Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop! I can feel my creative spark returning, having started work on my second novel this weekend and now taking part in my second blog hop of 2022. Here’s hoping it continues!
Today’s question is: Do any of your characters have a favourite toy from their childhood? Do you?
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So I am going to have to bring this topic back more to myself than my characters. As of yet, I don’t have many characters with a lot of development to be able to apply this to them. As for me though, well I can answer this quite easily. Yes, I did have a favourite toy or two as a child, and I still do. Rather unsurprisingly given the image above, the first of those is LEGO.
Those wondrous, brightly coloured little bricks can be built, dismantled and rebuilt into a myriad of creations over and over again. I vividly remember having the classic fire station set, I loved it. I also remember having crates and crates of bricks, mostly from sets built, played with, dismantled and stored for me to use over and over. My love of LEGO hasn’t abated over the years, but it has evolved. Where, as I child, I’d spend hours building whatever came to my mind, now my enjoyment is in the sets. Not the simple ones, but the bigger sets aimed at the adult and collector markets. I’ve worked on some impressive pieces. None come close, however, to the mammoth 7541-piece Ultimate Collectors Series Millenium Falcon. This behemoth is a marathon build of one of the most iconic spacecraft in sci-fi. And it’s a passion/obsession I don’t see ending any time soon.
The second toy, well, a form of entertainment really, is video games. My earliest memory of gaming comes in the form of the Sega Megadrive. Nothing infuriated me more than those cartridges not getting a good contact in the console. That always led to a sharp blow inside to clear any dust. I am pretty sure everyone did it, despite the instructions saying don’t. Then there were Gameboys, allowing me to carry my gaming wherever I went, subject to having enough AA’s on hand. Then the original PlayStation. And that was the beginning of a life-long love affair that has seen me own every PlayStation generation since, up to and including the current PS5. And I think is is another of those hobbies that won’t be going away any time soon.