Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody.

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday. 2017 has been a good year for me overall, with lots of changes (mostly good). I got a new PC and took a few months off to test its capabilities playing Skyrim SE and Fallout 4. But I came back strong with a new plan for revitalizing my blog, and here we are.

Overall, I made 11 posts on Blue Heaven Sims Adult and 14 on Blue Heaven Sims. That boils down to a new post about every two weeks. Not great, but definitely not as productive as some previous years. I hope that 2018 will bring about more inspiration and more creativity.

I’ve worked solo throughout the vast majority of my modding/ storytelling career, with occasional collaborations. This year, I met a very cool, very motivated fan from Argentina, and we hit it off immediately and have been friends since. Coni deserves a lot of credit for my contributions in the last few months; her ideas are great, and her help in developing outfits and textures for both blogs has been invaluable. I have big things planned for 2018, and a lot of them will involve Coni’s contributions.

I’ve moved away from doing What’s Next?/ On the Horizon- type posts, because I feel that they put undue pressure on me to create, and that stresses me out. I’m a bit OCD when it comes down to planning and organizing my projects, but making those plans public is where the problems begin. So no, won’t be doing that again.

Generally speaking, here’s what I hope to accomplish:

Both blogs/ general:

• I will finish dismantling my remaining story blogs (Blue Heaven Stories and Blue Heaven Stories, Volume 2) and making the stories available as .pdf downloads. I’m about 45-50% done with this project.

• I will update my existing tutorials to the new Tutorial Library format, and make them available in both English and Spanish. I know this is kind of redundant because MTS already has a lot of good tutorials, but I feel that in most cases, I explain the concepts more clearly. There are currently three different slot tutorials out there, for example, but each only explains the concept partially, and you have to read bits and pieces of all three to get the object to work right. Also, there are very few quality Spanish-language tutorials available.

• If the story-writing bug bites me again, I may attempt a reboot of the unfinished Harmony Station, but using assets from the Midnight projects.

Blue Heaven Sims:

• I still have about 12-14 Midnight at… subprojects in various stages of conceptualization and development.

• There will be at least 3-4 more Combate Moderno uploads

• A few other unrelated projects (objects, accessories, and poses)

Blue Heaven Sims Adult:

• A few sets that tie into Midnight at…

• At least 3-4 more Rio Resurgence posts.

• Some unrelated posing projects and maybe two or three more unrelated projects

If you’re driving, don’t drink. If you’re drinking, don’t drive. Best wishes for 2018!

-the ocelot


  1. Happy New Year, Jason. That's good news. Now I have a good reason to visit your site every day. Your big fan, Eddie

    1. Hi, Eddie. Hope you have a wonderful New Year. I don't know about every single day, but at least once every 1-2 weeks (usually on Friday).

  2. Gracias, J, por seguir compartiendo tus trabajos con nosotros. Le deseo un gran 2018 a vos, a Blueheaven Sims y a todos los que visitan tu blog. :)

    C.L. Coni

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    2. Igual, Feliz 2018! Les deseo amor y exito a ti, a Damián, y a toda la raza de Villa de Merlo!

  3. Thank you for continuing to create for Sims 2! My Sims and I appreciate it very much! I'd also like to send my best wishes to you and your family!

    1. Thank you, Xia! I appreciate it. Best wishes to you and yours for 2018.

  4. I'm a bit late to the (New Year's) party, but best wishes to you and your family for the new year! Here's to hoping it will be a good one for all of us, with lots of inspiration and new uploads. :)

    And I'm right there with you re (public) to-do lists, they just Don't Work for me. Adding something to a to-do list is a brilliant way to make sure I'll lose all inspiration for it. In my mind, a to-do list is a list of chores - and I don't want simming to be a chore, I want it to be fun. I do have a list of my current projects on my desktop, but it's more to help me keep track of what I'm doing than it is an actual to-do list.

    Anyway. I'm looking forward to seeing what goodies you'll come up with this year. All the best!

    1. Happy New Year, Nix!

      That's exactly it. Lists are great; they help catalog and organize our ideas. But publishing them, for some strange reason, seems to put undue stress on the creator. The creative process can't be forced.

      Best wishes for 2018!