Revisions, Revisions

Sorry about the delays.  Holidays and bad colds, you know.

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Anyway, I’m in the throes of final revisions on A Vintage Heart in Hollywood.  I’ve actually been thinking of changing the title to A Vintage Nanny in Hollywood, just because I noticed Harlequin likes to stick the Romance genre tropes right in the title whenever possible.  And this is a nanny story.  It’s just I’ve tried to make the nanny authentic, not an old girlfriend who needs a job and who’s never seen a real kid before or a glorified babysitter.  A uniform-wearing, etiquette-knowing, college-trained nanny, a nanny who’s gently calmed a hundred crying babies, who changes poopy diapers like a sushi chef makes makizushi , a vintage nanny. 

The nanny in my story was trained at the Braemar Nanny College, which is completely fictional and somewhere between the British ideal and the American reality.  Here is a documentary film on the real and most famous nanny institution of all time, the Norland College – ‘Britain’s Poshest Nannies’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUarKD_fbq8

Once these revisions are done, it’s on to revising my previously ePublished novel, my very first published novel ever, for Indy Pub.  Once I’m done with my Indy Pubs, I can finally get on An American Elf, which is new story creation and the most fun ever.

Unless A Vintage Heart is picked up by a regular ePublisher in the meantime.  Then, that whole schedule gets revised to accommodate edits and marketing and all that.

Anyway…tomorrow is December 1st.  Are your Advent Calendars ready?  Ours looks kind of like this-

getdynamicimageYou can buy this one by following this link-

http://www.hearthsong.com/wooden-house-advent-calendar.htm?aff=10051&gclid=CPiK6aLQ0NACFQ8vaQodrAsPYQ

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Wartime Farm at Christmas

wf-bookThe Wartime Farm is a historical reality show, but the participants are historians.  It’s one of my favorites, because it demonstrates how people lived.  There’s a lot more to history than dates and famous names, you know.

The group got together for a Christmas special and I like it especially, because it demonstrates the essentials of what Christmas is all about.  Enjoy.  The Christmas Special is at the bottom of the playlist.  Here’s a link to the YouTube videos-  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL59GlH-H0rGGl7RUe5T7XzT4_ToqqNL5R

Recovering…

…from Thanksgiving Day.  It was wonderful, but the way.  Don’t do Black Friday.  I hate shopping anyway.

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The thing to know today is that Christmas is next!

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Unless you celebrate other holidays before then, like Hanukkah or St. Nicholas Day.  The final chapter of my Free Serial Short Story will be up tomorrow after Twitter Treats.

 

‘Yesterday’s Enterprise’ Star Trek Next Gen

star-trek-next-gen-12463I’m working on the rules for my own Time Travel story, so I’m watching and reading a lot of other Time Travel stories.  That includes Star Trek.  In fact, almost all of my favorite episodes are Time Travel ones.

After watching ‘Yesterday’s Enterprise’ a bazillion times, I think what really bumps it over similar tales is the fact that Guinan, the character played by Whoopi Goldberg has some awareness and memory of the time shift.  The other characters do not, which makes it kind of jarring and feeling like something’s missing.  All that great development, all of that action and plot doesn’t mean as much when no one remembers.  But, Guinan remembers and the viewer can follow her and she pulls it altogether and makes the story work.  And that, I think, is what puts this one in the Top Ten Time Travel Tales.

No, I don’t know what other tales on the list.  I’ll do a post on that when I figure it out.

Here’s a YouTube trailer for this episode-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUn3ZxYmE6c

All seasons of Star Trek the Next Generation are available on Blu-Ray and are on Netflix.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Next-Generation-Season/dp/B00BHWG0EK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479840370&sr=8-1&keywords=star+trek+the+next+generation+season+3

Star Trek ‘The Cloud Minders’

5161yhkbqgl__sy445_Like The Twilight Zone, the original Star Trek was limited by the technology, the time, and budget of the day.  I happen to think that it’s often the constraints on a storyteller which leads to great stories.  She’s forced to stretch her imagination.

I urge you to watch the episode ‘The Cloud Minders.’  Besides the interesting social comment, the costumes tell their own story.  The most beautiful, of course, is the pampered Droxine.  Though wealthy and sheltered, she is not a spoiled brat.  Just naïve.  Her costume reflects it and is the most amazing one in that fictional universe.  Although revealing, it’s not what you’d call slutty.  Because she is a virginal princess, in effect.  The costume reflects that.  She’s curious, but does have some preconceived ideas taught her by her elders.  This is why she’s drawn to Spock.  She wants to learn more beyond her world and senses that he knows.

Here is a link to the episode preview- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAwgw-jk9PY

I speculate that several of Padme’s costumes in Star Wars Attack of the Clones were inspired by Droxine.  The fact is I watched the documentary on how they made this film a bazillion times more than the film itself, which I think was a great story not well told.  Anyway, the costumes were brilliant, but not always accurate in their storytelling.  Like, why would Anakin wear several layers of wool and a long wool cape on a day when Padme is wearing next to nothing?  Wouldn’t he be dying of heatstroke?  But, the most disappointing was the gorgeous cape-dress she wore on Tatooine.  It was my personal favorite for that movie.  But, she was supposed to be in disguise and she’d been to the planet before.  The character would have known to dress more appropriately.  Anyway…

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Costumes tell a story by themselves.  I miss that detail in my own stories a lot, simply because I’m overwhelmed by the image and forget that the reader can’t ‘see’ it by the words alone.