While most kids fell in love with The Lion King and Aladdin, I was head over heels for The Sword in the Stone.
[Update: This blog post, originally published on June 9, 2014, remains the most visited article on my website. Alas, it has nothing to do with publishing, writing, or marketing, but isn't it delightful?]
Merlin was full of interjections that seriously need to make a comeback.
- A dark age indeed! Age of inconvenience!
- Hang it all! Hang. It. All!
- Leave off! Leave off! You fiendish chain, you!
- One big medieval mess!
- Impossible. Impossible. Confound it all!
- Blast it all! Impudent piece of crockery!
Merlin also knew how important it was to gain knowledge.
- You can’t grow up without a decent education, you know.
- Develop your brain! There’s the higher power!
- He’s the brawn, and you’re the brain!
He didn’t put up with anything stupid.
- See here, sugar boy! You’re getting too rough! That teapot is cracked enough.
- Oh, bah! Everybody’s got problems. The world’s full of problems.
- I’ve got news for that old walrus. I’m sticking it out! I plan to cheat, of course.
- No sense going around insulting bullfrogs. The water world has its jungles too.
- What in thunder is a monster like that doing in the mote? By George, I’ll turn him into a minnow.
He was full of problem-solving ideas.
- Have you ever considered being a squirrel?
- It would have worked if it weren’t for this infernal beard.
- What a mess! What a medieval muddle! We’ll have to modernize it.
- Don’t take gravity too lightly, or it’ll catch up with you.
But most importantly, Merlin understood love.
- That love business is a powerful thing. Greater than gravity? Well, yes. In its way, yes, I’d say it’s the greatest force on Earth.
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.