Time to get creative, and I feel creative despite the lack of sleep. Alyce @ At home with books asks us to take a picture of a character from one of the books we have read during the past 21 hours. Here is what she wrote:
My challenge for you is to take a photo of something in your house that represents a character in one of the books you are reading for the readathon. This could be as simple as taking a photo of a rolling pin to represent the role of cooking in your book (a la The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister) or if you want to be more adventurous – a photo of yourself with the rolling pin.
(Now, I didn’t get the thing about the rolling pin, but that’s for not having read the book, I guess.)
Here’s my take. Let me introduce you to Wonko the Sane from So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish, by Douglas Adams:
And here’s a passage from the book, in case anyone should not know it:
“Your wife,” said Arthur, looking around, “mentioned some toothpicks.” He said it with a hunted look, as if he was worried that she might suddenly leap out from behind a door and mention them again.Wonko the Sane laughed. It was a light easy laugh, and sounded like one he had used a lot before and was happy with.
“Ah yes,” he said, “that’s to do with the day I finally realized that the world had gone totally mad and built the Asylum to put it in, poor thing, and hoped it would get better. […] They are the words that finally turned me into the hermit I have now become. It was quite sudden. I saw them, and I knew what I had to do.”
The sign read:
“Hold stick near center of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.”
“It seemed to me,” said Wonko the Sane, “that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a package of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane.”
(Ok, I know, my try is a bit lame, but I had to try and nothing else came to mind…)