So, back in May, I was nominated for the Liebster Award – the pay-it-forward movement to highlight the blogs we love! But May is the month when my exams started and I had no time to accept it, so I accepting the nomination now. (I know I’m super-late! But I hope it’s still legit.)
Accepting the nomination comes with these conditions:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
4. Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.
So, I would like to thank CathyTea for nominating me. She is the author of the most beautiful, profound, optimistic and sometimes poignant legacy ever – Goofy Love. It was the first legacy I’ve read and it will probably be my favourite forever. Also, CathyTea is probably the sweetest simmer out there and I learn a lot from her work (and her kind comments) every single day. I deeply admire her approach and her passion and her care for the Sims and I am such a big fan of her that I would be glad to nominated her back!
But I think it’s not the point of the Liebster Award.
So instead, I’m going to nominate some other blogs I love:
1. ninjapigsims for Repopulating Oasis Springs which is an ambitous 100 baby challenge and for Project L.E.G.A.C.Y, one of the best legacies I’ve read. It’s beautifully written and the founder is cute, curious and sometimes a bit clueless alien!
2. ThePlumbob for Build Newcrest Challenge: The legacy full of charming, loveable characters – I think every single sim in this legacy deserves his own story, they are great! Also, the challenge is about building, so be ready for many beautiful houses and lots.
3. RoryGilmore34 for Legacies of the Sims: This one is a piece of art! It’s full of drama and suspense and mystery. And it’s so well-written that I felt like I was reading a novel!
4. SimSiren3 for Oasis Spring Social Experiment: captivating saga of six couples with different backgrounds and values who are placed in Oasis Springs by mysterious Gamemasters and are given a quest to build a dynasty and to win control over the neighborhood. It’s an interesting combination of legacy and rotational play, with diverse and surprising characters. Very exciting reading!
5. BruNCC93 for Second Star To The Right: My list would not be complete without a Disney Princess Legacy and this one is sweet and really funny!
6. Librarian for New Maximiliania: Probably the greatest sim-project ever, New Maximiliania is a Megahood inhabited by ALL Maxis-created Sims from The Sims 2. It’s a wonderful rotational gameplay for all nostalgic souls out there!
And that’s it! I know it’s not much but they are good ones! And most of my favourites were already nominated long time ago.
And now, answers on CathyTea’s questions:
1. What do you find most gratifying about sharing your Sims’ stories?
Definitely meeting the people who share my passion for The Sims. It’s so nice to talk with someone who understands me and who doesn’t judge me for loving my Sims! My IRL friends are not Simmers so they usually don’t quite understand how can be a computer game such a huge part of my life.
2. What’s a moment you had when your playing of Sims (and/or writing about it) helped you to understand life better?
Let’s see. Playing The Sims helped me a lot with understanding relationships. It’s funny because sim relationships are much simpler than human. But my sims taught my teenage self that relationships are hard work! They showed me how easy it is to lose friends and how love can fade away if we don’t invest enough time to keep the relationship alive. And they also remind me daily that nothing is forever and that my life span is limited just like theirs and that it is important to make the most of my days!
3. What’s one thing you’ve read that has changed your way of experiencing or understanding life?
Well, I’m not sure if it changed my way of experiencing life, but I learned a lot from Orwell’s 1984. It had a strong impact on me, maybe because I live in the post-communist country and I consider it the most terrifying book in the world. Some lines – like ‘Under the spreading chestnut tree — I sold you and you sold me –-‘ or ‘The ideal set up was a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting—three hundred million people all with the same face‘ send shivers down my spine to this day. It showed me how tricky and vulnerable the human mind is and what a great priviledge it is to be free to express myself and to be me.
4. How do you manage to keep up with reading all the blogs that you read?
I usually wait until the author publish more chapters and than I read them all in one evening.
5. What’s your favorite part about blogging?
I have two favourites – the writing itself and the readers! I love writing and preparing my posts – it’s a big challenge for me and I love challenges. But during the writing I already think about readers’ reactions and I can’t wait to hear from them – I’m just so curious if they find my Sims’ actions as fascinating as I do 🙂
6. Describe your favorite walk or a favorite place outside where you like to go to relax.
I usually relax in a hammock in my garden – it’s a perfect place to enjoy two of my favourite things – nature and reading.
7. What music inspires you?
Classical music, rock and folk music, old songs by Elvis or Sinatra…
And, of course, Disney songs!
8. What do you hope to express in your Sims stories?
Although my legacy is more a collection of updates about my game than a story, I think I’m channeling a lot of opinions into my sims – like the importance of family and relationships, equality and the importance of being true to yourself and to others.
9. What’s one of the funniest things that has happened to you or your Sims while Simming?
Once, back in TS2 days I created two brothers. They were supposed to be Mafia leaders, tough, powerful men who would run the city, using the Mayor and other autorities like their puppets. Really cunning, badass criminals. And they turned out great – both had the Fortune Aspiration and both looked like professional killers. I was super proud of myself until I loaded them into the game and I found out that the older brother’s LifeTime Wish (they were selected randomly back then) was to Become World Class Prima Ballerina. Biggest. Facepalm. Ever.
10. What inspires you to continue Simming and blogging when you think about stopping?
I’m new to writing and I haven’t thought about quitting yet, so I can’t really answer. The only reason for me to quit would be the lack of time – and I don’t know how would I battle with that.
11. What else would you like to share with us that I haven’t asked?
Just that I am glad that I’ve read Madrona in the Middle on The Sims blog because thanks to Madrona, I’ve discovered this amazing world of Sim Stories and amazing people who write and share those stories and who are just as enthusiastic about The Sims 4 as me.
My questions for nominees (you don’t have to answer, no pressure!)
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your favourite activity to do with your Sims? (e.g. I love when they slow dance!)
3. Do you play with pre-made sims? If so, who is your favourite?
4. Which trait (or aspiration) is closest to your heart?
5. What do you want to express with your Sims Stories?
6. What do you think is the best thing about The Sims?
7. What are your hobbies except The Sims?
8. What is your spirit animal?
9. What would be your job if you didn’t have to think about money?
10. Which historic era would you like to live in?
11. And finally, which Disney princess is your favourite and why? 🙂