Versatile Blogger Award

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I am always so excited to see these fun awards/chain letters that cycle through our little sim writers community. This one is the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Sweetnightingale for nominating me. Y’all definitely need to check out her blog HERE.

It is the starting point where you can check out her stories like FOREVER IN TIME or THE WATCHER  both of which are a must read.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Share the award on your blog
3. Share seven random facts about yourself
4. Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated

Seven Random Facts About Me:

1.I currently live in Texas with my husband, our 2 cats, 3 dogs, Beta fish, and bearded dragon.

2.Each one of my pets’ names are “I Love Lucy” related.

3.I am in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the most people dressed as Lucille Ball at one time.

4.I have been playing The Sims since the first one came out, although I don’t have The Sims4.

5.I am not a photographer professionally, but I love taking pictures. I have even had a few of my photos be featured in a few magazines.

6.I love traveling. I have been to 42 of the 50 states in the USA, all over Europe, Japan, and last year I went to Peru.

7.It took me over 30 minutes to come up with 7 random facts about me.

 

My Nominations:

1.Eternally Yours by SweetPoyzin

2.Forever Darkness by Shannynlee4

3.Future ISBI by thewindsorlegacy

4. Stories by Bee by bmitjessesue

5.Noble Doubt by RosemaryMarie

6.Set Apart by raymondsanti

7.Tart ISBI by oxJennxo

8.The Chrysanthemum Tango by RipuAncestor

9.Twisted Sim by sneezeivy

10.Whispering Waters by silverwolf6677

 

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Chapter 2.5 Another New Friend

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Stella was almost ready for her first day of high school. She had her backpack packed with her different notebooks (color coordinated for each class). She had completed her summer reading list for her AP American Literature Class weeks ago. The only thing left to do was pick out what she was going to wear. And that turned out to be a much more daunting task than getting through Infinite Jest. Finally, she found the perfect outfit.

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Unfortunately nothing could have prepared Stella for how intimidating high school really is.  Everything is so different than it had been in elementary school.  The classrooms are bigger.  The halls are more crowded.  The textbooks are heavier.  And the cafeteria is more cliquey.

Stella stood in awe of the whole spectacle that has become lunch period.  Stella was a year older than Jenny and the rest of her other friends, and so they were all still in elementary school.  Stella didn’t know a single person in that cafeteria. Holding her sack lunch Stella stood to the side trying to figure out where she belonged.  This decision will set the tone for the rest of her high school career.  Did she belong with the jocks?  The nerds?  The fashionistas?  The popular Mean Girls?

“I never realized that picking where to sit at lunch would be so hard”, she thought.

Then she saw a girl sitting all alone in the corner.  She had reddish brown hair, and wore a red flannel shirt.  “She must be new, and doesn’t know anyone else either” Stella realized.  “Time to make a new friend”.

“May I sit here?” Stella asked as she approached the table.

“Sure.” she girl responded.  “I’m Ivy by the way.”

“Stella.” Stella opened her lunch bag and took out her PB&J sandwich with homemade grape jelly.  Ivy’s lunch was autumn salad (not your typical school lunch).

As they ate their lunch Stella and Ivy got to know each other better.  It turned out, that they have a lot in common.  Stella and Sarah both love Indie music, The Walking Dead, and they both have a crush on Channing Tatum.

“I want to be a personal stylist when I grow up.” Ivy said in between bites.  “My mom moved us here to Twinbrook from Bridgeport, but after high school I’m going to move back.”

“I want to be a pediatrician when I grow up.” Stella said.  “Twinbrook has one of the best medical school programs in the country.”

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Stella was happy that she took a chance and made a new friend, but Ivy quickly grew bored.  She kept looking around the room, as if she wanted to be somewhere else.  Anywhere else but here with Stella.

“Is everything okay?” Stella asked.

“huh,” Ivy replied while still looking off into the corner.  “Oh, yeah.  I’m just trying to find my brother.”

After scanning the room twice more, Ivy finally found him.  She waved him over to the table.  Stella couldn’t believe her eyes.

It was Brandon; the mysterious stranger who haunted Stella’s summer.  The same Brandon that Stella danced with last night at Red Rendezvous.  Here he was standing right in front of her.

“Brandon, this is my new friend Stella” Ivy made introductions, “Stella, this is my brother Brandon.”

“We’ve met.” Brandon told his sister, but didn’t take his eyes off of Stella.

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group

I found this group after reading a post from one of the blogs I follow, Twisted Fairytale.  The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages to help writers overcome their insecurities.  They “meet” the first Wednesday of every moth to offer encouragement and create a community of support.  Participants share their worries, insecurities, fears, but also their hopes and triumphs.

      So, I guess it is now time for me to share a bit about myself:

Basically, I am one big walking ball of insecurity.  Even from a young age I suffered from lack of self esteem.  As I get older I have gotten better, but those monsters called Doubt and Fear always like to creep back in my mind.  And this blog can be their favorite feeding ground.

I have always been creative.  I love to draw, paint, act, sing, write and take pictures.  Most recently I have used my writing as an outlet for a really dark time in my life.  I won’t bore anyone with all of the details, but I found playing The Sims as an escape and as sort of a coping mechanism.  It took me a long time to find the courage create my very own blog to share my story, and I am so happy that I did.  In fact, I wish that I would have started it sooner.  I am even thinking about putting another one of my stories out there, but I don’t know if or when I will ever get the time for that.

One of the reasons I am so glad to have started this blog, is the sense of community.  Every single person I have had the please of conversing with has been nothing but kind and supportive.  The simple fact that ISWG exists is proof of that.

November 2 Question: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

I think that my favorite aspect about being a writer is also the reason why I read as much as I do.  To me writing is an escape.  I can transport myself into the mind of whoever I create.  Heroes, villains, nerds, jocks, anyone or anything.  And in any world I create.  No matter how crazy my real life becomes, I can channel those challenges into writing.

I feel like I am rambling now, so I am going to end with a Thank You!  Thank you for all of the likes and positive comments.  And thank you to alyssasimmers for sharing your post that encouraged me to join as well. 

-socallucyfan 🙂