Liebster Award

17 May

Wow! That shiny thing that I put there myself denotes that my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award by Atlassims and Niura, whose fantastic blogs you should check out.

Here are the rules:

  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.

I’ll be honest, I don’t follow a lot of blogs due to not having the time or brain power to read them all and keep the different characters in my head, and the ones I do read have probably already been nominated. But too bad, we’re doing it anyway.

The Amazing Hollander– Niura already nominated The Hartfields, so I’m going with Louise’s other blog. While I’m caught up on the Hartfields, I’m super behind with this one but I know I will like it because Louise is writing it and that’s all you need to know. Also, I totally agree with Niura, her poses are great and I use them all the time.

All’s Well That Sims Well– This is just hilarious. I effing relish these posts and I wish I could write such funny shit all the time.

Absolutely Cuckoo– I can’t handle how much I love the names in this legacy. I would literally let the author of this legacy name my pets, if I had any.

I know it says to nominate 5-11, but that’s all I’ve got for now! I really need to sit down and get into some new legacies and stories, but like, school and life happen.

So since I got nominated twice and I have two different sets of questions, I’m just going to pick the ones I find the most interesting. Here we go.

1. If you could be any character from a book or a movie, who would you be?

Right now, I would be Gavroche from Les Miserables. I’m currently reading the book and despite the fact that I’m a modern day 20-something girl, deep down in my heart I really just want to be a shit-disturbing street urchin who lives in an elephant statue. What what.

 2. What part of the world seizes your imagination? Deserts? Islands? The tropics? Europe, Asia, or the US?

Definitely forest and woodlands. I’m Canadian but I kind of set my stories somewhere in the US so I don’t have to work around the harsh winter for my poor post-apocalyptic sims. I also find abandoned and run down urban areas just fascinating.

3. What era or century do you like to write about?

It’s not so much about time periods for me as it is about the feel of the time and place. I write about the post-apocalypse, but I would also enjoy writing about modern life in the third world, or medieval time periods or something. I prefer to write about people with more tangible problems than the modern first world provides. I think that a world where people are trying to survive wars, disasters, and diseases provides more of an interesting backdrop for character development than the cushy world we live in.

4. Do you think about your story you are writing, coming up with new plots, while at work, school?

Inspiration always strikes me at the worst possible times. I’ll be driving and suddenly imagine a whole conversation my sims need to have, and I’ll actually have to pull over and write it down. Otherwise it’s while I’m trying to fall asleep. Three generations worth of storyline came to me at midnight while I was trying to sleep a few months ago, and I had to keep turning on the light to write all my ideas. But then when I actually sit down and try to write something during the day its like

5. Do you modify your sims’ appearance so they are a bit more ordinary, or do you aim for beauty?

It’s really important to me that all my sims look like real people, so I go for natural-looking hair and eye colours and faces that are in realistic proportions. No big doll eyes around here. Buuuut I do want my heirs to be kinda nice to look at so I do try to make that happen a bit.

6. Sims 2, Sims 3 or Sims 4? Which do you prefer? 

It’s all about Sims 3 baby. I’ve got all my mods and CC and my game is so perfectly tailored to me. If my laptop ever died, I would literally just quit sims forever, cause I would never be able to get this back.

7. What novels/movies/tv shows do you love?

Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black, Last Week Tonight, and Drunk History are some of my favourites. For the past few years I’ve been really into reading classics and so I’ve been all about the Tolstoy, Dickens, Steinbeck, and my bae forever, Thomas Hardy.

But my favourite book in the world is this glorious shit:

Marvel at its beauty.

8. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pomegranate. All day, erry day. It’s a meal, right?

9. Mac or Windows?

I have an old piece of shit Windows that gets so hot it burns me and has broken pieces that cut me. But I love it, because it runs my sims games, albeit slowly.

10. Do any of your close friends know about your sim-story blog? Do they think you are a weirdo for writing stories about a video game?

No!! Noone in my life even knows I play sims. I try not to let people know what a huge nerd I secretly am.

11. What do you hope to express in your Sims stories?

I ‘m a firm believer that people are products of their environments and are all just doing their best with the hand they’ve been dealt. That’s why I think it’s interesting to explore the gray areas of humanity and morality, which is what I’ve been doing a lot in the past two generations of my legacy. It’s weird, but I think about Kohlberg’s stages of morality development a lot when I’m writing my legacy.

A lot of the stuff my characters do (ie. theft, murder, generally being dicks to each other) seems flat out wrong if you look at it from, say, the conventional black and white perspective of right and wrong. Moving into post-conventional perspectives that take the broader situation into account, their actions become a bit more understandable and relatable. So I guess in my sims stories it’s important to me that I express a different perspective about what’s right and wrong and when we might just need to throw right and wrong out the window. I guess.

The questions I want to ask my nominees are the same questions I just answered, because I feel like those are some damn good questions.

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