Sunshine Blogger Award – with a nice new badge x3

Hello, friends!

I haven’t done an award post in ages, but I’m super glad I finally got my chance for a free rambling with a good alibi as to why I’m doing so and not posting a chapter. I was given this chance by the lovely Rosie.  Thank you so much! If you follow Noble Doubt and Kymber’s author interviews, you probably came across Rosie’s. That’s exactly how I got to reading her stories and it was a blast. Well, until she decided she wanted something different and deleted all of them and merged them into a big one called Gravity. Still, Gravity already shapes up to be a great read while still in the early stages. You should check it out here.

EDIT: I was also nominated by TinyPiglet here, thank you so much!

EDIT2: Another nomination from heatherfeather19 here! Thank you so much ❤

Now, let’s go and see what we have in store for this award.

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What is it?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Yes, I’m a little ray of sunshine!!! No, seriously, I am a pessimist, but often try to pretend I’m not.

The Rules:
1. In a blog post, thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Here are Rosie’s questions along with my answers:

If you could switch bodies with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

I am not sure, I would rather not be anyone else. But maybe…Yes, Marina Lambrini Diamandis aka Marina and the Diamonds! She is my idol, she has a great voice, an amazing body, a loving fanbase…and what’s more to ask for? It would be interesting to see what it’s like to be her.

What’s your dream vacation?

I don’t have a dream vacation on my mind because I’ve had the chance to visit so many places already. If I could, I would love to visit the USA and the UK since I have never been to these countries and I would really love to. Nowhere in particular in those countries that I would like to go to, though. On my vacation I like to just chill out at home, surf the Internet and write a lot. Like I do now on my off-days. If it’s a dream, I don’t know, but it suits me.

If you were stranded on an island, what would be the first thing you did?

I imagine I would have my phone with me, so I would instantly put on music on my headphones, so I wouldn’t have to listen to the sea and silence, and just close my eyes and pretend I’m listening to the music at home.

What’s your favorite color?

Blue. (I don’t wanna feel blue anymore). No, but I seriously love blue.

Who do you idolize the most?

If you don’t remember what I said in my first question, then go back and read again. But seriously, I connect with Marina on so many levels, it’s crazy. It’s actually my 3rd year listening to her (still no sign of any new album from her) and my obsession isn’t getting any weaker. I listen to everything I could find from her, all the albums and all the unreleased tracks and I love how the lyrics are so true and the emotional way in which she sings her songs. Also, she has the body of some goddamn goddess. What’s not to like about her?

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

I grab my phone and check if I have any messages, then WordPress, Facebook and YouTube. Sorry not sorry, I’m an addict.

Shorts or pants?

Pants! I feel insecure when I wear shorts.

If you could predict the next mistake you’ll make, would you stop it from happening?

Yes, if it was a grammatical/orthographic mistake, because I hate making them to the core. No, if it was something serious in life. I already know I waste too much of my time and that it doesn’t lead me to anywhere good; I wouldn’t be able to provide myself from doing it. And then again, maybe it was to teach me a lesson?

If you could erase someone from your life, who would it be and why?

Erase someone from my life? Frankly, I have never thought about it and I’ve never hated anyone enough to want to erase them. I feel like the presence of people I didn’t/don’t like in my life was/is there with a purpose. I wouldn’t want to erase anyone.

What was the best moment of your day?

When I finally came back home and could finish reading last Noble Doubt’s chapter. I was so drawn in when I was interrupted and had to go shopping. I was super glad to go back and finally read it!

What was the worst moment of your day?

I would go with what I’ve said before and say that was when I was ripped off of my reading. My day was so uneventful that I really don’t know what else I should put in there.

Here are TinyPiglet’s questions along with my answers:

Do you have a favourite sim couple from your story/challenge?

I loved Maddie and Freddie together. They were childhood buddies (Freddie + Maddie team) and then got married. Such a shame that it ever came to their division and then all the troubles arose, which led to a disastrous ending (sorry not sorry, this happen every freaking time). But they have been the happiest couple in my story so far, as far as I can tell. Although there are none perfectly happy and with a happy ending, just because it’s my story.

How long do you spend working on each chapter?

Around two hours writing and taking photos can take me four hours at times. It depends on how hard the scene I need to stage is (and how willing to cooperate my game is). On the last Hailey bonus I’ve been working for two days.

