in which there is a call for ideas (or, how to score free yarn by helping out my sister)

My sister, the puppeteer ***, writes, "I am in a pickle and need an interesting story that lends itself well to a puppetry/film medium.  I need a Thesis project idea, to be proposed with a fully realized design sense by the 10th of this month. It's a REALLY big pickle, you see. So, if you happen to have any ideas, you should let me know."

I've suggested "On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Afternoon," because it is too wonderful. What would you suggest? (Besides, I'm always trolling for new reading.) Leave a comment below by 9 December 2008. I'll use the Random Number Generator to pick one winner, and if my sister chooses your story suggestion you'll be the other winner.

But what do I win? That's what you're wondering, right? I have an excess of yarn, people. The first winner scores a skein of The Yoyo's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me sock yarn. The second winner- the if- my- sister- picks- your- suggestion winner– wins a skein each (one barn red, the other golden yellow, both kettledyed) of my most recent handpainted cashmerino DK weight yarn.

***- That's right, my sister the puppeteer. I feel about 100 times cooler just being related to the girl. 

  One thought on “in which there is a call for ideas (or, how to score free yarn by helping out my sister)

  1. Noelle
    December 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite story is “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” It’s an Icelandic tale, about a king who is enchanted by an evil witch and is turned into a polar bear, and the woman he chooses as his bride, and her quest to save him. It’s a wonderful story, and is visually rich. The movie “The Polar Bear King” has its roots in this story. Here’s a public domain version/ copy of the story:
    Hope this helps! I’ll keep trying to think of some others….
    And good for you on working on your juggling! I can’t wait to see your progress!!

  2. Noelle
    December 2, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I found another story for your sister. I’m not personally familiar with this one, although it looks nice. It’s based on a Native American legend, and can be done with minimal props and puppets, and can be performed by one person, if need be. This might be a good plug-and-play type story for her, since she has so little time to create it.
    Hope this helps!

  3. Allie
    December 4, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    my favorite story is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which is about a china rabbit that goes through his life looking for his original owner.
    its not on public domain yet (that i know of) because its relatively newish

  4. Monica
    December 5, 2008 at 7:05 am

    I recently read “Seven Years in Tibet” which I believe would certainly lend itself to some interesting puppeteering and an amazing opportunity to capture and share Tibetian traditions as well as their plight for religious freedom.
    Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer, finds himself in an Indian inturnment camp during WWII. He escapes the camp (three times) and finally makes his way into Tibet. He spends two years wandering from town to town trying to get through Tibet but all the while trying NOT to get escorted back to India which is hard to do since foreigners must have special permission to stay in the country. He finally makes it to Lhasa and is allowed to stay because the Tibetians are amuzed by the sheer dumb luck that he didn’t get thrown out of the country. At any rate, while in Lhasa he experiences the incredible culture and the people’s humor and the peace they have as they go through their day to day lives. The book describes, in great detail, the buildings, the clothing, the prayer flags, and prayer wheels, as well as the clothing. There is also a great desciption of how the 14th Dalai Llama was discovered, which in itself could lend to a brief show. The end desribes Chinese occupation and the eventual exile of the Dalai Llama.

  5. December 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Not sure how well this would work but I’ve always had an Alice in Wonderland obsession. If she has any creative control, she could always alter the story and make it her own. There was a video game out a while ago ( and it was a creepier play on the story or I think it took place years after the original story.

  6. Monica
    December 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I thought of another idea… the story of the King and I would lend itself to some wonderful puppeteering!
    (Well, I imagine that it would but since I’ve never done it before I suppose it is a bit difficult to understand what would or wouldn’t be a good puppetry idea.)

  7. December 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    This has been in my “must read” list for way too long. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. December 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I remember that game! It was wonderful.

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