Friday, February 1, 2013

Imaginary Friend Bloghop

Annalisa Crawford is celebrating her one year anniversary of Cat and The Dreamer with the Imaginary Friend Bloghop. Acting as her co-host is Kyra Lennon. Such a clever and fun bloghop! If you've read Cat and The Dreamer you'll know that Julia, the main character, has a big imagination, and she has an imaginary enemy.

Annalisa and Kyra want to know about your imaginary friend. What were they called? How old were you? Were they naughty or nice? If you didn't have one, were there ever times when you could really have used one? Did you ever set fire to your mum's favourite rug and have to take the blame yourself? Annalisa is generously offering a £10/$10 Amazon gift voucher for my favourite post, and Kyra is offering a three chapter critique for hers. Awesome!

Unfortunately, I never had an imaginary friend growing up. I really wanted one. I still would like one! Have you ever seen the movie Drop Dead Fred? I loved that movie. Not that I wanted an imaginary friend to do bad stuff and get me in trouble, but to have someone to have adventures with and do silly things together. Someone to comfort me in the bad times, tell my secrets to, and help me not feel so lonely. Even though I had a brother and there were lots of children in the neighborhood I played with, I still felt lonely as a child. I was just too logical even as a kid. I could pretend to have an invisible friend, but I never really believed I did.

I do wonder if my son will have an imaginary friend. He's an only child and there are no children for him to play with in the neighborhood. We can't afford to get a dog right now, but I'd like to get him a pet some day. He loves school and playing with other kids, and sometimes I wonder if he's lonely. If he does have an imaginary friend, I wish them a lot of fun and adventures, but my darling boy, don't think I'll believe you when you say it was your imaginary friend that threw the ball through the window or made mud pies in the living room!

23 comments:

  1. I've always been logical too. I never believed in an imaginary friend either, but my creative nature provided me with characters that, even though I knew they weren't real, made for great companions.

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  2. Lovely post, Christine. If your son inherits your creativity, he might have a whole army full of imaginary friends!

    Thanks for being part of the bloghop!

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  3. Nope, no imaginary friend for me either. Although I did imagine various characters for different games, but nothing that stuck around. My own children don't have any either, but they're still creative. I'm sure your son is too :)

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  4. No imaginary friend here! I'm the oldest of three sisters and we also had pets. so when something went wrong I always had someone to blame. unfortunately, their revenge for me blaming them for my pranks was always served and always worse then any of my parents'punishments.

    As a teenager I had a few months speaking about myself in third person to observe my family's and friends' reaction. It was fun and well worth.

    Pranks are still part of my daily life - my way of having fun as an irresponsible adult I am. Still a child inside!

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  5. I loved Drop Dead Fred, and recently watched it with my kids - they loved it too, and got very quiet at the end...

    It's funny what you said about pretending to have an imaginary friend - my sister did that when she was small because she was jealous of mine!

    Thanks for taking part :-)

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  6. Don't give ideas to your little boy, hahaha. Yes, imaginary friends can get messy.

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  7. I guess you were too logical to really believe in an imaginary friend. But it's funny how real our characters seem as writers! I did believe in the people in the stories I wrote as a kid, but they didn't become my friends - maybe because I was too much of a geek!

    However, my daughter has a rich relationship with her imaginary friend. It's not a substitute for her real friends, it's just another friend. It's not secret - we all play together!

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  8. Hi, Christine,
    My son is in the same situation as yours, which means he hangs around me a LOT. Of course, I get lectured when I look up and he's standing by my desk and I say 'not you again!'. He compensates with oodles of wrestling figures that he draws. I'm subjected to smackdowns every week.

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  9. I didn't have an imaginary friend either, but my three-year-old daughter has several. She's very creative. I love that!

    Happy weekend!

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  10. That's an interesting thought. I wonder which way your son will go. I doubt he's lonely with you for a mom. I bet he prefers to be in your company a lot. :)

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  11. OMG I thought I was the only one who loved Drop Dead Fred- I've been trying to find that movie everywhere and people look at me backwards when I mention it.

    I never had an imaginary friend when I was kid- but as an adult I consider all of my characters to be my imaginary friends- we have some terrific conversations!

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  12. LOL, loved your ending. I have a feeling your son will still try to blame his imaginary friend for any trouble in the house. :D

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  13. You're on to him already!
    And I didn't have an imaginary friend either.

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  14. LOL! I think my entire world was imaginary when I was a child. It's no wonder I eventually became a writer.

    It will be neat to see if Brandon has an imaginary friends as he gets older.

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  15. I always wanted an imaginary friend growing up, too, but...well...I never got one, haha. At least I had my dolls and stuffed animals to talk to as a kid! XD

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  16. My daughter has an imaginary friend, so I know there's hope. And I have seen Drop Dead Fred. I just hope my little girl's imaginary friend isn't like that!

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  17. Thank you all! I love reading about your stories. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers Drop Dead Fred. Awesome film!

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  18. Did you try getting him an imaginary dog? That might work. :)

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  19. Never had an imaginary friend, probably because I had four sisters and two brothers. Too many people talking to me all the time for real.

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  20. Congrats on the acceptance! That's awesome!! Tor is tough.

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  21. I've come across a lot of these posts today, an they're so much fun to read!
    I didn't have an imaginary friend either, and I hope you do end up getting your son a dog. I think pets add a lot to a child's life.
    Great post! :-)

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  22. "Drop Dead Fred" was awesome. When it got to the dark levels it scared my youngest, The other three loved it!

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  23. Loved 'Drop Dead Fred'. I was an only child and had an imaginary friend (albeit a kind of creepy one) and and imaginary pet (a grumpy lion who wouldn't let me ride on his back).

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