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 or 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:


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:


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.


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.


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


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


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


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?
    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.
    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.
    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!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Oh, wooooow, both of my blogs were awarded for the Sunshine Blogger Award by thewindsorlegacy! You can check the award-post here. And the next day after that happened, The Fey of Life was also nominated by blamsart (award post), and The Chrysanthemum Tango was nominated by violincat (award post)! Thank you so much, you all. You’re amazing!

I figured that since I posted my last award-post to The Fey of Life -side of things, this time I’d put the post here for balance’s sake. Anyway, I’m so happy and honoured and I should probably see what I have to do now. Okay, here goes:


Both this award’s name and that pic inspire happy thoughts, and it feels like summer and happiness. Not sure if my stories are about summer and happiness, but I’m so glad to hear that they at least make some people happy!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

Well, it is of course an award for bloggers from other bloggers. It is a beautiful way to share all the amazing things other bloggers do and write about. To recognize their efforts in inspiring others to do what they love.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and add their links.
  4. Notify the bloggers you included.
  5. Keep the rules in your post.

And here are the questions I was asked by thewindsorlegacy:

  1. Would you rather fight a hundred goose-sized elephants or a goose the size of an elephant?
    A goose the size of an elephant. Because a hundred anything vs. one would definitely drop my odds of winning. Though I’d rather not fight any animals.
  2. Shuffle your songs on your phone/computer/whatever — what’s the first song that pops up?
    I don’t have playlists (my songs are mixed into my fiancé’s playlist), but if I did, it’s very likely that most of the songs on it would be by Porcupine Tree or Steven Wilson. So one of those, maybe.
  3. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you want to be?
    I’m happy here, at home. Though I’d love to visit Ireland again. It’s like my other home, even though I only lived there for a five-month exchange study -period.
  4. Savory or sweet?
  5. What made you create your blog?
    My love for Sims stories and storytelling in general. And nostalgia because I have such fond memories of my TS2 -storytelling days.
  6. What do you do when you want to relax?
    Go for a walk in the forest, or draw, write, read, meditate, or bike. Or just sit down with a nice cup of tea and some reading or a video I can watch. Or, of course, go to a sauna.
  7. What never fails to make you laugh?
    My fiancé being silly. Also cute animals being silly.
  8. Do you prefer living in a city or in a rural area? Or somewhere in-between?
    In-between. A small or medium-sized town near a rural area is nice.
  9. If you could live in any fictional universe, which would you choose and why?
    This is really a tough one. I’m going to go for nostalgia and say the Disney Ducks -comics universe (as written by Carl Barks and Don Rosa – so not DuckTales). As for why, well, it’s basically like real world but with funny animals, all the myths basically true, and an awesome, rich duck from Scotland owning most of the world.
  10. If you could domesticate any animal and have it (safely) be your pet, which would you choose?
    A fox or a lynx… ooh, or a dragon!
  11. What is your favorite word?
    I really like most of the Finnish nature words, especially ones that describe wintry things. Out of them all I’m going to say hankiainen is probably my favourite at this moment. It means the phenomenon when the snow can hold a person’s weight (while usually still being rather fluffy underneath a layer of hard snow). In English I just realised I really liked the word serendipity. It’s cute and fancy at the same time. In Swedish I love kramsnö, which means sticky snow, but could literally be translated as “hug snow”. I could go on, but I guess those will do.

Questions from blamsart:

  1. Fav song! Right now! I want to discover more😀
    Sooo many… but I’m gonna say Drive Home or Ancestral by Steven Wilson (and sooo many of his other songs too).
  2. How’d you come up with the title/last name of your story?
    For Fey, it was a pun on “the way of life”. For Tango, it was just a random thing. Something about flowers and dancing and beds of roses. And because the word chrysanthemum just stuck somehow.
  3. How much space does sims storytelling take up in your life?
    Right now quite a lot, mostly because I’m a student without a steady summer job, so I have a lot of free time. It’ll change a bit once university starts again.
  4. Are you sometimes afraid your next hiatus could be your last?
    Maybe? Though I’m very stubborn to finish my stories. I think I’m more worried that I’ll eventually reach a point where I’ve written myself into a corner and just can’t figure out how to gracefully end the story.
  5. Favorite type of romance to write?
    Platonic. 😀 Does that count? If it doesn’t, well, I’m not a fan of writing romance, but if I do, it’s slow-building and consists of lots of talking.
  6. Any deep dark fears? Like afraid of lightning or water?
    I have mild claustrophobia. As in I feel very uncomfortable with just the thought of being stuck in a space so small that I wouldn’t have room to properly move. Also being outside during a thunderstorm makes me really uneasy.
  7. Are you the type to run away from danger or towards it?
    I consider myself a reasonable person with a healthy sense of self-preservation. So I guess it depends on the danger.
  8. Do you have any characters that represent who you want to be? Or wanted to be at some point?
    Any non-biological character I’ve ever written, in a way. Sometimes I’d just want to be a spirit of some kind. Or some forest-dwelling pixie-thing. Also any cat character I’ve ever written too.
  9. Take one of your characters. Pick randomly! Got them? Okay drop them in a pit of snakes (venom or not? no one knows). What’s their reaction?
    I asked my fiancé to randomly pick a character, and he picked Vanja, so:
    Vanja Leifsdóttir: Oh, good, these make for excellent potions! *zap* –> Dead snakes.
  10. Have you ever watched a movie and gone – “oh that gives me a really great idea for my story…”. If the answer was YES, what movie? And what idea?:)
    When I watched Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal), I was like: “Yes! I want to feature the danse macabre in Tango at some point!” And I did! I’m sure there are other moments like this too.
  11. The ultimate question…Patch 1.67 or 1.69? Did you feel the disturbance?
    Yes. I feel the disturbance, but I’m also too lazy to change back to 1.67.

