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Kudos to whomever came up with this unique topic! I have not read these books and am only mentioning them because these occupations sound amazing.
Title and Author: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
The Job: Carpet designer
Why I’m Interested: It’s quiet, intricate work that creates beloved family heirlooms.
Title and Author: The Queen’s Dollmaker by Christine Trent
The Job: Dollmaker
Why I’m Interested: Dolls bring so much joy to the world.
Title and Author: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
The Job: Poet
Why I’m Interested: I used to write a lot of poetry. It’s harder than some people imagine it to be but quite rewarding when you finally figure out the right turn of phrase to make your point succinctly.
Title and Author: The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper
The Job: Naturalist
Why I’m Interested: This specific naturalist studied the platypus, an animal I find utterly fascinating. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the first person from your culture to discover such a thing? I’d like to think he spoke to the people who already lived there about what they knew about the life cycle and physiology of the platypus.
Title and Author: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Job: Lighthouse Keeper
Why I’m Interested: It was generally quiet and peaceful work which appeals to this introvert quite a bit. I’d have time to write stories or read books while I was on the job.
Title and Author: The Archivist by Martha Cooley
The Job: Archivist
Why I’m Interested: I adore organizing, cataloguing, and sorting all sorts of different things. Being an archivist sounds heavenly to me.
80 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Platypus’s (Platypi?) are so odd but amazing! I love how Australia’s animals are all so quirky. Lighthouse keeper sounds nice too, mostly for the views
A carpet designer? Wow, never would have thought of that. But now I’m interested in the book too. Will take a look.
I think being a doll maker might freak me out a bit. What if they come to life?
Lighthouse keeper can be a good job. With lots of cats.
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I hadn’t thought of dolls coming to life. LOL!
I’ve always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper, I think. In a remote location. Where I could mostly read.
Doesn’t that sound amazing? 🙂
Lighthouse keeper was always a job that I secretly wanted to have when I was younger and I completely forgot about it until now! I think it stems from reading the Lighthouse Keeper’s Tea when I was little. Any job where you can do more reading is a good job!
Being a Naturalist seems interesting as also a lighthouse keeper, though that might get lonely.
Yeah, I could see how that might happen after a while. I’ve been very low on time alone during this pandemic, though, so time alone sounds divine at the moment. 🙂
This is such a unique take on this prompt! I love it. As a fellow introvert most of these jobs appeal to me. Not sure about doll maker though, dolls creep me out most of the time. lol
I never would have guessed so many people find dolls creepy. LOL!
Okay, I love the range of jobs here — I had a hard time making my list because I couldn’t think of the jobs for the characters — yours are all jobs I’d be interested in! (except for dollmaker!) Thanks for swinging by my blog this morning!
And I think I might be the only person into dollmaking. Haha!
I love these! I can see the appeal of being a lighthouse keeper — natural beauty, quiet, time to read! Being a naturalist sounds amazing too — every time I visit a national park, I wish I was a park ranger!
Yes, exactly! Being a park ranger would be awesome, too.
There would be something really satisfying about being an archivist!
So glad you agree there. 🙂
Dollmaking would be interesting. I think it might creep me out a bit, though!
I had no idea so many people are creeped out by dolls. LOL!
Being an archivist would be super interesting!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/top-ten-tuesday-305/
So glad you agree there!
This was so good.
Ooh an archivist or a lighthouse keeper both sounds like jobs for me too 🙂
Yay! I’m glad you agree.
Being an archivist sounds like a great combination of relaxing and fulfilling! I would love to say I’d want to be a lighthouse keeper, but I think that might be too much solitude for me.
My TTT this week.
Isn’t that the perfect job?
I’d probably feel lonely as a lighthouse keeper eventually, too. I haven’t gotten much alone time since this pandemic began, so I’m really yearning for more of it. 🙂
I enjoyed seeing why you would choose these occupations. I never thought of a carpet designer, but it makes sense that someone has to come up with the intricate details in one of a kind carpets. I could never write poetry and have just recently come to appreciate the talent it takes. Great post Lydia.
Thank you very much!
I have to admit that dolls completely creep me out (I had to scroll past the photo quite quickly), but some of the other jobs sound awesome! Naturalist, archivist, lighthouse keeper… all appealing!
Sorry that photo creeped you out!
I’m glad you liked my other answers. 🙂
Naturalist and Light keeper sound like fascinating jobs. Here’s my list: https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2021/03/02/top-ten-tuesday-characters-whose-jobs-i-wish-i-had/
So glad you thought so!
