#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: The Trickster's Hat

For Book Beginnings:
Warning: If you want a shortcut to originality... this isn't the book for you.
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For Friday 56:
Pick a character from a book, a film, or even TV who symbolizes compassion, wisdom, and the power to heal. For me Cate Blanchett's Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings steps gracefully to the fore.
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About The Trickster's Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity by Nick Bantock*: The act of creating art, in all its forms, offers us a path to our souls. But the path can be confusing, and getting lost along the way is inevitable. However, maybe that’s the point.

In The Trickster’s Hat, bestselling author of the Griffin and Sabine, Nick Bantock invites you to lose yourself in order to become a better creator. Inspired by Nick's popular and mischievous workshops, the book's forty-nine perceptive exercises will encourage you to forget your destination while you meander through the wondrous world that awaits you in the periphery of your mind's eye.

If you’re willing to be lead hither and thither down unlikely paths by a fellow of dubious reputation, if you’re prepared to keep a sense of humor and not be phased when he plucks the unexpected out of a mischief-stuffed hat, if you’re ready to zigzag, detour, and wander in search of a better understanding of your artistic core, then, let the Trickster be your guide.

Here's a book I go back to time and time again. I haven't finished the exercises ... yet ... but I reviewed it here and still am gushing about it. I've gifted so many of these to people I've lost count. Want to be creative? This is a great book to jumpstart things!

I'm tickled pink that Nick Bantock mentions The Lord of the Rings! He's a kindred soul, I feel.

Who's your fave book character who "heals"?

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