The Magic School Book Club
*A club of pretenders who enjoy making something of the fictional books we love!
Taking elements from fiction and creatively applying them to our lives in the guise of a magic spell. Cosplay can now expand in ways you'd always hoped it could, and YOU are the secret ingredient.
There are two options available to you in The Magic School Book Club. I advise you to choose your own adventure based on what lights you up inside:
A.) Outside looking in. Pick and choose ala carte style which books you want to explore The Magic School way. You will have access to all of the club's Make Belief starters (these are digital book guides to assist you in the magic of merging a fictional world with your reality) but at a slightly higher price. New book guides added monthly. Purchase as a title catches your eye. Share your pages online by using the hashtag #TheMagicSchoolBookClub. I would love for you to use this hashtag for any fiction related post. It doesn't have to just be specific to the books that are offered here.
This option is for you if...
- You like to go at your own pace.
- You don't want a monthly commitment.
- You want to pick and choose the books that appeal to you.
- You want a taste of what The Magic School Book Club even is.
- You aren't looking for group discussion, sharing your insights or gleaning inspiration.
- You want a uniquely-tailored-to-you, one-on-one dialogue. (Add-on option available HERE.)
B.) Inside looking out. Sign up for a $5/month membership and download each new Make Belief starter (these are digital book guides to assist you in the magic of merging a fictional world with your reality) as it is released at the first of every month. You will have access to a private message board on Goodreads for book discussion.
This option is for you if...
- You like a deadline to work with.
- You want books picked for you each month.
- You are familiar with The Magic School way and want to practice your artist as magician skills.
- You want group discussion, a place to share your insights and glean inspiration.
Need more information? Read on...
Make Belief Starters focus on one fictional book. They are created to get you unstuck AND to get you playing in your favorite fictional realms. I like to think of a fictional world as a portal. It takes you out of the "real world" and into the galaxy named ImagineNation. Each fictional book is a planet in this galaxy. (Hat tip to The Little Prince and his Asteroid B-612.) Gather the tools you need their before returning home.
Once home you can use your creative powers to artfully make believe (make belief) what will carry over with you into your "real world." When you do this it means you are being "Artist as Magician." (A phrase I learned from Anais Nin which we study more in The Magic School 101.)
I personally like to keep a Book of Spells art journal to document things I gather from fictional realms. If you enjoy processing things through the channel of art, you can use the Make Belief starters accordingly.
For instance, in A Wrinkle in Time I suggest drawing or collaging mismatched socks as a symbol for Mrs. Whatsit.
If you aren't much for art supplies, I invite you to think of your life as art and process the book by making things happen directly in your Real World.*
For instance, in A Wrinkle in Time I also suggest wearing actual mismatched socks as a symbol for Mrs. Whatsit.
My point in all this is that The Magic School Book club is for artists, those aspiring to be artists or those who wouldn't ever consider themselves an artist. When I say "artist as magician" in the context of The Magic School it means taking cues from fiction to create what you most need to find in the Real World, whether you ever use art supplies or not. (But secretly I hope I can convince you to. A purple crayon makes a mighty fine magic wand.)
Brand new to this concept? Consider yourself welcome!
Still confuzzled? Here's what I suggest: