Monday, March 12, 2018

Evil Writer Tag

 use it in blogpost

So Skye @ Ink Castles tagged me for this ages ago. I was quite excited until the black hole of college swallowed my life for an unholy amount of time. But now that I've been released from my exile in the academic void [thank God for spring break], I've not forgotten!

Thanks Skye!

1) How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you. . . feel any remorse about this? I'm concerned about you.

I don't tend to kill my characters as often as one might think. I prefer to keep them alive for further suffering. 

2) Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family, friends, and pets? 

Personal torture is always the most painful and touching way to die. So beautiful.

But, when an opportune scenario presents itself, I'm not one to shy away simply because I have a better, grandiose plan in my head that could later be foiled. Take the chance when it comes, dearie.


3) Are you more like Loki who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or. . . give me a minute. . . Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his. . . fake head, whilst destroying the world.

I have to admit, some days, the clever plans of mass destruction are just so beautiful, I do shed an internal tear or two.

4) What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer?

lisbon, apparently never got caught

5) What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semi-sweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable.

Anything but white. White is for the good wizards. Evil dragon writers eat real chocolate.

Chocolate milk is good [I can be an evil child mastermind if I want]. Also, chocolate cheesecake [a sophisticated evil child mastermind].

6) What is your villainous title? You may not have "Evil Overlord" because that one is mine.

I like to go under the radar. Strike when nobody's looking and disappear without a clue. They never know who or what hit them. Titles have never been my forte. . . in any aspect.

7) Which one of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

But I don't have to. I hold all the strings. 

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8) Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight like Moriarty? Give me details!

I prefer a low key look.


9) How do you react when you kill off a character who is dear to you? Do you laugh evilly out loud? Do you chuckle under your breath and quickly glance around for your next victim? Do you go weep in the corner like you just lost your best friend? Or do you just shrug indifferently?

I move on in life . . . and sketch out blueprints for a barricade in case future readers seek revenge.

10) If you had to chose a fictional character (from books, movies, etc.) to sum up your villainous style as an evil writer, who would it be? Why?

I could say President Snow. Because he narrows down a target, obsesses over it, and destroys everything it loves.


I could say Loki. Because he disappears into the void and then returns with amazing plans for mass manipulation, but the other characters have their own ideas. . .


He also stands on the fence and will help either villain or hero depending on his current mood.

via GIPHY do what I want

11) Do you believe in killing off main characters, or are they your smol precious babies whom you can't even fathom laying a hand (or a steel-tipped ax) upon? (#whimpyevilwriter)

Story trumps all. Even protagonists.

12) Have you ever chickened out of your evilness and tried to resurrect a fallen character who you have already brutally murdered? Or do you-- as they say-- let the sleeping skeleton life?

it is what it is.

 What makes you think that resurrecting a character back into the world of my imagination's making is an act of mercy?

12) When murdering a character, do you often describe it in cringe-worthy detail, or do you prefer to say "SPLAT! He's dead," and be done with it? (Bonus Question: have you ever actually said, "SPLAT! He's dead" in one of your writing projects?)

Hm, depends in what way I want to manipulate the readers' emotions. Different characters and situations call for different deaths.

What about you? Let me know in the comments, or even better, steal the tag!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Footnotes is back!


So sorry for the unannounced disappearance of your beloved Footnotes link up. Starting today Footnotes shall be returning under its regularly scheduled time for the sole purpose of your enjoyment and pleasure. It is currently under the responsibility of the remaining admin who obviously is the sole author of this blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Footnotes, it's a link-up wherein you write about quotes. You can expound up on that quote or just throw out and quote and for your readers to mull over. Whatever you want.

Feburary's prompt

a quote that scares you

the button

the link

Write like a fiend! 

 via GIPHY walking away bye exit sherlock

Friday, January 12, 2018

Small or Big // Book Pros and Cons

We always compare paperbacks and hardbacks, but what about small books and big books? Of course, there is that quote that. . . someone said [apparently] about how a book is never too long. And there's another about liking big books and not lying [how honest]. So with that, one would think that the vote is unanimously for big books.

Ha! Sir, I contest thee.

Anastasia/ romance

Perhaps shorter books have redeeming qualities too, and long books some not-so-advertised qualities. Ever think of that? We shall explore.

Big Books

The Pros
[Think you're so huge and mighty, huh! Well. . .] 

 Well, yes. (gif)

1) There's a whole lot of book, thus a whole lot of adventure.

2) Some people see a challenge. They tend to be the people who like a challenge.

3) They make good improv weapons.

 thumbs up

4) You can stack them to add necessary height in any number of circumstances: for setting up a camera for a bookstagram shot, for reaching the top shelf, for building a book fortress. . . use your imagination.

5) You can hide your face behind them when in public or when running from your enemies

6) They make you look smart.

7) They build your capacity for commitment [if you actually finish them and you're into that kinda thing].

8)  You can read and exercise simultaneously.

The Cons
[Indeed, these exist.]

 The best part!

1) They are so heavy! Have you ever traveled with big books [obviously you can't travel with just one book no matter how big]. This is why books went digital. It's the fault of long-winded writers and big books [thanks Tolkien]. And what if you want to take it to school, but you have to fit all those textbooks in your backpack too?

2) They are daunting.

3) Like what if you don't want to commit to something that loooong!?

4) What if  you don't have that kind of time?

5) Or attention span?

6) They're discouraging to slow readers. It can take a year to read one.

7) They attract a lot of attention in public. If you're carrying around this ginormous book, people tend to see it. They lean over and ask you questions about said book when obviously

a) you're reading, thus hello, you want to be left alone


b) dude, if you want to know the title, just read the cover or spine

 tumblr_inline_mgy6cwOR511r0ty9w.gif (300×313) you don't say?

c) your introvert soul certainly does NOT want to be noticed, especially not by strangers


d) reading in public is neither a spectator sport nor a team effort, so go away

e) please and thank you.

 Charming Smile of Death, Moriarty

Small Books

The Pros
[Huzzah! I mean, uh, totally not biased here]


1) They're small and adorable, and sometimes they even fit inside your pocket.

2) They're less time-consuming.

3) They're more approachable.

4) You can read them fast.

5) Thus you can read more of them. 

Me at the library grabbing ALL the books

6) They don't attract as much attention in public, so you can manage to hide as an introvert and do your reading undisturbed.

7) You feel so accomplished for having read a book in a day or two. It was only 200 pages? Pfft. Don't be silly. Page numbers don't factor into the equation at all.

8) They're the perfect packing size and won't tear your arm off when lifting them. [So I've a 5 pound textbook this semester. Honest. I weighed it on a scale. What is wrong with professors?]

9) People who have short attention spans and commit issues can read books too!

10) They're like coffee. They're energy and motivation shots that keep you going throughout your insane life.


The Cons
[Just to be fair]

Moriarty eye roll

1) They don't hide your face well. So to hide from your enemies, you have to go secret agent style and use a newspaper.

2) There's less book, so less adventure. Like, where is the rest? What if you want more?

3) They're not the best choice of weaponry. Unless your opponent is a fly, I guess, they're great fly swatters, yeah? Or if you're talking paper cuts. Never underestimate paper cuts.

4) They're just a little too easy to finish. Is it weird that sometimes you want something that takes more effort?

Loki gif.

PS--So sorry for being gone for about ever. Without telling you. Heh. . . Uh, not dead? 

gif, sorry

What do you prefer, small books or big? What would you add to the list?