I have been tagged by my dear author friend, Jenelle Schmidt for a delightful game of “What If…?” Thanks, Jenelle!
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1. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent fantasy book you read comes to your assistance… who are they? Will they be helpful?
I suppose Kaladin, Dalinar, Jasnah, and Shallarn from The Way of Kings would show up.
So Dalinar, dressed in slate gray shard plate lifts up the car with magically enhanced strength while Jasnah uses her fabrial to make a brand new engine. Shallarn decides to sketch the car since she’s never seen one before, while Kaladin looks on just shaking his head. “Really, Dalinar?” he says. “You summoned me out here for this? I could be training my men.”
Dalinar looks to the horizon. “The journey is more important than the destination,” he says.
2. You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last fairy tale you read, where are you and how do you plan to get out?
Oh no. I am deep underground lair of Princess Makemnoit from George MacDonald’s short story, The Light Princess. There is a terrible dripping sound coming from somewhere. Darkness clings all around me. I must keep calm. I take a few deep breaths and somehow feel a slight breeze on my cheek. I follow in that direction, stumbling over steps. Am I going upward? I must be, and yet my sense of direction is flummoxed. All I have is that little breeze to follow.
It seems to take forever, but I eventually stumble into the blinding light of Makemnoit’s study. The light is overwhelming, but after a moment I realize it is only moonlight. The evil princess is thankfully asleep, allowing me to slip out one of the windows of her study and into the surrounding woods. Oh, there’s nothing worse than being caught in the belly of the earth!
3. You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend… which mythical creature do you get?
A pegasus. I’ve always wanted to ride one, ever since I was young. I imagine fying on the back of one would be utterly enchanting. And they are such beautiful creatures with their sleek, beautiful lines and powerful bodies, the pure whiteness of them just adds to their otherworldly beauty.
4. In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fantasy hero or heroine. Who are you?
Mr. Frodo wouldn’t have got very far without his DJ, would he? Well, I think at 6’2″ I might make a ridiculous hobbit, and I’ve no skill at gardening whatsoever, but Samwise Gamgee would be my choice. I don’t know that I would have his power to resist the ring either, but I would go with Frodo to the end, even to the fires of Mt. Doom.
5. To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?
Well, I suppose the obvious answer is to ask Gandalf to let us ride the eagles, but I’m not so sure that would have gone unnoticed by the flying ringwraiths. And I probably would have knocked Gollum over the head shortly after he joined us and ended up messing up the ending so no, I don’t guess I would do anything differently.
6. If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?
I think I’d have to be a bard. I play guitar and setting the deeds of the heroes to song might be a wonderful pursuit. Plus bards get to wear the most outlandish things. Yes, I think I’d have a great deal of fun in the role of bard, come to think of it.
7. One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy?
My son has a full-sized sparring longsword made from polypropylene. One day he comes to me and says, “Dad, I think this sword it was…it was talking to me! It said, ‘I am no ordinary blade. I was made for you. And one day you will carry me before kings,”…W-what’s happening?”
“I don’t know,” I reply. “But if that happens again, do what it tells you!” Secretly, I think, “Hmm…this might make a good story…”
8. You are transported into a magical realm and turned into a mythical beast… what beast/fantasy creature do you want to be?
I’m going to cheat a little here since I already got to talk about what fantasy creature I’d most like to have as a companion. Instead let’s broaden the question to include fantasy races. And in that case, I would definitely most want to be an elf.
Elves are more than pointy ears and immortality. They have a closeness to nature and crafted things that I admire. Their days are filled with song, merriment, and beauty. And just think if I lived that long how many books I could write!
9. If you could read your way into any fantasy realm, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which realm would you choose?
I’d choose to read my way into Middle-earth if I could. I know it’s a pretty dangerous place, but maybe I could read my way in after the War of the Ring was over. I’d travel to Gondor and see Aragorn and Arwen, go to the Shire to see Merry, Pippin, and Sam, ride horses with Eomer in Rohan, and maybe even track down the elusive Tom Bombadil and spend a week or two with him and Goldberry. It would be sad not getting to meet Gandalf, Elrond, Bilbo, or Galadriel, but I think it would still be a wonderful time.
10. As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a magical power. What is it?
Teleportation. One minute I’m safe at home writing a novel, the next I’m over in Korea to watch short track speed skating at the Olympics. How amazing would that be? Oh, and think of all that time wasted driving! No more traffic or long hours hunched over in a seat. Yes, teleportation would be my power.
Well, that was fun! I hope you enjoyed a few of my answers, or imagined what yours might be. I think most of my blogging friends have already been tagged, but if not and you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged if you’d like to give it a go!
And if you don’t have a blog, let me know your answers to the questions that interest you most in the comments below!