Catch-Up Saturdays — Hullaba Real World Tech & Review

Saturday, July 14, 2018 

Roaring Twenties Tech & Culture

Portrait of Gramps with stuff

Gramps with some “tech” from Hullaba Lulu, Art by Rob Goldstein

Hello, everyone!  Welcome to my sanctuary.  Or maybe I should say welcome Shieks and Shebas, because this post sort of reviews my Jazz Age Wednesdays serial, Hullaba Lulu.

My “partner in crime” for the #DieselPunk serial is artist Rob Goldstein who creates the illustrations and videos for Hullaba Lulu.  Between us we’ve added many real world elements from Roaring Twenties culture and technology.

Today I’m spotlighting the real (though I used some of it in a fantastical way) technology and popular culture items of the Roaring Twenties.  Some of these were “things” sent by Rob, others came along as part of my storytelling.  This post will also serve as a catch-up review of Hullaba Lulu.

Don’t Bring Lulu

It’s no surprise that music was a big part of the Jazz Age.  I created the some of the characters for Hullaba Lulu, inspired by the song Rob told me his grandmother sang to him.

Chapter 1 ― Rose, Pearl, Trumpet

Garter Flask

What 1920s story could leave out things to do with Prohibition? I added a contradiction to a character by giving the flask to “darned nice girl” Pearl.

The Bright Young Things

Volumes could be written about that extraordinary collection of people, the Bright Young Things.  That “thing” inspired me to include a fictionalized Tom Driberg in the story.

Chapter 2 ― Garter Flask, Grand Central Station, Bright Young Things

Valentinto LuLu Tom D Rolls

Valentino, Lulu, and Tom Driberg on the street above the emergency exit of the abandoned subway tunnel where Gramps has a speakeasy.  Art by Rob Goldstein

Spiritualism — Ouija Board

As they were during the Victorian Era, people in the 1920s continued to be fascinated with spiritualism. Seances, tarot readings, and Ouija boards were popular.  When Rob sent the Ouija as a “thing” my imagination went off the rails and I made it part of the control system of Valentino’s train.  That was just the beginning of me adding outrageous elements to the train.

Lulu at table in station

Lulu in her secret place (the abandoned subway station), with her Ouija board — turns out it belonged to Valentino.  Image by Rob Goldstein

Chapter 3 ― Saltwater Taffy, Raspberry-Red Rouge, Ouija Board

Carl Jung

Jung was a prominent figure of the 1920s.  His work has been influential in not only psychiatry but also anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.  When Rob mentioned the “red notebook” it took a bit of thinking for me to work it into the story.

Orthophonic Victrola

In 1925 the Orthophonic Victrola was a big innovation in sound reproduction.  That real 20s tech thing was another real world item I couldn’t resist adding to the diesel-punk tech of the fantastical train.

Chapter 4 ― Ectoplasm, Jung, Orthophonic Victrola

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Valentino with the Orthophonic Victrola, which is part of the train’s communication system. Art by Rob Goldstein

The beginning of the fifth chapter was a bit of family history for Lulu and her grandfather. I didn’t touch on social norms, but it was clear that Lulu’s family situation wasn’t typical of the era. Chapter 5.1 — Backstory

Automat

Part two of Chapter 5 gave us more “20s Tech.”  Yes, they really had automats and vending machines even before the 1920s!  The automats were gigantic, coin-operated vending machines with row upon row of windowed compartments, resembling glass-fronted post office boxes, housing dozens of menu items.  I gave the train the automat of my dreams.  It even makes cash. 

Tilt-A-Whirl

Amusement parks came along in the Victorian Era.  Flappers loved them too.  Herbert W. Sellner, a woodworker and maker of water slides, invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926 at his Faribault, Minnesota, home. In 1927, the first 14 Tilt-A-Whirls were built in Herbert’s basement and yard.  Watch out for the tilt-a-whirl in the story… it’s not normal.

Chapter 5.2 — Automat, Cheeseburger, Tilt-A-Whirl

Tilt-a-Whirl Lulu, Valentino and man_the Spin a Twirl-2.

The tilt-a-whirl in the sideways version of Atlantic City was no ordinary ride. Art by Rob Goldstein

Nagasaki

The Japanese port city of Nagasaki became something of a fantasy in Jazz Age songs, with lyrics only vaguely related to the real city.  Several US novelty songs were set in “exotic” locations popular in the era.  “Back in Nagasaki” inspired Rob to create a video.  It gave me the idea for a group of automaton characters, Dynamite, his crush Hot Ginger, and later, Wicky, Wacky, and Woo.  That song also led to Lulu receiving a title from the angel-bots — Giver of Names.

Kodak Brownie

The Kodak company had been making cameras for quite awhile in the 20s.  The Brownie was popular.  In the story, I had Lulu borrow the one belonging to Gramps. You saw him with it in the title image.

The Garçonne Look

Improvements in women’s rights, and changes in fashion brought about the “tomboy look,” (favored by author Margaret Mitchell) and the more sophisticated Garçonne Look.  For either, women wore menswear inspired clothes, including trousers, or simply men’s clothes.  Rob dressed the Lauren character in the Garçonne Look.

La Garçonne-ectoplasm

Lauren, Lulu’s mother… to avoid spoilers that’s all I’ll say.  Ar by Rob Goldstein

Chapter 6 — The Garconne Look, Tarot Cards, Kodak Brownie

Ferris Wheel

That ride came along before the 20s but it made a great “thing” for the story, not to mention a couple of cliffhangers.  The original, sometimes also referred to as the Chicago Wheel, was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.. With a height of 80.4 metres (264 ft) it was the tallest attraction at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, where it opened to the public on June 21, 1893.

Bubblegum

Lulu is a little… well, let’s be honest. That flapper can be a bit crass. She gets food on her clothes and face, and she burps and hiccups… Bubblegum is her least offensive habit.  

In 1928, an accountant invented bubblegum. Walter Diemer, was experimenting with new gum recipes. One recipe was less sticky than regular chewing gum, and stretched more easily. The original bubble gum was pink in color because that was the dye that Diemer had most on hand at the time. 

Lulu blowing bubble

Lulu’s bubble got too big and popped all over her face.  Fortunately there was an angel-bot to clean her up.  Art by Rob Goldstein

Chapter 7 — Pocket Watch, Ferris Wheel, Bubblegum

Pittura Metafisica

Pittura Metafisica: Marked by a strong sense of solitude and melancholy, the uncanny and dreamlike urban spaces and enigmatic iconography were typical of Pittura Metafisica or “Metaphysical Painting.”  Valentino is clearly no ordinary man. When he creates that kind of painting, you might accidentally walk right into it. 

Videophone

Can you believe they actually had videophones in the 20s?  That was one of the most surprising “things” Rob sent.  They were first invented all the way back in the late 1800s, but they were refined in the 20s.  For more click here

Chanel No. 5 

I try to use all the senses in my stories.  This iconic perfume was around back then.  Chanel No. 5:  In 1921, a very clever designer and businesswoman created a scent that revolutionized the way women smell.  About a 100 years later, people still know Chanel No. 5.  I let this “thing” belong to Rose.  Tom Driberg uses expensive gifts to try and lure her back. 

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Lulu crashed Valentino’s Rolls onto the curb of the Cotton Club. Somehow they managed to squeeze in a dance before everything went off the rails.  Art by Rob Goldstein

Dancing

Lulu loves to dance.  People associate the Charleston with the 20s, but there were many more dances.  Her favorites are the Camel Walk and the Lindy Hop.  (Click the links for vintage videos.)

Chapter 8 — Chanel No. 5, Pittura Metafisica, Videophone

Bolshies

That’s what some people called Bolsheviks in the Roaring Twenties.  It was part of their culture.  When Rob sent that word as a “thing” I ended up bringing Russian spies into the story.  It seems like they had nearly as much trouble with them in the 20s as we do now…

Chapter 9.1 — Bolshies

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Lulu pressed the electric starter in Valentino’s Rolls… but she didn’t know how to drive!  Art by Rob Goldstein

Jukebox

The jukebox in the story seems to have a mind of its own.  That resulted in another character name being inspired by a song, Cuban Moon.

Electric Starter

Ah yes… more tech!  I decided to put one in Valentino’s Rolls-Royce.  The first electric starter was installed on an Arnold, an adaptation of the Benz Velo, built in 1896 in East Peckham, England, by electrical engineer H. J. Dowsing.  In 1903, Clyde J. Coleman invented and patented the first electric starter in America U.S. Patent 0,745,157. 

