Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bookie Brunch!

 Bookie Brunch was dreamed up by Sasha Soren, the author of Random Magic, and it's a lovely opportunity for bloggers to gather on a Sunday and have a bit of discussion.
Bookie Brunch is a weekly meet-up, held every Sunday, where book
bloggers can have a cup of tea (or other beverage of choice)  and chat about a particular bookie question of interest. The discussion is open from Sunday through Wednesday, and you’re welcome to drop by any time to add your opinion or read what other people have to say. This discussion is open as well to general readers or bloggers in a different field, authors, publishers and publicists.

Courtesy guidelines: Thank you for coming! All thoughtful comments
will be considered and probably get a response from fellow bloggers.
In fact, you’re encouraged to talk about it and share viewpoints or include links to relevant materials. We’d like everyone to have a nice time. Differing viewpoints are just fine, even if strongly expressed, but inflammatory or off-topic comments will be removed.

This week, I would like to welcome Amanda, Ashley, Jenni Elyse, Pabkins, Jenny Q and Jools!  

This Brunch's discussion question is: Since we’re close to Halloween, I’m curious --- if you could be any magical creature for three days (three’s a good number, since it lets you have a fair run at it), what would you be?  Of course, you’d be able to turn back to yourself after 3 days, so no worries about getting stuck!

Emo Fairy courtesy of DeviantArt
Today, I'm choosing a nice cup of coffee for my beverage (I'm working today, so that bit of caffeine will come in handy in a bit).   I wouldn't mind being a fairy for a few days.  Not a Tinkerbell kind of fairy, but something dark, that lives in the woods.  I've always been a walk-in-the-woods kind of person, and I think being able to move through the forest at night, with fairy senses, would be pretty cool.   I'd probably be one of those bad fairies that likes to pull tricks on people.....  just because.   So, a dark fairy it would be for me!! 

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Next up: Amanda! 
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I went back and forth when I began thinking about this question. My first thought was a centaur, then I spoke to a friend who said they'd be a werewolf, and finally I decided there was really only one choice for me. Vampire. My attraction to vampires is a selfish one. I suffer from several chronic illnesses--could I really pass up being immortal, strong, and without disease? Of course, there would be sacrifices but in this case I'd only be a vampire for three days. Also, I'd like to be the Anne Rice variety. No sparkly vampire here, though I might have a conscience, I would be a monster.      

You may discover more about Amanda on her sites here and here, and she also has an Etsy shop.
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Jenni Elyse had this to say: 
I'd like to be a witch. I'd love to be able to do my own magic. And, the idea of being a part of the Harry Potter world. I think it would be great fun!
Jenni's got a great quote from Dumbledore on her blog:  "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
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Pabkins chose a different route to go (sipping on Starbucks Iced green tea-unsweetened):  If I could be a magical creature for three days - I would be Falcor from The Never-Ending Story - so a luck dragon - I would fly all over the world spreading luck to all sort of people and of course terrorizing plenty of people too because I'm just that kind of trouble maker.    I know its simple but that's just awesome - plus I'd be lucky for three days so maybe I'd win lots of books - so partly selfish too! 

Pabkins' blog may be found at Mission to Read , along with some cool reviews!

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Jenny Q's, chiming in, sipping on some Hazelnut coffee with Bailey's Almond Toffee creamer--have you tried their new creamers? So good!
Thank you for having me today! I am very excited to join the Bookie Brunch discussion! And what a tough question for my debut!

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Hmmm . . . I wouldn't want to be a vampire, since I'm really not keen on blood drinking and I adore the sun. And though I love werewolves, I don't think I have the stomach for the raw animal diet. I thought about faeries--it would be cool to be achingly beautiful and irresistable to mortal men. But faeries have all kinds of pesky rules. You have to be really careful how you talk to faeries or you could end up stuck in a ridiculous contract binding you until death. And that whole, "If someone knows your true name they have power over you," thing is kind of dangerous, too. So that leaves witches. The possibilities for witches are endless, aren't they? They've got spells for just about anything a girl could need these days. Revenge on a bitchy coworker? A charm to make my love handles disappear? A spell to make my house clean itself? I bet I could even finagle a casting to get free Starbucks for life. Oh, and a coven of sisters to have my back...I think I could get used to being a witch!

