Hey Simmers! My name is Tasha Monet (first and middle name; not first and last). I’ve been going by my first and middle name for so long that it’s usually how I introduce myself. Funny story (or maybe not): when I was younger, I used to believe my mom chose my middle name because of the painter Monet and thought she was so cultured. Turns out my mom named me after a Monet watch. Not as cultured, but they’re nice watches!

At 31-years-old, living in Miami, Florida, many people believe my life is an exciting adventure spent having drinks on South Beach. In truth, I am a middle school teacher and a homebody who enjoys lazing around with my grumpy, nine-year-old dog, Phoenix, aptly named after my favorite Harry Potter book, The Order of the Phoenix. That gives me the perfect segue to mention that I am a Harry Potter enthusiast. Proud representative of Slytherin house, I love everything Harry Potter. Of course my top three favorite characters (Draco Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Voldemort) often make people raise their eyebrows at me, but hear me out: I am a fan of villains, anti-heroes, and antagonists in general. They usually have the better story and as a writer, I am a sucker for a great story. That’s not to say I do not appreciate protagonists or that I want the antagonists to win. Rather, it just means I appreciate the complexity and nuances of characters, and antagonists usually serve that up the best for me. Simming has been a part of my life for 20 years now. It sounds insane as I put that in writing because I don’t think I’ve committed to nearly anything else as much as I’ve dedicated to being a player of The Sims (besides Harry Potter and being a forever student. Seriously, I am getting my 5th degree in May. I need to be stopped!). While I am a teacher currently, I am better described as a writer. I’ve been writing and making up stories since I could string words into coherent sentences. Probably longer than that, but no one can confirm, so I’ll settle for that start date. Having played Sims since the very beginning (February 2000; Happy 20th Anniversary The Sims!), I’ve been through the many iterations of the game. With each iteration, there are always things I love, but what keeps me playing is that it gives me the opportunity to play out the tons of storylines constantly bouncing around in my mind. I have plans on being a published author, and, as a storyteller, The Sims has a special place in my heart. I keep playing because I love my sims, I love my stories, and I’m a sucker for nostalgia.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Tasha Monet


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