Somehow, the Sunshine Blogger Award made it to my silly little blog as well. It was nominated for it by Jowita from NeverDoItAgain. I only started reading her story lately, but I’ve enjoyed it – and Jowita’s amazingly detailed list of the CC she uses – immensely πŸ™‚ If you’re into drama, go have a read. It’s great!

EDIT: I’ve also just been nominated by Lila Remonn of the Kingston Legacy. Thanks so much for that πŸ™‚ I’m only on gen 1 of her legacy, but I can already tell she’s a talented writer and the more recent pictures on her blog are jaw-droppingly beautiful. I’m jealous. I’ll add her questions after Jowita’s πŸ™‚

Now, onto award-y stuff. First, the rules are as follows:

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’ve done 1 and 4, so let’s move right on to Jowita’s questions:

  1. What do you most enjoy about being a member of the WordPress community?
    I enjoy the easy access to good quality stories that I can read. I used to spend hours – and I mean hours – reading posts on Reddit and I often found myself drawn to negative stuff about bad relationships, disease, and disaster of various kinds. That’s bad if you’re a bit of a neurotic as I am. I’d literally read stuff that made me scared and gave me nightmares in a time when I already struggled (and still struggle to some extent) with low self-esteem and social/performance anxiety. I knew there were Sims stories aplenty to read online, so I’ve started reading you guys’ stories when I need to relax instead and it’s just way better for my health.
  2. How often do you check to see if there’s anything new out here on WordPress?
    On a regular day? Just like a few times. On a day when I’ve posted? Every five seconds or thereabouts. Ha, ha!
  3. What makes you call a person a skillful writer?
    The fact that I can tell that they put thought into their writing. It doesn’t necessarily have to be crazy plot twists or these super complex plots or anything, just that I can tell that they thought about where they took the story. If I can tell that they thought about the implications of their characters actions and the way it influences their actions, that’s true skill right there πŸ™‚
  4. What do you do when you feel like you’re stuck on a particular storyline and don’t know where to take it?
    I talk to my darling boyfriend about it. He’s a very logical, introspective, and insightful person. He reads my stories as I post them and he just always seems to get the characters and their core as I intended them. Okay, honestly, talking to anyone about the issues tend to help, but as he’s the person in the world I feel most comfortable with, he’s the best and the one I love talking to most (I just generally love him). If I don’t do that, I sometimes do stuff like just… walk away from the story for a while. Play a videogame, watch a tv show, read a book or I just sleep on it. The silliest thing I do sometimes is find random plot generators online. They’re super silly, but they can actually help.
  5. The prettiest Sim you’ve ever had in your game?
    Aaaah, don’t make me choose! I’m not going to choose either of my current characters because I created them myself by tweaking premades, so instead I’ll go for these two (from my old story the Talented which is still on the blog for it so you can read it if you like but pls no):

    The first is Milena Hartfield who was actually the result of a union of Leighton Sekemoto from Sunset Valley and (aged up) Star Shue from Hidden Springs. She’s so gosh darn pretty for a Sim that’s never been edited by a player’s hand, but she’s not a pudding face either – Star Shue has a super amazing pretty face that just creates the most unique, amazing-looking babies.
    The other is DanaΓ« ‘Dani’ Ithaca. She’s a result of my old Ithaca legacy but she never appeared in it before I stopped. I just fell so much in love with her that I couldn’t help but use her in my later story.

  6. Your favorite couple in your gameplay/stories?
    These dorks:


    Seen here at their very dorkiest.

