A softly, sighing lament

No, not a real blog, just something I wanted to post for obvious reasons, and cant do justice on the day, as I will be working.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the date in 1937 when Jean Harlow last lived on this planet, and obviously I want to remember it.

Despite all the stories, and there are plenty, she died of kidney failure, and back then in 1937, there wasnt a thing that could be done. 10 years later, early dialysis, and transplants might have saved her, but that at that point, was not possible.

Oh, the other story that needs quashing, her mother did arrange medical staff to look after her, there was just nothing they could do.

Rest in peace, Baby, as you’ve done for 80 years now

xxx

The power of the voice

Oh goody, you’re in for a video treat tonight. Lets leave it at that, for the length of the blog, at least.

At the beginning of this week, on Fembot Central, someone wanted a woman to do a vocal piece, a half of a conversation between a man, and a fembot. So yes, I said that if no one younger offered to do it, I’d do it for him. I have done these things in the dim, distant past, long before you could record it on to a program, on a laptop, for sure.

And yes, seemingly, its a bit like riding a bike, I soon got the hang of it again, just like reading a script. Fine, its a bit weird, doing your line, waiting a few seconds, and then recording your next line, to give him space to edit his lines into the middle of it. I’ve read scripts before like that, but all players have been there, so its easier to judge the pace. When you’re recording by yourself, hmm?

The other snag I discovered, when it came to do my lines, was exactly how robotic I was meant to be, I forgot to ask. Yes, I know, I was pretty sure he didnt want the monotone robot style, given she was a fembot, created to look like a human. So I played it in a clipped, human way, apart from where she was having difficulties with a malfunction in her system.

Actually, for someone like me, not an expert in technology, I had more fun getting it together, and sending it back to him! I mean, I’m the one who wants to be controlled by computers, not controlling them! Yes, the .wav things (I did one where I used the letter b, one where I used beta, as I wasnt sure which he wanted) I saved them as, was very large, and wasnt going to willingly be sent by email, not even separately. Eventually, the technical blunder girl saved it to her One Drive thing on Hotmail, and sent him the link! Yes, I mean, if we needed it recorded, we were all in one place, and put it on to a tape recorder, or cassette recorder!

Yes, fine, I loved the experience, it was great fun doing something like that again, after so many years. No, I dont think the tape will be going to Hollywood studios, even if it was fun. I’ll see how much he liked my voice, if I passed, I might be doing more. Yes, I’d love a contract, with decent money, for doing these things, but realistically…nope!

So, to that video. In honesty, Ultravox created some great videos. Vienna is the obvious well known one, but the barely known Passing Strangers is one I love, for the whole vintage feel. This one is just plain powerful, and far superior to the other one they made, for this song

Follow up to latest book?

Lets see how good the memories of some of my readers is, and more importantly, the state of their wallet! Recently, I posted my first new book for a while, giving it a try on Amazon unlimited, to see if that improved sales, though the effect seems to have been minimal.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z6Z4NLQ?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Feel free to give it a try, us poor out of work authors need all the love we can get. if you prefer Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords, it will be on sale in those places from September, but anyway…Better still, go have a look here

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb

Donate anything over £5, let me know an email address, and I’ll send you a free copy, with grateful thanks. Hows that? I’ll even attach a photograph of the cover as well.

Anyway, at the end of that story, our heroine makes a big decision, and sets out on her new life, as…? Well now, I’m writing a new piece, taking her life on a year or so, and though it will stand up on its own (I think?), it might be better if you know the first story, so…

Someone gets to spice up her life, indirectly, though secretly, its fair to say she’ll enjoy every moment of it… maybe? Especially as I’m pretty sure she’ll be restored to her natural self before the story is over. Oh yes, and fine, its fun for me, as its fair to say that she is very special to me, in a past life sort of way.

Its something I’m writing for a challenge at the Garden, but I’m pretty sure that in time, it will get exposed to a wider audience. Given she is definitely going to get mind controlled at some point, it might even hit the Archive at some point, or I might just sell it, and see.

At least I’m (finally) getting something positive done while not working! Mind, I’d rather be working, but anyway…

OK, the video. I guess its the fact this is mainly filmed in black and white that makes me think of vintage movies. Plus what the two ‘actors’ look like. Besides that, its a much under rated song

A day of remembrance, a day of celebration too

Well, seriously, given the date and everything, what else were you expecting tonight?

