River City Fun

Well, actually, to be honest, this got even more fun when I typed River City into You Tube, and found the video.

Yes, the break is over, thankfully all the writing I planned on doing, and a bit more has all finally got finished today, and I recently sent my efforts over to my wonderful, and long suffering editor, who does a wonderful job of turning my scratchings, into readable English, probably of the US kind, but given where my main audience is, not a problem.

Oh, the title? Well that relates to the inspiration for my writing, to do 1 piece for JD’s anthology of superhero (and heroine) pieces, set in the fictional metropolis of River City. Though now, it seems there is one place in the US, that I visited recently, that also calls itself River City. Pure coincidence, I’m sure.

But yes, one of my 2 characters I wrote for, was such fun, I didnt stop at 1 piece, I’ve ended up doing 5, and she was so much fun, I might even do more in the future, especially if her stories prove popular, when they go on sale. Dont worry, it will only be $2.99, for 5 short stories, an absolute bargain, just a perfect gift for Christmas lol!

Yes, no surprise, it was Flapper Girl, more formally known as Belinda (Billie) Nicholson, that started the writing spree. Once I got the whole 20’s idea in my head, I went with the flow, and it really did flow, much to my delight! As I say, if I can come up with a few fresh ideas, there may well be a follow up. Not till January at least, though, as thats the next time I will have the time to write, no chance of doing so while I’m working, sadly.

Funny thing is, if it wasnt for Mr Darksong, I would never have created her in the first place, so special thanks to him, as thinking up a Superheroine character would have been the last thing on my mind, when trying to come up with an idea.

But now, I’m pleased with it, just hope others are too, though the first one seems to have gone down quite well so far. Hopefully my editor will give me the thumbs up on the other 4, when he sends them back.

Ah, that connection I mentioned? Well think back to where I was in September, so it amused me greatly to find this video, I must say. Personally, I might add, this is not my music tastes, but this was just too good a coincidence not to use it.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Well, partly at least, after today’s sporting events.

Firstly, the good news, today, for the 7th consecutive tournament, Ireland have qualified for the next World Cup cricket event, the 20 over slog fest in Bangladesh next March. To be honest, the only point they dropped in qualifying was down to a no result, because it rained in Abu Dhabi. Yes, seriously, rained hard in the desert! Given that was the game against Italy, all it probably did was rob us of the 100% record, ah well…

But in fact, that’s only stage 1. Seriously, if the best associate cricket nation couldn’t make the 10 qualifiers for the next stage, I would have been concerned. But we won the group, and that means automatic qualification for the World Cup. Not that that was the Irish aim, we want to win the tournament, and that involves 2 more games to do that.

But yes, I’m very proud, as will be another member at the Garden, thats for sure!

Alright, the bad news for Irish sports fans today. Our rugby team were playing New Zealand, who hadnt lost a game all year. Oh, and at one point, Ireland were 19-0 up! And in fact, strictly, when the 80 minutes were up, we were still winning 22-17. But, and its a big but, at that point, they carry on playing, until the ball goes out of play, or there is a stoppage of some kind. So yes, you’ve guessed it, a piece of New Zealand magic, they score a try, and the scores are level. Kick the conversion, they win, otherwise, its a draw.

So, he kicks the ball, and misses. Great you think, wrong! At least half a dozen Irish players have wandered off the goal line, towards the kicker, and thats not allowed! So he retakes it, adjusts his target, and kicks the goal, and Ireland lose! Seriously, I know the jokes about the Irish being thick, but really…

Ah well, its the cricket that really matters to me!

The video, well its the first part of this. Well, the first part of the singing bit at least. Apologies, but finding a live performance of this was a challenge

One way, or another

I’m going to get that black bob, Louise Brooks look! Well, close enough anyway.

lets face it, as I’ve mentioned before, I could never get that famous fringe naturally nowadays, I’m too old, the hair is a bit gone in the front, and besides which, nowadays I’m blonde! I do actually have my hair styled as a bob, but its slightly longer than hers, and the fringe…forget it!

