It's been ages since I last participated in a tag, and recently I had the desire to join in with one, so to my luck I was tagged by the ...

It's been ages since I last participated in a tag, and recently I had the desire to join in with one, so to my luck I was tagged by the wonderful Victoria @ The Wanderer's Pen! (Thank you!) I believe it was originally created by Savannah, so thanks to her I'll be sharing a little more about myself, my writing journey, and goals today!

Here are the rules:

1) Link back to the person who created the tag
2) Thank the person who tagged you
3) Share the tag graphic
5) Tag eleven bloggers

Vital Stats And Appearance

Name: Melissa Gravitis

Nicknames: Liss, M, Lissy, or Mel (though only a select few people are allowed to call me these)

Birthday: In the summery month of December

Hair colour and length: Dark brown/reddish

Eye colour: Brown. Though for the first few years of my life, my eyes were green. For some unknown reason they decided to change to what they are now.

Braces/piercings/tattoos: None!

Righty or lefty: Righty.

Ethnicity: Caucasian (a mix of Scottish, English, Irish, and Latvian blood)


First novel written: 'Sharissa's Story'. It was about the best female thief in the world, and followed her on her adventures to steal the Black Diamond.

First novel completed: 'Royal Academy'. This one totaled around 90,000 words long, and split into three parts. I originally had all my friends as the characters, until I sent the story to them to read, and so changed their names. (One suspected the truth anyway!)

Award for writing: I received first place in one of my Creative Writing class's competitions, and was a semi-finalist in the GTW We Write Books Contest 2016. :)

First publication: None at present. I'm focusing on developing my craft first!

Conference: None. I've only been to writers' festivals.

Query/Pitch: Also none at present! xD


Novel (that you wrote): 'Golden Revenge'. It's one of the few stories that I've been able to return to, and still love as much as when I first wrote it!

Genre: Fantasy. Though I am enjoying more sci-fi as of recently!

Author: How can I choose? Holly Black, Jane Austen, Jay Kristoff, and Marie Rutkoski are on the top of my list though!

Writing music: Anything and everything.

Time to write: Late evening.

Writing snack/drink: Just water is enough for me. :)

Movie: 'Prince of Egypt'

Writing memory: Finishing writing a huge battle scene in one of my childhood novels (that will never see the light of day, thanks), and being hit with a huge rush. I felt completely in the story!

Childhood book: 'Enna Burning' by Shannon Hale.


Reading: 'The Crystal Tree' by Imogen Elvis

Writing: Editing draft 4 of Golden Revenge, first drafting Silver Storm, and brainstorming a few projects on the side, including The Tears We Bleed.

Listening to: The birds outside my window.

Watching: Nothing at this exact second.

Learning: How to balance my time better, and prioritise projects.


Want to be published: Yes, definitely! That's one of my goals.

Indie or traditional: At the moment I'm pursuing traditional publishing. Though the control aspect of indie publishing is appealing, I would love to have the experience to work with professionals.

Wildest goal: Be published in five years or less!

I've noticed many have already been tagged for this one, so please do this tag if you'd like to! Aside from that, I tag...

Tell me about you, and your writing! What's your wildest goal? What's your favourite novel you've written? Have you been to a writing conference before?
Have a wonderful day!

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  1. I loved reading more about you, Melissa!!

    Ah, Prince of Egypt!! <3 That's such a great movie.

    Good luck with your writing!!

    Danielle |

    1. Thanks Danielle, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

      It is!! I love the soundtrack especially. <3

      Thank you, and same to you!

  2. I've never been to a writing conference before, but I'd love to someday. I think my wildest goal would be to become a famous author and have at least one of my books turned into a movie, perfectly, of course. :)

    1. Same here; I hope you get the opportunity someday! :) Oooh those are great goals!

  3. I really enjoyed learning more about you, Melissa!!

    GOLDEN REVENGE. <3 <3 <3

    I haven't been to any writing conference either, but I badly want to sometime. :)

    Thanks for tagging me!

    1. Aw thanks Lila, I'm glad! <3

      <3 <3 <3 Thank you for all of your continuous support of the story!

      I hope you get to go to one some day then! :)

      You're very welcome!

  4. You got first place, that's impressive. Not surprised, your writing is fantastic!
    Thanks for the tag!

    1. Aw thank you, Skye, that means so much to me. <3 You're welcome, I look forward to your answers!

  5. Ahh you have so many projects going on! That's so exciting. I actually just got back from a writing conference, RealmMakers. It was crazy and amazing, haha.

    1. Haha yeah I do! xD Oooh that's so amazing! I'm so glad you had a great time! *hugs*

  6. That's an awesome goal to have! You can do it!!! Keep working hard!

    1. Aw, thanks Sarah! I hope your writing is going well! :)

  7. Yay! You did the tag! I'm happy you like it. ^ ^ It's great to know more about your writer self. :D Still can't get used to the fact that December is summer down there. XD

    1. Thanks Victoria, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) Haha I know, Northen Hemisphere folk always get confused when I say I was born in December. xD

  8. I love this tag -- it's always such fun to read people's answers to it!

    A local theater was showing Prince of Egypt last week, and I took my kids to it! They hadn't seen it before, and I hadn't seen it since it first was released, so it was a lot of fun. Two of them are actually studying the Exodus right now in school, and it's been so fun to watch them connect the dots between the real story and the movie version, and hear their takes on why the movie changed things.

    Good luck with your publishing goals!

    1. Yes, it's a great tag, I love reading others' answers too! :)

      Oooh I wish I could have gone with you, haha! It sounds like it was a lot of fun and a good experience for you all. Ah even better, if they're able to discuss it like that! :D

      Thanks so much!

  9. Okay, I'm going to pretend that it's not weird to comment on way old posts and unashamedly point out that it's SO LOVELY to read this post... so many people have done it, and it's always fun to read. :D

    1. Haha it's okay, welcome Danielle!! xD It's a great tag, I'm glad you enjoyed my post! Thanks for commenting! :)