The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag; in which I prove that I only ever write in one genre

Eheheh I already know how this is going to go (there’s no way I’m not answering fantasy to almost every question), but Kenzie’s post was so fun and I wanted to join in anyway? Why not? Talking about writing is easier than actually writing, anyway. I see no drawbacks here.

And yeah, I should probably address the elephant in the room. I took a long, unplanned hiatus. I’ve been having kind of a rough year, dealing with college burnout, depression, and two of my pets dying? The dog was expected even though it was really sad, because she was really old, but oh man I did not expect the horse. I loved that little man. He was a black Arabian who was an absolute drama queen. He was sometimes very mean (not to me though) and he loved going fast. I miss him.

Anyway, enough about sad stuff! I want to get back to blogging, because I do really like it, but I probably will do it intermittently without a consistent schedule? I want to gradually get back into it, though!

The rules

  • thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog–Heh, I wasn’t tagged. I stole it off of Kenzie’s 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!)–Already done!
  • 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.–I will not be tagging anyone, as most of the people I follow are on hiatus right now?? And I’m barely posting either? 2021 has NOT been a good year for my blog feed, understandably.


What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?

Historical fantasy fairy tale retellings. I’m not actually much of a worldbuilding person, but I really like researching and writing historical time periods? I don’t hold myself to being super historically accurate, but it’s nice to have a historical framework to work with! (Although one of my personal pet peeves is when authors try to write about a social issue while having literally no idea about the era. I’ve read a lot of bad ‘feminist’ hist-fic and I hate it here.) And I love fairy tale retellings because I’ve always loved fairy tales in general and they’re so fun to reinterpret? And also plot is not my strong point lmao, so it’s nice to have something already in place to jump off of!

(If you’re wondering, I’ve always considered my strong point to be characterization, but it varies from story to story)

Okay, more specifically, fantasy that’s not super heavy on plot but rather is probably more character-driven, and then throw in some vaguely unsettling vibes. Creepy magic stuff going on. The house is probably sentient. Etc.

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

I, an asexual who has literally never cared about sex outside of ‘oh look, it’s that thing that other people like doing!’, would never write erotica. And also I would never write hard sci-fi, like imagine being into science unironically?

This pelican doesn’t care about science. Neither should you.

(I’m kidding, I don’t understand science, but I respect the people who do.)

What fictional genre feels most like home to you?

Definitely fantasy. It’s what I grew up reading, and it’s what I grew up writing. It’s hard to explain the specific vibe, but I think it’s whatever Howl’s Moving Castle, Beauty by Robin Mckinley, and the Squire’s tale have in common? Those books were all pretty much my childhood.

In general, I’m not picky about fantasy subgenres, but I’d say my favorite is historical fantasy/historically-inspired fantasy (when it’s done well. I hate bad hist-fic so much.)

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

This is not a sane answer, but I’ll admit it’s really fun to imagine myself in some political intrigue fantasy or whatever. My personal daydream is being competent and having good social skills. Also Ladies of Grace Adieu got me into writing as a kid and I wouldn’t mind living in the world of those short stories? They were so whimsical and vaguely creepy.

(The prerequisite to me living in a story world, obviously, is that I am competent in ways that allow me to survive in my respective circumstances. I want to be the final girl, if you will.)

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

Honestly, probably a fantasy about the fey. But like, a chill one, not whatever YA fairy books have going on lmao. I will not elaborate ❤

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

I’ve only ever picked up a couple of superhero comics and I’ve read like…two novels about superheroes, but I’d like to write about them all the same? I have no plot bunnies currently though, lmao.

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

Arthuriana! I started reading an Arthurian retelling and got very mad lmao. It was called Half Sick of Shadows and it just. So many bad takes??? It didn’t really feel like an Arthurian retelling either, which…I kind of sympathize, because Arthuriana is very hard to write. Arthurian legends are absolutely sprawling and I feel like it’s hard to capture the absolutely chaotic feel within a normal-sized book? So then a lot of authors end up oversimplifying things until the book just feels like something else entirely.

