Fantasy Creatures Blog Tag!: February Is Fantasy Month

good morning, cyberspace!

Today is a most magical day, my friends, because today we are not only celebrating my favorite genre of ever, but we’re also participating in a tag designed and created by THE queen of fantasy herself–Jenelle!

I’ve been a part of the blogosphere for three full years now, but somehow I’ve always managed to miss the memo that February is Fantasy Month. And this just BOGGLES my mind meats, guys, because fantasy is, in a simple manner of speaking, my lifeblood. So the fact that I’ve always missed its celebratory month is nothing short of an egregious error on my part, and one that I must work hard to rectify. Which is exactly what I’m trying to do with today’s post!

Over on her blog (which you should 1000% follow because it is BEAUTIFUL and she’s been posting fantastical posts literally all month long to celebrate Fantasy Month–as well as a giveaway!!! which you should also definitely check out. just saying.), Jenelle has created one of the most amazing tags I have ever seen in my life. It’s called the Fantasy Creatures Blog Tag, and I am over the moon excited to be participating in it today! Seriously, guys, I’m not even exaggerating when I say that these are quite possibly the most unique questions I’ve ever seen in a tag. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean. . .

Fantastical Realms Blog Tag

FANTASY CREATURES BLOG TAG!

THE RULES

  • THANK THE BLOGGER WHO TAGGED YOU . . . so technically I stole this tag from Jenelle’s blog, but I’m still going to thank her, because ALSO TECHNICALLY she said that anyone who was interested in the questions was tagged! So thank you, Jenelle! <3
  • INCLUDE THE GRAPHIC SOMEWHERE IN YOUR POST
  • LINK BACK TO JENELLE’S BLOG SOMEWHERE IN YOUR POST . . . ha! this means you have to go check her blog out to snatch the link! (unless you just copy and paste it from here, but I mean DON’T DO THAT. SERIOUSLY. #rude)
  • ANSWER THE QUESTIONS . . . the best part, obviously. XD
  • TAG A FEW BLOGGER FRIENDS — AND LET THEM KNOW THEY’VE BEEN TAGGED . . . I’m good at tagging people. I’m horrible at letting them know.
  • HAVE FUN! . . . well, at least THIS is an easy step. XD

THE TAG

i. 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?

Oh my goodness, this question is the most wonderful thing in the whole entire universe. Okay, so the fantasy realm of my choice would obviously be Wonderland. I mean??? You can’t offer me the whole of fantastical realms and expect me NOT to choose the one place in the whole of time and space where madness reigns eternal, can you? Wonderland is filled with color and blue butterflies and potential death by decapitation and madness, and I would just LOVE to spend a day there.

Unfortunately, there’s that second little bit of the question up there, which means I have to reveal my absolute least favorite fantasy creature–centaurs. (please don’t ask me why. i don’t know why they bother me so much, but they DO. *shudders*) So I guess I’m going to be a centauress during my stay in Wonderland, and–I’ll be honest–that kind of ruins the whole thing for me. XD

ii. What fantasy creature do you wish featured in more stories? What is your favorite story that has that creature in it?

Oooh. . . This is a tough one. There are a LOOOT of fantasy creatures I adore–dragons, mermaids, fairies, pixies–but the majority of these are over-saturated in today’s literature. SO. A creature that I adore that doesn’t seem to make as big of a splash would probably have to be gnomes.

. . .don’t you dare judge me, peasant.

Okay, look, gnomes are smol and cute and have those big, floopy-pointy hats, and I just think they deserve to be in more stories! I can’t even remember a book I’ve read that has a gnome in it, and I believe that, my dear bean, proves my point.

Unfortunately, this also means I can’t exactly answer the second half of this question, so if any of you remember a book with a gnome in it, hit me up.

iii. 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?)

So, according to this most glorious prophecy, I am now armed with . . . a pirate pencil.

Hang on. I need to grab photo evidence of this.

YOU THOUGHT I WAS JOKING. HA. How dare you doubt me.

Okay, so now that I’m equipped with the Pirate Pencil of Pillaging & Plundering, I suppose I should give it magical properties, no? If I was going for normal magical properties, I would probably say that everything I write with Mr. Eye-Patch here comes to life. But that’s a pretty obvious trait for a magical pencil, so we’re going to go one step further and say that, with this pencil, I can summon the nine pirate lords to come to my aid at any point in time, simply by scribbling down their names.

OR . . . perhaps I now have the power to draw super cool maps! which is a talent I’ve always wanted, but have never succeeded in actually possessing.

OR . . . maybe this pencil grants me the power of Good Pirating Luck, and I can now pillage and plunder to my heart’s content without getting caught! (…or dying.)

OR . . . best of all, this pencil is ACTUALLY possessed with the spirit of my oldest mentor and dearest friend–the once-captain of my fine vessel, The Scorpion. Now, after inheriting his ship, I can still commune with my dead past-captain by asking the pencil–adorned with his shrunken head–all the questions I probably should have asked him while he was still among the living. (<< this option seems a little bit more morbid than the others, but goodness am I getting some plot bunnies here.)

iv. 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?

OOOOOH! A magical cruise!!! Seeing as though I’ve never been on a cruise, this is somewhat terrifying, but getting to see all my favorite fantasy realms?? SIGN ME UP, CAPTAIN!

Okay, so obviously I would want to go to Wonderland (because how can I list it as my favorite fantasy realm up above and NOT have it number one on my place to go on a magical cruise???), and while I’m there, I’d absolutely adore to have tea with the Mad Hatter and talk to the Cheshire Cat and paint white roses red and nearly get decapitated by the Queen of Hearts and slay a Jabberwocky and steal the blue caterpillar’s hookah pipe because THAT IS NOT A HEALTHY HABIT, SIR and think of six impossible things before breakfast and ride a Bandersnatch and . . . !!!! I’m not sure the cruise line would let me stay there as long as I’d actually like, which is clearly forever.

Second up on our destination checklist would have to be Neverland. And obviously I would want to meet Tinker Bell and learn how to fly and explore Skull Rock and talk to Tiger Lily and defeat Captain Hook and befriend the Lost Boys and never grow up. (actually, that last one is something I’m CURRENTLY doing, so maybe I don’t need Neverland for that. . .?)

Third on the list would be a fantasy realm of my own creation–everlost. This book takes place on the island of Crocodoc, and I would literally give my right kidney to explore this world for even just one day.

You think I’m joking. I assure you I am not.

v. 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 GNOME! And don’t you even DARE look at me like I’m insane. Gnomes are exceptionally helpful and would be a great asset to me on my questing adventures! And yes, they’re not like an animal-esque kind of creature, but they’re a creature nonetheless, and they’d make an excellent conversationalist companion, so I digress.

vi. Elves or dwarves?

I . . . I don’t know if I can choose between these two. . . I’ve always adored Elves (thanks, LoTR), but I personally relate more to the dwarven culture.

Specifically because I’m short. And kinda chubby.

So I think I’d have to go with dwarves, simply because they are my brethren, and brethren must stick together.

*begins humming The Misty Mountains Cold*

vii. 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?

Definitely a mix of both! I believe that–as with any race or culture–there is always good and evil and a mixture of grey space in-between, and fantasy races–especially ones that we write–should be no different.

Besides, with every dragon that I have created, they’ve always had a bit of good and evil inside of them, and I personally think that dragons–because they’re so serpentine and mischievous–should always have that sort of ambiguous “are they good or are they going to eat my face off???” complexity about them.

viii. 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?

So this question is a little bit difficult for me to answer, but here goes:

I like my fantasy worlds to be unique, slightly nonsensical at times (please refer back to my unequivocal loves of Wonder- and Neverland), confident in its existence, but above all else, easily readable.

Give me a world that I’ve never seen before. Something strange and whimsical and so off-the-wall it makes me laugh out loud. Give me a world full of color and dragons and the occasional ogre or two. Give me a world that’s structurally sound–a world with its own diverse cultures and backgrounds and histories. But my goodness, please don’t confuse me with a bunch of gibberish when trying to explain it to me.

Science Fiction is hard for me to get into at times. Why? Because most of the scientific lingo goes RIIIIIiiiiight over my head. I mean, I’m sure that the writer knows what they’re talking about–and that most sci-fi readers can bob their heads right along with them–but as for me, a smol reader who does not happen to have a degree in scientific engineering, I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, SIR.

So yes. Keep the writing clean and understandable, don’t talk over my head, and make the world something colorful and unique enough to make me want to spend my entire life there. That’s all I ask of you, really. #notdemandingatall

ix. 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 apparently I’m a dragon now (and I’m just going to go ahead and call it–most of us are going to be dragons at the end of this question. XD), and judging by the fact that my bedroom is quite literally tiny . . . I probably just exploded up through the roof. And through the giant window stretching across one wall.

And also maybe through the flooring, because I don’t think our house was designed stability-wise to have a dragon spontaneously appear on the second floor. So assuming that I haven’t already broken my family in my plummet to the first story–and also assuming that I still have the ability of human speech in my new dragon form–I’d probably break the news by just telling them who I am over the tremendous screams they’re most assuredly screeching. We’ve got pretty open minds over here, so I’m sure they’d understand after a few minutes of complete and utter chaos.

Repairing the house, on the other hand. . .? That might require some more ingenuity.

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TAG! YOU’RE IT!

All right, peasants! It’s time to tag some of you!

And, of course, if I didn’t tag you and you want to participate, go ahead and consider yourself tagged, dear bean! *slaps an eye-patch on your head* BE THE PIRATE YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF, MATEY! ARGH!

Aha. I’m normal, I swear.

Anyway, I would like to give yet another huge THANK YOU!!! to Jenelle for not only creating this tag, but for all of the wonderful things she’s been doing all February for Fantasy Month! I don’t think the blogosphere–or the fantasy community, for that matter–would have ever become what it is without her. I know for a fact that I’m eternally thankful for finding her in the vast unknowns of Cyberspace, and if any of you are interested in learning more about Fantasy Month . . . 10/10 go check her blog out. It’s utterly amazing over there.



TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!

And that’s all we’ve got for today, folks! I don’t really have any discussion questions for you today. Most of the things I want to ask are questions in this tag, and I’d much rather read your blog posts if you decide to do it! SO! If you happen to do this tag, make sure to drop your link down in the comments so I can come and stalk your answers learn more about you in a totally non-creepy way! But before you go, answer this one little question for me. . .

DO YOU PREFER CHARACTER INTERVIEWS, UNRELATED SHORT STORIES, OR WIP SNIPPETS?

^^ totally not trying to figure anything out or anything. Aha. Nope.

As always, let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS down in the comments below! And until next time. . .

_flings cookies in the air and disappears_

8 thoughts on “Fantasy Creatures Blog Tag!: February Is Fantasy Month

  1. Gnomes! Gnomes gnomes gnomes GNOOOOMES!!! I love gnomes and there need to be more of them and I WANT ONE TO COME WITH ME ON AN ADVENTURE TOO. I never think about them cause they’re never in stories and that CLEARLY needs to be remedied. (I believe there are gnomes in Ella Enchanted and Fairest, although they’re not exactly the same as how I picture normal gnomes.) (And I had gnomes in a novel that I wrote like 30K of and gave up on. Which is sad. I loved writing those gnomes.) (Also, I am somehow not at all surprised that you picked gnomes.)

    I’m jealous of your magic pirate pencil. Like way jealous. And I love the sound of your family. XD

    And…I guess my choice would be WIP snippets? All the options are attractive, actually. But if I have to pick.

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    • OH MY GOODNESS, FINALLY SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE GNOMES!!!! I once wrote a teeny bit of a story where there were gnomes, too, but I don’t think I actually GOT to the gnomes. Which kind of defeats the purpose of there needing to be MORE gnomes in literature. XD We must remedy this, Sarah. It is up to the two of us. XD (ohhh! there WERE gnomes in Ella Enhanted, I believe!!! I’m gonna have to read that story again…)

      My family is absolutely wonderful, I must admit… And so is this pirate pencil. XD

      OOOH! Thank you for your input!!! It seems like everyone likes ALL of the options, so I think I’m figuring this out. . . Mwahahahahaha. XD

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  2. But…But I like character interviews, unrelated short stories, AND WIP snippets…
    That’s probably not very helpful. XD

    I love Wonderland so much! And I can’t get over that pirate pencil. It’s really amazing.

    Thank you for tagging me!

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    • Oh goodness. XD Well, actually, this IS extraordinarily helpful! *scribbles down information in my notebook of intense secrecy* Thank you for your input! XD

      Oh my goodness, SAME!!! It’s like the most colorful place in existence. Who WOULDN’T want to go there? (except maybe people who were afraid of beheadings? Maybe they should stay away??? XD) LOL! The pirate pencil is staring at me as we speak. . . . I don’t know why I continue to sit here. XD

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  3. OH MY GRACIOUS. This has to be my FAVORITE of these posts I’ve read! YOUR ANSWERS. I was grinning and giggling and nodding the WHOLE way through!

    YOUR WONDERLAND OBSESSION. I AM THE SAAAAME!!!! Did we know each other loves Wonderland so much? Did I FORGET you were as much of a Wonderland nerd as I am???? Where is my BRAIN?! But Wonderland is like my FAVORITE place, and I chose it for the first question tooooooo! #TWINS That is really funny you don’t like centaurs though. I’m quite fond of them but…they are kinda creepy if you think too hard about it…

    Your love for gnomes is THE BEST! I love that! I’ve shamefully not given much thought to gnomes, but they are pretty fabulous. I’ve been trying to think of anything I’ve read them in and…I can’t think of it either. OH! Well, they did make that brief appearance in the Harry Potter books. But otherwise yeah, gnomes are sadly lacking in fiction!

    YOUR PIRATE PENCIL. I am dying! And the pencil holder too. It’s too, too great!!! All your ideas of what the pencil could do are pure gold. Now you’re inspiring me to get more creative with magical items in my books. Why CAN’T pencils hold the spirits of pirates, hmmmm?

    I LOVE the ambiguous “are they good or are they going to eat my face off?” dragons, YES! XDD Antihero dragons! They’re fantastic!

    Loved, looooved your thoughts on what makes a world worth reading about. I, too, get SO LOST with the sci-fi mumbo jumbo. My poor brain cannot compute. I’m more familiar with fantasy mumbo jumbo BUT STILL, a little can go a long way. The point is to ENJOY the story. If we’re spending the whole book trying to figure out what the heck everything is then…what was the point??? Yes! Totally agree with you there.

    This comment is getting so long. But AAAHHHHH!!!! I just loved all of this so much!

    As far as your questions you asked at the end….UM. UMMM. I like character interview, short stories, AND snippets! D: Why must I choooose??? Ergh. Um. Maybe character interviews? I LOVE learning about people’s delightful characters. And it also makes me enjoy the snippets more if I’ve already fallen in love with the characters. BUT. Some Kenzie short stories sounds sooooooo fabulous too! So…so yeah! I WANT IT ALL. #Helpful

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    • Oh my word!! Christine!!! You have no clue how much this means to me!!! *hugs* THANK YOU!!! You are literally the sweetest… I can’t.

      I think I knew you were a Wonderland fanatic!!! But i’m not sure how long I knew this… It feels like I knew it, but now I’m not sure. XD EITHER WAY WE ARE DEFINITELY TWINS SO THIS IS WONDERFUL!!! (<< did NOT mean to make that a pun, but there you have it. this happens to me. XD) Alice in Wonderland has probably been one of my all-time favorite stories since Tim Burton remastered it (which I KNOW probably makes me a fraudulent Wonderland lover, or whatever, but I don't even care. XD). I just can't get enough of the strangeness that is that world. And the CHESHIRE CAT!!! He's my favorite… And also kind of my muse??? Just a little bit??? XD

      WAIT. GNOMES WERE IN HARRY POTTER??? Why on earth can't I remember this…?? (I thought I knew Harry Potter. Clearly I was wrong. XD) We seriously need more books with gnomes in them! This is shameful!! XD (fortunately I have some IDEAS for a story with a gnome, so…??? maybe I can help rectify this?)

      LOL! I must give credit where credit is due: the pirate pencil and his little gremlin friend both belong to my mom! They just happened to be sitting to my left at the desk when I was writing this, and I could NOT be more thrilled about that. XD (although TECHNICALLY I helped pick out the little hobgoblin for a Mother's Day present, so I mean??? Totally taking credit for that guy, right? XD) But YES! I actually have a story with a magical pencil, but unfortunately he's not a magical PIRATE pencil, so clearly I'm doing that wrong… I need to completely reconfigure the design of this story now. XD

      MEEP!!! I'm so glad you agree!! I was wondering if I was getting a little too rambly with my answer on that one, so it's nice to know that it was actually coherent! And yessssss!!! Fantasy is honestly my home. I can't write or read anything that doesn't have even a tiny touch of fantastical elements in them. That's what makes a story worthwhile to me, I guess!

      Dude, your comments literally make my WEEK, so don't even apologize for their length!!!! I am grinning so big right now!! <333 And MEEP! This is actually VERY helpful!! I'm compiling a list of ideas for future things, so I shall add this to my data! Thank you so much, Christine!!! (and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all of your lovely comments! I can't even begin to describe how much they mean to me!)

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    • MEEP! I’ve missed this blog, too!!! And YOU!! And honestly just being a part of this community??? Oh, how the mighty have fallen… (but I’m back–again!!!–and hopefully will not disappear this time. I have POST IDEAS and EXPERIMENTS TO TRY and I’m even planning on making a public Insta account to talk about Behind-The-Scenes stuff with my writing, so??? THINGS ARE HAPPENING HERE ON SMUDGED THOUGHTS!! XD)

      Also you may not steal the magical pirate pen because TECHNICALLY he belongs to my mom and I would have to steal him to give it to you which would make ME a pillaging, plundering pirate, as well, so……yeah, okay, I’m totally up for that. XD

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