Liebster Award

A “Liebster Award” is an award given to bloggers by bloggers; the person who nominated you is saying, “I love your blog!” and you’re saying the same to the people you nominate.  It’s a great way to share your favorite stories with others and create cross-traffic across the blogging community.  If nominated, you may choose to deny or accept it; if you deny it, you do nothing.  If you accept it, there are a few responsibilities that come with the award:

  1.  Post the award on your blog.
  2.  Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  3.  Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve the award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
  4.  Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator and ask your nominees 11 questions.

This page is dedicated entirely to the Liebster Award, my nominators, and my nominees.  It will be updated frequently as I get more nominations and/or find more bloggers to nominate — so check back often for new content!

My first nominator is the amazing Julyvee94.  She nominated my story Building Newcrest and Such and is an avid reader of that blog, often the first to leave a like or comment on a post.  She is so kind and encouraging, and she is also the author of her own blog, Julyvee Stories, featuring an Amazon Challenge and a Room Challenge!

  1. What inspired you to start writing?
    I’ve always liked creative writing — I don’t know that any one thing inspired me to start.  When I was little, I would make up stories for my dolls, write fanfiction and role-plays based on my favorite book series, and once even attempted a novel (unfinished and lost in my old, dead computer).  In late middle school/early high school, thanks to overbearing teachers and heavy homework loads, I lost my love of writing; I didn’t even read, unless it was required for school.  Later in high school, especially when I was at boarding school without electronics, I started reading again and began journaling every day, and slowly my love of writing came back.
  2. Why SimLit and not just normal writing?
    For me, SimLit justifies spending so much damn time playing Sims.  I feel like I’m at least being kind of productive.
  3. Did you ever get really emotional about your own story?
    No, but I’m not a very emotional person in general.
  4. What do you prefer: simple praise or constructive criticism?
    I prefer simple praise.  Actually, I prefer insight — I want to know how your perspective differs from mine if it does at all; I want to know how my writing made you feel and if it made you think about the topic differently.  I like deeper comments than just “wow I loved it awesome.”
  5. How long did it take you to decide on a theme and design your blog?
    I’m a micromanager and a perfectionist, so it took me about a day.  I played around with different banners and fonts for hours.
  6. How many other blogs do you follow at the moment?
    Probably 25-50.  I actively read about 10 blogs at a time.
  7. What do you like best about your story (or one of them)?
    I like the story-telling style of this story; it isn’t simply “narrated” like my other stories.  It’s always hard for me to start a post, because I worry that I won’t have enough to “say” to keep the word-to-screenshot ratio that I like, but once I start writing, it just starts pouring out!
  8. Which character from your stories did you think about most before writing?
    Bliss Johnson from my Sims and Such blog.
  9. Is there any sim in your stories who you struggle to write? If so, why?
    Again, Bliss Johnson (above).  I don’t necessarily relate to her, and that’s makes her hard to write.  She’s inspirational, driven, kind and friendly to all, excels athletically and academically, etc. etc.  I don’t see myself as any of those things (or at least, they aren’t dominant traits of mine).  She’s also a Super Skiller — she is so amazing at anything she tries, so it’s hard to label her as one thing or another, because she can literally do everything!  She’s really complex.
  10. Which character do you enjoy writing most?
    I really liked writing as Marceline (also from Sims and Such).  She is the total opposite of Bliss — and exactly like me!  For the most part, I wrote my story through her.
  11. When did you start writing or reading simlit?
    I found Let’s Plays back in early November of last year and soon realized I needed TS4.  I got the base game during Origin’s Black Friday sale, and just played for fun for awhile.  I don’t remember how exactly I found SimLit, but I remember that Goofy Love, The Skinner Saga, The Pruett Family Legacy, Gather Ye Rosebuds, and casusbella2 were the first SimLit stories I stumbled across.

My second nominator is the awesome eXokamikaze over at ninjapigsims.  She is one of my favorite people on teh forums — she’s honest and truthful (something I value highly), yet still kind and friendly toward everyone.  She’s a great writer and friend; I’m honored to be nominated by her.

