February is Fantasy Month: 2020 Tag

 

It seems I’ve been missing most of Jenelle’s February is Fantasy Month activities.  Not to worry, though—a wizard is never late. Not when she has a leap year to aid her! So on this, the special and final day of February, I will be celebrating one of my favourite genres by participating in Jenelle’s blog tag. Many thanks to Tracey, who tagged me.

 

  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?

I think I’ll go to the realm that ignited my love for fantasy: Narnia. I’ll watch water birds fly over the Marshes, I’ll listen for faun music in the woods, I’ll visit Cair Paravel and watch ships launch.

However…

I’m a pixie. A dinky little pixie with a squeaky voice and a flower dress that does not meet my modesty code. I have to face a lot of cooing and condescending treatment, but worse still is that the books I want to read are too big for me to pull off the shelf.

This stinks.

 

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

One doesn’t see many selkies these days. Mermaids, yes—but not selkies. Why is that? There’s something mystical in seals, they way they peep out of the water and look at you with deep, dark eyes. I like the idea that there is a faerie behind that curious gaze, a faerie who could tuck away his or her seal skin and join mankind on land.

Elizabeth Haydon’s Ven Polypheme series featured a character with some selkie-esque qualities, but only slightly. I think the only other selkie story I’ve experienced was The Secret of Roan Inish.

 

  1. 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?)

Let’s see… I have a mug on a coaster. It’s a nice mug, fine China with irises pained on it… but I’ve already drunk the tea. The coaster is blue, with an owl painted on it.

Am I still a pixie at this point? If so, then let’s turn this coaster into a hovercraft. The mug I can turn upside down and use as a shelter if it rains, but let’s give it extra durability so that I can also drop it onto villains’ heads and then get it back in perfect condition.

If I’m back to my regular size (hurrah!) I would like the mug to posses the power of filling itself up with whatever type of tea I choose. The coaster will double as a shuriken.

 

  1. 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?

First stop would be the port city of Ban Rona in the Green Hollows. I would go straightway to the Great Library, and spend the day nestled in the library tree with a stack of books (and some fresh fruit)!

Second stop would be Dame Imreldara’s Library haven in the Wood Between. So long as I stay within the haven borders, I’ll be safe… unless Eanrin is around (I’m allergic to cats).

My final stop would be at Hobbiton. I’d light fireworks for the hobbit children, read the legendary red book, and enjoy strawberries with cream in the fields.

Basically, I just want to spend this trip reading and eating.

 

  1. 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?

I’ve seen other bloggers choose minor dragons, like those in Donita K. Paul’s Dragon Keeper Chronicles. I’d like a minor dragon too, either one with healing talent or light talent.

BUT! If miniature griffon is an option, I’d like one that looks like an owl-kitten.

 

  1. Elves or dwarves?

Let’s see. I like how Elves are often associated with music, history, and green, growing things. But they often come off as aloof and in desperate need of a hair cut.

Dwarves are often associated with high tempers and tight, closed in places. But they are also often portrayed as artists in lapidary and metalwork (skills I wish I had), and are amusing even in their anger.

This is tough, but I think I’d be more interested in reading about/ writing about dwarves, since I don’t seem to come across them as often as I do elves.

 

  1. 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?

I like all three. An evil dragon makes a properly formidable villain. Smaug, though too smug for his own good, was wonderfully terrifying in his willingness to sniff out, scorch, and snack on just about anyone he wished. But a good dragon makes an epic ally. It’s no wonder that so many books and movies feature dragon riding/taming. I also like the wild or morally neutral dragons, when one isn’t sure whether this powerful creature is going to help one or eat one.

 

  1. 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?

I suppose that the details that interest and envelop me the most are the ones that are close to home. I like to know how and what the characters eat. I like to know how and to whom they pray. I like to know how and what they learn. I like to know what they wear and how it relates to their region/profession/religion.

I also love when I can get snippets of the story world’s history and mythology.

 

  1. 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?)

I don’t think I’ve ever lost my childhood love of the unicorn, Scotland’s national animal. I now have four cloven hoofs, a curling lion tail, and a twisting horn in the center of my forehead. I break the news to my family through email, since I can still type with my horn. Getting out of my room isn’t so bad, since I’m only a small creature—almost goat size. However, it is a problem if I’ve closed my door. Can’t turn the knob with my hooves. Maybe I can use my horn to take the hinges off the door. If not, I’ll use email again to ask my family to come help me out.

 

4 thoughts on “February is Fantasy Month: 2020 Tag

  1. I would hate to be a pixie and not be able to pick up my books! What a terrible thing that would be.
    What a fun tag! I would like to spend the tour of the fantasy realms eating and reading too. That would be a pleasant experience. And Hobbiton would definitely be on my list of destinations.

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  2. A mug with the properties of Thor’s hammer! I like that. I wouldn’t want to be a pixie either, though.
    Snippets of the world’s history and mythology are my favorite thing. I love the song breaks in The Lord of the Rings, and the stories in The Thief. I wish more stories would do stuff like that, although lots of people would probably complain. /I/ wouldn’t complain, anyway.
    A unicorn using email is an amusing mental picture. I didn’t know they were Scotland’s national animal, but somehow it really fits.

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    1. The Thief was one of the books in mind when I was writing this down! I appreciated how the mythology/history was more than a secondary story, how it played such a significant role in making Eugenides who he was.
      At first I thought I could dip my horn in ink and use it like a pen, but then I realised I wouldn’t be able to take the cap off the inkwell. I had to ditch the poetic in favour for the practical.

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