Saturday 7 August 2021

One Quirk Later #8 || The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag


Good moooorning! 

Or as I always hear it in my head: 

So I'm here with a quirk, as I said I would be? And you're here reading it, as you said I hoped you would be? So we're all men of our word, really, except for Elizabeth, who is, in fact, a woman.

In conclusion: 

to celebrate the weekend,

a Quirk. *waves arms vaguely*


One Quirk Later: Prompt #8

August 2021 quirk: apologies for the inconvenience of my murder

  Oh look, it's a link to my Pinterest. Enable your procrastination and my own by following the link and me


So first of all, we have a reference to murder! this is definitely not a theme with the quirks! nothing to see here, folks! 

( I feel like there might be a change in tone with this Quirk, though? It does seem a little different to previous ones. Although that... might just be the presence of actual colour.....)

Secondly, I have no idea what I'm doing with this Quirk. Which is... kind of the point, really. I try to build the story around the pictures, not the pictures around the story in my head. It means I'm scratching around thinking of ideas just like you!

...Because, of course, you will be joining in. *nod nod*

To join in with this madness:

  1. Write whatever this picture prompt inspires you to!
  2. Post it on your blog!
  3. Link back to this post—and there's a link-up image, too, if you'd like to use that.
  4. Comment on one of my posts so I can come and read your amazing writing!!
  5. And I'll drop links to everyone's stories in the next post. (:

On the last Saturday of August*, I will post my Quirk in response to this prompt. But you can use any Quirk prompt at any time! Just let me know if you do, so I can come and read it and squeal. 💛

*I may have typed Auguts here and only found it days later. Now all I can think of is "aww, guts" in the same style as comics!Hawkeye's "aww, [object], no" collection of moments. 

Which sort of implies that my mind is either imagining guts falling out, or guts being somewhere annoying like in the boot of the car or something. Either way I assure you my mind is absolutely fine, why do you ask.

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So. Now we've got that sorted and I will be knocking on your blog door at the end of the month to collect the "insurance payment" story. 

And also! The tag! Once again from Kenzie at Smudged Thoughts, it's not incredibly overdue?? In fact! She just made it this May, so you may have seen it making the rounds already!

The Jolly Genre
Jubilee tag


  • thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog ➡ Kenzieeee
  • leave a link back to the creator of the tag because she is awesome!Kenzieeee
  • answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican apparently this is non-negotiable  ➡ this is also Kenzie, obviously ⬇

  • tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! and offer them biscuits ➡ I'm going to be doing things a bit differently... *laughs mysteriously* *promptly chokes* nO MORE TRYING TO LOOK COOL FOR ME IT'S TOO DANGEROUS




Banter. Fairy tales. 

This is definitely not because they come with a plot structure so I don't have to figure out how to build the story from the ground up, nope, not at all, what a novel idea oh wait it's not a novel idea and that's kind of the point xD


our standard answer: erotica

I don't think I'd ever write horror?? Having never read it bc that's just not my thing, writing it would be weird. Also, I don't know how to make things scary. 

Actually, now I'm intrigued, not to write horror but just to know... how do you write things scary? 🤔



Fantasy. Probably fairy tales? There's just something about them. A good fairy tale retelling is so fun to sink into.

I am also rather fond of the subgenre of thriller that is fugitives, runaways, that kind of thing. I may have mentioned this once or twice but this tag looks like an opportunity to yell about it again! I love them! And I always have trouble finding them! Please throw your recs at me!

(You get lamingtons and respect points if your recs have the fugitives being chased by a Gruff But Fair detective who grows to respect them and possibly ultimately works with them to take down the Actual Bad Guy but in a completely tsundere way like "I didn't even see you there, what are you talking about, also I would definitely never tell you that I left the keys in my car and will be busy arresting this dude for at least ten minutes.")


Um. Superheroes, maybe? Or a fairy tale? or runaways! 

The only problem is the safety of my family... Fictional families do not necessarily! have the best! survival rate! And I feel like runaways, while it might be thrilling, would require something to have happened to my family? And families in superhero stories have some of the worst survival rates, surely? if you ignore the not really dead "twists" Then again, fairy tale mothers are always dropping dead (and being replaced with evil stepmothers), and the fathers are barely better, and siblings get turned into swans and stuff?? 

...I don't know, mate. Fictional existence is fraught with danger. That's my piece of wisdom for the week, and I'm not even going to charge you for it. Out of the goodness of my heart, mate.

But it would NOT be contemporary YA romance. with me as a side character. that's all I can say except get me out of here ahahaha.


Please see the paragraph directly above!! 

I am, of course, the hardworking side character who gives good advice and recommends clear and open communication. *nod nod*

But also please get me out of here I'm allergic.


