Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Eternal Sunshine of the Imaginative Mind

Wait, that's not the title of that movie...oh well. I like my title better. :P Today, we're continuing Sparkfest (which can be found at Christine's blog). As I mentioned before, my obssession with books began at a very young age. I was reading well above my grade level, so I encountered most books before my friends, a fact which was completely illustrated by my play.

I read a lot of adventure stories as a kid. My dad was in the military, so we moved around a lot and got to see lots of new places. I guess I always identified more with the adventurer types for that reason, even though I was incredibly shy and not particularly brave. My parents could always tell what I'd been reading by how I played.

The year that Island of the Blue Dolphins became my favorite, my brothers and I spent a lot of time climbing trees and hoarding the rocks from the little rock garden under our backyard hose (I didn't know what abalone looked like, but I thought the rocks were pretty close, and that was all we could eat when playing Island of the Blue Dolphins).

The year I read Treasure Island, we drew our own maps and hid "treasures" in the giant dirt pile in our backyard. I even insisted that we include a treasure hunt in the activities for my birthday party that year (much to the delight of all my friends).

As I got a little older, I started reading Harry Potter and Tamora Pierce's Tortall books. I still loved adventure, but fantasy was taking over my imagination. I started telling my brothers that I could do magic (which they believed in their little brother naivete), and spent a lot of time having conversations with myself in an English accent. Don't judge me. ;)

The moral of this story? Imagination is a very powerful thing, and the books we read as children have a huge impact on the kinds of stories we imagine. Most of the stories I write include a considerable amount of both magic and adventure, both of which I absorbed like a sponge in my formative years. Don't be afraid to play, even as an adult. Just look at it this way: you're building a life skill. :)

Happy writing!



  1. Hello there, I came by to say hello from the campaigners.

    Little brothers rock! You can tell them anything :)

  2. I agree! I didn't read a lot of fantasy as a child, and although I enjoy it now--I'm not able to insert myself into the world as easily as I can with dystopian or science fiction (which I read a lot when younger).

  3. Great post! Fellow Campaigner stopping by to say hi!

    Also, I love your profile. :)

  4. @Sarah: Little brothers are good for lots of things, namely dressing up like dolls and blaming whenever anything gets broken. :P

    @Heidi: It's funny how that happens, isn't it? :)

    @Golden Eagle: Why, thank you! :D

  5. I love to play! And I will enjoy getting to know you here, my fellow Campaigner ^_^

  6. Everything sounds so much cooler in an English accent, for sure.
    I look forward to campaigning together!

  7. My english accent usually shows up when I'm cleaning. All of the sudden some nanny from london starts scolding me in my head for being such a piglet. It often ends up out loud. I'm so happy to find someone else who has this neurosis.

    Tamora Pierce is incredible. Alanna's series was my very very favorite.


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