Feeling Thankful? or a little Mischievous?

November 08, 2019

Feeling Thankful? or a little Mischievous?

It's November now, the leaves continue to change and we prepare for Thanksgiving , the holiday for gathering with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings in life. Our newest employee Olivia (hello, I'm the one writing right now), has a special thanks to give this month as her grandfather, a World War II veteran, turns a hundred this month! These days he spends most of his time in his own world, but Olivia is thankful for the stories he told from his long, remarkable life in the twentieth century.

In time for this season of oranges and browns is a recent addition to our collection of Paperblanks journals and pencil cases is the Mischievous Creatures design from English illustrator, and faerie authority of thirty-five years, Brian Froud. Brian Froud also happens to be mad genius who provided the concept art for Jim Henson's films "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal," both of which are known for whimsical characters brought to life with the magic of Henson's iconic puppets. "Labyrinth" starred the late great David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King; and "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," the long anticipated prequel series from Netflix, premiered last August. Some may enjoy the lovely ballerina-like pixies similar to Disney's design of Tinker Bell, but some also like digging into the dark, dank and mature roots of old faerie folklore with trolls, changelings and sprites that aren't always so benevolent or pretty.

Actually: "mischievous" is pronounced MIS-chuh-vuhs with three syllables, not MIS-chee-vee-uhs, four syllables. But don't feel too bad if you are one of the many who pronounce it this way out of habit; it's one of many common mispronunciations for those of us raised on U.S.A. English. (Did you know Dr. Seuss's name is supposed to be pronounced SOISE, like 'voice,' not SEWES, 'Zeus'? His friend Alexander Liang wrote a short poem about it.)

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