Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Final picture for Gothique

Gothique Beauty was far and away one of the best simming competitions I've ever been in.  It was a pleasure to compete against such insanely talented people...you have no idea.  Plenty of blood, sweat & tears, and some of the most fascinating gothic sim pictures around.  It was really, really sad to see it end, and although I slugged my way to the end and came out with the win, lol, as my grandmother would say, "I knew I had been in a fight".   Smiley

Smiley  I got a chance to meet some of the most awesome people in the simming community through Gothique.  I know it sounds corny and mushy, lol, but it's the truth. I've been lucky enough to connect with some of the most talented, down-to-earth, intelligent, funny, open-minded, and amazing people, and I met them (directly and indirectly) through Gothique.  At the risk of sounding corny again, ...well...you have no idea what an impact some of these people have made on my life;  my real life, outside of the game and this blog.

Akasha (aka SuicidalSpiders) is one HELLUVA host.  Some people hobble together some vapid little uninteresting contest and just BAIL, and some people put together fun, unique, inspiring contests and STILL bail (not talking about real life issues & emergencies -- I'm specifically talking about instances where the host just gets bored and bails).  AwesomePhoebe was our other host, and she was upbeat and on time for every single assignment.  Both of them judged fairly and gave helpful comments, and they kept the threads alive and light-hearted.  I can't thank them enough for hosting such a badass competition.
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So to anyone that I met through that contest -- thank you so much for inspiring me, and forcing me to work my ASS off to come up with shots (the hits AND the misses).  I'm such an introvert in real life and I don't always make friends easily, so thank you guys for pulling me (kicking and screaming) out of my shell and being real friends & confidants **hugs all around!!!**

This was my final entry for Gothique (the theme was "7 Stages of Grief -- Hope").  I pulled out a win by the skin of my TEETH (Toblie hit it out of the park just about every single time, so this was in no WAY some sort of easy win or blowout).  I'm really going to miss it -- but if anyone is interested, Akasha WILL be starting a Cycle #2 soon!  (I won't be competing, but I will be guest judging!  wootie-wooooo!)

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How audacious to dream and want
The wisest among us understand that
vile beast of Hope
Its mouth agape
hungry for another fool
blind and lost in false belief and faith

Old ones speak of the
greatest evil
That which men hold dearest
naked in the dark
and bitten in cold
at the end of the world with
death's whisper seizing a longing heart
This heinous Hope
not more than a torment of will
Prolonging suffering
Brutal in its affliction

And still it rests here
Another fool drunk in the reverie of
a lovely wish
The gateway beckons
An Eden of promise and desire and
every perfection

I long to be there
blissful amongst the radiant trees
Drowned in passion and twilight ecstasy
My angel awaits in that Utopia
I know not what lies beyond the
grey waters
A cold execution..?
A lonely death..?
Torture beyond all knowing..?

Take my hand now in this indigo night
and follow...

I know not what lies beyond the grey waters...
...but Hope rests here still.


~~~ hugs & noogies ~~~


  1. omg I think I got a tear *big mushy hug* :) Ya'kno I'm glad we got to know each other better, because you're one helluva girl with a great personality. Even tho Ts3 forum was restricting, I knew you were very cool peoples.

    You should really make an album for all of your shots comp related or not, you're really good and I've snagged a few pics of yours JIC you lose or misplace them lol ;)

    And where is this story you mentioned *taps foot and throws fit*

  2. Chi *big squishy hug!* you're one of those few people that has actually inspired my actual real life. I used to see you post on the TS3 forum all the time, but you were just some crazy-talented chick with badass sims and a sweet personality. I'm so so glad we've gotten to know each other (and you gave me neko sims for crying out loud! ^_^)

    LOL with all these computer issues I haven't been able to even think about starting the story yet, but as soon as I get this all worked out I promise I'll put together something!

    Thank you so much Spychip! I really appreciate it :D

  3. Aw, the photo and poem are brilliant, Cel!!
    Congrats on winning =D xxx

  4. I love the picture Celery! And well done for winning!!!!!! =-D *hugs* - Caek Heid

  5. congratulations!! you definately deserved a win, altho everyone in the contest did great work. your pics are just amazing and convey such an atmosphere i have no idea how you do it with just sims, i really dont.
    awesome job, drinks are on me!! lol

  6. YESH! I might join cycle 2 but I just started an new job so we'll see how it goes. Your pictures were amazing (and so were everyone else's!) and it was really cool to watch how people improved over the course of the competition. Eye candy from everyone!

  7. Thank you guys so much -- I really appreciate the encouraging words!

    Lydia, you really should try to join cycle 2! I have a feeling it will be AWESOME -- there are several talented people who are planning to sign up, and you need to be among them lady!

    Zeri, *blushes* thank you! The competition was a lot of fun throughout the whole run, but it lost a little bit of a spark when you left. I really missed you being in it. ...will we see you in Cycle 2...? Yessss...??? :D

    And hand over those drinks! I'll definitely take 'em - ty!

  8. You are so right Cel, that was one of the most awesome contest that I've ever witnessed in my Simming life!! You guys rocked it out the door with awesome pics and heartrending poetry! I can't wait for cycle 2 to begin and Akasha has already informed me she is getting ready for it. The new thread for the contest is being formed as we speak and I'm feeling like a little kid at Christmas in anticipation!
    Good luck to all who decide to enter cycle 2...if you dare!! *evil laughter*
    Hugz to ya Cel!!

  9. *sniffle* *bear hug*

    Damn...I hope the second cycle will live up to everyone's expectations.... *shuffles back into the dark corner*

  10. Kash, you come out of that dark corner RIGHT NOW! LOL You really have no idea what your competition sparked in me... ^_^

    *hugs & noogies!!!

  11. *peeps out of dark corner*

    I'm glad my comp is so well liked...I had no idea at the beginning that it would be. And I had no intention of doing a second cycle. For one, I put all my heart and soul into coming up with assignments for the first cycle, and I didn't realise everyone would love it and/or do so well. But when so many people dropped out...which really pissed me off, but what can I do....I had a few assignment ideas left over...the hard part now is to come up with more! lol Just warning you that there won't be anything like the stages of grief, but there will be some heavy, thought-provocing ones...and some really fun ones.