    They’re a joy to write because they’ve got obstacles to overcome, but I also think there’s the sense that they CAN overcome them. Compare that with Carlo and Vittoria who are 100 % super in love, but their issues are… worse. I like writing healthy relationships and with a little work, Nadir and Genevieve will have one. Carlo and Vittoria… they tried? πŸ˜›

  7. Your favorite non-romantic relationship in your gameplay/stories?
    I’ll have to go with another Champion of Moonlight relationship: Genevieve and Celeste. They’re not truly friends because they only ever see each other for the Tournament (the sad fact of Gen’s character is that she pretty much does nothing but work), but they’ve got a nice dynamic anyway. Celeste is very aware of Gen’s flaws but she’s also one of the few people who bother to see her good qualities – even if she also teases her relentlessly.
  8. Have you had a Sim that you fell in love with right away?
    A dork I haven’t even played, but who cares. He’s my darling, shy little dork.
  9. If you ever did any storylines, what is the one you’re most proud of? If you didn’t, post the oldest picture from your save.
    If it’s not obvious from all the stuff above, I’m really pleased with Champion of Moonlight. It’s the first longer story I’ve finished since I was a teenager living at home (we’re talking 7-8 years, here), and I’m super proud and super pleased. There’s the edit of A Monte Vista Story which is also shaping up to be pretty good, but for now, CoM is the one I’m most proud of πŸ™‚ Especially the relationship that develops between Nadir and Gen though I kinda want to edit the whole thing again and flesh it out.
  10. Have you had any Sims that remind you of someone?
    I’m not really sure about this one. Most of my Sims, in the stories at least, remind me of someone I know or of myself. I can’t help but write some of my reality and my experiences into the stories, after all. As for Sims in-game, they rarely remind me of real people because they’re so cartoony in their behaviour.
  11. Is there any random fact about your blog story you want to share?
    Okay, let’s give Monte Vista some love: A Monte Vista Story is the second story I’ve written where I involved Carlo. The first was The Ithaca Legacy. When I wanted a new legacy-type story for the blog, I thought back to what made me love writing my first story so much, and part of it was Monte Vista and the sort of dangerous-love type of thing with Carlo. It wasn’t AT ALL explored in that story, so I dived a lot more into his character here and gave him a love interest that isn’t a slab of concrete personality wise. I also looked at the facts that are in-game – he’s artistic, for example. There’s also a Marco Mancini at the Monte Vista graveyard who MIGHT be his and Camillo’s dad, though there aren’t any ties in-game. I ran with it, though, and in my story, he’s their dad.
    I also have confession: Vanilla Carlo has a stupidly small nose and is four days from being an elder. I edited his nose and age when I started playing and I only feel a little bad about it.

Welp, that was a lot of rambling. Stop me.

EDIT: Here come the other questions:

  1. Which of your characters can you relate most to, and why?
    Nadir. Oh, poor, darling Nadir. Most of my other characters are confident, but he’s just a bundle of nerves and really anxious and kind of self-loathing… I relate. A lot.
  2. How often do you work on your story?
    It depends. Lately? CONSTANTLY. It’s literally what takes up most of my time. When I’m more busy with school stuff, I have less time, but right now I’m free until the start of March, so I work on my stories most of the time. I wish it could last, but all that stuff out in the real world will probably take up more time later on. So I’m enjoying it while it lasts πŸ™‚ 
  3. What is your favourite genre of simlit?
    Legacies with lots of romance and juicy drama. But there’s also something to be said for storybased stuff that’s staged with gorgeous screenshots. As a general rule, I prefer storybased over observational/gameplay based ones. Looking at my Reader, that’s also most of what’s left. I followed a few gameplay based ones, but they haven’t posted in a while and I’m afraid they won’t come back. Don’t even get me started on the storybased ones that stopped updating. My poor heart…

  4. Is there a personal tip for storywriting that you might like to share?
    Editing and re-writing is underrated. They’re wonderful things. Writing should never end with the first draft. Also, it’s easy to fall into thinking your old stuff is irredeemably bad, but if you go back later and read it with fresh eyes, you’ll often find that there’s good stuff that can be re-worked and tweaked to become even better. Sometimes, you’ll just need to let something go and give up on it, but I think it’s worth taking a look back and seeing if some simple edits can’t make it shine again πŸ™‚

  5. What kind of protagonists do you like the most?
    I likes them flawed, but with potential for change. And not just like ‘Oh, she has this flaw where she’s really clumsy and she trips into the cute guy’s arms teehee.’ No, real flaws. Like, a protagonist that’s an arrogant prick. Who can’t talk about their feelings and therefore mess up. Who are so scared to talk to people that it’s an actual problem or significantly lowers their quality of life. All my favourite characters are severely flawed characters who learn a lesson. Emma Woodhouse (Emma), Scarlet o’Hara (Gone with the Wind), Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney). Character development is my favourite thing in the world.

