Moodboard Tag

Hi! I was tagged again by notjustabook for this fun tag, and since I like moodboards but haven’t done them in a while, I really wanted to give it a shot!

I used free stock photos from Pexels, from where you can use the pics without having to worry about copyright stuff. Thanks, notjustabook, for pointing me into that direction.

So here we go, the moodboards for the main four of Tango:

Amelia

Ameliamoodboard

Tad

Tadmoodboard

Vanja

Vanjamoodboard

Novak

Novakmoodboard

I think Vanja’s was the hardest to do… I don’t know, I just couldn’t seem to get a good composition! But Novak was incredibly easy. I just opened the pics up and a few moments later was like “really? It’s done already?”

This was fun!

I hope you guys enjoy and have a lovely time!

 

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OC Tag

Hello! I got tagged for this fun challenge by the awesome notjustabook and ny275. Check out their versions of this behind those links. 🙂

Okay, so here’s what I have to do:

  1. Pick a character you’ve created.
  2. Fill in the questions/statements as if you were that character.
  3. Tag at least four people to do this meme.

I won’t tag anyone, but the people who probably read this have awesome characters and they can do it if they want.

So, I picked the main four from Tango for this. I’ll also do one of Mila from Stardust Sapling on my Story Corner blog later. That’s a lot of guys, so let’s get to it!


Hello! I’m a random interviewer-person, who would very much like to ask some hopefully interesting people some occasionally invasive questions. First we have this lovely lady, who graciously invited me into her home.

Screenshot-69Amelia

1. What is your name?
It’s Amelia Flavia Sprigg.

2. Do you know why you were named that?
Mum picked Amelia, dad picked Flavia. They used to say they’re warm, cute names that would suit me, because I was apparently sunny as a baby already. Sprigg is my mum’s last name. Dad wanted mum’s last name when they got married because he liked it so much.

3. Single or taken?
At the moment, I’m single.

4. Stop being a Mary Sue!
Um… my name is Amelia. I’m sorry if you misheard me.

5. What’s your eye color?
Blue.

6. How about hair color?
Dark brown.

7. Have you any family members?
My mum and dad have sadly passed away. I have grandparents in Spain and here in SimNation, and I think I may have cousins too, but they’re not the family gatherings -type.

8. Oh, how about pets?
No.

9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?
I don’t like violence at all. It would be so much nicer if people were friendly all the time!

10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
I take care of my house, cook, bake, and take walks a lot. I also like fishing. Also I spend a lot of time with my friends!

11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?
I sure hope not! Maybe sometimes by accident. Sometimes that can happen when different people gather together and communication doesn’t always work.

12. Ever… killed anyone before?
Oh, heavens, no! What kind of question is that?

13. What kind of animal are you?
Something cuddly and friendly. Like a teddy bear. That’s not a real animal, though. But it’s close enough, I guess.

14. Name your worst weaknesses.
I get a bit too caught up in worrying about others and the world, sometimes. And some say I’m a bit naïve… and maybe they’re right.

15. Do you look up to anyone at all?
Oh, many people. Many of my friends – especially the lovely, inspiring Brigitte Hewitt – for many reasons. My dad and my mum too.

16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual?
Straight.

17. Do you go to school?
Been there, done that.

18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?
I would love to, when I find The One.

19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys?
Aww, I don’t think so.

20. What are you most afraid of?
Being alone. Like, very alone. Also my loved ones or friends being hurt. I would also not want to be in the same room with a hippo. Or a hostile person. Sometimes people scare me a lot.

21. What do you usually wear?
Happy, bright and colourful clothes. Especially cute things.

22. What’s one food that tempts you?
Oh, man, I love cookies, especially well-made ones.

23. Am I annoying you?
Of course not!

24. Well, it’s not over!
That’s okay. I like to talk.

25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)?
I think I would currently count as middle class? I live in an old-timey mansion, but it’s inherited and didn’t come with much money. I work in an insurance company.

26. How many friends do you have?
Too many to count! People call me a social butterfly.

27. What are your thoughts on pie?
I love pie! My favourite is rhubarb… or peach. Or maybe pecan!

28. Favorite drink?
Green tea with jasmine.

29. What’s your favorite place?
My hometown Riverview.

30. Are you interested in anyone?
Um… well, yeah, maybe.

31. That was a stupid question.
Nah.

32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
I like lakes more. They’re closer to me and are not so salty.

33. What’s your type?
Friendly people!

34. Any fetishes?
*blush* That’s a bit too personal, isn’t it?

35. Camping or indoors?
I have to say indoors. I like being warm. But I also love fresh air!

Lovely. And the next one currently hangs out in Bridgeport. She’s an esteemed sorceress, and she has reluctantly agreed for this!

Screenshot-79Vanja

1. What is your name?
Vanja Dagrún Leifsdóttir. Pronounced Vanya. Written with a ‘j’.

2. Do you know why you were named that?

Vanja was father’s invention. He would have wanted to name me Ivana – apparently one of his old research colleagues was called Ivan, and he sadly passed away in an accident – but it was a bit too… un-Scandinavian in mother’s opinion. Also I think she disliked the idea of naming her child after father’s friend. Dagrún is an old name that has been in the family for generations. It hints at hidden lore. Leifsdóttir is obviously a patronym. If you know anything about Icelandic naming conventions, you can deduce my father’s name from it too. It’s Leif, by the way. Leif Agnarsson. My mother is Vigdís Dagursdóttir.

3. Single or taken?
Technically a widow.

4. Stop being a Mary Sue!
Stop asking nonsensical questions… that isn’t even a question!

5. What’s your eye color?

Green.

6. How about hair color?
Blonde.

7. Have you any family members?
I already told you about my parents. I also have an aunt, some cousins, and a grandmother. The rest of the grandparents are dead. All of them live in Iceland, where I was born and raised before my studies and work led me to SimNation.

8. Oh, how about pets?
No.

9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?
Incompetence. Especially in people who think they are being competent and cause damage and destruction as a result of their overconfidence.

10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
My research is both my job and my hobby.

11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?
I suppose. One can’t survive in this harsh world by being kind all the time.

12. Ever… killed anyone before?
What kind of question is that? No… at least not anything human. Who are you anyway?

13. What kind of animal are you?
I’m a human.

14. Name your worst weaknesses.
I do not have any significant weaknesses. Well, aside from occasionally getting too caught up in my work.

15. Do you look up to anyone at all?
There are several other scholars whose work I really appreciate. Such as Brendon Killeen, who can do such wonders with old alchemy.

16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual?
Straight.