Chapter 9.2 — Jukebox

Chapter 9.3 — Star of David

Electromagnet

I allowed the automatons a moment of heroism with a rather fantastic electromagnet.  The real one was invented in 1825.  William Sturgeon’s first one was a horseshoe-shaped piece of iron wrapped with a loosely wound coil. When a current was passed through the coil the electromagnet became magnetized, and when the current was stopped, the coil was demagnetized. It could lift nine pounds with a seven-ounce piece of iron wrapped with wires through which the current of a single cell battery was sent.  The one I fictionalized lifted a lot more.

Chapter 10.1 — Electromagnet

Theremin

Music again, but not the ordinary variety!  Rob sent this great “thing” and now I want one.  It would freak out my cat, so I’ll resist.  It’s a real world thing, but I used it in a fictional way, letting its freaky music be “medicinal” to help a sick character.

Originally known as the ætherphone/etherphone or thereminophone, a theremin is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer. It is named after the Westernized name of its Soviet inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928.

Virtual reality photograph of Gramps playing the Theramin

Gramps gets jazz man cool with his shades and tries his hand at playing the theremin.  Art by Rob Goldstein

Chapter 10.2 — The Theremin 

Egyptomania

Egyptomania took hold long before the Jazz Age, but it was still “alive” and well.  I brought this in when I let a certain character come back when he was spotted at an archaeological dig.

Chapter 10.3 — Wave Frequency Machine, Hidden Door

Earrings

When short, bobbed, hair became popular in the 20s it was no short lived thing.  Along with a lot of technical innovations I think of the huge changes in women’s fashion as a time of innovation as well.  Fashions of the Jazz Age focused on movement.  Short hair brought on long earrings, dangling with that desired movement.

yellow tassel earrings

Earrings also tied to a real world element with a real life phobia for Nikola Tesla.

Update for Deborah!

Jewelry styles of the 1920s are still popular today.  Deborah at Circadian Reflections asked for a picture of the earrings I recently bought.  So, here are my fun, long, yellow tassel earrings, reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties.

 

 

Chapter 11.1 — Papá

Violet Ray

The Violet Ray is probably the most startling “thing” Rob has sent yet.  I can’t take credit for it, wild as my imagination can be.  Nope… it’s real.

Invented by Nikola Tesla, the violet ray is a user-friendly, hand-held device that can be used with a variety of glass applicators, such as a bulb, a comb-rake, or a rod, each with a specific purpose. The glass is inserted into the tip of the hand-held section. After being plugged in and turned on, the appliance becomes a high-voltage, low amperage (current) source of static electricity.  Its discharge creates a violet color (hence, its name), a pleasant ozone smell – and a sizzling noise.

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Hopefully I will be able to add even more real world 1920s tech and culture as this story eventually comes to a close.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this tech review.

If you haven’t gotten on the train, you can catch up by clicking the Hullaba Lulu category on the right side of the page. You’ll meet Lulu, her Gramps, friends Rose and Pearl, and some other characters as they begin a journey with an enigmatic man who only calls himself Valentino.  Listen for the trumpet’s call and the conductor’s announcement, All aboard!   That’s here each week for Jazz Age Wednesdays.

Thanks for taking time to visit.  I love your comments, so be sure to say hello.  You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Artwork Copyright © 2018 by Rob Goldstein

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It’s about “Time” with Don

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hello, one and all.  Welcome to my sanctuary.  Sit down on a sofa or curl up on a cushion.  Today I have a special guest — author and entrepreneur Don Massenzio

atonement_in_bloom_1_03-24-2014Don has a twist in his upcoming book that he’s been kind enough to discus with me.  It was not too far afield from something that had been on my mind for my own books. Most of you know that I’m editing book-2 in my Atonement series (Atonement in Bloom).  For a third book I’ve been contemplating how to work with both the present and the past in one volume. There are a number of ways I could do that. So I was curious about what Don did.  I’ll bring you into our discussion now.

Don:  My new book, Extra Innings, did not start out as a paranormal or science fiction novel. Originally published as a serial on my blog, the story started out with the intent of becoming another iteration in my crime fiction writing efforts. As the story took shape, however, my mind kept mulling over the miserable life of my main character, Joe McLean and what his life might have become if he had made some alternate life choices.

