Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
They’re making an action figure of you. Describe the toy and accessories. (Do you have a catch phrase? Favorite items, clothes, hair style?)
Now there’s an idea. In a way, it’s a pity that they’ve only just got around to it. Thirty years ago, it would have been a much more exciting prospect. Then I would have been in uniform, tall and slim, with a full head of hair and ready to leap from a moving pilot boat onto a ladder hanging over a ships side.
Now, I’m more likely to be dressed in worn joggers and a tee, squinting through bifocals at a screen, ready to stagger downstairs and get another coffee (provided my knees co-operate).
So rather than action, these days it’s more of an inaction figure!
Not only that, if it were made today, it would certainly not be the sleek version of earlier years. It would need less hair but require a lot more material around the waist.
As you might have discovered, I don’t really take myself that seriously. In fact, a sardonic grin would have to be the default expression.
Favourite items include a coffee mug (or sports bottle filled with water), a notebook and pen, piles of untidiness and a large collection of box sets of classic movies and television series from both the U.K. and the U.S.A.
Now that I’m no longer required to abide by a uniform dress code, I prefer to be attired on the comfortable side of casual, at least while I’m indoors. And my hairstyle can be described as mostly missing.
When I was working, piloting ships up and down the River Thames, through Tower Bridge and the Thames Barrier, or pushing through the mud in Barking Creek, my favourite saying, which I would use to reassure ship’s captains was, “We always do it like this.”
The sincerity that it was said with depended on the seriousness of the situation. In fact, the worse things were getting, the calmer I tried to sound.
The most important question is, should the figure be sold under my pen name or my real name. Certainly, I would prefer a degree of anonymity, that’s the reason I opted to become someone else in the first place.
I believe it’s called plausible denial, I can revert to my proper name and slink back into obscurity at any time, if I feel that the writing gig isn’t going very well.
And, as an optional extra, I would include some pins. I’m sure some of the purchasers would want to stick them in it whilst muttering strange incantations.
You know who you are!
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