It’s the 3rd anniversary of A Graying World! Can you believe three years ago I sat at my computer, nervous as heck, and penned a tale about time travel, deception and secrets? Ah man, what a journey it has been. Thanks for supporting me through it, and sticking with my blog and story! It means so much to me. ❤
Now, I know what you’re wondering…who are these people? I’ve never seen them before! Why not use a picture of sims we already know?
Jeff and Charlotte had a little too much fun on their honeymoon and got pregnant (again!) this time with twins. They’re both human females, which will be interesting to say the least. You’ll find out more in generation 6 😉 Below I am posting a short special I did with all of the heirs, and scroll down to the very bottom of that because I’m asking for sims!
If you could travel to the future and say anything to the current heir…like, five generations down the line from you, what would it be?
“Oh, that’s an easy one. Never give up your sense of adventure for anything. It might seem easier to keep quiet and back down, but if you do that you’ll miss out on so much. Ask questions and if no one has an answer, find it. Because there is always one. Never compromise your beliefs to appease anyone. If I wasn’t so persistent with Emit, I would have never been able to meet Levi. I wouldn’t have the family that I do now. I wouldn’t have found out the truth about my mother. So, I guess what I’m saying is to seek the truth, and never give up for anyone or anything. You know what the right thing to do is, and everything else will fall into place.”
If you could travel to the future and say anything to the current heir of the Gray family, what would it be?
“I bet my mom would have said something good. I would say the most important thing to realize is that it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to fall down and it’s okay to refuse someone’s help when they try to offer you a hand. If you want to pull yourself up, then go for it. I say, do things for your family. Make the sacrifices that you think is best in the long run. It may seem hard. Hell, it will be hard. It’ll be hard stepping away from everything you love in order to do the right thing. But, when you return there will always be someone welcoming you back. It hurts, it stays with you, it fills you with regret but…never shy away from a challenge. You are a Gray. You have tough shoes to fill, and do not for a second beat yourself up because you made a mistake. Get up, brush yourself off, and then do what you have to do.
Now that Graciela is taking the torch and heading the Grays into their sixth generation, do you have any advice?
“For Gracie? Of course. You know all I do is spout wisdom at people, as ancient as I am. Jokes aside…I don’t know if I’m the best example she could be following. If I were here, I’d listen to what her parents have to say. Never ever take them for granted. When I lost my dad, I was devastated…I mean, I got him back but that’s beside the point. I was lost. To this day, I still rely on my father. If your parents tell you something Sweetheart, listen to it. They have been through so much more than you have. They know what they’re talking about.”
And what about in the love department?
“Do yourself a favor and definitely don’t follow my example in that department. All I can say is that you love who you love, and that’s it. T This is something you’ll have to find out for yourself in due time. Though, I have a feeling the person waiting for you has been there for a long time.”
You were the first set of double heiresses. Now that the torch is being passed down to Graciela, what advice to you have for her?
“Me first, save her mother for last. I bet Char has some brilliant advice for Graciela, and I don’t want to have to follow that one. Okay, I know I’m not the best Aunt in the world. I know that I have made a lot of mistakes, and will probably continue to do so. Nobody is perfect, remember that. But also remember that it’s important to own up to your mistakes. Do not do what I did and make a mistake and live my life blaming the other person. I wasted so much of my life in a state of anger and regret. Never do that. Things happen for a reason, I truly believe that. You’re a beautiful and strong girl like your mother, you will be a great ambassador for our name. Don’t you worry about it. You have your mother to fall back on, me if you want my help, everyone. We adore you.”
“I’m already crying. Graciela, you are my beautiful princess. I think you got the best of me and your dad. His beautiful hair color and my attitude. My advice to you, is that you have to find your voice. Overcome your fears. There is a fierce, strong and determined girl underneath that frightened child hiding from the darkness. Do not let it win. You are better than this. I will do everything I can to protect you. Use me, I am your resource. Your father and I would give up our lives for you. You know that, you just have to ask and we’ll be there. Your siblings, don’t forget about them either. You’re lucky to have an abundance of them They will not hesitate to help you in a time of need. Band together, what makes us so special is that we are a family and will persevere as one. Wear your name proudly.”
Next gen of A Graying World is approaching and fast. if you recall, I posted a drabble a while back with Pandora, which you can read here. She will be central to at least part of the story. But, she’s outgrown her husband, literally Being a time traveler, she’s stopped aging. Her own daughter is much older than she is now and Allen is an Elder, if not dead. She is lonely… That’s where YOU come in.
Both the teaser and first chapter were posted on April 22, 2014.
Up to date, the current amount of full chapters I’ve posted is about 221, not including special chapters like Emit’s back story. Generation 1 spans 32 chapters, generation 2 spans 38 chapters, generation 3: 40 chapters, generation 4: 30 chapters and generation 5: a whopping 81 chapters and counting!
My earlier chapters were in the 1,000 word range, but after that I began posting chapters in the 1,500 word range and currently the word count falls between 1700-2500 per chapter. So, a quick estimation tells me that I’ve written about 400,000 words total, not including drabbles, specials etc.
Drabbles are a new thing I’ve been posting on my WP blog, from the ones I’ve written here. So, for the Grays I have about 50 drabbles posted, and more I haven’t transferred over. They range from 400-1,500 words (but mostly in the middle at 700 ish I think) which is another 35,000+ words.
So, uh…I guess I’m, just proud of how much I’ve put into this story. It’s grown so much!
Special shout out to @dandylion240 who has literally been here since the beginning of the legacy, and whose story’s lore crosses over into mine. Without her, this legacy would not be what it is today, so thank you very much Debbie! Checkout her stuff if you haven’t already, because she has a couple of Grays and a reaaaallly good storyline!
Also, special thanks to people who read, like and comment on my legacy. You guys rock!