Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Unique Blogger Award

It was such a pleasure to receive a nomination for this lovely award by Twiggy, author of Monstrous Mezilkree. Thank you so much, Twiggy! I am honored and elated that you thought of me as you prepared your acceptance. I'm only sorry it's taken me so long to do mine. As you know, life can sometimes throw a curve ball, which can make it hard to get to things we love to do. 

I was also nominated by Dancer-freak, author of The Blakesley Legacy. Again, I'm so honored and very touched to receive nominations from two very talented authors and fellow Reading Circle Members. Once again, my apologies that it has taken me so long to prepare my acceptance.


1. Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
2. Answer the questions.
3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
4. Ask them three questions.

Twiggy's Questions to Answer:

1. When did you find out about simlit and what did this discovery do to you?

I found out about SimLit in the fall of 2014 when I was invited to participate in a challenge thread. I'd gone over intending to check it out and do a Let's Play on my Sims Gameplay YouTube Channel. I started reading some of the stories and thought, "Hey, I can do this!" I've always loved to write, so what better way to combine two things I love doing? I don't participate in that challenge or community anymore (things occurred that I won't get into), but I've not looked back once I began writing SimLit. To me, it makes the characters more personal and real. It also helps me keep my writing skills honed and allows me to explore a lot of different subjects and situations.

2. When and where do you find the inspiration to write simlit?

I try to gather inspiration from everything around me. I tend to write a lot about music because that is a subject I'm very knowledgeable about. It's good to write what you know, as many writing instructors will say. However, I like going out of the box and exploring all kinds of subjects. I'm quite familiar with several soap operas that used to be on TV, so past storylines have given me inspiration. I take inspiration from different songs, movies, and books I read. Plus, I'm an avid Old Time Radio enthusiast, so different shows will give me inspiration. It all just depends on the situation. As far as when I gather inspiration, I do that as often as I can. My mind goes into creative mode when I'm coloring or crocheting, or even when I'm just woolgathering.

3. How important is the use of custom content in your game and stories to you and why is this?

There is so much great Custom Content out there that makes the Sims and their surroundings "pop" a bit more. Things you get in an EP or SP can be very limiting, so it's nice that there are more choices out there that other Simmers have made. My favorites are female clothing and hair, so I'm a total goner when I see an absolutely stunning hairstyle or exquisite ball gown. Another thing that really ads to my stories is the use of Pose Player and poses. I don't feel I'd be able to capture many of the moods or effects if I didn't have poses to work with. I know others work their stories without these and other Mods but for me, poses and other Mods take it to the next level, a level I could no longer do without now that I know what's out there.

Dancer-freak's Questions to Answer:

1. If you could make any sims game/stuff/expansion pack for any of the games what would it be and what would it include?

There are two things I would have loved to see. I'm such a Harry Potter fan that it would have been awesome to see a Harry Potter related pack. We have Supernatural in Sims 3 (and I hope we get a supernatural related pack for Sims 4), but it could have been expounded on. I knew it wouldn't happen though because there would be a lot to iron out as far as licensing and royalties. Still, it would have been awesome to have that. I also would love to see a sort of arts & crafts pack. I love to color, knit, & crochet, so it would be amazing if Sims could knit and crochet. The only one I've ever seen do that is Mrs. Crumplebottom in Sims 2. :( Not fair!

2. What was the first simlit you ever wrote called, why did you start writing it?

The very first SimLit I ever wrote is Forever in Time, which can be found here. It's a legacy and is still ongoing. To this day, this story is a top favorite to work on. I love the characters and have grown very attached to them. My founder, Lenora, was part of a bachelor challenge (she didn't win), and I waned to expand her story. She was a Sim I'd created a long time ago who I grew very fond of. She had such a sad, tragic backstory that I wanted to try to give her a happier life. Her story just took off and Lenora remains my girl. :) She'll always have a special place in my heart.

3. Other than writing simlit, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing with the Sims games?

As stated above, I got into making Let's Plays and other Sims video series long before getting into SimLit. I still make gameplay videos but much less of them nowadays. Other than that, it's very relaxing to just sit and play a personal game without needing to worry about getting screenshots or recording a video. 

My Nominees:

Questions for the Nominees:

1. What is your favorite Sims game and why?
2. If you could bring any character from any of your stories to life and be their bestie, who would it be and why?
3. What is the funniest thing your Sim(s) have ever done?

The Versatile Blogger Award

It was such an honor to receive this nomination from fellow Simmer and fellow Reading Circle Member Twiggy. I love writing this legacy, so I was elated when this blog got such an honor. I'm truly sorry it took me so long to prepare this acceptance. Life has been very busy for me for a long while and I almost forgot about it. Better late than never, I guess, but I still feel bad about how long it took. Now, on to the good stuff. You can read Twiggy's Male Prettacy, Monstrous Mezilkree here on her blog as well as find some awesome Sims 4 builds she's made.

This is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers whose blogs they enjoy.

Rules of Acceptance

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Share the award on your blog
3. Share seven random facts about yourself
4. Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts About Me

  1. I am a classically trained singer with vocal music as my area of study when I was in college.
  2. I’m a huge fountain pen enthusiast, collector, and user and have over 200 pens, both vintage and modern, in my collection.
  3. Other than playing Sims, another of my hobbies, believe it or not, is coloring. I got onto the whole Adult Coloring bandwagon a couple years ago and highly enjoy it.
  4. Along with writing SimLit and other fiction, I’m a YouTuber. I make Sims gameplay videos on my Sims channel, which is Sweetnightingale2907. I have another channel at Sweetnightingale1973 where I make other videos, mainly coloring videos as of late.
  5. I got to sing the National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner here in the States) at a Chicago White Sox baseball game three years in a row.
  6. Along with collecting fountain pens, I collect journals and have a good deal of blank ones in my collection. I try to write in my journal every day although that doesn’t always happen.
  7. I’m very active in the Lions Club and served in the office of District Governor some years back. This is the highest office you can have at the District level.

My Nominees