Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Speculative Blog Tag

Happy Birthday to Yesternight's Voyage. Joyce Alton's Blog.  To celebrate a year of blogging Joyce has initiated another meme, tag, chain letter, or what have you type of fun.  She is planning  bunch of things to commemorate the event, and to start it off she has tagged me (what did I do? *tries to have a look of innocence and fails miserable*) to help kick this thing off.

So I need to post her rules, answer her questions and tag three fellow Speculative Fiction Members

These are Joyce's rules, not mine. 

The rules are as follows:
1) Answer the questions on your own blog.
2) Tag three other speculative fiction blog writers to participate.
3) Each participant needs to link their blogpost with their answers back to Yesternight's Voyage.
4) Leave a comment in the original post (on Yesternight's Voyage) as to why you love, write, or read speculative fiction and a link to your blog.  
5) Stay tuned to Yesternight's Voyage this month for a mad treasure hunt (later on) that will connect all the participating blogs.
6) Make sure you post these rules on your blog when participating.
7) Please note that the blogging part of the treasure hunt will only run between March 6th - 19th. So have your answers posted by then. If you are posting your answers on the 18th or 19th, don't worry about tagging anyone new.

Feel up to a little tricky fun?

Here we go!

Part II answer her questions:

1) Who are your favorite speculative fiction writers?

R  A Salvatore, Ann McCaffey, Katherine Kurtz, Author C. Clark, Orson Scott Card, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and of course J.R.R. Tolkien the one who started it all

2) Write a two or three sentence writing prompt to inspire your readers today. (Encourage them to post their responses in your comments section.)

Never give up.  Make a plan and be spontaneous.  You are what you think.

3) List three favorite industry blogs/websites that you've found helpful.

Rachelle Gardner - An agent who has great advice for writers
AgentQueryConnect – the real place on the web to get specific help you need.

4) Give us the low-down on your main character (or one of your main characters) in the story you're working on right now, regardless if it's finished or not. Describe his/her personality, situation, and what his/her biggest problem/obstacle is.

Troubled by night visions, Duncan sets out to find Silverflame, the ruling sword with the ability to break the spell of immortality protecting his usurping uncle.  Enemy agents dog his steps, the High King’s court distrusts him, and anyone loyal to the High King tries to kill him.  Discovering he can wield magic only adds to Duncan’s troubles. 

As Duncan begins to wield magic he discerns that his uncle is really a plaything to a dark and sinister foe. This evil will swallow not only the kingdom of Rea, but all the surrounding kingdoms. Duncan must overcome his distrust of magic and use his newfound abilities to confront and defeat this evil power. But in a world where magic power can grow, and the victor takes the loser’s power, can peace ever be restored?

5) What are your favorite speculative fiction movies from the last five years?

Hmmm, I don’t get out to the movies much, but the ones that come to mind are:


Star Trek (JJ Abrams)

Frequency (Okay it doesn’t fit in the last five years, but it was a great show and it is one of my all time favorite.)

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (I watched it with my Daughter and she loved it, so it is now on my list of favorites.)  

The Hobbit  (Okay it isn’t out yet, but if Peter Jackson delivers the goods it will be one of my favorites!  (Does December 14th 2012 count as in the last five years?))

6) If you were suddenly thrown into another world where magic existed, what is something from the real world you'd want to take with you? (Limitations apply on energy sources and such.)

A good pair of shoes and a sharp pocket knife.

7) List the first type of these things you think of:

a) color:  Green
b) number: 67
c) made-up name: Migelthid
d) an adjective: Bewildered

Part III:

I am tagging:

Jump over to Clippership’s blog to grab the questions to answer and post on your blog.


Precy Larkins said...

Great answers, Dean!

I'm scared to do this meme, though. Hehehehe! So many questions! But, I'll do it for Clip. ;)

Michelle 4 Laughs said...

Here is my character description using the four answers Dean gave. My daughter insisted on the bucket.

With no tongue, Migelthid pronounced its name in a series of hisses so it came out as Mmmgggthiiid. Its green skin gleamed luminously under the gray-purple water, and its sixty-seven fins undulated in rippling motions. Its three large lidless eyes pointed in every direction independently, giving it a bewildered expression under the tinfoil bucket it wore to keep the government from reading its thoughts. With a liberal voting record, Migelthid was a friend to everyone.

Riley Redgate said...

My response to your prompt, my good fellow:

"Seriously? Of everything you could've come up with?" Erik gave his brother a look of the purest disgust.

"Hey, sorry. You were the first thing that came to mind."

Erik and Stefan stood on the eternal digital plains of Altire, staring at each other's digital selves. When they'd entered, Stefan had pictured his brother, so his digital self had turned out as a double of Erik: lanky, acne-scarred, and blond. On the other hand, Erik's digital self appeared to be some sort of lizard creature. In comparison, Stefan didn't think his choice was too bad.

"You're so boring," Erik said. "You could be a Deadly Wurme or a Chimera or a Whirling Vortex of Doom. Literally anything. You could be a dragon, like me."

"Oh. A dragon, is that what you are? I thought you were some sorta oversized gecko."

"Shut up."

Stefan-Erik grinned. Dragon-Erik turned away, lumbering off on his spade-like feet. "Keep up. We have a quest to fulfill."

"Why didn't you picture your dragon with wings?"

"I said shut up. Feeble human."

Stefan-Erik shot his brother a disgruntled look. "At least I have opposable thumbs."

:P oh, so goofy!

A character:

Migelthid (Miggy, for short) goes to high school, and she recently dyed her hair green. Her secret, though, is that she is actually a 67-year-old witch trying to stay undercover from her enemy coven. The green hair, though, draws attention from almost every high school clique, and Miggy runs the risk of discovery. To her bewilderment, she finds a group of emo kids with similarly bright hair trying to become friends with her, and soon she must save them from the coven, which uses her new buddies as leverage. Miggy is unfriendly and snobbish, considers regular humans inferior, and must learn the error of her ways.