17. Do you go to school?
I am currently working on my third master’s degree. I also have a doctorate in Applied Alchemy and Herbalism.

18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?
…I… I did at least want to marry. But my fiancé sadly passed away.

19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys?
I know some people are following my work and are quite enthusiastic about my research.

20. What are you most afraid of?
Failure. Though that is hardly much of a concern, don’t you think? I mean, I am careful and actually competent.

21. What do you usually wear?
I think a sorceress needs to look neat and stylish. As far as colours go, I like blue and purple.

22. What’s one food that tempts you?
Well, I’m Icelandic, so some seem to automatically assume it’s rotten shark. Which is ignorant and stupid. Because the food’s name is actually hákarl, and it’s fermented. My grandmother likes the stuff, but I’m more of a… smoked fish kind of person. I also love apricots. Dried, fresh, in a pie… if a food has apricots, I’ll probably like it.

23. Am I annoying you?
A little.

24. Well, it’s not over!
*sigh*

25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)?
Middle.

26. How many friends do you have?
I mostly have colleagues and associates.

27. What are your thoughts on pie?
I like it. Sometimes. I prefer salty quiches, though.

28. Favorite drink?
Good white wine. And coffee.

29. What’s your favorite place?
My house. Well-stocked academic libraries also make me happy.

30. Are you interested in anyone?
In my fiancé. Though he has passed away now, as I said. There aren’t nor will there be others.

31. That was a stupid question.

Yes, it was.

32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
The ocean. I like the salty air around them.

33. What’s your type?

My fiancé was. Did you not hear me already?

34. Any fetishes?
This is getting very inappropriate. Are you going to be done soon?

35. Camping or indoors?
Indoors. Though I often go to the wilderness to gather some herbs and other ingredients.

Done now? Finally! Go bother someone else, please! Like that guy over there.

What guy? Oh, I see. Thanks for the tip!

Novak

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1. What is your name?
Wouldn’t you like to know? Okay, okay fine. I go by the name Flannery Chase.

2. Do you know why you were named that?
It sounds cool.

3. Single or taken?
Single. Never taken.

4. Stop being a Mary Sue!
I’m pretty sure I’m not.

5. What’s your eye color?
Reddish brown.

6. How about hair color?
Red.

7. Have you any family members?
No.

8. Oh, how about pets?
No.

9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?
Nosy people asking nosy questions. Seriously, why are you still here?

10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
Yes. I like almost anything that gets the adrenaline pumping. I also like programming and gaming.

11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?
Have I ever!

12. Ever… killed anyone before?
Maybe. Where’s this interview going? Are you a cop?

13. What kind of animal are you?
A pretty, pretty bluebird, obviously.

14. Name your worst weaknesses.
No, seriously, what are you using this stuff for?

15. Do you look up to anyone at all?
There are some people who manage to lead decent, even inspiringly selfless lives despite having shitty conditions for it. That’s something to look up to.

16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual?
I’m not one to look at gender. Though don’t bother, I’m usually not in the mood.

17. Do you go to school?
I did.

18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?
Me? Haha. Funny.

19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys?
Hopefully not.

20. What are you most afraid of?
Pink clown cars. Are you buying that? No? You really think I’ll answer this honestly?

21. What do you usually wear?
Clothes. Made of cloth.

22. What’s one food that tempts you?
I’m very fond of dark chocolate.

23. Am I annoying you?
Oh, wow, you figured that out! Ten points for you!

24. Well, it’s not over!
Darn.

25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)?
No class.

26. How many friends do you have?
I have acquaintances and contacts. No friends.

27. What are your thoughts on pie?
It’s good?

28. Favorite drink?
Strong, strong coffee.

29. What’s your favorite place?
Not here.

30. Are you interested in anyone?
Not really.

31. That was a stupid question.
Don’t worry. It’s not the only one.

32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
I’m not a fan of swimming.

33. What’s your type?
Not you.

34. Any fetishes?
You know what? I love it when people whisper their bank details in my ear. Try it. You’ll find I’ll be very pleased.

35. Camping or indoors?
Camping. I like nature, and it keeps me off the radar. Nature is vicious, but it’s not… organisedly vicious like people are.

Are you done now? Good, because… oh, crap! They’re back. You may wanna duck right now, because-

*BANG*

Hello?

Hello! I’m conducting an interview on random people! Also I seem to have been shot. Interesting. Well, it’s okay, I’m just a voice who asks questions. I can always reincarnate.

That is nice.

Would you like to participate?

Oh, come on!

…Okay, I suppose I can spare a moment.

Tad

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1. What is your name?
Oh, I have so many of them I can hardly keep count. The one I have been using quite a lot in this form is Thanatos Dustpine. Or just Tad for short.

2. Do you know why you were named that?
Living ones put phonemes together and form words. Sometimes they decide that some words can describe me. I invented Dustpine myself. I was looking at a dustbin when I did that.

3. Single or taken?
I do not know if I can be classified as singular. I… I think you might be asking about relationship status. Then I am indeed single.

4. Stop being a Mary Sue!
Um… what? I uh… do not think I have been called that.

5. What’s your eye color?
I quite like pale eyes.

6. How about hair color?
Usually black. When I have hair.

7. Have you any family members?
No.

8. Oh, how about pets?
I have had several. Many birds, cats and dogs especially. I do not have any at the moment, though.

9. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?
Extinctions. Lack of empathy.

10. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?
I love gardening and finding peaceful places to spend time in. Also I like observing the world and spending time with my friends.

11. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?
All the time. I do not like it, but it is inevitable in my line of work.

12. Ever… killed anyone before?
Not in the sense of ending a living one’s life. But there have been times I have had to… unmake something that technically wasn’t living, but had a consciousness, so it counts. I do not like it, and I make it a point to be as effective and painless as possible.

13. What kind of animal are you?
I like being a feline. Birds are nice to be as well. Humanoids are also comfortable, with their opposable thumbs.

14. Name your worst weaknesses.
I do not know if I have many strengths. I am very shy and uncomfortable when I am not doing my job. I also have very low self-esteem, though I personally think it is just facing the facts rather than… well, low self-esteem.

15. Do you look up to anyone at all?
I look up to my best friend Amelia very much. She is so full of life and so strong despite having had to faced a lot of hardship. She is also my go-to person when I need help with understanding life. I also look up to everyone who has managed to shape something beautiful or happy out of tragedy.

16. Are you straight, gay or bisexual?
I do not have a sexuality at all. Such things are very irrelevant to a being who is not biological or even physical. The closest thing would be to say that I am asexual, I suppose. That is what Phil tells me to tell people if I need to talk about it.

17. Do you go to school?
No.

18. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?
No. That is not what I am meant for, nor would it even be possible for me to have children. I am very happy with being a friend to some and a honorary uncle to a very remarkable young lady.

19. Do you have fangirls/fanboys?
Um… apparently there is a growing group of people who seem to declare themselves as such.

20. What are you most afraid of?
The end.

21. What do you usually wear?
Cloaks are comfortable. Or something else that is simple. I usually wear black, but that is mostly because I am bad with colours.

22. What’s one food that tempts you?
I do not eat much. I do like things with ginger in it.

23. Am I annoying you?
No.

24. Well, it’s not over!
Do not worry, it will be soon.

25. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)?
I am a cosmic truth.

26. How many friends do you have?
Three. Or perhaps a few more. I am not sure if the other ones consider me a friend, though.

27. What are your thoughts on pie?
Why is it funny to throw pie at someone? Is it because it leaves a mess? But it is food. It should not be wasted like that.

28. Favorite drink?
I like tea. Especially smoky, strong flavours.

29. What’s your favorite place?
My garden. There is also Amelia’s home. And an edge of a supernova when it is nearing its end is also very beautiful.

30. Are you interested in anyone?
I am interested in everyone, of course. I love talking to living ones, learning about their lives.

31. That was a stupid question.
Why? Wait… did I misunderstand it in some way? If you are talking about romantic interest, then no, I am not.

32. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?
I like both. I am swimming in all of them even now.

33. What’s your type?
I am afraid I do not understand the question.

34. Any fetishes?
Many. Most are things that the living ones are better off without, for they could pose a great danger… wait, why are you looking at me like that? Oh, are you talking about sexual ones and not objects that are associated with magical powers? Then no.

25. Camping or indoors?
Um… yes?

I… oh, I see you are going now. That is good. Have a nice journey. I hope you find what you are looking for soon.


Well, that was fun! Have a good time, everyone!

Sunshine Blogger and Liebster Award

Hello! I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the amazing, lovely notjustabook, whose stories are gorgeous dramas with amazing visuals and relatable characters. I also got a nomination from samasasim, whose writing is very beautiful and emotional, little pieces of happiness. Thank you so much, notjustabook and samasasim! Go check out notjustabook’s stories here and samasasim’s stories here. I was also nominated for this and the Liebster Award by livinasimminlife, whose amazing world-building and character-writing skills can’t be praised enough. Thank you so much! You can check out her stories here.

So, the rules for both of these awards are the following:

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.

I won’t be nominating stuff, but check out my other award-posts if you want to see some stories I love:
Liebster Award
Animal Award
Sunshine Blogger -Award
The Versatile Blogger -Award

So, here are the questions and my answers, first from notjustabook:

  1. What do you most enjoy about being a member of the WordPress community?
    I like the easy access to lots of really great stories, and I like commenting and reading the comments. At least the Sims-story circles here are very nice, so it’s lovely to connect with them.
  2. How often do you check to see if there’s anything new out here on WordPress?
    Daily.
  3. What makes you call a person a skillful writer?
    When a person can evoke thoughts and feelings with their writing and make the world and the characters come alive, be it through plots, words, dialogue or something else, that’s skill. And add to that some genuine interest in writing and a passion to create and tell their story, you’ve got yourself a great writer.
  4. 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]
    Sometimes I just go into the game and play. Sometimes I sketch the characters or make them have conversations in my head. Sometimes I just idly think about them while biking or in a sauna. Some of that usually helps.
  5. The prettiest Sim you’ve ever had in your game?
    Don’t make me choose! I find all of the main Sims in my stories aesthetically pleasing. I draw them pretty often. I also have a preference for redheads and pixie-like looks, so there’s plenty of extra prettiness for my eyes in Fey of Life.
  6. Your favorite couple in your gameplay/stories?
    Uuuh… I don’t have many couples that I focus much on. The ones I like the best are very spoiler-y so I can’t really say. 😛
  7. Your favorite non-romantic relationship in your gameplay/stories?
    Tad x Everyone he has a friendly relationship with. 🙂 Well, especially Amelia and Emily. They ground him a lot, and they all have this fiercely protective streak towards each other (well, Emily will, once she grows a bit older). They’re just very natural around each other, which is quite a feat from the eternally shy and awkward Tad. Also I’m very entertained by Novak and Vanja. They have this sort of vitriolic friends/allies -relationship and are constantly snarking at each other, yet they still make a great team.
  8. Have you had a Sim that you fell in love with right away?
    Screenshot-1003.jpg

    Duh. Though I really like most of my Sims. Especially the ones that become main characters in my stories.
  9. If you ever did any storylines, what is the one you’re most proud of?
    Right now I’m pretty proud of the first arc of The Chrysanthemum Tango. It allowed me to do so many things I want to do in writing, and I think it tied up everything pretty nicely while still leaving a lot of room for more. Sure, it’s not… all that original plot-wise, but I think the characters and themes and the execution are… okay-ish.
  10. Have you had any Sims that remind you of someone?
    Brigitte Hewitt kind of reminds me of my mother-in-law. 🙂
  11. Is there any random fact about your blog story you want to share?
    I can’t think of any right now. Sorry. :/

Here are the ones from samasasim:

  1. 1. Has any of your writing been inspired by someone else’s SimLit?
    I think the Alien Adoption collab inspires me a lot with my Stardust Sapling. Also I’ll answer this in a little more detail at the end of the post.
    2. What is your favorite word?
    Hankiainen – it’s the Finnish word for the hard-ish crust that sometimes forms on top of snow.
    3. Do you spend an equal amount of time playing as you do writing?
    I think I write more.
    4. Would you rather lay on the beach under the sun, or curl up in front of the fire in a snowy lodge?
    Snowy lodge! Snowy lodge! I could then go outside into the snow!
    5. Have you ever recreated your own home in any Sims game?
    I tried back in TS2. I always got stuck because there wasn’t a possibility to make a sauna with the default stuff in the game and EPs.
    6. What do you do when you get stuck developing a character?
    I talk to them in my head or draw sketches of them.
    7. Has a story ever taken a turn you didn’t expect? What did you do about it?
    Yes. Many times. Usually I roll with it, if the result feels good.
    8. Have you ever tried to rewrite an old story from a new perspective?
    Fey of Life is sort of a recreation of my old (bad) SimLit story. It’s not exactly the same story, but it is about a redheaded, fairy-like child growing up among normal people and realising they have the power of clairvoyance, among other things. The characters are completely different, though, so its not exactly a rewrite, more like adapting old ideas into something new.
    9. Bella Goth is one of my favorite of EA’s townies that jumps between each of the games. Have you ever played her and given her a different life than EA’s mystery?
    I’m not that fond of Bella, so no. There are some writers who have put awesome spins on her story, though. Like munterbacon and livinasimminlife.
    10. Think about someone who makes you smile. Who is it?
    My husband.
    11. If you could sit down with any of your characters for an hour, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
    Tad? I might spend most of the hour being too shy to say anything, and then would try to ask something deep about the universe and failing to ask anything relevant in the end. Um… we could also talk about tea and cute animals?

