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!

The Original Outstanding Blogging Award

So, yes, I’m doing another tag. But in my defense, I was actually tagged this time!

Heh.

I’m sorry for doing so many tags lately! It is what it is. 🙂 Thanks to the one and only Jenna for tagging me!

The rules

Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5) (Will do.)

Answer the questions provided.

Create 7 unique questions. (‘oh fun!’ I say sarcastically, because this is always the hardest part of tags for me)

Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated. (I’ll try to tag as many people as I can, I guess.)

At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

1. Would you rather be a vegetarian or only eat meat?

Okay. It’d be so hard for me to do either, but going vegetarian sounds MUCH more sustainable and healthy than eating only meat. Meat would get really tiring to eat after a while, while with vegetarian meals, you get a lot of choices to pick from! Also, I literally CANNOT GO WITHOUT PASTA. I WOULD DIE.

2. What’s a habit you’d like to break?

I don’t know. There are kind of several? But one I had to break recently was going on social media too often. Specifically, Tumblr. The takes are just so bad, everyone gets so angry all the time, and everyone makes stuff up. I did kind of manage to break the habit, though! So it doesn’t really count. i’m sorry i just can’t think of anything right now

(Okay, the REAL answer is that I would like to go on the internet less often but shh I absolutely do not have an internet addiction. That is nonsense.)

3. What’s your biggest unpopular opinion (about anything)?

Oh God! I have a lot, but I don’t know which unpopular opinion is the one I feel strongest about.

I don’t know if this is an unpopular opinion or something literally everyone agrees with, but Twitter should be deleted from existence. Everyone hates each other on there, it’s even worse than Tumblr. Why on earth would you give humans 140 characters to make points and clarify things and expect that to go well?

4. What’s something that encouraged and/or inspired you this year?

The Untamed! It’s literally the best TV show/drama in existence, y’all. (Okay saying ‘y’all’ was so weird I’m never doing that again.) Wei Wuxian’s arc is so affirming to me as a mentally ill queer person? It just…His arc really is all about healing and I’m here for it. The writing in this show was so good and really held up! And yeah, since it’s a Chinese drama and they have to deal with censorship laws, the two main characters never kiss or even say that they’re in love, but it was adapted from a BL novel and the show really put in the extra work to make it clear that these characters!! love each other!! It was beautiful.

Anyway, I want to do a full review but I suddenly forgot everything about how to review and just #help

5. If you could meet three fictional characters, who would they be and why?

Oh! I really like this question! I assume that I can’t answer with my own characters, which I absolutely would if I could. I wish I could answer more than three! Because, let’s be real, there are a LOT of characters I’d love to meet.

So, let’s see…(I will try not to only nominate emo guys)

  1. Wei Wuxian

He’s the best and he really reminds me of myself! I love him so much. He’s indescribable.

2. Either Zuko or Toph

I like both these characters equally. Everyone in Avatar was good, but these two really were on another level. I just…I LOVE THEM BOTH HELP. I can’t choose between them.

3. Oh heck…Guinevere

It might be a bit weird answering her, because she’s a character from a cycle of legends and she kind of has a lot of different versions and ways you can portray her. But I love her! I adore her! I don’t care.

But there really are so many characters I’d love to meet, though. Xie Lian. Kate Winslow. Seon-Ho Yeon. There’s just so MANY.

6. If you could get three authors to write a book together, who would they be and why?

Well, first of all, the question doesn’t specify whether the author has to be living or dead! So my first pick would be Jane Austen.

Frankly, this question is kind of hard because I have NO idea how well any authors would work together, but you know what? I’m just going to answer kind of randomly. I also really liked a book I read by Roshani Chokshi! Her prose is the best.

I read Hafsah Faizal’s book We Hunt the Flame this year and I liked it so MUCH?? It was really good? So yeah, definitely either her or Margaret Rogerson, because I’ve been loving her books too!

I have…no idea what this theoretical book would end up being like, but it’d be something, that’s for sure.

7. (hehe yes I’m asking this question again it’s important okay?) Are you #teamwaffles or #teampancakes?

TEAM PANCAKES TEAM PANCAKES. The superior breakfast food. 😊

So *long sigh* I guess it’s time for me to come up with seven unique questions. At five-thirty in the morning. Why do I do this to myself

  1. So…opinions on Morgan le Fey and Mordred (the more involved the better, in fact)
  2. Who is the one character to rule them all in Avatar: The Last Airbender
  3. Do you feel sorry for Azula because she’s a child soldier, or do you hate her because she’s, like…an actual monster
  4. Do authors behaving badly make you reconsider their work that you like, and if so, what’s the line for you
  5. Who’s your favorite mythological/folkloric female character who has historically been portrayed in a negative light
  6. What’s your favorite song not sung in English
  7. Rec your favorite diverse fantasy novels (yes this isn’t a question just go with it)

As for the people I tag (I really don’t know if I’m going to be able to get to ten but I’ll try):

Sarah

Vaishnavi

Megan

Kenzie

Sophie

Abi

Ash

Okay that’s it if I tag anyone more I will die. No pressure to do this tag, of course.

Anyway, I loved Jenna’s questions so much. Fangirl over Avatar with me in the comments because I’m currently watching it with my little sister (she hasn’t seen it yet and we had to rectify that as soon as possible)

The Identity Crisis Book Tag

Sophie (I love her name, btw) did a book tag this week, and while she didn’t tag anyone, I loved the tag so much? I had to do it. 🙂 It’s not like I have anything better to do then take a lot of quizzes, anyway. A plague is happening! I might as well have a bit of fun.