Teagan:  That’s what intrigued me, Don. It’s similar but different. The heroine of the books I mentioned has a past life in which she knew some of the other characters.  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but she did bad things in that past life.  So I’m curious about how you handled this.

Don:  I was originally going to include flashbacks and other devices to relay the history of the main character’s family and associates over different timelines that led to his current circumstances, but I worried about being able to do this smoothly and not confuse my readers.

Teagan:  I agree. Flashbacks can be confusing to the reader.  I try to avoid them.

Don:  That’s where the idea of using some form of time travel emerged. It was a difficult decision because I’ve spent the past several books identifying with readers as a crime fiction author. I did publish a collection of short stories in my anthology, Random Tales, that had some science fiction/paranormal entries, but this would be my first novel to explore that part of my writing.

Teagan:  You’re a brave man… I don’t think I could handle that for my book.  But what did you do?  My curiosity is piqued.  Do tell…

Don:  My first step was to research some of the techniques that have been used to convey time travel in fiction.

Here are some of the theories that have been presented: 

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  1. PrecognitionThis is the idea of seeing the future during dreams or through the feeling of déjà vu. Abstract black and white design
  2. Time LoopsIf you’ve watched the movie, Ground Hog Day, you’ve seen this time travel plot device in action. Usually the events time loop repeat until the character or characters perform a certain action to end the loop and move forward.De Lorean
  3. Time ParadoxIf you watched Back to the Future, when Marty McFly went back in time and nearly prevented his parents from getting together for the high school dance, you’ve experienced this time travel device.Time Tourism
  4. Time TourismJust like it sounds, when time travelers travel through time to witness historical events as a spectator, this is time tourism.terminator
  5. Time WarThis is the use of time travel to conduct war over time using time travel. It could involve going back in time to change events leading up to a pivotal battle or trying to bring about a reset of events that didn’t play out as planned.Erasing The Past
  6. Changing the pastThis is the notion of time travel that I used in my book, Extra Innings. The idea of changing the past is logically contradictory. Even though the consensus today is that the past cannot be changed, science fiction writers have used the idea of changing the past for good story effect. Stephen King used this method of time travel effectively in his book, 11/22/63, by having his main character, Jake Epping, attempt to go back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Though ultimately successful, when Epping returns to the present, he discovers that his actions have had unintended consequences.


If you enjoy time travel and the possibility of going back in time to right wrongs and do things differently if given a chance, follow the adventures of Joe McLean in my latest novel, Extra Innings.Extra Innings

 

Joe McLean hates his life. A lonely, divorced, middle-aged man, stuck in a cramped apartment, the only bright spot in Joe’s life is cheering on his hometown baseball team.

Now, the local stadium, the place of many childhood and adult memories is being replaced. Joe desperately wants a piece of this iconic venue to preserve his memories and have some memorabilia from his happier past.

That’s when unusual things begin to happen, and Joe begins to rethink the direction his life has taken. Can Joe take a different path in life?

Can he use the special ability that he has acquired to change the course of his life? Will he realize the truth about old adage, you can never go home again? Follow the twists and turns in this supernatural story, Extra Innings, to find out.

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Images provided by Don Massenzio.

Join me in wishing Don huge success with his new book.  Extra Innings is currently available for pre-order.  The release date is June 15th.

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

Mega hugs!

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This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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Weekend Extra – Hullaba Lulu 9.1 – a Recap

Saturday, June 2 2018

Sphinx Tesla Tower

Image by Teagan Geneviene

Hello, everyone!  No, you’re not confused — this is not Wednesday.  However, my Saturday post this week looks a lot like Jazz Age Wednesdays.  Rob Goldstein and I have been having so much fun with the diesel-punk series, Hullaba Lulu, that it’s hard to believe the first chapter premiered March 21st.  So I thought I’d use my weekend post to write a chapter that’s sort of a review.

I’m using one item from the next set of “three things” that Rob sent to drive the story. So I’ll call this Chapter 9.1.  My quirky image above has some hints about what’s to come in the future.  That said…

… All aboard!