I could never work with dolls (says the girl who used to collect porcelain dolls…yes I’m a conundrum). I blame the Nancy Drew computer game “Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon…super creepy dolls….But the lighthouse keeper job? Sounds like a dream! Great post!
Oh, that’s funny. I’ll try to find Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon. Sounds fun if also creepy!
And thanks. Glad you’re also interested in being a lighthouse keeper.
Good list. My only library school regret was I couldn’t afford to stay an extra semester beyond earning my degree to take the archives course. It was only offered once per year and I was hurrying to graduate to save $$. I’ve always thought lighthouse keeper or national parks fire watcher would suit me.
Thank you! I hope you’ll be able to take that archives course someday (if it can be taken after graduation?)
Being a national parks fire watcher would be cool, too.
I think being a lighthouse keeper would be fun! Great list!
Cool! And thanks.
Cool list! I think being a lighthouse keeper would be an awesome job.
Thank you. I’m glad you agree there.
Ever since I watched Pete the Dragon, I’ve wanted to live in a lighthouse! It sounds so amazing. An introvert’s dream for sure 🙂
Yes, for sure. Happy TTT to you as well.
Oooh, Lighthouse Keeper sounds like it could be a great one!
I’m glad you agree!
Ooh, a carpet designer sounds so interesting! Honestly, all of these sound perfect. At one point I was strongly considering schooling to be an archivist, but it didn’t quite work out since the field is so small, haha. I would love to be a naturalist.
Thank you very much! Yeah, the archivist field is sadly pretty small.
I think an archivist and lighthouse keeper (I just read a story w/ a lighthouse keeper) would be interesting.
Dollmaker is such a unique choice! I think you’re the first person I’ve seen suggest it this week, and I love it.
Aww, thank you. 🙂
Poetry is indeed very hard. I used to dabble in it a bit in high school and wrote a couple of decent ones, but I don’t think I could write one now if I was paid to. And ooh, a dollmaker would be so cool! Dolls can be a bit creepy at times, but I also love collecting/admiring porcelain dolls.
I’m glad you like dolls, too! It’s nice to meet another (former) poet. 🙂
Those are some interesting jobs. And quite varied. As you know, I could only come up with one job but I have dreamed about it all my life.
Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.
YOu’re welcome, Marianne.
And, yeah, this week’s prompt was a tough one. I’m glad you thought of an answer! It’s always interesting to read your thoughts.
I’m intrigued about being an archivist too. Sometimes I wish I would have taken that path in library school!
It seems like such an interesting career!
All of these are great choices! An Archivist sounds amazing. I too love organizing and cataloguing!
Great post as always!!
Aww, thank you!
It’s awesome that you also love organizing and cataloguing stuff.
“Dolls bring so much joy to the world,” she says, using a picture that immediately makes me think of all the scary movies where dolls actually bring terror. XD
Archivist, though, is actually my dream job – great pick! I like organizing, but cataloging is my true passion (did I, at age 13, once start creating a list of every object in my room, sorted by category? YUP. Sadly, lost it in a Blue Screen of Death computer crash). I hadn’t read any books with such a job or I would have put it on my list, so onto the TBR this one goes.
(also, in case you didn’t check back, your anonymous comment did show up for me. I unscreened it so now it’s visible)
LOL! And here I thought I was picking a nice, friendly photo.
Glad to hear my comment did show up on your site.
It’s very cool that you have archivist tendencies, too.
These are some really interesting job choices, I like the sound of A Lighthouse Keeper and A Poet!
Thank you very much!
Great list! The lighthouse keeper definitely appeals to the introvert in me as well.
I’m glad you’re also intrigued by the thought of working at a lighthouse.
You don’t have to do it as a profession to make dolls! My grandma made them. I have one that she made even :-).
I’ve made stuffed animals with movable arms and legs, but I didn’t make dolls.
Wow, I didn’t know that.
Do you think you’ll ever make a doll? How easy was it to learn how to make stuffed animals with movable arms and legs?
Ooh, I’d be a great lighthouse keeper. All that quiet time to read and screw around on the internet.
I know, right?
The duties are important ones, but it also seems like it would be a very low-stress job 99.999% of the time.
i definitely wouldn’t being a naturalist living in a lighthouse!!
These are really interesting, a great variety but some really creative tasks in there too! Personally pleased about the archivist though I’ve never read that book before
I hope you like The Archivist if you read it.
Oh dollmaker. I follow an artist on instagram who carves wooden dolls and it looks so calming. And yes I would love to be an archivist.
That artist sounds amazing. What is their username?
Great list! Lighthouse keeper is so unique.
Thank you very much!