The Writer’s Halloween Tag

Kenzie tagged me for some spooky question-answering!  Thanks!

So let’s stab some pumpkins, carve out their faces, and sit back with a cup of hot apple cider.

The Questions

I: Are you a scaredy cat or a horror aficionado?

Meow.  Purrrrr…HISS!  *Scrambles away from the scary monster in a split-second*

II: Would you ever consider writing a horror novel?

Well, now that you suggest it, maybe. I want to play with some eerie themes eventually.  Maybe a gothic style?

III: What is the favorite bookish Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

Ummmm…..I once took a white robe and a bunch of random scarves and accessories and made myself look like some mysterious fantasy person, and then I wrote a story with said fantasy person in it, who was a sorceress.   So, I dressed up as my own character.  It was for my second Nanowrimo.

IV: What is the best bookish costume you’ve seen someone else wear?

I have no idea.

V: What literary villain is your favorite?

I’ve talked about some villains in another tag post, so for a new literary one I would say…I have no idea.

Evil Emperor Zurg, even though he’s from a tv show, not a book.

I feel like there was some villain I ran across in a book who I liked, someone not generally known, maybe a villain in an Agatha Christie mystery?

VI: Will you be visiting a haunted house this year?


VII: Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go Trick-or-Treating?

I’d probably prefer Trick-or-Treating in order to collect free candy and stock up for Nano (and have quiet time for last minute planning), but I’m a little too old for that.  I’ll have to go to the Nanowrimo kick-off party for my Halloween festivities (I’ve dressed up as my characters twice in previous years).

VIII: What’s the best Halloween song?

Ain’t got a clue, man.

IX: What scares you the most about the writing process?

Trying to find the balance between a harshly dark, realistic, but ultimately good story vs. a harshly dark and realistic story that makes everyone miserable.

X: Monster mash – if you had to say your antagonist was a mix of two traditional monsters what would those be?

Which antagonist?  Some of them are already monsters, and kinda a mix of monsters…buuuut the Void Lord is the only antagonist I’m willing to talk about right now, so…I would say he is…A ghost?  Because he can appear out of nowhere instantly (seemingly) and is hard to kill, and also a…a…

A dragon because he’s cool and powerful?

And I always stick dragons in.  To the point they feel unimaginative to me.  Drat.

Or maybe he’s a ghost and a headless huntsman.  That’s more fitting for his atmosphere and frankly I don’t know if I ever reveal his face.

XI: Would your MC be more scared of being left alone in a dark forest or an abandoned castle?

Hmm…I think Sheyla would be more scared of a dark forest.  It’s harder to guard herself in one, and she does have scary times in a dark forest.  There might be monsters around, waiting to devour her.

XII: Does anyone in your WIP believe in ghosts?

Well, there was that one time Robert and Sheyla had to talk to a ghost in a silly short story, so I would say canonically they haven’t heard of ghosts as a concept, but if they did, they would think ghosts are real and weird magic is to blame.

XIII: Which character would last the longest in a scary movie?

Probably the Void Lord, followed by Rob, then Sheyla, and finally Naomi.  (She is not genre savvy enough.)  Except Rob would sacrifice himself to save Sheyla, and the Void Lord would do the same for Naomi cuz he’s her dad.

XIV: Good witch or a bad witch – do you enjoy torturing the characters in your WIP or do you feel bad about it?

If it’s the main characters, I will throw everything I can at them and laugh.  Or sometimes tear up if it’s dramatically poignant, but I don’t feel bad about it.  I feel pretty sad for my side characters though, the world is pretty much stacked against them.  And a lot of them are going to die.

XV: Pick a love interest from your WIP; would they be most likely to scream like a little kid or punch someone in the face if they were scared abruptly?

More likely to punch someone.

Technically, Sheyla would be more likely to gasp than to punch someone, but she’s pretty good about volume control.  So no screaming.

Unnecessary Retagging

Cuz all the bloggers I know already got tagged.  😛

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