Conversations With Characters

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Recently, I was thinking about which 2 or 3 fictional characters I would like to sit down with over coffee, tea, or beer and with whom I would like to have a conversation.  When I first thought about it, I believed it would be an easy choice to make, but then I realized that there were so many that I would have to do this in parts. I would love to have conversations with so many different characters.

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For the initial meeting, I thought I would extend an invitation to Merlin from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, Gandalf from J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, (not from The Hobbit), and Dumbledore from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to join me over beer, mead, or even butterbeer, if that were preferable at a nice Public House.  I chose  these characters because they are central figures in three works that are deeply important to me, not only from the perspective of study but also from the enormous pleasure I have had from reading these works. I have taught all of them in different classes, and I love to reread these writings over the years.

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I am fascinated by the connection among the three of them, all wizards in tales of British mythology. Among the questions I would want to ask would be: Do you see a connection among yourselves? Do you approve of your portrayals in the writings? and Are you descended from the Druids?

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I think this would be a lively and enjoyable conversation, although if too much was drunk, I wonder what inebriated and arguing wizards would be like.

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Who would you invite to such an event?  I would love to hear your choices.

 

 

What Book Would You Read?

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One of my best memories from summers when I was a child was of those days when I didn’t have to do anything. Work had not yet reared its head, chores were finished, and the weather was just right. It wasn’t too hot, and the humidity was low. The sky was filled with imagination-inducing legions of clouds.  On such days, I remember sitting under a tree, leaning back against it and reading a book—all day, with the exception of going in for lunch and supper. They were perfect days.

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Now, imagine something like that. For one day, you have no responsibilities, the weather is nice—75 degrees, almost no humidity, and a sky of bright blue and cumulus clouds like scattered cotton candy—and you have the time to indulge in reading a book. At your side is a container of coffee, iced tea, or whatever you like. You also have snacks with you.  Remember, for this day, you are free to relax and read, as if you were a child again.

If I were to do this right now, I think I would begin to reread The Lord of the Rings.

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My question is—what book would you read?

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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It is always wonderful to be recognized by fellow bloggers.  A big thanks you to Tricia at Never Less Than Everything   http://threehandsoneheart.com/  for this wonderful nomination.  She has a moving, informative, and entertaining blog, so be sure to give her a look.  This award, in particular, is given to those who have commented and/or followed a blog.  So, once again thank you!

Here Are The Rules For This Award:

 * Display the award certificate on your website.
*  Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
* Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
* Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
* Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Here are my nominees:
Lori L MacLaughlin lorilmaclaughlin.wordpress.com Virginia
S. Anderson http://virginiasanderson.com
insearchofitall.wordpress.com
Jean M. Cogdell  jeanswriting.com
https://inmyclutteredattic.wordpress.com
Marc Alexander Valle https://mavtheauthor.wordpress.com
Cindy Knoke  cindyknoke.wordpress.com
Kritika Vashist krivashist.wordpress.com
Kait King kaitking.wordpress.com
Sarah Higbee http://www.sjhigbee.com
Carolina http://yesterdayafter.com/
Becky Due https://beckydue.wordpress.com/
Next Step to Nirvana https://poonamallee.wordpress.com
Mitch Teemley  mitchteemley.com
Old Man Running https://usabaker.wordpress.com/
OK, 7 interesting things about myself:
1.) I am a die hard original Star Trek fan.
2.) I am hopelessly clumsy.
3.) I love coconut.
4.) I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings once every 10 years or so.
5.) I love hot dogs with chili, mustard, and onions.
6.) I consider coffee to be a food group.
7.) I love Beethoven, CCR, and Johnny Cash.