I once started a crime/thriller[-lite]* thing which relied on an amnesia plot? Which I'd still love to return to, I just... don't know how to handle that.

 *okay who am I kidding it was another fugitive story. the cop was her boyfriend. she didn't remember him so he didn't tell her. also he thought she murdered a bunch of ppl so that was fun.

It would also be really interesting to write some kind of alternate history story. Possibly that might mean a bit of steampunk or something, but I haven't really gotten into steampunk much (*ducks rotten fruit and the odd chicken*) because it seems to be mostly visual? and I work on emotion. So for me it would be a look at how the alternate history changed people, not... the transport and fashion. 

If I am wrong about steampunk let me know, I'd love a good story with lots of emotional conflict.

(Wait is Entwined kind of... steampunk-lite? alternate history? they had guns, right? but still carriages... but magic. Or am I misremembering. I don't even know.)



Uhhhh. Let's see... A plot bunny that rattles through my head periodically, although it's not new, is a fairy tale mixup where Snow White fades into the background, talking less, appearing infrequently... to cover up the fact that she's the new court Hunter. I don't even know how that would work ahahaaa. But I do know that she ends up with a cottage in the woods and small lost children find her.

...calling it a plot bunny is a bit of a misnomer, seeing as there is zero plot. xD


What defines a genre even.

  • Fantasy
    • Fairy tales.
  •  Contemporary/thriller?? who knows, not me
    • Runaways (I love it but also I was like 15 when I wrote that one so I'm scared to return to this genre and that story specifically)
    • And that one amnesia YA crime/thriller thing ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Superheroes.
  • Time travel yes I had that one Quirk that one time
  • Soft families. Am I even listing genres at this point or just tropes? who knows anym– actually, no, I do. I know. You'd hope that would stop me but nah. 
  • I wrote a script for a play once which was weird but that was fairy tales too. Meta fairy tales though.
  • Ohh I once had a flash fiction kind of piece which had aliens?? but that was. more of an experiment than anything else. 
  • I think I'm scratching for bullet points now, oops.

Okay so what I have decided is that, much as I might play around with super-short pieces, I am only capable of writing long stories if they started from fairy tales. I don't make the rules? 

I mean I thought I did but apparently not. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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THE QUESTIONS, for your convenience!

What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?

What genre would you NEVER get caught writing? . . .EVER.

What fictional genre feels most like home to you?

If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?

What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?

What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?

What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?

How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?

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So yeah anyway that's that. I meant to get this posted like eight hours ago but instead I went for a walk up a hill with friends so I'm not really complaining? (It was one friend's 21st. We at cereal on the top of the hill to celebrate. I have decided that cereal parties are the best.) What have you been up to? What genre does your life most resemble? not horror I hope. or a murder mystery. What genre is Entwined?? Also please send in your favourite pelican gif, this is important.

Most importantly, of course: are you ready for fictional murder? If you're joining in with this Quirk, drop me a link! My story will go up Saturday 28th, and I'd love to see yours!


  1. Jem! Hello! Or, I suppose, "Mooooorning."

    ACK! A new Quirk prompt! Dangit, I had my blog schedule planned out, but this is far too tempting to resist... :)

    That is, perhaps, the best pelican gif I've ever seen.

    I don't think I've ever read a book with that sort of Gruff But Fair Detective, and I kind of need one in my life now. Suggestions?

    (Are we supposed to infer that you are actually, currently, involved in a YA-ish romance as a SC in your real life? Because I've been there in my real life (as a very minor side character), and it's...kind of traumatic. If good in the end, usually. XD I wish you luck.)

    Right now, my life is one of those coming-of-age stories that I enjoyed as a kid, and that I'm really not enjoying right now because, SURPRISE, coming of age is hard. (I'm going to university in a week. Help.)

    1. Sorry-not-sorry for your blog schedule, Sam... xD

      And for appreciating the pelican gif, you get to be tagged!! mwahaha xD Feel free to call it "The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag Except I Replace 'Write' With 'Read'" (look at me, playing free and easy with Kenzie's tag just one step away from its origin, oops xD)

      Suggestions for the Gruff But Fair Detective... one of my favourites is the MG series by Gordon Korman, "On The Run" (six books, but they're that specific Scholastic MG paperback size, if that makes sense, so not too intimidating!)

      (I kinda am a SC in a YA novel?? but fortunately it seems to be going well. There is just... a lot a giggling. my Grinch heart is sickened. xD)

      How is university life treating you?? I hope everything's going amazing and you're enjoying your new adventures!

    2. I compromised by including it in my wrap-up:

      Ooh, I'll have to check that one out!