So, basically, I have to take a bunch of book quizzes and find out which characters I’m most like! I’m excited.

The Rules

  1. Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers somehow. I decided to just copy the text from each quiz and paste it into my post, but screenshots work too! Whatever floats your goat (Yes goat. I SAID WHAT I SAID).
  2. NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz my friends. I’m watching you. ∗Suspicious squinty eyes∗
  3. Use this post to give credit to the creator Loretta @ The Laughing Listener or tag me on twitter @LaughnListener so I can see everyone’s answers!!
  4. Tag some friends to spread the fun

(Sophie added a couple of quizzes and changed some of them, I think, so it’s a little different then how it was originally. Also, the quiz answers are in italics)

Shadowhunters

I barely remember this book. I think I read it when I was like…eleven? I thought it was dumb, but I was like eleven, lol. I’m not rereading it to find out, though!

(I chose Riverdale for the tv show and spite as my motivation lmao) (I don’t watch Riverdale but the clips I’ve seen of it were hilarious in the worst way possible and I loved them)

Jem Carstairs and Alec Lightwood!

You’re selfless yet guarded, protective and romantic. You value those around you more than yourself, and sometimes you need to be reminded to take a moment for yourself! You’re the friend that everyone loves to have around, even if you doubt it sometimes.

JEM?? I haven’t read the book he’s in. From what I heard, isn’t he the cute, sweet guy who’s always picking up the pieces after Tessa and Will’s toxic relationship? And he’s like, been poisoned or something? And Alec is the queer character, right?

I’ve never read the Infernal Devices and it’s been a really long time since I’ve read City of Bones, so I apologize if I got something wrong, but anyway, I couldn’t be happier with this result! Jem sounded like the best character in the book.

Throne of Glass

I know nothing about this book!

Chaol Westfall

You’re Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Guard: you’re loyal and dependable to the death, with a mind as sharp as the swords you wield. But watch that your sardonic sense of humour doesn’t come across as plain old sarcastic, and lighten up from time to time – who wants to be seen as a grump?

I…I guess? I don’t know who this is. Fun quiz though!

The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen

You are strong-willed, enduring, determined, and sacrificing. You are not afraid to speak your mind and there is no use in trying to change it, because you’re here to get down to business and to protect your loved ones, no matter who stands in the way.

As surprised as I am by this–I kind of thought I’d get Peeta–this makes a lot of sense. I think I am the most like Katniss. We’re both pretty guarded and we have a sharp, sarcastic sense of humor, I think.

Harry Potter

I legitimately have no idea which Harry Potter character I’m most like. Buzzfeed, inform me!

Neville Longbottom!!!

You’re awkward and clumsy and hate being the center of attention. But you’re brave and big-hearted and people can always trust you to help them out in a bad situation.

I mean, this does not describe me at all and Buzzfeed is wrong, but I still feel so lucky! I love Neville.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I know nothing about this book other than what Cindy said about it! (From the youtube channel Read with Cindy. She’s hilarious. I feel like I have a good idea of what the book is about just from her.)

Amren

You are Amren. You can come of as vain, cunning, and temperamental, but under all that you can be caring. You prefer being by yourself. Nearly everyone is terrified of you and don’t want to get on your bad side, because you would make there life worse than hell. You only have a small group of friends and you would do anything for them, and them for you.

Okay, I have no idea who this is, but I feel like I’m getting a lot of the mean characters here and it’s starting to be kind of funny. In case you’re wondering, yes, most online quizzes have told me I’m a Slytherin.

The Raven Cycle

If I don’t get Gansey the quiz is wrong

Update: I got Richard Gansey!!

Ah, Gansey. You really know how to get people together and you probably have no idea how important that skill is. You’re likely invested in one particular subject or task, or you have a great interest in finding what someone might call “the meaning of your life”. Like Gansey, you’re a natural mediator. You have an almost supernatural trait which allows you to easily communicate with different kinds of people. A trait that makes you very likable amongst your peers and surroundings. Though, be careful not to hide your feelings under all that politeness. People are not made of plastic.

So, I’m not sure if the description fits me, because I’m not sure if I’m good at talking to people or not, but I definitely am a lot like Gansey in general. I love history and folklore, and I would drag my friends off on a silly quest to wake a sleeping, centuries-old king regardless of the consequences! (If I had friends, that is. XD ) But seriously, I’ve always really related to Gansey. I’m probably a mixture of Gansey and Ronan, because I like learning things but I’m also really angry a lot

Twilight

This book is such a guilty pleasure for me.

Jasper…Hale?!!!

Hey, Jasper. Howdy there! You’re quite reserved, but we know there’s a whole lot of personality underneath that icy undead skin of yours. People look to you for leadership in times of conflict — no one’s better at strategizing than you. Just remember: It’s OK to smile every once in a while.

So I am, apparently, the Confederate soldier who wants to eat people. Yay!

I’m even from the South. The quiz knew. *sobs* I’m so sorry, everyone. Is it bad that I find this hilarious?

The Cruel Prince

I hated this book lmao

I’m going to say I’m most like Madoc, though! I related to him most, at least

Jude.

You are strong and once you make a decision, you won’t back down. Your resilience is both admirable and terrifying at the same time.

