Goodbye Mean Old Monkey — Happy New Year

 

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1920s Couple & Monkey doing the Charleston

Happy New Year everyone!  I didn’t have this video/greeting finished in time to add it to my regular weekly post.  However, the Year of the Monkey wreaked such havoc that I had to celebrate its passing.

 

My post on Friday, wasn’t a proper New Year’s greeting.  So I’m doing the traditional recap of the year and plans for the next one.  However, sly old fox that I am, I wanted to do it in video form.

Many of you have already commented on my post for this weekend. You have my heartfelt thanks for visiting me.  Anyhow, I’ve disabled comments on this one, so Is Your Writing Beastly? can remain featured.  Kindly leave comments there, if you haven’t already. I love hearing from you.

Wishing everyone a fantastic 2017.

Happy New Year!

 

 

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Is Your Writing Beastly?

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Dorothy Sebastian 1920’s

Today I thought a little “writing process” post would be fun.  So I ask you… Is your writing beastly? 

Don’t get defensive. I’m sure your words are beautiful.  However, maybe it should be beastly.  One way to animate your words is to well — animalize them.  (No, that is not a word.  Now it’s a “Teaganese” word.)  I caution against over use of this animalized technique.  However, it really can liven up your text. 

In The Three Things Serial Story, if Pip (and her Roaring Twenties friends) thought someone or something was the height of excellence they might say it was “the bee’s knees” or “the cat’s pajamas.”  However you can animalize your writing in more descriptive ways.

Here’s a bit from Atonement, Tennessee.  Ralda and Bethany happen upon Cael and Gwydion in the middle of an argument.  So the women pretend they didn’t overhear the men.  They try to choose a tombstone for one of Bethany’s charcoal rubbings, which is intended to be a gift. 

After a little looking around, Bethany and I were choosing between a floral carving and one of an angel.  Cael was inordinately pleased by the choice of the angel, but Bethany became worried that Lacey might think it was too “graveyardy.” 

When we went back to the design of a cluster of roses, I noticed that my florist friend looked rather self-satisfied.  For a moment I thought Gwydion would stick his tongue out at Cael.  I didn’t know just what the source of the testosterone filled undercurrent was, but they had practically gone from posturing lions to school boys.1926 life halloweenkitty

Also, you’ve probably heard sentences like the following. He moved with feline grace.  Her owlish eyes regarded me curiously.  He was a nocturnal creature, thriving on late night forays.  You get the idea. 

My challenge to you is to animalize a sentence — leave it in a comment here.  But remember, this is a G rated blog!  (Sorry if I just took the fun out of it.)  

Here’s a list to get you started.  It doesn’t even begin to cover all the animal adjectives.

Avian Hircine Simian
Asinine Icterine Skunky
Bovine Leonine Slothful
Canine Lupine Snaky
Catlike Murine Tame
Crocodilian Nocturnal Tigrine
Delphine Owlish Ursine
Elephantine Piggish Vulpine
Feline Ratty Vulturine
Fishy Reptilian Weaseled
Foxy Serpentine Webbed
Goatish Sheepish
Goosy Shrewish

 

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Have fun!  May your 2017 be filled with mega hugs.

Happy New Year!

 

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No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without permission.  Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrighted materials in violation of the author’s rights.

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Bloggers around the Christmas Tree – Icelandic trolls and horses, parties and Spice

Let me be perfectly honest… I was too tired to do a post this week. It seems like that is not a “PC” way to be, but there you have it.
However that treasure-trove of blogging generosity, Sally Cronin included me in a post last week. It includes a collection of writers and bloggers to whom I pale in comparison. (Okay… not a good choice of words, since I’ve always been paler than everyone else, pale as a ghost, but my tired brain couldn’t come up with better.) So be sure to click over and read Sally’s post.

Wishing each and every one of you a wonderful holiday, filled with magic, happiness, and… mega hugs!
Teagan

1920s Party — Three Things Serial Story

Three Things Serial 1920s Party!  

You’ve all made this Roaring Twenties party a huge success.  New guests keep arriving (be sure to meet them in the comments).  Everyone is having such a great time that I’ve decided to let this hootenanny continue through this weekend too!   So happy holidays to all you Sheikhs and Shebas!

Welcome! Come on in — join the fun.  We’re all dudded up in our snazziest clothes, ready to enjoy great dancing, food, and friends.  Yes, it’s a Roaring Twenties shindig.  So in a comment, leave a link to your books, blog, or to your favorite 1920s food, drink, or entertainment. That’s what makes the party.

ape-tuxedo-cigarDon’t panic!  That really is a great ape in his tuxedo, getting the buffet ready, but it’s none other than Chris The Story Reading Ape.  He’s dishing up the fruit cocktail, and yes, that is made with bananas!  