And here are the ones from livinasimminlife:

  1. What’s your favorite Sims expansion pack (any game) and why?
    SEASONS! I really like the packs that expand the basic gameplay, bring something new without going too far out there (which is odd considering my stories are… probably a bit out there). So also something like The Sims 3 Generations. Also I loved University for TS2.
  2. If you were a Sim, what would your traits be (either TS4 or TS3, unless you feel compelled to answer both)?
    Vegetarian, Artistic, Loner/Shy, Perfectionist, Eco-friendly, Unflirty. (I’ve been to university – two, actually – so I get an additional trait. Ha! :D)
  3. What do you feel you’ve learned from your Sims (the characters, not so much the game, but feel free to write about the game if you’d rather)?
    My writing is quite introspective, so I feel like I learn quite a bit by delving into my characters. Especially about myself. Especially Amelia and Tad both seem to make me look at life from brighter angles, both in their own ways.
  4. What kind of SimLit do you like to read?
    Story-driven, something that is not afraid to be its own thing and also shows the love its creator has for it. I’m partial to fantasy, scifi and detective stories as far as genres go.
  5. What helps you write SimLit? (i.e. for me, I like writing late at night when the house is quiet).
    I think I answered this in previous questions (question 4).
  6. If you could equate your SimLit story to a genre of music, what would it be and why?
    I listen to a lot of progressive and psychedelic rock, especially when I write, so that’s what comes to mind first. Also I think my stories can get a bit psychedelic and artsy. Whether that’s a good thing or not is up to you, I guess.
  7. What inspired you to work on the SimLit story you’re currently writing?
    Fey of Life: Just knowing there was still a Sims-writer community going on inspired me to write again, and I felt like trying to bring back some old ideas… in a hopefully more developed form.
    Chrysanthemum Tango: Indirectly, the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, which inspired me to write a CampNaNoWriMo and then expand on the Death-character in that one.
    Forget-Me-Not and Stardust Sapling: A cool challenge. And especially in Stardust, the cool people in the collab for that challenge.
  8. How do you feel you’ve grown as a writer of SimLit?
    Uh… hopefully I’m better now? I’m better at pacing and also blending the game and my own ideas. I’ve also learned a lot of technical stuff for photoshoots.
  9. Name a SimLit writer (or two or three… if you so choose) that inspires you and tell us why.
    CathyTea: You always make me happy, and your stories paint a picture of a better, kinder world I’d love to live in. Your writing is excellent and amazing, and the kindness you put into everything you do is all kinds of inspiring.
    Livinasimminlife: Seriously, you rock! Your worldbuilding is amazing, and I love how you balance the events of the game and your own ideas. Also you tackle a lot of difficult issues with your writing, which is great.
    MedleyMisty: You write with a hauntingly gorgeous, distinct style and do your own thing, and it really works. Your stories are moving and beautiful, and I admire your strength and the love you put into your stories.
    friendsfan: Your pacing is great and your stories are so touching and funny at the same time. And I love how you haven’t given up despite all the technical difficulties.Really, so many people I could name, but there’s at least some.

And her sunshine questions:

  1. What keeps you going as you write SimLit?
    Both the need/want to tell the stories and the support I get from others. Also it’s super fun.
  2. Of all the worlds in all the Sims games, which world could you see yourself actually living in (i.e. either because it’s similar to your own hometown or it’s a place you’ve always wanted to live)?
    Riverview. It’s kind of like a smaller version of my hometown.
  3. If you could ask any one of my characters (or my Simself) any question, what would you ask? (and if you don’t follow/read my stories, you may replace with another character of your own).
    Mal! How are you? Darn, I just wasted an epic question on that. Just… I’d love to hear more about Mal and his complicated family and his role in his world. 🙂
  4. What’s on your desk (or your immediate writing area) right now?
    My computer, an external hard drive, a pencil case, a sketchbook, a teacup, pens, rulers, an eraser, drawings, an activity tracker, an old tin can where I store stuff like pens, a box cutter etc., hand cream, shea butter, a couple of books, some old tea boxes that are now storage boxes for stuff like USB-drives or tissues, a felt fox I’ve made myself, and some TS3-discs in their boxes.
  5. How do you go about character development, and what part does the game play?
    Lots of it! All the time it feels natural and makes the story better! The gameplay is more prominent when I’m going for a story that spans a long time and has the characters literally grow. Then I take more note on their behaviour in-game as well. But the gameplay does in general give me a lot of ideas and cues for character development.
  6. How would you describe yourself as a reader?
    I read a lot and rather quickly. I can immerse myself into reading easily, but I can also snap back easily. I’m often juggling several stories at once, and might sometimes switch what I read mid-chapter! It sounds a bit aimless, and maybe it is, but it seems to work for me.
  7. If you could change one thing about your writing, what would it be and why?
    Better plots? Because I’m not good at plotting.
  8. What is your overarching goal as a SimLit writer or what are you trying to achieve?
    Write a lot of hopefully good stuff and have fun while doing so. At first one of my goals was also to become more confident about showing my work to others, but I feel like I’ve sort of achieved that already.
  9. Who is one of your favorite SimLit characters and why?
    Gah, so many good ones! I don’t know… I really like Jasper from CathyTea’s Forgotten Art -story. He’s like all the lovable recurring traits in Cathy’s characters condensed into one.
  10. Which of your own SimLit characters is a personal favorite of yours?
    Oh, I shouldn’t play favourites, and I really like all my characters and…
    It’s Tad. So obviously Tad.
  11. If you (or your Simself) could spend a day in another SimLit writer’s story, what story would that be and why?
    Probably anything by CathyTea. Her stories are so happy and in worlds that are just a little bit friendlier and happier than ours while still being exciting.

Well, these have been sitting in my tabs way too long. Sorry for the wait! But thank you again for the nominations. Have a lovely time, everyone!

