I’ve come to the conclusion that the bloggosphere has an overabundance of tags. If not kept up with, this overabundance of tags will creep around your throat and choke you to death.
Needless to say, two months away from blogging has left me near the point of strangulation, and I’ve come to put a stop to that. (It also doesn’t help that my life is in a weird state of limbo and I have nothing interesting to write about. These things are great for lazy/stressed out bloggers.)
This should be quite educational for all the new faces that have been cropping up lately, so let us begin. The first set of questions was bestowed on me by Kate, my personal bestower of all things tag.
The Joyful Tag for Writers
(Gotta love these inspirational names people come up with…)
1. What would happen if any three of your characters were put in a room together for an extended period of time?
90% of my characters are petty, childish brats at heart, so I firmly believe that if any three of them were stuck together, they would spend the duration of their confinement trying (and succeeding) to annoy each other.
With the exception of Emolas. He would be that irritatingly self-righteous third sibling who actually attempts to stop the fighting, and thus unintentionally creates an alliance as everyone joins forces and gangs up on him together.
(This may or may not have been my position among my siblings…)
2. If you had to choose a theme song to represent your current WIP, what would it be?
3. If you could travel to any fictional universe, which would it be and why?
I was going to say Middle-Earth, but the probability of my dying there is alarmingly high. So I pick Narnia instead. It’s just a tad safer. With Aslan. Which is nice.
4. If you were stranded on another planet with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Probably this one guy named Ryad, who is… actually a bounty hunter. But HEY, at least he knows the tricks of survival. Not to mention he’s brilliant, and would most likely think up some genius plan to get us out of there.
If I couldn’t have him, then I’d definitely choose Liriel. Because hey, if you’re gonna die, might as well do it properly with the leader of the Doom-and-Gloom squad.
5. If you were stranded on another planet with another fictional character — not one of yours — who would it be and why?
Yes, I only said that to watch you flip out.
6. What is your least favorite genre to write in, and why?
I like every genre I’ve written in so far.
Which is one.
So I’m going to pick a genre I’ve never written in, and have no intention of ever writing in:
7. If you had to live out the role of a fictional character, who would it be?
Gandalf. His character is 10% popping up at the most unexpected moments to save the day (preferably with a moth hanging around somewhere), 20% cool hat, 20% YOU SHALL NOT PASS, and 50% yelling at people.
This is the entirety of my aspirations in life.
8. What is one thing people must know about you?
I’m a living paradox of random extremes that shouldn’t work together, yet somehow do. So I’d like to think I’m a somewhat interesting individual. But when you first meet me, you are guaranteed to think I’m either the most bland creature that ever bored the world with her presence, or someone who’s slightly… not right in the head. (Which, hey, isn’t completely false.)
Moral of the story? I take time. I’m not going to pop out of my shell and reveal myself all in one conversation. Please be aware of that, and don’t write me off just because I seem reticent and dull.
Up next is the Versatile Blog Award, given me by Carol, who is an absolute sweetheart. Thank you for the nomination, Carol.
The rules are as follows:
- Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
- Include the banner in your post.
- Tag it under #versatilebloggeraward.
- Tell 7 things about yourself.
- Keep up with the chain and nominate 10-15 bloggers for this award. [I don’t even know ten bloggers, so… that’s not happening. Oops. ]
Seven Facts About Me
1.) I can engineer things in my head. I once wrote out all the plans and diagrams of how to built a semi-realistic dagger using only my mind as a blueprint, and thus managed to work out all the kinks before I even attempted the thing.
Lo and behold, when I finally got around to making it, my mind-plans actually worked.
2.) I’m afraid of the ocean. Not looking at it, mind you. I’m not that dumb. But I don’t like being in it, if you catch my meaning. It’s creepy and dark.
3.) I am half Polish. No, no, that doesn’t mean I speak it. But my grandparents on my father’s side did live through the Nazi invasion of Poland during WWII, which is… neat.
4.) I actually have friends. Before you start looking at me weird, let me just say that if you ever meet me, you’ll no longer wonder at my having to point this out.
5.) Marius Pontmercy is the worst. Just wanted to throw that out there.
6.) Someone once told me that I look “angelic.” They clearly have no idea I plot world-domination in my spare time.
