Fantastical Realms Blog Tag (#FantasyMonth)

I’m hopping on the February is Fantasy Month blog event (hosted by Jenelle Schmidt) with a tag! (Thanks for tagging me, Jenelle!) Feel free to join in on this tag yourself — you can find the original post here!

Onward to the adventure or questions or both!

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in your post.
  • Link back to this blog somewhere in your post.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged
  • Have fun!

The Questions

1. In a strange twist of fate, you are transported into a fantasy realm of your choice. The catch? You have also been transformed into your least favorite fantasy creature. Where are you, and what are you?

Fantasy realm of choice . . . probably Middle-earth, because yes. Least favorite fantasy creature? They have those? O_O Um . . . I guess anything serpent-like would be my least favorite, so I’m probably doomed to be a scary wyrm that some Elf will find and slay. XD

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

(Verrry old drawing I did)

Gryphons! They are definitely in a few but not nearly enough. I just love them! Favorite book with a gryphon is probably Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones. I LOVE all the gryphons in there! They have so much personality. I particularly love Kit. 😀 Oh, and I love Gillian Bronte Adams’ Songkeeper series, which also has an awesome gryphon in it!

3. As you are reading this, a voice rings in your ear proclaiming:

A hero true, a leader strong,
A quest is where you do belong,
So arm thyself, and take your stand
With an item to your left your fate is at hand.

Besides the fact that this prophetic voice is clearly incapable of sticking to a meter, what ordinary item do you now find yourself armed with? (And, for bonus points, what helpful magical properties does it now possess that will help you on your quest?)

A large insulated travel mug full of tea. And the magical properties it has . . . well, clearly, it never runs out of tea, and always keeps it warm, and the resulting never-ending caffeine rush helps me power through my quest, although I probably end up jittery throughout the adventure because of that. XD

4. You happen across an ad in a catalogue promising a magical fantasy cruise that will allow you to stop in any three realms of your choice and explore each for several days before returning you home (and the ad promises your safe return or your money back, guaranteed!) Assuming this is not a hoax and that the tour guides will actually be able to cater to your requests, what three realms will you tour and what do you hope to see/who would you like to meet along the way?

*cracks knuckles*

Firstly, I’m going to Middle-earth, and this fantasy cruise clearly also has the ability to travel through time in the same place . . . so I get to see both Lord-of-the-Rings-times Middle-earth and also back in the Silmarillion times in Beleriand etc. Because . . . THE DREAM. I practically grew up in Beleriand and the other realms of The Silmarillion (I’d see Gondolin! and Menegroth! and Valinor while I’m at it! and everywhere!), and who wouldn’t want to visit Rivendell, Rohan, Ithilien, Lothlorien, the Shire, the Lonely Mountain, Minas Tirith, etc. I would definitely want to meet at least Faramir and Aragorn, and Finrod Felagund and Beleg Strongbow and Luthien Tinuviel, and SO MANY OTHERS.

Secondly, I’m going to Ingary to get to hang out in Howl’s moving castle, with Howl, Sophie, Calcifer, Michael, etc. We’re definitely going to have to have some cream cakes from Cesari’s, and I want to go through the door to each of the places it opens up to. (Bonus: I get to visit Wales. *cackles*)

Thirdly, and terribly selfishly . . . I want to visit the world where my own Steampunk fairy tale retelling works-in-progress take place. I’ve completely fallen in love with it and I can’t wait for the day when I can share this world with others. I love the skyships and the cities in the clouds, the lonely rock formation pillars and dangling walkways across misty ravines, the clockwork dragons and tea and clothing and fairy tale retellings. And I would definitely need to get to go to a ball at the palace where Princess Tasmania’s from, and meet her and her twin brothers Percival and Durward, and of course Auren, and sit on a rooftop at night with Rook on top of his flat over the spice shop (as long as there are no assassins), and sail the skies with Gerias and Noya and the Royal Sky Navy (avoiding the sky pirates, unless they’re charming Keller or clever Skalon), and stand on top of one of the rock pillars in the wind and watch the sun set and the stars come out.

*inhales*

Sorry. I got a little carried away. But those are the three worlds I want to visit. ^_^

5. Congratulations! You are a fantasy hero/heroine about to start your adventure. You get to choose a small fantasy creature to accompany and assist you on your quest. Who/what do you choose?

Talking otter secretary, hands-down. *grinning*

(I’m definitely planning to do more with little Gavin the otter, hopefully in a novel one of these days. :D)

Otters are just SO AWESOME AND ADORABLE and one who can be a secretary would be so helpful. Plus, he could fish for me, which has to be helpful. And hey, if he’s a more sentient otter, who can write, that probably counts as a fantasy creature, right?

6. Elves or dwarves?

Elves!

7. Do you prefer your dragons (we had to have at least one question devoted solely to dragons!) good or evil or a mix of both?

A mix of both. Classic evil dragons are . . . well . . . classic. And you can’t really do better for villains than a dragon. (Like Smaug or Glaurung.) But I do enjoy the ones who are on our heroes’ side — not to mention how helpful they are to have on your side! (Like Toothless!) And the ones who are a little more morally grey and initially hard to figure out which side they’re on are probable my favorite, in general. (Hello, Malcolm Blackfire.) I like all the dragons!

8. World building is a complicated undertaking full of many details. As a reader, what is a small detail you really appreciate seeing when it comes to diving into a new realm? What is something that helps you lose yourself in a fantasy world?

Smells are always a good touch and are helpful to bring in. But I think my favorite is when there are myths and stories WITHIN the story, which makes it have a further depth to it. It’s just so cool when characters can reference this myth or story and it effects their own. It can be hard to do well, because sometimes there’s too much of it, or else the reader just doesn’t care. But when it works, it’s brilliant. J. R. R. Tolkien, Joanna Ruth Meyer, and Jenelle Leanne Schmidt — for example — do excellent with this! So does Kyle Robert Shultz, though in that case it’s fairy tales harking back to fairy tales, but they’re always tweaked so it makes them feel real.