Oh.

Whatever. I’m most like Madoc.

Lunar Chronicles

Fun fact! I have never read any of these books.

Winter

Step-daughter of Queen Levana. She regarded as the most beautiful person on Luna, even with three scars across her face, which are rumored to have been caused by a jealous Levana. She refuses to use her Lunar gift of glamouring and manipulation and has slowly been driven crazy as a result.

She sounds cool!

Percy Jackson

If I don’t get Nico it’s the quiz’s fault, not mine! I have related to that kid since I was a wee eleven-year-old.

Magnus Chase

You’re super resourceful and self-reliant, although this can encourage your loner instincts. But when you make friends, you stick up for them. You just do this in your own clever, funny way, avoiding conflict unless absolutely necessary. But hey, we know you’re not averse to mixing it up if you have to. The fact that you can make it all look so easy, all while focusing on diet and fitness? Teach us your ways, Einherji.

What? I don’t even know who this is. Whatever.

An Ember in the Ashes

I loved this book a lot

Elias

Like Elias, who doesn’t want the violent life of a soldier that’s been carved out for him and is fighting for his soul, you value freedom above all else.

I knew I’d get this cinnamon bun! I love this boy.

Six of Crows

I didn’t really like this book either…*hides* *I’m sorry it’s my fault* I hope I get Wylan or Inej, though. They were both really cool.

Kaz…

Okay, before I post the description, I have to say, WHAT? I’m so mad.

You are most like Kaz, a criminal prodigy and rising star among Ketterdam’s gangs. Cunning, quick-witted, and a born leader, you are a planner who leaves nothing to chance. But beware: though you excel at trickery, you’re dangerously good at fooling yourself.

Okay, okay, maybe the ‘dangerously good at fooling yourself’ part MIGHT be true, under certain circumstances. I’ll be right back, I have to become a seventeen-year-old Gary Stu mob boss and pull off a heist. (I’m eighteen, though. This is already going to be hard.)

I would like to apologize to everyone’s problematic faves I insulted! I love YA, but I love bashing YA more. This was such a hilarious and fun thing to do (I still can’t believe I got JASPER of all people, that was probably the funniest one to me).

Okay, and before I forget (because I’ve been forgetting for about a month), I am now on Goodreads! Or something. I still can’t figure out how Goodreads works, and I’ve accidentally posted a review before I was ready twice now, so that’s fun!

Anyway, I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this, feel free. 😉

Liebster Award!

Sarah sort-of tagged me back for the Liebster award, after I tagged her, except she didn’t tag me, but you could say she technically did. (Yes I’m confusing.) Her questions were great! I wanted to answer them. That is all.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this, and that’s what matters.

The Rules

Acknowledge the blogger(s) who nominated you. (Thank you, Sarah!)

Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked. (That’s why I’m here, after all)

Give 11 random facts about yourself. (…Fine.)

Nominate 11 bloggers and notify them that they’ve been nominated. (I’m not tagging anyone this time!)

Give your nominees 11 questions to answer. (Again, nope!)

1. What is your dearest possession?

I–

I guess I could answer something like my books, maybe my computer (or my dolls that I still kind of love despite the fact that I’m like a thousand years old or something heh heh), but I don’t know. I feel like I don’t…I don’t need them? I love them, but all I need to keep myself happy is myself. I’m not a minimalist at all, though, and will absolutely buy some random stupid thing if I feel like it just because it looks cute. I guess I have a complicated relationship with my possessions.

2. What is a book (that you’ve read all the way through) that you consider simply Not Worth Reading?

Now this one is easier to answer! I wrote two excessively long reviews on both The Cruel Prince and Muse of Nightmares, precisely with this sentiment. But I’m going to go on about them a little more!

Jude and Cardan’s relationship is basically just fetishized abuse. I, personally? I do not find it cute. At all. I’ve liked some glorified abusive relationships (IN FICTION) before, but there was something about Jude and Cardan that was just…joyless. It’s not really that they love each other and are incapable of showing it in healthy ways, they just hate each other but also find each other hot. There’s a big difference between the two for me, but unfortunately, YA tends to go for the second one a lot.

Then Muse of Nightmares was just a mess. There were a lot of problems I had that I went into in my review, but let me just say this now. I swear to God, if someone ever saw the nightmares I have because of anxiety and decided there was some kind of darkness in me based off of that, I would–I don’t know. Yell at them. Curse their name. Turn them into a swan and enchant them to wander the earth until they learn the value of empathy.

Actually, I wouldn’t do any of that. I would just swear a vow of undying hatred that they would never know about and then I would complain loudly to my family as soon as they were gone. Because #ConflictManagement! (I’m terrible.)

Also, the gay characters just felt kind of…fetishized, I guess?

Anyway, this got longer than I expected it too. I like talking about things I hate.

3. What is a book you adore that you also realize is Not For Most?

Ooh, I love this question! It’s a little hard to say, because a lot of books have at least something in them that isn’t for everybody. So, while the real answer is probably some Problematic ™ Classic that I can’t think of right now, I’m going to answer The Hollow Kingdom. The horror elements in that book are SO good, and the characters are incredibly well-developed. I love the book. I grew up reading it. But it also features a captor/captive romance (like Beauty and the Beast or Persephone and Hades), and while a lot of people do like that kind of thing or at least don’t mind it, a lot of people also hate it. So maybe it’s not that it ‘isn’t for most,’ but I do realize it isn’t for everybody.

