I have no idea who made this tag. If you know, please tell me and I’ll give them due credit.
Would you Rather…
1)…have a Male main character or Female main character?
Well, about half of all of my planned projects are female. So I’ll say female.
2)…wake up before dawn every day to write or stay up into the early morning hours to write?
I want to start waking up before dawn, but right now I’m still in the stay up until the early morning phase. I mean, it’s 1:30 AM right now. No good. Bad.
3)…write a book that is torturous to write but which is very popular or write a book that is fun to write but which is only known by a small audience?
Write a fun book with a small but voracious audience. The others will catch up.
4)…write a SciFi story or a Fantasy story?
Fantasy. If that is all I was allowed to write, that’s fine. Gimme.
5)…use first person or third person?
Third. I’m so bad at first. I need to work on that, and I will, but today is not that day. At this point, I’m set up to write thirteen or so stories, and none of them are planned to be first person. Maybe I’ll do some short stories for practice.
6)…meet any character of any book/short-story in real life for one day or personally know any author you wish?
Oh, that’s a hard choice. I’m going to say meet Eddis from The Thief. While I would love to meet Gen, he’s a liar and a thief, and I have questions that need answers. Eddis would be straight up with me and we’d have fun.
But then…I could personally know Megan Whalen Turner…
Okay, no, that one. I’d want to know Megan Whalen Turner. MWT is Queen.
7)…only be able to write your book in scenes from Beginning to End or only be able to write it in scenes that jump around in the timeline randomly?
That second way is what I’ve basically been doing, and I’m good with that. Just bridge all those random bits together, and somehow, a story emerges.
8)…only be able to write dialog if you act out the voices out loud or only be able to write action if you act it out in real life?
If I did it the second way, I’d have to learn parkour, fight an undead army and a dragon, and stab someone. I’d have to go to prison and break a war criminal out.
I’m going to have to pick the first one.
9)…publish with the most successful publishing house in your genre but have to wait 2 years to see your book in print or self-publish with no expense or marketing assistance but see your book in print within 3 months?
The second one. Which is what I’m doing. Because I have no chill or patience. It might be a bit more than 3 months though.
10)…write a goofy story or write a serious story?
Goofy. I’m hilarious. My sarcasm and sassy ways do much better in written form than they do spoken aloud. That gets me in trouble. I don’t like serious that much but I can do that too.
11)…have an authorial “voice” that always sounds like the narrator from Planet Earth or have an authorial “voice” that always sounds like Captain Kirk?
Planet Earth…wait, no…
William Shatner-Captain Kirk or Pine-Captain Kirk? Because if it’s Pine, then I pick him.
12)…write a story knowing that you will have to kill off the main character eventually or write a story knowing that everyone the main character is close to you will eventually have to kill off?
Kill everyone the main character loves. Go full out Jason Bourne on their life. And then fall into a depressive funk, publish it, and wait for people to stop sending me hate-mail and cry with me.
13)…leave your ending somewhat open and bittersweet or leave your ending on a cliffhanger?
Somewhat open and bittersweet.
14)…have your cover art designed by Tim Burton or have your cover designed by Stan Lee?
15)…write in many different genres or write only in one genre?
Considering how varied the genre can be, I’ll say one and Fantasy. I can do whatever I want.
16)…have all of your characters have some physical deformity or have all of your characters have some internal twisted nature?
Internal twisted nature. Think Iago from Othello. I love Iago. He’s horrible.
17)…have an orphaned main character with good friends or a main character with a good-sized family and family problems?
Family with family problems. Now that I think about it, that’s two of my series. The other one is found family.
18)…write the sex scene or not write the sex scene?
Not write the sex scene. Never write the sex scene.
19)…write about uncertain dangers and intrigue or write about direct confrontation and violence?
Uncertain dangers and intrigue. I think you can add more emotional weight that way.
20)…have to answer any question put to you by your fans or have no fans asking you questions?
Megan Whalen Turner basically never answers questions about her work. How old her character Eugenides is widely speculated but never confirmed? Any siblings? Unknown. The Minister of War’s name has been the Minister of War for four books. It’s more fun that way for her to not tell the fans anything, and I agree. No questions, please. (but no, y’all can ask question, it’s cool)
If anyone else decides to do the tag, I’d love to see your answers.