Thank you so much to Manda, the author of Sim Tales Woven, for nominating my blog for a Liebster Award. A google search of the word Liebster tells me that it means sweetheart in German; I think the connotation here is along the lines of being a favorite. It is hard to believe I am on Manda’s list of favorites, and it makes me really happy! Manda is a diligent writer who amazes me with the several stories and challenges she has going. I can’t imagine being as prolific as an author as she is! I enjoy Manda’s blog and feel very honored that this blog was on her list.
This is a grassroots, pay-it-forward type of award, and there are some responsibilities that go with the nomination.
- Put the award on your blog
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate 5 to 11 other blogs
- Answer the 11 questions that were asked
- Then ask the people you nominate, 11 questions.
I love how Manda said she had a wilty flower moodlet after picking her nominees– it is a part that makes me tense too– not because of a shortage of favorites, but having to choose among them. Luckily, several of my favorites have recently been nominated, leaving me free to choose ones who have not been chosen before, to my knowledge. I am also going to nominate all 11 that I’m allowed, just in case a few do not wish to accept the award. After all, not everyone is enthusiastic about something like this with chain-letter style features, and my hope is that these authors I really admire will feel free to ignore this if they wish, and since I am nominating the full number allowed, no harm done.
- Sullivan. Carla’s blog is a touchstone for Sims 2 rotational gameplay, and over the years she has inspired dozens, if not hundreds, of simmers to adopt that style of play, and many to blog about it.
Millwood. Maisie’s fictional town, Millwood, and surrounding areas, comes to life through her building, decorating, and writing. She’s built a rich history and deep connections that form a backdrop for the inhabitants, who lead diverse and realistic lives.
Sample, A Brave Legacy. Susan (Echo Weaver) has the distinction of writing the longest running Sims 3 Legacy blog. Her dry humor and keen observations make Sample a great read.
Apple Valley. I still remember stumbling across Apple Valley in 2008. It was a paradigm-shifting experience! I eagerly consumed everything I could find on her For Sims, By Sims blog and the Behind the Scenes section, and Apple Valley is still going strong.
Dee’s Sims 2 Stuff . Dee’s Challenge neighborhood, with Lydia and Israel at the center, is gorgeous and dynamic, and the whole town is built from scratch by Dee, who is a phenomenal Sims builder and decorator.
There Goes the Neighborhood. I found Lovesstorms’ blog through SimsWriters, and so glad I did! There Goes the Neighborhood is a humorous story with great photography.
The Wolff Legacy. WhatthePlum takes the format of legacy writing and has it perform fun tricks. Great dialogue, funny lines, and never a cliche’d post.
Simsville. Since 2005, Tanja has been building an amazing world that she shares with her readers through her blog.
Kulo Seeri. VT’s interest in anthropology and pre-historic life shine through in her world, Kulo Seeri.
Barchester. A diverse range of households come to life through Simnovoris’ building, writing, and rotational play. The look of her sims will blow you away, but they are more than window-dressing, with their struggles, joys, and conflicts highlighted through her writing.
La Lune Bleue, This blogger posts gorgeous Sims 3 scenery, and tells great wishacy and legacy stories through Tumblr’s platform.
Answers for Questions asked by Manda:
How old were you when you started writing?
I was about 9. I remember my first story was about a mouse who got a chance to go up in a hot air balloon and had her perspective changed.
What is your favorite thing to do?
After spending time with my family, playing Sims, of course! In the Sims, my absolute favorite is building, but I also enjoy playing and blogging.
If you could have one wish granted what would it be?
For everyone to care about how their actions affect others, and let that influence their choices for good.
What is the last Movie you watched?
Interstellar. Also my favorite of probably the last two years, along with the Lego Movie.
What would be your dream vacation?
To go back to Koh Phangan, a remote island off Thailand, for at least 2 full weeks.
So you write, but do you like to read?
Yes, I love stories with lots of humor, stories about historical periods that have a lot of human interest woven in, and stories that wrestle with the meaning of life.
If you could go back in time what is one thing you would change about your life?
Simplest question in the world. I would not go to the waterfall, the day that my son, John, fell and hit his head. There’s no way to imagine what my life would be like, but hopefully he would still be with us. Everything good that’s happened in the last decade would be an easy trade.
What is your favorite dessert?
What is your favorite season?
Summer. I love balmy evenings.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a sweet dog named Ani. We also call her World Eater because she’ll eat anything. On her list of accomplishments in that arena are a tin can, a dozen cupcakes (at the same time) and a whole package of Keeblr fudge cookies. And, my daughter has a very sweet cat, Nala.
Who is your favorite author?
This is a hard question. It depends what I feel like reading. I laugh out loud every time I read Pride and Prejudice, but wouldn’t choose Jane Austen as an overall favorite; I adore the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but Douglas Adams, in the end has a little too much cynicism to be an all time fave. The last few books of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series rival anything I’ve ever read for meaning and entertainment; Michael Crichton’s books were all reliably impossible to put down. However, if you make me choose, I guess I’d choose Arthur C. Clarke, because although he disappointed me greatly with his last few books, the Rama series is an amazing story that is one-of-a-kind and without him, would never have been written.
Eleven Questions for my nominees:
Disclaimer: I hope these questions aren’t too intrusive. I tried to think, if my Liebsters, all of whom I admire so much, were in a room with me, what questions would I ask, that are related to our shared interests. And then I tried to filter for a public forum like the web. No doubt, if we met in person, we’d find other interests and experiences we share, and we’d read each other’s body language about whether we were asking something too private. If you are reading a question, and it makes you feel aggravated that I would ask it, I hope you’ll know my response would be, don’t worry about it.
- What’s you all-time favorite place in the world? (If you don’t feel comfortable giving the location, just a description).
Who is your favorite, non-sims author?
When did you start playing Sims?
What is your favorite part of playing or blogging sims?
What is your least favorite part of playing or blogging sims?
Where do you find/get inspiration for your blog’s characters?
What about the setting, how did you come up with the imaginary aspects of your sims’ world?
How did you decide to start blogging about your game?
Do you know any simmers in your everyday life, or just online?
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? (I’m about a six, this happened last week!)
All time favorite sims moment?