4. Would you prefer the earth to be flat?

No. Even though C.S. Lewis did a nice job of selling it aesthetically, spheres are much more pleasing. I just love circular things, okay? They’re just. So beautiful.

Now, there are historical theories that I do wish were true. Aether! Alchemy! Especially alchemy. Alchemy is incredibly cool.

5. Do you prefer pencil or pen for writing?

If you asked me to write a story with a pen, I would LITERALLY DIE. Have you seen my typos?

I’m fine with writing notes with a pen, though.

6. What’s an out-of-your-comfort-zone book that you unexpectedly loved?

I guess Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation was my first time reading an Adult book that wasn’t over fifty years old, so I’ll count that. It was also my first time reading BL, so it was definitely a new genre for me and I didn’t really know what to expect.

I love this book so much! The characterization is really something else, and the relationship between the two heroes is so sweet. 😭 They really love each other so much. And I actually relate to Wei Wuxian a ton. Also, Wuxian and Lan Zhan just have so MUCH chemistry?? I swear they have to be one of the best romantic couples I’ve ever read.

7. If you could live in any time period in any country (by which I do mean you’d be stuck there), which?

Hmm, this is a hard one. They all have their drawbacks. I love the Joseon dynasty (a pretty broad time period, I know), because the clothes and art are so beautiful (and possibly because I have watched way too many dramas, lol). I also like 1920s England and America. And also the Regency period, because even though I’m not sure if I’d fit into the society, I still love the aesthetics!

8. What historical character do you want to see in a novel, that you haven’t?

Ooh, I really like this. I assume this is asking about retellings of historical figures, and not my dream Historical Fiction novel?

I’d love a novel about Wu Zetian. She was an empress during the Tang dynasty, and the first empress to rule the empire in her own right! She is kind of a controversial figure because she was accused of certain stuff that she…probably didn’t do? I don’t know a whole lot about her, I’ve only read a couple articles and her Wikipedia page, but she sounds REALLY cool and I’d love a historical retelling!

Uh…and also Boudicca. The Celts were (are) very cool and Boudicca is a wonderful woman who fought against a corrupt imperial force that was in the process of subjugating the local people. My only fear is that someone would make it tacky. Sometimes ancient Celtic cultures get portrayed as this angelic, pure, and wonderful matriarchal culture that got wiped out by an evuuul patriarchal society, or else they get portrayed as uncivilised and brutish. Or both at the same time, for extra annoyance! Also, the Romans were horrible a lot of times and conquering did not bring out the best in them, so maybe don’t glorify them so much. Rome did a lot of good things, to be sure, but they also did a lot of bad. (Random Mists of Avalon hate coming through, but fun fact! The druids in England were wiped out by the Roman pagans, not Christians! There is legitimate religious persecution Christians took part in, but that was not it and maybe creating historical conflict that didn’t exist low-key annoys me!) But anyway, getting off of that tangent, I think you could tell a really interesting story about Boudicca.

Also, you may have guessed this from my smol rant, but I personally am very…ambivalent on Rome. I love the Byzantine Empire, though. It definitely had MAJOR flaws, but I find it amazing anyway.

And, on that note, Empress Theodora!! She’s so amazing, you guys. She started out as a (15 year-old! 🤢) prostitute, and then she married the future emperor, and the rest was history! Literally. Look her up!

(Also, some historian from her time period wrote some absolutely perverted account about her that was–probably, from what I know?–very biased, and then my history book just put an excerpt from that down and portrayed it as probably true. Gah I hate sexism in history books that doesn’t come from the actual people from the time period. Leave sexism in the 500s, guys! Anyway, /rant)

9. WWI or WWII?

OH GOD WORLD WAR ONE PLEASE BUT BOTH WERE TERRIBLE AND SCREWED EVERYONE UP SO BAD. World War II was basically everyone competing to dig themselves so deep they’d be tens of thousands of miles below the Mariana Trench by the time it was over.

Anyway, I don’t want to share a time period with Nazis (*sobs in 2020*).

Also, on a much lighter note, Edwardian dresses are just…beautiful? I love the silhouettes and the colors and everything!

10. If you were a pirate captain, what would you name your ship?

Easy. The USS Enterprise. I’ve never felt more of a closet nerd than this moment, I’m sorry, I grew up on Star Trek okay

11. What’s the first fictional character you remember relating to as a child?

Hmm. It’s honestly a little hard to say. It’s probably one of the characters in the media I consume when I was eleven to twelve. It might have been Loki (I’m sorry). It might have been over-dramatic and very loud Tamaki–or it possibly could have been Haruhi? Or it might have been Gu Yong-Ha. I know Gu Yong-Ha was the first kind of life-changing character I came across. He taught me that you can be feminine and love fashion and still be super cool and wily and fun. Which is good, because I had just entered into my ~not like other girls~ phase, and thank God he kept me from becoming that insufferable person.

So, uh…Does anyone want eleven random facts about myself?!

