Thank You Post
The fabulous Chealsycat of Goldilocks & Bears, awesome Kate who writes the Loewe Legacy, and the amazing Velikosmijanje of vsims3, and of Stories in Clay, were each well deserved recipients of the Sunshine Blogger Award, the Unique Blogger Award, and the Versatile Blogger Award, and nominated me as well. If you haven’t checked out their blogs, you are missing something.
Chealsycat was the First Place Winner for the September 2016 Short Story Writing Challenge! Exit Without Saving shows how one woman made the brave choice to shape her world in spite of sorrow and trauma. Chealsycat regularly posts cool blog posts about her cats, her life, as well as fun ones about sims (& bears!).
Kate’s Loewe Legacy is a beautifully told Sim 3 legacy challenge, rich in detail and illustrated with gorgeous screenshots. She presents the information about her sims lives in such a creative way, with unique pages like the Family Tree, Family Information presented on personally crafted Personal Information Cards, and the Family Graveyard.
Velikosmijanje has an incredible level of depth in her rotationally played Sunset Valley Sims 3 neighborhood, and writes a variety of different characters in believable and touching ways. Her kindness and compassion really shine through in the way she can get at the feelings and motivations of all of her characters, whether they are criminals, politicians, housewives, or any other station in life. She’s just started a new story about a retired man who has returned to Twinbrook, Stories in Clay.
Thank you for sharing this honor and mostly, for creating your stories and passion for simming.
Ok, this is what happens when one procrastinates for months to respond! Here are some of the questions that went along with the awards.
Kate’s Questions (Unique Blogger Award)
- What do you think makes your story different from the rest, what is it that makes it unique? If my stories are unique, it’s when how I see the world shows through the telling of my sims’ experiences. I recently wrote in a short side plot for Simdale Valley about unaccompanied youth, hoping it might help bring some awareness of a type of challenge that some children and teens face. If anything, it matters to me that compassion and hope come through in my telling of my sims’ stories.
- Which group do you belong to? Writers using The Sims as a source of images for their stories or Simmers who love sharing the stories of their Sims with others? I definitely fall into the group that shares the stories of my sims with my readers. My stories are very much gameplay-driven.
- Who of your Sims you’ve ever created is your absolute favorite and why? I have a lot of favorites among pre-mades and born in game sims, and because of the way I play, I have created relatively few sims. That said, when I started to answer this question, I didn’t realize how hard it would be! My legacy founder, Maddi Tesla, is in the running. But after narrowing down Sims I created for Simdale Valley, I would say my favorite is Naomi Redbird, because she exemplifies such an autonomous drive in game. She is such a strong character. Naomi is a woman who can tackle anything and have fun doing it; she’s a serial romantic who is self-assured and outgoing. When I first made her in Sims 2 as a college student and possible romantic interest for Declan McElveen or George Endeavor, I didn’t realize that she was going to take on a life of her own, but that’s how Naomi is. Her Sims 4 self is really playing out to reflect how I saw her character through her Sims 2 manifestation.
Share Seven Random Facts About Yourself (for the Versatile Blogger Award)
- My husband is my soulmate.
- I’m an INFJ (Meyer’s Brigg Type Inventory)
- I’m a Nationally Certified Counselor
- And I work as a school counselor.
- A big part of who I am is that I have lived in the Philippines (1979-1987), New Orleans (1994 – 1998) India (1999-2000), Nepal (2000-2004), Thailand (2004-2006)
- My adopted hometown is Gainesville, Florida, USA, and I’ve lived here longer now than any other place.
- I have a 22 year old daughter and an 18 year old daughter, both of whom are my pride and joy.
Chealsycat’s Questions (Sunshine Blogger Award)
- What is your favourite season? In real life, autumn
- What does The Sims mean for you? The sims has been an outlet for my imagination for a long time now, over 16 years! Through building and playing and blogging, I can have fun, work through and express things that are going on or I’m working through, and occasionally, I create something. I love seeing a history develop and evolve, whether in my rotational hood or in my legacy-style gameplay. Some days when I help people through painful situations on my job as a counselor, or pressures build at work, I look forward to coming home and playing just as an escape. It’s also been a way to connect with other people, through blogging and social networking, which has become much more important to me in the past three years.
- What is your favourite fairy tale? The Princess Bride, because it is funny, but mostly because, Wesley always did come for Buttercup, even when it was impossible. “Well…you were dead,” she said. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”
- If you met a fairy, what three wishes would you ask her to grant? Well- if we can wish for anything, then first, physical peace. Second, universal good will. For everyone in the world to truly see others in a way that would allow them to respect each person. Third, to be able to understand and speak any language.
- Fairy? Vampire? Mermaid/Merman? Witch? Unicorn? Dragon? – What would you like to be? Mermaid!! I love being under water anyway, and if I could breathe and swim powerfully, that would be amazing.
- Have you ever been to Russia? Would you like to go there (again)? No, I’ve never been, but would like to visit. I have a friend who travels to St. Petersburg or Moscow a couple of times a year, and tells me about it.
