I was nominated for a Liebster Award!
A huge thank you to Julyvee94 and KelleRee for the nominations. Being new to the SimLit blog scene, I am honored to know that others are even reading my stories. Being nominated for a Liebster award was a completely unexpected!
Julyvee94’s Tribe Arayeo tells the story of a tribe of strong Amazon women and follows as creator Zaleena Arayeo works to ensure the survival of her tribe for generations to come. I’ve followed this amazing story from the beginning – be sure to check it out!
KelleRee’s Decker Legacy follows the story of Isis Decker, a young woman on a mission to continue her father’s legacy despite the trials and tribulations she faces along the way.
Now you are probably wondering what the Liebster Award is.
The Liebster Award is a pay-it-forward award for blogs you really enjoy. By linking the person who nominated you and by nominating other blogs, we create cross-blog traffic and basically share awesome blogs and stories we love.
What to do when you get nominated:
You can decide yourself whether to accept the award or decline it if you don’t want to participate. If you accept the award, there are four things you should do:
Post the award on your blog.
Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.
“Hey, Peachykeen, who have you nominated?” – Well here you go:
The Granite Legacy by Bloudwed
Lilliana Moonchild (A Legacy of Fame) by Lizzie1234
The Waite Legacy by Jufanzaly
A Spirit’s Truth by Springfairy556
Questions from JulyVee94:
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always loved to write. It started with journals when I was in grade school. I love books and stories of any kind, really – anything that provides insight to the human experience or a feeling of connection and unity. And so I’ve always had this dream of writing a book. As an adult, I wound up in a field that has nothing to do with that dream – but I’m still working on it.
Why SimLit and not just normal writing?
This is my first foray in to SimLit. I’ve been writing “normal writing” on and off for years, so SimLit is in addition to, rather than instead of. What I like about SimLit is the ability to flesh out and actually see your characters and settings as you write them. I actually find it to be a great writing tool (along with tarot cards).
Did you ever get really emotional about your own story?
I get emotional about everything. I cried when Grainna died, I cried when Geoffrey died, and I cried at almost all of the proposals. But I also cry at other SimLit stories I read, I cry over books all the time, and over TVs and movies. Like I said, I get emotional about everything!
What do you prefer: simple praise or constructive criticism?
Both! I’m really happy for any feedback at all. Of course I love praise (who doesn’t?) but constructive criticism is what helps me improve. It can be hard to determine your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer, so if anyone wants to point them out to me, then I’m very grateful.
How long did it take you to decide on a theme and design your blog?
I’d been thinking about starting a blog for awhile. I’ve considered blogging about any number of my other hobbies (crochet, reading, soap-making, fitness etc.) So it took me longer to decide on WHAT to blog about, than it did to actually determine a theme. WordPress made it really easy, so it was (thankfully) a pretty simple process.
How many other blogs do you follow at the moment?
I couldn’t even tell you. There are SimLit blogs I follow, along with fashion blogs, cooking blogs, health blogs, crafting blogs. I don’t think I could give an accurate number if I tried!
What do you like best about your story (or one of them)?
The thing I love about the Hasslich Legacy is that our heroines/heirs are all these uniquely charming beauties. They don’t fit within the confines of traditional beauty. But they find love and success regardless. They’re confident despite their “flaws,” and while they run into some not-so-nice guys, they’ve also found the men who love them for who they are, and not what they look like.
Which character from your stories did you think about most before writing?
The truth is I didn’t think too much about anyone other than Grainna when I started out. I thought Seraphina’s storyline through way back when she was just a baby. But in terms of a character I’ve thought about way before even starting a story…well, I am working on a new story, and the heroine of The Sheridan Lake Saga (working title, anyway) has been in the back of my mind before I even considered SimLit as a creative writing outlet.
Is there any sim in your stories who you struggle to write? If so, why?
I haven’t struggled too much with any of them just yet – but I know that it’s not going to be easy when I need to write an evil or mean character.
Which character do you enjoy writing most?
So far I’ve really liked writing for Seraphina. I relate to her. She felt awkward and insecure for awhile there, and I loved writing her as she blossomed into this confident, self-assured woman.
When did you start writing or reading simlit?
I only found SimLit a few months ago. I happened across marcellala’s How To Lose Your Ugliness in Ten Generations and was inspired to start a prettacy of my own. I originally had no intention of writing a story, but culling hit my family and I lost most of my family tree. When I started over, I decided to document it for my own sake, so that if my family tree was destroyed again, at least I would have my story to look back on. Little did I know how much I would enjoy writing the story, or how attached to my characters I would become. Now here I am with a blog and a new story in the works!