Letters with a Big Punch

Sometimes, the letters our Sims write pack a big emotional impact. That’s how I felt after reading Newt’s letter to Norman this week. Having to reply to a letter like that caused me to think.

In this way, as we ponder responses to these letters, our engagement with them and the issues they present becomes deeper. If I were interacting with Newt’s letter solely as a reader, I would be able put it out of my mind and not grapple with the weight of Newt’s confession. Thinking of Norman’s reply, however, caused me to face these issues. What would I do if a friend of mine confessed that he or she abused his or her spouse or partner?

I did some research to see what a responsible reply might be. I consulted my heart. Instead of turning away from this tough issue, I turned towards it.

The letters we exchange invite us to do this, to turn towards each other and each other’s stories. We engage with ideas, issues, and emotions we might not otherwise. Maybe this is one of the best aspects of collaboration. Maybe this is how we come up with something more and something better than we’d do on our own.

How has collaboration inspired and pushed you to turn towards ideas and issues you might otherwise turn away from?

Welcome, Gilplum! Plus new letters…

This week, we welcome Gilplum, whose Sim Marisol Vega has become Dove Singer’s new penpal. We have letters from Dove and Marisol sent this week.

We also have letters from Newt and Norm, Kaitlin and Meadow, Emily and Gentian, and Anya and Seth.

If you’ve been reading the Pen Pal project for a while, we’d love to hear about your experience reading the letters:

  • Do the letters tell a story?
  • Do you get to know the characters?
  • If the letters are written by Sims in an ongoing story, what do the letters contribute to the overall story?
  • If the letters are written by Sims who aren’t in ongoing stories, do you feel you get complete stories through the letters?

Please feel free to answer here or at the Pen Pal Project thread at the EA Sims Forums.

This Week on the Pen Pal Project!

What a busy week!

We launched our new Pen Pal Project blog, and set up accounts for participating writers.

And two new Simmers joined the project this week: Asaoyoru (with participating Sim Tim Royale) and LillyDoves (with participating Sim Isobel Bay)

We also have new letters from the following Sims:

Ayden and Giuliana

Darren and Tim

Dove and Meadow

Dace and Dusk (Listed on the index for Cassia and Dusk)

Kaitlin and Meadow

Lori and Sienna

Mel and Norman

Newt and Norman

What a busy week! Hope you enjoy the coming week! Happy writing! Happy reading! Happy Simming!