Hullaba Lulu

Chapter 9.1

Bolshies

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Valentino and Angel-bots in the train’s control room, by Rob Goldstein

The engine gave a steady pulse that seemed to underlie everything.  It reminded me of a heartbeat.  I focused my hearing, trying to listen only to that vague background sound as I walked down the corridor in Valentino’s train.  When I came to the door of the dimly lit control room someone grabbed my arm and pulled me inside.

“Shhh!” Pearl hissed.  “You’ve got to see this.”

My fair-haired friend motioned to the Ouiji board that was connected to the stationary angel-bot in the train’s navigation controls.

“Oh, I saw it do that the first time,” I told her.  “But there was a lot of messy ectoplasm then.  It’s still pretty keen.”

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Rose and Pearl, by Rob Goldstein

Still holding my arm, Pearl tiptoed closer to the board, watching the triangular planchette.  My grandfather and my other pal, Rose, stood near Valentino.  I noticed several of the angel-bots who performed various tasks and services on the train had gathered at the back of the room.  They leaned forward in what appeared to be anticipation, clicking softly to one another.

Moving steadily, the planchette pointed to the letters C, O, T.  Then it made a jiggling move before pointing to T again.  The quiet clicking of the angel-bots gradually increased in volume.  The triangular device then pointed to O and N, with a slight pause before returning to C again.

I saw Valentino’s lips curve to a little one-sided smile.  The angel-bots started to bounce up and down on their toes when the planchette finished spelling out the word Club.

“The Cotton Club?  Is that where we’re going?” Rose queried.

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Angel-bots and passengers at the Cotton Club, by Rob Goldstein

It was obvious that the angel-bots were eager to go to the famous night club, but I wasn’t.  I hoped to visit some far off, exotic place.  This train adventure was probably the only chance I’d ever have to do go someplace like Paris, or Tokyo, or maybe Istanbul, or something.

“Back to New York already?” I asked in disappointment.

The mysterious man who simply named himself Valentino had made no promises.  He offered to take us away from the seedy characters who showed an unhealthy interest in Rose.

I first saw the group of men in a Ford and thought they were revenuers.  That was also the night we met Valentino.  Later I learned those men were actually Russian spies, who were trying to get that Tom Driberg to work for them again.  Yep, Tom the journalist was a spy.  Tom said the Russians meant to nab Rose, whom he called Margosha, as leverage.  He also claimed that Rose used to work with him as a spy.  I still wasn’t sure of that was true about Rose, but an uneasy feeling in my gut said it was so.

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Valentino, Lulu, Tom Driberg, by Rob Goldstein

Valentino’s train was not an ordinary machine.  It whisked us to Atlantic City so fast that it seemed impossible.  However, it turned out that place was not the amusement park we had visited many times.  It was a weird version of the Atlantic City we knew.  Anyhow, Tom Driberg and those Russian spies managed to tag along.  They tried to grab Rose, but she got away.

I glimpsed my unlamented mother, Lauren.  She abandoned Gramps and me when I was small.  I wrote-off my mother long before that day.  Everybody deserves the chance to be around decent people — even me.  However, seeing her was very upsetting to my grandfather.

The tilt-a-whirl in the park was doing crazy things.  Laruen jumped onto it and disappeared in its flashing lights.  Later, when the Russians cornered Tom Driberg, he also used the tilt-a-whirl to get away.  We didn’t know where either Lauren or Tom may have gone.  I was fine with that.

Valentino Tilt-a-Whril Tom_Travelin Sideways

Valentino as Tom escapes the spies via the tilt-a-whirl, by Rob Goldstein

Valentino kept Gramps from following Lauren (his daughter).  He said it was impossible for the tilt-a-whirl to go to the same place twice, so Gramps would not be able to catch up with her.

Meanwhile the entire amusement park became unstable.  Buildings started to collapse.  The great Ferris wheel broke free, demolishing everything in its path.  The huge wheel careened toward us.  We all escaped on the train, in the nick of time, leaving the Russian spies behind.  Who could say what happened to them, but no one seemed to think they would be able to follow us.

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The train's automat, Lulu, Valentino, Pearl

Lulu, Valentino, and Pearl in the train’s automat. Art by Rob Goldstein

Dejectedly, I went to the automat.  I dipped a celery stalk from my bloody mary into a tiny bowl of horseradish before loudly crunching it.  Then I stirred a little more of the grated spicy root into my drink.  I loved the automat on Valentino’s train.  The cocktail was so delicious that I almost forgot why I went to the vending car in the first place.

