THE JOLLY GENRE JUBILEE TAG – A Writing Tag by Yours Truly

GOOD MORNING CYBERSPACE!

This is my absolute favorite time of year, guys. May is kind of like a snapshot from a Polaroid. It’s bright skies and warm weather and bare feet in cool grass and strawberry milkshakes and messy hair. I used to think that April was my favorite Spring month, but now I’m sure it’s May. There’s magic in the air this month, my friends. I can feel it.

And what better way to celebrate this magical feeling than with a writing tag! I mean, clearly this has nothing to do with the magic that is May, but I recently had an idea for a tag that revolved around fictional genres, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since. So clearly I need to get it out of my system so I can go back to binge reading the entire Harry Potter series for the fiftieth time.

Of course, as always, there are a few housekeeping rules to go over before we can dive into the fun stuff, but don’t worry. It’s very, very simple. (and basically like every other blog tag rules and regulations segment, so feel free to skip it if you’re feeling particularly rebellious.)

I would also like to apologize for the lack of a blog post yesterday. I was reading Harry Potter and The Prizoner of Azkaban, and goodness me I could not pull myself out of it. oops.

THE JOLLY GENRE JUBILEE: A WRITING TAG

RULES & REGULATIONS

  • thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog
  • leave a link back to the creator of the tag >> (I mean, technically this bit is optional, but I’d really appreciate a link back, especially if you enjoyed the tag!)
  • answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican >> it’s in the rules, folks. you have to do it.
  • tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! >> and make sure to give them cookies. because that’s always fun.

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? *rifles casually through my collection of pelican GIFs* And now on to the actual tag!

THE TAG

i. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE TO WRITE?

Ah, yes. Let’s start off with the most difficult question, shall we? (you’d think as the creator of this tag, I would have had more sympathy for myself. clearly this is not the case.)

I think my favorite genre to write (at the moment) is soft fantasy. Hard fantasy is  a wee bit difficult for me to swallow at times, but soft fantasy with dragons and the occasional gnome and a rogue wolf-pack living on the edge of a dangerous, slightly creepy wood? YES, PLEASE. I will forever write soft, whimsical fantasies. I may not be the next Tolkien with a wide, sprawling fantasy world, but soft fantasy worlds are where I thrive, and therefore that is where I choose to live. XD

ii. WHAT GENRE WOULD YOU NEVER GET CAUGHT WRITING? . . .EVER.

Ignoring the blatantly obvious (*cough*erotica*cough*), I think the genre I would have to pick for this would be Westerns. I’m just . . . not a cowgirl, folks. I’m sorry, but cowboy stories ain’t for me.

Now, I guess this is not to say that I would never ever ever write a Western. If the right plot bunny came along, I guess I would have no choice but to follow it to the ends of the earth. (ya know. as I do.) But at this precise moment, I haven’t had any cowboys sidle into my saloon begging to be written yet.

I also don’t know as if I’d ever write a Rom-Com. Now, this one’s a little weird, because I DO appreciate reading/watching a good Rom-Com! (You’ve Got Mail, Tweet Cute, Decoy Bride, etc.), but as for actually writing one?

Aha. . . Yeah, I don’t think that would ever happen, folks.

iii. WHAT FICTIONAL GENRE FEELS MOST LIKE HOME TO YOU?

Ooooh! This would probably have to be Fantasy(again.) Especially–as I previously mentioned–of the soft™ variety.

Seriously. Give me a book filled with gnomes and dwarves and eerie forests and nymphs and pixies and I will settle in, build a house made of logs, and raise my three pig children there in perfect ecstasy.

(just a guess here, but I’m going to assume that a LOOOOOT of us bloggers are going to choose fantasy for this question. let’s see if I’m proven wrong.)

iv. IF YOU COULD TRANSFORM YOUR IRL INTO ANY GENRE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHICH WOULD IT BE?

lol . . . rom-com?

OKAY OKAY, REAL ANSWER TIME. I’m honestly not sure which genre I would pick, to be perfectly honest. I’d say Fantasy, but since I’ve chosen that for so many questions already, I think I want to pick something a little less obvious.

