Happy New Year! The Farmer Legacy 2021 Year In Review.

Happy New Year, everyone! Has this been a nutty, insane year or what?! Man, and we thought 2020 was bad with COVID. I think we can all agree that we need some return to normal here soon, right? Luckily, things here at the Farmer Legacy have been going well!

Since Chris has come on board with the Legacy, you might have noticed a stark improvement in the quality of the story posts. This directly results from Chris’ influence on my writing style, and his careful attention to detail. He continues to bless me and, by extension, this blog, with his insights and technical expertise. 

In September, the rewrites of Generation One concluded with the passing of Charlie and Fran Farmer. Those rewrites afforded me a long opportunity to fall in love with them and their stories, ones that had only existed in my mind before I got them in print and shared with you. The one thing I wanted to do with their story was to end it with dignity and a conclusion worthy of their journey. I hope I pulled that off, with Chris’ help, of course!

Mid-October brought the beginning of another generational story with Destiny Farmer, the daughter and sole heiress of the Farmer estate. This generation is unique from its predecessor and successors in that it will be told from Destiny’s point-of-view, with an occasional shift to Arthur as the story progression dictates. Composing these stories in her voice presents its own challenges. It’s one that I accept in an attempt to grow as a writer. 

The Legacy’s presence on social media continues to grow far beyond what I expected or imagined. Follows on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter have increased, though I don’t have exact numbers. On behalf of Chris and myself, thank you!

Now for the really fun stuff! Fifteen new chapters debuted this year, spanning three different generations. Besides Generation One’s conclusion, Destiny’s story and a pair of chapters for Danae and Andy (Generation Five) made their way to the blog this year. Here’s how it breaks down:

Generation One had eight chapters—beginning with Chapter 15-5, and ending with Chapter 20-2—containing 219 pages, and 91,337 words (this is a full-length novel unto itself!) 

Generation Two had five chapters—beginning with the Generation Two prologue and ending with Chapter three—containing 150 pages, and 65,175 words.

Generation Five had two chapters—Chapter 35, parts one and two—containing 50 pages, and 19,237 words. 

This amounts to fifteen total chapters, 419 pages, and 175,749 words. In terms of what’s considered a standard length novel, I’ve written the equivalent of two full-length romance novels this year. Holy cow!! Compared to last year’s twenty-one chapters, 271 pages, and 114,028 words, I can conclude I’m getting a lot more verbose! (Thanks, Chris!)

Blogger stats continue to be tepid. For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2021, I’m seeing 168 total views with no followers. I suppose this isn’t terrible, considering that I haven’t promoted the site at all over the past year. I’ll give Blogger another year to catch on, and I’ll decide next year the fate of that site. 

Now let’s get to the impressive stats: the WordPress site visits and views. In 2020, the WordPress site saw 374 visitors who viewed my stories and articles 751 times. In 2021, the visitor count spiked to 1,371 (a 367% increase!) with 2,053 views (a 273% increase!) My mind is blown. With your help, we’ve surpassed more than I ever thought possible on this blog, and I am humbled beyond measure. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Plans for the future? Well, I’m continuing the Generation Two rewrites into January and beyond, editing the manuscript that we’ve compiled for submission to an Indie publisher, and finishing the original prologue rewrite. If I’m able to finish the Generation Two rewrites in 2022, I’ll revamp and clean up Generation Three, though I don’t believe the St. John family needs a full rewrite. Some of their generation needs some polishing and tuning up. Overall, I’ve always liked their storyline, so I doubt I’ll change it much. I’d love to return to Danae and Andy in late 2022 to conclude their storyline and begin Generation Six with Elyse and Howie. We’ll see how it goes!

I would love to see the blog continue to grow in followers and reads, but I’ll need your help to do so. Please tell a friend (or two!) about The Farmer Legacy if you enjoy the stories. I would love your shares, follows and likes on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram if you feel so inclined. My email box is always open! Drop me a line to say “hi,” or to let me know how I can improve the site, or its content. 

