Something Different…

What is one word that describes you?

Hello everyone! I normally use this space for the Legacy, but while I’m editing Arthur’s story (which I’m still aiming to publish by Friday, Saturday at the very latest) I thought I’d take a few minutes to truly introduce myself to y’all. I’m going to attempt, if I may, to answer the question posed above.

What is one word that describes me? Determined. I didn’t even need to think twice about my answer. I’ve had quite the year, and for a while, it wasn’t looking good for a better year. At the end of January, I alluded to an event that was complicated and a bit of an emergency, the event that made my break necessary.

On January 21, 2023, my husband of 25 years attempted suicide. Luckily, he pulled through, and he’s doing better. I’m still trying to make sense of the senseless, but we’re managing. Undoubtedly, things have changed in the last two months. I’ve taken time I’ve needed to get my head back on straight, but I’m back on track. I’ve been determined to make it back, because let’s face it—my families, these stories—they are my lifeline these days, the one thing that I have I enjoy, and that makes me feel normal. They are the one thing over which I have total control and agency. I need them, and they need me.

What else makes me determined? I am absolutely not going to succumb to this rotten, awful, painful disease I struggle with every day. I will get out of bed in the morning, whether or not I feel well. The pain will not take me down. So many others with fibromyalgia, through no fault of their own, give into it, but I refuse. I’m going to fight this thing until I take my last breath.

I’m a strong woman, and I’ve been through a lot in the last three years. The trials that come only strengthen me. You might see that theme in my stories, especially in Destiny’s story. That girl has been through it all, and yet she survives. Each of my heroines is different, but the themes are similar. That is the main reason I’ve chosen to base these stories on the girls. Each one of them is a different reflection of me. Fran is a hard-working, self-made woman. Destiny has strength that she never knew she had until she had no choice BUT to be strong. Bella is creative, and yes, determined. Charlotte has a heart of gold and perseveres in the toughest of situations. Danae is sassy, and she definitely knows what she wants, while Darcey is her best friend, and her true other half.

I won’t do this often, as I want to keep THIS blog for my Legacy. But sometimes a break in what’s normal is good. If you’re more curious about the person I am, and who I’ve become over the last 54 years of my life, I invite you to check out Random Thoughts, Purposeful Life. That one is uniquely me.

Thanks for indulging me. Keep your eyes here. The story continues VERY soon.

Much love,

Stay Tuned! The Legacy Returns Very Soon!

Hey everyone! 

If you’ve been around the site at all over the past few days, you might have noticed some minor changes taking place on the home page, and on the site in general. This can only mean one thing: I’m coming back! I know it’s been a while, and the past two months are ones I’d rather forget. But I’m finally writing again, and will be updating with a brand new chapter by the end of this coming week.

If you remember the old Generation Two stories (hopefully, you don’t!!) you’ll remember that Arthur is Destiny’s eventual life partner. You don’t know Arthur’s full story, but you will, because it’s coming first. I’ve only been writing and tweaking it since June 2022, so I think it’s time y’all met Destiny’s other half. 

Arthur Atwood is an interesting guy who immigrated as a child to the “Mainland” from Monte Vista. The store world of Monte Vista was one of my first purchases, but I’ve not really played in it until I created this backstory for Destiny’s beloved husband. In his biography, you’ll meet Arthur’s family; his parents, Luca and Bianca Atwood, older brother Giorgio, and his younger sister, Daniela. There will be no spoilers with this chapter, but the wait won’t be for much longer. I promise!!

What I’d like now is to thank those of you who prayed, or sent healing thoughts, light, or even just a kind word during an extremely difficult time. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for sticking around until I felt well enough to come back. You have no idea how much I appreciate all of you. 

A special “Thank You” to Bee at Poses by Bee for the poses on the featured photo. You can find them here.

Happy Fifth Birthday, Farmer Legacy!

I can’t believe that it’s been FIVE YEARS since I first published The Prologue (Or, When Frannie Met Charlie) in all of its awful, poorly written glory. I’ve come such a long way since those days, but I’m thankful for those first few, formative months writing this blog. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made along the way, and the ones I’ve yet to meet. Most of all, I’m thankful to everyone who comes to read this blog when a new chapter drops, or who responds when I just need to be candid with y’all. You’ll never know how much I appreciate all of you!

Happy birthday to all my girls and their families:

The Farmer family – Fran, Charlie and Destiny

The Atwood family – Destiny, Arthur, Bree-Ann, Isabella “Bella”, and Bianca “Bee”

The St John family – Bella, Rogelio, Charlotte and Christopher

The Jones family – Charlotte, Travis, Darcey, Danae, and Devin

The Murphy & Scroggins families – Danae, Andy, Elyse, Eamon, Emmitt II, Theodore, and Tessa Murphy; Darcey, Clint, Noel, and Shan Scroggins

I hope there are MANY more birthdays, and more generations to keep you busy!

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Happy New Year! The Farmer Legacy 2022 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe I’m writing another year-end summary for the Farmer Legacy. It seems like just yesterday I did the one for 2021. Where did this year go, anyway? 