So I think I’m going to pick Steampunk. But like, more specifically, a Steampunk Fantasy. And if we’re getting seriously nitty gritty with the details, a Steampunk Fantasy Alice in Wonderland Retelling.

(okay this kinda sounds like Splintered by A.G. Howard. clearly I need to read this book. XD)

v. WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR IRL MOST RESEMBLE AT THE MOMENT?

Aha . . . hahaha . . . heh.

Well, seeing as though I’m writing this during the height of a plague, I’d have to say Dystopian.

End of the universe plague, people dropping like flies, the entire world under lockdown… If that doesn’t sound like your run-of-the-mill dystopian novel, I’m not entirely sure what does.

vi. WHAT’S A GENRE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN WRITING, EVEN THOUGH YOU’VE NEVER WRITTEN IT BEFORE?

So since Middle Grade technically does not count as a genre, I’m going to have to go with Steampunk. AGAIN.

Technically everlost has a subtle trace of Steampunk within it, but I haven’t actually done a full-blown Steampunk novel yet. But the whole metal-cogs and funky attire and brass goggle appeal . . . man, I want to write something like that.

I also haven’t written a full-blown sci-fi yet, and that’s something I’d really like to delve into someday. I just . . . don’t feel smart enough to actually get my facts straight with that one. Maybe someday when I become a brain surgeon or neuro-scientist (what even is that) I’ll be able to feel confident enough in my ability to write such a tale, but for now I’m at the mercy of Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman.

vi. WHAT GENRE IS YOUR MOST RECENT PLOT BUNNY, AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM?

Oh goodness. I….actually don’t know if I have an answer to this one. I’ve been so focused on writing my current WIP, The Girl and The Goblin King, that I haven’t exactly been letting my mind wander into the unseen lands where plot bunnies dwell. BUT. I do have an idea for my next book, and I think it’s one of my most recent plot bunnies? It’s Pumpkalagoo, and it’s a smol Middle Grade fantasy which involves a which and a crow. I’m 100% positive I don’t remember where it came from, but I love it.

Oh! I’ve also been toying with my misfit pirate story again recently, and that’s been a lot of fun! I guess the fact that I’ve been getting new ideas for it counts as a plot bunny, right? Right?

Eh, who cares. I made this tag. I’m allowed to bend it a bit to suit my needs. XD

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vii. HOW MANY GENRES HAVE YOU WRITTEN THUS FAR IN YOUR WRITING JOURNEY?

Holy guacamole, how on earth am I supposed to answer this? who made these questions????

Okay. Let me dredge up the deepest, darkest memories from my past writing ventures (this will not be pretty folks):

* I’ve marked the books that I’ve actually finished with a ♥, and books that I’m working on/hope to write someday are marked with a ∴ . All other stories have either been scrapped or shelved. Oops.

  • Fantasy
    • The Dragon Elements ♥
    • Some story about a magical kingdom and horses and dragons (I wrote like a page of this before giving up. it was . . . bad?)
    • a story about a girl who FOUND a magical kingdom where she could talk to animals. (there was a bird that delivered mail by air-bombing it onto your head. that was the most interesting part.)
    • a story where horses could talk? (oh my goodness. there were cowboys that the horses called “wranglers” in this book. WAS I WRITING A WESTERN??? [well, we’re filing it under Fantasy because . . . talking horses.)
    • Project Sunset (previously known as SK) 
    • White As Snow, Dark As Night >> this particular novel is one that I’ve been piecing together bit by bit just for me. I don’t foresee this one ever making it to shelves, but who knows? ∴
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    • everlost ♥
  • Paranormal/Fantasy
    • The Girl and The Goblin King
    • Gretel >> this one is published on Wattpad. I would highly recommend not checking it out.
  • Dystopian
    • RESET
    • DELETED (yes, these two novels were related.)
  • Contemporary
    • a story about a rebellious girl who took writing lessons from a strange old hermit. >> I was writing this on my typewriter. It was not fun.

