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Spirit Animal Award

CathyTea kindly nominated The Simdale Valley Post for the Spirit Animal Award.   CTCathy Tea’s Simlit Anthology is an overflowing well of ideas, inspiration, and zany fun.  She has so many different amazing stories, challenges, and collaborative projects going.  My first favorite was her Goofy Love legacy story.  She amazes me with her ability to play a challenge by the rules (and play it well!) but let her creativity run wild at the same time.  A hummingbird is, indeed, a fitting spirit animal for Cathy Tea because she is such a cross-pollinator of ideas.  Her curiosity and positivity keep the Sims 4 community buzzing, like a shaded garden  tumbling with all kinds of well-tended plants around each corner and new little sprouts popping up here and there.

In contrast, I am quite a bit more reticent and inward in my play and in my writing and blogging.  Back in 2008, with my first Sims 2 blog, blogging and gameplay started as one of my ways to re-energize as an introvert, and it still serves that purpose.  I get in a flow while writing and reflecting on my sims’ characters and what’s going on around them, what their possibilities are, and what I can create for them next to expand or make a reality, their world.  I fiercely protect and nurture my sims and their world, Simdale Valley, and because of that, and my natural preference to keep a low profile and be left alone, I think a Mountain Gorilla might be my spirit animal.


But blogging and being part of this community has actually helped me open up a lot, too.   Starting with Apple Valley, Sullivan, Lakeside Heights, and Millwood, the imagination, creativity, and depth they’d developed in their games and blogs, inspired me to do more with my mine, and they still amaze me. Now, with renewed interest in Sims 2, there are great new blogs like Barchester.  The first Sims 3 blog that let me see all that sparks the imagination in that game, was Sample, A Brave Legacy.  And with the growing interest in Sims 4, there’s an amazing proliferation of players who share ideas, stories, custom content, and the fun of simming on their blogs and on Tumblr.  It has become important to me to be part of this community.  Kuulo Seeri bridges all the games.

It’s difficult to nominate only ten blogs.  Also, please don’t feel obligated to pass this along if it’s not your thing!


Maisie has built a sims world rich with history and ambience.  I could look at her screenshots all day long, and her stories are deep but I really appreciate that they are also to the point, and I really enjoy the economy of her writing.


Sullivan has several generations of sims with incredible continuity and interconnected-ness.  She lets each sim be who they are.   I also really love Carla’s decorating aesthetic:  all her environments look so real, yet so playable and with such clean lines.

Sample, A Brave Legacy

Susan takes so many realistic and fantastical elements of the Sims 3 game engine and makes a cohesive world out of it, with great dialogue and characters that you want to live forever.

Postcards from Sierra Nova

Laura uses the sims as a platform for storytelling like no one else, and goes to greater lengths than anyone I know well, to create each screenshot, each setting, and each plot development.  I love trying to figure out how she got the game to do that… but am also drawn into her characters’ lives to the same degree.

Kuulo Seeri

VT’s world is the result of one incredible experiment after another, trying to find the ultimate expression of some of those amazing ideas in her head.  One reason I love it, is my interest in anthropology, which she explores as she wrestles with the Maxis culture that the game will run with, left unchecked.

Sims 3 Medieval Simblr

Every single post on this blog makes me say, “Wow.”  She is building a Sims 3 Middle Earth.  And every epoch that she’s highlighted has been just gorgeous.

Kingdom of Valta History Story

This is a new Sims 4 challenge, and the story and screenshots have been completely amazing.  This author has built a world, including religion, culture, and warfare, that allows the reader to immerse themselves in the middle ages.

Johnny149’s History Challenge

If you haven’t seen it yet, this history challenge will blow you away with the detail of each epoch’s setting, and characterizations that make it come to life.  It’s also just a blast to read, with outrageous characters and plot twists.

LaLuneBleu’s Simblr

Her screenshots from Sims 3 have been some of my favorites over the years.  Now she’s also posting Sims 4.

Casus Bella: Stories From the Sims 4

If you haven’t read Bill’s satirical story, you are really missing out.  If I could only read one Sims 4 blog, I think this would have to be it.

If you accept & want to participate, here are the next steps:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their page.

2.) Post the award picture on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4.) If you could be any animal, what would it be?

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.




9 Comments so far:

  1. chealsycat says:

    Congratulations! You really deserve it!

  2. cathytea says:

    Thank you for your kind words! 🙂 So excited to see all your nominations, too!

  3. Carla says:

    A most deserved award for a great blog! Congratulations Shannon!

    I’m not sure I have a spirit animal myself but you were so kind to nominate my little blog. Thanks!

  4. Carla, I can’t imagine NOT nominating your blog, since it’s meant so much to me (and a lot of other simmers, I wager) and I enjoy it so much. Don’t worry about passing it on, though, because there’s going to be plenty of nominations going around the community. The spirit animal aspect reminds me of counseling graduate school– if you were an element, which would it be? Or if you were an animal, which would it be?

    • Carla says:

      I’ve always had trouble with those sort of hypothetical questions! I sit there thinking “I don’t know. I like dogs?” LOL.

      But thank you again for the lovely words. 🙂

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