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue. (I don’t wanna feel blue anymore). No, but I seriously love blue.

I feel like I have a déjà vu…

What made you start blogging?

I’m too lazy to write the same things in a different way, so I will just copy my answer to the question What or who inspired you to start writing SimLit? from another award post.

I think it was a compilation of many things. In 2014 I ended up my long-time story and I think I’m kind of “mourning” them still, but I know it was a good choice – I started a very weird fantasy in my game, had incest between my sims and it was taking place in two towns plus my second generation consisted of five sims and each of them had a family, I was playing all the families of my legacy when I felt like it; it was just too much to handle. I tried to move this story to a blog, one in English and one in Polish, but figured it was pointless. I wanted something different. Then I started coming up with lots of families whose stories I wrote in Polish as memories on thesims3 site. Then I came back to my old computer that was running better than the newer one and installed the base game, then a limited amount of CC. That’s how it got to Maddie, who firstly was supposed to be a heartbreaker of a kind and I told myself that this time I wouldn’t delete her, I started writing her story as memories in Polish. Later I met a lot of English-speaking people, I started reading Bmit’s blog that I finished and after that I read Eternally Yours, Noble Doubt and The Kingston Legacy. I figured it would be nice to move the story I wrote at the moment to a blog in English (although I was really unsure if I could do that at first), I asked my friends about that and they said it would be nice, so I did. Is it boring enough already?

What is your favourite moment from your story/challenge?

Ahh, I don’t get to talk about the things that I haven’t posted yet…I know it says moment, but there isn’t a single moment I have in mind, but the whole Hailey’s teenagehood bonus post, which is the post I have put the most work into so far.

Do you have a character in your story you regret killing off?

Yes, Ethan. He was way too young to die just because of my sick imaginary. Other people who died in my story at least got further in their lives. Actually, the fact that my friend decided to give him a new life in her game made me reconsider my ideas when it was far too late to change anything.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

TAKING PICTURES!

Wait, it doesn’t say doing simlit. Oh, okay, then…The hardest part is making your readers feel deep emotions for the characters, which I sometimes feel like I fail to achieve. I think it takes quite the skill to make your readers feel truly connected and as if the character was their friend, not just a random person (Sim) they are reading about.

Here are heatherfeather19’s questions along with my answers:

Which social media site is your favorite?

Is WordPres a social media site? I’m not sure, but it’s the one I socialize on the most, so I’d say WordPress. I use Facebook only for private messages, Google sometimes for commenting on YouTube. I don’t use Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter.

How long have you been writing your blog and what made you get started?

A sudden sense of déjà vu washes over me again.  First, I set up my blog on May 20th 2016, so it’s been nearly two years. Here is a copied answer to the starting out thing (if you do not care enough to go back):

I think it was a compilation of many things. In 2014 I ended up my long-time story and I think I’m kind of “mourning” them still, but I know it was a good choice – I started a very weird fantasy in my game, had incest between my sims and it was taking place in two towns plus my second generation consisted of five sims and each of them had a family, I was playing all the families of my legacy when I felt like it; it was just too much to handle. I tried to move this story to a blog, one in English and one in Polish, but figured it was pointless. I wanted something different. Then I started coming up with lots of families whose stories I wrote in Polish as memories on thesims3 site. Then I came back to my old computer that was running better than the newer one and installed the base game, then a limited amount of CC. That’s how it got to Maddie, who firstly was supposed to be a heartbreaker of a kind and I told myself that this time I wouldn’t delete her, I started writing her story as memories in Polish. Later I met a lot of English-speaking people, I started reading Bmit’s blog that I finished and after that I read Eternally Yours, Noble Doubt and The Kingston Legacy. I figured it would be nice to move the story I wrote at the moment to a blog in English (although I was really unsure if I could do that at first), I asked my friends about that and they said it would be nice, so I did. Is it boring enough already?

What made you get into the Sims and what do you think has kept you hooked?

I got into the game through my siblings. At first I was playing a pony simulator, which was like a fake of the game. I remember I wanted to play so badly and when I finally did, I fell for it so badly. I’ve always been a little story-teller in my head and I’ve always had stories in mind for each created Sim, so story-telling was very natural to me when I started. And writing SimLit is exactly what keeps me hooked, because I do not play the game for the game itself anymore.