But there is one way of getting it, even if it is a bit of a cheat, a wig! And guess what, I actually bought one yesterday, though again, its a longer style than she was generally seen with, simply because I have to cover up my own hair! But yes, its got that fringe 😀

No, I dont honestly know when I will wear it, beyond the Christmas do, and if that is the only time, then it counts as a silly purchase. I may well do it again at some other point, and the odds are good that it may well reappear at next years do, and might even get to travel to Kansas in the interim.

In a sense, I want to wear it sooner, but I know that like the dress, it really should wait its turn, shouldnt it? 😉

But yes, I can finally pull off the Brooksie look, even if it is cheating. Who cares?

The video, well, as is so often the case, the clue is in the title!

Bright ideas for a story

Yes, go back a few blogs, and you might remember I mentioned about an anthology of superheroine stories, set in the fictional setting of River City? Well, yes, Robotica came quite easily for me, and indeed it was quite fun writing a piece about a robot (though strictly she’s more cybernetic, than robot, but anyway…), and it came to me quite easily.

Flapper Girl, now that was a whole different challenge. Firstly, I tried to write a story about a modern girl, who styles herself as a Flapper, and write a piece that way. To be honest, it might have been fun, but all I could draw was a blank.

So finally I decided, if River City has modern day Super’s, they didnt just arrive overnight, of course. So why not put Flapper Girl in her natural era, the 1920’s? But still, given you cant use computers, or the internet as a tool back then, what could I use as a storyline?

Then I remembered one of those popular films set back then, and no, not The Great Gatsby. In fact, the first film version of that was made in the 20’s, though beyond the trailer, nothing survives today, its a lost film, sadly. Sadly, a good number of Louise Brooks’s films have met the same fate.

But, does anyone remember the plot of a certain Julie Andrews film set back then? Probably not, but there was supposedly a bit of a white slave trade going on back then, shock horror! So I updated it a bit, tweaked the title slightly, and…If I say the heroines first name is Belinda, and you shorten it, you might work it out!

So, yes, I settled on the slave trade, though given its going on the EMCSA (as in E for Erotic), I made them being turned into sex slaves. Belinda (aka Billie, for those still trying to work it out) eventually wins the day, with a measure of chaos and fun thrown into the mix. To be honest, I’m planning a series of ‘Billie’ shorts now, to put up as an ebook. Not all will feature sex (this may well be the only one that does, and that is only mentioned in the story line), some will just be in her ‘day job’ as herself, though I am planning one more piece of mayhem with her as a Super.

What I’m surprised, and pleased about, is how easily I found it to write again, I thought it might have been tougher than it was. Still going to have the time issue, but anyway…

Yes, the video, I love it, just love Julie Andrews reaction to events around her. If you want to sing along, fine. Just change the name slightly, thats all… 😉

A Thanksgiving offer

Yes, this blog will at least make someone blush, I suspect, but he’s made me a very generous offer, and I want the world to know it. So fine, as some of you will point out, Thanksgiving isnt this Thursday, its a week on Thursday, but unfortunately, the calendar at the Garden has got it wrong, but I only realised that after all this had started to play out.

Fine, I’ve been in the US a few times, including a few bank holidays, but one event I’ve never been to, is Thanksgiving. Yes, I know the whole historical thing of it, as I’m sure most of you do, so I wont fill you in with all the details. Suffice to say, its a very important occasion, and I’m sure its not just an excuse to cook turkey twice, in a period of a month, instead of the once that we Brits do. But, and this is the important but, I’ve always seen it as a family occasion, not one for visiting Brits to bust in on.

But at the same time, as an Ameriphile (or whatever term they use), its something I’d love to experience, if just once.

And now, one wonderful gentleman, and friend has offered me the chance to do so, and to counter my argument about it being a family thing, has told me I can unofficially be adopted for the period of events…at least. I have not checked into the official full adoption period, we can work on that later. Thank you so much, James.