(P.S. - Don't believe the people who will tell you I already am one. They don't mean it in that sense of the word :)
 If you'd like to know more about Jenny Q, please visit her at Let Them Read Books

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 Jools had this to say, indulging in black coffee with a bit of honey:  The first creature that springs to mind is a fairy, I was obsessed with the Flower Fairies when I was about seven. I'd love to be the Wild Cherry Blossom Fairy (see, I still remember the name!), she was my favourite. On second thought though, to satisfy my wanderlust, I think a dragon would be great because I'd be able to cover huge distances in a short amount of time. I'd also be able to look after myself if any Uncle Vernon types came along, whereas a fairy might get squished. Dragons, depending on the mythology you follow, have some very useful and enviable abilities. The only downside, of course, is that most people would be absolutely terrified of me and run away. Actually, that could be quite nice, three quiet days spent anywhere I fancy in the world.    

 You may find Jools over at Inky Pages !
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Please feel free to join in the discussion!    And, if you are interested in being a guest, or a host, or would like to see the schedule, please visit StoryWings

And, an added little something for everyone:  a giveaway!!!!  I have a lovely new copy of Gene Wolfe's The Evil Guest, a spanking fresh copy of Paul is Undead by Alan Goldsher, and a beautiful blank book (for writing poems, spells, whatever you like).  The rules are simple: please leave a thoughtful comment, perhaps your own answer to this week's question, or a thought or two on someone else's answer.   And please leave your email so I may notify the winner.   Giveaway is also open to Brunch guests, so feel free to comment, as well!

Giveaway is open until Midnight on Friday, October 28th.   Winner will be chosen by randomizer via


Jenni Elyse said...

I loved reading everyone's answers. Next time, I'll be sure to make mine more in depth, lol. But, I guess I know what I want. :)

Amanda Makepeace said...

I love all the responses and now I'm thinking I might have wanted to choose witch after Jenny Q's logic. ;) Thank you so much for inviting me to Bookie Brunch today.

M.A.D. said...

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Just popped over here from vvb32, and LOVE your header - that is so gorgeous! Anyhoo, go answer your question:

I would dearly love to be the beautiful Pegasus from Clash of the Titans! I can't think of any creature more noble or amazing, and to soar through the air with those majestic wings *sigh* ... not sure three days would be long ENOUGH lol ;D

Jenny Q said...

That was a fun question! Thanks for having me. I've always loved dragons, too. They'd probably be my back up choice. I'd love to be able to fly and burn stuff down.

vvb32 reads said...

Fun question!
*cheers - raising my mug of mochaccino*

@jo - as a dark fairy would you be ugly and troll-like in appearance? or the glamorous goth kind?

@amanda - vampires would be my second choice, i'm more for the wisdom acquired from the years and years of undead living

@pabkins - so cute! what a wonderful and goodly creature to be

@jenny - LOL, free starbucks-for-life, like it!

@jools - dragon would be super cool! would love to relieve stress by breathing out fire

@mad - having a master like hercules is not too shabby either ;-D

I'd love to morph into the sassy soulless creature that is alexia tarabotti in the parasol protectorate series by gail carriger. I love her paranormal steampunk world.
vvb32 at

Unknown said...

*SQUEE!* loveee the answers! :D

Chrystal said...

Wow there are some really great answers to this question... I'm torn between a faerie or a witch myself. Either a faerie that likes to play practical jokes (I could use more fun in my life) or a good witch (because I'd like to be able to use spells, but not always for evil). :)


Sarah said...

Fun question! Now I'm slightly biased right now because I just finished the Inheritance trilogy by N.K. Jemisin... but I would choose to be a god or godling for 3 days! It's not a normal paranormal being in fantasy / fiction, but seriously the gods and godlings in this world were BADASS.

And my back-up choice would be a vampire! Even if it was a permanent choice, it would be tempting!

blackplume said...

This is fun. I love all your answers. And if I have to choose I'll go with fairy too just to experience the sense of being magical for three days. The wings would be useful since I love travelling and sight seeing. I also love the woods and nature. And I can't handle raw foods so vampire and wares are not for me for sure.

Jo K said...

Great question! I wouldn't want to be someone who hurts people so the obvious choices would be something like an angel or a with - of a good kind. But I can see Amanda's point - being a vampire - immortal, strong and without disease would be amazing.

Jen said...

Wow, thanks everyone for all of the comments!!! Definitely giving me some food for thought, although I think I'll stick with the dark fairy. :)
@ vvb -- I'd be gothic, I think. :)

Blodeuedd said...

I think I would be some kind of shifter, so that I can experience what it would be like an animal

Anonymous said...

For three days, huh? Actually, my husband and I were talking about something similar last night. I would have to be a mermaid, warm tropical waters, sexy pirates to meet. And it's only three days, so I'm not stuck in the water.

Pabkins said...

what fun - loved the answers! Thanks for having me over to participate!
Pabkins @ Mission to Read

Unknown said...

I love this topic! I would love to be a shapeshifter, any kind of shapeshifter. To be able to turn into a cat or a dragon or a bird at any time would be awesome. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.


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