Valentino told us to be sure and go to the automat to get money from a machine there.  We’d need it at the Cotton Club.  I was sure I had enough mazuma to pay my own way, but horsefeathers, if he wanted it to be his treat, I’d let him.

I did the Camel Walk over to the currency exchange machine, but dancing didn’t cheer me up like it usually did.

Opening the chrome and glass door of a compartment, I removed an envelope of cash.  When I examined it, I noticed the dollar bills were wrong.  Where the pyramid on the back should have had the Eye of Providence, it had an Eye of Horus instead. 

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Clara Bo (inset), Paramount Automat 1931

Then I realized that just as Atlantic City had not been the same city I knew, New York City was likely to be sideways too.  That’s what Sipsing the Gypsy king fortuneteller-bot said at the amusement park when I asked him if we’d gone back in time ― sideways.

As I placed the packet of money into my beaded handbag, I heard the soft clockwork clicking of angel-bots behind me.  Wicky, Wacky, and Woo bounced on their toes in what could only be excitement.  I tried to say something nice to the angel-bots, but my heart wasn’t in it.

“Yes, Miss.  We love the Cotton Club.  Dynamite is going to sing.  He doesn’t know it, but we’ve made sure Hot Ginger will be there to hear him,” Wacky told me in a conspiratorial tone.

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Angel-bot onstage, by Rob Goldstein

I had to smile at the housekeeping bot’s Bronx accent.  It seemed so out of place, but that’s what I liked about it.  It was wacky to fit his name.  I had named several of the angel-bots.  A quick impulse caused me to base their names on the song, Back in Nagasaki.  It turned out that they were ecstatic about getting names. 

The angel-bots opened the same compartment that I had just emptied.  As if by magic, it contained three more envelopes of currency.  I decided I really needed to learn more about Valentino’s train.  Then a disconcerting thought came to me.

“Do you notice anything… funny about this money?” I asked the trio of angel-bots.  “I mean on the pyramid?  It’s not counterfeit or anything is it?”

“No, Miss.  The automat gives us the correct currency for whatever place the train stops,” Woo assured me in her Chinese sounding accent.

It was intriguing that despite the fact that the angel-bots looked mostly alike, their voices were apparently unique.  I asked Woo about hers, and if she came from China.

“No, Miss.  I my voice comes from Shanghai.  But in that Shanghai Night Raid 1931 happened in 1921. 

Just then Boom-boom walked into the automat.  He was as excited as his fellow bots about going to the club.  Woo quickly told him my concerns about the funny looking money.

“Not to worry,” Boom-boom told me in that posh British voice.  “It’s not a trick from the Bolshies or any of those Russian spies who followed us to Atlantic City.  The automat never fails to provide the correct provisions,” he added with a half-bow.

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The End

I had to give a nod to one of my favorite anime series, Night Raid 1931.  The artwork in it never fails to amaze me. 

Real World Notes

About the “bloody mary” 

Is there any wonder we often have trouble communicating?  The English language can be so subjective and confusing.  As a career technical editor and writer, I often tell people to choose a style and stick with it.  The Chicago Manual of Style has the clearest rule for cocktail and food names:  Don’t capitalize these terms unless the names literally refer to the city or person.  For example, Chicago says don’t capitalize “swiss cheese” unless you mean cheese that comes from Switzerland.  Also if you follow the Chicago rules, you wouldn’t capitalize “irish coffee” or the “french fries.”

San Francisco artist Rob Goldstein is taking a break from the illustrations for Hullaba Lulu.  He’s worked very hard, and is having some well deserved time away.  Rob has also made several videos for the “Lulu-verse” — and in doing so, he has created a soundtrack for the series, filled with Roaring Twenties songs.  You can see the entire collection of videos here.

If you haven’t gotten on the train, you can catch up by clicking the Hullaba Lulu category on the right side of the page. You’ll meet Lulu, her Gramps, friends Rose and Pearl, and some other characters as they begin a journey with an enigmatic man who only calls himself Valentino.  Listen for the trumpet’s call and the conductor’s announcement, All aboard!   That’s here each week for Jazz Age Wednesdays.

