Ah, much thanks to Shannon and Emma for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award! I’m truly honored. ❤ I love reading sim blogs, and now with this award floating around, I am able to discover even more!
Accepting the nomination comes with these conditions:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
4. Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.
My Answers to Emma’s Questions:
1. What do you find most gratifying about sharing your Sims’ stories?
I like the community, a huge portion of people that love the sims, share their stories, care about yours?! Best fandom ever! I just love being apart of it, even in a small way.
2. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do in the Sims but never got around to?
I just really want some more diversity in my genetics. I’d like some red haired born sims for starters, but I have quite a few families in the background that I’m really hoping get to join playable rank soon. I also really want to build a stable, and have a horse set up, but I can’t ever pull the trigger on which horses to download. (I’m finally getting my farmer out of Elias McCarthy though, so I can be patient!)
3. What’s one thing you’ve read that has changed your way of experiencing or understanding life?
“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor altered my very perception of people. The largest impact for me was in regards to souls in the book, and being placed in a body that might not match the inner beauty held within. I’ve never been one to mock others for the way they looked, and have been very bristled by that behavior in others, but it softened me even more in this regard.
4. How do you manage to keep up with reading all the blogs that you read?
I’m terribly behind right now. We just finished school, so I should be back on top soon. I usually try to read once a week, but my routine is so lost that it’s just a mere memory. Currently I’m trying to squeeze some updates in before bed, at least once a week.
5. What’s your favorite part about blogging?
Sharing stories, and having people who can understand and appreciate, like “Oh my sim has totally done that too!” or all the sharing, like how to even do heights at the beginning, I still use Laura’s height chart(!), ROS, and just sharing how we all play and rotate, decorate, and what works for our games; it totally revolutionized the way I play, and inspired me to blog. So the sharing is my favorite part! 🙂
6. What is your favorite Sim game (1, 2, 3 or 4) and favorite expansion?
Sims 2 without thought. I haven’t tried TS4, TS1 was ages ago, and TS3 is okay. I have played TS3 in the past, but not for a year or more.
7. What music inspires you?
For writing, I usually listen to stations on Pandora: Film Scores, The Lumineers, and Band of Horses, because they are mellow and not demanding of my attention. But for life, I love hard rock music: blood pumping, wind in the hair, belting out tunes, and the concerts!
8. What do you hope to express in your Sims stories?
Relationships. At the core of what I like to write about, it’s all about relationships, and an empathy for all. Family, friendships, I’m interested in all types, and that’s what I hope to express in my writing.
9. What’s one of the funniest things that has happened to you or your Sims while Simming?
I’m drawing such a blank… I saved this question for more than a day, and I’m still completely hopeless. Recently, I was humored by Alice counseling Ella, both have never partaken in woohoo, but Alice is intent to talk about it. I shared these at N99 recently, but it’s all I can think of! (I know as soon as I publish this, I will have ten new stories! Such is the way.) Pictures : Alice and Ella discussing:: Ella’s amazing expression
10. What inspires you to continue Simming and blogging when you think about stopping?
I can’t say that I’ve considered stopping. I have had to take breaks, and fallen out of inspiration for periods of time, but reading others’ blogs have always brought me right back as soon as I was able.
11. What else would you like to share with us that I haven’t asked?
I enjoy conversing, and reading others’ stories, so if you read mine, and have your own blog, but don’t comment, please do! Then I can find your blog, and read about your sims too. Conversations, and meeting others that sim is my next favorite part of this community outside of all the sharing of ideas, concepts, charts, and pictures.
My Answers for Shannon’s Questions:
What’s you all-time favorite place in the world? (If you don’t feel comfortable giving the location, just a description).
My husband. He is my home and heart. We move every few years, and I don’t have a “home” (outside of Chicago, which always has a piece of my heart), but he’s my heart and home, I can be anywhere when he is near.
Who is your favorite, non-sims author?
This is crazy talk! I don’t know how to even begin choosing a favorite author; it’s incomprehensible. I mentioned Laini Taylor above, Rainbow Rowell is always touching, Roald Dahl & Beverly Cleary for children’s author, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series (Ohmy!), and Sim blog book writers like Shana Norris, Laura Rae Amos, and I intend to read Emma’s book this year too. I go through phases of what genre and which authors, I’ve enjoyed reading classic horror novels recently, Shirley Jackson was good, King is well… top in horror. 🙂
I’m on goodreads, and I’d enjoy being anyone’s friend on there, and sharing books, and reviews.
