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Superpowers and Magical Outfits.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

[media-credit id=3 align=”aligncenter” width=”555″][/media-credit]When I was younger, I really thought that I became the character I was reading about. I wonder if my parents ever noticed this. I read…a lot when I was younger and I wasn’t forced or anything. I just loved to read and I still do. I recall the times when I went to elementary school; we had a little library with low shelves filled with children books. Every few days I went there and picked a couple of books to read and eventually I read all the books they had. Just holding the books and knowing that as soon as I opened it a new world would appear was enough to make me run home, sit on the sofa and read. I was particularly fascinated with adventure stories, stories with magical elements and characters with superpowers. Very often I imagined that I had the power of running super-fast and avoiding enemies along the way. No joke. You can ask my sister as I often dragged her along. She wasn’t that pleased! That aside, having superpowers and wearing magical outfits are still pretty normal in my imagination.

Next to reading, I did draw. However, I wasn’t drawing that much. I had a few signature characters that I picked up when cartoons and Disney. Looking back, I only practiced the characters I was drawn to the most, like Bambi, but I didn’t really venture out of my comfort zone. As much as I loved visualizing what I read, I didn’t believe in my own drawing skills enough to capture it on paper. So I stuck to exploring the written magical worlds and wrote my own little stories. When my mom allowed me to go to the library by myself, I found myself going there almost every week and leaving with a huge pile of books. If I didn’t have enough room on my card, I could always use my sister’s card so I could rent even more books.  There’s something interesting about libraries. For a lot of people they may seem dusty, boring and they only rent the books they want and then quickly go away. But really, just think of all the stories that are living there! Maybe they all have a big party when the lights go out…

I was nine years old when I had my first writing assignment at school. I wrote and wrote and eventually handed in a piece of ten or more pages, written on both sides. Back then, it probably was a lot for a nine year old as the teacher was pleasantly surprised.  The story was about a wild adventure with a girl and horses. Not sure where I put it though, but I hope it’s hiding somewhere. The teacher loved my story so much, that he read it out loud in class. Sheesh. If only I could disappear into thin air when he started reading; having thirty people staring at you while the teacher reads the story was not fun. But okay, I survived and looking back, I am pretty proud.

Have to be honest here. I’m not devouring as many books now as I did a few years ago. Even though my main focus is art, I still love to write and to read. I really can’t see this apart from my illustrating. I am capturing my characters in washes of colors and lines of ink which to me is like gift-wrapping the words I have in my mind. Sometimes the words come first and other times the image comes first. Both contain a magical element that reinforce each other. In my world, they go hand in hand.

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • Dani Heart

    I love the way you think miss TJ. So happy for your illustrations. I love the way you paint the world. Every day your colors make me smile.

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Ah! *high five* My mind can have the oddest thoughts sometimes haha. Sometimes I wish I could paint the world for real you know :) Thank you so much!

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  • http://www.tiredofpreviews.com Katy Kern

    It’s funny you used a Stephen King quote. As a child, I didn’t read all that much. Just didn’t have the patience back then. Maybe a Nancy Drew story or two but it was until college when I discovered Stephen King did I realize I liked to read. His stories always took me on odd, precarious journeys. I read so many of his books then leapt to Anne Rice.
    Unfortunately, I don’t read that much these days. I go in cycles where I either read a ton or not at all. However, I do lose myself in other stories -- they are just on the screen 😉

    Lovely post, TJ. Makes me really want to pick up a book now.

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Yay!! Stephen King is very cool! :) You know, I kinda don’t have the patience now. I want to read and do so much that I often don’t know where to start. I think I’m reading 4 books now haha. I lose myself in the paint layers ^_^ Thanks so much for your lovely comment!

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  • http://www-thedesolategarden-com.co.uk Danny Kemp

    A lovely read, and a enjoyment to share.

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      A big thanks, Danny!! :)

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  • http://www.pacificmelody.wordpress.com/ Melody J Haislip

    TJ, since I began blogging and writing, I’ve met so many people who have their own form of magic with words and colors and dreams that they share with us. What a fantastic journey. Thank you for sharing the colors in your world. They’re very beautiful.

    I was always at the library as a child. When I was about 11, I read every horse book, mystery and all the scifi novel in our small library. I’m also a voracious reader to this day!

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Ah you’re so right Melody! I met so many lovely people since I started blogging as well. It’s amazing! You are most welcome. I have to share what I have in my world with all you guys haha. Too much to keep inside you know :)

      Ahh libraries! You gotta love them!

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  • http://celticmusicfan.com/ Baxter Labatos

    I am a big Stephen King fan too. I like the way you write. Your tone is very personal. it is also honest :-)

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Ah thanks so much Baxter! I do write how I think and how I feel haha. On my blog I really just tend to ramble and use smileys and whatnot. Writing my column has been a good exercise to be a bit more serious and consistent with my thoughts (and the English language), while keeping it very TJ-ish. If I don’t like reading back what I wrote, I keep changing until I feel it’s “me” :)

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  • http://www.garrycrystal.blogspot.com/ Garry Crystal

    Great article TJ. I used to use my local library to hide in when I was a kid and of course read, mainly Tom Sayer and Huck Finn, both of which made me run away from home on more than a few occasions to find some sort of adventure. Good job on keeping your super powers and magical thinking throughout your life :-)

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Thanks so much, Garry. Now I do picture you running around the library as a kid as well…until the librarian told you to sit silently in a corner. :) Gotta be honest, the superpowers and magical thinking were hiding for some time, but they aren’t going anywhere now.

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  • http://www.momsarefrommars.com/moms-blog.html Janene

    TJ, How did I miss this post? I loved it of course. Like you, books open up new worlds to me. It’s like going on vacation without leaving the house. When I look at your pictures I’m transported as well. Right now I’d love to be hanging out in that tree with all of those adorable koalas!

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Hey Janene! Haha now worries please. I missed your book release as well! Still not sure how that was possible, but I haven’t been on Facebook that much. Thank you so much!! I totally wish I could make my drawings come to live haha. It’s definitely going on a holiday without leaving the house AND you can visit magical worlds as well. The koalas say you’re more than welcome to join them!

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  • Anya Pham

    TJ, I’ve often wished I could illustrate the stories I see in my head. I envy your talent! Maybe you should write an illustrated book for adults. :)

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Heey Anya! Ahh thank you so much :) and that could be a great idea! You mean like a how-to-doodle book for adults? Not sure what I should ramble in it though haha.

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  • http://YourWebsite... Anya

    No, not a how-to book -- I was thinking just a regular book any adult would read, but with illustrations. :) Some of my favorite animation is geared towards grown-ups. Adults shouldn’t forget to enjoy the fantastic.

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Oh ohhhhh now I get it! YES! That would be so cool! 😀

      What are you fave animations? Adults should never lose their inner child or hide it for that matter.

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  • Anya Pham

    By the way, I love the koalas, and it reminds me of my favorite joke:

    Q: Why did the koala fall out of the tree?
    A: It was dead.

    Q: Why did the second koala fall out of the tree?
    A: It was holding onto the first koala.

    Q: Why did the third koala fall out of the tree?
    A: Peer pressure.

    Q: Why did the kangaroo fall out of the sky?
    A: Kangaroos can’t fly.

    Q: Why did the man fall over?
    A: He was hit by three koalas and a kangaroo.

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    • http://www.tjlubrano.com TJ Lubrano

      Hahahaha! Goodness! 😀

      (and thank you!!)

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  • Iddrisu

    I just love everything about magic, and i will be very glad to be comes a maggician

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