The Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag

(Re-edit/Rehsare: When I first initially shared this I had not completed it because I had come down with an anxiety attack and I’ve never had one before. So I’ve been trying to recover from that. Which meant looking at a computer screen was screwing me up a little bit. So I have now been able to recover a bit and have now been able to finish this off …

Let’s make this fun!)

Well we all know how much I just love Ancient Cultures so I would really love to thank  Victorious Pages – (Greek Gods of Olympus Book Tag link) You also might find that a lot of my answers are either LotR or The Hobbit related,lol

QUESTIONS:

Zeus: Name your favourite fictional leader, good or bad?

I have had real trouble with this one because I have just have so many favourite fictional leaders. However, I’ve decided to go with Aslan the “great Lion” from the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis series. I went with Aslan because he is similar to Zeus, kind of, he’s a lot more kinder than Zeus though. Actually Aslan is kind of a better leader then Zeus really.

Hera: Who are your favourite fictional parents?

I actually have had real trouble trying to find think of some parents. Mainly because a lot of the books I’ve read, the parents usually are at the cause root of the main characters problems. I don’t want to go with the Weasleys again.

Demeter: What fictional food would you like to try?

I love the idea of Peter Pan food, mainly because you can just imagine anything that you want…I would have seafood and lasagna…all the time!

Poseidon: Name a book where water is central, either in setting or plot.

This is an interesting question, because I had to go and research this one. I just could not remember a story where Water is central. There is a story I read in High School where water is apart of the story, but not much “central” so I hope it counts. It also involved the God Poseidon himself, “The Odyssey”. The Odyssey takes place AFTER the sacking of Troy and the death of Achilles. Odysseus foolishly proclaims that he solved the problem to their War, when it was in fact Poseidon who had come up with the solution to make the horse. To punish Odysseus’s, Poseidon veers Odysseus boat off so far that he ends up not returning to Ithaca, his home, for over ten years. That only happened because Athena stepped in. I guess this story has a lot of “Water” theme’s too it when I write about it and rethink it. It’s a good story when it comes to talking about all the sea creatures as well. For example Calypso, the Sirens. So yeah, I guess I have a read a book with a lot of Water in it.

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Dionysus: Which character would you most like to have a party with?

Even though he’s pretty weird and probably VERY dangerous, I would love to see a party that has Magnus Bane in it. All mysterious and cool.

Apollo: Either, name a great debut book (so an author’s first published work). or Name a first book in a series you really enjoyed.

I really enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Angel” from the “Infernal Devices”. Once I had read the first one I just had to go out and get the rest, I think I read them all within a couple of months of each other. I am actually now onto her “The Dark Artifices” series and hoping for the same results!

Artemis: ‘Of all the Greek goddesses, she was the most self-sufficient, living life on her own terms, comfortable both in solitude and in holding the reins of leadership.’* Who is your favourite female heroine?

I honestly really struggled with this one. I have liked a lot of the female heroines I’ve read in my books, but I have yet to really “love” one. The closest that I can come to really loving is Arwen from Lord of the Rings. I guess she’s a Heroine in that she inspired Aragorn (Arwen was supposed to fight beside Aragorn at Helms Deep instead of Haldir) put the sword back together and gets Frodo out of danger (in the movie, Arwen doesn’t do this in the book). I also love how gracefully she is written in the actual books, written by J.R.R Tolkien.

Athena: Name a character who is wise.

Although I couldn’t actually stand the character, she is the only character that does live on instead of getting her head cut off like all the other Queens after her. I am writing about Queen Katherine of Aragon, first Queen of Henry the 8th from Phillipa Gregorys books/series. I think it’s only a wise woman who could escape his clutches!

Hermes: If you could travel to any fictional setting (real world or fantasy) where would you go?

This probably wouldn’t shock anyone, I would love, like absolutely love, to visit Rivendell or just the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in general.  I day dream about being there a lot, if it was real. What I’d do, where would I go? I would probably never want to come back!

Hephaestus: If you could have any fictional tool made (for example a weapon or a gadget), what would you want?

I don’t know if this counts, but I always thought Aslan from the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and his “magical tools” were always handy. It might also be because I just love that he is a Lion who talks.

Ares: What is your favourite fictional battle?

I would have to say the fight in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe against the White Witch. Just something about animals fighting side by side with us, instead of us killing them really appeals to me.

Aphrodite: What is your ultimate ship (the characters do not have to be from the same book)?

Oh, that would have to be Will and Tessa from “The Shadow-hunters”. They just seem so perfect for each other, but I hate what happened to them, and the “twist” in the end. Just never felt right too me.

Hades: If you could petition Hades to bring any fictional character back from the dead who would you choose?

