The Boys of Summer, Part 02

August 31st, 2006

[Background Music: "Something About You" by FAKE?]

As a reward for putting up with my shameless exploitation of them, I let the guys have the rest of the night (the basement shoot had taken longer than I thought it would) to goof off in the factory loft. I had bought a pool table and rented a karaoke machine so I thought there'd be plenty to entertain the guys up there.

I sent them off to clean up and change into some partying clothes. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of them showering, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. However, since they each took turns in the bathroom while the rest of them guarded the door, I had no way of getting any shots.

What in hell possessed me to buy a karaoke machine? And why, oh, why did I let Hale convince me to sing a duet with him? Not even during my most drunken escapades (way back in college) had anyone been able to convince me to do karaoke. I'm just too shy to make a fool of myself in front of people I don't know (erhm…well, except for this blog apparently).

I'm not even sure what song Hale had picked to sing. Something by FAKE? perhaps. That seems to ring a bell. (I'm selectively blocking the memory.)

The rest of the guys gravitated toward the pool table.

I know even less about pool then I do cards. (Side-note: my sis told me that she thought the guys may have playing Texas Hold'em in the previous post. And I thought it was Blackjack…see, I know nothin'.)

However, I do know that there's something really sexy about men walking around with long pieces of wood.

Hale was really having fun, although I kept seeing his smile twitch into a pained grimace whenever I hit a sour note, which was more often than I care to say. Hey, mister, you're the one that made me do this. He had a good voice though. Are the Shadowtalons good at whatever they do?

At least there were some pleasing distractions to keep my mind off the horrors of karaoke.

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31 Responses to “The Boys of Summer, Part 02”

  1. eva says:

    YAY! FIRST TO COMMENT, And I so desperately wanna read it and drool, but I gotta study sadly enough. I'll read it later on tonight or something. Yesterday was my BIRTHDAY! 17 and I got a chocolate bar…and man it was good. Haha ok, So I'll continue my crazyness later on.

  2. Kelly says:

    These pictures were just sooo beautiful! I love how real everyone looked throughout the photo shoot. And I have a little question…If there are corporations in Seattle and Mexico City of all places, then why not one in Atlanta? Hmmm? My city is so poorly represented *sniff* Ha! Anyways, I cannot wait until the next Worlds Apart comes out 😉

  3. daysies says:

    whoo boy… i mean men! LOL those are some great pictures, Kara! i can't even pick out who my favorite is. i say all of them! HA! *picks up jaw off the floor*

  4. Jenny says:

    wow!!!!! you amaze me with your shots!! I have read your page on what you use to make the pictures so clear and perfect, but you must have another secret to it!!?…but then again i have paint pro x, not photoshop…..anyway, yummy pics:D….thanks so much, looking forward to your story!

  5. Jenny says:

    oh, hey, do you mind if I use that pic of tahlvin for an avator??? instead of desktop wall paper?? he is so beautiful..

  6. A n i s s a says:

    Something told me to stop by. Hmmm…

    Or should I say Mmmm.

    ^_^

  7. amalinaball says:

    Oh wow! That was superb!
    *busies self downloading Alec wallpaper*
    Thank you!
    That was utterly awesome, I'm not worthy! You are really inventive with the advertisements and stuff. 🙂

  8. lorna says:

    There are no words to describe this post… i just need a towel! is hot in here!… omg..
    *downloading all the wallpapers* thanks a lot Kara!

  9. Kara says:

    Eva: Happy 17th Birthday! And have fun doing your homework! 😉

    Kelly: Thank you! Atlanta, huh? Who says there isn't a mercenary corp. there already? Perhaps one of Wraith Warriors competitors? 😉 As for why it's in Seattle…well, I live there…gotta represent! 😉

    Daysies: hehe I probably favor Tahlvin over all of them…but them I'm biased and have had him living in my head longer. But I love all my men.

    Jenny: I don't really have any editing secrets. I just use the basic tools. One of my favorite tools in PSP X is "clarify" (Adjust>Brightness and Contrast>Clarify and set it to 1 or 2, for example). It really helps add depth to the picture.

    Go right ahead and use the wallpaper as an avatar if you would like. And thank you for asking. :mrgreen:

    Anissa: haha 😆

    Amalimaball: Thanks! I had a lot of fun making up that advertisement. Especially since John helped me with it.

    Lorna: You're very welcome! And I'm glad you like the wallpapers.