  1. What would you pick to have for your last meal?
    Whatever I’m craving at the time — my “favorite food” is whatever I’m hungry for at any given moment.
  2. Apart from the Writer and Journalist careers, which career would your Simself choose to work in?
    My Simself is a total techie — wants to be a Computer Whiz and all that.  I think she’d enjoy the gamer branch, but the entrepreneur branch would be closer to what I want to do.
  3. Which books from The Sims would be in your bookshelf?
    All the sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery novels, as well as “Pickup Lines for the Flirtatiously Inept.”
  4. If you were given a free airplane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    Probably Europe; the countries are small enough, you can visit a lot of them in a short amount of time by road.  I’d want to see as much as possible, as I haven’t been out of the country (US).
  5. Which is your favourite season and why?
    I like the beginning of summer and the beginning of fall — both are warm but not too hot, usually with a cool breeze, and the colors are really changing (green for summer, red/orange/yellow for fall).
  6. What inspires you?
    Listening to music, reading, and watching movies.  When I’m not feeling very creative, I take day-long breaks to read a book or binge-watch old Disney movies.  Listening to music while I’m trying to do something creative always makes it turn out better.
  7. Which pre-made house from any of the Sims games would your Simself choose to live in, and why?
    I always use Unabridged from Sunset Valley (ts3).  I tried to re-make it for ts4, but it’s too small for a legacy home, and that’s about all I play.
  8. Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry? (You can only pick one!)
  9. What was the funniest thing that happened in your Sims game?
    When I first got the game and was playing my Simself, I was so proud of her when she autonomously decided to make mac n cheese for dinner (because I LOVE mac n cheese).  I took tons of screenshots and started texting my best friend, “The Simself is making mac n cheese.  Too accurate.”  When I finally heard the fire alarm, and she was already burnt to a crisp.  She survived (barely), but never autonomously made mac n cheese again.
  10. Would you like to be part of the Goth household or the Landgraab family?
    Ironically, I think my family is the Landgraab family.  We’re a prominent family in our town and fairly wealthy.  My dad’s a total family man, while my mom’s kind of Evil, yells at us all the time, and wants control over everything (or at least I thought so when I was 15).  Then there’s me, the troubled Evil Snob who hates everyone (much more obvious in real life).  So…I guess I’m already a Landgraab.  xD
  11. What was the best thing that happened to you today?
    I started reading again!  I haven’t read an actual book since sometime last school year (I think it was To Kill a Mockingbird?), and that’s odd for me…  I’m a total bookworm.  It feels good to be reading again.

My third nominator is the lovely swcheppes over at Sim-ply Awesome Stories.  She is the author of a Disney Princess 10 Gen Challenge, which I’m a total sucker for!  No matter how many Snows, Cinderellas, or Tianas I see, there’s something unique and capturing in every Disney Legacy I read — this one included.

  1. How long have you been playing Sims?  If a while is there a sim you make in each game?  I started playing TS3 in 2012.  I always wanted to play The Sims games, but I didn’t have my own computer until I started high school.  The first Sim I made in TS3 was my Simself, and I carried the tradition through TS4.
  2. Do write others things besides SimLIt; a journal, short stories, poetry?  I used to!  I loved journaling, and most of my old journals are full of poetry and fanfiction.  Since I started writing SimLit and taking college English classes, I haven’t done much journaling.
  3. What character from your stories would you be best friends with?  Who would be your mortal enemy?
    I’d be best friends with Fey Johnson (Sims and Such, gen 3) and Marceline Johnson (Sims and Such, gen 5).  Honestly, I’d probably be mortal enemies with all of my Simselves (except maybe the serial romancer…we’d probably try to seduce each other) — they’d all be pissed at me because I’m the “real” Jordan and they’re just “digital” Jordans, and I’d be pissed at them because I have to deal with real life responsibilities and they take their digital freedom for granted!
  4. It’s Saturday, what are you doing?
    Playing Sims in bed all day.  Break for food every couple hours or so.
  5. What expansion pack do you wish would be the next one?  Do you think it would help out your story?
    I’m thrilled for Get Together — it’s exactly what I wanted!  After Get Together, I would like a more family-oriented pack so I can flush out my legacies more.  (However, I don’t want toddlers.  I hated toddlers in TS3.)
  6. Do you have a set time and day when you write or is it whenever you can?
    Whenever I can.  I try to write at least once a day, but some days I just don’t feel like it, so I don’t force it.
  7. What’s the most shocking thing you’ve ever made a sim in your story do?
    I killed off the “original” Fey Johnson to further a plotline; I feel awful about it, but it’s kind of poetic justice since she was Evil.  She’s the only Sim I’ve ever played who died from something other than old age.
  8. Are you the only one in your family/friends who plays Sims?
    In my family — yes.  My best friend plays TS2 and TS3; unfortunately, she doesn’t like TS4 or SimLit.
  9. What’s your favorite book?
    I’ve had a few: as a kid, the Warriors series collectively; as a middle schooler, Breaking Dawn; as a highschooler, Mockingjay.  Of course, I love TONS of books/series, but those were the ones I read over and over and over and over and over again, to the point where my mom grounded me from them rather than grounding me from friends/tv/videogames.  I don’t have a current “favorite.”
  10. You’re having a dinner party and have to invite 5 people.  They can be anyone, living, dead, sims, who would you invite?
    Abby (my best friend), Dane (best guy friend), Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Snoop Dogg.  Idk, I think it’d be entertaining, to say the least.
  11. You’re a sim, what career path do you pick?  Mixologist!  Mixology has been my favorite Sims thing since I started playing TS3.  The only reason my Simselves aren’t mixologists is because I know nothing about “mixology” in real life.

