Somewhere over the rainbow

At the start of the week, in which 107 years ago, Louise Brooks was born, lets focus on a few things Kansas. Fortunately her birthday will be on Thursday, and given that I’m off on Thursday, there are absolutely no prizes for working out what that nights blog will be about!

But for tonight, lets focus on other related matters, even if strictly Kansas City isnt in the state of Kansas, its pretty close by, and most from the eastern part of the state (which includes Cherryvale, of course) would probably support the KC teams as ‘their’ team anyway.

Before the start of the NFL season, people expected the Chiefs to be better than last year. Not hard, they were the worst team in the league last year. New coach, new quarterback, and hopes of a better season. But seriously, if anyone had said they would be 9-0 at their bye week, this week, no, no one would have believed you. But facts are facts, that is where they are, last unbeaten team.

No, I’m not really a fan, but I guess they are the second team I look for, because of the whole Kansas thing. Especially as my first team are Buffalo, which is of course quite close to Rochester, where Brooks closed her life. Same thing with the Royals in baseball, I keep an eye on them, just because.

Oh, and somewhere that really is in Kansas, the Kansas State Wildcats. Not altogether surprisingly, they arent matching last year, but given the loss of Klein, its not the biggest shock of all time. But yesterday, they met, and beat handsomely, the 25 ranked Texas Tech, by 49-26. So no, they arent going to a big bowl this year, but they are playing with pride.

Oh, the video, well yes, the clue is in the title. But its not Judy Garland, its another who was lost to this world at far too young an age, Eva Cassidy.

4 days from now, you might get the OMD video, but you might not! 😉

I need a (Super)hero!

Yes, there is a clue to the video in the title tonight lol!

You may, or may not remember that just about a month ago, I mentioned a friend, who had given me a cameo role in one of his stories, someone I know as Jonathan Darksong, though I’m very sure thats not his real surname, even if the first name is!

Well over recent years, he’s written (or co-written) a whole series of stories about the fictional metropolis, River City. Seriously, its amazing that any sane villain would set foot in the place, given how many superhero’s and heroines there are in that city, but anyway. Or maybe thats the whole thing of being a super villain, you positively (and perversely) enjoy taking them on?

Anyway, in the last few days, he’s issued an offer, or a challenge, depending on how you look at it, for others to have a play in the sandlot named River City, as part of an anthology to be posted just before Christmas. Principally, create your own ‘super’ and introduce them into the criminal hub, that is River City.

Now, normally I would have no chance of doing such a thing, time issues and all that. But this month, I have a week off, so I might be looking to rise to the challenge. The obvious one for me would be ‘Flapper Girl’ but seriously, I cant think what super powers she could possibly have? if anyone can, please tell me! I’d love to write it, but cant think how to make it work. JD has suggested a character called Robotica, half human, half cybernetic, which does appeal, and I already have a few ideas for.

Oh, and apparently Ms Brooks is unavailable, seems a super villain has already grabbed her, and done something dastardly to her, lucky woman! He did say he was going to do so, just didnt expect it to happen so soon!

The video, well, I thought this was as apt as it could get. And lets face it, I need little excuse to play a Jim Steinman song, so lets go with it.

Some short writing pieces

No, dont expect the new ‘War and Peace’ from me this month, even if it is November, the month of the annual novel writing competition, I’d be pressed to write 5,000 words in a month, let alone 50,000! But what will happen this month is hopefully a few shorter pieces, aided and abetted by the fact that I’m on holiday for a week during this month.

I have got a couple of potential ideas for longer stories, which will end up at some point as ebooks, but in the case of at least one, will appear on the Archive first. The other may not, simply because as Simon would say, there may not be any (or much) mind control in it, and sex, even less so!

But first, I may try and get the writing juices going, with a couple of short pieces for the monthly contest at the Garden, ran so well by S.B. This month its about sporting moments, though I’m going to have to cheat the concept on one, as we arent meant to use the same sport twice.

One, I’m planning on, is a bimbo type story, though I doubt I can touch the quality of the master of bimbo stories, my friend, Kris. But I can try. Thinking something along the line of the cheerleader team being one short, and one of the mothers enlisted into the team. Of course, she needs to look younger, look cuter, and quite likely that her assets might need a boost too. Normally said cheerleaders would be for a football team, but given that the other story will definitely be a football one, I might have to make it basketball or something, as I need something else with cheerleaders. Sadly, baseball doesnt have them, ah well…foiled lol!

The other, which may well end up as a Merry Brooks story is going to be a time travel one. They seem popular, they seem to sell, so roll with it, and all that. Did you know, when the NFL started in the 1920’s, there were a number of teams, that unless you are a history buff like me, you would never have heard of. There are a few (Packers, Bears, Giants and Cardinals) that have been around since then, but most died, either at the time of the Great Depression, or even before. One, the Tonawanda Kardex team, played one game in the NFL, a 45-0 loss! They had been around to some degree for a few years, but thats the shortest NFL franchise history ever!

I suspect my story will revolve around a couple of teams that survive until now, I’m tempted to use the 2 Chicago teams (the Cardinals were in town back then), as it would work quite well, but dont quote me on that. Go to a modern game, find herself at a game in the 20’s, should be fun!

But in fact, this wont be my first story about a long defunct football team, I actually wrote one 7 years ago, involving the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Who, well, they were the 1926 champions, but virtually folded at the time of the crash in 1929, staggering on for 2 more years, as a pretty awful team, before finally folding.

In fact the team name has been revived in recent years, though the name is the only connection. Oh, whats that, the story, oh alright,

The longer stories, you ask? Well one will be a robot based story, loosely involving recent events that I mentioned a couple of months back. The other, most definitely a 20’s story, though set then, not a time travel one. If I say the working title is Thoroughly Modern Jilly, it might give you a clue!

So November may not see a novel, but might see some writing at least.

The video, well, its about a team I mentioned here. And it even includes some ladies in uniform. But no, not cheerleaders, I’ve never found evidence that they were actually at games back then, but if anyone knows differently?

25 years on, and all that

Yes, its funny to think, it was 25 years ago that I first saw Fenway Park, my first ever sighting of a Baseball stadium. No, I was nowhere near the stadium, I saw it from a viewing floor, in some downtown tower in Boston. Just a set of lights in the distance, and a name on the display, where we were standing and looking out. Yes, me and a female partner, shocking stuff, not! Might have been more controversial back then though, lol!

Didnt think any more of it at the time, it was just a landmark, lit up in the darkness of a September evening in Boston. Hey, I didnt know anything about baseball back then, lets face it. The only US ‘big 4’ sport that had crossed the Atlantic by then was NFL. Mind, back then, there were a ‘few’ less TV stations than there are now over here! 4, if I remember rightly, and that was it!

15 years on, I got my first sighting of Baseball on TV, long before the digital TV explosion over here, and currently leading to a good number of matches being covered over here each season.

The one connection, a match at Fenway. Back then, in September 1988, I saw a stadium in the distance, where the Red Sox were beating the Orioles. Yes, its amazing what you can work out with a calendar, and the MLB website. This week, 25 years on, I saw highlights, on a TV, in the UK, of them beating the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

In a year when I also returned to Rochester, another city visited on that first trip to the US in 1988, its a nice way of turning full circle. Mind, I wouldnt have spent time on the internet back then, thats for sure!

One of the highlights of the World Series, from the MVP, that great guy named David Ortiz, also known as Big Papi