Did you know February was Fantasy Month? You didn't? Yes, you should be overwhelmed with guilt right now. I don't even feel sorry for you.
I'll be doing a couple of posts to celebrate this blogging event, and I'm kicking off the festivities today with this blog tag from Jenelle Schmidt (who started the event in the first place). I was tagged to do this by J.L. Mbewe. First off, here are The Rules:
Thank the blogger who tagged you. Thank you, Jennette! And also Jenelle, for inviting me to take part in this event.
Include the graphic somewhere in your post.
Link back to Jenelle's blog somewhere in your post. How about here?
Answer the questions.
Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged.
I shall certainly try. You can read Jenelle's answers to the questions here. Now, here are mine:
1. In a strange twist of fate, you are transported into a fantasy realm of your choice. The catch? You have also been transformed into your least favorite fantasy creature. Where are you, and what are you?
Dangit. Welp, I choose Discworld, which is great…but I appear to have been turned into a werewolf. Now, I know what you're thinking…”What's so terrible about that? You've even got werewolf characters.” I write wulvers, not werewolves. Werewolves are incredibly overdone. If there's one thing I don't want to get turned into, it's a cliché. Fortunately, the rules of magic in Discworld are very flexible, so I'm sure I can find a solution to the problem without too much difficulty.
2. What fantasy creature do you wish featured in more stories? What is your favorite story that has that creature in it?
Hippogriffs. I first realized how cool these creatures were after encountering them in Harry Potter, and I think they're definitely under-used. My favorite story with them is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
3. As you are reading this, a voice rings in your ear proclaiming:
A hero true, a leader strong,
A quest is where you do belong,
So arm thyself, and take your stand
With an item to your left your fate is at hand.
Besides the fact that this prophetic voice is clearly incapable of sticking to a meter, what ordinary item do you now find yourself armed with? (And, for bonus points, what helpful magical properties does it now possess that will help you on your quest?)
TREMBLE, PATHETIC MORTAL, BEFORE THE KNIGHT OF THE…um…smartphone. Okey-dokey, I can make that work. No doubt this magic phone will allow me to call all sorts of useful people from other worlds to help me. Good thing it wasn't the item on my right, or I'd have been the Knight of the Empty Coffee Cup. That just sounds sad.
4. You happen across an ad in a catalogue promising a magical fantasy cruise that will allow you to stop in any three realms of your choice and explore each for several days before returning you home (and the ad promises your safe return or your money back, guaranteed!) Assuming this is not a hoax and that the tour guides will actually be able to cater to your requests, what three realms will you tour and what do you hope to see/who would you like to meet along the way?
Whoa whoa whoa, hold on…safe return or my money back? How is money going to help me if I've been eaten by a basilisk or something? Okay, fine, assuming this isn't a hoax, here's my itinerary. First off, the Kingdom of Corona, where I would spend some time visiting Rapunzel, Eugene, and their friends from Tangled and the subsequent animated series. Second, the alternate-history-shapeshifter world of My Lady Jane, because I was very fond of all the characters from that book and I would like to find out how they're doing now that their story's finished. Third…well, I really should pop into the Afterverse and make a few apologies to some of my surviving characters for how their lives have turned out, or how they're going to turn out in the future. I'd do that from a very safe distance, of course.
5. Congratulations! You are a fantasy hero/heroine about to start your adventure. You get to choose a small fantasy creature to accompany and assist you on your quest. Who/what do you choose?
A jackalope. Those things are adorable. And probably fairly useful, given their agility and their sharp antlers. Oo's a cute widdle jackalopey-poo? You are! Yes you–what? Stop judging me.
6. Elves or dwarves?
Despite the fact that there are many dwarven characters I'm fond of…I gotta go with elves, sorry. They're much cooler. I realize this will probably bring a dwarven army equipped with a battering ram to my door, but I gotta be me.
7. Do you prefer your dragons (we had to have at least one question devoted solely to dragons!) good or evil or a mix of both?
Only one dragon question??? Ah, well. I prefer dragons to ascribe to what is sometimes called “blue and orange morality,” with little if any correspondence to human values. So a mixture of good and evil would be my preference. Dragons that are essentially “good” or “evil” are more predictable; I like not knowing what to expect from these creatures. (And to those who say “But you've written two chaotic-good dragon characters!”…yeah, that's what you're supposed to think.)
8. World building is a complicated undertaking full of many details. As a reader, what is a small detail you really appreciate seeing when it comes to diving into a new realm? What is something that helps you lose yourself in a fantasy world?
This may sound silly, but I like it when an author takes the time to mention how things smell. This sense is often ignored when authors are trying to draw their readers into a fantasy world, and helps a lot with the immersion. You can't feel like you're there unless all five of the senses are somehow taken into account.
9. You have been transformed into your favorite fantasy creature. Problem is… you’re still in your own bedroom and your family is downstairs, completely unprepared for this shock. What creature are you, and how (if at all) do you break the news to your loved ones? (Or how do you get out of your room?)
So I'm a dragon, then? Who cares what my family thinks? I'M A DRAGON. This is AWESOME, and they're just going to have to deal with it.
Okay, fine, I suppose I would have to at least make an effort to calm them down a bit. And, y'know, offer to pay for the damage to the house resulting from my majestic transformation. Do you get free gold when you get turned into a dragon? I think that should be one of the rules.
I hereby tag E.B. Dawson, Christine Smith, and Ness Kingsley to join in on the fun–as well as anybody else who'd like to take part! This is a very informal event; no scheduling needed, so as long as you get a post in before the end of the month and add it to the link-up on Jenelle's site, you're good.