Memory Lane Challenge

Hi guys! I was nominated for this fun award/challenge by the amazing CathyTea! Her stories are always so profound and happy and make me see the world in a much brighter light. Here is her post. I know I know, I’m super late with this. I’m sorry. But I wanted to really take some time to think about what I was going to write here. And then I forgot about it for a while. And then I remembered again. So… um… let’s get to it now! Here is how the challenge works:

  1. Congratulations! You’ve been nominated for a totally legit award. Get a gold star and stick it on your forehead like a boss.
  2. Share FIVE of your favourite moments from your legacy/challenge/story so far.
  3. Nominate 3-5 blogs to do the same. (I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to do this if you want.)

First of all, I decided to do this for Tango only for clarity’s sake. Maybe one day I’ll do this for my other stories too. But now I chose Tango because I had just finished its first big story arc when I got the nomination, so I figured it would be a good time to look back to it. A fair warning: this will be a bit wordy and it’ll have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff.

Here we go:

1. The Beginning

Of course, the beginning will always be special. It’s the time of extra nervousness and so much promise and ideas. What if the others don’t like my story? What if it’ll fall apart before it even properly begins? Man, I’ve got so many ideasIwanttowritethemalldown! I like this idea so much, I really hope I don’t mess this up. Those are the kinds of thoughts that tend to fly around in my head when I start a new story. That mess of emotions alone is what makes starting things memorable to me. But for Tango, it had a bit of extra meaning. At least that’s how I feel.

It sort of started in early spring in 2015, when my favourite author, Sir Terry Pratchett, sadly passed away. To quietly honour him I decided to spontaneously start a new writing project. You know, to write something as a sign of appreciating creativity and letting myself be inspired by Sir Pterry. And since April’s Camp NaNoWriMo was pretty close to starting, I decided I’d write a fantasy detective story during April. And in that story, I wrote my version of Death… not for the first time, I’m sure, but for the first time in a form I wanted to explore further. Then, not long after, the idea of having Death living with a mortal was born, and I got way too carried away with it right from the start.

I took my first screenshots months before I posted the actual first chapter, and it was very different back then in many ways. Tad looked a bit different, Amelia was older, and the main setting was going to be Bridgeport, for example. No, really:

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I had the core themes, the two main characters as well as the visual and narrative styles pretty well decided right away. I had almost no idea about the story, though, so I let the whole story grow and gestate for a while. And eventually, it was time to take the leap and put the first chapter out here.

I was especially excited to start Tango, because it was everything I personally wanted out of a story I would write. Fantasy, adventure, quirkiness, sombre moments and themes, and anthropomorphic personifications and other odd characters I love to explore. But I was also extra worried, because I had no idea if anyone would like this. It was a bit out there as a Sims story, I figured. But I also figured, hey, who cares? There are SO MANY kinds of Sims stories out there, so I’ll just throw in what I want and see who sticks to it.

So I did. And here we are.

2. Novak, Meet Death

It’s a bit funny, but Novak is sort of the most developed Sim in this story, since he’s the only adult character in this story whom I’ve played from childhood. I used him and his family as a sort of tester family to get a feel of the new EPs I bought while I was planning the story. So yes, he does have a very defined backstory even though he’d never tell it to you. So have a couple of vague pics of him as a kid and as a teen:

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But those are not why I brought this up, really. My actual pick is the hilarious moment that happened when I was testing out University Life, and Novak had some time to kill in between his final exams. And he had a megaphone in his inventory. And I had absolutely no idea what would happen if I chose to make him rant about death.

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So yeah. It was hilarious. ESPECIALLY since he was very late from his exam because he had to spend several moments DEAD, and apparently the university doesn’t see dying as a good enough excuse to miss tests, so he ended up failing the course. Ah, good times.

So now you know the real reason why Novak thought Death was a jerk when he first met him in the story. 😀

3. Ghost of a Chance

Have you guys read ra3rei’s wonderful Ambrosia Challenge -story called Ghost of a Chance? If not, then what are you still doing here? Go read it, it’s great! I had fallen in love with this story from the first chapter, and so I was shocked and surprised and thrilled when rae asked me if I’d let Tad cameo in her story. I said yes, and I was so, so excited. It was the first time anyone had wanted to do any kind of collaboration like that in the Sims with me! And that cameo inspired me to make the Death Flower both a character-development symbol and a plot point, so it was all kinds of helpful! I still remember how I walked around my apartment for quite a while because I couldn’t sit nor stand still because of my excitement.

Thank you again, ra3rei!

4. Ley Lines

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When I realised I had just made readers anticipate meetings with quirky supernatural characters, I had a moment of panic when I also realised that oh, crap! I actually have to make up characters! Before the Ley Line Nexus was introduced, I only had the idea for the four main characters (Amelia, Tad, Vanja and Novak) and some side people, like Amelia’s mum. But now I had to start making new ones because I realised it wouldn’t be enough.

And… it was surprisingly easy. And it was very easy to fall in love with playing the Nexus -household. I was so happy I had forced myself to somewhat hastily add them to my story, and they started the trend of “semi-spontaneously coming up with characters while at school or biking etc.”… okay so maybe I had also used that method for the main characters too, but they were much less spur-of-the-moment than some of the Nexus people were.

5. When it all Comes Together

This may sound generic and boring, if you guys were looking for interesting details and stuff. But I guess I am boring, so I’ll just say that I love those moments when the loose threads in the story come together after such a long time of trying to make things work, and when I realise how I can make it all (okay, some of it) make sense. Like when I realised how important it would be to make Emily into a main character. Or when the Death Flower became an important, recurring item. Or when I realised that “the one” for Amelia would be… oops! Spoilers, almost. 😀

It’s always a treat when it happens. When I feel like what I’m doing isn’t a complete mess.

…And last but not least, my favourite thing about writing this story are all the people I’ve talked with, the great conversations we’ve had. And the lovely support you guys have given me. I’m always so honoured and baffled about the love this story has got. You’re awesome and too kind. Thank you.

One More Liebster Award

Hello! I got another nomination for Liebster Award by the lovely stardustdroplet,  (post here) whose writing is insightful, smart, beautiful and makes me feel happy! I’m honoured to get this award again. Thank you!

Check out my previous Liebster post from this summer here for more info on this.