Assuming that this isn’t even ALL of the stories I’ve started and scrapped in all my years of being a writer, I’m kind of shocked by how long this list grew. I don’t think I’m missing any genres, but chances are I’ll publish this and like five other genres will spring into mind afterwards.

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TAG! YOU’RE IT!

All right, folks! Now that I’ve answered the questions, it’s time to tag some of you guys to do the tag with me! Now, since this is the pioneer voyage for this smol tag as it sails out into the blogosphere, I want to tag every single person who’d like to participate! Seriously. If you’re interested in doing this tag, please please PLEASE accept this as an official tag from me! I’d love to see your answers!

But, since it’s technically in the rules (that I totally made up) to tag and link back to at least three other bloggers, here’s a few blogs that you should DEFINITELY check out!:

(I’m honestly not sure if I’m tagging these people because I want them to do the tag, or because I’d really like everyone to discover their blogs if they haven’t already. . . So yeah. There ya go. XD)

THE QUESTIONS

What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?

What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.

What fictional genre feels most like home to you?

If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?

What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?

What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?

What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?

How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?



TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!

And there you have it, folks! The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag by Yours Truly! Did I have trouble coming up with a name for this one? Yes. Was it still fun to create? YES! Hopefully you guys will think so, too, because I would REALLY love to see your answers to these questions! And if you’ve got any more genre-specific questions you’d like to add on at the end, go ahead and do that, too! I was initially hoping for ten questions, but I guess eight’s as good as any.

But anyway! Questions!:

What’s your absolute FAVORITE genre to write? What’s your absolute favorite genre to read? Are they exactly the same, or–if not–how different are the two? (would you ever consider writing a book in your preferred reading genre?) How many genres have YOU written in your writing journey? (and have you finished the majority of them? or do you, like me, have a giant pile of half-finished manuscripts topped with a soppy blanket of broken tears? i’m fine, i swear.and most important of all. . .

ARE YOU GONNA PARTICIPATE IN MY TAG?

Please say yes!! It would make my whole entire day! And if you do participate, please make sure to leave a link down in the comments below so I can check your answers out! As always, until next time. . .

_flings cookies in the air and disappears_

30 thoughts on “THE JOLLY GENRE JUBILEE TAG – A Writing Tag by Yours Truly

  1. OooooOOOOOHhhhHh my goodnesss!!! I LOVE THE IDEA OF THIS TAG. THIS IS BRILLIANCE. PURE BRILLAINCE. I’m so glad you tagged me because I was 100% going to swipe this thing whether tagged or not. *grins* But THANK YOU for tagging me and all your sweet words and just AWK. You’re the best!

    Okay but seriously, I ADORE THIS TAG. Genre discussions are such fun! And seeing all your thoughts and preferences was a blast!

    Soft fantasy is such a lovely term and I AM RIGH THERE WITH YOU. When I was younger I was all about them epic worlds and elves and dragons and giant battles and all that goodness. And though I still ADORE that stuff, I’ve found my writing leaning toward more unique brands of fantasy these days. The whimsical kind, like you said. I just love it. LOVE IT!

    It makes me feel so much better that I’m not the only one who isn’t wild about westerns!!! I feel like everyone I know are huge fans of them, which is GREAT, but I’m over her like…no??? They…don’t excite me. I’ve never been a fan of the whole western aesthetic and…I don’t know. Just not my thing! I’m really happy to see I’m not the ONLY one! XD

    BUT STEAMPUNK NOW. I LOVE ME SOME STEAMPUNK. And I feel like there’s not NEARLY enough of it??? So getting a Kenzie steampunk story would be like one of the greatest gift to mankind. AND OH MY WORD. STEAMPUNK WONDERLAND. EVERYTHING I LOVE IN ONE. <333

    This was THE BEST seeing a little peek into all your old stories and WIPs! And just look at all the genres you've written! Gotta say, I am here for a bird air-bombing mail to people. XDD

    THIS WAS JUST SO MUCH FUNNN. Thank you again for tagging me! Definitely gotta find time to do this one. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

    (Also DAT PELICAN GIF. I'M CHOKING. XDDD)

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    • Meep!!! I am so so glad you think it looks like fun! I definitely had a blast coming up with the questions, and it makes my heart so happy to hear that people will want to answer them!!!

