During my sabbatical, I have been moonlighting as a public relations and event organizer for a tiny project. Tiny, it seemed, from the outside.
Halfway through, the project developed a story line comparable only to the fantastic stories of Tolkien or Ursula Le Guin: complete with beautiful new worlds , one (or two) dragons to slay and the best Gollum imitation I’ve ever seen.
The project’s finished now. The dragons have been slayed, or at least incapacitated. (I reassured my son, that none of them were Puff.) I discovered Gollum’s ring on the top of can of japanese peanuts and have been disappearing and reappearing everywhere, ever since. And I’ve come up with a magical equation that makes every detail of tiny, fantastical projects worth it.
7 generous souls x 37 cool cats – 1 or 2 dragons – 1 Gollum impersonator + 1 can japanese peanuts + 1 enchanted gathering place = 1 amazing fellowship
Warning to anyone fond of shortcuts: every aspect of the formula is necessary. Without the dragons and the Gollums, one fails to learn enough to join the fellowship.