The Never Have I Ever Tag (Writer’s Edition) (a tag I totally stole)

Hello folksies! Today I thought I should do something writerly, just to remind you guys that I actually am in fact a writer. So,I’m stealing the Never Have I Ever Tag (Writer’s Edition) from Nicole‘s blog, because it looks fun and because Nicole didn’t tag me which makes me a thief. :/

Anywhatsit, let’s get this fun thing started! (I can neither confirm nor deny that all of my answers will be 100% honest. I got a reputation to maintain, y’know.)

The Rules

1. Link and thank the blogger who tagged you. Well, Nicole, you didn’t tag me, but I stole it from you, so I guess this counts. ^_^

2. Include the graphic somewhere in your post (or make your own!). Right up there, folks.

3. Answer the questions truthfully and honestly. Truthfully and honestly? I don’t know if I can manage that…

4. Tag 3 bloggers. Piece of cake!

Never have I ever…

… started a novel that I didn’t finish.

… WELL OF COURSE I HAVE! There’s no shame in that! xD If anyone’s been wondering what’s happened to The Princess Whose Kingdom Burned or Shatter the Stars, this is. And don’t you worry, I will get back to them someday. (Shatter the Stars has been retitled to A Mountain of Stars, by the way. And yes, I did that yesterday. For anyone who wanted to know.) And The Art of Skating Fire? Yeah. Yeah.

… written a story completely by hand.

For those of you who don’t know, I alternate between typing and writing by hand. The closest I’ve ever gotten to finishing an entire novel by hand would be The Princess Whose Kingdom Burned, but yes, I did abandon it like halfway through, so… *notices that it doesn’t say “full novel”* Actually, I have written short stories by hand! πŸ˜‰ I usually write first drafts of short stories by hand.

… changed tenses midway through a story.

Oh no, never! For starters, all the novels I’ve worked on in depth so far are in third-person, so it would be very disconcerting for me to write in present tense. (In fact, I’m saving third-person present-tense for another story idea in the future, just for the certain… dreamy effect.) Besides that, I’m pretty tired of all these YA novels being written in first-person present-tense, so I’m working to break that status quo. (Although I can’t say that I won’t be writing a first-person present-tense story someday!)

… not researched anything before starting a story.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

I can’t speak/read/write German, French, Greek, Danish, Russian, Japanese, or any other language that I’d need to know bits and pieces of to write TGH. The Internet is my friend. And also I do stop in the middle of my writing to re-check The Complete Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm or whatever to make sure I got my facts right.

For Andromeda, much of what I did that would need researching came from things I’d already learned before #payattentioninscienceclass so I was pretty good.

Other stuff (such as savate, German jiu-jitsu, wolfships, non-lethal paintball guns) came from a friend of mine who doesn’t mind when I ask him to research stuff for me. πŸ™‚

… changed my protagonist’s name halfway through a draft.

Orinda… Gintare… Falconer… Hans… Greta… Ellinh… Tern… Ema… nah. They’re safe. xD

… written a story in a month or less.

A full novel? No way. I’m a slow writer, especially given my writing method, and life more often than not gets in the way. But short stories, yes indeed. Maybe I should try my hand at writing a novella in that amount of time…

… fallen asleep while writing.

Lol, no! I never write if I’m tired enough to fall asleep!

… corrected someone’s grammar irl/online.

Oh, YEAH. Hey, people ask me to do it. I used to be the girl with the best English in my old school (the only one who lived in America before, so…) and I learned how to proofread Chinglish. I learned how to understand and even speak Chinglish. So yes, in real life, I’ve had to do it a lot.

Online… Does alpha/beta-reading for author friends count? xD Other than that, for friends, yes. FOR YOUR INFORMATION, BLONDE IS NOT A MALE HAIR COLOR.

… yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel.

Probably. Actually, when I feel like yelling at myself while I’m typing, the words “and then the sky fell” always seems to end up on the screen…

… used “I’m writing” as an excuse.

Do you think it works or something? Because it doesn’t.

… killed a character that was based on someone I know in real life.