Who has been your favorite Sim to play?

I’d say Bailey Swain, a townie from from Moonlight Falls because when I wrote a very loose story for her, I was really playing and not just writing and basing everything on my imagination.

Had any accidental Sim deaths? (Because I have)

I don’t think I did. I am too cruel and I always kill my Sims first (by a quick and painless death from Master Controller) before a game gets to do this.

Have you made a Simself?

Yes, I have. In 2015, I think. But I deleted it.

What is the oldest pic from your save file/legacy/story? I’m curious!

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Obviously this one. It’s the first picture on this blog and a first picture from when I started writing Maddie’s story on thesims3 site. I’ve had older pictures from when I just created her, but I don’t have these anymore, and they’ve never been featured on this blog.

What is a storyline that you scrapped for some reason? It was cringy, it didn’t fit the characters, you got writer’s block, etc. I wanna hear alternate timelines!

I actually answered this question once for another award post. Let me see…

generation 1:

-as my story moved from thesims3 memories, I have deleted some of them and barely included any plots and characters in the Prologue, that’s why you’ve never seen Justine Keaton, Maddie’s cooworker she played chess with at the park and due to it Maddie’s neighbor, Erin Kennedy, suddenly became her best friend , though you’ve never seen them talking

-at first I really wanted Maddie to be with Ethan

-Annie, “the girl Maddie never had” (she believes it’s the child she had when she had a miscarriage), would be featured in some of the chapters in my initial idea. It’s the effect of me desperately wanting for her to have a girl I’d already made up in my head. In fact Fidelio was supposed to be her.

-I prepared myself that Eddie would have Ethan’s brown hair and even started to think about a dramatic storyline, yet he turned out blond

-when almost reaching the end of generation 1, I started having doubts about making Freddie a murderer and having him commit a suicide. I started wondering of any other option, buy who else could have possibly killed Ethan and why? It remained the only reasonable solution

-I wanted to include Eddie and Dellie finding out about what happened to Freddie scene

generation 2:

-I wanted Fidelio to have a crush on some of Eddie’s girls

-at first I thought about having a single dad (Fidelio), though before I could make it work, Kymber used this idea in her Noble Doubt, so I decided on something different

-I wanted to test the lawyer career mod with Fidelio , but later decided it won’t fit in the story

-I wanted Eddie to have children with 5 different woman and be a single parent, but decided it would be tiring, messy and would even more distract everyone from the actual heir. So let’s say that they either have gone though abortion or had prevention Eddie didn’t know of (even if it sounds brutal)

-chapter Written on the Page that is ninth was at first supposed to be number 4

-in chapter 2.6 Dellie has hard time babysitting a boy. He was supposed to be girl, but Dellie got two boys to take care of that day.

-I have gone through many changes in my mind as to what I want Grace to be like , if she should be reasonable or maybe rather not, or if she should be crazy only to Fidelio and generally calm, I also wanted to change her name, but nothing suited her better

And more recent generations I will add now:

-generation 3:

-I so badly wanted George to be the heir as he is the perfect genetic blend of his parents

-Sam was supposed to go to the Fort Starch Military school, but when Seth rolled a wish to send him to Dribbledine, I changed my plans

-Seth and Gemma were supposed to go to Barcelona, but the world was too big for me to download and my computer to handle

-Gemma was supposed to have a toy shop

-Seth was supposed to die from a lightning from the start, but the “tomatoes” storyline came to my mind much later

-generation 4:

-I almost gave up the idea for 7 Deadly Sins, because I couldn’t think of a chapter for pride, which is the first in the line

-I regretted making Sam bisexual (I wanted him to be either straight or gay and I couldn’t make him gay because of the legacy)

-I have been meaning for Sam to have the equal amount of boyfriends and girlfriends…counting only the ones mentioned in the story, he had 4 girlfriends (Amanda, Jade, Beatriz, Heather) and 3 boyfriends (Aaron, Lane, Deq), which means I was close (but at the same time he had a lot of girls in high school). Oh, funny thing is when you count Cedric, it’s 4 to 4

-I badly wanted Sam and Adaeze to get together (also for some reason Adaeze’s bi in my game and has a crush on Sam). In my initial ideas Sam was much more desperate to sleep with her (I wanted him to plead her after getting the title)

