Mysterious Coin-Covered Wishing Trees
The strange phenomenon of gnarled old trees with coins embedded all over their bark has been spotted from the Peak District to the Scottish Highlands in the United Kingdom. One of the larger collections can be seen in the picturesque village of Portmeirion in Wales where there are seven felled tree trunks with coins pushed into them.
The coins are usually knocked into the tree trunks using stones by passers-by, who hope it will bring them good fortune. These fascinating spectacles often have coins from centuries ago buried deep in their bark, warped from the passage of time.
The tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years and is similar to the concept of a “wishing well”, where one tosses a coin in for good luck. The “wishing trees” date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the trees would take any any illness. However if someone were to take away any of the coins, legend states that they will become ill instead.
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I need answers! Howd is she?!
I can never not laugh at this.
I know I’m quite late to all of this, but I had to dig out my copy of Orson Scott Card’s Maps in a Mirror to find the thing I wanted to mention (see, I stashed it away when I got too disgusted with OSC).
There’s a story in the collection called The Originist, and it is very explicitly stated to be fanfic for Asimov’s Foundation universe. Written with permission, but fanfic nonetheless. In the afterword to the story, OSC goes on at length about how horrible franchised science fiction writing is and how it cheapens both the universes that are franchised and the writers writing in them. He mentions Star Trek fanfic and basically pisses all over it. And then he explains that he knows The Originist is fanfic too, but it’s okay! Because he understands the world it’s set in! And he loves it! And he had a story to tell that Asimov never told! And he even went so far as to try and tell it in Asimov’s style!
"Yet I think it was worth doing —once— partly to prove it could be done well (if in fact I did it well), and partly because I’m proud of the story itself: because of the achievement of it, because of what the story says, and because it is a tribute to the writer that I firmly believe is the finest writer of American prose in our time, bar none."
So what I’m saying is, OSC thinks fanfic sucks, but he wants you to know that he totally wrote this awesome fanfic!
Don’t mind me—just being the MASTER of televised fanfiction. The formula goes…
"What if [major literary work] had a jack russell terrier as the protag?"
"WHAT IF EVERY MAJOR LITERARY WORK HAD THIS?"
And that’s how Wishbone became a thing.
WHY NOT post the third set?
Part 2 in this gripping series!