In an age of needing to write 3000 words per day on a novel, tags come in handy for blogging. Thanks Ariel for the well-timed taggings!
Both of these tags are focused around characters, and so let’s dive right in!
Tag #1 – The Heroes of Legend
- Very graciously thank the blogger who tagged you. (Thank you Ariel! :)).
- Answer the following ten questions in the tag. Images of your characters are encouraged, but not necessary.
- You may only use Original Characters (OCs) for this tag. As expected.
- Characters from fairytale retellings are not allowed. Because then that would be too easy.
- Explain why your character matches the description, because if you don’t, that would not be fun.
- MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Do not hurt your little babies in this process.
- Link back to Merie’s blog post where she started the tag.
- Tag a few other bloggers to play this game too! (And make sure they’re writers… because if you tag a non-writer to do this one, it would be really awkward.)
Can I first comment on how glad I’m not given an exact number of bloggers to tag? I’m very grateful. Trying to find eleven people who haven’t participated yet is always the hardest part. xD
1. Who is a character that is most likely to be turned into a frog (and then thrown against the wall because of additional obnoxiousness)?
I’d say this depends on who has the ability to turn people into frogs. First person to come to mind though, would be Matthew, a bratty street kid from my first (and unnamed) fantasy novel, which has been retired to a cardboard box in the back of a dusty (virtual) closest. He’s the kind of kid that doesn’t understand compassion, and tries to be sassy and clever.
Yes, indeed. Quite annoying.
2. A character that could probably persuade a man–sent to kill them on pain of death– not to kill them, through charisma or charm alone (or manipulation, whichever way you take it)?
Ooooh. I’d say Arvia as a child. Just too sweet and innocent.
3. Who is that kind of person who waves around a weapon (or other sharp pointy object) everywhere they go, regardless of their skill in handling it (which is to say, probably quite doubtful)?
That would be Chris from my novel, Beyond the Will. He would have no idea how to use a weapon – any weapon – but to order to stay on top of things, he would fake it until he makes it.
Or until he fails.
4. Who can endure the most pain with a stoic, completely neutral face (maybe s/he’s dancing)?
Are we talking emotional or physical pain? 😉
I would say Charlie, from my WIP, 51. She is stubborn, optimistic, and stable enough. It’s the pain of others she would not be able to endure.
5. Who is most likely to pull off a Hua Mulan and face a trial as one of the opposite gender if need arises?
Oh, um. Hmm.
6. A character who would be quickest to obey a talking cat when it demands them to buy it a pair of boots?
That would be Arvia as a child again. Arvia lives by the sea, free to wander, dance, and sing. If a talking cat showed up, she won’t even consider doubting it’s existence.
7. Who would be willing to do anything– absolutely anything– in order to rescue someone s/he loves (includes killing innocent foxes and asking the moon for help)?
Ethan, from the aforementioned, unnamed fantasy novel. No spoilers, but he does a lot to rescue his little sister. 😉
8. A character who seems to stubbornly not die no matter what you put them through (if you haven’t tried the Big Bad Wolf, now’s the time)?
I’m going to pick Matthew again. This poor kid… He actually was created because a couple years a friend of mine asked me to put her brother in my book and kill him off as a joke. xD
I said sure! I can do that. Sounds fun!
So I planned to have him 1) betray everyone 2) live a miserable life filled of loneliness and guilt and then after a good amount of that 3) I’d eventually kill him off.
But then Matthew stubbornly refused, turned out nothing like my friend’s brother, and did all the wrong things. He wouldn’t go where I told him, and much less betray my main characters (at least at that time… it just wasn’t his way), and then he insisted on getting dragged along on the journey. (And pretending he didn’t want to. ;))
He’s still alive.
For now. 😉
9. Who is the terrifyingly malicious, extra-megalomaniacal, wildly unpredictable Queen of Hearts/Bluebeard villain (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?
My cliched villains of my first full length book: again the unnamed fantasy novel. I promise I didn’t copy the Nazgul. At least not consciously.
“The Riders,” dressed in black, rode black horses and could turn into black vultures.
And, believe me, not those kind of vultures that sit around and sing about friendship. 😉
10. Who is a character that is the terrifyingly placid, blood-freezingly calm, monotone-voiced villain that is Every Fairytale Villain in History Incarnate (the kind that makes you want to run and hide)?