-I really didn’t want to drag out the tournament posts, but I had to because of Sam’s LTW. And you wouldn’t believe me if he got the title with little to no effort and time

-I was going to have Sam dye his hair at some point, but decided it was out of his character

-I have been meaning to describe the bank robbery, in which Sam would “punish” Cedric, but since the idea was scrapped, in the story Cedric suddenly loses the job with no context

-Sam and Deq were going to get together because Sam would have either a flag/shirt of the bi flag in his suitcase which he got from the Pride parade (but the idea was so silly, I dumped it almost right away)

-at first I wanted Sam to really go back to his addictions, but eventually decided against

-Sam was going to sleep with Chinese prostitutes (I don’t even know where I got the idea from)

-Sam was going to be in a relationship with a female archeologist who came to China

-Heather was going to “die” in a car accident, which Sam would find out while watching TV or he would not have a TV and people from his work would tell him

-I nearly decided not to post the last Heather bonus, but I had too much additional information I wanted to share. I also wanted Heather to play out the bigger role early in the story, because there was so much I knew about her and wanted to share it

Woah, that’s a lot, and I’m sure there would be more if I thought about it even longer.

Have your Sims ever done something autonomously but it actually fit into the storyline/made the story better, so you kept it?

A lot of times my Sims expression helped me to go on with the chapter as I referred to what they may have been feeling. And again Seth’s wish to send Sam to Dribbledine.

What’s a random fact about yourself?

I…uh…got to the fnals at an English competition and failed at the speaking. I  got 73% from both speaking and writing and I had to get 90%. I am pretty sure it was the speaking that I failed at.

My Nominees (in alphabetical order):

  1. Anything Is Possible
  2. AQ Stories
  3. Bad Sims 3 Gameplay
  4. Have I Got A Story For You!
  5. Not Just a Book Sims
  6. Once Upon a Legacy
  7. Sempreviva’s Sims
  8. Set Apart
  9. The Kingston Legacy
  10. The Windsor Legacy
  11. twinsimskeletons

My questions (again, I ripped off some of them of the legacy questions, but whatever. Please pick one question for 4):

  1. What do you most enjoy about being a member of the WordPress community?
  2. How often do you check to see if there’s anything new out here on WordPress?
  3. What makes you call a person a skillful writer?
  4. What do you do when you get bored in your game and don’t know what to write about for your new chapter? [for the game-driven blogs] / What do you do when you feel like you’re stuck on a particular storyline and don’t know where to take it? [for the story-driven blogs]
  5. The prettiest Sim you’ve ever had in your game?
  6. Your favorite couple in your gameplay/stories?
  7. Your favorite non-romantic relationship in your gameplay/stories?
  8. Have you had a Sim that you fell in love with right away?
  9. If you ever did any storylines, what is the one you’re most proud of? If you didn’t, post the oldest picture from your save.
  10. Have you had any Sims that remind you of someone?
  11. Is there any random fact about your blog story you want to share?

That’s it for today! No more surprise posts, I promise. But since I got to post two times, I get to ramble two times, too, right? And I would like to use this post as a chance to show you a sneak peek into the Wednesday bonus. Lol, it is so not my favorite picture from all the 45 (!) that are in this post, but I get to show you how devoted I was to make my school work and how I dragged all the teenagers from my town there.

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Have a great day!

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42 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award – with a nice new badge x3

    1. I know, lol, I spent more time than I should have doing this post. Sorry for stealing you potential nominees, I’m glad I was early enough to take them, lol. Haha, yeah, Wednesday shapes up to be an eventful day…at least for our dearest HN.

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  1. I love your answers! I don’t think I’m quite as devoted to Marina as you, but I do love some of her songs. She has such a unique voice, it’s hard not to love her. 😀

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    1. Really? I do love Marina with my whole heart, but she’s pretty underrated. I know, if perfection existed, it would be her 😀 I saw a comment on YouTube today saying: “how can you not at least like her?” That was so true.

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  2. Congrats on the award! And thanks for the nomination ❤ I look forward to answering your questions 🙂
    Haha, I'm the same with the phone – I'm trying to kick the habit but it's the last thing I look at when I got to bed, and the first thing I see when I wake up XD
    If you hadn't told me about your Marina and the Diamonds love before, I would have just pieced it and your username together now, haha.
    Omg, I can't even imagine how much effort it took in getting all of those sims together in one room, eep haha now I'm looking forward to the chapter even more!