Thanks again to Jowita and Lila Remonn for the excellent questions. It’s always fun to get to ramble a bit about my writing πŸ™‚

As for my own tagging, I can say that pretty much all my favourite bloggers have been tagged by either Jowita or others who’ve had the awards. The only ones I haven’t seen are RipuAncestor and Socallucyfan. These are some cool people with cool stories that you should check out. Consider yourselves tagged, except if you’ve already done it or you don’t want to. Now, I’m not going to make up more questions, but I’d like to challenge the two of you to answer Jowita’s questions as well, because they’re excellent (I hope that’s okay with her):

  1. What do you most enjoy about being a member of the WordPress community?
  2. How often do you check to see if there’s anything new out here on WordPress?
  3. What makes you call a person a skillfull writer?
  4. What do you do when you get bored in your game and don’t know what to write about for your new chapter?Β [for the game-driven blogs]Β / What do you do when you feel like you’re stuck on a particular storyline and don’t know where to take it?Β [for the story-driven blogs]
  5. The prettiest Sim you’ve ever had in your game?
  6. Your favorite couple in your gameplay/stories?
  7. Your favorite non-romantic relationship in your gameplay/stories?
  8. Have you had a Sim that you fell in love with right away?
  9. If you ever did any storylines, what is the one you’re most proud of? If you didn’t, post the oldest picture from your save.
  10. Have you had any Sims that remind you of someone?
  11. Is there any random fact about your blog story you want to share?

And that’s all I have for now. I hope this wasn’t the most boring post on the entire planet, and I’ll see you for the next update. Cheers!


loladiamond01 · February 4, 2018 at 7:43 am

Aww, I loved finding more about you!
I am so sorry that you felt down because of Reddit. I know I have some disturbing things in my story, too, so I hope you didn’t feel as bad about it.
Lol, I check practically all the time, haha!
I love it when I can see someone put genuine thought into their story. But you complimented yourself as well because we all know how much you think about it πŸ™‚
I once tried using a random plot generator and figured it wasn’t useful for me at all. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from lack of ideas at the moment. It’s the worst what can happen.
Both Milena and Dani are such cuties!
Aww, I love Nadir and Genevieve together as well! Their relationship is so adorkable.
I’m so glad you’re proud of CoM. You totally should be!
It’s an interesting random fact about Carlo. It was nice to find out more about him and how you used it in your other story.
Gosh, I just realized I put an additional l in skillful *hyperventilating* Haha, I don’t know what got into me. That’s okay that you used my questions, they aren’t really mine, I ripped most of them them off of from the tumblr Legacy Questions that SweetP posted on her blog.

    NotJustaBook · February 4, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Don’t worry about the harsh elements in your story – it’s all fiction, and the stuff on Reddit was largely about people’s experiences (though there’s the chance people lie, of course, but it’s generally a point. I like reading stories with dark elements because it’s safe πŸ™‚ It’s the real-life stuff that bums me out.
    Aww, thank you so much πŸ™‚ I didn’t mean to compliment myself or anything! Of course I think a lot about my stuff, but I don’t know if I think enough (especially in my first drafts).
    Random plot generators and line generators and stuff are silly and mostly I just find them kind of bad. But every now and again I use them to get ideas, see things differently from how I normally do. Boyfriend is totally better for that, though πŸ™‚
    Ha, ha, I’ll remove that extra L for you here, no worries πŸ˜‰
    And thanks again for nominating me. It’s so nice to feel that someone’s thinking of me with these things πŸ™‚ <3

Lila Remonn · February 4, 2018 at 8:11 am

Quick comment, I literally just posted my own award thingy with you in the nominations, oops!

