Scraping off the rust

rusty chains

That’s how it feels anyway, although it would make me some kind of RoboBagLady, rather than a mere Electronic one. I’m not sure I’d be keen on it, honestly, because I’d probably have to adhere to Asimov’s Laws and I’m not sure I’m that kind of person.

Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence, except where such protection would conflict with the First or Second Law.


Still, rejoice, oh gentle reader! I have found my way back to the keyboard and hope to enter into constructive dialogue through the medium of the Blogverse. Let’s go!

Things got a little overwhelming back in the summer, both for good and less good reasons, but now that is over. The thing is I finally had to take a break from normal routine and allow myself a rest. I eventually recognised that I had been struggling to balance work, family and community, and that if I was someone else, I would be telling them to stop. So for once I listened to my wiser self and did indeed stop.

Guess what? It worked and I feel much better so here I am, bothering your eyeballs as you scan my words. In due course I will be scanning and chatting away just like the old days.

Ah, the old days! Things were better then. We were cleverererer, the sun was brighter and policemen were kindly and compassionate adults rather than arsy adolescents with acne and snotty noses. There were fewer television channels but we made our own entertainment and wrote about it in letters to the local paper – the equivalent of the blogging world I suppose.

Right then, I’ll remove the rose-tinted optical devices and get back to reality, but allow me the odd excursion to a fantasy land.

On a slightly related note, I heard that there is a film in the making of the Magic Faraway Tree, by far my favouritest book of all childhood, and I am half desperate with anticipation and half terrified in case of disappointment. It was the same with Lord of the Rings, my favouritest book of post-childhood, but Peter Jackson was in charge of that and talked to the fans so it was all OK. In the case of TMFT, as it will inevitably become known, I doubt the same rigour will apply. Oh woe to the world!

So here is your EBL-homework until we meet again:

  1. How do you feel about your favourite book being “interpreted” by film? Be honest.
  2. Would it/did it work? Be polite.
  3. And really, who is going to play the part of Moon Face? Be creative.


4 thoughts on “Scraping off the rust

  1. “Interpreted” is the keyword when it comes to turning a book into a film, the same way every person who reads a book interprets the words in different ways into their heads. So I always assume the movie will be different and simply hope for interesting.
    I’m so glad you’re back EBL❤️

    • I suppose for me the reason I prefer books to film (usually) is that I can interpret the book myself, but with a film it’s someone else’s interpretation thrust upon me.
      And glad to be back, my dear. Hope all is well with you x

  2. Welcome back (I know I said that before, but hey, figured why not again?)

    I did not like how “The Stand” was set as a TV miniseries. I realize with a book that long, with that many characters, somethings had to be done but they lost me on the casting (with the exception of Gary Siniese; he’s always OK with me).

    No clue on Moon-Face since I don’t know anything about the character.

    • Hey, you can never get too many welcomes!
      I certainly uphold the Gary viewpoint although suspect that even so I would have some boundaries. I’m not sure I fancy him for the comic roles so much (by which I mean “hilarious” rather than Marvel/DC). Moon Face is pretty awesome and I hope you get to know him and the gang one day.

Go on then, it's your turn

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