About the Author

My Sims Life

I have been playing The Sims since the very beginning. As a matter of fact, I’ve been a Maxis fan since the original SimCity. I first played Sim City when I was 13 years old. It was 1995, and we had just gotten our first computer the previous Christmas. It was one of those huge, bulky, heavy, white, expensive Macintosh: the Performa 550! It was glorious. $1500 and 8 MB of RAM! The Mac version of SimCity was still in black and white, or at least that’s what we had. That was when my love for life simulation games was sparked. Of the Maxis games, I’ve played a few of the SimsCitys, Sim Farm, and all of The Sims. When I wasn’t playing Maxis games, I found other simulation games like Caesar III. I’ve even recently considered purchasing the most recent Civilization since returning to a Mac a couple years ago–I still may do that. 

Throughout my 14 years of playing The Sims, I had heard of several challenges like the legacy challenge, but I was never interested. I thought they were too hard and restrictive. Besides, after a few generations, I get bored with my families after they become “millionaires” and can do whatever they want. I have only ever made it to the fourth generation in one family, and as soon as that baby was born I was done. So, when The Sims 4 came out, I decided to look further into the rules and regulations of the legacy challenge. With the enhancements that Maxis made in this fourth gen series, I thought that this would be the perfect time to do the challenge. It sounded like it would be fun…and it is! Doing this challenge has TOTALLY revolutionized the way I play this game. I do not intend to do endless challenges for the rest of my life, but there are certain elements that I intend to adopt into my gameplay repertoire. Let’s hope I actually FINISH this first challenge!

My Real Life

Many followers of this story have commented on my writing and storytelling skills. I appreciate everything everyone has said! Did you know I’m actually a writer in real life? Well, I’m not a published author or anything (yet), but I do spend a lot of time writing. I have kept a journal since I was 12. I have a couple of personal blogs outside of this one. I write short stories for my own amusement. Professionally, I am an instructional designer, so I do a lot of technical writing at work. AND…drum roll please…I am actually writing a novel! Contrary to popular belief, I am the most inconsistent writer ever. I actually started writing this book back in college in 2004! It’s been a long journey, and I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot, but it’s time to get this thing published! I’ve got everything all lined up. All I need to do is finish the darn thing…and playing The Sims 4 every night is not helping matters :-p


I am a natural storyteller. Everything in my life is a story, and if it isn’t, then I make it one. Even at work when I am designing eLearning courses or live trainings, I operate best if I can turn the material into a story. People love hearing me tell stories. I think, recall, and reflect in stories. It’s how I communicate!

In other news, I love Asian food! If I could only have one type of food for the rest of my life, it would definitely be Asian food. Luckily for me there are many countries in Asia! I love Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Indian, but I actually haven’t had that many opportunities to try Korean. I’m sure I would love it.

Roast Pork Lo Mein

nom nom nom!


I love watching movies, but I do not like spending time watching TV. Weird, I know. I say that I have “commitment issues.” When you watch a movie, you’re saying to yourself, “I am going to spend the next two hours doing this.” When the movie is over, you can move on to something else. But when you sit down to watch TV, unless you’re watching a particular show, you have no idea how long you’re going to be flipping through channels trying to find something to watch.

Other weird things about me…I’m an introvert and I enjoy spending time alone, but I do not enjoy being in public alone. For example, I’ll go to  restaurant for lunch alone because I have to, but you’ll rarely see me alone in a restaurant at dinner. I don’t like going to the movies, concerts, festivals, or anything alone lol. I can be extroverted when I need to be, but that’s hard work and makes me exert waaay too much energy. I enjoy deep conversation and try to avoid small talk as much as I can. “Cool” is my default response to everything whether you think it’s appropriate or not. “Cute” is my default adjective for everything whether you think it’s appropriate or not. I love words and am quite the wordsmith, but when it comes down to saying things to grieving people, I’ve got nothing. I used to be really quiet and could go days without saying anything. But, the older I get, the more I talk to myself! I don’t like talking on the phone much, and I will text you waaaay before I call. However, I don’t like carrying on full-blown conversations via text. I like grapes, grape juice, grape Kool-Aid, and grape flavored candy, but I detest grape soda! It’s sooooo not the same thing. I love cherries but not cherry pie and things that are cherry flavored. I don’t really like hot fruit, but I love peach cobbler, apple pie (but more for the crust), and berry cobbler. Yep…I am one huge conglomerate of contradictions, but they make me who I am. It’s soo fun to be me!

I write about my life and random things that come to mind as well in another blog. Check it out if you want to know how I tell it Jess the Way It Is 😉



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