The Liebster Award

I am so very excited and honored to be nominated for this award by loladiamond01 creator of Never Do It Again and by bmitjessesue, check out her blog Stories By Bee.

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These are the rules:

–Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award.
– Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you.
– Nominate people (comment on their blog to let them know).
– Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

 

Questions from Lolodiamond01:

  1.  Is there any song you are addicted to right now? If so, then what is it?
    • My current song obsession is Riahannon Love on the Brain.
  2. Do you prefer to work in the silence or do you put on music when you write?
    • I need silence when i write, but i do look to music when i need a bit of inspiration.
  3. Do you prefer writing about female or male characters? Why?
    • As a female I understand the female mindset a bit better, but I enjoy the challenge of writing for a male POV.
  4. What length is your hair? 
    • I actually just got my hair cut.  It is to my shoulders, but since I have naturally wavy hair it is about an inch above.
  5.  Do you like reading? If so, do you prefer short books or longer stories?
    • I love reading.  I wish I had more time to sit a read.
  6.  How long have you been writing about your sims’ lives?
    • I have been writing stories for my sims since the start, but I have only publically shared my stories with The Sims 3.
  7.  Do you prefer staging your story or going with the flow and seeing what happens in game?
    • I like to do a bit of both.  I usually stage about 75%, but every once in awhile a sim will do something that surprises me, that I have to include into my story.
  8.  Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
    • Yes, especially when it comes to writing and taking pictures for my story.
  9.  A pool or the sea? Or you don’t like water?
    • I love looking at the sea, but if I can’t see the bottom I’m not going in. Therefore, I prefer swimming in the ocean.
  10. Which one do you like more- warm or cold weather? 
    • 10. WARM WEATHER.  I detest the cold.
  11.  What is your dream job?
    • Traveling the world and taking pictures.

 

Questions from Bee:

  1.  Are you a half full or half empty kind of person?
    • I am definately a half full kind of girl.
  2. If you go to the library or book store for a book, what genre are you going to first? 
    • This is tough, because I love all types of books.  But right now I am starting to get into biographies.
  3. When you play sims, do you prefer small families or large? 
    •  I like the control of having a small family.  With large families I sometimes forget to lower the free will.  Next thing I know my sim is off flirting with someone they shouldn’t be flirting with.
  4. Which do you use more often; the dictionary or the thesaurus? 
    • The thesaurus for sure!
  5. Have you ever taken a writing class?  Would you? 
    • I have never taken a writing class, but I would like to.  Until recently I never thought my writing to be any good or worthy of other people.
  6. Have you ever killed a sim? 
    • Not intentionally.
  7. What do you think about love triangles?
    • Personally they are a messy situation.  But as a writer they do make for an interesting storyline.
  8. How do you feel about online blog story chapters that end in cliff hangers?
    • As a reader it is the most frustrating thing in the world to have to wait (I am looking at you RosemaryMarie).  But it is a very effective tool in keeping readers engaged, so I understand why we do it.
  9. Do you use poses in your story? Would you? 
    • Yes.  I have even used some of Bee’s poses.  I wish that I had the talent to create poses sometimes (it would save me time in searching/hunting for poses).
  10. If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
    • I would love to travel the world.
  11. Lastly, because I really liked this question of Keva’s, I’m passing it on.  If you had to live on a deserted island for a month, what are six items you would bring with you?
    • Sunscreen (no less than SPF50), a hammock, a How To Survival Guide (I am a city girl who doesn’t even know how to build a fire), my camera, enough batteries for my camera to last a month, and my husband (because if I have to be stuck on a deserted island for a month then I at least would want him with me).

My Nominees:

 

My Questions for You:

  1. ​If you could live anywhere in the world where would you like to be?
  2. What has been the craziest moment while playing the Sims?
  3. Where does your inspiration come from?
  4. What are you wearing right now (be honest)?
  5. What do you love most about yourself?
  6. Who is your favorite sim that you created?
  7. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  8. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  9. Favorite season?
  10. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  11. Can you say Question 10 three times quickly, without messing up?