  1. ‘Historically accurate’ Arthuriana bugs me. I’m used to the story in a High Medieval setting, and the retellings are never actually historically accurate anyway, because the stories they adapt it from are completely ahistorical (and also because there is a LOT people Just Don’t Know about the time period, including whether or not Arthur actually existed). It’s not like there’s anything wrong with ‘historically accurate’ retellings, but they aren’t usually my cup of tea (I say, as if I regularly read Arthurian retellings in the first place).
  2. We have four baby geese! Their names are Nimue, Emu, Zebu, and Minnow. Emu keeps biting her friends.
  3. Hans from Frozen deserved better. Also, that twist made no sense. Yes, I’m still complaining about it years later.
  4. I don’t tend to read a lot of retellings anymore, and that makes me sad.
  5. I have been trying to find history books and articles and something, anything about medieval Egypt, and I just…cannot find anything. I hate it when this happens to me. Wikipedia always fails me in my darkest hour
  6. I also would love to learn more about medieval Scotland, but I don’t know where to start. (rec me your favorite documentaries and history books, if you want!)
  7. I am extremely pretentious, but I’m sure you’ve never noticed
  8. I never know anything about grammar or what you’re supposed to do with English. Sometimes I read my mangled documents I wrote late at night and marvel.
  9. I just finished The Untamed and now I’m on a show hangover. IT WAS SO GOOD YOU GUYS (and yes, that was the screen adaptation of Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, in case you didn’t know). I’m currently trying to write a review, but getting my thoughts in order is hard.
  10. I tend to think of a lot of things as overrated, and yes, I am exactly as horrid as I sound
  11. Mulan is my favorite Disney movie.

I wrote all this at around five in the morning. I’m sure you couldn’t tell 💀 I have a feeling there are typos, but I didn’t look too hard. This was incredibly fun, though, and I enjoyed ranting about stuff I know nothing about (isn’t that what this whole blog is for?). Tell me your favorite historical period in the comments!

The Liebster Award Tag!

So I am freeee of the madness that is the SAT, and now am a slave to the madness that is NaNoWriMo. Wish me luck, I guess.

I realized that I’d been tagged for this like…six months ago by Kenzie, and I wrote out the post, and then I just forgot to do it. Whoops. But I had no blog post written for today (SAT’s fault, not mine for once), and so I guess I’ll just post it right now.

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you! (Thank you, Kenzie! You have such an amazing blog.)
  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and notify them that they’ve been nominated (wait what)
  • Give your nominees 11 questions to answer! (I’ll try…I’m going to run out of questions, aren’t I?)

What’s your favorite read of 2019?

I forgot all the things I’ve read this year. Have I even read any YA?

Oh wait, there’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. That was good. But my favorite is probably Scottish Folk Tales, published by Waverly Books? Lately I’ve been getting really boring and have started reading mostly fairy tales and legends rather than YA. But that’s when I bother to read at all. I am SUCH a good book blogger.

But am I even a book blogger? What am I? A writing blogger? A folklore blogger? Is a folklore blogger even a thing? I am suddenly having an existential crisis about this?

Dogs, cats, or birds?

Eh, I like all of them, but especially cats…But I like birds, too. I won’t pick a favorite animal.

If you lived in the world of Harry Potter, what memory would you think of to summon a Patronus charm?

I don’t…I don’t even know. I am failing fighting off the dementor attack, guys.

What would your Patronus be? (it doesn’t have to be whatever you were given by Pottermore!)

Uh…Probably a crow or a raven? They seem really dark and closed-off and mysterious, but really they’re just weirdos. Then again, comparing myself to those genius birds may be flattery. 😉

What’s a book that you believe literally EVERYONE should read?

Uh…

So I really liked Chretien De Troyes?

What’s the oddest fear you’ve ever had?

I have too many odd fears to count, really.

Besides writing and reading, what do you like doing in your spare time?

I surf the internet. I do school. I lament my lack of a life.

What’s your favorite color?

I have a lot, but for some reason I think it’s blue at the moment? A bright, sapphire blue. Which I never really saw coming. It was red for the longest time.

What’s your favorite flower? (and do you know the meaning behind it?)

Er. I mean I like roses. They symbolize a lot of things, depending on the color, but the most popular meaning is true love.

I like heather I guess?

I like lotuses.

What is one thing you’ve ALWAYS wanted to do, but haven’t yet done?

FINISH A DANG NOVEL.

Yes, it’s true. I have trouble finishing things. I’ve finished a 112 page story before, but it had no chapters (I was twelve okay) and 112 pages is a little short to be a novel, isn’t it? What would that be, a novella?

Write a haiku about the weirdest memory you’ve ever had! (this isn’t a question. just go with it.)

The alien lights

They are flashing and gleaming

They are all liars

I’m just going to drop that there with no explanation. Oh! Also, I only JUST realized that there were only five syllables in the middle line literally right before I was about to post, and I had to change the poem. Way to go, me, I’m a genius!

I am not going to drop eleven random facts about myself, so uh…I guess I should make some questions here for you guys to answer?

  1. What is your favorite Greek tragedy/Ancient literature/really old book? (Okay, fine, any book older than the 19th century.)
  2. Who is your fictional role model?
  3. What is one story (or multiple stories!) that you want to write but probably never will?
  4. Who is your very favorite character you’ve ever written/read (and if you can’t choose that, then who’s the character who’s most like you?)
  5. What is one book everyone else loves but you hate?
  6. What’s the saddest book/legend/fairy tale/whatever that you’ve ever read?
  7. Favorite character from the Arthurian legends, if any? (Yes, I’m talking about this again)(I’m sorry, I’m running out of questions okay)
  8. Hogwarts house? (Yes I’m REALLY running out of questions)
  9. What are the things you do to procrastinate, besides surfing the internet?
  10. What’s your most annoying fear? The one that gets in the way of things the most?
  11. What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read?