The blog has done very well this year, but I’ll get to that in a moment. Some stats look a little on the low side, but there’s an excellent reason for that. Personally, this has been one of the roughest years in recent memory. 

We started with a major remodel and repair in our apartment home. Right after Christmas last year, I had two weeks to pack and clean our apartment as though we were moving. Now, with a healthy partner, this wouldn’t have been an issue. But, as you may (or may not) know, my husband and I both have major chronic health issues. I am a Fibromyalgia warrior in my 24th year, and Hubby, bless his heart, is struggling these days with Multiple Sclerosis. Neither of us are really capable of doing that kind of move project. Somehow, I met the deadline, and we had a four-day “staycation” here in town while they repaired extensive drywall issues. This is our youngest cat enjoying the view atop the fridge in the hotel room, a four-star Marriott.


We came home from our hotel excursion with me covered in bedbug bites. Luckily, we didn’t bring any extra critters home with us (just the cats!) but that same week was when I tested positive for COVID. And, as couples do, I shared it with my husband. Ultimately, we came through no worse for the wear, but he stayed in the hospital after falling and giving himself quite the goose egg over his left eye.

That’s been our primary issue this year; hubby’s falls attributed to MS. Overall, his health is on the decline, and that has ultimately required more of MY attention. The blog, unfortunately, suffers when he needs me; he comes first, as well he should. But I’m tired. I have a lot on my plate, and though I regret the blog has suffered as a result, I won’t apologize for it, either. 

All of that personal stuff aside, the blog has done really well despite the lack of content. I’m seeing new traffic to the blog every week, and our numbers are steady. Except for one month last year, the flow of readers had been rather organic. Those are the numbers I’m looking at when I determine how we’re doing. 

On their head, the stats this year seem a little lukewarm. For all of 2021—except February because I had a paid Facebook ad campaign that month—the visitor total was 527, with 1,062 views. This year, as of December 31, we have 451 visitors who have viewed the chapters 1,095 times. Overall, the trend is still slightly upward. All things considered, that’s good!

Last year, I stated the Blogger site, which currently only has Generations One and Two posted, has had negligible stats; the same is true for 2022. I don’t promote that site as much as I do this one, and the numbers show it. With life getting messier, and me really needing one less thing to do, I’m shutting down The Farmer Legacy on Blogspot as of January 1. Maintaining one site is work enough; two is just oppressive when time is at a premium. 

So, in 2022, I’ve published seven chapters and “teasers.” The teaser is something different and new that I started this year, and I might well continue to do so into 2023 and beyond. I also stress that I’ve published only seven chapters. However, I have much more actually written, which I’ve not published, and a few chapters in progress.

What made it to the blog this year? From chapter four to chapter eight, part one, the Legacy grew by 134 pages, not counting screenshots. Not impressed? How about 57,833 words? That’s almost two-thirds of a standard length romance novel. Considering the number of setbacks I’ve had this year, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.

Our girl Destiny has had quite a year. The end of 2021 saw her making a mistake of epic proportions, and spending the first part of this year trying to find herself. She’s been lucky with her career, but her love life has been devastating. For all my fellow romantics, her life will turn around soon, I promise you! If you remember (hopefully you don’t!!) the first Generation Two stories I published almost four years ago, Arthur and Destiny have a history together, and so much more. As I continue to develop the main story arc, Arthur will find his place in Destiny’s life in a more profound, much sweeter way. 

I’ve been writing Arthur’s introduction since June, tweaking it here and there, and preparing it for his pending addition to the main storyline. Arthur Atwood is a complex man with an interesting past. His personal background makes him a complementary mate for Destiny, if only she would just realize it. Look for his story, and the chapter that introduces him into the main arc, by the end of January. 

In 2022, we met Stephen Connor, Destiny’s best friend from church, and Jared McMurphy, her boss at the coffeehouse, and would-be boyfriend. And of course, Arthur has been spotted with increasing frequency here and there around Starlight Shores. Who was surprised to find Stephen had secret feelings for Destiny? Who was shocked, maybe downright angry, with Jared after his big revelation? 

If you have played Showtime for any length of time, you have probably seen Ernesto Gonzales in town here and there. In the original Generation Two stories, Ernie had a slightly less impressive role. This time around, I’ve developed his character into a truly likable guy. A slightly less amicable fellow? Aiden Chandler, the CEO of “Soundwave Records.” Thankfully, we’re done with him. Or are we? That’s for me to know, and all y’all to find out!

We can’t, of course, forget the reintroduction of old friends back into the main storyline. Fran’s old flame, Jason Matthews, returned for a couple of chapters, and he will again in 2023. The Bradfords, Fran and Charlie’s longtime neighbors in Appaloosa Plains, will come back for one last chapter toward the beginning of the new year, as will one more gone, but obviously not forgotten, character.

The best of Generation Two is yet to come, so we invite you to visit again in 2023 and beyond! It is with our heartfelt and humble thanks that Chris and I both wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! If you love the Farmer Legacy, please tell a friend. We’ll see you soon!

Lead Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Short Hiatus (Hopefully!!)