7.) I once taught myself how to write in Elvish. And promptly forgot it a year later.
Up next is the Leibster tag, by Julia from Lit Aflame. Thank you, dear.
(Though the stunning question of the day is, am I even still allowed to do the Leibster Award?? I think that privilege ended when my blog passed the one-year mark, but… OH WELL. I’m doing it anyway.)
1.) What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? (If you dare say you don’t like ice cream, you are in serious danger.)
HA, no worries there. I am from a staunchly pro-ice cream family. My favorite flavor is chocolate.
Because I’m boring.
2.) What do you do in your free time?
3.) What is your current view of bug-kind? (I may or may not be trying to see if you are an ally or enemy in my bug war)
I have tried my hardest to not be a typical, squeamish girl around bugs.
Sadly, I have failed.
This may or may not be the result of being traumatized by Shelob’s existence.
4.) What’s your favorite animal?
Because I’ve been a drama queen since I was two years old.
5.) Favorite quote?
“Go now and die in whatever way seems best to you.”
~Denethor, son of Ecthelion, Steward of Gondor
And the stunning second choice?
~Numuhukumakiaki’aialunamor (otherwise known as Rock)
6.) Everyone’s life is a story. When yours comes to a close, what type of message do you want it to tell?
Joy is a choice, not a reflection of your circumstances. Just because life is tough doesn’t mean God can’t make beauty out of the ashes, and just because you have every reason to be unhappy doesn’t mean you have to.
7.) Favorite Bible verse?
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
And a whole ton of others that I won’t list here for the sake of time.
8.) What is your favorite book of the Bible?
Ephesians for practicality, Acts for a stunning epic, and — weirdly enough — Ecclesiastes. A lot of people seem to find it depressing, but I think they’ve totally missed the point. My arrogant little heart needs daily reminders that without God, my pursuits are pointless.
9.) What was the most fun day of your life, and why?
Asking me something like this is like asking an obsessive bookworm what her favorite book is.
10.) What is one of your favorite memories?
Um… the time a friend gave his and my family a hay ride, and almost drove us into a creek by accident? Making a tent with my brother so we could very clandestinely write the bestselling book, “Cat Wars: That Time Dog Land Overthrew Cat Land and Turned Them Into Slaves“? Walking in the rain with two of my bestist friends and discussing everything from Charles Dickens to Tolkien?
I could keep going. I have a lot of favorite memories.
11.) If you could go back in time, what time would you go back to, why, and what would you do?
I would go to the Renaissance era, visit Leonardo da Vinci, and politely suggest that he be the one to test out his useless flying contraptions, instead of making his poor servants do it.
Eleven Facts About Me
1.) I believe that 90% of life is attitude. Doesn’t matter what you’re going through; your attitude ought to define your happiness.
2.) People seem to think I’m a slow mover. I prefer to call it “thoroughness”.
3.) I can quote all three Narnia films front to back. Don’t ask me why they are what my memory chose to record, but there it is.
4.) I don’t like music with words. It’s too distracting. Give me a plain old orchestra or soundtrack and I’m happy.
5.) I would be perfectly content to dress like Jane Austin for the rest of my life. People had much better fashion sense back then.
6.) I don’t have a twin. Over the years, this one has confused more people than I care to count. But no, despite popular opinion, my sister is actually four years older than me and WE DON’T LOOK ALIKE, PEOPLE. Really.
7.) I despise motivational/inspirational quotes. They’re so useless and insipid. I prefer listening to Jesus pound some sense into the world.
8.) Don’t leave kitchen cabinets open when I’m in the house. Just don’t. You will be yelled at.
9.) Children terrify me. Have you ever met a four-year-old? They’re scary.
10.) NEW ZEALAND. ‘Nuff said.
11.) When I was twelve, I wrote and published my very own magazine. With staples for binding. And lots of eraser marks inside. I had all of four subscribers. I was very proud.
Sheesh. Here we are at the 1,500 word mark, and I’ve still got at least three more sets of questions waiting in the wings. I warned you this might take a while, didn’t I? Which is why this thing just became a two-parter that I’ll finish up on Monday. So stay tuned, guys! You’ll get an extra little bonus post in the middle of the week.
If you had to be stranded on a remote world with a book character, who would you choose? (I’m assuming it wouldn’t be Thenardier…)