That’s Tess with him, putting some finishing touches on the Swiss steaks.  I see Andrea Stephenson has brought a delicious lemon meringue dessert.  Thanks for your help everyone.  It’s looking mighty tasty! You’re the bee’s knees.  

(Excuse me while I answer the door…)  KathrynCome in — let me help you with that steaming pot of Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Crab.  Let me introduce you to some other guests.

That lovely lady twirling her long flapper beads is 1920s Catering Menu-2Sally Cronin.  She’s adding the nut and cheese sandwiches she brought to the 1920s dishes on the buffet table.  Hey Sally, those red shoes are pos-i-lute-ly the cat’s meow!  

Oh great, there’s Kirt D Tisdale.  Hey Kirt — while you’re taking pictures, be sure to get one of Sally and those shoes.  You’re the berries. Thank you. 

Another styling flapper just arrived, it’s Mary J. McCoy-Dressel.  Mary, you’re a real Sheba with that fringe dress and boa.  And would you just look at how cute — a pup in a Roaring Twenties costume — It’s Suzanne and Percy the pug!  Goodness, why is Percy barking so frantically?  It’s as if he hears something that the human ear can’t…  He seems fine now though.

John W. Howell is looking spiffy too.  He offered to be bartender and he’s making “John Cannon” cocktails (read his trilogy for the hero’s favorite drink) with our bathtub gin.  Thank goodness, there’s Geoff with more olives for those cocktails.  bartender-vintage

What’s that you say Geoff?  We’re almost out of beer?  Well, it’s too early for us to be getting splifficated anyway.  But no worries, I’ll call Dan Antion.  Dan was going to photograph doors on his way, so I’ll drop a dime to his cell phone. He sure can pick a great brew, and I’m sure he’ll step on the gas, and get here before we run out.

Ouch!  Oh, no John, I’m okay.  There was a shrill sound when I hung up the call with Dan, that’s all.  Erm… but my cell phone is gone and now I have one of those “candlestick” telephones they used way back when.  What the Sam Hill happened with the phone switcheroo?  Why yes, John. A Gin Rickey would be a good idea.  Better make it a double.  Thank you, it’s delicious.  Love that tang of lime.

I hear a car outside.  Is that Hugh Roberts I just got a Glimpse of?  He and Colleen Chesebro , Tina Frisco, and D. Wallace Peach just got out of a ritzy Studebaker.  With that dragon hood ornament, I know the car belongs to Diana.  Hey Colleen, love your new hairdo! It’s the berries!  Come on inside everyone.studebaker1920_2

Who’s that in the middle of that big cluster of ladies?  Oh of course, they’re all stuck-on Lord David Prosser.  Thank goodness Olga is nearby — some of David’s admirers don’t speak English, and Olga’s a great translator.  She finally took a break from the dance-floor. Where does she get all that energy? 

Applesauce!  What happened to the lights?  The dark will be just fine when Teri Polen and Barbara get ready to tell ghost stories, but…  Oh good, they’re back on.  But wait, those aren’t my lamps.  They’re snazzy Art Deco lights.  I can’t help getting goosebumps at all these odd happenings…

Wow, just listen to that music!  Thanks to Lavinia  and Kev performing, the tunes are great and that’s no phonus balonus!  You two have been playing your hearts out. Take a little break and I’ll turn on the stereo.  

1920s Dance PartyHey! Hang on… my stereo is gone, but there’s an old Victrola where it used to be. Okay, it’s making great 1920’s music though.  Donna Parker is really cutting a rug with the Charleston.  Hi Donna — thanks for bringing the deviled eggs and tea sandwiches.

Oh, and the vision in fringe and sequins over there, that’s Inese.  I see she put down her camera to dance.  I wondered where Christoph had gotten to, and that’s him with Inese. Applesauce, can they ever dance!

I wonder if they could teach me?  Suzanne Joshi and Judith both offered to give me a break from hostessing.  Dare I try?  I’m such a klutz.  Holy Hannah! Where did all the hummingbirds come from?  They’ve caught strands of my hair, and the fringe of my dress, and they’re pulling me to the dance floor!  I should have known — the hummers belong to Janet.  Maybe the hummingbirds can disguise what a horrible dancer I am…

Ah! There’s Gerlinde and Cheryl with with trays of tasty cookies to tempt the dancers away from the floor.  (What do you mean I didn’t dance yet?  You must have looked away… Here hummingbirds, I’ll give you a cookie if you’ll play along.)  