Here are stardustdroplet’s questions:

  1. What are your favourite lyrics from any song?
    Many, but I’m gonna go with the morbidly beautiful and beautifully morbid:

    “Follow me down to the valley below.
    You know,
    moonlight is bleeding from out of your soul.”
    (From Lazarus by Porcupine Tree)

  2. How do you write your stories? Laptop? Computer? Notebook?
    Laptop. I screenshot my TS4 stories on our tabletop computer, though.
  3. What’s the most fulfilling thing you’ve ever done?
    Uh… I think it’s a combination of the small, fulfilling moments in life. Like loving and being loved, succeeding in things I’ve wanted to succeed in, finding peace… put them all in a metaphorical blender and you got yourself a fruitie of fulfillment.
  4. Have you ever done something that felt good at the time, but that you regretted afterwards?
    All the time. I tend to be overly harsh on myself and regret things afterwards, even when they’re not that regrettable.
  5. Name one line from one SimLit story that inspired you!
    There are so many, but I have to share this passage from CathyTea’s Through a Glass Murkly:

    “For the first time since I opened my eyes, beneath this moon, I feel the peace of insignificance. I don’t matter. The specifics don’t matter. Something else, something greater matters, and the space inside me is a place where this something greater can flow.”
    (From the chapter: And Solitude)

  6. If you could name yourself, what would you be called in real life?
    I kinda like my real name. I could go for a Finnish nature word as well. Like Kuura (frost). Or a cute mythological name like Tuulikki (“little wind”, the name of an old Finnish goddess/spirit).
  7. Do you like art? Who’s your favourite artist?
    YES! My favourite artists include Hugo Simberg, Vincent van Gogh, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Jackson Pollock, Tove Jansson, Oscar Parviainen and many, many others!
  8. Do you have a save where there’s this one townie you absolutely love? Who is it?
    I’m not usually that focused on townies. So… I can’t say there’s any I absolutely love. I do appreciate them and like them, though.
  9. How do you come up with characters?
    Randomly. Sometimes I just start with a name, sometimes a core concept. Sometimes I just think what is needed for the story and start developing from there. Sometimes they just pop into my head.
  10. Do you prefer sunshine or rain?
    Both have their pros and cons. But I’m sun-sensitive so… maybe rain?
  11. What’s your favourite smell?
    Forest after the rain.

Thank you again! And for everyone: have lovely and safe times out there!

Liebster Award and the End of Summer

…or more like the end of my summer vacation? My work has just started. That means I’ll probably have to take some time off from intensive writing at least until I get adjusted to the new rhythm. Again, I’ll try to get Tango‘s first story arc published soon. After that I think I’ll take a little break from Tango and focus on my other stories again.

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Also I got a Liebster Award! From the lovely livinasimminlife, who just got one of her great, drama-filled, rich stories done. Congratulations and thank you! You can check out her award post here, and her blogs are Livin a Simmin’ Life and The Kassiopeia Fullbright Mystery Series.

And here are the rules:

  • Share the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Nominate other bloggers who you feel deserve the award.
  • Answer 11 questions by your nominator and ask your nominees 11 questions.

I won’t be nominating stuff this time, but check out my other award-posts if you want to see some stories I love:
Liebster Award
Animal Award
Sunshine Blogger -Award
The Versatile Blogger -Award

And now, the questions:

  1. What is your favorite sound and why?
    The purring of a cat, because CATS! And to me it’s a sound that indicates an approval for closeness, which I think is an important thing to get approval for. Also I love the sound of wind going through plants because nature is awesome.
  2. If you could travel and live anywhere else in the world, where would you go?
    Probably Ireland. I’m still thinking of it as a second home after just a five-month exchange study period.
  3. Who is your role model?
    Hmm… not sure. I feel like I take inspiration from a lot of people around me and farther away. I’d say people who find ways to be happy without taking happiness away from others, and who help others be happy too. And people who dare to be themselves.
  4. When was your last celebration in the Sims and what was it?
    Um… I’m kind of celebrating the fact that I’m almost done with Tango’s first story arc, but gameplay-wise… I can’t even remember. Probably a birthday party for someone.
  5. What about the Sims compels you to write stories?
    I love the possibilities of the game, and how different kinds of people can find their own ways to express themselves through it. I also love that the possibilities are not infinite and the game can be unexpected, so one has to resort to creative thinking if one wants to screenshot a heavily story-driven story, or creatively study and interpret the events of the game in more game-drive stories.
  6. If you could create a world in the Sims, what type of world would it be or what city would you model it after?
    I love Barcelona… I think a fan has already made a Barcelona-world, and that’s really cool.
  7. Who’s your favorite townie or premade and why?
    Hmm… I like reading about townies and premades more than playing them, though lately I’ve started to incorporate them into my games a bit more. Through the stories I’ve read, I’ve really become fascinated with the Rackets because of how interestingly the writers interpret their messed up family dynamics and dodgy morals.
  8. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
    The knowledge that I’ll soon get breakfast and tea!
  9. What is your hidden talent?
    Listening. Not sure if it’s that hidden, though.
  10. If you were a Sim, what would be some of the things you would do?
    I would paint, draw, write, practise martial arts, and explore the neighbourhoods! Also for some wish-fulfillment, I’d get a garden. And a house.
  11. What question would you really like someone to ask you and what would your answer be?
    I love it if a person wonders about some random or not so random philosophical-ish thing out loud, and then we could try to ponder the answers together.

That’s it for now. Have a lovely time you guys!

Unique and Versatile

…are words that make for a very pompous-sounding title for a post. :/ But it just means that The Chrysanthemum Tango got more nominations for both the Versatile Blogger Award (my original post here) and the Unique Blogger Award (original post here). I’m so honoured!

This time the nomination came from the amazing Twiggy, whose stories and builds can be found HERE. Thank you so much, Twiggy!

Also Twiggy’s award posts are here: Versatile and Unique. Do check them out too and find other awesome nominees!

So, since Versatile required me to share some random facts, I figured I’d try to come up with more random facts for this post. So here we go:

1. My Sims-forums/Wordpress name, RipuAncestor, is a combination of two nicknames my friends gave me when I was fifteen. Ripu is a shortened/cute version of my real first name, and some of my friends still call me that. And Ancestor is a translation of Esi-isä, which I was called because I was the oldest and “wisest” in our group of friends. 🙂

2. My favourite game genres are stealth games and Western RPGs (…in which I almost always play stealthy characters if the option is given). Also, if games give me the option to play non-lethally, I very often choose to do so.

3. I got interested in drawing and other visual arts when I was very young, so my parents enrolled me in some evening art classes for kids when I was five. Apparently back then that art school had a two-day entrance exam, which I weirdly enough have absolutely no memory of. I must have passed, though, since going to that art school was one of my hobbies for over a decade.

4. I have Raynaud’s disease, which simply means that my fingers or toes can turn completely white and lose all feeling in colder temperatures. It’s not dangerous, merely annoying. Hey, this did ask for random facts. 😀

5. One of my hobbies is rollerblading, but I often forget to mention it if someone asks what my hobbies are. That may be because the rollerblading season here is quite short, so I could say that it’s my hobby only during the summer.