Oh my gosh you guys I came up with eleven questions I can’t believe this

No way am I coming up with eleven people, though, so I’ll just go with…four. Four sounds good.

I tag:

Weez

Aditi

Merie

Sarah

Now I’ll just forget to notify anybody and then remember a year later and then decide it’s too late. Oh well. (Kidding, I’ll at least try to remember.)

I hope against hope that I had no typos, and thank you for making it to the end of this!

The Mystery Blogger Award

I feel like something about this kind of fits with the aesthetic of my blog. I don’t know why.

Also, I haven’t been posting enough, I know. I have too many ideas and not enough ideas I just love. But I want to write more! I just need to get back on schedule.

rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Thank you, Weez!)
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/ )
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. (Three sounds manageable)
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people. (That does not sound manageable.)
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog. (I will tryyy)
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify). (Aren’t all my questions weird?)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s). (Yes *fist pump*)

Questions:

  1. What three songs sum up your life?

Can I tweak this to be song artists instead? Halsey for my melodramatic side, Florence + the Machine for my artistic side, and idk probably some emo rock band or something

2. If you were five colors, what colors would they be?

Blue

I feel like blue manages to be chill and passionate at the same time.

Green

Green is unchanging and ancient and foresty and no, I don’t know what I’m saying either, but it fits me.

Purple

I can’t really describe why this feels right, but it just does. There’s just something about purple.

Rose pink/sunset pink

Idk man it just fits okay (these answers are getting more and more deep)

Red

This probably more true of me from three years ago rather than right now, but it still kind of fits. And I put waay too much thought into colors. I even type my characters to a colour, and it helps me with characterization.

3. What’s your favorite shirt right now?

Still the tapeworm shirt, I think (also I just typoed ‘shirt’ as a swear word, glad I caught that before publishing this post oops)

4. (weird question) do letters have corresponding colors?

YES. I think the colorful alphabet fridge magnets did it to me. I do it more to numbers, though.

A is red and kind of a go-getter letter. B is navy, and very laid-back. C is orangish yellow and–you get the picture.

5. What’s one movie Disney should never remake (controversial questions asked by Weez) ?

ANY DISNEY MOVIE WITH TALKING ANIMALS EVER. WHAT IS EVEN THE POINT. IT’S ALL CGI ANYWAY.

I honestly wouldn’t mind if they remade Snow White. I want to watch Aladdin. I could possibly watch their Sword in the Stone remake, as long as it’s on Netflix. So I’m not against remakes as a concept, but…I do wish there weren’t quite so many. And I wish the effort they put into remakes was put into original content instead. I want more retellings, and just…Original content. It’s all I ask for. WE ALL KNOW YOU’RE A SOULLESS MONEY-EATING CONGLOMERATE, DISNEY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PROVE IT TO US.

Ahem. So, three facts about myself?

No. Never mind, I can’t do this. My brain either wants to give the dullest, most generic information or else it wants to overshare like a drunk friend at a party. I can’t.

And a link to my very favorite post. This is very hard all of the sudden.

Oh wait, never mind, it’s this one.

So, five questions!

  1. Is there a fairy tale or myth you think should be retold more?
  2. Coffee or tea?
  3. (weird question) What’s your favorite out of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
  4. What’s some writing advice you personally don’t follow?
  5. What’s your least favorite book?

I tag:

Aditi

Jenna Terese

Kenechi

Sarah

And whoever happens to read this! Consider yourself tagged, and thank you for putting up with this messy post all the way to the end.

Liebster Award!

Thank God I got tagged, you people, because the first half of the week I wrote nothing blog-related because I was depressed, and now I am out of my depression spell but addicted to a Korean drama called Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung. Which means I had no post written up today! I’d been feeling unreasonably guilty about that, but then Kenechi tagged me. So thank you, Kenechi!

The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and display the award. (Thank you again, Kenechi!)
  • Answer the questions provided. (Doable.)
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself. (Erp. I may skip this.)
  • Nominate 5-11 other bloggers and make sure they know! (I’ll try…)
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions. (Oh no. I’m going to run out of questions by number five, aren’t I?)

1. What is your favorite Disney song?

Just one?

Actually, I have no idea. What Disney songs do I really like? I mean, I’ll go through binges where I’ll listen to every Disney song in existence, but which ones really stand out to me? I’m not sure I really have a favorite? I like a lot of them, but I don’t really have a favorite.

But I do really like Not One of Us and My Lullaby from Lion King 2. I’ve never seen the movie, but I like those songs. And Noble Maiden Fair! I HATED Brave (sorry I wanted to like it too), but I love the whole soundtrack.

(Edited to add Love’s an Open Door. How could I have forgotten that one? Ugh so I kinda sorta love Hans even after all the awful things he did. I’m sorry. I hate him, but I love him? That doesn’t even make sense.)

2. What do you do when you are feeling sad for no apparent reason?

That’s honestly a really hard question, because there really isn’t a right answer. Sometimes I’ll write, and that will make me feel better, but sometimes that feeling makes me too exhausted to write. Sometimes I try to step up my self-care, but sometimes that feeling makes me too exhausted to do that. Recently I realized I wasn’t going outside because of the heat, and that was why I was feeling awful, so I started taking more walks in the evening. But sometimes you can’t even do that.

