Fun with Teddy and Pip

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Posted on January 24, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Think about this: every person who reads, or has read to them, my Teddy and Pip stories will have a slightly different picture in their head of what Molly looks like. And Mom Jane, Dad, Wally, Amelia, Tweets, Nora, Benny Nubb and the houses they live in. Taylor Drive and the school will also be different for every reader. Uh oh, is that a bad thing? Do I really want or need for everyone to see these people and places just like I do?

No, it isn’t bad. I actually think it’s a good thing for all of us to use our own imaginations to ‘see’ the characters and places. It’s fun to create a little world, if only in our minds, and to go there for a little bit now and then. As a writer, I find it comforting to pop in and hang out with the Fishers, or with Wally and Amelia, to get my mind off of things sometimes. I think, in general, that’s what reading can do for us. It’s nice to be in charge of the world, too, I guess. Heh heh. Sometimes. For a while.

Have you ever read a book and really loved it and then watched the movie and thought the movie was just not quite right? Or was really wrong? The characters didn’t look and sound like they should. Why not? Because you finished them up, in your imagination, when you read the book. I’m not saying movies aren’t good – and sometimes even great. I’m only saying it’s . . . a thing. Even my favorite story of all time (The Lord of the Rings) gives me moments of “Hey, that’s not right!” when I watch the movies. And I LOVE the movies! But the story, as written by the writer, gave me pictures in my mind and that’s how it IS. And, also, they do change the stories around in order to fit them into a shorter timeframe. Or to add more action and adventure. After a while, if you watch the movie(s) more than read the book, the books can seem to be not quite right – which is really odd. Know what I mean?

Okay, I am rambling a bit today as I write this, as you can tell. Maybe because of the cold weather. It has been REALLY cold here in Minnesota, with temperatures dipping into negative numbers plus wind chills. I can’t sit at my computer near the windows, for now, so I am in the kitchen. We know how to bundle up around here, so it’s fine, don’t worry. We are tough up here and practical and have lots of fleece and fuzzy blankets. But I am trying to get going on a new T&P story and also work on my YA novel (Silver Linings), but sitting still too much mean I need to put on some gloves to keep my fingers warm. And then it’s tough to type. Crazy, huh? But that’s how it is in the upper Midwest. Sometimes. Some other times, it’s very hot. We truly do get it all here. That was Lisa Maddock, with the weather. Now back to our regular blogging . . .

I will end this rambling blog by saying to all new readers, and especially to the families of McHarg Elementary school, welcome to the world of Teddy and Pip! I hope it is a fun place to hang out. I hope you will let your imagination finish up the characters and places for you so you can ‘see’ them. I hope you will not get Pip’s melodies stuck in your head for days and days and days . . . unless you want them there. Tee hee! Then it’s fine. I love the idea of families sitting together in Virginia, reading my story. It gives me such a happy feeling. Best of times! So, have fun!

Happy reading to all!


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