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Tale Weaver’s Prompt #32 “The Velveteen Rabbit”

The Velveteen Rabbit Aranda Dill Deviant Art

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This week’s prompt is the Velveteen Rabbit

If you are not familiar with the Velveteen Rabbit you can read about it on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Velveteen_Rabbit

For this prompt I want you to imagine that you are an inanimate object that has acquired sentience.

How did you acquire sentience? A spell? A child’s wish/prayer? A mysterious storm? Possession? Technology? An unexplained awakening?

Describe your first experiences.

Does anyone discover your sentience or do you keep it hidden? Are there others like you?

As an animate being is there anything you wish to accomplish?

Does anyone have power over you? Are you a pawn? If so, what is the objective of your master?

Are you good or evil?

Is your sentience permanent or temporary? If temporary what is the meaning of your existence and what is the cause of its cessation? What keeps you alive?

 

I really want you to delve into what sentience means

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Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded I am 32 and married (almost 13 years) with a beautiful 5 year old daughter. Everyone thinks I'm a hippie.

39 comments on “Tale Weaver’s Prompt #32 “The Velveteen Rabbit”

  1. LauraALord
    October 30, 2014

    This was my absolute favorite book as a child. 😀

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  3. hitandrun1964
    October 30, 2014

    “We didn’t know it would be like this,” said the fairy to the bunny. “We thought they would be able to see your beauty and love you.”

    “But they don’t love us,” said the bunny sadly. “They hunt and kill us. They eat us and wear our fur. They torture us and experiment on us. They do not see our beauty at all.”

    “I’m sorry my friend,” said the fairy unhappily. “You can come with me and live in Fairy. “Perhaps if all of the animals leave, the biggest animals, humans, will realize what they have lost.”

    The bunny shook his head. “They will never learn. They have no heart. They don’t know what love is. They only know violence.”

    “Then come with me,” sang the fairy. “Come with me.”

    So all of the bunnies left the earth and moved to Fairy where they were loved for who they were. They no longer had to live in fear of pain and death. They no longer had to hide but instead they lived in peace and enjoyed the sun on their backs.

    The earth grew even darker, the day the bunnies left. But while the animals took note, the humans remained unaware, too busy killing to notice.

    • mindlovemisery
      October 30, 2014

      This is brutal but there is truth in, no matter how obvious the consequences of our actions we continue to promote denial

    • Bastet
      October 30, 2014

      Ah … so sad that humans always remain so unaware … 😦 but your story is perfect …

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  5. georgeplace2013
    October 30, 2014

    Love that picture and the prompt.

  6. Bastet
    October 30, 2014

    I don’t know who the bunny is … but the prompt sounds fun! 🙂

    • mindlovemisery
      October 30, 2014

      You should read it Georgia wonderful story =)

      I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

      • Bastet
        October 31, 2014

        I played with my group last night talking about fuzzy bunnies and how kids love macabre costumes for Halloween.

      • mindlovemisery
        October 31, 2014

        They do I don’t think I ever had a scar costume as a kid

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        When I was a kid the scariest you got would have been a white sheet or a witches costume … I was usually a fairy myself.

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        Awww that is so cute.

        If you have photos you should post them sometime

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        If there are photos (not something we did often in the old film days), my mom would have them … not easy to get her to send me photos though :-/ It would have been a cool idea.

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        We didn’t have a camera when I was a kid. I would love to have more photos of that time

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        Me too … my dad got a Kodak, but rarely used it when we were out of the baby years.

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        The pictures I have come from relatives so I have a few from a cousins b-day. I think I had 2 baby photos I mean small newly born but they were destroyed

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        What a shame … in those days, film and developing photos was so expensive. Hard to believe how easy it is today to take thousands of pictures and never spend a cent.

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        I am not actually sure what it was like in my day lol It is easy now though

      • Bastet
        November 1, 2014

        I’ve got a loonnnnnng memory … 😉 And yes, things are easier at least somewhere now days.

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        You are lucky then my memory is terrible! I remember smells and feelings but concrete images and conversations forget it lol

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  9. Traces of the Soul
    October 31, 2014

    My favourite children’s book. A few years ago, my daughter bought me a special edition for Christmas. I use the story often in my counselling.

    • mindlovemisery
      October 31, 2014

      That is so wonderful I would love to own a copy to share it with my daughter. Just the thought of the book brings tears to my eyes

      • Traces of the Soul
        October 31, 2014

        When describing to youth what it is to be `real`and authentic, I share the story of the Veleveteen Rabbit but so many no longer know that story.

      • mindlovemisery
        October 31, 2014

        I am so glad you are sharing it because it is a beautiful story =)

      • Traces of the Soul
        October 31, 2014

        Winnie the Pooh and Veleveteen Rabbit are winners for me.

      • mindlovemisery
        October 31, 2014

        Winnie Pooh is also wonderful

      • Traces of the Soul
        October 31, 2014

        Indeed, the Tao of Pooh

      • mindlovemisery
        October 31, 2014

        I own a copy and The Te of Piglet

      • Traces of the Soul
        October 31, 2014

        Oh I must get that one! I may be starting up workshops again and I like to use Garfield’s book on Self-esteem and Tao of Pooh:) and of course Velveteen Rabbit

      • mindlovemisery
        November 1, 2014

        I haven’t read Garfield’s book on self-esteem that does sound intriguing!

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