  10. Eph says:

    You know how much I love your men, love the art you create from the pictures, and last but definitely not least — love you, of course! I also enjoyed the use of the tag in the teaser pic — details like that draw me in, as you already know. 😉

    *hugs*

  11. eva says:

    Ok, I didn't comment later on that night, but I am today. Sooo, first off…Tahlvin and and Hale are soo gorgeous, and don't forget Jason and Alec. And and and, yes, Tahlvin has talented manly fingers… ahem. I'm sure that he is skilled in many other activities seeing has how he had a wholllee century or so to learn it. or them…or..hmm.

    My my, aren't the boys getting sorta…anxious. Trying to get wet "girls". And how does he get to call you a girl and you can't call them boys? I tell ya, things have got to change.But now to the..the..Tahlvin. I wouldnt mind being held by Tahlvin..even though his ideas of fun are quit dangerous..throwing people over rails and stuff.. but you didn't look afraid at all. As a matter of fact, it looked like you actually ENJOYED IT!!! And Of course your picture talents are very good. But, NO SHOWER SCENES? And here I was getting all ready for some steamy photos so I could wallow in my pervertedness for FOUR different guys. Maybe you should have struck up a deal with them. IF they let you take pictures, they could throw you in the pool. See, we both get what we want. OR I get what I want anyway. I dunno about you.

    YAYAA GOODIES. SEXY SEXY! I am so hot, but I don't think it has anything to do with the pictures. I just need to turn on the air conditioner. WHEN IS WINTER COMING! OR fall atleast. Jeebus. Ok, me be goin now. Thanks again for everything.

  12. fay says:

    wow! I just recently came across your journal and I've tried to catch up as best as I could and I have to say I adore your boys and you're an excellent writer and illustrator, btw one question I can't resist to ask where on earth did you get those tubes in this photoshoot? they look amazing XD

  13. ana says:

    I'm always amazed by your work,you truly got an eye for style and beauty^^.

    And I love the warehouse,though I keep wondering where did you managed to find thoes tubez thingys that are in the basement?(*I've never seen any anywhere before),and how did you make the pool look so pretty?(*I always want to build a house styled like that,but I cant seem to find the right places to decorate the house with )
    p.s Jason keeps reminding of lenny kravitz XP

    Good luck with your next chapter,cant wait to read it:]
    *hopefully you'll answer my question^^"

  14. amalinaball says:

    Oh, Oh! I think I found the pipes! 🙂

    http://www.insimenator.net/showthread.php?t=11936

    Yay! Yay! At last I can build a warehouse befitting the Sim Entrepenours (sp?) so close to my heart. 😉

    Thanks, Kara! Your Credits page really is a rich source of downloads, I have found loads of things for my own game.

  15. Kara says:

    Eph: hehe Thank you, Ephy! :mrgreen: *huggles back* At first I wasn't going to use the tag because it just wasn't working with the picture. But after "aging" it and adding the font, it finally meshed. It's my favorite part of the header now.

    Eva: haha! Silly girl! 😉 You had an excellent idea: "Maybe you should have struck up a deal with them. IF they let you take pictures, they could throw you in the pool." Now, why didn't I think of that? D'oh!

    Fay and Ana: Thank you! You both asked about where I found the pipes for the warehouse. They're great, aren't they? I fell in love with them when I first saw them at InSIMenator. They add so much to a scene. Oh and, Ana, the pool looks like that because I use Gunmod's Radiance Light System 2.2. I adore that mod. But if you decide to use it, back up all the files it changes…just in case.

    Amalinaball: You found the pipes! 😀 haha You must be very patient to wade through that huge credits page. I'm glad you found it so helpful though. Personally, I love finding new sites from which to download.

  16. E. Black says:

    I had nosebleed central from the other pictures, but I love the ad for the Wraith Warriors. Are they mercs because if so I think I'm in love. 🙂

  17. Kara says:

    E. Black: Indeed, they are mercenaries. :mrgreen:

  18. ana says:

    Thank you so much Amalinaball & Kara 😀

  19. VJ says:

    *drools

  20. tabbs says:

    I love the story and all the pictures WOW wonderful! Though those last pics where do you learn to photo edit like that? Its really cool! *stairs*

  21. Kitty Demonika says:

    "Boom! Headshot!" You know, there is this one guy named FPS Jeremy? Ahhh it couldn't be…although pure pwnage fucking rules. :3 (*Blush*)My apologies for the language but it had to be said, lol. The 2nd half of 'The Boys of Summer' is incredible. The lightning/shading and angles of the shots and especially the boys(And Kara Sim) are all achingly beautiful. You have a great gift, to develop these photo shoots for us to enjoy and savor. Thank you!