For a little slow down from the Charleston, Christy has a poem for us.  Also Lavinia has shared one of her sublimely beautiful songs. Take a breather, relax and enjoy.

Now maybe I’ll read you an excerpt from The Three Things Serial Story instead of dancing…  Christine would you please point all these guys and dolls to the living room? There’s room for everyone to sit down over by the television.  What do you mean “What TV?”  It’s next to the computer.  What do you mean “What computer?”

Everything in this house is like the 1920s!   Quick, somebody open the door and look outside…  The cars have all been replaced by antique jalopies.  Everything outside is like the 20s too!  What?  Yes, I said I’d read to you.  At a time like this you want me to read?  All right then. Sheiks and Shebas, gather around.  Who’d want to leave the Roaring Twenties anyway?

Excerpt

Pip, Mona, and two of the Fabro boys get invited to a swanky outdoor party.  Here’s what Pip has to say about it.

3-things-cover_3-2016“Applesauce!  This shindig is incredible.”

It was almost a carnival.  The party was huge and spread out along the banks of the Santa Rosa Sound.  There was a band stand, and a wooden floor was set up where dancers did the Charleston.  I saw balloons everywhere.  Tables with white linen and silver were clustered beneath a brightly colored tent.  In other places blankets were spread for picnics.  Everywhere I turned there was something else happening.

Then I saw it.  The yacht.  It was breathtaking.  I knew there was no way it would happen, but I really wanted to see the inside.  I must have been drooling over it because a flapper stopped and giggled at me.

“Be careful if you go in there, hon.  Doctor Fred might put you under that microscope of his,” the flapper told me as she hurried past.

I drew a breath to call out to her.  I wanted to ask the girl what she meant, but she was already gone in a flash of fringe and sequins.  Then a Victrola started blaring out the song “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue.”

Abruptly an idea occurred to me.  I clutched my pocketbook and felt it still inside — the bent key.  I never had been able to make out what was engraved on it.  The flapper’s voice and the word “microscope” rang in my mind.  Was there really somebody on the yacht with a device that would let one see tiny things?  Maybe they could read the faint lettering on the key.

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The mystery only deepens when the gang gets aboard the yacht.—  Hold onto your hats!

I really must give special thanks to a few people now.  I was thrilled to see reviews of this “Little 1920s Story” from OlgaColleen Chesebro and Donna Parker. My heartfelt thanks to them and everyone who reblogged their reviews, like Chris Graham, Sally Cronin, Adele, and Christoph.  

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed the party.  Remember to leave a comment with links to your books and what-not.  You’re all the cat’s pajamas.

…We now return you to the era or universe of your choice.   Mega hugs! –

 

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Thriving Thursdays: The Value of Nonsense – Guest Post…

Thanks to Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape for continuing to let me visit the Tree-house on the third Thursday of each month.

Pay the Ape a visit. Comments are there.

Have a thriving Thursday.

Mega hugs!

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There used to be a list of jokes about keeping a healthy level of insanity.  A good sense of whimsy, an active imagination — those things will help you thrive.

“I like nonsense —
it wakes up the brain cells…”  Dr. Seuss

Here’s one more whimsical quote.

 “My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. 

It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. 

You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond “Z” and start poking around!”


Theodor Geisel  (aka Dr. Seuss)

From Yuzz to Z, make it a thriving Thursday,

Teagan

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Three Things Serial Shout-Out

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My little 1920s novella, The Three Things Serial Story, just got a lovely endorsement from Olga Núñez Miret.  Of course I couldn’t resist sharing!Olga Núñez Miret

Please drop by Olga’s blog to say hello — comments are there.  Check out her extraordinary collection of books too. 

Stay tuned here as well.  You’re all cordially invited to a 1920s party. It begins here on Friday.

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Book Launch Giveaway Winners — Three Things Serial Story

The Three Things Serial Story Giveaway Winners

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Welcome back everyone.  I want to thank all of you for your support in the “launch” of the novella version of The Three Things Serial Story

I realize I should have preceded the launch of this novella with a cover reveal.  Then I should have done several posts to build anticipation about the upcoming release.  And then a pre launch announcement, and then a launch party.   And then a post announcing the launch of the paperback.  And another announcing the e-book.  And then… Well, I simply don’t have time for that kind of marketing.  This blog is as much marketing as I’m able to do.  So thanks all that much more for visiting!