Depression and sadness and anxiety and everything related to that is a very case by case thing, and I can’t and shouldn’t give advice, but to everyone going through that, you’re basically heroes, okay? To feel all that and still endure. You’re awesome.

3. On a scale of one to ten, how amazing do you think peanut butter cups are?

I’d put them at a definite 6. I like them, I’ll eat them, but they aren’t my absolute favorite food.

4. Do you have a weird food you eat that everyone else thinks is gross?

I love shrimp crackers, and no one else in my family understands. They’re so good, you guys! They’re not really crackers so much as crunchy fry-shaped things (at least the ones I had), but unlike fries, they actually have texture and they taste good, which fries do not always come through on. (Plus no one’s pressuring you to eat them with ketchup, ketchup is GROSS)

5. Soft, low, cozy light, or bright, cheery, fresh light?

Either is fine. Light that’s too bright is slightly annoying.

6. What is your favorite beverage?

Don’t have one! I am, apparently, really bad at picking favorites.

7. Do you like to write with pens or pencils?

PENCILS OH MY GOSH NOT BEING ABLE TO ERASE MY MISTAKES IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST.

8. What is your dream car?

It’s blue. And it’s drivable. And maybe just maybe it’s a magic car that lasts forever and never breaks down and never needs money spent on it because it breaks.

9. What’s the worst injury you’ve ever been victim to?

I don’t remember exactly, but it has to be one of those times I fell off a horse. (It was usually the same horse, incidentally. She was a really bad horse. I mean, I liked her? But she was really bad.)

10. What’s your go-to casual outfit?

I don’t have one! And as I answer these questions, I begin to realize what an absolutely eventful and fascinating life I lead. /s

But I like things with interesting patterns and unique designs. I have this one black shirt that has this blue eye with dashes of purple in it, and it’s surrounded by tapeworms spreading out from the eye like so many tentacles. I don’t wear it often, but I love it. My mom’s friend made it for her in college.

That turned into sort of a weird answer oops.

11. Favorite movie genre?

Everyone ready to guess the answer with me?

That’s right. I don’t have one. I’m honestly not into movies that much. But I mainly watch superhero movies, sci-fi (like Star Wars and Star Trek), and animated movies. Into the Spiderverse was both an animated movie and a superhero movie, which made it the best of both worlds for me, and I wish we could get more movies like that? I loved Megamind! I want more animated movies about superheroes and supervillains! (Are there actually a whole ton of them out there, and I’ve just been oblivious to everything in the movie world, or are they legitimately kind of rare? I wouldn’t know.)

And I guess I should try to come up with questions:

  1. What real-life person do you look up to the most? (It can be someone from history, if you want!)
  2. What’s your favorite myth?
  3. Favorite kind of tree?
  4. What’s your favorite poem?
  5. Do you play any instrument, and if you don’t, what is one instrument you’d like to play?
  6. What’s your favorite color combination?
  7. What superpower would you like to have?
  8. Favorite bird?
  9. Cold weather or hot weather?
  10. Thoughts on spiders, snakes, and other animals people don’t tend to like much?
  11. What’s your favorite food?

So I tag…Um…

Aditi

Weez

Jo

H.S Kylian

And you. I tag you. That should be about five people.

And that was everything! I am absolutely loving Rookie Historian right now, I’m on episode eight by now! It’s on Netflix, if you want to check it out. It’s sort of (very very excruciatingly) silly, but then it’ll just turn around and punch me in the heart. And, as ashamed as I am to say it, I really think Yi-Rim represents me as a delicate, unathletic, overdramatic writer? It’s been cute so far, and I hope it stays the way. I hope you enjoyed the post!

Behind the Blogger Tag

Jenelle tagged me for this! And I appreciate it, too, because I haven’t been getting a lot of sleep/feeling great mentally in general, which makes writing blog posts kind of hard. And tags are both easy and fun, which is the perfect combination for anything, especially when you’re running low on sleep. I’m beginning to feel better as far as my mood–please let that last and not be a one-day thing–but seriously, I don’t think I’ve gotten a good night’s sleep this week. >_<

Also, this is the first tag I’ve ever done, so…*soft cheer*

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RULES

  • Thank the person who nominated you! . . .  Thank you, Jenelle! Love your blog!
  • Answer all the questions down below!
  • Pingback to the creator of the tag . . . This would be Ellyn@AllonsyThornraxx 
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers who you’d like to know more about to do this tag! . . .  So, I have no idea who has done this tag already and who hasn’t. Whoops.

1. Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging?

Uh…It’s been literally two months, and I’ve forgotten this already? How?

I’m pretty sure I wanted a place where I can talk all I want about fairy tales and Arthurian legend without annoying my family members by jabbering on ceaselessly? I didn’t actually expect to talk about books as much as I do on this blog, but I should have. I can’t even go a day in real life without talking about stories. Whether I annoy my family members or not.

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I don’t actually know. I love writing about fairy tales. I loved posting a short story online, although it might not be something I do often. I love posting analyses of different legends and things, but those are hard to write.

