It's actually here. The finale for the fifth season of Intense Feelings. I honestly wasn't sure I'd ever make it to the end of another one of these; it seemed to be my curse that due to one thing or another I'd just never get it finished. Season two of course was cancelled after a horrifying experience wherein I corrupt my game. Season three was cancelled after a similar experience. And season four found its end after my grandfather passed away and I couldn't bring myself to play the Sims for almost a year.
Season five saw its own fair share of hiccups and obstacles, the two most notable being my grandmother passing away (which created an 11-month hiatus) and even more recently another personal crisis which I was almost certain would derail me. But somehow, I managed to pull myself together both times and got it all done. And I really have all of you reading this message to thank.
I've always said that I write for myself, and that no matter the amount of commenters/readers/people watching the community I would keep doing Intense Feelings because it's fun for me, and that's all true. However… after my grandmother died and my world sort of fell apart, the kind messages you wrote for me, the support of knowing that when I came back people would still be waiting for me, and knowing that there were people who were actually waiting and excited at the prospect of my return really helped pull me through.
Honesty time: writing has always been my escape. It's what I do and what I've always done. Sometimes my storytelling bled over into what teachers and parents called "lying" buuuut… that's neither here nor there ;-) Writing is cathartic to me. Similarly Sims have been a passion of mine since I was 14 years old and got The Sims for my birthday (back in 2000!) So when I'm not writing or not Simming, you know something is probably really, terribly wrong. And for the majority of those 11 months, I was doing neither. I was in a very bad place. What helped bring me out of it and get me back on my feet was knowing I had a handful of people who were waiting for me to tell them how all the characters in Intense Feelings fared. And for that, I say a very heartfelt thank you.
Thank you all for reading and sticking with my little story, especially the people who've been here since the start (or close enough to it). Can you believe I started this in summer 2010? Where has the time gone! And now I'm launching into a sixth season which promises to run longer than 29 episodes since, as with all good soaps, the cast is insanely large (but don't worry, you'll keep track!) Thank you for all your comments, Sim Secrets, and feedback; it doesn't just inflate my ego to hear from you guys, it lets me know how I'm doing and I love to hear what you think! Thank you very much especially to Sharon, my writing buddy, who has put up with all my craziness since I started this thing, who scours for typos and who's really helped me out the past little while. <3!
But thank you, again, to all of you. I'm so, so pleased with how the finale turned out, I'm so excited for you to see it. It's all done and ready to go, I'm just unsure when to post it as I only JUST updated on Monday, hahah. I hope you all really like it and I hope you're all excited for season six! It's going to be just as intense :D
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