9. You have been transformed into your favorite fantasy creature. Problem is… you’re still in your own bedroom and your family is downstairs, completely unprepared for this shock. What creature are you, and how (if at all) do you break the news to your loved ones? (Or how do you get out of your room?)

Oh dear. XD Well, I’m a gryphon, as implied earlier, so that’s cool! I probably wouldn’t break the news — they would probably just arrive in my room and find me sitting on my bed and barely fitting (because gryphons are large), trying to decide if I should try flying out the window or just keep reading. 😛 I hope I could talk though, so that they wouldn’t think I’d been eaten. XD And I’d probably be freaking out (I would freak out if my hair turned a different color, let alone if I turned into a creature) buuut I like to think it would also be kind of cool? Especially to fly . . .

Tagging

I tag Sarah Pennington, Claire Banschbach, Lauri, and YOU if you are reading this and want to do it! (Absolutely no pressure. XD And apologies if you’ve already been tagged! I am behind on blogs and internet in general. XD)

Well. How was that? I hope you enjoyed my answers! Thanks so much for reading! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Fantastical Realms Blog Tag (#FantasyMonth)

  1. Aaaahhhhh your answers for this were SO much fun!!!

    Oh gracious, turning into something serpent like would be AWFUL. Snakes are like my least favorite living thing on the earth so… *shudders* Yeah, I’m with you there.

    GRIFFINSSSS. (Or gryphons? I can never decide how I like it spelled best. I always go back and forth. XD) That’s exactly what I answered with for this question too! #TWINS We so need more of them in fiction. YES.

    Okay, but a never-ending supply of caffeine for your journey would be FABULOUS. I’d prefer coffee over tea, but either would be great! I’d NEED plenty of caffeine if I’m embarking on saving the world. XD

    MIDDLE-EARTH. INGARY. THE S&S WORLD. YESSSSS. Can I go with you??? Those are all such PERFECT places. And I love that going to Ingary would also involve getting to visit Wales. So great! XD Also, can I just say every time I get more tidbits about S&S I just get RIDICULOUSLY excited. UGH. IT’S SO EPIC.

    OF COURSE you need a talking otter secretary. It would be perfect!

    YES to allllll the types of dragons. That’s how I feel too. I’m not picky, just gimme DRAGONS.

    Oooh, stories within stories IS such a fun concept, if done well. It can definitely be tricky, but it really makes the world feel REAL. Since OUR world is so story-centric, with all our myths and fairy tales and endless supply of fiction, it’d make total sense that every other wold would be the same. People like stories. That’s just how we work. So YES. You’re so right that having a world full of its own myths and legends can really bring it to life.

    A Celti gryphon would be an awesome gryphon indeed! ;D

    This was such a blast to read! Your answers were gold!

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    • Thank you!! I’m so glad. 😀

      Ugh, yeah, snakes… 😛

      I knowww, I can’t decide if to call them griffins or gryphons either. XD Aaahh I need to read your answers! *makes note to do that soon*

      I would prefer coffee too because I would probably need that extra caffeine, but yes, it would be hilarious. XD

      YESSS, COME WITH MEEE! We would have the best time in all the places together! *cackles over my Wales sneakiness* Awww, that makes my day! Thank youuu! I can’t wait for you to meet my S&S world!

      BECAUSE OTTERSSS. AND DRAGONS!

      It is definitely tricky, but yes! Look at how much we love stories! It just adds such lovely depth. I love all your thoughts on this!

      Heheheh. Thanks. 😉

      Thank you for readinnnng! So glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Heh. I was planning on doing this anyway (I already have my answers written and everything), so thanks for tagging me and making it official. 😀

    Oooof. Yeah. Turning into a snake anywhere, especially Middle Earth, would not be ideal.

    Re: your travel mug: this is a MUCH better version of the never-emptying cup that pops up periodically in fairy tales. Can I borrow this if I ever write an urban fantasy novel?

    I am exactly 0% surprised by your choices of work to visit. I think I’d join you for at least some of those. 😀

    Also, I love how, when offered the chance of a fantasy creature, you just pick a slightly more intelligent version of a creature that already exists. It’s very you, but I find it amusing.

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    • Haha, you’re welcome for the offical tag, then! 😉

      Being a snake would just be the worst. 😛

      Sure, borrow away! 😀 You’re right, it would be fantastic for an urban fantasy!

      Bahaha! I’m soooo predictable about where I want to go. XD Yes! Come with meee!

      I’m glad you find it amusing. XD I would love to have a griffin or a dragon too but a little otter would just be so cuuute! I’m not sure why it’s “very me” but I’ll take it. XD

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  4. I LOVE YOUR ANSWERS!!!!

    Also, thanks for the shout out on the myths-within-fantasy lands 🙂 *all the happy feelz*

    I TOTALLY want to visit your skyships world now, too! I’m sold. I’m packed. When do we get to go?

    All the gryphons! All the time. (And I always always always spell them “gryphons” because the other way looks SUPER WEIRD and like a typo to me… strange personal quirk).

    I love the idea of your never ending travel mug of tea!!! 🙂

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    • AAHH THANKS! This tag was sooo much fun, so thanks again for making it — and hosting Fantasy Month!

      Aww, you’re welcome! ^_^

      Awk, that makes me happy! YESSS, come with me and we’ll have a blast sailing the skies! 😀

      Yaaas, gryphons! I’m back and forth on the spelling so I should totally be more consistent. Spelled this way definitely looks cooler. 😉

      It would be such a handy tea mug!

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