Strictly, the centenary of the significance of the 11th November is still 4 years away, but given this is the centenary of the start of World War 1, its a major landmark anyway. And at the 11th hour today, we have, or will (depending on your time zone) remember them.

Not that we just remember those who fell during that awful war, but on the battlefields everywhere, ever since. I suppose, strictly, those who died before too, but its fair to say that 1918 was of course the day that Remembrance Day over here, Veterans Day in the US, is the one that all are remembered for.

No, I’m not going to get political on the matter, though its fair to say that in hindsight, the leaders on both sides in WW1 didnt think too much about planning.

But anyway, for all those brave souls who died then, and since then, I remember, and respect all you did for us, who followed you.

Oh, the celebration? Well, two friends, one long term, one who I have only got to know recently both celebrate their birthday today.

The new one, that wonderful lady who showed Kate, and I around Cherryvale, less than 2 months ago. I think it was towards the end of last year when we first made contact, due to a posting I made about, yes, going to Cherryvale, the home town of Louise Brooks. Finally, I got to meet her in September, and she was just as wonderful to me in real life, as she had been in cyberspace.

Thanks, Tina, hope you’ve had a wonderful day.

Its fair to say I’ve known James a lot longer, though I’m not sure now, just how many years it has been. But in that time, he has become a true friend, a confidant, my editor, to name but 3 things! This man is simply amazing, believe me. Oh, and to top all this, he is the one who has invited me, in less than 2 weeks now, to celebrate Thanksgiving with him, my first time doing so.

So yes, as well as remembering the brave who died fighting for us, I am celebrating the birthday of 2 wonderful people.

The video, well yes, its a war related one, though possibly not one that people would immediately relate to events.

Happy birthday, darling.

No, don’t panic, I havent yet found the love of my life, that title is definitely a Jean Harlow moment. And despite my lookalike status, and at least one person thinking I’m Jean reincarnate, lets keep on safe ground for now.

On this day, in 1892, William Powell was born. Yes, thats right, the man who was the love of Jean’s life at the time of her death, the one who bought her that amazing sapphire ring, that Jean at least regarded as an engagement ring, and Powell never to our knowledge minded her thinking of it as that.

The funny thing is, long before they met, and became romantically involved with each other in Hollywood, they lived a mere few blocks apart in Kansas City, Powell’s family having moved close to where the Carpenter family would live, in 1907. There is no record of how much interest the 19 year old Powell took in the birth nearby of a baby, Harlean Carpenter, I suspect little, or none at that point. But in hindsight, its amusing to think how close they were, in one sense, even then.

History shows they never met until Hollywood, 20 years later, but given the age gap, at that point in her life, thats hardly surprising. He might have seen her in her pram, but never imagined what history would have in store. By the time they got together in the 1930’s, she’d been married 3 times, him twice! He was in fact to marry again, and this time around, it lasted 44 years! Would he and Jean have been married that long, who knows, but from all reports it does seem to have been a happy match. Of course, we were never to know.

Its said that Powell paid for the palatial resting place, where Jean has been since she died, and its known that it was built with 3 people in mind, Jean’s mother (who did end up there), and Powell, but of course, in history, he was buried elsewhere, with his 3rd wife, after he died in 1984. Is that space still free, hmm? Kidding, kidding!

As to Powell, and Jean, and the biographies, and films of her life made in the 1960’s, Powell lacked for kind words. To quote, ‘The only things they got right were her birth, her death, and the movies she made’, a pretty damning indictment, I would say.

So, on this day, lets spend a few moments to remember the love of Jean’s life, the one man that she was supposedly truly happy to be with. There are tales of an abortion, after getting pregnant by Powell, but no concrete evidence. The comment she made shortly before her death that she wanted to stop making films, and have children with him, suggest that the opportunity hadnt already arisen, but that may just have been a press thing?

Also, on this date, in 1905, Clara Bow was born, and in 1914, World War 1 officially broke out. 29th July, quite a day.

The video, what Powell and Harlow were, back in Kansas City.

This video just seems so right. Most of it is in black and white, the girl has a beauty spot, so all in all…

Rest in peace, William, Jean’s darling.

