It started as a simple experiment: How would two characters survive being homeless in the Sims 3? This is their story. Alice is a young woman struggling to cope with homelessness and an abusive father. Kev barely knows he has a daughter and yearns for love he can’t reciprocate. . . .
To free himself from his wealthy father’s demands Elan leaves everything behind to start a new life. He quickly finds that he is ill-prepared for the real world. He meets Rafa–a strong and resilient boy from a poor family, who provides protection for him. With Rafa and many new friends, Elan starts to find a place for himself in the . . .
Daron thought life would get easier after he got away from his parents’ house in New Jersey, thanks to a scholarship to music school in New England. But life is tough when there isn’t enough money to actually live on, you’re underage, and you don’t know where to turn. And is it the best thing that ever happened to you, . . .
Diggory Franklin met a beautiful woman today. Twice. The first time, she warned him of impending doom and then bestowed the most passionate kiss of his life. The second time, she had no memory of the first. And that’s really just the start of his problems . . . . . .
Rowena has a mother: “This is my life, Mom. Not a Jane Austen novel. Not—” “Listen to me, Miss Independence. He’s a nice young man, but men expect things. Even nice ones, sometimes. He’s going to think that you’re inviting him to do . . . married people things.” Rowena tried to interrupt, but when she opened her mouth nothing came . . .
With money to burn and time to spend, Sol Mann embarks on a journey through Costa Rica that would change him in a fundamental way. Where does he get his money? And what is he running from? . . . We don’t really know. But that doesn’t matter when your days are filled with cheap weed, good rum, and great women. . . .
Most years, I think, are skippable. They suffer from this indescribable mundanity, this relentlessly oscillating day in day out. Those years you could summarise in a sentence or two. To say that 2014 was the best year of my life would be unfair to years 1997 through to 2013, and all the years that followed. But it was certainly the . . .
Sean Tower, reluctant beneficiary of a family tradition in law enforcement, spins headlong into the violent, corrupt world of a metropolitan police force. His anarchist idealism and the culture of the warrior cop prove destined for bloody collision. New episodes post on Saturdays. . . .
In today’s world, saturated with fantasy and super-heroes, real-life adventures in foreign places can be even more thrilling. Zak has no idea what he’s in for when he’s allowed to take a short trip to Washington D.C. with his widowed grandmother. But the secretary of state needs them to finish the work that Zak’s diplomat granddad started. Strange cultures and . . .
It’s been a bad week for Vera. She lost the job she loved as a librarian and ended a comfortable and seemingly reliable relationship. So when her eye catches a job ad for a company that boasts “a library of characters for every occasion,” impulse (and the word “library”) compels her to respond. Shortly thereafter, Vera has accepted her first . . .
The story of a man whose only meaningful contact with the world is through smells, who is slowly working his way out of his mother’s basement out into the wide world of people and relationships. The Smell Collector tells the story of Jim Bronson and Marie Bellman. Jim has a hobby. He collects smells. Marie happens to have the . . .
Jul 7, 2009: So far, 17 chapters have gone down with great ease and enjoyment.
As the story unfolded, the characters found their warmth. Helen breaks out of her prim, cautious existance as a dutiful wife to find what is probably her first genuine friendship in years with people very different from herself. The loyal affection between Carla and Addison is revealed, and Addison himself, however one may feel about his view of religion, emerges as a sincere, idealistic,and ultimately kind (although moody) man. [more . . .]
Jul 17, 2010: I have been a member of the Sims story community for five years. So I came to Alice & Kev as a regular reader and writer of Sims stories. And yes, the medium has a history and a culture and quite a few genres and traditions and tropes.
The idea came from a Sims 2 gameplay challenge, and the story reads like a well-written serious challenge story in the observational style with some touches of plot and characterization.