The Nanny Book Project is nearing its first birthday (and I’ll be all over that!). It’s become such a near-daily thing; I’m not really sure what I’d be doing without it taking up my spare time. While it’s been quite an undertaking (an undertaking of love, however!), it’s been fun.
What could the Project possibly need? Well, apart from a pile of British stamps (397 stamps to be exact), blue airmail stickers, decent envelopes, paper and unlimited hours in the day, this is more of whom I’d like to hear from. Hence, what is known as The Wishlist. There are quite a few people I would adore to hear from, many of whom I have written to but haven’t heard anything back from. The Wishlist was originally broken down into categories. It was then turned into a list of goals, which had things on such as “Someone who has portrayed a famous literary character”. After snagging a majority of my goals, it then turned into a top 10, before turning into just a list of people I really, really want to hear from. The following are just some of whom I’d love to hear from and why. Honestly, the list is huge, but I’ve honestly tried to narrow it down for this, and I’m really, really sorry to the editors, who have been SO patient with this project.
At the top of my list is Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller or Robert Downey Jr. All three have portrayed/portray Sherlock Holmes. In all honesty, I’d even love to hear from Hugh Laurie, whose famed TV character, House, is based on Sherlock. This ties into hearing from someone who has portrayed a famous literary character. While I’ve achieved my goal of hearing from several people who have portrayed such characters (major goal achievement!), it would be amazing to hear from someone who has portrayed Sherlock.
The biggest part of the list is made up of people involved in theatre. Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bernadette Peters are all up there. Andrew Lloyd Webber is behind the first musical I ever saw, Cats, and is probably a large part of the reason I love the theatre so much. I’d also love to hear from Bertie Carvel, Nathan Lane, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford, Elaine Paige, Lena Hall, and several others. I’d also love to hear from a Tony Awards host, such as a certain Mr. Harris.
Being a huge Disney fan, there are SO many people I’d love to hear from. Alan Menken, Tim Rice, and Stephen Schwartz are at the top of my list, music wise. Actor/talent wise, Johnny Depp, Brian Blessed and Geoffrey Rush top my Disney list. I’ve heard from a Disney Princess, but I’d still love to hear from Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), and Ming Na (Mulan), along with Lea Salonga (singing voice of Mulan and Jasmine) and Kelli MacDonald (Merida).
Literary wise, my biggest wish right now is to hear from Libba Bray, who is behind my favourite trilogy, the A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy. The other biggie is Neil Gaiman, who is the author of one of my favourites, Stardust. Others included in the list are Anne Rice, Anne Perry, Eric Carle, and Robert Munsch. Quentin Blake, the illustrator behind so many Roald Dahl books, would also be amazing to hear from.
I’m working, and trying my best, on writing to the people I haven’t written to and hoping, with fingers crossed. One of the main rules (yes, there is actually a list of rules that must be followed) of The Project is that each person gets one letter/email. If I don’t hear anything after six to eight months, I try a tweet. If nothing, that is it. I just cross my fingers and hope one day I will hear from them. As I’ve written to many of the aforementioned people and haven’t heard anything, I can only wait and hope, wait and hope. Ah well – you never know!