Bilbo Baggins in Rapunzel’s Tower (And Other Rapunzel Character Swaps)

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“Every world in fiction is a mentality – a way of understanding, a means of making judgements, a catalogue of right and wrong. To build a world, we must build our characters.”  —Neil MacDonald

I read this on author Neil MacDonald’s blog the other day and was struck by it.  Between the two of us, we wondered what would happen if you put a literary character in another book’s setting.  How would the setting itself be changed?

What if, for example, someone other than Rapunzel was trapped in that tower?

Here’s how I think the story and setting would change for five characters:

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Quirky Ballet

Viktorina Kapitonova Викторина Капитонова (Ballett Zürich) and Alexander Jones (Stuttgarter Ballett), “Le Grand Pas De Deux” choreography by Christian Spuck, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2016 Dance Open Ballet Festival (April 25) Source and more info at: Photographer Stas Levshin on Facebook Photographer Stas Levshin on Instagram Dance Open Ballet Festival Website Dance Open Ballet […]

via Viktorina Kapitonova and Alexander Jones — Ballet: The Best Photographs

Books, Classical Music Stories, Music

How To Actually Enjoy Classical Music (For Book Lovers): The Story I Imagined

octopus-1235006_1280In the first part of this post, I revealed a way to imagine your favorite literary characters and stories in classical music.  (Read about the idea here.)

As promised, here’s the story I imagined when I listened to the brief, one-minute long piece at the end of that post.  (I put it in this post, too.)

Based on The Picture of Dorian Gray

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How to Actually Enjoy Classical Music (For Book Lovers)


Classical music can be pretty boring.  Why would you choose to listen to something that long and that abstract? Lots of people try to figure out how to “understand” the music, but understanding is definitely not always the same as enjoying.

Of all people, I was perfectly primed to love classical music. I grew up with a professional classical musician as a father, was taken to numerous concerts, took piano lessons constantly ever since I was seven years old, and participated in chorus and band in high school. I even became a classical music major in college and had extensive formal training. And while I didn’t hate it or anything, I certainly didn’t love it.  Like so many people, I just didn’t “get” it.

So forget understanding.

How can you actually ENJOY classical music?

Believe it or not, it is possible.  As a book lover, I found the secret…

Books take you on adventures that spice Continue reading “How to Actually Enjoy Classical Music (For Book Lovers)”

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Voldemort and Beyoncé Robots (Or a Dream I Had)


A little while ago, I had a pretty phenomenal (but stressful) dream.

In this dream, I had to kill Voldemort.  But I had time travelled to the future with Beyoncé as my traveling companion.

In this future, we were in an outdoor marketplace trying to hide form Voldemort.  We figured we’d blend into the scenery, so we started dancing among a group of Beyoncé robots.  (Beyoncé was doing pretty well keeping up with them, but I was flailing about as I tried to match their steps.)

At one point, Beyoncé started singing as Continue reading “Voldemort and Beyoncé Robots (Or a Dream I Had)”