6. I have a tendency to name everyday objects that I like or use a lot (and yes, this probably became apparent in my previous Versatile Award -post too :D). For example, my current laptop is named Leonard and my cell phone is Walter.

7. When I started writing more in English, I used to alternate between American and British spelling (between pieces of writing, not in a single story). But during my exchange studies in Ireland, my English spelling quite naturally settled for British… though there might still be times when I accidentally mix some minor things up about that.

And here are the questions for the Unique Blogger Award:

  1. When did you find out about simlit and what did this discovery do to you?
    I don’t remember exactly, but I was in my teens. I think around 16 years old, maybe? So that means I’ve known about SimLit for around a decade now. And I was very excited to find them! I’d always had a story-driven approach to my Sims-playing, and now I realised that there was a whole community of these people! I was inspired right away to try my hand in creating my own Sims story.
  2. When and where do you find the inspiration to write simlit?
    Anywhere. Like with all of my writing, really. I can never tell in advance when the ideas strike or where they come from. The game is a good source of inspiration, as is talking to other people (mostly other SimLit authors). And of course, reading and other media give me plenty of ideas too.
  3. How important is the use of custom content in your game and stories to you and why is this?
    I use quite a bit of CC. Mostly clothes and hair, but I started downloading furniture and poses too when I started my TS3 -writing. For me, CC gives its own flavour and helps me make the game more suited for me and stage things that would otherwise be impossible or very difficult to do in-game. I try to get my CC to match the Maxis-made stuff as well as possible, though, and I don’t want to rely too much on CC.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope you all are doing well. I should really start doing my daily NaNo-writing now… so bye!

Unique Blogger Award

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I was nominated for this award by the amazing, lovely CathyTea, who writes SO MANY great, insightful, and joy-inspiring stories that I’m sure anyone can find something they like from her CathyTea’s Simlit Anthology! Check out her blog, and her award-post to see some other nominees too!

And Tango was also nominated by the amazing livinasimminlife, whose rich, detailed worlds, great drama, and likable and intriguing characters make for awesome stories certainly worth the read. You can check out her award post here, and her blogs are Livin a Simmin’ Life and The Kassiopeia Fullbright Mystery Series.

Thank you so much, Cathy and livinasimminlife! I’m honoured!

And the rules for this award are:

  1. Share the link of 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 3 questions.

So then, the questions:

By CathyTea:

  1. What are you grateful for at this moment?
    Of the good moments that make life worth living for everyone. Of nature and the wonders it holds. Of the kind of culture and art that shows how wonderful humans are. Of the wonderful people I’ve had and have the fortune to know and to be friends/family/loved ones with. Of the fact that I’m lucky enough to live in such a nice place. And of my mostly good health and the fact that I’ve already experienced so many things, and that I (hopefully) have time to experience so much more.
  2. What’s one of the greatest challenges you’ve faced with your writing?
    Hmm… there have been, and still are many challenges, but I’m going to say that one of the most challenging things has been actually getting my writing out for anyone to see. It has taken a lot of courage, a lot of struggling with thoughts that my writing isn’t good enough for people to see, and just a lot of getting out of my comfort zone in general. Even now, after way over a year of blogging, I still feel anxious and scared whenever I post a chapter.
  3. In your experience, what’s one of the most rewarding aspects of writing?
    Getting ideas out and the feeling of personal accomplishment. The feelings and thoughts that writing can inspire in both the writer and reader. The fact that through stories one can interact with so many people, even thought one isn’t going to even meet most of those people. And I also love the discussions that writing can inspire, and the friendships and loves that can be born through it.

By livinasimminlife:

  1. What is your favorite Sims game moment of all time?
    Woow, nooo idea. I’ve been a simmer for so long I can’t remember… no, wait! I got one! The moment I realised that SimLit was a thing (back in my TS2-days). That made the game open up to me in a whole new way – and I’d loved it even before that!
  2. How would you describe your writing style and process?
    My process is kind of all over the place. Sometimes I plan and write things down, other times I just play with ideas in my head. Sometimes I hold long conversations between my characters while I’m sitting in a sauna (or somewhere else, but the sauna is the best place for that in my opinion). Sometimes I draw pictures to get the creativity flowing. And then I just write. Then I edit. And edit again. Then I write some more and edit while writing.
    My writing style is at least trying to be somewhat whimsical and occasionally meandering. I focus a lot on the inner landscapes and thoughts of the characters as well as natural – though sometimes weird – dialogue. I usually write what I see in my head and then try to put it into words that flow well and look nice. If I can add in a creative or clever metaphor, simile or some other spices, I’m happy.
  3. Who or what inspires/motivates you to write SimLit or write in general?
    I think my love for writing started out from just the desire to create and to get these ideas out of my head – I’ve liked coming up with stories for as long as I can remember. I love the possibilities words hold, and I love playing with language and thinking up stories and maybe even sharing them with someone. As for who inspires me, well, my favourite writers and their amazing work, of course (Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, and Don Rosa first come to mind). The other SimLit authors inspire me a lot as well with their amazing stories, their hard work, and their creative uses of the game. As does the lovely, inviting community that has been built around SimLit.

And then, my nominees, which there aren’t enough to fill the 8-13, but I do have four more reads I’d like to give a shout-out to:

Angel in the Darkness by Marialein – This is an Ambrosia Challenge -based story with quite dark twists, intriguing plot, complex characters and plenty of emotional moments that make this definitely worth checking out!

Dear Bully by eowynstarr – This is a very touching and believable story about a bullied girl and her struggles in life. It’s very well-written and tackles what I feel is a very important and tough subject gracefully.

Orphan Challenge: Harkins Family by cshaner – A story about orphaned sisters trying to survive and build a new home. That alone is an interesting premise with lots of potential for drama and emotional moments, and this story definitely delivers on all of that! The characters are likable, and the drama that has been unfolding especially in the more recent chapters has been great!

The Benders by friendsfan36 – A story about a dysfunctional yet loving family. friendsfan has a great sense of timing and comedy. The story has shifted from more light-hearted and fun into very emotional drama while still keeping the good heart and great timing. Both the story and the development of the characters and writing have been a delight to follow.

And then my questions to these awesome people:
1. What has been your favourite writing-related moment? 
2. Where do you find peace?
3. What are your strengths as a writer, in your opinion?

Also check out my other award-posts if you want to see more stories I love.
Liebster Award
Animal Award
Sunshine Blogger -Award
The Versatile Blogger -Award

Maybe someday I’ll start re-nominating the ones I’ve already nominated instead of lazily linking to my previous posts… :/

Anyway, have a lovely day!