I don’t think I have a single monotoned villain. They either hiss, or yell, or shriek, or roar. And sometimes whisper. But never monotone.
Tag #2 – The Star Wars Character Tag
1. THERE ARE NO RULES.
Oh dear. The paradox.
2. Refer To Number 1.
Thank you kindly.
3. There is one absolute rule: You MUST use your own characters (OCs) for this tag. (Brownie points if you add pictures of your characters.)
Hmm. I’m getting such mixed signals here… no rules? Rules? Rules that say there are no rules?
4. The Sorta Rule: Scream a huge thank you to whoever tagged you for this whilst treating them to a pizza dinner at your favorite pizza chain.
Oh dear, now, I’m really trapped….
5. The Kinda Rule: Include This Link In The Post So That The Penny Can Read Everyone’s Answers To This Smol Strange.
6. The Rule That’s Not Really A Rule But It Would Be Great: Include the graphic and tag at least three Jedi or Sith Lords.
Tagging Jedi? This is getting harder and harder. xD
Okay! Let’s get started with the questions!
1. Who’s Your Obi Wan Kenobi? (sassy, a great mentor, but can be a bit strict)
Closest I can think of is either Walter, from 51, or Seth from The Unnamed Fantasy Novel. Walter would be pretty strict and a great mentor, but not as sassy as Seth, who would be a worse mentor, due to anger and disgust issues toward the kids he’s stuck with. (Don’t judge him… one of those kids is Matthew.)
2. Who’s Your Leia Organa? (feisty, incredible comebacks, and does their own thing)
Allie. One of the twins in Paper Adventures. She’s got quite a spirit and likes to tease her brother endlessly.
3. Who’s Your Finn? (overeager, adorable, a cinnamon roll)
Yes, I’m about to compare Finn to my villain’s pet. 😉
Doodle Pup is definitely overeager and adorable. He’s the companion of the villain from my novel Paper Adventures, which is taking a break from the editing stage at the moment. He’s not exactly a dog, but a simplistic cartoon of a dog (meaning a oval with four stick legs) who is green and wears both a tie and a top hat.
4. Who’s Your Padmé? (kind, loving, but also kick butt)
Charlie again. Very kind and loving, but also spunky and sarcastic, with a fierce passion for justice and for protecting others.
5. Who’s Your Count Dooku? (deliciously evil, extra, and sick burns)
A certain character from 51. 😉
6. Who’s Your BB-8? (too cute, everyone loves them, can do no wrong)
What if I go with Arvia’s baby brother, Adrian, this time? xD
7. Who’s Your Yoda? (underestimated, extra, and wise)
This was the hardest question yet.
I’m going to go with Erath from my short story, Into The Forest. She’s pretty young, but don’t let that misguide you. She filled with a surprisingly amount of strength and courage.
8. Who’s Your Anakin Skywalker? (bratty, rebellious, whiny)
9. Who’s Your C3-PO? (always worrying, gives depressing information, constantly wailing)
Miss Agnes from my novel, Beyond the Will.
She has got to be one of my favorite characters to write. She gets away with saying things I couldn’t.
Agnes’s lips pressed together tightly and she set her cup down. “Chris, right?” He nodded. “You’re here for the funeral?” He nodded again. “Well, thank goodness that man’s gone. The world’s a better place now.”
Chris coughed uncomfortably. “I… I never met him.”
“Of course,” she snapped. “Any good parent would keep their innocent little child away… though it didn’t seem to help in your case. I assume you got your piggish, sugar-gobbling tastes from him too?”
^ case in point ^
10. Who’s Your Luke Skywalker? (hero, has been through a lot, has their share of flaws)
Zebulon, another character from my Camp NaNoWriMo project, 51. He has his flaws for sure and has been through a lot (though nothing compared to what is up my sleeves muhahaha). No spoilers, but his past actually has a lot to do with the story. 😉
And that’s all of the questions. Now for passing them on to others!
Dekreel @ Inky RambleBeast
N.C. Stokes @ Weird As Usual
Bethany @ Shastin’s Notebook
So, I’m actually going to add a question to whichever tag(s) you choose to take. Have you ever written a friend/family member/acquaintance into your story? Why? And how did that go?
If busy (or simply in the mood) feel free to say we’re playing two hand tag and that I only managed to catch you with one. 😉
Until next Friday!
~ evelyn ~