Monday, March 15, 2010


First let me tell you the winner of the weekly book drawing. Drumroll please...
Mary Grey.
Congrats Mary!!!

I still have a lot of books to give away, so please enter my contest: by leaving a comment on one of my posting this week and by becoming a follower of my blog. I'll draw the name Sunday night and notify the winner Monday morning. :0)

Now for today's blog. Last Saturday I went with my daughter and husband to see the new Alice in Wonderland. What fun to visit this old fairytale made new. I loved it. And, of course, Johnny Depp was awesome in his role as the Mad Hatter. He asked Alice several times, "When is a raven like a writing desk?" The question is never answered in the movie, but it really made me think. Another line from the show that struck a cord had to do with thinking of "six impossibilities before breakfast." Talk about lighting the creative flame. What a challenge! Aren't all writers like Alice in Wonderland as they cobble together stories and think of ways to get their characters from one place to another? I believe so. But whether you're a writer or not, can you think of six impossibilties that early in the day? Well, I'll give it a shot.

#1: My house will clean itself...(What's the shoemaker's elves doing?)

#2: Time will stand still while I finish my book...(Isn't there a pause button somewhere?)

#3: I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight...(Donuts, milkshakes, etc. w/ no calories.)

#4:  My printer will never run out of ink...(The perpetual ink-filled cartridge. Hasn't it been invented yet?)

#5:  My hair will always look great...(Thick lucious locks fall into place just by shaking my head. Yeah, right.)

#6:  New clothes that fit and look great will magically appear in my closet...(Where's Cinderella's mice?)

Okay how about six impossibilities that are more fun.

#1:  Time travel...(I'd love to meet the prophets and witness great moments in history, etc.)

#2:  Love at first sight...(I love my husband, but for some people I know this would be nice.)

#3:  Mind reading...(Wouldn't you like to know what people are thinking? Maybe not.)

#4: Transporting...(Beam me up, Scotty.)

#5: Fortune-telling...(Would definitely help the stock markets!)

#6: Live in your dreams...(I mean the dreams you have while you sleep. The one where I can fly would be nice.)

This is a great exercise for opening your mind to possibilities and "what-if" scenarios.

Have you been thinking of the question--when is a raven like a writing desk? There is no wrong or right answer, but I thought of a possiblity--A raven is like a writing desk when Edgar Allan Poe sits down to scribble a poem. (Thanks Google Images for the pictures.)

Your turn now. Tell me your six impossibilities. AND come up with an answer for--when is a raven like a writing desk? If I can do it, so can you.

While you're thinking about it, take a look at the trailer for Alice in Wonderland. (Thanks Disney for the trailer)


  1. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I plan to! Hmmm...six impossibilities before breakfast:
    1. My dogs will let themselves out, in, and even stop to wipe their feet.
    2. I'll go running. (I have to eat first even though that's weird.)
    3. I'll make early morning phone calls. (I'm polite, after all.)
    4. I'll vacuum (on an empty stomach?).
    5. I'll rob a bank. (I wouldn't do that after breakfast, either.)
    6. I'll eat dinner.

    When is a raven like a writing desk? How about when it has ink spills from its quills?

    Thanks for the fun! :)

  2. Awesome job, Dawn! I especially like the dog letting himself out and in AND wiping off his feet. I need to add that to mine. Good job on the raven question, too. Thanks for playing along! :)

  3. Whoa! Now I'm going to have the raven question in my head all night as I try to fall asleep. Argh! :-)

    Here's my shot at 6 impossible things early in the morning:

    1. I will jump up, wide awake, the first time the alarm goes off. (Talk about impoosible!)

    2. I will wake up to a clean house.

    3. My children will all be in good moods and get along before school.

    4. The coffee will make itself and be oh, so delicious.

    5. School will be canceled due to beautiful weather.

    6. I will actually leave the house on time. :-)


  4. Shannon: you and I are on the same wave length--a clean house. Wouldn't that be nice. Oh, if only, if only. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Kathi - I've got an award for you over at my blog :)

  6. I found your blog by way of Jemi's, and I'm glad I did! Congrats on the release of your novel!! I look forward to reading it.

    Here are my six impossibilities, in no particular order:

    1. That my desktop computer will transform into a MacBook, giving me untethered freedom. (Okay, that one is actually #1!)

    2. Someone puts freshly laundered sheets on my bed everyday.

    3. My fingernails always look strong, well-shaped and freshly French manicured.

    4. Summers in Georgia were humidity-free.

    5. Jellyfish would not come closer to shore than 150 feet.

    6. Suntanning never poses a risk of skin cancer.

    Fun exercise!

  7. Thanks, Jemi. I'll hop over and see what you have. What fun!!!

  8. I'm glad you found me, Nicole! Since your #4 impossibility mentions Georgia, do you live there? My daughter lived there for nearly two years. It's a beautiful state.

  9. "when is a raven like a writing desk?"
    poe wrote on both.



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