I am grateful for each of you who comes and reads the chapters as they’re posted. I’m happy to see the reach we have all over the world, from the US and Canada to China and South Korea, and everywhere in between. Chris and I thank you and wish you the very best in the coming year. We’ll see you back in Mid-January with Chapter Four of Destiny’s story.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Pose courtesy of Poses By Bee.
Christmas tree by Around The Sims 3.
Destiny’s dress and leggings by Ekinege and Alopex, respectively.

A Deserved Christmas Break

Hello Simmers and story fans! It’s just me checking in with a quick update and an informative post.

First, I have two new posts coming. The first will be Chapter Three in Generation Two, and you will NOT want to miss it! Chris is ‘massaging’ some of my storyline to clarify and polish it; I hope to have that back soon! I am shooting for a Christmastime release, but it will definitely be here before the new year settles around us. The second post will be the annual Year In Review post, and though I haven’t begun compiling data on that yet, I’m pretty optimistic I will have some impressive numbers to share with you!! Stayed tuned for both posts.

The second item of note is an approximate three week break for me. This is to prepare our home for some significant structural repairs, which will be completed around the second week of January. I have much to do, and not much time to finish packing away valuables and breakables. After a close call in August with a tiny electrical fire outside our bedroom window, and a bigger, more serious fire on the property in November, the property management here is taking more seriously the issues present in these older apartments.

Those photos were of the structure fire diagonally across from our building. Our home was never in danger, but you can bet this event was stressful for all 100 families that call this place home.

Management is being proactive with repairs going forward, which is why we are being temporarily displaced. We have issues with stress cracking and leaking windows, wet rot and mold. These issues will be repaired while we are gone. I understand they will replace our old, worn flooring in the non-carpeted areas, too. This is a good thing!!

Writing will continue actively once we are in the hotel, and then another week off to resettle everything how it was before. In reality, this shouldn’t change how often I’m publishing chapters, but I wanted y’all to be aware of why Chapter Four might be a little longer than I’d like.

Thank you ALL so much for your audience to this blog, for loving and supporting my work, and for your comments, emails, and social media follows. The Sims community rocks, and I’m so humbled.

From my families to yours… I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. May 2022 be the year all your dreams come to fruition!!


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Can I Be Real For A Moment…?

Hi everyone. 

This isn’t something I normally have to talk about on this blog, because it isn’t usually an issue. But I’ve made some promises I haven’t kept regarding the Generation Two rewrites. It’s time I come clean and tell you the real reason I can’t keep to timelines and deadlines I’ve set for myself. 

In the simplest terms, I’m a chronic pain warrior. I have suffered and struggled with Fibromyalgia for 22 of my 52 years. Some days are better than others. This past week has been my worst symptom flare up of the year, maybe of the last two years. These are things I can’t control, and when it flares up, I’m out of commission despite my attempts to remain ‘normal.’ 

This is why I appreciate your patience when I miss deadlines, or when I’m a year behind where I wanted to be with rewrites. When I started my Generation One rewrites last January, I never intended them to last nearly two years. I thought a couple of months, then revisit Generation Two, and I’d be back with Danae and Andy in Generation Five by May of last year. But that didn’t happen. 

It’s important to me to come clean on this stuff, because it impacts the blog progress. It impacts you, and me, too. I am grateful for every bit of grace you’ve all extended by way of your patience, hanging with me when it seems the stories are taking forever. I’m asking you to extend that grace one more time when it comes to Generation Two. It’s coming. It’s long. But it’s awesome. Destiny Farmer has a story to tell, and believe me, she will. Hers is a story of patience, determination, disappointment, heartbreak, love, and triumph. I promise, it’s worth the wait. 

As the great Paul Harvey once said… “And now, you know the rest of the story.” Thank you, for sticking with me, and for understanding. I appreciate it more than you know. As always, I’m open for comments and whatever else you’d like to throw my way. My email box is open. Feedback is always welcomed!

We will see you soon!

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A Quick Update!

Hello everyone!

There is a LOT going on behind the scenes here with still more to come. So, I’d like to take a few moments to bring y’all up to speed with the Farmer Legacy, the fresh look and new format!