3. What are your Top Three favorite blog posts?

Ooh! I like this question. And it’s not that hard to answer, because I don’t have that many posts yet. So, let’s see, in order:

Sepideh and the Jinni–An Aladdin Short Story
My first time putting a story out into the big wide world, and it honestly felt really good. And I love the characters? They’ll probably always hold a special place in my heart, even if I do go back a year later and go, ‘OH MY GOSH I THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD.’ Also my first time retelling anything Aladdin-related. First times are always nice.

Prunella

The fairy tale has a special place in my heart, and so the blog post does, too.

As for third, I’d say it’s tied between

Mordred and Guinevere

and

Le Morte D’Arthur

The first is an analysis of a weird and not-usually-analyzed thing that happened in the early Arthurian legends (aka Guinevere and Mordred hooking up/Guinevere going full-on villainess), and the second is both the first blog post I ever did and an introduction to the series I ended up doing, in which I post chapters of Le Morte D’Arthur with my commentary. Is either post well-written? Nah. Did I love writing them? Yes.

I do feel like the post on Mordred and Guinevere was a bit all over the place, though. (And that was after my sister helped me edit it.) But seriously, I do love analyzing things. Especially these two trash-fire characters. Although I…Honestly, maybe I should just do a whole ‘nother post on my complex feelings on this topic, because I did not do a good job explaining them in that article. Honestly, I don’t even know what my feelings about this are. Whatever they are, they’re complicated enough to probably fill up a blog post, and I won’t bore you with them here.

And on a side note, I still can’t figure out what it is with characters in Arthurian legend getting together with their nephew-in-law? Why is this a thing?

Also. I LOVE THAT CARTOON I DID OF GUINEVERE OH MY GOSH. But I can’t get it to a point where it does not look fuzzy when I size the picture down and that makes me sad. (also, can anyone even read my handwriting? I can read it, but can anyone else? I am actually not sure. My…my lettering is awful.)

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

  1. Blogging
  2. Napping

I have a thrilling life, you guys. But I also take walks to help me relax? So that counts.

5. What are three of your favorite things?

My computer, my books, and Microsoft Word. #deep

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

I haven’t been blogging for very long, but I love whenever someone comments on my posts, and I loved getting positive feedback on my short story. Thank you, guys 🖤

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Well, writing isn’t really a hobby so much as a soul-sucking passion that scoops you out from the inside and dumps it all on the page. At least for me. Usually. Drawing would probably be more of a hobby for me; I draw occasionally, and it’s a light pastime, except I feel like a hobby should cause less gaping insecurities. I guess the closest answer would be sewing, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t been sewing much at all this year.

8. Describe your personality in three words.

Uh. This is harder than it should be.

Multifaceted, complex, indescribable-in-three-words. There.

9. What are your top three pet peeves?

Ooh! When a TV show or movie or whatever is set in a historical era, but all the actors conform 101% to modern-day beauty standards. Look up pictures of that TV show The Tudors, okay? Those characters are supposed to be Henry VIII

and Anne Boleyn,

and other characters from that time period. I haven’t watched the show, so I can’t comment on the quality of their acting, but would it have killed them to have a slightly fat Henry VIII? An Anne Boleyn that didn’t look like a modern prom queen? And you probably could have kept the same actors and just styled them in a way that made them look less glaringly modern. Why would styling the actress for Anne as a more mature-looking, slightly older woman make her less attractive? I find that portrait of Anne Boleyn incredibly beautiful.

Karolina Zebrowska, a youtuber who has a channel on historical fashion, pointed out that, in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the actress for Jane doesn’t necessarily conform to all of today’s beauty standards (although I personally find her looks amazing), but she looks exactly like she stepped out of a painting from the Regency time period. And do I feel pulled out of the story each time I look at her? Not at all!

Anyway, time to end the screed, it’s not like my books are historically accurate at all. I HAVE NO HIGH GROUND, OBI-WAN. What else do I find annoying?

Oh yes! Packaging that is IMPOSSIBLE TO OPEN. Not only did the company want to deter thieves, they also wanted to deter any and all customers. Their products are not meant for the unworthy.

Also people in medieval movies who don’t wear a veil or cover their hair at all for some reason. But I promised I wouldn’t start up again with the historical accuracy screed.

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

Okay, firstly…Becky is actually a pen name. It all kind of started as a joke? See, my extended family got my name wrong when writing an obituary. My name is absolutely nothing like Becky. We don’t see that side of the family very much, so I guess that’s why it happened (Facebook is a click away, guys. Just saying). So, my mom and I were laughing about it at the time and saying that I should take up Becky as a pen-name, and once I decided to start this blog, I asked Mom if I should use my real name or a pen name for this, and Mom joked about calling myself Becky. And thus Becky came to be.

And I should probably clarify (before you think I’m a sociopath or something lol lol that’s DEFINITELY not true) that my mom was really sad about the death, but my family tends to joke a lot, probably to make ourselves feel better in situations like that.

And another thing, I feel like usually I’m a pretty upbeat person on this blog, but in real life I can be pretty negative at times? It’s not necessarily always an awful quality, but I can get into states where I feel like everything I do is bad. Which is obviously not good.

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Okay, time to tag people! I’m not sure if I can get it to five, because I’m pretty sure a lot of people have done this already…I think? Hopefully I don’t tag anyone who’s already done it.

Kenechi

Weez

Aditi

H. S. Kylian

And you. Seriously, literally anyone else who wants to do this can go on and steal this tag! The pirate job application forms can be found at the front desk.

Now let’s just all sit and pray that I actually remember to notify the people I tagged. Um.