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Liebster Award


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.

  1. Put the award on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you
  3. Nominate 5 to 11 other blogs
  4. Answer the 11 questions that were asked
  5. 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.

I nominate:
  1.  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.

  2.  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.

  3.  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.

  4.  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.

  5.  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.

  6.  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.

  7.  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.

  8.  Simsville.  Since 2005, Tanja has been building an amazing world that she shares with her readers through her blog.

  9. Kulo Seeri.   VT’s interest in anthropology and pre-historic life shine through in her world, Kulo Seeri.

  10.  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.

  11.  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.

  1.   What’s you all-time favorite place in the world?  (If you don’t feel comfortable giving the location, just a description).

  2.   Who is your favorite, non-sims author?

  3.  When did you start playing Sims?

  4.   What is your favorite part of playing or blogging sims?

  5.  What is your least favorite part of playing or blogging sims?

  6.   Where do you find/get inspiration for your blog’s characters?

  7.   What about the setting, how did you come up with the imaginary aspects of your sims’ world?

  8.   How did you decide to start blogging about your game?

  9.   Do you know any simmers in your everyday life, or just online?

  10.  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!)

  11.  All time favorite sims moment?












22 Comments so far:

  1. manda1021 says:

    Aw Thanks so much for your kind words. Loved reading all your answers to your question. I’m sorry for your loss. I can’t wait to check out some of the blogs you have nominated because half of them I didn’t even know about lol.

  2. cathytea says:

    You were on my nominate list! Look what happens when I wait! It’s so fun because so many of us read and love each other’s work, so seeing the way this circle expands and develops is just delightful! I’ve decided to take the same tack as you–stretching the circle out to some of the amazing blogs I’m reading that perhaps some of us haven’t yet discovered! This is so fun. I love your questions, too. (They’re a lot like the ones I’ve been thinking of!)

    • Since I saw that you were nominated, I’ve been curious what you would do with your Liebster post, after the awesome stuff you did with the Chain Letter story, and knowing you I also thought you were most likely waiting to make sure as many great simmers are nominated as possible, because you read so many blogs. It is fun to see how it it spreads. Can’t wait to see yours, and your questions! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Echo Weaver says:

    Wow! Thank you for the nomination! I would love to be a part of this. I’m currently out of town, but I’m thinking hard about who I will nominate.

    I learned a lot about you from your answers. I’m also sorry for your loss.

    I pick entries off of people’s blogrolls all the time, but your list of nominees is more personal. I look forward to checking them out.

    • Hope you are having a great trip! I’m glad you didn’t mind the nomination and look forward to your nominations. Me too, I find blogs probably primarily through others’ blogrolls (most Blogger blogs have it right on the sidebar).

  4. Carla says:

    Thanks for the award and for your kind words about me and my blog, Shannon! I will be sure to pay it forward to some other blogs, though it might be a few days before I get everything together.

    I enjoyed reading your answers and was so sorry to read about your son. 🙁

    • Those were mostly really fun questions, and I decided pretty quickly to answer the regret question honestly about John. I’m grateful for all the good things that have happened since then, and only recently, for the person I’ve become since then, but I still can’t say that his death was a good thing.

      I look forward to seeing yours, and your nominations!

  5. Echo Weaver says:

    Honestly, I”m not sure if I can come up with five nominations of people who read my blog. I don’t get all that many readers these days. But I’ll do my best :).

  6. Echo Weaver says:

    Honestly, I’m not sure I can come up with five nominations of bloggers who read mine. I don’t get that many readers these days. I’ll do my best!

  7. Echo Weaver says:

    ARGH! Why did the comments show up down here??

    • Echo Weaver, are you referring to the similar comment that showed up again? I’m not sure what happened… let me know if there’s something I can fix on the settings for comments.

      • Echo Weaver says:

        I seem to be having trouble commenting on this blog using my WordPress identity…. which is kind of ironic, since this is a WordPress blog. The comment was supposed to be a reply to your comment in the existing thread.

        Fortunately, I have plenty of profiles to choose from. I’ll go back to my Google+ one :).

        • Echo Weaver says:

          Huh. And the G+ profile doesn’t display the picture, even though it displays it in the comment-entry box.

          • I don’t see any settings I can change to have profiles show up any more than they are. And I wonder what is happening with your WordPress identity not working right on this blog. So your G+ profile picture showed up before you entered your comment, but once you posted it, it went away?

            • Echo Weaver says:

              I am at a loss as to why my WordPress identity isn’t registering.

              When I use my G+ profile, my profile picture appears in the edit form, but it then doesn’t appear to be included in the comment when I post it.

              It’s not a huge deal. Maybe some other time I’ll spam your blog with test comments to see if I can figure it out.

  8. maisie says:

    Aww Shannon, totally choked me up about your son, I just can’t even imagine. No doubt on trading things in the past decade to have him back.

    Thank you for the kind words, and nomination. I started my draft last night and aim for this weekend to finish. It was nice getting to know more about you! I need to check out this Arthur C Clark, not sure if I’m familiar with him (at least not aware that I am!). I adore Jane Austen as well, but wouldn’t say she’s a favorite…. But then again I can’t actually pick one. 😉

    • Thanks so much, Maisie, and you are welcome for the nomination! I love Millwood, it is so alive in my imagination through your pictures and writing.

      The Rama series (Arthur C Clarke) has such incredible characters and scope. The first book, Rendezvous with Rama, is really interesting but it is a bit more dry, I would say, than Rama II, Garden of Rama, and Rama Revealed. The main characters join the story in Rama II, and Nicole, the main protagonist, is an amazing woman. I am still hoping Ridley Scott will make a movie trilogy of the books because they are so amazing. My oldest daughter, Simone, is named after Nicole’s oldest daughter in the book. Rama is a huge spacecraft/mini world that arrives in the vicinity of earth, and a team of astronauts is sent out to investigate, in the first book, Rendezvous with Rama. On its own, the first book is a really cool book. Then, a generation later, the story deepens and becomes much more a story about the human condition when another team is sent to not only rendezvous with Rama, which has returned, but to travel in it through the cosmos at the invitation of the gigantic spacecraft’s creators.

      I hear you about not being able to pick favorites. I usually don’t pick favorites, but just kind of picked some of the authors I really like for this.

  9. lovesstorms says:

    OH. MY. WORD. I JUST noticed that you nominated There Goes the Neighborhood for the Liebster. I’m SOOOO ashamed that I didn’t notice it before. My apologies! <3 Anyway, I’m grateful for your nomination and I’ll get right to work on it. 😀

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