Jazz Age Wednesdays — Hullaba Lulu Dreams

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 


Lulu blowing bubble
Lulu, by Rob Goldstein

Hello, Sheiks and Shebas.  I’m happy to see you.  So I’m sorry to disappoint you.  Yes, I just had a long weekend.  However, I neither rested nor relaxed.  Also, I wasn’t able to create a new chapter of Hullaba Lulu for today.

This is not a teaser, so don’t get the wrong idea about where the Lulu-train is headed.  But it was so “funny” that I had to share.  As you know, San Francisco artist, Rob Goldstein makes wonderful virtual reality illustrations for the series.  Well, we both had the same “what if” idea, at the same time.  Cue the Twilight Zone theme.

Valentino Angel-6
Valentino as an angel, by Rob Goldstein

Simmer down.  The story is not going there, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you — particularly since Rob made some gorgeous images with that in mind.  What, was that simultaneous what if, you ask? What if Valentino was some kind of angel?  That’s Rob’s vision of a dream Lulu might have had of an angelic Valentino above.  

Hullaba Lulu will be back next week with more images from Rob.  The “three things” I have to write about are Jukebox, Star of David, and Bolshies.  What would you do with those things to further this (or any) story? 

Gramps Valentino contorl room lightning
Gramps using a Kodak Brownie to photograph Valentino

Here’s a mini hint — there might be a Tesla invention in the mix…  Also the above image has great details for the control room of Valentino’s train.  On the left, a Tesla machine arcs lightning.  On the right the special stationary angel-bot and the Ouija board are both part of the navigation system.

Thanks for taking time to visit.  I love your comments, so be sure to say hello. 


“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration…”   Nikola Tesla

(A Forbes article on Tesla and some of his inventions here.)

Real World Notes:

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) age 40

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to come back next week for a new chapter of Hullaba Lulu.  You’re the oyster’s earrings!


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100 thoughts on “Jazz Age Wednesdays — Hullaba Lulu Dreams

    1. He’s certainly intriguing, Lavinia. Kind of sad too, but he seems to have done what he wanted to do. Netflix has a bio on him right now that I enjoyed. I haven’t read the book, but I’m sure it’s interesting. Thanks for catching up here. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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  1. I adore your writing and I am amazed about all the stories you create weaving them into a time period. Rob’s art work is lovely and mingles nicely with your stories.

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  2. I like the concept of bringing in Tesla…fascinating man ahead of his time in my opinion…could really add an interesting element! Also have failed to mention Rob’s work…my bad because each week I have thought how stunning it is!! Keep after it…both of you!!

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    1. Hi Kirt. Rob will be happy to hear that. He’s taking a bit of a “break” — but he still made new images and a video. LOL, his idea of a break is about like mine. Although he’s not spending as much time in the blogosphere with comments.
      I agree about Tesla. I’m having a hard time reining in my enthusiasm… If I don’t watch out, he might take over! LOL. Thanks for visiting. You’re the cat’s meow!

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  3. Greetings Teagan! After a bit of a break I’ve been catching up and reading Hullaba Lulu. Once again you’re creating a rollercoaster of a story that’s unique, fun and full of intrigue. I really don’t know how you do it – I imagine your brain is like a swirl of colours and strange images, just waiting to be born 🙂

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    1. Welcome aboard, Andrea! I see that I have catching up to do at your place as well. It’s wonderful to see new posts from you.
      Ha! I think you have seen inside my head. Sometimes a little too much swirling. 😉
      Thanks so much for getting on this train. You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana. Ha! I hope I haven’t painted myself into a corner. Nicola Tesla was a fascinating man (although it sounds like he was extremely difficult to be around). I’m tempted to write a fictionalized version of him into the story… but I really should be thinking of how to wrap up the story, not make it even longer. On the other hand, it’s such fun to write! 😀
      Thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Teagan is taking a mini-break away from the razzamatazz of Jazz Age Wednesday episode this week but still shares some more outstanding images from Rob Goldstein with his vision of who the elusive Valentino might be… three interesting ingredients coming up next week.. And being someone who gets a bit bolshie from time to time (well quite often) I am interested to see how they get that word incorporated.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Sally. Even though I haven’t had time to write, I couldn’t resist sharing Rob’s work. He’s super busy too right now, so the timing was right on that part. I appreciate you. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

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  5. I see Lulu inside the jukebox, frozen in time until someone drops a coin. Music begins to play, she dances herself awake and, horrified, discovers she can’t stop until the music ends. Perhaps Valentino rides in on a Tesla invention and, together, they break out of jukebox jail 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Hi Jennie. I’m so glad you’re on this train. 🙂 Rob has made wanted the Cotton Club to be part of this story for the longest (and made terrific related images), so I’m trying to figure out how to work that into it, along with the “things”… That might give the Ouija board something to spell out. LOL.
      When I start (though I don’t always mean to, my head goes there) trying to combine random “things” with an idea or concept, that’s much harder than just letting the pantser loose. I had something yesterday, but I think I’ll have to throw it out and start over.
      I have to say again, your Memorial Day post was particularly good, among your many wonderful posts. Have a thriving Thursday. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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      1. The Cotton Club would be an excellent train stop. Lulu would have a divine time, and Rob would be in his element. I know what you mean about combining random things and making them work in a story. I think that explains why you are so creative. Thank you for your kind words, Teagan. So glad you enjoyed the post(s). 😍

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  6. Teagn, another brilliant taste of Rob’s photos, and a promise you’ll be back next week. Mr.Tesla is one handsome looking man. He’d fit right into the story! Have a good rest of the week. Hugs, Christine

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    1. Hi Christine. It’s so nice of you to visit. Nicola Tesla was indeed a handsome man — and a fascinating one too. Now I’m even more tempted to write a fictionalized version of him into the story… but I really should be thinking of how to wrap up the Lulu story, not let it get even longer. Rob has been so good to stick with me all these weeks. I shouldn’t take advantage of his good nature.
      Thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

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  7. Rob’s artistic abilities are amazing, Teagan. I have finished your book about Pip. I can’t get over how you manage to write a book using three word prompts all the way through. It is mind boggling to me. I will share my review on Saturday.