      YESSSSS! WHIMSICAL FANTASY!!! Oh my word, Christine, I honestly cannot wait to read your books someday. Like I know they’re just going to be EVERYTHING my heart has been searching for its entire life….

      Okay but Western is…definitely not a favorite. XD I have mad respect for anyone who DOES love that genre, but for me? I prefer my soft fantasy and very light sci-fi. XD

      STEAMPUNK YES!!!! I honestly cannot get enough of that stuff! I definitely DEFINITELY want to write a steampunk novel someday, and I have so many tiny little ideas of things to incorporate. I’m nowhere near the point of actually WRITING one yet, but someday……..SOMEDAY…. XD

      Oh my word, thank you!!! That air-bomb mailman was…definitely an odd thing for Smol Kenzie to develop, but I’m extremely proud of her. XD And EEP! I’m SO glad you enjoyed it!! I cannot wait to see your answers! <333

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  2. For some reason, my brain keeps adding “green” to the title of this tag, i.e. The Jolly Green Genre Jubilee…which is not it at all, but makes me laugh.

    I wouldn’t want to write Westerns, either…it just seems like a lot of research for something that’s been done a lot. XD

    Oh my goodness! Transforming one’s IRL into Steampunk Fantasy sounds like so much fun! I don’t know what I would transform my IRL into…I kind of like it at the moment.

    The present is 1000% Dystopian. And I’m not sure what else anyone could say to question 5. XD

    Wow, you have a lot of projects that you have either finished or want to finish! That’s awesome. Also, “I would highly recommend not checking it out.” << Very relatable. This is part of why I am not/will never be on Wattpad. There would come a day where I would be mortified that whatever I posted had seen the light of day.

    Okay, I want to do this tag very badly! But I already have like four tags in my backlog! So we'll see if that happens–I hope it does. But it may be a couple of months. :)

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    • Excuse me, the Jolly Green Genre Jubilee is GENIUS and obviously I have failed in the naming of this tag. XD

      Yes!! Exactly this! And also, while I love me a good cowboy, I need something within the narrative that makes it pop. Like Space Western. THAT is a book I would read! (or maybe write? oh no… XD)

      Awww! Okay, but the simple fact that you like your life right now honestly makes my heart so happy??? Like it seems like such a simple thing, but people are always wishing for more fantastical things, and I think we often overlook the times when we’re happy with where we are at right here and now. (and, to be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve written this post, and I can honestly say that I really enjoy where my life is at right now, too…)

      Yeaaaaaah… Number five is a little bit painful to look at, not gonna lie. XD

      Lol! Wattpad is definitely a slippery slope for sure! Sometimes I get so caught up in the desire to post SOMETHING that I find myself writing short stories that I don’t actually love just so I might have something to “publish”. (this never actually happens, thank goodness, but the beginnings are absolutely there.) However, I do have a friend who posts to Wattpad, and she’s actually pretty well-known on there and gets some really wonderful comments from readers that she occasionally shares! It’s really awesome to see readers connect with her work, and for that, I have to give Wattpad some props. But for me, it just doesn’t really fit into my writing schedule, unfortunately. XD

      Hey, a couple months is totally fine!! And it’s TOTALLY okay if you don’t end up doing it! I just really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! Thank you SO much!! <333

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  3. This tag is great! I really want to do it (though it’ll be a struggle to not answer fantasy for most of the questions, lmao). I like the term soft fantasy and I think that describes a lot of what I write, too?

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    • Okay but fantasy was ABSOLUTELY my go-to for every single one of these. It was so hard not to keep doing the same repeat answer. XD Yesss!!! Soft fantasy is definitely my favorite–both to read and write! And EEP! I love that you write soft fantasy, too!! I need ALL of these stories in my life!!!

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  4. LOVED THIS. AND I’M ABSOLUTELY DOING THIS.