Now, as things stand, I’m planning to visit Albany next September, as the second of my US holidays for next year, after the big Kansas excursion in May. Clearly, subject to work situations, and other things that may be happening in the Albany area, its not final yet, just pencilled in. But now, do I go to Albany in September as well, do I go in November instead, or do I just stay over for 2 months? No, the latter isnt going to happen, I dont think my job would approve of the latter move lol! And if I dont go in September, do I stay at home then, as I normally do in November, keeping the count at 2 trips, or do I fit in a third? I may not be made of money, but I’m sure I could pull it off one year, without doing much real damage to the bank balance. Hmm…? Choices, choices…

Anyway, plenty of time to work all this out.

So, a very special thank you, James, I have a strong feeling you need to get those ‘adoption’ papers sorted out lol. Something else to truly look forward to next year, and something very special, that is really appreciated

The video, as I say, strictly, its a week early, but given the blog…

Happy birthday, Brooksie!

Well, I did warn you what tonight’s blog would be about, so please dont tell me you’re surprised at this.

Yes, today, 107 years ago in Cherryvale, Kansas, a baby girl, to be named Mary Brooks was born. Of course, she is better known by her middle name, Louise. No, I have no idea if the city celebrates the day at all, or even acknowledges it, to be honest, but as far as I can tell (from the Cherryvale council website), both homes she lived at are both still standing, though I suspect they have been modernised a bit since then. Unlike Wichita, where the house she lived at, is supposedly long since gone.

As mentioned back in April, I did track down the address she was recorded at, as living in Rochester, a very plain apartment block, but which had one famous resident. And of course, I got to visit her very simple grave, just outside Rochester as well.

At the start of the year, I thought I would have been to Kansas by now, as well, but as regular readers know, thats been delayed till next year, so its still something I’m greatly looking forward to. Fingers crossed that things work out, and I get to Cherryvale, so I can see where Louise Brooks started life as well, but that will be reliant on someone else, as public transport to there is pretty much non existent!

But none of this will happen before May, thats for sure!

In the meantime, lets take the chance to celebrate that birth, 107 years ago, and toast the spirit that is now Louise Brooks.

Oh, a video, oh alright…

Flapper Girl

So, here we are, one blog away from the Louise Brooks birthday blog on Thursday, when she would be 107, if she had ever lasted that long! No, not many do, and indeed she passed away nearly 30 years ago now.

The funny thing is, she is often seen as the archetypal flapper girl, when in fact, she was nothing of the sort. The look was around to some degree by the end of the 1890’s, as this article at Wikipedia shows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper

Though of course it didnt become really popular until the 1920’s, when Brooks, along with many others, took up the new fashionable look. Though to some degree, if you asked people in the street to name a famous flapper girl, her name would probably come up countless times.

It came about through emancipation of course, and the slight (by modern standards at least) liberation of women, that was originally created by the need for them to work during WW1. Of course, the biggest irony of it all, they decided on a very boyish look. Well, apart from the short dresses, and the heels, but the haircut, and the flat chested look, oh absolutely.

To say it was a sign of decadence is clear, the way it died off at the time of the Wall Street Crash makes that clear. But all the same, things had started to change, even if it took until the 1960’s before any real liberation movements took hold again. In fact, by the time of Brooks’s last film in 1938, Overland Stage Raiders (also starring a young John Wayne), the bob was gone, and her hair was medium length. I’ve seen it, it looks strange at first, but you get used to it, lol!

In fact, if you think about it, its amazing that despite everything, the bob has lasted through the years, even if the style might have changed slightly in that period. But the change in female looks, and attitude that came out in that post war period, will never be quite repeated, because hopefully it will never need to. Doesnt mean the look still cant be fashionable today though. Anyone would think I was planning to wear a flapper style dress at the work Christmas do, or something!

And lets face it, and I’m one that buys them, the whole Betty Boop thing is still popular today, and her calendar is again on my wall this year, and probably will be next year too.

The video is by a group I know little about, beyond what Wikipedia tells me. But seeing they’ve won a couple of Grammies, had sell out tours, and seem highly popular they must be doing well. This song, well it just fits in so well

Boop, boop a doo!