    NotJustaBook · February 4, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Ha, ha, that’s okay – super many thanks for thinking of me πŸ™‚ If you don’t mind I’ll just add your questions to Jowita’s! πŸ˜€

Lila Remonn · February 4, 2018 at 9:23 am

Thanks for your kind words!
Nadir and Gen are honestly one of my favourite simlit couples. They’re just so… natural together, except for when she’s in denial lol. I haven’t read all of Monte Vista yet, obviously, but I have to admit that Champion of Moonlight is already my favourite of the two.
That’s a good tip for Question 4. I haven’t particularly thought of going back and tweaking. I think I tweaked Fern’s generation a teensy bit, but other than that nope. There’s nothing really stopping me from going back and editing (so my complaining about my story isn’t excused LOL), but I like to see the development of my skills clearly. And also I would get bored of working on the same story too much- I’m already yearning to move onto Generation 4 haha. It’s a great tip, though, perhaps I’ll look over the worst parts and do a little editing.
I totally agree with 5! Especially the clumsy trait when it’s just lightly used to get into ‘situations’ with the love interest. Good character development arcs are one of my favourite things to read about.
Awesome answers, they were all very interesting to read πŸ™‚

    NotJustaBook · February 4, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Aw, thank you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like Gen and Nadir πŸ™‚ I specifically wrote them to seem like the attraction between them is natural, so it’s wonderful that it seems to hold up πŸ™‚ CoM is my own favourite of the two as well, though I hope to make something better of Monte Vista in time πŸ™‚
    I think editing is very overrated πŸ™‚ Though, I wouldn’t get rid of old versions myself – I keep backups of them (well, not of CoM, but eh, I wasn’t that attached to the first draft… so bad :D) I personally just find the thought that I can always tweak it super comforting. That said, I also understand that not everyone adores editing the way I do, ha, ha – it’s probably kind of weird πŸ˜›
    I know, right? Too often clumsiness or something is just like a super cute little thing that the love interest likes. At least make the character smash the love interest’s favourite mug or something. Make it matter! Make them suffeeerrrr… Or you know, at least make it interesting. He, he πŸ˜›
    Thank you – they were really good questions, so I had a lot of fun with it πŸ™‚

sempreviva · February 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

Congratulations on your award!! πŸ˜€ I hate reading about disturbing things that happen to real people online, so I can totally understand! I obviously don’t mind reading them in simlit, since it’s all fictional. I love dark stories!
Abd I agree, boyfriend help is precious, lol!
I haven’t fully caught up with CoM, but I totally love Genevieve and Celeste’s relationship too! I love their bantering. …and Nadir *swoons* But I think my favorite is Carlo. Poor, heartbroken, sexy Carlo! <3

    NotJustaBook · February 4, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Thank you very much πŸ˜€
    Yeah, I’ve realised that I prefer the dark stuff that happens in the context of fiction. Everything else just makes me speculate and that is NOT good for my mental health.
    Boyfriend help is the very best help <3
    Needless to say, I adore Carlo as well. I lengthened the age span for him alone because I don't want him to get old or die πŸ™ It's going to be hard once I get to the next generation…

      sempreviva · February 4, 2018 at 9:58 am

      I totally feel you on this – I had the same feelings for Jared, I didn’t wanna let go of him..!
      But I’m sure that the next generation will be equally awesome and exciting! It’s Carlo’s own flesh and blood we’re talking about here, plus: you’ll be writing them! πŸ˜€

        NotJustaBook · February 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

        It’s funny how attached you get to your sims, especially when you write about them πŸ™‚
        You’re so nice, thank you! <3 I sure hope it'll live up to this one. I have plans for it, though it's still quite a while away at this point.