First order of business is the anticipated Generation Two rewrite launch. I’m very close to bringing the prologue for Generation Two to “print,” so to speak. Because of the time span it covers, I’m expecting it to run longer than a regular chapter, but I promise you… it’s worth it. Like Generation One’s Chapter Fifteen, Part Five, this one is written in the first person point-of-view, but this time, you’ll be getting to know Destiny Farmer a little better. She, too, has a story to tell—one with hard-learned lessons, trials, triumphs, and lots of change.

Second, I’ll be revamping the welcome/landing page soon! The format will stay unchanged, and it will remain an index of each chapter by generation, with the chapter titles. I will retake and post new photos for Generation One, and update Generation Two as Destiny continues her journey to stardom, marriage, and motherhood.

You might also notice the links for Generation Two are now… gone! It means what you think it means, but the Gen 2 prologue might be a day or two late. Though we were not in Hurricane Ida’s direct path, we had some rain, and with it pressure changes that wreak havoc on my body. Saturday this past weekend was spent in more pain that I would have liked, and my productivity hit a standstill. For this, I apologize, but things like weather are out of my control. However, it is coming before the weekend, of that I am sure. I want to ensure the stories are the best they can be. Therefore, each one takes longer.

Though Chris will continue to edit the blogs when he can, he is starting another endeavor soon and will not be as available as he has been over the past year. His brilliance, however, will still be very visible here. I wish you the best of luck, my sweet friend. We’ll see you here and there. Sayonara.

Stay tuned! Good things are around the corner!

Generation Two Rewrites Coming Soon!

Hi everyone! First, I want to thank all of my loyal readers for your support through the craziest two years in a very long time. The blog has grown, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you! 

As the title of this post suggests, the Generation Two rewrites will be posted beginning September 1, 2021, starting with Destiny’s character bio, and Chapter One if I can finish it to my satisfaction. My schedule for August is pretty ambitious, and though I have written several chapters in a month in the past, it has been a very long time since I’ve accomplished this feat. With or without the finale of Generation One, Destiny’s story will publish on September 1st. It will make a lot more sense, however, if I can finish and publish Generation One in its entirety before then. 

As of this writing, Chapter Eighteen is finished and awaiting the final ‘OK’ from Chris, my brilliant editor and partner-in-crime here at The Farmer Legacy. Chapter Nineteen is well on its way, and Twenty has been in my mind for a long time. Because I’ve dedicated almost two years to the Generation One rewrites, I want need to ensure the ending of their story tugs a few heartstrings and serves them well—no one outruns death, not even Charlie and Fran.

Again, thanks for tuning in! Watch the site for updates. I’m expecting a lot of new content within the month. I’ll be announcing something big before Christmas, so stay tuned for that as well! 


 

Happy New Year! The Farmer Family Legacy 2020 Year In Review

Happy New Year, everyone! Today brings to close a challenging year by most standards. The extra time at home (oh, who am I kidding? I’m always home anyway!) has allowed me to dedicate my time to writing the blog, and maybe a novel, full time. Since we’ve said ‘good riddance’ to one of the craziest years in the history books, I thought I’d bring you up to date on all the fun and happy things going on at the Farmer Legacy!

The Generation One rewrites are still in progress, and I’m getting closer to publishing a couple of chapters together. I’m not planning a break between the generations, so once the Farmer era has concluded, Destiny becomes the star of the show in every sense of the word. I am doing preliminary footwork on the Atwood era of the story, and I’m so excited to relive Destiny’s stellar music career. I’m currently writing a character profile for Arthur, which I’ve neglected to do for far too long. He’s definitely worth the introduction. 

On August 5, 2020, I launched the Blogger site for the Farmer Legacy as a ‘sister’ site, so to speak. For now, only Generation One occupies the space at Blogger, but that will change as I update more chapters from the later generations. The stats that follow do not include the activity from Blogger—since it’s a new launch, the performance so far is sub-par and doesn’t reflect the popularity of the overall story. That’s okay, though!  I’ll be actively promoting both sites through this coming year.

In September, I met the man who became my editor, and he has been an amazing addition to the Farmer Legacy. He is teaching me so much, and I have blossomed under his tutelage. He tells me he sees unlimited potential in me, and we look forward to many chapters written together. Chris has experience in the publishing business and a background in graphic design and commercial art. I am so blessed to have him on board!