  22. Kara says:

    Tabbs: You asked how I learned to photo edit, and my answer is "from many, many tutorials." hehe I just love finding good tutorial sites and trying out their techniques. What I end up with rarely resembles what the tutorial was trying to teach, but at least I learned something in the process.

    Kitty: Your guess was very, very close. I was looking for FPS Doug, but I'm sure that's what you meant, right? 😉 Isn't this your second "no-prize"? u pwn! :mrgreen:

    Yeah, I adore Pure Pwnage and can't wait for them to release the season finale in October (I think). Anyway, I'm so glad to know that you're a PP fan too. Yay!

  23. Kitty Demonika says:

    Lol! Thank you but out of proper embarassment at calling out, 'FPS Jeremy' I must humbly decline the awesome "no-prize" but I'll keep my eyes peeled for a second "no-prize" opportunity though, lol! I actually haven't visited PP in a very long time but if a finale is in the works I better catch up and quick! (Hugs) Hope today finds you happy and thank you for being so sweet. ^_^

  24. e2b says:

    Very lovely! 😀
    Sorry I didn't visit your journal as often as I should but I'll check it out when I have a moment to spare 🙂

    I wish I have such a flair for pictures. All my pictures look so simple compared to yours. My stories are mostly composed of words. Probably why no one reads it ROFL!

    Great work. I just can't decide which male is my fav heehee.

  25. Zenny says:

    Hey Kara! I really like your stories! You definitely have a talent. I just can't wait for the next chapter ;)… I have a weird question, I'd like to know how to create a site like yours, with the .com at the end and with the name of my story… without stuff like http://mystory.createyoursite.blog.com???? I hope you understand.

  26. Kara says:

    Thank you so much, Zenny! I actually have to pay for my domain name and server space to be able set up my URL like it is. I'm not sure if there is another way to do it or not.

  27. Shelby says:

    I have read all of your stories and your guys are amazing!!! If I promise not to use him in any stories, can I have Tahlvin? If not, can you tell me where to get the elf ears…elves are hot! LOL! Thanks!

    PS – I WOW my self – lvl 70 belf hunter – Thrall – US – Goes by the name of Arendiel….how bout you?

  28. Kara says:

    Thanks, Shelby! 🙂 I have no plans on uploading Tahlvin at the moment, but I do know where you can download elf ears. There are actually three different types by Louis at Simcribbling (click on "Accessories" [side menu] > "Elf Ears" [top menu]). I use version one of the ears on Tahlvin and my other elves in "Worlds Apart".

    As for WoW, I have so many characters it's not even funny! haha These are the one's that are my current favorites (all US servers):

    Katriss, Draenei female — lvl 70 hunter on Hyjal
    Xannic, Blood Elf male — lvl 62 hunter on Hyjal
    Asiter, Blood Elf male — lvl 23 paladin on Hyjal (much love for the blood elf males, they are very sexy)
    Ellis, Draenei female — lvl 28 paladin on Hyjal
    Pahnii, Draenei female — lvl 54 priest on Nordrassil (will probably transfer her to Hyjal at some point)

    I have many more characters (I'm kind of an alt-oholic), but these are the ones I play the most. And I really don't have enough time to play them. For example, I'm currently playing Ellis, but I haven't touched my priest Pahnii for about six months now.

  29. Shelby says:

    I too am an altoholic – my toons are as follows;

    Arendiel – lvl 70 BE hunter
    Apothecari – lvl 22 BE rogue (she is way cute)
    Maraska – lvl 20 BE pally
    Aeowyn – lvl 12 BE priest
    Grimcrusader – lvl 15 BE pally
    Savagetigres – lvl 1 BE hunter (bank toon – lol)

    I am taking a break from wow for awhile – wanted to get back into my Sims and I haven't been able to balance – if I have an active subscription I am so on WoW and I neghlesct my Sims. They get mad at me too! LOL!

    Thanks for the info on the elf ears – much appreciated! Have fun and pwn those noobs!

  30. Cheripye822 says:

    ROFL!!!

    The whole photoshoot was so real, I absolutely love how your characters are portrayed. I myself can get one in my head and no matter how I ignore them, they still come out. LOL!

    Great Job!!!! I am definately a fan 80)

  31. Kara says:

    Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed the shoot. Characters are funny that way. They can almost seem real sometimes.

 

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