      (Ha, I knew it! I have been there, my friend. Have fun. It's not for the faint of Grinch hearts.) (Ok, that sounded totally weird. XD)

      University life is going well! I love it here, and I kind of feel like I'm living in a movie? It's epic. :)

  2. Ooooh a quirk!!! :D *brain starts churning ideas*

    I love fairytale retellings! What are some of your favorites? And also I too am always searching for good thriller/mystery/gruff-but-fair detective stories. Give me all your recommendations!

    Also I too don't read horror and have never written anything in that genre, but you made me want to see if I could write something scary. So. Here goes nothing. XD

    "Arms full of heavy groceries, she opened the door into the house, slamming it shut with her foot. Everything was quiet and dark as she stumbled to the kitchen and dumped the bags onto the counter. As she reached to turn on the lights, a soft but high pitched whine cut through the air, followed by creaking wood. She started. What could that be? She'd left the house empty and had no pets. Flicking the switch on, she abruptly whirled around. Red flowers drooping out of a green vase. Vegetables sticking out of bags on granite countertops. Light brown hardwood floors. The house was empty. Just as she'd left it.

    A hiss. Right behind her. She spun back around, ramming her back into the counter. A cat prowled on top of the fridge. Her breaths came in short gasps. She had no pets.

    A door slammed from within the house."

    1. For fairytale retellings, I like "Beauty" by Robin McKinlay! Or Shannon Hale's "Goose Girl". And for a detective, the small aussie author DJ Stutley's "Operation Foxtrot Five".

      "She had no pets." Elisha, this is an excellent line for horror! Now I feel like cats are the best place to start when setting out in this genre for the first time. 🤔

      Churn those Quirk ideas, Elisha, I will be coming for them... xD

    2. Thanks for the recommendations! :D I shall check those out.

      And here's the link to my quirk:

  3. I absolutely LOVE writing fairy tale retellings, for the same reasons you do. Plots are not my favorite thing.

    I feel like horror is mostly about weird details and word choice, tbh. I've written maybe one thing that counts as straight-up horror, but I do sometimes like putting weird and creepy details into my stories. Like overgrowth is a thing that shows up in my stories a lot? Vines creeping in through the windows of a house, for example. And also things that are just...aware but they shouldn't be? I think subtlety is really important for horror and a lot of horror just doesn't have that and it ends up being bad. Horror I like relies more on the creepiness and the Vibe(tm) than gore. I like stuff that feels kind of Gothic.

    I've had sort of a bad record for finishing flash fiction lately, but I still want to try writing something for the prompt! It looks fun.

    1. Yes yes fairytales are some of the politest stories, to bring their own plots xD

      Those are very good points, Becky?? (and now I want to try something vaguely creepy just to try out your tips. Hmmm...) Overgrowth and Gothic-style stuff and word-choice are all things that sound like Good Horror (which... is an oxymoron, but you know what I mean... Not gore xD)

      If you do write something for the prompt, let me know!! I'd love to see it <3

  4. I'm pretty sure Entwined is gaslamp fantasy, much like H.L. Burke's Spellsmith and Carver books.

    1. Gaslamp, of course! (Moments like this I start questioning everything. Mostly my qualifications as a reader and writer though. xD) Thanks, Sarah! :D

  5. SO EXCITED FOR THE QUIRK (even though I have NO IDEA what I'm going to do with it yet) AND ALSO EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR MURDER.

    1. YAY MURDER!!1!

      And I cannot wait to read your Quirk, Charles!! They're always so gooood (are there siblings again. or small children I must adopt. or large children. or anyone sad actually. I will adopt them.)

  6. Hey Jem! Here's my entry for One Quirk Later:

    1. I'm so excited to see you join us, Nicole!! :D

      *passes you a lamington*

  7. It is quite handy how fairy tales come with a plot structure because yikes, plotting from nothing is terrifying (...and yet that's what I do most of the time? I want to write more retellings, but then...I don't???) I personally have a really hard time naming characters (DECISIONS), so when I wrote a book about Santa Claus I was like, "THANK GOODNESS, HE COMES PRE-NAMED. HE IS NICHOLAS AND WE CAN MOVE ON."
    Side character in a YA contemporary romance?? Say it isn't so! *sympathetically hands you consolation cake* I feel your pain, mate.
    Ooh, YES alternate history. I have yet to try that genre either, but I would love to someday.
    Eating cereal on top of a hill sounds like an EXCELLENT way to celebrate a 21st birthday--or anything really. I went to a party for a friends 21st where we sat on the floor and made instruments out of Tinkertoys and rubber bands. It was wonderful.
    Here's my response to the quirk!

    1. YES not only do retellings come with plots you can then twist but the characters come with NAMES. And your tale of the joy over Santa Claus having a name is a whole writer mood xD

      *munches morosely on consolation cake* I am witness to so much giggling, my grinch heart, it's pained-

      That sounds like a really nice party, sort of personal and comfortable? I like.

      Thanks for your quirk, Charles!! I love it xD


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