“Tag!” or “Timeout to Catch Up”

Ah, Tag – when a young man’s fancy turns and flees… Back in the day when kids had nothing better to do than chase each other around all day, that’s what they did: Run to avoiding getting caught, in regular Tag. Run to avoid getting shot in Laser Tag. Run until a sorcerous touch from the almighty It rooted them to the spot in Freeze Tag. Run, run, as fast as they could, like so many gingerbread dudes. …Or, if you’d rather stay in your seat, there’s always Blog Tag.

            Here, according to my buddy Ben over at Storymultiverse, is how you play.

1. You must post the rules. (…which I now so do.)

2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.

3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.

4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

            Now, what Ben did (and I thought this was a neat way to go about it) was, instead of tagging a specific eleven people, he just said, “If you’re reading this, you can play!” Therefore, my fellow bloggers and blog-less readers alike, you are one and all invited to join in the “getting to know you” fun! By the power of It vested in me, I’ll start by answering the questions sent my way.

1. Who are some of the biggest influences on your writing and… 2. Why? (Can be authors, family members, your pet, etc.)

            I probably owe a great deal to my mother, whose certifiably-insane sense of humor seems to have proven somewhat genetic. And I’ve spent much of my life honing my quips, experimenting with complicated plot lines, and stretching the limits of my imagination in original role-playing games with my sister. Let’s see, who else can I blame?…

            On the Wilderhark side of things, I should probably give a shout-out to E.D. Baker, author of “The Frog Princess” and its subsequent series; I never so badly wanted to write a fairytale prince until after meeting her Eadric. Huge thanks to Robin McKinley’s “Outlaws of Sherwood” and the Bristol Renaissance Faire for driving me to create “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale”. And Tirzah and Lute… you know what you’ve done.

3. What is one of the best blog posts that you’ve read?

            Oh, gosh – memory, are you up to this?… Well, okay, I’ll go easy on me and keep this recent. You don’t mind if I invoke the name of Rachel Aaron again, do you? Good. ‘Cause if you’ve got goals and shiny dreams, writerly or otherwise, then hey, you should read this.

            I also really enjoyed this piece about shape-shifters in fantasy by Fabulous Realms, the House of Happy’s tribute to summer, and a little snapshot of a short story from My Other Book is a Tolstoy (also a grand source of poetry), just to spread the kudos around.

4. Name five of your favorite movies. They don’t have to be the top five, just five that you would put on that list of favorites.

            “The Phantom of the Opera” (the one with Gerard Butler ‘n’ ‘em) – I love the music, it was visually stunning, and… I love the music. (For the sake of three, I justify. Plus I truly do love the music double. Bravo, Andrew Lloyd Webber.)

Gettin’ all ‘90s TV, up in here. That’s Steve/Aladdin’s voice in the upper-right corner.

            “Aladdin” (Disney, of course) – THE movie of my childhood. I watched all three movies and the TV series; I owned the action figures; D.J’s. boyfriend, Steve, on “Full House” got that much cooler once I realized he was Aladdin’s voice. I couldn’t decide who I wanted to be more: Jasmine, because she got Aladdin, or Aladdin himself, because he was da man. Given the choice today, it’d still be a toss-up.

            “Kung Fu Panda” – Hilarious, gorgeously animated, and Hans Zimmer did the music (‘nough said).

            “The Emperor’s New Groove” (Disney again; this list could have so easily become all Disney, all the time) – Silliness at its finest. Please ignore the sequel.

            “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” (Andrew Lloyd Webber again. Yay! – now my list is like a palindrome! *happy dance of symmetry*) – Donny Osmond as Joseph was a treat, and his brothers were so individualistically zany, and the whole thing was in song, so it was a breeze to memorize from start to finish. Cue me up – I’ll sing “Canaan Days” right now.

5. Name five of your favorite books. (Same as before.)

            I’ve made considerable mention of my recent obsession with Eli Monpress, so let’s just count the omnibus as “one” and move on from there. What books haven’t I ranted about, yet?…

            Well, in that same spirit of consolidation, we’ll count the “Bonemender” trilogy by Holly Bennett at “two”. She wrote some wonderful elves; some pretty cool humans, too.

            And there’s “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. A bit creepier and more mature than I usually go for, but quite gripping.

            I’ll open a can of controversy by freely admitting that I like Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. (I’ve always been Team Emmett, if that makes any difference to anyone.)

            As for number five… arrgh, this is killing me. I don’t know which to choose!

            “When in doubt,” Lute advises, “pick a book with me in it.”

            Um, I wasn’t aware that was the rule, but okay. “Ballad”s sequel, then.

* * *

            Phew! That last question just took it out of me (the stress on readers asked to pick their fave reads is substantial!), and this blog post is running long enough as it is. So tell you what, folks: We’ll cut my end of the Q+A off here, and pick it back up another time. In the meanwhile, here are my first five questions for you!