So, now to the exciting part! Despite a months-long creativity block (from April to August), I wrote twenty-one chapters last year. I have not published all of them, but at least two are forthcoming in the next week or two. Compared to last year’s one-hundred-six chapters, it seems like a slow year. Broken down into geek, that’s 256 pages for Generation One, and 15 pages for Generation Five (Andy’s Surprise, Chapter 34), 114,028 words, 613,707 characters. I realize that is a fraction, almost one-fifth, of what I wrote during 2019. But here is where everything blows my mind. During the year 2020, The Farmer Legacy saw 751 page views by 374 visitors. Compare this to last year’s 411 page views by 194 visitors, and I think I can call this year a wild success! 

This coming year, I’m hoping to get past the Generation Two rewrites and clean up Three, Four and Five before I continue with Danae and Andy’s saga. I’m also seriously considering submitting some of my work to a publisher. I’ve been researching possibilities, and I’m hoping that I’ll find one that could be a good fit with the romance genre. Of course, should a book deal arise, it will cease to be a Sims Fanfiction novel—I will erase all traces of the iconic game from the story, and there may be extra content that was never available on the blog. This will be a test of will and confidence for me, a test to see if I’m becoming the author I want to become. 

Thank you all so much for the follows, the reads, your comments, emails, compliments, your abundant patience, and for telling your friends about this blog. I don’t take a single thing for granted—I’ve worked so hard to build all you see on this site. I appreciate everything—every bit of success is possible because of you. I look forward to this new year with my Farmer family and their descendants. As always, I’m available on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress Inbox and the Farmer Legacy Gmail.

From all my families to yours, wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

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Custom Content

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Christmas III by Severinka

Custom Content is not my property, and everything is used in compliance with TOUs.

A Quick Update

Hello Sim and romance friends!

It’s me just checking in with a quick update on the status of the Generation One/Two rewrites. I know Fran and Charlie’s story has taken all year. Many odd circumstances have dragged out the creative process, but I’m pleased to announce I’m writing full time and that things are going forward. Chapter Fifteen, Part Five is way late, and I apologize to those waiting for its release. I know I keep saying, “It’s coming soon,” but once you see the size of this bad boy, it will be clear why it has taken so long. It is a whopping thirty-three pages long! I can thank my editor for that, and I mean it sincerely. His guidance, encouragement, and mind-blowing edits to this chapter have made it worth the wait. I can’t wait to share it with you.

My previously ambitious, “Finish by Christmas,” schedule for concluding Gen One will extend into the new year by a few weeks and postpone Gen Two a couple of weeks. I am looking VERY forward to revisiting Destiny’s stellar singing career, her sweet, old-fashioned, but modernized love story with her soulmate, Arthur, and their three beautiful daughters—Bree, Bella, and Bianca. Be prepared for some plot twists, for some new characters to emerge, and extensive character development within the Atwood family.

Beyond Gen Two’s rewrites, I will continue to revisit old storylines and clean up grammar errors, clarify plots and expand what needs done with Generations Three and Four into the coming year. No worries, though! Danae and Andy will return to the spotlight soon with their four “Murphy Munchkins.” They continue to be my very favorite family in the saga so far, and I’m excited to see where Elyse and her boyfriend, Howie, take the storyline for Generation Six. Twins Teddy and Tessa are already six years old for the next chapter as we jump forward a few years. They made their photo debut on the front page of the blog in the Generation Five family portrait. Who thinks Teddy is a chip off the ol’ block? *raises hand*

I’m always open to questions and suggestions. Just drop me a line here, and I’ll get back to you soon! From my “families” to yours, I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons, whatever it is you celebrate, and a joyous, prosperous and healthy new year!

—Wendy

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Cover Photo: Back row, L to R: Sunny, Maya, and Caleb Bradford.
Front row, seated: Destiny, Fran, and Charlie Farmer


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Custom Content:

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All custom content and poses are used following the creator’s TOU. I do not own any custom content used in the stories except where noted. 

Generation One Is Live!