It was about a year ago today…

That emails, and private messages started to flow between a group of people on, and around the Garden, and we all began to fear the worst. Yes, it was about 2 weeks since any of us had heard anything from Sara C, and a combination of concern, fear, and a sense of dread set in as we all feared the worst. Her last email had been fairly upbeat, discussing the new job she had been applying for, and other positive matters, which was why we were so surpised when we subsequently heard nothing from her.

Of course, the fact that she’d been hiding just how bad her illness was from us was the only reason we were so surprised. When a few weeks later, we heard the truth, and reality from her father by email, I dont think any of us were truly surprised by the news. She had by then been dead for a couple of weeks, leaving us behind on the 11th, or 12th March.

But I’m posting tonight, because this is the anniversary of when what could only be termed, the ‘great concern’ started, some of us fearing the worst had already happened, but at least we were wrong on that front.

In a sense, this is a test to find out which Garden, and/or Forum people read my blog, and give them a few days advantage if they do.

I have the monthly writing contest on the Forum, which I will be running concurrently on the Garden as well of course. My own contest, trade secret until Thursday, or late Wednesday at least, I might have to ask permission to cheat on that front, as Thursday is the only day I’m working this week, so time will be at a premium.

But there will be a second event, the Sara C memorial exhibition, for which the rules are very simple. Write a story that Sara would enjoy reading, and hopefully say that she wished she’d written it herself, simple as that! If anyone from outside those groups want to know what that means, then ask. Email me at robotunit8@hotmail.com and I’ll let you know. There are also certain characters she made famous, that I would love to see given one more curtain call as well, most noticeably Carmine Belch, but I fully understand if most see her characters as a road they dont want to go down.

I tried to pick something apt for the video, and think the title at least fits in with that. I have no idea what Sara’s musical tastes were, so I wouldnt know if she would love, or hate it! Hopefully she would enjoy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXlcMQWb8_c&ob=av2e

What did we do before the internet?

Mind, I suspect I might have a few readers here who dont remember that time lol! But equally, there are others who are nearly as mature as me who will remember such times. Or do we?

To be honest, I’m not sure I do anymore! Its about 11 years now that I’ve had a computer of some kind or another. And alright, about 12 years ago someone asked me about buying a computer, and I said, quote, what would I need one for? Oh, was I wrong! I actually started off buying some relatively cheap internet TV thing, simply to see what it was like, not expecting to go far with it, but I was quickly hooked, and within a few months had ordered my own new PC. By todays standards it was slow, basic, and my internet connection was dial up, thats another thing thats changed dramatically!

Over the years I’ve upgraded a few times (sadly still waiting for my cybernetic upgrade though) as computers have improved. In fact the last year or so, I havent had a PC, just a good class laptop, as sitting downstairs with it on my lap is far preferable to having to lurk in my bedroom! Not sure I’m more sociable at home because of that, but guess I must be?

The funny thing is, in real life I’ve never been a big one for friends. I have a few close ones, but that really is about it in real life. And yes, I keep pretty much to myself at work too in all honesty. The funny thing is, I have a good number of cyber friends who I’ve never met (well, possibly have met one, but we wouldnt have known it), and in most cases, are never likely to meet, but all the same I feel some sort of connection to. Its still sort of funny to think that in 2 weeks time…but no, its not the first time I’ve done this sort of thing.

After about 6 months on the net, and chatting to someone reasonably regularly on the net, she invited me across to meet her in Richmond. And after a few days thought, I said yes. Most people thought I was crazy, but I did it. And yes, it worked, we did get along, and the friendship actually lasted about 3 years before we drifted apart, so meeting people from the net can work, whatever people say. Its weird when you first meet, but after that, well hopefully all will be fine. Its funny, I’ve talked to James so often, in chat, roleplay and just on forum matters, that I feel fine about meeting him, and I guess it will be nice to have a voice to put to the wonderful words he writes. Kate I know far less well, but suspect it will be fun to do so.

If all goes well, one year from now I might be heading to Buffalo to meet…lets see how this goes first! Its been a while since I met anyone like this, so lets just take baby steps for now. And no, infantilism really isnt a fetish of mine, despite writing a story about it.  And no this isnt my main video posting blog, but this seemed sort of suitable?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCVgnma-s4c&ob=av3n

If things work out, I’m hoping in the next few days to do something unique, an identical posting on both blogs, hopefully the reason is obvious, if a sad one.