1. What is the best or most horrifying dream you can remember having ever had, and what made it so great or awful?

2. Name a [humanly possible] talent you don’t have, but wish you did.

3. If you couldn’t have the name you’ve got, what would you like to be called?

4. Which musical instrument(s) do you most enjoy listening to?

5. If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what would you most lament?

            What say you?! You can leave your response as a comment, or link to them on your blog or what have you; answer any or all, but not none! …Unless you call “olly olly oxen free”.

8 thoughts on ““Tag!” or “Timeout to Catch Up”

  1. First, I’m flattered that you picked my Tribute to Summer as one of your fav’s. 🙂 In the words of an emmy-recipient…You like me, you really like me!

    Second, the Emperor’s New Groove…ROCKS THE WORLD. Best movie EVER. The sad thing is how popular this movie isn’t. It was kind of buried under the carpet. 😦 Go Disney. (Bleh.)

    Third, STOP BRAGGING ABOUT YOUR STUPID OMNIBUS! It’s making me want one more and more, and I still don’t have one!!!!! It’s just not fair!!! :-p

    1. It would be a far back journey into my dreams to find the best one…but I’ll pick out a good one…I had a dream once, it had something to do with snowmen, and a old brown car. I couldn’t tell you WHAT about the dream made it so awesome, but for the next day or two, every time I thought about it, I became wildly happy and felt that everything was right in the world. It was really weird.
    2. I wish I could predict things. You know how some people just KNOW what’s going to happen before it happens? I’ve wanted that skill for ages. The more I try to perfect my skills in intuition, the worse I get.
    3. I love the name Weslie. Or at least some nickname other than the shortened version of my name. I just wish something would catch on. Sigh…
    4. Lovin’ the sitar. Synth. Piano. Violins. Choral. I also would enjoy listening to trees if we knew how to play them, and in the more realistic realm of nature, Whale Song has a particular draw for me.
    5. Everyone that I leave behind. It’d get really lonely. But on the other hand, if I’d been foresightful enough to bring a notebook, I’d get a lot of writing done…hmmm…

    • First, of course I like you! Awesome people generally like other awesome people. (:

      Second, LEGIT!

      Third, no. Because it’s not bragging. It’s Eli-evangilizing. If it’s convicting your soul so deeply, for pity’s sake, give me your address and I’ll buy the book and have it shipped to you, no bluff. I love you and Rachel and Eli that much!

      1. Yay for dreams that leave you wildly happy for days afterward!
      2. How *does* one go about perfecting intuition? I wasn’t aware it’s a skill that one can, with effort, improve. I guess that would figure, though; seems most everything boils down to putting in the hours, anymore.
      3. I can start calling you Weslie, if you prefer. (You don’t mind if I end up pronouncing it kind of like “Weh-sleigh”, do you? ‘Cause my mouth likes to pretend it has a Wilderhark accent.)
      4. Hmm, Tree Song… Now you’ve got me wondering what that would sound like.
      5. Don’t forget extra pencils and/or pens! Otherwise you’d have naught to work with but a stick and coconut ink.

      Yippee-skippee! Thanks for playing, Wes! 🙂

      • Evang-Eli-zing. Also, I will try to get back and answer your questions, (even though that seems scandalous for the tagger to be tagged) just because they seem darn interestin’.

  2. Thank you so much for selecting a tale of mine! I am truly flattered you remembered something I wrote so far back. In fact, you inspired me to do another quick snippet short story ala the one mentioned in this post. Thanks again for being a delight!

  3. O-K, then!

    1. What is the best or most horrifying dream you can remember having ever had, and what made it so great or awful?

    When I was young (around five), I woke up from the most awesome dream where I was riding an apatosaurus. The next night, I went to bed, and thought to myself: “That was an awesome dream. I would like to pick up where I left off.” And so I did, and Riding an Apatosaurus Part Two was as awesome as Part One. I have not been able to replicate this ever since.

    2. Name a [humanly possible] talent you don’t have, but wish you did.

    Drawing. I’m stuck in that awful limbo of any skill where you’re just good enough to know how bad you are.

    3. If you couldn’t have the name you’ve got, what would you like to be called?

    Honestly, I so perfectly exemplify the essence of “Ben”-ness, that it is utterly inconceivable to be called something else. INCONCEIVABLE!

    4. Which musical instrument(s) do you most enjoy listening to?

    The voice.

    5. If you were shipwrecked on a desert island, what would you most lament?

    That Firefly got canceled.

    • Ooh, giving yourself an Awesome Dream, Part 2 on demand? Now, that’s a humanly possibly talent I’d love to have!
      Oh, wow — I’ve got the epitome of “Ben”-ness playing Blog Tag with me! Lucky-duck me. X)

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