Never Have I Ever…

I came upon this tag through the incredible author, blogger, and talented weaver-of-horror, Priscilla Bettis. Thanks, Priscilla!

Credit goes to The Long Voyage for the original version of this tag.

Confession: I didn’t know what the “Never Have I Ever” drinking game was until I came along Priscilla’s post which explained: The idea is to truthfully say, “No, I’ve never done that,” to questions that other people say, “Yes, I admit I’ve done that.” Rest assured, the blogger version involves no alcohol and is (almost) clean.

NEVER HAVE I EVER STARTED A NOVEL THAT I DID NOT FINISH.
Untrue. . . I have so many works-in-progress that I am considering labelling myself as a procrastinator. I honestly don’t know what sort of green-light I am waiting for to get back to these stories! I think my husband’s medical issues are at lease ninety-five percent responsible for my writing lag. I worry a lot.

NEVER HAVE I EVER WRITTEN A STORY COMPLETELY BY HAND.
Yes, back in the old days when I would write in bed. I am so happy with computers now!

NEVER HAVE I EVER CHANGED TENSES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORY.
I cannot think of a particular instance where I did this, but, if I’m on a roll and follow my characters, I go with the flow and make corrections after I get the main parts of the story down.

NEVER HAVE I EVER NOT RESEARCHED ANYTHING BEFORE STARTING A STORY.
I research as I go along.

NEVER HAVE I EVER CHANGED A PROTAGONIST’S NAME HALFWAY THROUGH A DRAFT.
Of course, I have! Sometimes, I’ll change the character’s name three or four times until he/she is happy that I identified them properly. They have feelings, you know.

NEVER HAVE I EVER FALLEN ASLEEP WHILE WRITING.
No. Never.

NEVER HAVE I EVER CORRECTED SOMEONE’S GRAMMAR IN REAL LIFE OR ONLINE.
Sometimes I’ll correct my husband with his mispronunciation of words. My boys were/are good with grammar and writing.

NEVER HAVE I EVER YELLED IN ALL CAPS AT MYSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A NOVEL.
Ha! Sometimes my yelling includes curse words!

NEVER HAVE I EVER USED “I’M WRITING” AS AN EXCUSE.
No. I’ve used it as an answer to the question, “So, what have you been doing today?”

NEVER HAVE I EVER KILLED A CHARACTER BASED ON SOMEONE I KNOW IN REAL LIFE.
No. I have a very weird standard pertaining to Karma.

NEVER HAVE I EVER DRANK AN ENTIRE POT OF COFFEE WHILE WRITING.
No. I have tremors in my hands so my caffeine intake is extremely limited — one cup per day.

NEVER HAVE I EVER SPILLED A DRINK ON MY LAPTOP WHILE WRITING.
No. If I need a drink, I’ll walk away from my desk and take a break either on the patio or in the kitchen.

NEVER HAVE I EVER WRITTEN BETWEEN 1 A.M. AND 6 A.M.
Ha! You must be kidding! Back in the old days, that’s when I did my best writing!

NEVER HAVE I EVER WRITTEN DOWN DREAMS TO USE IN POTENTIAL PLOTS.
Untrue. I kept dream journals for years and have published some poems based on my dreams. There is still a lot of material waiting to be transformed.

NEVER HAVE I EVER PUBLISHED AN UNEDITED STORY ONLINE.
Correct.

NEVER HAVE I EVER TYPED SO LONG MY WRISTS HURT.
My wrists always hurt with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tremors.

NEVER HAVE I EVER FORGOTTEN TO SAVE MY WORK.
I do save my work and have a backup drive. My problem is that I have not made a habit of backing up my work to the backup drive which is kind of like playing Russian roulette.

NEVER HAVE I EVER LAUGHED LIKE AN EVIL VILLAIN WHILE WRITING A SCENE.
Hmmm, I think I have, I’m just trying to remember which story and what villain.

NEVER HAVE I EVER CRIED WHILE WRITING A SCENE.
Yes. Absolutely I have cried while writing a scene.

I’m not one to tag others, but it’s a fun tag, so if you wanna do this one, go for it. Here are the rules:

Link and thank the blogger who tagged you.
Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!)
Answer the questions truthfully and honestly.
Tag 3 bloggers, here are my three:

Gary Bonn

Maria Cristina Gino Baroso

Jim Bates

Feature image by Derick McKinney on unsplash (altered).

“You don’t stop having fun when you get old,
you get old when you stop having fun.”

-Ritu Ghatourey


One thought on “Never Have I Ever…

  1. Hey, that was me!

    I enjoyed reading your answers. If you’ve never fallen asleep writing, then no wonder you can write in bed (when you wrote longhand). I can’t even read in bed or else I’d drift off.

    I agree, our characters have feelings, so they get a say in their names.:-)

    Fun post!

    Liked by 1 person

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