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    1. Hi Robbie. I’m flattered that you made it through… however many things that finally added up to! (You’re the numbers person, not me! LOL) Now I will bite my fingernails until Saturday. 🙂
      Writing that first serial (from which the book came) was quite a learning experience. You could probably see that I was feeling my way with the “process” as I went, chapters growing as the book went. But that serial is what grew my blog from fewer fingers than I could count on one hand. Yes, it’s still a modest blog, but it has grown from that single digit number. So it (and Pip) will always have a warm spot in my heart.
      Thanks for taking time to visit. I’m still marveling about the cake you made inspired from Olga’s book! You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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    1. LOL. Thanks for this grin, Teri. Nicola Tesla was a fascinating man. I’m tempted to write a fictionalized version of him into the story… But I’d be forever drawing it to a close if it do that. o_O
      I appreciate you taking time to visit. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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  8. I love the idea of a Tesla machine. So perfect for your time period. I can’t wait to see what you do with that one!
    Sorry you had such a hectic week. I hope things settle down for you soon.
    Rob’s graphics are always a treat.They’re all excellent but I love the one of Lulu with the bubblegum 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Mae. Maybe this weekend will be easier.
      Rob has made so many wonderful images, it’s hard to choose a favorite — so I have several, and that is one of my favorites too. I appreciate your visits. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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  9. Dearest Teagan. upon this rainy day here in the UK, your story and Robs artwork have certainly brightened up my day.. This collaboration is working famously. and I feel awful to have neglected both your blogs for such a long time..
    But today we are rained off from gardening, So I have been sat here in my reader for four hours and your post was the next in line to visit..
    Thank you for always taking me to wonderful places in imagination and for always managing to make me smile with your gentle humour..
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday, and tell Rob I will be working my way around to him shortly.. too..
    Take care and Mega Hugs.. ❤ xxx ❤

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    1. It’s lovely to see you, Sue. I benefit from your rainy day. (We’ve had an abundance of those this month – setting records.) I appreciate you visiting. Mega hugs right back to you. You’re the oyster’s earrings!


  10. More amazing images, from Rob! Wow!! What talent. Let’s see….a jukebox – it could be part of a time machine – forward or backward depending on the song that plays. The Star of David could be a portal and I have no earthly idea what a Bolshie is. Guess we’ll just have to wait to find out. 🙂 I am loving everything about this, Teagan and Rob!

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    1. LOL, I hear you, Jan. I admit that I have to Google many of the “things” Rob sends. I thought Bolshie would be a drink or a bubblegum… You’ll see what it means next week. Unless you get curious and investigate.
      Oh and don’t forget “sideways” in time! 😀 Thanks for visiting. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

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    1. The week is moving along, isn’t it, Mary. That Ouija board has already caused a fair share of trouble… maybe it needs to cause a little more! 😉
      Thanks for taking a moment to visit. Have a great second half of the week. You’re the caterpillar’s kimono.

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  11. I would have the Bolshies hunting for a Star of David with a magical inscription on it, with the clues given by the titles of the songs in a jukebox 😉 hope life calms down for you, hugs across the pond.

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    1. Well done, Fraggle! LOL, Unfortunately I still haven’t had a moment to write, and it’s just as well that I haven’t thought of any of that… because now I can’t use any of it. 😀 Thanks for the peaceful thought — and for reading and commenting. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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    1. Hi Suzanne, it’s great to see you. That is funny (Tesla). I guess it’s “the creative one-mind” at work. Creative people getting similar ideas at the same time.
      I’m so glad you’ve gotten aboard this train, my friend. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

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  12. I am always amazed at how much you manage to fit into your week and how creative you are, so not surprised that sometimes life gets in the way, Teagan. Wonderful images (I have a thing for angels) and I have no idea where I’d go with the three objects. Like Christoph, I’m also intrigued by the Tesla hint, and, like Jacquie, I also enjoyed Lucifer… I’ll be waiting!

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  13. I’m sorry you weren’t able to get some rest, you richly deserve it! When you said a Tesla I immediately pictured his electric cars, lol.
    Another set of wonderful images from Rob, fitting since they cancelled one of my favorite TV shows, Lucifer 🙂

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    1. Hi Jacquie. I’m not familiar with “Lucifer” I expect it was really good. Maybe it will go to Netflix. That’s my only TV, so I’ll cross my fingers.
      Nicola Tesla was a fascinating man. I’m tempted to write a fictionalized version of him into the story… but I really should be thinking of how to wrap up the story. Rob has stuck with me all these weeks. I shouldn’t take advantage of his good nature.
      Thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

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          1. Yes! I think her emotional story arc is actually the most complicated. To go from a demon of death to developing friendships and even love… talk about role reversal! I love her relationship with Trixie, it’s the best 🙂

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