Spirit Animal Award

I’ve been nominated for a Spirit Animal Award! This is an awesome idea!

The rules for the Spirit Animal Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page.
  • Post the award picture on your blog.
  • Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be?
  • Pick and notify 10 nominees.

Woo. 10 is a lot. I read a decent number of stories, but a lot of them have already been nominated. I’ll see what I can do.

Thank You

Thanks so much to Shannon Simsfan of Simdale Valley Post and Kate of the Loewe Legacy!

Shannon’s work includes a legacy called Take Me to the Moon about the Tesla family and a round-robin neighborhood story of Simdale Valley. Shannon captures the personalities of the Teslas beautifully, and I find Simdale Valley kind of awe-inspiring. I don’t think I could track all the lives of an entire town the way she does. But I really relate to the fact that she converted the entire neighborhood from Sims 2 so that she could continue the story. This is exactly what I would do 🙂 :).

Kate has built an intricate story about the Loewe family, filled with adventure, intrigue, adventure, and mystery. The spares get almost as much attention as the heir. I never know what direction her story will take, and I’m eager to find out.

About Me

Hmmm. About me.

I played The Sims and The Sims 2 obsessively, round the clock, foregoing sleep, for about a month each. In both cases, I somehow wanted the game to be something that it wasn’t, but I couldn’t have told you exactly what it was.

In The Sims 3, I found that game. I have been playing since January 2009 with a year-long break to have a baby.

That’s 6.5 years and counting, which doesn’t stand out much as members of the Sims community go. I think what makes me distinctive as a Sims player is that I’m still playing — and blogging — the SAME LEGACY. My foundress, who I named Susie Sample as a gag, was the first sim I created just to see how the game worked. I became so attached to her that she started a legacy, and that’s why my legacy has the bizarre family name of “Sample.”

In real life, I am a 40-year-old unemployed (hopefully for not much longer) software engineer. I am happily married to another software engineer, and we have an awesome 5-year-old daughter. When I’m not playing the game or blogging, you can usually find me wandering aimlessly across the blogosphere, offering unsolicited tech support. This is such an awesome but miserably finicky game, and I want to do my part to save people from banging their head against it.

Spirit Animal

Here, I’m picking a spirit animal for my Sims life, not necessarily the rest of my life :).

Echo Weaver the simmer is an Elephant.

I’m an elephant because an elephant never forgets. I don’t give up on my sims ever. I have dozens of backups of my game files on an external server so that, knock on wood, I will never be faced with a loss of my families. I have backups going back to the very beginning, when Susie was still alive, in case I want any sims or objects from them.

If, heaven forbid, I ever lost all my backups, I’d recreate my family and neighborhood as close I could, and keep going. I just don’t give up.

I’m stubborn. Rather than give them up, I have made the Samples into whatever I want to be playing. They started out in Sunset Valley and now live on a supernatural island where everyone has pointed ears and metallic skin. The story justifications may be thin, but they’ve been fun. I love my characters, but I also REFUSE to give up on a 10-generation legacy once I have started it.

I’m also slow, very slow, but sometimes very fast when inspired :).



  1. Carewren, Author of Wren’s Nest Apocalypse. This is a truly gripping and tender Sims 4 apocalypse challenge.
  2. Liezemies, Author of Crowned to be Sim, story of the Oranges, the royal family of Bridgeport. We’ve both been blogging our legacies a long time, so I feel we are comrades. Her legacy is very entertaining, and its concept is unique amongst Sims legacy.
  3. The Paradis Legacy. Adorable, hilarious, and with pink hair!
  4. The Kay Legacy. A touching narrative story with vivid characters.
  5. Berries of Insanity. An adorable, colorful ISBI with ghosts!
  6. Sam (Somebody’s Angel), of the Rourke EPIC and Young Backward ISBI. I’ve learned so many ISBI tricks from reading the Youngs!
  7. Heather of the Zale ISBI Alphabetacy. A zany and zippy ISBI that is on generation O. I can’t even fathom that.

I think 7 is the best I can do for folks who I don’t know have already participated.

Have fun!

2 thoughts on “Spirit Animal Award

  1. Those elephants are really cool looking! Very spirit-mystical and with vibrant colors reminiscent of the Samples! I hadn’t heard of the Young Backward ISBI before but read the first chapter and it is really intriguing. I was really glad to see your posts on the Wonderlands recently. Best of luck with your job search. I hope you find something really rewarding soon. Thank you for the kind words about my blog.

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