Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Money Tree

Let me start by saying that I got my copy of A STROKE OF MAGIC from Amazon today. It’s gorgeous and looks like such a fun read! I can’t wait to delve back into the magical and romantic world that Tracy created!! In fact, I’m going to get started as soon as I answer Tracy’s questions, so here goes:

1.) If you could have any magical ability, what would it be and why?

I’ve been contemplating this one all week, and there are a lot of magical powers I might like to try. But the thing about magic is, I’ve seen enough TV shows and movies to know that with magic there always comes the flipside – the consequences. Sure stop time, or rewind time, or jump back in time all sound great in theory, but – and maybe I’m the only one who thinks of this movie as a cautionary tale – the messing with time thing didn’t work out so well for Adam Sandler in Click or Hiro in Heroes. In fact, I’ve probably seen enough of Heroes to be scared of most magical powers, including flying, the inability to die/being able to regenerate, mind reading, enhanced hearing. . . I could go on.

So I’ve been trying to pick something that wouldn’t actually turn out having a flipside, which, as you might be able to guess is probably impossible. And maybe this also tells you a little something about the way my mind works: that I am stuck worrying about what the consequences of my power might be, rather than the fun I could have with it. Yes, that’s me. I’m a worrier.

But. . . since I don’t want to cop out and not answer Tracy’s question, I’m going to go with this: If I could have one magical power I’d like to be able to grow money. On trees.

2. What is the very first thing you would do with your new ability?

Plant a money tree in my backyard.

Yes, I know that money isn’t everything, and that this is the kind of power, that, in a movie, would make me become rich and greedy and have me take all my loved ones for granted. But being that I’m a step ahead of this power on the whole consequence thing, I’d only use my power to plant one small money tree in my backyard. And then I would only grow enough money to live on, thus freeing up my husband from his day job so he could concentrate on his music, and freeing me up to concentrate on my writing. And then I would promise the gods of magical powers that as soon as our artistic pursuits could support us, I’d cut down my money tree, and never ever use my power again. . .or would I?

I’ve also seen enough movies to know that the people who think they can harness their magic are almost always wrong!

So what magical power would you choose despite its consequences?

Tracy is giving away FIVE signed copies of A TASTE OF MAGIC, and out of those five winners, one will also receive a brand new, custom coffee mug. One winner will be selected each day (Monday through Friday), and if you comment today I'll use to pick the winner. Tracy will then pick one of the five winners to receive the coffee mug. All winners will be announced on Monday.

Good luck and hope you have a magical Thursday!


Summer said...

Consequences. Yes. That's a tough question. See I'd love to read minds but then when I found out people were thinking bad things about me I would be so heartbroken. But I'm also really really nosy. See? It's tough.

sarah said...

I don't really want to know what people are thinking, but I'd like to be able to influence their thoughts. Or, for a less practical super power, I'd like to be able to influence water and the weather.

Tracy Madison said...

I'm so much like you, Jillian, it's a little scary. I always think of the consequences to, but you know what? I don't think I'd let my worrying stop me from grabbing onto a little bit of magic if it came my way. Well, geez, that probably makes sense when you consider the books I've written!

I love your idea of growing a money tree, though!

Lisa Patton said...

Jill, I used to fantasize about having a money tree in my backyard when I was little. . .think I may have even told a friend or two that ours was invisible. Oh my how my imagination works!

Maureen Lipinski said...

And then I would move in next door to you, give you copious amounts of wine and distract you while my husband picked from your money tree.

Maureen Lipinski said...

And Lisa--mine is invisible, too.

cait045 said...

I wish I had a money would be nice

Lesley Livingston said...

Don't you remember your parents always saying... "Money doesn't grow on trees, y'know!"

I never believed that. Go you!

Tracy Madison said...

Summer: I'm so in agreement with you!

Sarah: Hmm, I'm actually writing something similar to that now...though slightly different.

Cait045: Thanks for stopping in! And like I said earlier, I'd love a money tree, lol.