    I totally agree with you about May being like a polaroid?? It’s so glorious and warm but also not too warm like….July. And I think I may also struggle with my answer being “fantasy” to every question (though living in a steampunk Alice in Wonderland retelling sounds pretty up my alley. I know my 14 year old self would LOVE that. I went through a very, very steampunk obsessed stage) (and I STILL think it’s cool)

    And I have to agree that we’re all living in dystopian right now *chuckles grimly*

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    • MEEP! Thank you so so much, Bernadette! I cannot wait to read your answers!

      Ugh. July is WAY too hot for me. I’ve been wearing shorts as much as I can, but it’s still annoyingly hot and I’m sweating too much. XD YESSSS!!! Steampunk is literally the best genre ever!!! I’m currently toying with a steampunk plot bunny, and holy cow I’m excited to develop it some more!

      Aha…..hahahahahaha……hahahahahahahahahahahaha… *tries to ignore the crippling anxiety that comes from living in a post-apocalyptic world*

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  5. Eep! Thanks for tagging me! I’ll definitely put this up high on the list after I get back from hiatus (reading and commenting on blog posts does not break my hiatus because it’s FUN and therefore I can do it on vacation. the end)

    You have quite a few stories under your belt! That’s awesome!

    I am totally doing this tag… but… ehehe, a lot of my answers are very similar to yours. Though I actually do love westerns and horses.

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    • Oh my goodness, YESSSSSS. XD This absolutely does not break the hiatus at all! XD And I cannot WAIT to read your answers!

      Meep! Thank you! Unfortunately none of them are quite able to be released into the world, but alas. Hopefully someday!

      Oooh! Okay, but I would absolutely read a western if it was written by you! That would make my heart super happy, actually… I think it’s generally just a genre I don’t typically lean towards, but I do know a lot of people who seriously enjoy them!

      And eep!!!! Thank you again so so much!

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  6. AHHH YAY!! Can’t wait to do this tag! Also I would 1000000% read a full Steampunk novel by you!!

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  7. I’m officially stealing this tag. I love discussing genres (to myself mostly) in my writing! I love how genres and subgenres really give a picture of what you’re getting from the book. It’s just really fascinating to me. I know this tag will be so fun and I can’t wait to do it!!!

    I’ll hopefully remember to leave a link here since I don’t think WordPress shares a link from Blogger. :)

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    • EEP!!! I’m so excited for you to do it!!! I cannot WAIT to read your answers!!! (also dude SAME! I love talking about anything and everything genre-related! Or stereotype, trope, cliche, character archetype related… XD)

      Meep! I shall simply stalk your blog and find it!! XD

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  8. Misfit pirates?? I can 100% see this being a Kenzie Keene story… (can it have a cameo from a shoe-less mime. I feel like he would fit in nicely.) And Pumpkalagoo. What an incredible MG fantasy name, I love it xD

    (Also I have still not seen You’ve Got Mail. Despite that time you screamed at me about it xD)

    Your explanation for sci-fi – it’s difficult to organise the Facts/Science – is the same reason why I’ve shelved my medical-thriller-slash-crime-thingy story… I do not know enough about police procedure and also amnesia and comas xD

    Anyway yes I shall join you in the pile of half-finished manuscripts. Can we make a blanket tent with the soppy blanket please. I will bring chocolate cinnamon cake.

    (In the meantime, I did do your tag [and only like three months later!!] and had fun! and supplied a pelican gif as required! xD Thanks for tagging me <3)

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    • I am SO excited for Pumpkalagoo! It might just happen to be my NaNoWriMo story this year… 😍 (also absolutely there should be a cameo from the shoeless mime. It only makes sense.)

      (WHAT. DO I NEED TO SCREAM AGAIN.)

      Wait. Medical-thriller-slash-crime-thingy story is something that I now desperately need. So like….gimme. Fill the details in with random gibberish. No one will know. 😂😂😂

      BLANKET TENT YES. We are doing this. 100%.

      OOOOOH?!?! I must read this immediately!!!

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