I Got Tagged


I got Tagged! And it’s a good thing! Fellow author Meg Sorick tagged me to participate in Writers Tag, a creative way to get to know other writers.  Thank you, Meg!

Meg is Writer’s Digest 2017 1st Place E-Book Award Winner so be sure to visit her blog and her Amazon Author Page. The Writers Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen for writers to connect with each other and help expand our writing community. To participate, we answer 12 tag questions and are encouraged to tag other writers. So, here we go:

Name one novel which inspired me to write. It wasn’t a novel. It was an experience I had supporting a friend at a comedy club. I was so out of place in the audience of a sea of twentysomethings I felt old. It didn’t help matters that the warmup comedian spotted me and called me ‘Pops.’ I wrote a short funny story about it on Watt Pad and realized that I liked writing things that people could read.

What’s your favorite genre to read and write? I believe its science fiction. I love the concept of world building. That said, I also like horror. Creepy things in the night attacking the unsuspecting keeps me awake…and reading.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone or series? Id say stand alone so I can move on to another idea immediately. I have so many ideas and so little time.

Use three words to describe yourself: Introvert, Workaholic, Empathetic

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your main character or setting. I  have yet to understand why someone who knows me for several years can make the mistake of mispronouncing my name at times. Most common is Donneil. My current WIP flash fiction has an antagonist that becomes murderous when his name is spoken incorrectly. Well, they do say ‘write what you know.

How long did your first manuscript take to draft? I have 3 unfinished manuscript’s mostly due to not following my own diary advice about WIP. https://darnellcureton.com/2018/11/21/diary-of-a-bad-writer-week-8/

Who is your author idol? Octavia Estelle Butler. Through community college and workshops she began writing science fiction. She went on to receive multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards for her creativity.

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on. My new naive writing passion caused me to share a 1st draft novella to a seasoned writing group. They tore through it like locusts during one of the Plagues of Egypt. To carry on, I realized that I had to learn the basic rules of writing (before breaking them) and keep 1st drafts of anything at home.

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself. I love the feeling I get when I teach someone how to use an IOT device (anything used on the internet) It reminds me I missed my calling in life, to be a school teacher. Young minds need more people that care.

Share the hardest part about being a writer and how you overcame it. I battle keeping the confidence to write. Its still an issue but I get encouragement from reading about other writers struggles and what they do to overcome it. And I comment on their blogs. It’s nice to know that someone took a minute to let you know they read your work.

What’s your favorite social media and why? Share your link. My interest in social media is low, but it can be used to grow interest in my writing. Find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DarnellCureton

Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less. Continue To Write, Continue To Improve.

*** nominee time***

As a reminder, no one is obligated to participate in The Writers Tag. I’m doing so because I enjoy reading other writers work and Id like to give their Blogs a moment to shine!

I nominate the following writers:

Iain Kelly – the Blog IainKellyWriting

Shantanu Baruah – the Blog Ckonfab, Poetries & More

ReDux Of Rex – the Blog ReDux Of Rex

Dave Stancliff – the Blog House Of Flash Fiction

Kristian – the Blog Tales From The Mind Of Kristian   

Dark Netizen – the Blog The Dark Netizen

If you decide to participate, here are the instructions:

Post the Tag and Image (see above) on your blog.

Thank whoever nominated you and give a link back to their blog.

Mention the creators of the tag and link back to their blogs.

 Answer the 12 questions.

 Nominate 6+ bloggers and notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs. (Optional!)

Fun fun!

  One thought on “I Got Tagged

  1. July 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! I had no idea you mentioned my blog. I was surfing your blog today (7/22/19) and discovered it. Belated thanks. Goes to show I haven’t been keeping up too well. I’m on the Darnell Train these days however!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. May 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Great to find out more about you. What an unusual reason for learning to write. I have looked over some of my old stuff. Sometimes the idea can be good even if the execution need a lot of work.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Scherezade Ozwulo
    January 7, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Awesome reading your answers. I too like Octavia Butler. How psyched was I to know there was a Black female sci-fi writer! Unfortunately, I’m still reading Lillith’s (Xenogenesis) journey with the wiggly people and that was over a year ago. So detailed.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Yes. Her world building can be overwhelming. 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read. Means a lot to me.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Scherezade Ozwulo
        January 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        No prob!😉


  4. December 6, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Wow. Thank you so much for tagging me. I really appreciate it. I am sorry it has taken me so long to realise. I loved your answers.


  5. December 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Hey, Darnell. Thank you for following BrewMSpew.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. November 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Hey Darnell,

    Thanks for mentioning on my blog.

    Great post. We should have a started writing in our 40s club. 😉

    Have a great weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Meg
    November 30, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Thanks for participating, Darnell! I enjoyed your answers. I can relate to the ‘finding your calling late in life’ idea. I finally figured out my true passions in my late 40’s. Well, it’s never too late until your dead… I think somebody famous said that. And kudos to you for taking an uncomfortable situation and using it as source material for fiction. I swear that sort of thing is therapeutic! I hope you finish those three manuscripts and I wish you the very best of luck with publishing! Thanks again ~ Meg


    • November 30, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Thank you for the encouragement Meg. You’re right, its never too late… I plan on keeping my Blog active for 2019 and complete those manuscripts, one at a time. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Meg
        November 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

        Thanks! You, too!


  8. November 30, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations and thanks for nominating me.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. November 30, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Nice post, and thanks for the tag. I may not have the time to participate, but if I get a chance I will 🙂


  10. November 30, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Great interview and enjoyed reading it quite a bit. Always nice to get a little hype from your peers.

    Liked by 1 person

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