I would, without a doubt bring back Thorin Oakenshield. I felt like his death was just so unfair! He did all of that fighting and fought his inner Demons, just to die? Although in a way, I don’t dislike Tolkien or the writing for killing Thorin off. I almost feel like it was actually the right thing to do, things probably would have been very different if he had survived. It just feels a little unfair that he never really got to be “King” again.

Final question(s): If you could be a God/ Goddess of anything what would you want to be and what do you think would fit your personality? These do not have to be the same.

I have always admire Athena. Apart from seemingly seeming to hate women, I have always admire what she stood/stands for.

She is the Goddess of Wisdom, Courage, law and justice, arts and crafts, as well as strategic warfare. Unlike her counterpart Ares, who is the God of War, rather than strategy. Just all the things in life I enjoy and I feel that represent who I am, is why I can relate too her and feel she best represents my personality. She was represented as a fierce warrior, in ancient times, when even now women are still seen as the “weaker” sex by a few.

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Of course here comes the fun part…The Tagging! I am tagging some other Blogger, but if you want to do this one as well…Please feel free! Just link me because I would love to read your answers!

Thoughts on Fantasy

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How a Book is Made Tag

(This tag was created by WritingMime over on YouTube. I am totally stealing this from The Orangutan Librarian Please check them out!)

1. Should you participate in National Novel Writing Month to create a book?

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I have never participated in NaNo myself, but I have known a lot of others who have. I think that it could definitely help to inspire, but I don’t think people should pressure themselves to try and create the next “Harry Potter”. It should be a good start though!

2. Self-publishing or traditional publishing?

I would always want to try traditional publishing first, but I can totally see why someone would want to self-publish. When I think of someone like JK Rowling and how many times she got rejected. I could see why someone might turn to self-publishing.

3. Write one idea at a time or write all the ideas at once?

I have this “habit” where I’m trying to focus on something, but then I might see something out of the corner of my eye and get distracted. What I try to do now though is send a text to myself, or write a note somewhere and come back to it later…If I remember! If I want to focus on different parts of a story I’m writing, for example, having two ideas at once for two different chapters. I will try my best to write bits and parts at the same time for each section. Even if it’s just a sentence here or there, something that when I came back to it later, I’ll remember what I was writing.

4. What genre is the easiest to write?

Well I haven’t tried writing for ALL genres, but I would suspect it’d be the genre that you enjoy writing the most. For me, it’s Fantasy. I can’t draw what I see in my head, so I write instead. I love to read crime, but I would be really bad at writing for it. I’m secure enough to admit that I am not nearly clever to write in some twist at the end.

5. Where do you need to write to get the work done?

I could write pretty much anywhere. It’s more about my mind space.

6. Where do you find your inspiration?

Like the Orangutan Librarian I can find my inspiration everywhere! Bad, Sad, Mad, Happy, Wonderful, Bright. I do have a set playlist on YouTube though, it usually helps me to stay focus on my writing. All nice and inspirational music. Mainly Celtic.

7. What age do you start writing?

You can start at any age, once you’ve started to learn to write of course.

8. What’s easiest to write? Short stories, stand-alones, series, etc.

Personally I find it easier to write novels. I have tried writing short stories but my imagination takes over and I end up writing longer stories and longer descriptions and the story just tends to keep growing.

9. Do you mill your books or take years to write a book?

I am still writing all my books, none of them are done. I am actually thinking of continuing on with a “tv script” that I started years ago when I started role playing online…via AOL…So long ago!

10. How fast can you type?

Very! When I think about it I get a really bad accuracy score, when I just do it I get a good score,lol.

11. Do you write in the dark or in the light?

I write whenever I can, or when inspiration hits and I have access to write.

12. Hand-written or typed?

I am usually a typer, sometimes though I write down things and then type them up later, but usually I’m a typer.

13. Alone or with someone else?

I am assuming about this is in reference to writing books etc. I like to write alone, I find I spend most of the time to trying to negotiate what should or shouldn’t be written in. It’s too constrictive.

14. Any typing hacks?

Nope

15. Are you already published?

No, hehe…As I’ve written above (see Question 9) I haven’t even finished writing a book yet. I would love to be though…If could finish it off!

16. When did you first consider being an author?

I have been writing for years. I can’t even remember what really made me consider it. I grew up around Libraries, so I guess it kind of just started there? I never really went “this is it”…If that makes sense? The writing has just kind of happened.

17. How many books do you have in draft form?

All of them I guess? I have one major one going and the rest are in total beginning stages. Idea forms.

18. Do you outline or no?

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19. What’s your favourite note-keeping strategy?

I actually text myself a lot, I find it handy when I am out and about. When I’m at home I do it even then. I also have Word documents with notes, explaining character relationships to each other, mainly so I don’t get myself confused.

 

20. What do you think about writing in different genres?

I have no problem with it, I just don’t think that I would very good at writing in different genres. I mainly, actually pretty much all of my writing is in Fantasy.

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