- What is your favourite music? Celtic/new age. I know it is not considered great music by a lot of people, but I love the haunting sounds. And soundtracks like Memoirs of a Geisha and Out of Africa.
- What are five flowers you love most of all? Red Roses, tulips, black-eyed susans, sunflowers, bright gerbera daisies
- Imagine: it’s rainy and cold. What are you going to do? Brew some tea and play sims, of course! Or snuggle. And make a big pot of stew or spaghetti.
- Cats or dogs? Dogs, but I also like cats.
- Rain or snow? Rain. I’m not a huge fan of cold.
V’s Questions (Sunshine Blogger Award)
- Do you really enjoy writing for your blog? Does it ever feel more like an obligation then actual hobby? Occasionally, getting started feels like an obligation, but I usually get into a flow. The choosing, uploading, and ordering of the screenshots is the part that feels like a chore, so I usually do that in one or two work sessions, and then write later.
- Do you like reading? What is your favorite genre of books? My favorite genre is historical romance. I like reading nonfiction, historical fiction, and science fiction (The Martian was awesome, I love Arthur C Clarke’s Rama series), along with other kinds of fiction, but for sheer fun I like books like The Other Boleyn Girl or The Red Queen. My favorite classic is probably Pride & Prejudice or, in a darker mood, Wuthering Heights.
- What is your favorite book? The Little Prince by Antoine De St Exupery
- Out of all the places you visited which is your favorite? Koh Phangan beach in Thailand.
- Rank the continents from which you would most like to visit to least. Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia (because I’ve been to some places there already), South America, Antarctica, North America
- Are you happy with your current job, career? Yes
- If you could make one different choice at any point of your life what would you change? I would not go on the hike the day my 8 year old son fell at a waterfall in Thailand. He passed away the next day. John would hopefully still be with us.
- What is your favorite food? Spaghetti
- Do you have any phobias? being cold??!
- Do you like to exercise or do some physical activities? Yes, I walk everyday and enjoy swimming. I also like kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and I am planning to do 3 5k races this spring.
- Besides blogging what are your other hobbies? Cross-stitching (world’s slowest completer of projects), reading, and being outside, training/watching and being with my dog.
Unique Blogger Nominations:
Simple Pleasantries by Lochlander (Kaitlin). This brand new story is a tongue-in-cheek Regency romp set in Pleasantview, er Pleasantshire, in the tone of Austen. The setting, clothing, writing and screenshots are flawless.
Kuulo Seeri by VT is a blog I’ve nominated before but even if VT doesn’t want to participate again, her blog cannot be left out of a list I’m making of Unique blogs. I love her take on the Sims, with a deep background in anthropology.
We’re All Mad Here by Echoweaver- (A Wonderland Weirdacy Sims 3 ISBI with a weird genetics twist). Echoweaver is on hiatus, but her long-standing story is one of a kind and must be mentioned.
The Nords a Sims 3 Viking Story is a Tumblr I only recently found. If you want to engross yourself in 1066 through the Sims, this is the only blog I know of!
Versatile Blogger Nominations
Sims 3 Medieval – She is absolutely a genius at recreating historical periods and story-telling in the Sims 3, which requires a lot of technical and artistic expertise.
Postcards from Sierra Nova by Laura, whose skills include modding, posing, troubleshooting, novel writing, and whose stories are always addictive. Her blog is a reference, a fun read, and a bar to strive for in writing and production.
Sullivan by Carla – Carla is a very quiet expert at everything Sims 2 and gives of her time generously. Her blog is an inspiration and her skills in the areas of custom content creation, hood maintenance, in game portraits, are stunning. I’ve nominated her at least once, and hope she doesn’t feel obligated to respond!
Millwood by Maisie – Maisie is artistic in her writing, screen captures, and building/decorating/hood development. It all comes together to create a Sims 2 world that is so real I feel that her sims are my neighbors. Again, I’ve nominated Maisie before, please don’t feel obligated to participate.
Simbury by Alice is a blog I’ve only recently found on Tumblr, and I look forward to the posts from her well-crafted Sims 2 Regency neighborhood and story.
Greeneyed Sims – Greeneyed is an experienced simmer whose posts will make you smile. She’s starting up a new Sims 4 rotational hood that’s going to be great to follow from the beginning.
Cathytea’s Simlit Anthology – Cathytea is the quintessential Sunshine blogger, who brings joy to so many simmers’ lives with her kind encouragement, insightful writing, and prolific fun with all kinds of facets of the sims games.
Noble Doubt by Rosemary is a blog I really want to read more of. Rosemary is a generous and kind simmer who encourages others.
Historical Sims Life by Annika is another historical simblr that I look forward to each day. Her current project is an Edwardian version of Windenburg.
And finally, my questions! (Should you choose to participate)
- What are some of your favorite Sims forums or social media?
- Which sims game is the one you connect with most?
- Which aspect of simming is the most sheer fun, to you?
Thanks, as always, for reading and for your awesome part in the sims community!