Hello Sim Fans! I have some (obvious) news if you have been following on Twitter or Facebook, you already know the first five chapters of my Generation One rewrites are live on the WordPress blog. They are brand new content, completely rewritten and I think improved. I can’t wait to share the entire Gen One story with you.

That said, the rest of the chapters will go live one by one as they are finished and edited. Right now, I only have nine full chapters written with a possible twenty planned. It turns out, when you are writing events that cover almost forty years, it takes a few written words to tell the story. So keep your eyes out for the rest of the story.

Generation Five is still on hiatus until the rewrites are complete and posted in their entirety. That doesn’t mean that Andy and Danae are going away any time soon. We’re just paused on the Murphy era for a little while longer.

I will be continuing to work on the other four chapters I have written and get them on the WordPress blog over the weekend. It’s not exactly how I had planned it, but I also wasn’t counting being ill, either. C’est la vie.

I hope that you’ll stay tuned for the rest of Charlie and Fran’s story. Thank you tons for reading, and I welcome and even encourage comments on the chapters. We’ll see you in Appaloosa Plains!

Happy New Year – The Farmer Legacy 2019 Year In Review

As today kicks off another brand new year, I suppose it’s natural to sit and reflect upon the passing year. So, in my first year of writing about my Farmer families, I have some exciting things to share with you. 

Though I began writing the stories in 2018 before my mom’s passing, and it’s in her memory that I continue to write them, it was last year that saw the bulk of my writing. In early January, I posted chapter two of Generation two, the story of Destiny Farmer and her family. Since then, I have written one hundred and six story-related chapters for a total of a whopping 1,387 pages of text, 553,103 written words, and 2,450,254 characters, not counting spaces. Of those numbers above, 747 pages, 290,315 words, and 1,277,853 characters are from Generation Five alone! If you’re a numbers buff like me, that adds up to 54% of my pages alone are Gen Five (I suppose if I was really a geek, I’d do pie charts and data points, too, but let’s not get carried away, shall we?) If you couldn’t tell already, Danae and Andy have been my favorite generation so far, and I’m not done yet!

In addition to all of the impressive numbers above, these are the statistics that truly blow my mind. First, I’ve had 194 visitors to the site in 2019, and 411 total views! I can’t even get into social media presence, but suffice it to say, I’ve had a fantastic year here at the Farmer Family Legacy. Last but not least are my 121 followers on the blog just via WordPress alone. I cannot express to you how incredibly thankful I am for everyone who reads this. I am humbled beyond words, truthfully. I never expected to see these numbers when I reviewed my year-end figures. And I’m incredibly thankful to each and every one of you, whether you’re a devoted reader or you’re stopping by today because you’re curious. A million thank yous could never express my gratitude.

During January, I will be rewriting Generation One and getting that up on the blog in total by the 31st of the month. I anticipate the entire generation will be posted at once rather than chapter by chapter. In my absence, I will still be available via email, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress inbox. As always, I welcome any and all comments, queries, questions, and suggestions.

I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020! I can’t wait to see what the new year brings to the Farmer Legacy. Cheers!

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Hiatus Announced

Hello, fellow simmers and romance fans (if any are following for that purpose.) I just want to bring you up to date on the blog and myself very quickly.

I am taking a planned posting hiatus for January 2020, mostly so I can begin my planned re-writes of Generations One and Two. I’m anticipating this will take some time to complete, but I am hoping to publish Generation One in its entirety in January.  The rewrites are in very rough draft form, but I found my original gameplay notes, so I have some foundation to work with. Fingers crossed on this huge undertaking.

Second, I am obviously not going to be finishing Generation Five any time soon. Danae and Andy’s stories have been incredibly fun to write, and I’m not even close to drawing this to a close. That said, Elyse’s story is currently in development, along with Eamon’s and the… new Murphy munchkins! They are born in the game, but not in the story, but I promise that the storyline will not be left hanging until February. I am planning one last chapter before the end of the year, and I’m working on that this weekend without fail.

I am available via email, Facebook, Twitter or by inboxing me on this blog. As always, I welcome your comments, kind constructive criticism and a friendly word of encouragement. This project is a labor of love and has taken a good part of my past year. I’m having the time of my life writing my stories for you. I hope to see all of you in the new year.