Questions by violincat:

  1. Do you have any favorite characters in your own stories? Who?
    I love all of my characters in some ways, but I have to say that Tad has an extra special place in my heart. He’s usually very easy to write, and sometimes he helps me think about things in new perspectives.
  2. What are your favorite genres to read or watch?
    Fantasy, especially urban fantasy. Murder mysteries. Dark comedy. Scifi.
  3. Which fictional character do you wish you could be real life friends with?
    Death from Discworld. Also Nick Valentine from Fallout 4.
  4. Would you rather land the perfect job or find true love?
    Well, right now I’m very happy with the person I’m sharing my life with, so I’m gonna say perfect job.
  5. Do you cook or bake? If not, would you want to learn how to?
    I cook and bake. Sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it’s a chore. Thankfully my fiancé also cooks and bakes so we take turns.
  6. What is your dream career?
    Teaching art to kids (not in school) and doing my own creative work on the side.
  7. What is the one thing you absolutely can’t live without?
    Food. Water. Oxygen… Okay, but less obviously, art (be it visual arts, writing or whatever).
  8. Which country do you most want to visit?
    Right now I really want to go back to Ireland at least for a short visit. I’d also really like to visit Iceland. And Australia and USA would be interesting too.
  9. Are you a day or a night person?
    I like evenings the most.
  10. Would you want to become famous?
    No. I wouldn’t mind getting a book published or some art into an exhibition or a gallery someday, but I’d rather not become famous.
  11. What do you like the most about gaming?
    The interactivity and the extra dimension of immersion it can bring. Also good stories and characters, but I like those in any medium.

And then to the next part… uh… So right now I really have to say that there aren’t enough blogs that I’m following here that I wouldn’t have already nominated on my other two award-posts, so uh… maybe go check them out? I mean, I think the blogs I’ve nominated before are so awesome and great that they deserve heaps of awards! So here’s my Liebster Award -post and my Animal Award -post, where I say nice things about the blogs I’d nominate all over again!

AND I do have a few new finds for awesome reads that I’d like to nominate right now (in alphabetical order):

The Chains of Lyra by Trip – This story is a pretty new one, but it’s already very intriguing with its scifi-premise, with its connection to Trip’s other awesome story Eight Cicadas, and with Trip’s great writing.

The Last 100 Years by JLBDreams16 – Another new story, but it’s also already looking so promising. It has a Korean mythology -inspired setting that had me hooked from the start, and a very nice theme of balancing between past and the present, tradition and change, and experiencing new cultures and also holding onto one’s roots.

The Racket-Rotter Chronicles by Senna – This is a dark, delightfully twisted story set in the Sims 3 world. Great characters, humorous moments, and a good heap of heartwarming blended together with the dark, intense themes and events into a truly great mix. Note: This story is definitely intended for mature audiences.

And here are some questions anyone who feels like answering can answer:

  1. What are your greatest blogging-related moments or memories?
  2. What is the nicest place you have ever visited?
  3. What are your greatest positive qualities?
  4. Why do you write? What are the things you like the most about writing?
  5. What do you do when it’s raining outside?
  6. Favourite drink?
  7. Pet peeves?
  8. Which superpower would you like to have?
  9. Which foreign language sounds especially nice in your opinion?
  10. Do any of the characters you write have a specific voice that you hear whenever you write their lines?
  11. What are some of the little things in life that make you happy?

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Crossover Time!

So I’ve been super flattered and honoured and happy these last couple of days, because the wonderful raerei asked me if she could use Tad in her awesome story, called Ghost of a Chance. It’s based on the Ambrosia Challenge, the rules of which you can find on raerei’s page, among other things. But the basic idea is to bring a ghost back to life through very specific means. It’s a really wonderful story and I now have a great excuse to advertise it here! While you’re there, check out her other stories. She has plenty of awesome stuff there!

You can find her Ambrosia-story (and her other stories) here:
Ghost of a Chance by raerei at Raerei’s Fortress

Again, thank you so much for this honour, raerei. Here’s a picture of Tad being almost happy and practising his real smiles:

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Have a lovely day, everyone!

A Wild Animal Award Appeared!

Hi! I’m so happy because I got plenty of nominations for a new blogging award! You guys are so lovely! You can find the post on it on my other blog, so I won’t repeat it here. I’ll just post a link to it:

Animal Awards Everywhere!

I’ll get back to writing my stories soon. I’ve been doing some image optimising for this blog, so that has taken some time. And right now I have some technical difficulties. Meaning my computer finally died on me for reals, I think. I do have a new one already, but it’s in my hometown and I’m not. But I’ll get back to writing soon, I promise.

Have a lovely time everyone!