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The Writerly Sibling Tag

Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

Wow, I haven’t posted anything in over a week! I hope this post is worth the wait!

Before I say anything, I need to say something (did you just say that, Danny-boy?)… I stole this tag.

You may be thinking, “A pastor’s kid stealing?? That’s like a firefighter’s kid being an arsonist!”

But, technically, it wasn’t stolen, it was more like… given. By Alabama “Montgomery” Rose. So, sí, gracias, Montgomery.

Now on with the post!

This is about siblings in writing. Here are the rules:

  1. Numero uno: Say gracias to the blogger who tagged you (look above).
  2. Answer the questions assigned by both the other blogger and you.
  3. Only use your characters. Not anyone else’s. Billy’s, not Jimmy’s, not your next door neighbor’s, and not even Tolkien’s (as awesome as they are)!
  4. Tag tres otros bloggers.
  5. If any of your siblings happen to blog likewise, they are automatically tagged, but not counted as one of the three.
  6. Add a question to the set of questions that already exist and have been assigned to you. For example, the person who tagged me answered 14 questions, one of which was her own, now I have to answer 15 questions, one of which is my own, then the person I tagged has to answer 16 questions, one of which is their own, and so on and so forth.
  7. Close the post by honoring our Heavenly Father.

Now to begin!

Name the most annoying sibling character in any of your stories (Either annoying to you as the author to any other characters)

Um… I’d say… Brawny. He’s one of the three MCs in my book Beyond the Wolf, and he is a sort of kind and good character, but for some reason I am really annoyed by him.

Name the most caring sibling character in any of your stories

I’ve never actually written what I have so far for his book, because adding another book to all my other writing projects is what I would consider total chaos. But, I still consider it one of my book projects (I will refer to it as Book in My Head, or BMH). Anyway, the most caring sibling character in any of my books is Anna, older sister of adopted Luis and not-adopted Grace. She is 18, I think, and just really caring and nice. I can’t wait to write down her character when I finish one of my other projects! The runner up is Jewel from BtW.

Name the most entertaining sibling character in any of your stories

Ugh, I don’t know! Who told me to answer these questions anyway?? Oh, yeah, Montgomery. *sigh* Well, I would say the answer to this question is Rock? He is the older sibling of one of the three MCs, Yarrow, from BtW. I personally enjoy writing the squabbles between him and Yarrow.

Name a sibling character who was inspired in some way by an actual sibling

Hmm. Actually, for my stories, I usually make many of the characters based of, well, me. It really helps to express myself. You can ask a bunch of writers, and I bet you at least two out of five would say that they love to express themselves through their writing. Anyway, I’d say that I based Ember from BtW and Benedict from Somethingsomethingblablabla (the temporary name for the book I am coauthoring. I know, it’s an amazing name.;) The abbreviation is SSBBB) are based on my little, adorable, three year old sister Emma.

Professional Emma

Name the largest character family (family, not family tree) in any of your stories

Elinor’s family from BMH and Meldor’s family from Warriors of Terocayl Trilogy book #1: The First War (WoTT #1: TFW). There are ten siblings in each of their families. I have seven siblings myself. People always say my family is huge, though I never thought so. I grew up going to a homeschool co-op where many of the families were “large”: 5-11 kids.

Provide one to three excerpts from your sibling characters’ dialog from any of your stories

Here you go (Sharpgrin is not a sibling, but a friend. Yarrow and Rock are siblings. All are wolves):

Yarrow rolled onto her opposite side as Sharpgrin nudged her, trying to get her up.

“Wake up! Ugh, Rock, get your sister to get up!” he complained.

“I can try…” He nudged her a couple of times, and then eventually decided to nipe at her ears.

“Ow, ow, ow!” she exclaimed, hastily getting up. “It works every time!” Rock grinned triumphantly.

Yarrow angrily walked to where the meat was at, with her head held high. Halfway there, she stopped, closed her eyes, opened them, revealing a green glow (all this with her head facing away from Rock and Sharpgrin), and then a vine shot out of the ground and whipped Rock in the side. “Ouch!” he cried, as he leaped back.

“She is clearly not in a good mood today.” grumbled Rock, as he licked his bruise.

Yarrow humphed. The vine whipped Rock again, then fell limp to the ground, as Yarrow walked away and began eating her piece of deer.