My fourth nominator is BruNCC93, author of the amazing blog, Second Star to the Right.  She is also the author of a Disney Princess 10 Gen Challenge — which, as I’ve said before, is one of my favorite challenges!  This particular one is hilarious, dramatic, and totally addictive — I was hooked at gen 1, and it’s only gotten better since.

  1. What was the first Sim blog you have ever followed?
    CathyTea’s SimLit Authology — at the time it was called “Goofy Love” and she was only a few posts into gen 1 of her Goofy Love Legacy.
  2. What is your favorite Sim Challenge? Have you played it or are you still planning to?
    I adore legacies in general, but my all-time favorite is the Disney Princess 10 Gen Challenge.  Before I had Sims 4 I watched all of the Let’s Plays of that challenge I could find and obsessively planned my future challenge in a notebook — coming up with names and traits for every generation!  I am playing this challenge, you can read about it here: The Royale Legacy.
  3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
    Mind-reading; honesty and trust are two of the most important things to me, and being able to read someone’s mind would allow me to know if they were being honest with me and if I could trust them.
  4. One character from your childhood that has inspired you.
    I kinda want to say Scooby Doo.  I loved that show with a passion; it started my obsession with mysteries (Top Secret Adventures were the coolest thing since Scooby Doo.)
  5. Do you write with or without music?
    With — always with.  Sometimes I listen to something purposefully to get in a certain mood, but most of the time I just need white noise.  No matter what I’m doing — reading, drawing, writing, sleeping — I play music or turn the tv on or open a window just to have some background noise.
  6. TS1, TS2, TS3 or TS4?
    TS4!  Between the Emotions system and insanely better graphics (better as in not pixelated, but I do also like the cartoon-y art style), TS4 is my favorite by far.
  7. What’s your dream city?
    A quiet, clean, safe neighborhood in or near a big city with bustling nightlife (I like having fun and partying when I go out, but want peace and quiet when I go home).  Preferably in Northern California, Oregon, or Washington — I like the hilly/mountainous forests and close access to the beach.
  8. Do you play any non-simming games? If so, which ones?
    Do xBox games count?  I mastered Feeding Frenzy and Feeding Frenzy 2.  I know I would love fantasy MMORPGs, but I know I’d get completely addicted and never do anything else ever, so I’m staying away.
  9. Which is your favorite Disney princess?
    Arielle, because she has great hair.
  10. What inspires you the most?
    Every day things — nature, tv shows, music, books, people-watching.  Anything I can get ideas from and/or get me in the mood to do artsy things.
  11. If you could chose the theme for the next expansion/game pack, what would it be and why?
    Honestly, I’m ready for a family pack.  I want more things for kids, teens, and elders — they’re really lacking in comparison to YA/Adult.  I’m actually planning on writing an entire post on this topic over on my Bloopers and Such blog, I’ll link it here when the post is published.

My fifth nominator is one of my very own nominees — ThePlumbob.  She doesn’t like following rules, but I’m thankful for that when I read her Bloomer Legacy, because some of my favorite moments are when she breaks the rules.  I’ve already bragged on her above in my nomination, so I’ll get straight to the questions:

  1. What came first for you, writing or simming?
    Writing, for sure.  I didn’t start simming until high school, and I was definitely writing short stories and fanfiction (*cough* Warrior cat role-plays) long before then.
  2. If you could describe three of the characters from one of your stories with a song, what would it be?
    Can I use Disney songs for my Disney legacy Sims?  😉  Just kidding…sort of.  I haven’t really thought about this before!  Okay, I’ll do three of my Simself legacy Sims:
    Jordan Johnson — REMember by Mac Miller (based on how I felt back in December when I was writing her)
    Fey Johnson — Money Power Glory by Lana Del Rey
    Marceline Johnson– Radio by Lana Del Rey
  3. What sim from your story do you have most in common with?
    Marceline Johnson from my Simself legacy — I’m not nearly as cool as her (no musical talent whatsoever), but I really resonate with her selfishness and desire for freedom.
  4. What would you do if you were a sim for a day? (Your player caters to whims and has free will on ;))
    Get a motherloded house, woohoo in a hot tub, try all of the exotic mixology drinks, play Sims Forever, and sleep in a Princess Cordelia bed.
  5. Who is the first sim you remember making?
    My Simself in TS3
  6. Have you ever dabbled in writing that has nothing to do with SimLit?
    All the time!  I tried writing a novel once — it started with a crazy teen party, then the main character got bit by a diseased bat when trying to hide all of the mess in the attic.  Eventually she turned into a demon/vampire-like creature and killed her whole town.  There was also a short-lived love triangle (she killed both of them).  Aside from that disaster gem, I role-play a lot.
  7. What would be the top 3 countries you would like to visit some day?
    New Zealand, Netherlands, and Brazil.
  8. Who is your favourite book author?
    J.K. Rowling — her writing is beautiful.
  9. If you could be transported into the setting/world described in any book, what would it be?
    This is gonna up my nerd status, but the Feywild in DnD is my favorite fictional world.  It’s gorgeous and magical and…elves…ahhh.
  10. What was your all time favourite expansion of any sims game?
    Late Night for TS3
  11. If you could meet any sim from anyone’s story (apart from your own), who would it be?
    Isaac Bloomer…before he started romancing Ruby…(see where I’m going with this?)

Now, for my questions!

  1. Who inspires you?
  2. What is your favorite book genre and why?
  3. What is your all-time favorite piece of writing?  (Can be a novel, poem, short story, SimLit story, anything.)
  4. Who is your all-time favorite fictitious character?  (Can be a Sim, or a character from a book, video game, movie, anything.)
  5. What is your motivation to keep writing when you lose interest, or do you just stop writing?
  6. If you could live in any fantasy world, which would it be and why?
  7. If you could live anywhere in the real world, where would it be and why?
  8. Aside from Simming and writing, what are your hobbies?
  9. What music do you like to listen to when you write (if any)?  What music to you like to listen to when you aren’t writing?
  10.  Are you detail-oriented or more of a “big picture” person?  Does this affect or show up in your writing?
  11.  How well do you balance “real life stuff” (work, school, other hobbies, etc.) with Simming and writing/reading SimLit?  Any tips for those of us (me) who aren’t so well-balanced?

I nominate:

The Bloomer Legacy

The Bloomer Legacy was my inspiration for starting a BuildNewcrest Challenge.  Her builds are so beautiful, her plots are twisty, and her characters are so rich (I may or may not have Simcrushes on the majority of them).  Even with almost daily updates, I can never get enough!

Venus and Mars

This is a legacy with a twist: twin siblings Venus and Mars have decided to found their own legacies in direct competition with each other.  As kids, the pair was hilarious — always bickering over one thing or another, always competing to be the best.  Now that they’re all grown up, they have the chance to prove themselves!  In ten generations, whichever legacy has more points wins!

Disney Legacy Challenge

I’m a sucker for Disney legacies, and EmmaLee XOXO’s doesn’t disappoint.  As is normal during the early stages of a Disney Legacy, things are crazy, hilarious, and sanity-breaking.  Oh, and babies.  Lots of babies.  Her Sims are all gorgeous and so entertaining.  She also builds, and her creation The Fun Dome is amazing — unique, creative, and so fun!

Gather Ye Rosebuds

This blog is my absolute favorite rotational play story.  RachelRosebud manages to play an entire world of characters and still give all of them deep personalities and rich stories.  She really brings life to the EA pre-mades; every time I read her blog, I want to start my own rotational play.  She’s also filled her world with gorgeous builds — all available on the Gallery so we can share the gorgeousness!

SummerFalls’ Stories
I was entranced by his Wonder Child story — the amount of creativity put into it amazed me to no end.  I adored the Dollhouse, the Wonder Princess antics, Blarffy, and so much more.  To this day, it’s one of my favorite stories.  Now he’s taking on the official Pinstar legacy challenge — The Devine Legacy.  He expertly uses humor to lighten the mood, while still addressing serious topics such as Don Lothario’s woohoo harassment (someone needed to).  He never fails to entertain.