*blink blink*

Wow, um… maaaybe? It’s not as though I mean to base my characters off people I know in real life. Ever. So… n–

Wait. Yes, I have, and it’s not even a spoiler.

In The Art of Skating Fire, Gintare’s best friend died before the beginning of the novel, which affects Gintare in many ways. They didn’t have the best relationship right before her death, and one of the themes in the story is letting go. And… I did… kinda base their relationship off of one I had in my life. So… I guess I have. Wow.

… used pop culture references in a story.

Both of my two current WIPs are portal fantasy (although I wouldn’t really call TGH a portal fantasy, to be precise), and there is a lot of the normal “Earth-men” world involved. But I don’t really do pop culture references anyway.

… written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

No. Unless you’re counting in timezones, but no.

… drank an entire pot of coffee while writing.

No caffeine for me xD

… written down dreams to use in potential novels.

*slams down fist on table* YES. Very much yes! I even have an entire story idea based off of dreams! And nightmares… I have extremely violent nightmares, but I’m (strangely) never really bothered by them anymore. I think it’s because I once made the decision to use every single one of the nightmares I’ve ever had (I remember most of my dreams and all of my nightmares since second grade) in that story. I still haven’t figured out how to put Scooby-Doo in a wine cellar, but I guess I’ll have to tweak that part.

… published an unedited story on the Internet/blog/Wattpad.

I’m sorry, but my writer’s constitution would never survive that, much less my editor’s constitution!

… procrastinated homework because I wanted to write.

You don’t even want to know.

… typed so long that my wrists hurt.

I’ve written so long that my hand hurts, but typing… not really.

… spilled a drink on my laptop while writing.


… forgotten to save my work/draft.

I have never forgotten, no. But sometimes my laptop shuts down *cries* and I’ve written about 100 or so words in a Word document and…

… finished a novel.

A complete, whole, full-edited, ready-to-publish novel? No.

A hot mess of a first draft with thousands of words’ worth of missing scenes? Plenty of times.

… laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene.

A quiet villainous chuckle, yes. Many, many times. My poor, dear characters…

… cried while writing a scene.

I must’ve been around eleven last time that happened. What can I say? The last book that made me cry was Heidi, when I read it also as an eleven-year-old (it still brings tears to my eyes, though). I may have tears in my eyes reading sometimes, but never writing. (… Yet. I haven’t gotten there yet.)

… created maps of my fictional worlds.

Yes! Definitely for Andromeda and the Fractured Tales. For Andromeda, there’s a lot of traveling involved, so I needed that (and also to clear up anything about geography or history). For the Fractured Tales, because there are so many different countries in play, I had to get a clear idea of who is whose neighbor, as well as how geography affects their climates.

And if you’re writing about war, you will definitely need a map.

… researched something shady for a novel.

I usually let my friend do all the dirty work (lol) but when I need info ASAP, then I might have. Although really, “shady” stuff like this for me often refers to poisons, snakes, and animal bites, which I remember from past biology classes (I love biology). So yes, I know how much of a kokoi frog’s poison can kill a grown man… and how fast. xD

Sometimes as a side I do research djinn and flintlock guns. So.

I tag…

Abigail @ Books, Life, and Christ

Penny @ Jane Austen’s Lightsaber

Jo @ Pananaw

Thanks for reading, folksies! Feel free to steal this tag if you like, just as I did πŸ˜‰

I know you’re wondering when I’ll have In the Garden Part II and/or the Q&A video up. I don’t know. I’ll try to get the video up soon, but there’s not telling about anything. This past semester has been super-busy, so I’m sorry!

Until next time,

~ Merie

28 thoughts on “The Never Have I Ever Tag (Writer’s Edition) (a tag I totally stole)

  1. Heh, I’ve been thinking about stealing this tag too.

    I think I was the jerk eleven-year-old who scorned Heidi for some reason (I don’t even remember why. I’m unsure if I’d love it now or if I’d have the same ‘meh’ reaction). Ooh! I love third-person present-tense! My sister is writing a story with that person and tense, and it’s AMAZING. I used to have a bad habit of switching tenses, but lately I’ve mostly been writing past tense again, so I’ve stopped having the problem.

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