But anyway! Enough ranting! The point is, I read a book I didn’t like and decided to get back into writing in the same genre! It’s from Morgan’s POV and has absolutely no plot ❤ It’s stressful to write even though it’s also a just-for-fun project because I’m fun like that! (And I wonder why I have so much trouble finishing stories…)

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

Uh. Probably quite a lot if you count subgenres?

  • Historical fantasy
  • Fairy tale retellings
  • Urban fantasy (yes I write urban fantasy. yes I still carry scars from the bad urban fantasy I read as a teen. We exist ❤ )
  • Vampires! Only ever short stories, but they are legitimately fun to write about if you wipe the bad memories of the Twilight copycats from your head
  • Arthuriana
  • Dystopia but we don’t talk about that one because it was really bad
  • Writing about Celtic fairies literally got me into writing
  • Historical fiction. I don’t write a lot of it, but I have written one or two short stories!
  • I’ve also written a short story about superheroes?
  • I’ve written mysteries if you count the halfhearted attempts when I was seven that I didn’t finish lmao
  • I’ve written contemporary sometimes! It’s not the genre I most commonly write in but I do really like attempting to make ordinary life feel magical? It’s very fun and nice?
  • I remember I wrote one flash fiction piece about aliens when I was fifteen

I can’t think of anything else but I’m quite possibly forgetting something.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my exhausted rambling! Please tell me about your favorite things to write and/or favorite plot bunnies in the comments, I want to know. Also, even though I didn’t tag anyone, feel free to steal it if you want!

6 thoughts on “The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag; in which I prove that I only ever write in one genre

  1. YOU LOST YOUR DOG AND YOUR HORSE IN THE SAME YEAR?? Oh, Becky you poor dear. *sends hugs* It’s so hard to lose pets, especially on top of a bunch of other hard stuff going on. 😦 I hope the rest of the year treats you more kindly, and it’s wonderful to see your face (…header? gifs? lovely blue moth?) back on the blogosphere again!

    “My personal daydream is being confident and having good social skills” <<< relate to this so hard.

    AUTHORS TRYING TO WRITE ABOUT A SOCIAL ISSUE WITH MINIMAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIME PERIOD UGH NO SAVE ME PLEASE NO *flees screaming into the void*

    Fantasy is so fun. Although I haven't really written it in a long time. Unless you count my comedic space adventure series? in which case it's the only thing i've written in, like, a twelvemonth.

    Anywho. Technically I'm on hiatus but I had to pop in and say hi, and I kind of want to steal this tag…

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    • It was so rough, I’ll be honest. Thank you for your kind words!

      Lmao I’m glad I’m not the only one who fantasizes about having basic levels of charisma

      I know! I’ve come across a lot of writers who try to write about, say, feminist issues and DO NOT do their research, and then, inevitably, the story ends up reflecting the lived experiences of no woman ever. It’s like, if it’s not true for historical women, and it’s not true for modern women, and it’s LITERALLY just a problem you made up, why are you writing about it? Anyway I would pay money for writers to stop saying historically inaccurate things about corsets.

      Thanks for commenting! Totally steal this tag if you want to.

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  2. I’m so sorry about your dog and horse! That’s such a hard loss.

    Ok I TOTALLY felt the same way doing this. Just felt like I was going to answer fantasy to every question. XD

    Also the fact that you write historical fantasy is AWESOME. I applaud anyone who writes anything historical (it’s so intimidating to me).

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    • Thanks for your condolences! It was pretty hard, I’ll admit.

      Lmao this tag is hard if you’re a one-genre writer like me

      I’m kind of lucky in that I’ve got long-standing hyperfixations on several historical time periods, lol! It’s one of the few times ADHD actually comes in handy for writing (for me, anyway, I know other people hyperfixate on their work and it helps them to finish! Unfortunately it emphatically does not work that way for me).

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  3. I loved reading this post!! I haven’t written a lot lately and when I do write I write mostly dystopia lol it is fun to make up scenarios that might happen in the future. (If we look at it that way, then I predicted the pandemic in 2018 haha)
    Also, I’ve been following your blog for a while but never commented, so hey!!

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