loladiamond01 · February 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

I’ve just read your answers to Lila’s questions. I get you and Nadir on being shy and a bundle of nerves – that’s so me. You just reminded me I was meaning to work on the next chapter for my story. I want to get done as much as I can throughout the free days I have. I prefer storybased stuff, too, because I know how much thought and work goes into it, but I don’t mind reading the gamebased ones as well. It’s so sad when someone leaves and abandons their story, my heart breaks each time. Just like Lila, I prefer to move on than fuss over my old writing, but I can see the advantages in doing that. I love your answer to the flawed protagonists and I completely agree. Now that I think about it Dellie was practically perfect and therefore I feel like his generation is lacking in something. His biggest flaw was his big heart. I realized I like it better when my characters aren’t Mary Sues. And that’s why I love how you portray Genevieve, although she’s a skillful witch, there is so much that she needs to work on about herself and it shows. Also Vittoria. These ladies are very convincing. And that is exactly what I loved about the character of Scarlett O’Hara. She was so flawed and it was beautifully shown throughout the books.

    NotJustaBook · February 5, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Ha, ha, I know right? I can be so shy I feel almost mute. It’s a pain! Like poor Nadir, I kind of rely on less shy people randomly talking to me to make friends xD
    I used to always just move on and never look back with my old stories, but with the two I’m working on now, I just can’t. I like them too much to leave them in such a flawed state πŸ™‚ Don’t know what changed but I like it.
    Aw, thank you πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like my portrayal of the ladies. I don’t think my guy characters are nearly as flawed, though I’m working on it. I just tend towards writing more female than male characters and then the ladies end up super flawed. I’ll say for your Dellie, though, that he was less flawed, for certain, but his big heart did end up costing him a lot of pain.
    Scarlett is just the most fascinating character. Such a terrible, terrible human being, but she’s so well-written.

RosemaryMarie · February 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Congratulations! πŸ˜€ I totally agree with what you said about editing and rewriting. Well, I agree with all your answers, actually. You have great insight. <3

    NotJustaBook · February 5, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Editing and rewriting gives me life πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for your kind words, Rosemary <3

RipuAncestor · February 4, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Congrats on the well-deserved award! And thank you for the nomination! πŸ™‚

    NotJustaBook · February 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Thank you very much πŸ˜€ and you’re welcome! It’s very well-deserved. Your stories are just brilliant πŸ™‚

amyqueen · February 4, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Congrats on the nom! I enjoyed reading your answers, but I feel like I shall enjoy them more after catching up on your story, so I’ll probably return once I’ve done so (which is soon, promise XD)
Woah, I never knew random plot generators were a thing, haha I know where I shall head should I ever get stuck whilst writing :3 Wow, Milena is such a pretty sim, I can’t believe she isn’t a man-made creation :O I feel you on the character development being an integral part of a good protagonist, though I’m occasionally guilty of enjoying those cliche trips as well, haha. These were interesting to read πŸ™‚

    NotJustaBook · February 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Thank you πŸ˜€ I hope you’ll enjoy my stuff! But like I think I’ve said – take your time πŸ™‚ no rush here!
    They’re kind of neat. I’m also fond of random name generators πŸ™‚ They’re good for a little boost of inspiration!
    Isn’t she just? πŸ˜€ I really love her pretty face and I really want to find the will to write her story some day.
    Well, nothing wrong with a few clichΓ©s here and there, ha, ha πŸ˜€ so long as there are real flaws as well, I’m happy!
    Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

socallucyfan · February 6, 2018 at 12:05 am

Congrats, and I loved learning about you and your writing process. I actually used Carlo as well for my own legacy. Never for any story, but I always thought that he was interesting.
Thank you also for the nomination. You are so sweet to think of me. Loladiamond01 had already nominated me, and I already had those questions answered. If you want to read my responses they are here:

    NotJustaBook · February 6, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Thank you πŸ™‚ I think Carlo’s pretty great and interesting.
    Ah, dang! I didn’t read the nominations on Jowita’s well enough! I thought for sure you weren’t there πŸ˜› oh well, ONE of my nominees hadn’t been nominated before…

      socallucyfan · February 6, 2018 at 5:19 am

      I appreciate you looking out for me, and making sure that everyone is included. πŸ™‚
      That is why I love this community. Everyone is so supportive and looks out for each other.

        NotJustaBook · February 6, 2018 at 5:25 am

        So true πŸ™‚ it’s a super lovely, friendly one.

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