Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone! I was actually nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by both Chalicen and Simscognito! I’m really ecstatic that they chose me. It means a lot to me to know that people are enjoying my story and that they think I’m a positive contributor to the Sims community.

Chalicen writes Winter’s Alchemy. It’s a terrific pictureless SimLit about the Winter Family. A family with the ability to use alchemy. The story focuses on their interactions with alchemy and the hard decisions that it entails.

Simscognito writes Friends of Foes. It’s a wonderful SimLit about the relationship between Henry and his best friend Alex. It’s a story of political intrigue, warring factions, and budding romances.

It makes me very happy to be nominated by these two as they are two of the writers that inspired me to start creating Death’s Bride. 🙂

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to creative, positive, inspiring bloggers who spread sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

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

I don’t have eleven people to nominate, because so many of the wonderful writers I talk to and read regularly have already been nominated. However these two writers I think are deserving of a nomination. They both have fascinating stories and have been a pleasure to speak with on the forums.

Below are my responses to the questions that were asked of me. The first set is my answers to Chalicen’s questions. The second set are my answers to Cog’s questions.

1.) What inspired you to start writing SimLit?
I was inspired to start writing SimLit because I wanted to contribute a story since I had been devouring several writer’s stories. I wanted to give them something they could enjoy, so I decided to write a story with them in mind.

2.) What do you think is the one lamentable thing missing in sims?
The rather dreadful lack of occult types in Sims 4. I miss the over abundance of occult Sims that were available in Sims 3. I once had a band that consisted of a vampire, a ghost, a mummy, and the Grim Reaper. I miss that sort of nonsense.

3.) If you were a sim in Sims 4, what would your traits be?
Creative, Clumsy, Geek. (Although Cat Lover is tempting. Who doesn’t want to “Enthuse about Cats”?)

4.) What is your favourite and least favourite cliché?
My favorite cliché has to be clumsy, ditzy heroine. An example would be Usagi from Sailor Moon. It makes her relatable. Little girls can see her and think that if a goofball like Usagi can be a hero, maybe they can too. My least favorite cliché is the hyper competent hero. The sort of hero that is automatically good at everything and doesn’t have to struggle at all when presented with a new problem/situation. They’re annoying and usually outshine their supporting cast.

5.) Pitch your SimLit as a haiku!
A Poor Peasant Girl
Marries Death. Or Is He Death?
Read to Find Out, Kay?

6.) What is your all-time favourite game (apart from Sims )?
Table Top Role Playing Games.

7.) What is your favourite mythical being?
A sphinx. I find them oddly hilarious. I hate riddles though.

8.) What do you think is the most despicable trait in an antagonist?
Betrayal of trust. I hate when it’s a antagonist that was once the protagonist’s friend. Traitors suck.

9.) Do you prefer making sims or building houses? Or are you the type that doesn’t care as long as they do the thing?
I’m a picky brat. I obsessively work on both my Sims and their houses. I can’t just can’t live in a premade house and I am constantly tweaking my Sim’s appearances.

10.) Is there a SimLit you absolutely must recommend? Why?
@simscognito ‘s Friends of Foes. It’s definitely a good read if you like intrigue and action.

11.) What do you think makes a story a SimLit?
A story is SimLit if it either makes use of the Sims world and characters or if it is illustrated with screenshots from one of the Sims games.

1.) What do you think makes a good character?
A good character is one that is interesting and well developed. They should have both positive and negative traits, strengths and flaws.

2.) Do you find the writing process challenging? If so, what particularly challenges you?
No, I find the writing process enjoyable. However, it is the creation process that can prove a challenge. Creating new characters, world building, research… These aspects of the creation process are challenging, but rewarding.

3.) What part of the writing process do you particularly enjoy?
I enjoy telling a story. Sitting down and laying out a narrative is fun.

4.) How important is the reader’s reaction to your plot and character development?
I find it very helpful to gauge reaction to story points. It helps further my skills in the craft of writing to know what works and what doesn’t.

5.) What’s the most surprising thing a character’s ever done?
My vampire, Micah, becoming interesting. He was a rather boring sort to start off with. The typical broody bastard. Now he’s broody and interesting. The other surprising thing a character has done is Maximilien Du Bois just in general. He’s proved to be rather suave. I wasn’t expecting that when I first started writing him.

6.) Think about someone who makes you smile. Who is it?
Remy, my husband. He’s my creative partner and helps out on all my projects.

7.) If you had to be stranded on a desert Island, which of your characters would you want to be there with you and why?
I would want Carter with me. He’s the protagonist from my fictional universe, Catalyst. He’s a genius and is very quick on his feet. If I had to pick a character from Death’s Bride, well… They have yet to be introduced, but they are very resourceful and would be fun company.

8.) Which of your characters is most likely to win ice curling in the Winter Olympics?
I… I don’t know what that is. I would rather think about my characters making shaved ice.

9.) Which of your characters/pet would take the opportunity to live on Mars?
Carter and Lorna from Catalyst. They seem stupid enough to leap at the opportunity.

10.) What plotline has surprised your readers the most?
I dunno. The bunny?

11.) What video game do your sims enjoy playing the most?
Death’s Bride is set in a fantasy town, but if there were video games in it… Myla would like to play a farming simulator. Harvest Moon, maybe?

My questions to my nominees if they choose to accept them!

1.) What inspired you to start writing your story?
2.) Describe your process. Do you play and then write a story around that? Or vice versa?
3.) Who is your favorite character from your stories? Why?
4.) You can choose one of your characters to bring to life. Which character and why?
5.) Sims 4 Townies: Marry, Kill, WooHoo. Which townie would your Simself marry? Who dies? Which would your Simself have a woohoo with?
6.) Are there any plotlines that have changed drastically since you first thought of them? What caused the change?
7.) Are you a builder or a maker? Do you prefer to build houses or make Sims?
8.) What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
9.) What part of the process do you find the most challenging?
10.) What is one thing that you want to see in Sims 4? (Seasons, Occult Types, etc.)
11.) Write something about yourself that readers might not know. (A surprising hobby, favorite food, etc.)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. simscognito says:

    Ahh these were fascinating . Now I know why your story’s so intriguing. Your responses to character and the writing process were so deep and thought-provoking. Ugh I’m not fond of overly competent heroes either. They’re soooo annoying, particularly since they’re soooo rude to everyone. I love the sphinx too, but I also hate riddles. Only because I’m terrible at them 😀

    1. Yay-Toast says:

      Ah gee! I’m glad you found use in my answers on writing. I love talking shop, so I’m always open to discussing theory. I agree on your assessment of overly competent heroes. They can be super rude. I’m looking at you, Buffy Summers. Ya self righteous, B. I am away at riddles too. I’d probably just turn around. Never mind, Sphinx, I’ll find another path.

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