This novella is always 99 cents (USA) for the e-book.

Without further ado, here are the winners of last week’s giveaway.

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Amazon Giveaway for 2 ebooks:

Robert Young and Betty Allen

(I would like to elaborate, but Amazon didn’t provide details.)

Random Drawing for 1 Paperback

So that everyone could have a chance, no matter your location, I also did a random drawing from comments.  I numbered the comments and then used an online random number generator to objectively pick the winner.  The paperback goes to Olga Núñez Miret.  Be sure to visit her blog and take a look at all her fantastic books.

Three Things Serial Characters

The “things” left by readers of the blog led me to each of the characters for this whimsical vision of the Jazz Age.  I thought it might be fun to show you how I imagine them.  So in no particular order, please meet the cast of The Three Things Serial.

Paisley Idelle Peabody (Better known to you as Pip)

Young Lucille Ball

Young Lucille Ball

The moment I saw a picture of a teen-aged Lucille Ball she became my Pip. In my imagination the voice of a grown-up Lucy narrates The Three Things Serial, looking back on the adventures of her youth.

Pip might be a tad conservative, naive, or innocent as flappers go, but that allows her to take people as they are, without judgement. Time and “things” will tell if that open-hearted naïveté gets her into a pickle — or maybe a whole barrel-full of them!

The heart of a true flapper beats in Pip, and she is determined to be what she thinks of as a modern woman.

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Pops (Pip’s Unseen Dad)

John Forsythe 1958

John Forsythe 1958

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Mona the Movie Star

Pip enjoyed giving everyone nicknames, usually based on their occupations or their aspirations. Her friend and neighbor, Mona, had big dreams of being an actress, but little chance of seeing them come to fruition. Mona is something of a flirt, but you won’t see her “lead anyone on.” It’s just that people (particularly men) jump to do things for her.

In my imagination, the original “It Girl” — Clara Bow plays Mona.

Clara Bow

Clara Bow

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Andy the Astronaute-man

Willie Garson as Andy

Willie Garson

Andy Avis

The “things” for Episode-2 required me to write about a ballerina, a fireman, a movie star, and an astronaut. Have I mentioned that I’m a research geek? I had to make sure the word “astronaut” was actually used in the 1920’s. I got conflicting information, but the greater consensus said “no.” However, I learned the term Astronaute was used in France at the time. So Andy Avis is also of French descent.

Andy is also a science fiction writer, hence Pip’s nickname for him Andy the Astronaute-man. Despite the heroic stories he writes, Andy is not the bravest bean in the bowl. Discretion is pos-i-lute-ly the better part of valor with him. To his credit, sometimes Andy overcomes his big fears and takes action. Doesn’t it take a lot more courage to do something when you’re afraid than if you are just naturally brave or fool hearty?

Right away I saw a younger Willie Garson as my Andy. (You might know him from “White Collar” or Sex and the City.) I could see the friendship between him and Mona. Although unlike Stanford, Andy hopes the friendship will become a romance.

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Ca’ d’Zan

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Ca’d’Zan Mansion

The Ringling Mansion.  Although it is not truly a character the Ca’d’Zan mansion is an important part of this story. Learning about this amazing place was so much fun that I had to include it here. I hope you’ll do some research of your own about the home of John and Mabel Ringling.

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The Fabros

1920s 4 Look-alike GuysFrankie Fabro and His Cousins

Next meet Frankie the Fireman and his cousins Flavio, Fedel, and Frediano. First came Frankie. He’s taller and a little bigger than his cousins, but all four of the young men look a lot alike. Elder brother Flavio looks out for twins, Fred and Fedel. Pip has a crush on Frankie. Flavio, like most men, seems to think Mona is the berries.

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Countess Bepa Babikov

Johanna Loisinger; the Countess Von Hartenau

The mysterious white-haired woman… turns out to be a real life countess. It was after Bepa Babikov came along that I saw a photo of Countess Von Hartenau that was simply the vision of Bepa’s elegance, as well as her fierce determination. She instantly replaced any other image I had of Bepa.

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Boris the Ballerina

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Fred Astaire

Retired from the Ballets Russes after a career-ending injury, Boris gives the occasional dance lesson to earn a living. Mona is infatuated with Boris, but also conflicted. She has some ways of thinking to outgrow. Boris is the strong silent type. His friends have to work at it to get to know him. When I saw a photo of Fred Astaire, in a rather sulky pose, it made me think of Boris.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little introduction to the characters.

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Thanks for visiting.  You’re pos-i-lute-ly the cat’s pajamas! Mega hugs.

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