Today is your lucky day. You get three wishes, granted to you by The Daily Post. What are your three wishes and why?
1. I wish I only had to sleep for an hour each day so I can spend the extra time writing (also I wouldn’t have to worry about giving up the day job whose main role is to pay the rent)
2. I wish for the most beautiful and inspiring dreams during that sleeping hour so I can write beautiful stories
3. I wish for the peace-happiness-health-earth-kindness-love-tolerance-understanding-knowledge-future (and yes, that counts as one because it’s hyphenated)
You’ve been kidnapped and given a choice: would you rather be stranded on an island, dropped into an unknown forest, or locked in a strange building?
I have never been kidnapped. Unless you count a summer camp. My guess is that I would be initially stuffed somewhere with serious lack of fresh air and/or natural light. So being locked in a strange building is going off the list as first. Although strange is not necessary creepy, right? Strange can be quirky, eccentric or just plain weird but quite interesting to explore until the ransom is paid. I have changed my mind, I am keeping it in the run.
The second choice is an island – not bad really, unless the island is located in a close proximity to the polar circle. In that case I’d rather be locked up in the strange building. Preferably with central heating. But let’s pretend the island is blessed with mild weather patterns. This would give suitable conditions for plants and animals (read: food) to be present. Presumably the island is uninhabited and the animals not used to a tall creature walking around on hind legs so they can react in two ways:
a) they will put their shyness into overdrive and hide – bad –
b) they will engage in exploration of the new species – good – possibility of dinner
Obvious problem. You have to hunt and kill and in these two disciplines, I have zero experience. Except for terminating insects (limited to those freaking out my beloved). I personally have nothing against insects. They are rather vital part in the chain of life actually. Plus bees are super cute. I don’t kill bees. Or ladybirds. Or spiders (exceptions apply). Or bumblebees. Or dragonflies. Or any other pretty bugs – especially if they are colourful and shiny in the sun. Though I have no mercy with midges….but back to the point. I don’t know how to hunt, or shoot (I tried shooting cans…they were in a very safe place) or actually kill an animal. And I don’t want to. It would made me cry. Conclusion – animal reactions a) and b) are irrelevant and I will become a vegetarian. Not a complete disaster. Plus you have the beach. Island is shortlisted.
Lastly, we have an unknown forest. With forests, you have the certainty of finding food. Or becoming one. My uneducated guess would be 50:50 as I am of the clumsy-and-weak tribe specialised at being chained to a desk for nine hours a day. Quite risky. But I love (read: LOOOOVE) forests. They have trees. And trees are just fantastic. I think of trees as people, you know, like in The Two Towers. So possibly not the best environment if I want to keep what’s left of my sanity. But at least there would be someone to talk to. Also I am more familiar with forests than with islands. For these reasons, an unknown forests stays in the game.
So, I have shortlisted: a strange building, an island and an unknown forest
Now for the deciding element: Which one did you say has the dragons?
1. The general estimation in which a person is held by the public
2. The state or situation of being held in high esteem
3. A specific characteristic or trait ascribed to a person or thing
Origin of the word comes from Latin Reputare = Think Over
Think over. So why does reputation feels more like a judgement?