Wednesday, 24 May 2017

How to Handle a Vivid Imagination

Welcome to Sally's book-a-day-for-2017 blog. If unfamiliar with the blog, scroll down.

How to Handle a Vivid Imagination (Post 144)

How to Handle a Vivid Imagination (1987) is a tall tale of a story, told by a narrator, addressed to you. If your vivid imagination runs away with you and you find yourself... is the premise of each episode. The scenes, involving sharks, Bengal Tigers, a Wicked Wizard of West Wooloomooloo, an old woman wearing a Snow White is an Enemy of Society tee-shirt, an earthquake and cannibals are painted in dire and cumulative detail, and our narrator then, having whipped up the terrible situation to the Nth degree, defuses the it in a few lines, recommending pole vaulting, pretending to be a film director, declaring an allergy to apples, claiming Tarzan as your big brother and teaching sharks the backstroke. All well and good until we come to the scene involving a toad... then- you might as well give up. You've had it.

This bit of subversive fun was suggested by an editor with an idea. I asked why she didn't develop it herself and she replied airily that she was an editor, not an author... How to Handle a Vivid Imagination was an early recorded book, released as part of a set of audio cassettes for schools. I still remember the background music.

About the Blog 

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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