 

 

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Chapter 2.14 A Stranger Returns

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Stella’s first semester of Med School went by much faster than she had expected it would.  It was also much harder than expected.  Stella never realized how many bones there are in the human body until her professor made her memorize them all.  (There are 26 bones in the foot alone).

For the first time in Stella’s life school was not coming easy for her, but she was not about to give up on her dream either.  She has wanted to be a pediatrician for as long as she could remember.  She would do anything to achieve her dream, even if that means that Stella has to spend all of her nights and weekends at the library studying.

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“Have a good night Bethany,” Stella called out to the librarian as she was leaving from yet another long day of studying.

“You too Stella,” Bethany replied back, “and good luck on your test next week.”

Stella stepped out into the dark, cold autumn night.  It was later in the evening than she had realized.  Of course it is easy to lose track of time when your nose is in a book.  Stella didn’t want to have to wait for a taxi, so she decided to walk home.  She could take a shortcut through the park and be home in no time.

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The wind blew cold shivers up Stella’s neck as she walked.  She picked up her pace, regretting not having a jacket with her.  For a Saturday night the park was pretty empty, except for some teens who just came out of the movie theater.  She watched them run along the sidewalk when out of the corner of her eye she spotted a familiar face.

“Brandon,” she called over to the man sitting on the park bench all alone,“ is that you?”

Brandon’s face turned red with embarrassment when he saw who was calling his name.  As Stella approached the bench she noticed how much he has changed since the last time she saw him.

How long has it been? It couldn’t have been that long, but Brandon looked like he had aged 20 years. Brandon was unshaven and his blonde hair was an oily tangled mess.  He was wearing old clothes and torn up shoes.  What happened to the sparkle in his baby blue eyes? And what happened to the designer clothes, and his sports car? The last time Stella saw Brandon was the day that he woke her from her curse.  Brandon had left Stella at her house with her aunts. Then he disappeared.  She waited for him to call, but the call never came.  Finally she convinced herself that he had moved on, and that she should try to do the same.

 

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“What are you doing here?” Stella took a seat on the bench next to Brandon. “Do you live here in the park?”

Stella put the puzzle pieces together.

“I only stay here some nights”, Brandon confessed, “sometimes the firemen let me stay at the station, but tonight they are on an emergency call.”

“Well,” Stella sheepishly smiled, “you aren’t sleeping here either.  You can stay with me.”

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As they walked back to Stella’s house they filled each other in on everything that has happened since they saw each other last.  Stella told Brandon all about starting med school, moving into her own place, and about meeting her parents.

Brandon’s tale was not as pleasant.  Anastasis has vanished without a trace, but the authorities were able to find Maleficent and Ivy.  For their crimes they were locked away in a mental institution for the criminally insane. Stella already knew the part about Maleficent and Ivy, but she didn’t know what had happened after that.

All that the Crowe’s owned was in Maleficent’s name so when she got locked away, Brandon lost everything.  The house, the car, and all the money; it was all gone. Everything but the clothes on Brandon’s back were taken away.  He was left homeless and sleeping on a park bench or, on the rare occasion, at the fire station.  The police officers in town knew him as the son of the crazy witch.  They all took pity on him and didn’t hassle him about sleeping in the park.  But they didn’t want to do anything to help him either.

“What happened to the dragon?” Stella asked as they walked up her front steps.

“Teddy was mine, so no one bothered trying to take him away along with everything else,” Brandon explained, “but I knew that I couldn’t keep him either.  So I sold him to a wizard in Dragon Valley.  I was able to get at least a few hot meals from the money.”

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“I have an extra bedroom down the hall, but it is currently empty.  So you will have to sleep on the couch.” Stella explained as she took off her shoes.  “help yourself to the left over pizza, while I get you some clean towels and a few blankets.”

Brandon felt almost like his old self again after the hot meal and an even hotter shower.

He emerged from the bathroom to find that Stella had changed into her pajamas and was reading a textbook titled, “Respiratory Diseases in Infants.”

“Cheery subject,” Brandon joked.

Stella put the book down, not looking amused. “You must by exhausted; I’ll let you  get some sleep.”

She turned the light off in the living room leaving Brandon sitting alone in the dark.  He was in a warm place, sleeping on a comfy sofa.  But he still felt all alone.

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