Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Liebster Award

I was nominated for this award by Jazen. She is a great friend and an amazing writer of several Sims' stories as well as the published author of the book Fiendish. It means a lot that you find my writing award-worthy. Thank you :)

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers, to promote the blogging sites we love and support.

Accepting the nomination comes with these conditions:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
4. Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My Nominations:
~Jean-Marie for Tamed.
~Valois Fulcanelli for The Madness of Mr. Goth.
~Fyachii and It's Me Geuliz for Only Mine.
~Lily Parker for Jill Thomas 100 Baby Challenge.
~Nernershuman for Waking Life.
~Ivory for Unforgettable.
~Gayl and Beth for Sessions: Studio Time.
~MrsOogieBoogie for Fear the Orchard.
~Simmerz83 for Birth of Avalon.
~PolarJenny aka Little Fox for Lights and Shadows. (Chinese Only).
~Alidaen for Los Hijos de Édora (The Children of Édora). (Spanish Blog).

01. How long have you been writing?
I've been writing since I could pick up a pen. My first stories (some really, really creative stuff from my adolescence) my Dad sent to the local newspapers to have published. Only one made it into the Florida Times-Union but man it was nice seeing it there (I was 8). I still have it although it's seen better days hahaha. It should have been laminated but I guess no one thought of doing it then and over the years it's um...well I can still make out some of the words :P

02. What was your very first story?
Desired. It was created in 2011 and is a cheeseball of a supernatural love story. Haha seriously the writing makes me cringe but I won't delete or remove the blog because it helps me see how far I've come. The story was based off a few Sims I'd made and had been playing after EA released their "Late Night" expansion. I'd decided to share the story with everyone else. Surprisingly it got a lot of positive reviews and to this day people ask if I have any plans to continue it. 

03. What other hobbies do you have outside of Sims?
Gaming. I'm a huge nerd, I know it. I enjoy MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) and I play several with my husband, mostly fantasy based stuff like Final Fantasy, Tera, Neverwinter (the last 2 being FTPs i.e. free-to-plays). We used to play World of Warcraft but haven't in a few years. I also enjoy console games, of which I enjoy FPS (first-person shooter). I am a HUGE fan of the Resident Evil franchise although it's become a little watered down now. Same with the Call of Duty franchise but I still buy them dammit. I have a few driving games i.e. Grand Theft Auto and a few Need for Speeds. And recently started trying the Assassin's Creeds. Other than gaming, I enjoy reading, and watching movies (mostly horror). I also like drawing and harassing my beloved.

04. Of your Sim stories, which one is your favorite and why?
Why do you hate me? What is it with these questions? Lol. Hmm. I'd say this one, Cold Blooded, is my favorite. It was my 4th attempt at story writing and I'd like to think I've since honed my skill much more than previous attempts. It was also sort of my nod to my first story, Desired, as in a vampire helps a witch come into her powers and protects her while she navigates the underworld. Cold Blooded is the first of my work to include a lot of my familial background.

05. Do you remember the very first Sim story you ever read?
Yes. It was After Dark by Nygirl. It was on the Sims 3 forums and I'd come across it randomly. Her writing was so great and her pictures so vivid. And I'd never knew the game I enjoyed playing so much could be used to illustrate the thousands of stories in my head. It made me want to give it a try. The pictures to the story have since been removed but the story remains.

06. If you could make 1 Sim character a real person who would it be and why?
Damn. Tough question. There are so many hotties I'd like to um...have an intellectual conversation with. O.o Caleb, Derrick, Brett, Gavin, Kasper. Crap! Just one? Man... Alright. I think I'd choose Caleb Savage from After Midnight. Because 1.) He's hot. 2.) He's sweet, smart and protective 3.) He's hot. 4.) He's great in be...b-being a conversationalist. In addition to Caleb, I'd select Derrick Constantine from Cold Blooded, Brett Knight from Codename: Danger, and Kasper from The Chameleon. Each one has something special and fun and I think they would make great friends in real life. Yes, I cheated that question and chose one per story :P sue me! 

07. What's your favorite song?
Um...I don't know. That's a hard one to answer. There are so many that make me get up and dance. Hmm...for now I'll go with "From Yesterday" or "Attack" by 30 Seconds to Mars from A Beautiful Lie album. 

08. What's your favorite blogging platform and why?
Blogger. I used to be a huge WordPress user but it became a pain to update and customize my blogs like I wanted so I moved. I have a Tumblr but don't even get me started on how frustrating it is for me to navigate that thing. Blogger seems the simplest and cleanest but it too has it downfalls. And the many corporate decisions that affect the outlook of the platform bothers me at times as well.

09. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
My imagination. I get ideas in the strangest ways and mostly at the oddest times too. Sleeping, showering, randomly in the middle of a conversation with someone about ice cream. What? Ice cream is a very interesting and complex subject. I could talk for wee...minutes about it. I think the first one that was inspired by "real life" was Wasteland which I wrote simply because of my love of scaring the bejesus out of my sister (she has a fear of zombies...). Others are just my restless mind trying to do something with itself.

10. If you won the lotto, what would be your first purchase?
I'd pay off my house. Hmm...I'd maybe even buy a new one. Yes, I moved here just a year ago and I love it, but I'd move into a mansion. Nothing huge or too expensive (I'd still have to pay taxes on it). But something a slight bit bigger with a huge yard, pool and gorgeous landscape. 

11. What's your favorite supernatural to play and why?
Werewolves. I just love the way they walk, run, and the toddlers are the cutest. I would have really LOVED it had they been hairer and scarier but...that's what CC is for eh?

Questions to my nominees:
01. When did you start writing?
02. Are any of your characters or situations based on real people or events?
03. What inspires you to write?
04. Which of your characters is your favorite?
05. Who is your favorite author?
06. What kind of books do you read?
07. If you could use the Sims Time Machine, where would you go and why?
08. You're stranded on a deserted island with 4 characters from your story(ies). Who are they and what do you think would happen? 
09. If you could be any character from a book or movie, who would you be and why?
10. If you could marry the man/woman of your dreams, who would you choose and why?
11. Sims have a lot of quirky and fun inventions and objects not found in real life. If you could choose one thing (for example, spellbook, time machine, Bonehilda) what would it be and why? (Feel free to choose from any of the amazing custom creations as well e.g. Pose Player, Pregnancy controller, lighting tweaks, etc.)

Thank you again, Mica, for the nomination :)

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

54: A Stroke of Luck – Pt. 2

*Warning: Rushed and clunky (I think...I don't know) I didn't have time to proofread (I'm sorry, seriously hectic schedule). Any errors will be fixed in the morning.*

“Advanced healing spell,” Victoria read aloud as she thumbed through the pages of her family’s spellbook. It had a strange list of ingredients but the possibilities were remarkable. She earmarked the page and continued flipping. She was looking for someone or something that fit the description given by their client Aidan Byrne. But what she didn’t realize, ‘tall’ and ‘furry’ covered a large spectrum of supernatural creatures. Everything ranging from ogres, werewolves and even centaurs.

Victoria looked up as she listened to her partner’s constant clicking on his keyboard and sighed. The thought of spelling him or using magic to cure his spine had crossed her mind a time or two. But she also knew there would be consequences to using that kind of healing spell. Personal gain spells were the most damning in the eyes of light magic and the balance of nature. It could mean she would suffer severely for attempting it. It could also mean someone somewhere else in the world would have to give up their ability to walk in order for Mike to have his mobility back. The prospects of watching him up and about again far outweighed any guilt she’d feel about a total stranger…at least she hoped it would.
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