What they’re forgetting is, this is 1922

I know, I know, its actually nearly 100 years on from that landmark, but you’ve guessed this blog is going back to the Flapper era, havent you? And if you havent, why not? Yes, this event appeared in my mail box this morning.

http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/lates-roaring-20s/

I know, and free too! Unfortunately for this poor, broke flapper girl, it costs a bit too much to get there, and back, especially as I would get back to Huddersfield after the buses had stopped for the night. And no, at the end of April, I am not walking up from town, wearing a flapper dress, and heels, at my age! I could get a taxi, but that all adds to the cost, and its all money I havent got! About £40 ($60) at a rough guess, there, or thereabouts, even being a good girl at the party, and not spending too much. Add in that I’d probably want to get my hair done 20’s style, and fine, its not going to happen. But yes, it would be fun. Only blessing is, because its free, I can keep it on my list, as a maybe, until its too late anyway!

Unless some “Mr Hearst” (or indeed Ms Hearst) wants to take, or treat this poor little “Marion Davies” to the party, and then…

Funnily enough, this time last year, I was getting ready to party in the past, too. An era slightly more recent, and somewhere a lot warmer than here! Yes, a year ago tomorrow, I first went to Hollywood for 10 days, in a hotel. Of course, I’ve since had 4 weeks in an apartment, but back then, a hopelessly excited lady was getting ready for her dream trip. And on that first Saturday, I headed to the Egyptian Theatre, for the most amazing 40’s night. It was a wonderful present, from 2 dear American friends, and I had a wonderful time. The only less wonderful thing? I ended up walking back to my hotel afterwards, in high heels, nearly a mile! I had never done that before, and hopefully never again. I can do it, but my knees truly hate it, so…

Of course, if you’d told me back then that finding a job, after getting back, would be nearly as hard as during the Depression, for a Flapper, I might not have been so excited about it all. But back in those glorious days…

Oh, one last thing, given the last post here was about LA, and the last post on the other blog was about special friends…One dear friend, who I met through Facebook, and who was responsible for one of my real delights of the October trip, the visit to The Magic Castle, posted this on my timeline, when she saw my praise for Mr Scully

I miss you, beautiful.

Ignoring all comments about me, and being beautiful, and needing glasses, you have no idea how wonderful that remark was, Eden. Yes, believe me, I’d rather be there too, at the moment.

Fine, the video. You can guess the song, surely? Not Julie Andrews, though, but Sutton Foster, who played the role on Broadway, I gather. PS, the music only lasts 4 minutes, not as long as it looks!

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A different line of thought

One line of thought that seems to be gaining momentum over my look, isnt the Harlow one! Oh, dont get me wrong, its still very popular with me, and with many others, but one other name seems to keep getting mentions, and ironically kidney failure played a part in her death too, but at least she lived to 50! Her name, Veronica Lake. A picture, for those who dont know

veronica lake1

And yes, I can definitely see the resemblance in many ways, apart from the hair length! No, I’m not sending that picture to my hairdresser if I ever want it trimmed again! Also looks like it takes a lot of maintenance, something I really dont have the time for.

The thing that picture doesnt give away, is how tiny she was, just under 5 ft! Yes, she would have looked up to Jean Harlow, and that is saying something! And no, I dont know how she put up with that peek a boo look, it would annoy the hell out of me! But other than that…

Oh, and she could sing, ‘of sorts’, as shown in this wartime effort

But being compared to all these glamorous ladies, I’m not complaining!

And lastly, to complete my early movies foursome, the other lady I havent mentioned before, and another one, like Brooks, I definitely dont resemble, Clara Bow!

Clara, like Louise made most of her films in the silent movies days. Thankfully, more of her movies have survived the test of time, though an awful lot are still described by that awful term, lost film. Clara, like Louise, was never a fan of the talkies, mainly because she hated working to a mic, rather than to the audience. Like so many stars, her Brooklyn accent is used as an excuse, but if you hear her talk, like Brooks, it wasnt true. Just that Bow didnt enjoy talkies, and Brooks hated the whole Hollywood thing, but both soon stopped making movies, Bow’s last was in 1933.

