Unique Blogger Award

I am so horribly behind with this and I apologize. Emily Anne / Dancer-freak nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award back at the beginning of March. I am honored to receive this award. Emily Anne has a wonderful and highly addictive SimLit story, you should totally read, called The Blakesley Legacy. I am never quite sure what to expect and the character development, world building, and plot are incredibly well-done.


The rules for this award are as follows: 

  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.

I answered the following questions from Emily Anne: 

  1. If you could make any sims game/stuff/expansion pack for any of the games what would it be and what would it include? Wow… that’s such a fantastic question. Since I play TS3, then it would be a TS3 expansion. I would love to see a revamped World Adventures with a Japanese themed world.                                                                                Japanese themed expansion pack with a Japanese themed world Plants/Vegetation/Yard Stuff: Cherry trees, for sure, and probably Japanese maples, pines, cedars, cypresses, koi ponds with koi fish, magnolia, camellia, Zen waterfalls, bonsai trees, pretty stones, maybe a sacred llama statue instead of a Buddha, stone lanterns, bamboo, and garden bridges  __________________________________________________ Build Stuff: Japanese pagodas, hipped roof, Japanese styled temples, maybe a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn ____________________________ Buy Mode: definitely bamboo architecture and furniture, Feng Shui styled items, low to the floor beds and tables, pretty paper lanterns, paper screens, etc…_____________________________________________________a  Cuisine: rice bowls for sure, upgraded sushi, tempura, sashami, miso soup, soy sauce, wasabi, seafood salad, soba and udon noodles, red bean paste, the bars could serve sake (rice wine) and Japanese whisky, and maybe the festival grounds or the ice cream truck could serve mochi, and Kakigōri, a shaved ice, and of course, green tea… and chopsticks would be an absolute must. ________________________________ Fashion: I would love to see Japanese Lolita styles, and some of the brightly colored fashions like Ganguro, kimonos, maybe old-school samurai style_____________________________________________________________ Community Festivals: A Sapporo Snow festival in winter complete with snow statues and ice sculptures, maybe a ice sculpture and snowman building contest, and a snow rafting station (like the snowboarding station or the skateboard rink), and different types of hot tea and sake served at the food booth; and definitely a cherry blossom festival in spring, maybe a cultural festival in the summer with fireworks, and a Japanese new year festival  _____________________ Activities: Sumo wrestling would be interesting, possibly at the sports stadium, revamped martial arts, and the option to read manga and watch anime would be fun. Baseball is popular in Japan. It would be fun to somehow incorporate that into the game. Hot springs for certain and public bathing options, including new bathtubs for the home. Pachinko parlors. And the game, Mahjong. Various crafts – doll-making, paper-making, ceramics and pottery. Meditation and reflection activities.  ___________________________________________ Transportation: A high speed rail system would be great – a better programmed and faster version of the base game subway. ___ Neighborhood Design: A seaport, a skyscraper downtown area, colorful markets, and more traditional Japanese housing further out. Definitely lots of gardens and parks, and spiritual temples, and a tea house, video game arcade, and izakaya (Japanese pub). Vending machines are everywhere in Japan so revamped vending machines with the option of purchasing hot drinks and even alcohol. Maybe capsule hotel option. ______________________________________________ Careers: A revamped video game developer job because video games are so huge in Japan, possibly with different sub-groups like video game composer, story writer, and traditional design.  I think a physical therapist career would be cool, especially incorporating various traditional Japanese healing techniques and things like massage, acupuncture, and naturopathy. Baseball star. Self-employment? Sushi maker, crafts designer, voice actor for anime? A fisherman career since Japan is an island. Musician with traditional Japanese sounds. Zen designer or architect. _______________________________________________ Traits: I think Sims 3 really needs a “kind” trait. And possibly a loyalty trait to compensate for commitment issues, since I don’t really like the current opposite, which is hopeless romantic. ____________________      LTW: Make epic sushi. Lol. Jk… maybe a little… Catch all the fish in the sea for the fisherman. Well-known voice actor. Create 10 awesome video games. Design 10 Feng Shui houses or gardens. Baseball superstar. Sell 50 well-made crafts. ______________________________________ Lifetime Rewards:  Regular Spa Pass (visit for free), Epic Vending Machine Reward (buy unlimited vending machine items), Never Get Sick of Rice, Endless Zen___________________________________________  Death: Death by fugu a.k.a. pufferfish. Don’t know if anything would actually happen in game. It might be like the poison jellybean death.  Music: definitely Taiko (a Japanese drum), folk music, and J-pop. Japan has a nice jazz culture, so I think a jazz club would be fun. ____ New Buffs: “Cultured,” “Jazzed,” maybe something about having fun (can’t think of the word… drr…) when playing games, “Feeling Strong” after Sumo wrestling, perhaps, and “Zen” after spending the day at the spa or in the hot springs or wandering through the gardens, and perhaps a buff related to feeling satisfied after drinking tea. 
  2. What was the first simlit you ever wrote called, why did you start writing it? I started writing a story about the Altos family in Sunset Valley. I didn’t publish it and I didn’t get far. I don’t think I actually had a name for it. I thought it’d be fun to write a family drama, but I tweaked the family a lot, made them nicer, and changed appearances – like Nick had red hair and a full beard, and Vita was a blonde, and Holly was a young adult, in love with the Uni llama, a foreign exchange student from Deutchsimland…er… Germany. Lol. I did write/publish after the fact, My Life with Criminals, which followed the lives of the Bagley family in Riverview, with a highly edited Sam Sherman Bagley Jr.
  3. Other than writing simlit, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing with the Sims games? Every once in awhile, I get on a building kick and I enjoy creating and designing houses. I love playing with seasons, and just wandering about exploring the worlds.

My nominees are as follows in no particular order (and they all have their own uniquely beautiful and amazing stories in SimLit): 

My Questions

  1. What is one of your biggest in-game pet peeves?
  2. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do in game or in a Sims story, but haven’t yet?
  3. If you could live in any one of the Sims worlds (i.e. base game, expansion, or custom), which would it be and why?

I am, again, honored to belatedly accept this award, and I thank you, Emily Anne/Dancer-freak for the nomination.


10 thoughts on “Unique Blogger Award”

    1. Me too. Oh yay! Another Japanese culture fan. I am equally fascinated and frustrated with it because it’s so different from my own and full of awesome paradoxes and contradictions. But I truly enjoy learning about the culture. 🙂

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      1. It’s been a fascination of mine since I was like… 12? One of my earliest stories was even based on a Japanese character archetype (the yandere) but it didn’t translate well to the Simmer audience (I currently have it on hiatus and the chapters hidden, and may or may not revive it in the future). But yes, it has just always been something I love. My friend and I go to Japanese gardens on vacations often, and last March over my birthday weekend (St. Patrick’s Day) in Portland we went to the fantastic Japanese Garden there. One day I’ll share the photos I took on my Teatime Tuesday. Gorgeous!

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