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Hello! I was happy to hear that my story was nominated for this award! Tango was nominated by the lovely socallucyfan from Once Upon a Legacy (Award-post HERE). If you people are looking for a new legacy -story to read and haven’t checked out socallucyfan’s one, then that might just be what you’re looking for! It was also nominated by the amazing velikosmijanje (award-post HERE), whose blog, vsims3contains, among other things, a story about a whole different Sunset Valley! Thank you so much, socallucyfan and velikosmijanje!

I posted my award-post on the Fey of Life -blog, since that one was also nominated. You can check the post by clicking HERE.

Well, I’ll try to get a new chapter out soon. It’s in the last stages of editing so it should be done in no time!

Some last Rays of Sunshine this Summer

…because my summer break will be officially over in just a couple of days. On the other hand, it’ll be nice to return to studying because at least then I have something regular to do. But on the other my studies keep me away from my hometown and my friends and loved ones and some of my very beloved hobbies for the majority of the time. So yeah, not all great. But anyway, the point of this post is that I was nominated once more for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the awesome livinasimminlife (award post here)! Check out her richly built world and intriguing, well-written stories if you haven’t already:
Kassiopeia Fullbright Mystery Series
Livin’ a Simmin’ Life -blog

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The rules of the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and add their links.
  • Notify the bloggers you include.
  • Keep the rules in your post.

Here’s my original Sunshine post, so check that out for my nominees and my questions!

And now onto the answers:

  1. If you were going to live forever, how would you spend your life?
    Probably travel around and frequently change my identity so nobody would figure out my secret. Or then I’d start a private dojo somewhere in the depths of some forest and become a crazy yet cool martial arts master. 😀 I think eventually I’d just get really, really bored and lonely. I’d probably become that anyway, unless some of my loved ones or friends could live forever too.
  2. What’s your favorite TS3 supernatural and why?
    Hmm… I’m actually not that interested in playing with the supernaturals, though writing Tango has made me appreciate them a lot more. I’m gonna say fairies, because I like how they fly around and because I just really like fairies in general. Also their wings are nice.
  3. Who is your favorite SimLit couple and why? I don’t know… I really like the very interesting and sometimes dysfunctional but still loving couples from Trip and rednenemon’s stories (Eight Cicadas, The Racket-Rotter Chronicles).
  4. What’s your favorite Sims world and why?
    I’ve really fallen in love with Riverview. It reminds me of home and I like this small countryside town aesthetic. Though I really, really like Twinbrook too because swamps for the win! And Bridgeport has its charm with its big city theme and the different feel it has compared to almost any other town. I also think Roaring Heights and Monte Vista look really nice, but I haven’t played them because I don’t want to buy the store worlds.
  5. If you could travel through space, what would be your vessel of choice?
    The Normandy SR-2 from the Mass Effect -series. Provided it came with the awesome and lovable crew of Mass Effect 2.
  6. What is currently on your reading list?
    I should finish Syötäväksi kasvatetut by Elina Lappalainen, which is a non-fiction book about meat-production in Finland. I’m also in the middle of reading the first book in the Witcher -series by Andrzej Sapkowski, AND I should also read the last three Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman. After that I think I’m going to continue with both the aforementioned Witcher -series, and a detective series by Kristina Ohlsson. And then… well, we’ll see what I’ll feel like. I’ll probably soon also read The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa for the (roughly estimated :D) hundredth time again because I love it soooooo much.
  7. Do you listen to music when you write SimLit, and if so, what?
    Yes. Depends on what I’m writing and if I want a specific feel to it. If I don’t have anything specific in mind, I’ll just listen to something by Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson, or possibly Apulanta or something from Silent Hill -soundtracks. Lately I’ve also been listening to a lot of The Pineapple Thief, while writing.
  8. What SimLit character do you find most inspirational? So many. I think that, for example, CathyTea’s stories seem to have whole worlds full of inspirational characters, with very nice, loving attitudes towards life and so much positive energy despite a lot of them facing hardships. On the other hand, I’m also inspired by people living with darker thoughts and lifestyles and still finding moments of happiness and compassion, like in Trip and rednenemon’s stories (again). I especially find rednenemon’s take on Dennis Racket inspiring in this way. livinasimminlife’s Kass, Davis, and Gage are also very inspiring with how real they seem to be, and how they all have their own hardships and flaws but they still find ways to get through life. But, like I said, there are so many inspirational Sims I can’t really pick one.
  9. What culture would you like to learn more about and why?
    Any culture, because I love cultures and I love finding out more about them. But I’ve got a special interest in the Mayan and Irish cultures. Not sure why those, but they just interest me a lot. The languages and the stories about them definitely have something to do with that. I also want to learn more about old Japanese culture mostly because it’s closely connected to karate, which is one of my beloved hobbies/lifestyles. Also I’d like to learn more about the old Finnish culture because it’s interesting, and it’s fun to know the roots of one’s own people. And connected to that, old (and also modern) Scandinavian and Slavic cultures because of their close connection to Finnish culture, plus their really interesting history and lifestyles! And shamans!
  10. What was your happiest/saddest/sappiest Sims game moment?
    Happiest:
    I remember that when I was a younger, more materialistic kid, I’d love those moments when I got a new expansion pack. It wasn’t just because yay, new stuff, but because there was just so much excitement in that moment when I’d look at the game that was still in its packaging, and wonder what it would hold. Gameplay-wise… I don’t remember. I have many happy moments. Usually I just get happy for my Sims whenever they get over a more difficult moment.
    Saddest:
    Probably the first time a Sim died, though I don’t remember it well. I think I managed not to permanently kill Sims in TS1, but during TS2, I started to accept my Sims dying, even though it was still sad.
    Sappiest:
    I remember back in TS2, when I wanted to have a couple go on a perfect date, so to score points in it or whatever it was that TS2 was counting to rank the success level of the date, I made them be so sappily romantic all the time that I think a part of my brain was caramelised from just watching it. The couple even got engaged via a romantic proposal over dinner, even though it was only their first or second date! But hey, the game said the date was awesome so… win?
  11. What’s the hardest thing about writing SimLit and how do you get past it?Writer’s block and the moments when I think my story sucks and should be burned. Though that happens with anything I write or otherwise create. I get over it by taking a step back and maybe rereading things with a slightly different mindset and then maybe do some edits that are needed, or then just find some good things about my writing. Otherwise I have to say that I am occasionally pretty nervous about communicating with people through my blog or the forums. I’m a bit nervous about communicating in general, though, sometimes.

Have a lovely time, people. I’ll try to be back soon with an update!