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    1. I hope you enjoy answering the questions.
      Uh, I just woke up and I’m on my phone, damn! XD I am exactly the same plus I spend a ridiculous amount of time on it throughout the day.
      Haha, yeah.The Lola part comes from the nickname I have at home.
      I added them all to my house, teleported them and then get them all talking to one another. I eventually didn’t get one photo done because my game froze in a weird way XD
      I hope you enjoy the bonus!

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  3. Congratulations! Again, thanks for the nomination! I will answer them today 🙂
    I can relate to so many of your answers, especially the one about the shorts, lmao. And your answer to the ‘erase anyone’ question is wise and made me realise something. I’ve met many people I’ve disliked over the years, but I have learnt from them to not do the crappy things they do. That’s a good thing!
    Wow, so many Sims, I imagine that would have been a nightmare. Looking forward to the next chapter!

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    1. Thank you, hopefully you will enjoy answering them.
      Haha, shorts are the worst, I hate having to show off my legs like that. Me too, but they all taught me something, I wouldn’t like my life to turn out differently. They all just needed to be there.
      Haha, yeah, taking pictures for this bonus was so tiring and took me 2 days in real. It has so many scenes in it. Hopefully, you will enjoy it.

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  4. Congratulations on your award!! ❤ ❤ I loved your answers! I'd choose pants all the way, lol! And the phone thing… I do that too, I know it's an addiction but oh, well. Better than smoking, right? 😉
    And great questions too, can't wait to answer them! 😄
    That picture looks sooo intriguing! I can't wait for Wednesday's chapter!!

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    1. Thank you so much. Me too, I can’t stand showing too much of my legs, lol. You too? It’s sad, really, but we all can’t help it. Definitely better than smoking!
      I hope you enjoy answering them.
      Yes, Wednesday post is soo long…

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  5. Congratulations!!! Your questions were enjoyable to read 🙂
    Also, I’m back to school so I won’t be able to catch up for quite a while, and I’m sorry I didn’t get through much when I was on a break! I was a little busy… I hope I’ll get the chance to catch up with your legacy soon!

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  6. Congrats! And thank you so much for nominating me. ❤

    "I like to just chill out at home, surf the Internet and write a lot." I relate to this. I'm such a homebody! My favorite things are playing sims/reading sims blogs and watching Netflix.

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      1. Thanks for answering my questions! I find the scrapped plots so interesting. I just think of the alternate lives for these characters, it’s so cool. And I’m glad you did post the Heather bonus, especially after what happened in the latest chapter. She needed to tell her story.

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      2. No problem, I loved sharing my crazy ideas that never made it into the story. Yes I now think it was essential, too. Originally we would learn bits about her from Sam and Hailey, but never the whole story.

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  7. After reading this post I don’t understand why you were nominated. You aren’t a positive person and you’re lying. You don’t try to pretend to be a positive. “Often”, don’t joke! I would give you “The biggest pessimist of a 2017 and 2018” award and “The best writer in this blog” award (prize for all writers even for pessimist ;)). As befits a decent person, congratulations for nominations! You are my idol, your story is wonderful. I wish you another nominations. When I read about 45 photos in bonus I don’t know if I read it. This is too much, I can’t make it. Only such crazy person like you place so many pictures. I’ll go crazy today. Please confess which locker belongs to Hailey.

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    1. I don’t understand either. It was probably because the person who nominated me didn’t know me that well 😉
      Thank you so much, I can’t believe I am your idol. You will read it, don’t worry. I’m crazy I admit. Of course Hailey’s locker is the music-themed one.

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  8. I, too, love to chill at home and watch youtube. Days when I don’t have to go outside much are now a blessing since I do so much walking for my job! Though it is very sunny out my window and I do feel a little guilty for not enjoying it, so maybe after lunch I will be tempted outside… But first I shall answer your questions!! Thanks again for the nomination ❤

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    1. Yes, a fellow homebody ❤ Oh, sorry you have to do so much walking for your job, but maybe it can do you some good? The weather sucks here, so at least I don’t feel guilty, haha. Feel free to answer them or not when you want, no rush. No worries, you know I adore your writing ❤

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