Thanks for taking time to visit.  I love your comments, so be sure to say hello.  You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 

 

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Artwork Copyright © 2018 by Rob Goldstein

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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. 

Quote:

“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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The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 

 

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All rights reserved.

No part of this work 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.

All images are either the property of the author or provided by free sources, unless stated otherwise. 

Hullaba Hodgepodge

Saturday, May 26 2018

Lulu purple sofa

Lulu inside Valentino’s train, by Rob Goldstein

Hello, one and all.  Come on into my sanctuary and have a seat with Lulu and me, because this post is kind of a hodgepodge. 

Today I begin with a respectful moment of silence in observance of the coming Memorial Day (USA)Sometimes called Decoration Day it is a federal holiday in the United States originally meant for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

A revision — Happy Memorial Day 

I see people expressing disdain and contempt for those words — or at least for the word “happy.”  Yes, it is in truth a very somber holiday.  Yet, it is more…  When I was a child, I endured the death of a sibling.  So many people acted like I should never be happy again because of that death.  As a child I thought, felt they must be right. I did not smile. 

Now I realize that gratitude and respect for those who have passed does not preclude joy.  Would those who have been selfless want only your tears?  Or would they want their lives to be celebrated? So even though I usually wish you blessings or some other benediction that does not include “happy”… Today I wish you a happy Memorial Day.  (Comments are now closed.)

I appreciate you being part of my Get Caught Reading Month. Special thanks to Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape for working with me on a two-part story for this year.  “Artie Meets the Alchemist” was a delight to co-write with everyone’s favorite Ape on Artie Meets the Alchemist.

Sarah Teri PolenYou’ve caught me reading one last book for this month. This time it’s Sarah, by the marvelous Teri Polen.  Teri writes exciting, suspenseful “young adult” stories.  This book is about a horror fan and a ghost and… Well, just hang onto your hat and keep the lights on!

She will publish another book this summer called The Gemini Connection.  You can also visit Teri at her blog, Books and Such.

Me?  I’m still in the edit/proof process with book-2 in my “Atonement” series, Atonement in Bloom.  I thought I might publish it this month, but… Well, as they used to say where I came from, “Mights (mites) grow on a chicken’s butt (well, that’s not the word they use, but you get the idea).  Anyhow, I cringe to think how long it’s been since I first said the book was “coming soon.” 

Huge thanks to those of you who have “gotten on the train” for my diesel-punk fantasy, Hullaba Lulu. 

Ghost train station with color

Art by Rob Goldstein

San Francisco artist Rob Goldstein makes wonderful virtual reality illustrations for the series.  Rob has also made several videos for the “Lulu-verse” — and in doing so, he has created a soundtrack for the series, filled with Roaring Twenties songs.  Here’s the one he made this week.  Rob talks about it in this post.

(You can see the entire collection of videos here.)

If you haven’t gotten on the train, you can catch up by clicking the Hullaba Lulu category on the right side of the page. You’ll meet Lulu, her Gramps, friends Rose and Pearl, and some other characters as they begin a journey with an enigmatic man who only calls himself Valentino.  Listen for the trumpet’s call and the conductor’s announcement, All aboard!   That’s here each week for Jazz Age Wednesdays.

I should also mention the Rolling Thunder. Bikers in droves from across the country gather here, partly to bring attention to soldiers missing in action. It’s a cool idea to have all those motorcycles, and it’s downright awe inspiring to see so many. Unfortunately to reach their destination many of them travel under an overpass 1/4 mile from my home.  So the “Rumble of the Rolling” is almost constant (if to a lesser degree than the gathering at the Capitol Mall) from Friday through Monday.  When significant portion of that group takes this route, it literally shakes the house.  Still an amazing thing though.

Thanks for taking time to visit.  I love your comments, so be sure to say hello.  If you are celebrating where you are, have a safe holiday weekend. 

You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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Here’s my shameless self-promotion…

Atonement Video Cover copy

Atonement, Tennessee

Amazon UK

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Novel-book-The Three Things Serial Story-Teagan Riordain Geneviene-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q-spotlight-author

The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 

 

This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All rights reserved.

No part of this work 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.

All images are either the property of the author or provided by free sources, unless stated otherwise.