Hello Sims and romance fans!

This coming week presents some genuine problems with Hurricane Ian’s arrival in the Central Florida area. As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, now I’m preparing for a hurricane I can’t afford, one that threatens our home and family. This year has been a humdinger of a mess. I know I shouldn’t wish my life away, but this year could not end fast enough.

That said, I have been working on Chapter Seven for publishing, and I’m hoping to get it on the blog and done before we lose power and/or internet services for a while. If I’m out of commission for any length of time, Chris will take over briefly here at WordPress until I am back up and running, no matter where or when that would be.

I know y’all are diverse and come from different backgrounds, but if I could ask just this one favor from you, I would so appreciate it. Please keep me, my family, and the entire state of Florida in your thoughts and prayers this week? Whatever that looks like to you—white light, healing light, prayers, thoughts—I know every Floridian in this storm’s path will appreciate it. Wherever Ian comes onshore, it’s sure to cause some havoc. I really hate to see anyone’s life upended because of a natural disaster, but when it threatens so close to home… it’s a bit unnerving. I’m trying to stay calm. That’s the best I have right now.

If you don’t already, now is a good time to follow the blog on Facebook or Twitter, as I will probably post updates there as I can. Stay tuned for more of Destiny’s story, coming as soon as I can get it out. I’m crossing my fingers that it will happen before Ian rains down hell and fury on us on Wednesday.

If you’re in the storm’s path, know that my prayers are going up tonight for each of us. Stay safe, and I promise to do my best to do that, too!

Cover image courtesy of Kanenori from Pixabay

I’m Still Here!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still here, alive and kicking, and working on editing my latest chapter of the Legacy to publish. Hopefully, I’ll finish this soon, and get back on track.

Our year of challenges has continued, though not as badly as we started out. My hubby continues to have health struggles, but I think we’re on the right path to healing now. He’s had surgery on his foot, and he’s required much more of my time and attention. As it should, family comes first, and the blog… well, it loses out in situations like this. I’ve been struggling with increased pain issues since recovering from COVID, too. We’re quite the pair!

There are some exciting plans for the next five to six chapters in the works, so I hope you’ll stay tuned as we develop new storylines and revisit old ones from the original Gen Two text. I’m going to admit something I seldom do as a writer; I’ve had a terrible writer’s block since February, since Chapter Four was published. Five has been slow going, so Chris is dedicating some time to help me polish it into the story I want it to be. We’ll see some of Destiny’s character being developed in her narration, and a surprise I don’t want to give away until the chapter is released; I’m very excited about it! 

Now, I realize the Chapter Five teaser has been out for a while. I know I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I’m pretty picky about what I’m writing, and how it looks before it’s published. Content won’t go live until I’m at least 95% happy with it (there is always room for improvement!) so my chapters are slower than I’d like. Please bear with me just a little while longer? The wait will be worth it.

Summer brings warm weather, fun activities, and weddings! Oh, but who? (You already know!) Stay tuned!

Delays, Delays…

Hello everyone!

I definitely intended to post an update when the apartment repairs and upgrades were finished, to let you know when you can expect more new content. I’m sorry to say it will be at least another week before I can think about getting Chapter Four on the blog. We’ve had some unforeseen problems. I’ll explain.

Last Tuesday, my hubby and I took our two feline children and moved into a Marriott hotel for a few days while contractors repaired some of the structural problems in our home. I got a lot of writing done on Chapter Four, so the time away was productive.

On our last night in the hotel room, I discovered our room had bedbugs. Now, that’s a thing no one EVER wants to deal with. And as much as we’ve tried to keep our exposure limited, I guess it’s inevitable we brought home some extra tenants.

Now, we’re cleaning and packing AGAIN, but this time, it will be for bedbug treatment. On Friday, we’ll pack our cats and ourselves into the car and vacate our home for four hours minimum while our apartment is treated. I’m guessing PetSmart and Petco will see a LOT of us on Friday.

Tonight, I’m sending my draft of Chapter Four to Chris for his perusal, so hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ll have his suggestions in my hands, ready to complete this chapter of Destiny’s life. Meanwhile, the apartment needs my attention (again… sigh!) so I’ll be working my itchy fingers to the bone. Did I mention that I have no fewer than 30 bites all over my body? I’m wondering if all this mess was worth the upgrades. Extra pain, invested time and energy, and now bedbugs and the hassle it will bring to eradicate them. My gut says, “No.”

In reality, I’m shooting for Chapter Four to be up by the end of the month. Will I make that deadline? I don’t know. I’m going to try my best. Keep an eye on Facebook or Twitter for updates, as it’s easier for me to post there than here. This is a great time to follow me on social platforms! Just a click is all you need to ensure you get every update.

I will see you on the flip side of all this mess. And hopefully, I’ll be feeling better by then, too. As always, thank you for hanging with me here, and for reading my stories. I appreciate you more than you know!

Thank you for reading

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!


Thank you for reading

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!!

Pose on cover photo courtesy of Poses By Bee. Custom Content by Severinka & Around The Sims 3. See my Custom Content page for items not credited here.

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!