The thing that made me write about her tonight, an interesting find that suggests she auditioned for the part of Scarlett O’Hara! But all in all, what Clara deserves to be remembered for, is her bubbliness in films like this one

Last interesting point, in 1933 Jean Harlow made a film called Bombshell, a pastiche on Clara Bow, made by one of her former loves.

Very last interesting point, both Bow, and Brooks worked for Paramount.

There, all 4 in 1 blog, how’s that?

Life in a different decade

Going back 7 months or so ago, I mentioned the idea of being hypnotised to think I was in/from the 1920’s, here https://robotunit8.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/if-i-could-turn-back-time/ and this week I again tossed the idea forward to Lex, for Friday as an idea, and seemingly, he quite liked it.

I certainly would find it interesting if it happened, got mentioned as an idea of a 20’s girl trying to get by in current times, rather than sending me back to then (easier to do, I suspect), and see how she coped. I have no idea whether he actually plans to do it or not, I suspect most things are remaining a secret from me until they happen on Friday, somehow?

I also mentioned the idea of said ‘flapper girl’ having to get herself home, but I suspect the main snag with that, is bringing me back to the current day, if we did that? But as I say, I suspect I will only find out when it happens! Slightly more practical than a mindless robot getting herself home, thats for sure! But a 20’s girl, coping with now, hmm, wonder what she’d make of all those people using mobile phones!

As things stand, in truth, I really dont know what it would be like. As crazy for her now, as it would be for me trying to live in the 20’s, I guess? If I find out, I’ll let you know, thats for sure.

Saturday night, I’ll be going out, Nicole’s birthday dinner. What I’ll wear, not quite sure? I would love to wear the flapper dress, but it is January, it is cold (though not as cold as some parts of the US were!), and the dress is short, above the knees, so not sure I fancy that. And unfortunately £3 leggings arent designed to be used very often! They are wearable, just, but…I suspect it will end up being one of the longer length dresses somehow, given the temperature…and my age! Mind, I think I have a pair of hose, that almost match, so… 😉

One thing is for sure, I’ll never truly know what life in the 1920’s was like, time travel isnt for real, only happens in fiction. And maybe in the mind too?

Every so often, by pure chance, I find a gem of a video, and song. This could well be one of them. I have no idea who Pennan Brae is, but I love his taste

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… 😉

Lets crank up the publicity machine

Yes, its that time again, when the quiet, shy, Merry Brooks shows off her writing skills to the wider public, by releasing one of her stories on the world. Given that my previous time travel story set in thw 20’s has been my major seller, lets try a variation on that theme. Plus, given its already written, its not a time issue to get it sorted and posted.

So, 2 days from now, the new story, ‘When You Fail The Test Of Time’ will go on general sale. As a pre treat, here is a glimpse of the cover

MerryBrooks-coverdesign

A brilliant design by a friend named Kris, mentioned a few blogs back on here.

What can I say? Someone needs to be less cynical about the abilities of a friend to design a time travel machine, especially as it works. Unfortunately he doesnt set it correctly before he sends her off, and our heroine finds herself thrust back into life in the 1920’s. Thankfully, she’s practical, and was carrying some money on her, so she gets on with life. Of course, thats a lot more basic than nowadays. To find out what happens, and who she meets, you need to go to https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/merrybrooks later this week, and buy it. Hey, its only $2.99, and whats that between friends? It will also go up at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo later in the week too, just not sure exactly when they will release it. But if they are your options, just look for the author name, and it should appear.

Yes, its only a sideline for me, but its a fun one, and its always nice to see the sales numbers tick over from time to time.

So the video tonight, quite apt, if not a musical piece. It is a bit corny, but its time travel from now, back to the 1920’s, so how could I ignore?