When did you start playing Sims?
Back when TS1 was released. My friend got a demo before it was released, she showed it to me, and I spent the entire time wanting to steal the mouse from her hands and make that sim guy clean up his house! I was hooked!
What is your favorite part of playing or blogging sims?
I mentioned this one above, it’s totally the sharing aspect. I wouldn’t have played this long and enjoyed it so thoroughly without other blogs out there, and the kind community.
What is your least favorite part of playing or blogging sims?
Being behind in reading other blogs. I feel poorly when I’m not caught up, especially for those that are so kind to comment on mine. Just know that if I am behind, I will catch up, I use feedly to keep track of what is new, so I won’t miss anything.
Where do you find/get inspiration for your blog’s characters?
Just like anything I write, things I see, feel, or think up, and some parts are based on people I know, while the sims themselves are a large portion of it. I really adore how the sims can really come alive and make decisions especially with the help of ACR.
What about the setting, how did you come up with the imaginary aspects of your sims’ world?
South Port – based on a merging of Seattle and Chicago, two cities I adore. I’ve only visited Seattle though, so that’s more terrain (with the sound for instance and the island like Bainbridge), whereas my build style is more of Chicago, cause I grew up there, and still get chills driving up to the city.
Millwood – is based on a small mountain town… but really it’s my Mom’s farm community that she moved to after I went off to college. That small town with all its gossip, and relationships is fascinating to me. My sisters grew up there for the most part, and I am just baffled by the small town dynamics. Can’t even imagine living it! I love the idea of a small town… not so much the reality (I think, as I’ve never lived in a truly small one to know).
How did you decide to start blogging about your game?
I read Carla’s blog. She’s to blame for all this madness! ❤ 🙂
Do you know any simmers in your everyday life, or just online?
My eldest shares Millwood with me, all my girls play the sims free play, and two play TS3. My Mom and I used to create CC for Sims 2 way back in the beginning, and had a site together. That was fun. But she doesn’t play anymore.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being completely), how freaked out are you when the power/internet go out and you can’t play or read or write about sims?
Some of my most fond memories were during power outages, at night we light tons of candles and play some board games. During the day, there are always books to read and in the south, we would lose power regularly on beautiful sunshine days, so we’d just go outside to enjoy the sunshine. But I will admit that at first, I feel very lost… so much relies on electricity! 🙂
All time favorite sims moment?
Some of my favorite moments have come from ROS, or the game. Like when Annie Carver died, I was broken up over saving, and I still wonder what might have been… but I think it has made Ella’s story that much richer (and goodness I adore Ella, her sim is just so darn miserable, and grumpy all the time!). It’s those moments though, when things happen that I wouldn’t have planned, or when ROS takes action, that bring a new dimension and level of interest in the game for me. Charlie Grimsley only existed because I rolled the ROS for Tim to have a brother move in… then Cara wouldn’t have married him, there’d be no adorable Lulu or Jake ether.
My Nominees: (I tried to limit to blogs that have posted this year, and these are in no particular order, as I used my reader to try and not miss any.)
Laura from Postcards from Sierra Nova
Sari from Wellington Sims
Simnovoris from Barchester County
Carla from Sullivan Sims
Fini from Newtopia Heights
Jane from Richmond
Asha from Riverdale
Mao from Aperture Valley (though she’s on hiatus being a Mommy) 🙂
Starr from Apple Valley
Shana from Pine Hollow (she may not blog much these days, but she was also a major influence in my start of blogging sims)
Annastesia from World of Sims
Dee with the Challenge Family
Jen from La Quest Beach
My Questions: (borrowing some from the others)
1. What is your favorite part of your sims & your neighborhood?
2. What are you really good at, be in regards to the game, real life, work, anything?
3. How do you relax or unwind after a trying day?
4. Favorite vacation or vacation you’d love to take?
5. What projects do you have planned or hope to accomplish for your game?
6. How large is your sims CC folder?
7. What is your blogging and playing process? (Write first, plan, play first…)
8. What is your favorite family tradition ether now, or from childhood?
9. Where do you find your inspiration for buildings (community/residential) that you build/decorate?
10. Favorite pizza toppings?
11. What’s your favorite season in real life and in the sims game?