Now do you see why I love writing the sibling relationship between Rock and Yarrow?? Rock is older, but Yarrow has the power to control plants, AND IT’S JUST SO FUN TO WRITE!! XD

If I started actually writing BMH, I would have dozens of these. *wistful sigh*

Name three publish books which have an amazing portrayal of siblings or family

  1. Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang. Sure, it is a very sad book (it is a memoir on Jiang’s life as a girl in communist China) but I love the relationship she had with her siblings.
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia by if-you-don’t-know-who-then-I-don’t-know-you. -_- The Pevensies!!!
  3. Ginger Pye by Elinor Estes. The Pyes are so fun to read.

Name another author’s character family that you wouldn’t mind jumping into

I DON’T KNOW!!! Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh I know! I wanna be the younger bro of Nock and Bolt!! They are from the Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson!

Provide an excerpt of sibling drama or camaraderie from any title (don’t forget to give the author credit!)

Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes. Historically, I think Boston is more important, but more recently, I think New York is much more important (CHICAGO IS IMPORTANT TOO).

Name two characters from two unrelated books that you feel would make for great literary siblings (whether in terms of getting along, or being in constant head-to-head combat)

Oh my, definitely Henry from Henry and Ribsey by Beverly Cleary and Jerry from Ginger Pye!!!

What sibling trope would you like to write in the future?

¡No sé! Umm… I like writing the older, sweet sister trope, I think…

Which of your own sibling groups would you love to join?

Eh… *taps foot* I give up. *facedesk* Am I allowed to give up? Uhhhh… I don’t really feel like I would fit in with any of my families, unless I replaced a character. So, I guess the Davidsons, and I would replace Luis, maybe…

If you could adopt only one of your fictional siblings as your own sibling, who would it be?

Ember! ‘Cause she’s a nice young wolf.

What fictional character most reminds you of yourself as a sibling?

As a sibling, maybe Elinor Lee from BMH. As a character in general, Luis Guerra/Davidson.

If you could revive (that is, bring back to life) any sibling character from another author’s book, who would you revive?

Captain Valithor/Grampin from the Door Within Trilogy!! Particularly Captain Valithor.

And that’s all of my answers! I will now tag…

  1. Felicity “Lissie” Wales
  2. Esther “Star” Lawe
  3. Elisabeth “Beth” Hutto

I expect good answers from you three!

Las Preguntas

  1. Name the most annoying sibling character in any of your stories (Either annoying to you as the author to any other characters)
  2. Name the most caring sibling character in any of your stories
  3. Name the most entertaining sibling character in any of your stories
  4. Name a sibling character who was inspired in some way by an actual sibling
  5. Name the largest character family (family, not family tree) in any of your stories
  6. Provide one to three excerpts from your sibling characters’ dialog from any of your stories
  7. Name three publish books which have an amazing portrayal of siblings or family
  8. Name another author’s character family that you wouldn’t mind jumping into
  9. Provide an excerpt of sibling drama or camaraderie from any title (don’t forget to give the author credit!)
  10. Name two characters from two unrelated books that you feel would make for great literary siblings (whether in terms of getting along, or being in constant head-to-head combat)
  11. What sibling trope would you like to write in the future?
  12. Which of your own sibling groups would you love to join?
  13. If you could adopt only one of your fictional siblings as your own sibling, who would it be?
  14. What fictional character most reminds you of yourself as a sibling?
  15. If you could revive (that is, bring back to life) any sibling character from another author’s book, who would you revive?

That’s all for today, friends!

With God’s Help, 

Daniel L. Amador

Important Side Note: Don’t forget my blog post/poll about whether I should have a snippet series for my book or not! So far it has six votes (besides mine). Gracias!

CREDIT TO DANIEL L. AMADOR FOR ALL PHOTOS IN THIS BLOG POST.

5 thoughts on “The Writerly Sibling Tag”

  1. “A pastor’s kid stealing?? That’s like a firefighter’s kid being an arsonist!” Oh my word Danny you had me laughing throughout this post!

    “Who told me to answer these questions anyway?? Oh, yeah, Montgomery. *sigh*” 😂 I think Imma go hide in a cave now…

    Lol, good job, Danny! Your answers were super fun to read! And Rock and Yarrow sound quite amusing to write. XP Aren’t sibling relationships SO FUN!?

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  2. Hey Danny, thanks for the tag! I would love to do this, but I’m just using Mom’s blog at present. I just changed it to my name, so I could like other peeps’ blogs lol!
    But if you absolutely want me to, I can just do it over email…

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