Well, I didn’t start working on any plot until Leliana was born. After then, I knew that the voice would come to her yet I didn’t have an identity for the voice. However, when I thought about Danielle, I immediately knew she would be perfect for the voice. So, I would say the plot evolved quite a bit while playing the challenge but it also stuck to what I had planned ahead of time.
What was your final score?
496! You can find the full breakdown of her points in the Green Room of her Dollhouse!
What do you have planned for Leliana and her Pruett? 🙂
What did you find most enjoyable about writing this? Most challenging?
I felt that I found writing in Leliana’s child perspective most enjoyable as I could really let my imagination run wild with many different possibilities. However, I found that writing both Athena and Orion’s death was the most challenging because I had to convey the emotions right and to the point, which took a few revisions until I felt I had it.
How do you feel you’ve grown as a writer through your writing this novel?
As a writer, I feel that writing this first story has let me grow in many different ways. First of all, I feel that I’m more confident in writing in First Person than I used to be, I feel that I was able to take Leliana’s reactions to situations and convey them with just the right amount of emotion. I also feel that I’ve grown as a person from this story, as Leliana has taught me a lot of things while playing this!
What was your favourite chapter?
I feel that my that my favourite chapter overall would have to be Sunset. It allowed me, as a player and as a writer, to properly say goodbye to both Athena and Orion and actually allow me to make writing their deaths slightly easier on me.
Speaking of future stories, Leliana will now be living in The Pruett Family Legacy with Devan! You can catch her in her first chapter on July 2nd which will be an eventful day! She really did manage to find her happiness in the end. Also, what’s happening with her old world you say? Since the wormhole destroyed the world, I guess it would be right to start a…
I’m not sure what it’ll be called yet, but I’m excited to start playing this challenge. Although, it won’t be for quite some time as tackling a legacy and an apocalypse challenge might be hard to do at the same time! However, there’s something I want you to do!
Vote in the poll below! It’ll close in a week! 🙂
Thank you for joining me on this journey once again! ❤