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* Trying a flash fiction experiment with Idol this week. Can a story be told, characters outlined, in an economy of words? We shall see! I struggled with the prompt "Fear is the Heart of Love" because I don't really agree with it. Not at this point in my life. In the throes of young love? Sure. But I think one outgrows that fear, that control, as one ages and realized that there is an inevitablity to the fact that things end. Relationships, lifestyles, jobs. Pets. People. And that fearing those endings...is pretty useless. Oftentimes leading to a dependency on medicating oneself. Of course, we shall always "fear" something befalling those we love. But that sort of fear isn't really the heart of love, but rather the bowels of love. I considered writing a non-fic essay about this, but then accepted the indisputable fact that most folks simply don't want or need to hear my opinions on things. They find it preachy. Or find me sanctimonious. *shrug* Which I'm not.

* I'm considering picking back up an older novel idea I was playing with a few years back. I really just wrote myself out in regards to my Persephone/Hades story...and I want some distance. I also think that perhaps....basing it on Giger/Li threw me out of the myth and back into a Death&theMaiden story.

* So.............who else is mad mad mad for Taboo??? Completely within my wheelhouse. You know it's going to be when in the first five minutes you've got a corpse with coins on its eyes....I have high hopes for this. It's a bit....to dark in that it's not beautiful the way that Penny Dreadful was beautiful. Nor is it gorgeously dialogue-heavy, again akin to PD, but it does have the beauteous Hardy and a haunting storyline.

* Tired of serials like SouthCliffe. Damn, I do NOT think we are a death culture....but I'm beginning to think we are death obsessed. Who can sit through that sort of theatric death coping type of show? Not me.

* I am absolutely heartbroken over Ringling Bros. announcement. The circus is IMPORTANT to me and that circus in particular has played a major role in my psyche since the first show I sat raptured through when I was six years old.

Blixa turned 58 this past week. I have no idea how this is happening.


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Jan. 15th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
"But that sort of fear isn't really the heart of love, but rather the bowels of love."

Yes! Yes! Yes!

So many things I could have done this week, but I ended up in a place, a time, I never wanted to go, not even sure if I managed to meet the challenge. I'm struggling with prompts this season. You are not alone.

I would love to see you working on The Maiden and Death again. Not because I think it needs work, but because there is so much beauty and mystery and wonderful. I miss it!

Taboo...tabu? Used to be my favorite every day perfume. ;-)
Jan. 16th, 2017 12:37 am (UTC)
I struggled with this one. But none of the prompts have come easy for me this season, M, and I don't know why!

Your entry was beautiful and you should be proud of it.

Not THAT D7tM. But that theme. I should do something with that novella..huh?

Jan. 16th, 2017 03:58 am (UTC)
Just five prompts in and it feels so much longer. For me, I think it's the fact that my fiction fairy has flown the coop. There is something so uplifting and freeing about writing fiction. Self refection is exhausting.

A new d&tm! I can't wait! (Big smile!)
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Jan. 16th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
Hey youse! *glomps*

Bored you?????????????????? wow. I have never heard such a blasphemtic utterance. How could it possibly? It was my LIFE as a child.
Jan. 16th, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
I was thinking of you the other day and the Hades/Persephone thing! I'd like to maybe kickstart an anthology based on that theme. Think it would be awesome but I'm lazyyy.
Jan. 16th, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Is it ethical to kickstart an anthology that will include one's own piece? Because...if so, I would sign on! Help out, or motivate you, or just kickstart it. Let me know!
Jan. 16th, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
We could also include art!
Jan. 16th, 2017 01:52 pm (UTC)
Dude they had some guy raising 20k for potato salad so I think we'd be good. And definitely art as long as we could pay people. I've been in a Kickstarter where I didn't even get an author copy and had to pay like 60 bucks to ship signed books. >_>
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
Let's talk!!! I'm totally down for a project of this size this year!
Jan. 16th, 2017 01:17 am (UTC)
One of my favorite childhood memories is the time my dad took me to the circus. He didn't even tell me where we were going, just put me in the car and drove to Charlotte. I had no idea what was going on until we got to the old Coliseum and I saw the big sign on the entrance. The look on my face was probably one of his parenting high points.
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
Aw!!! There is no question that taking children to the circus is a highlight!!! We used to go early so we could go down on the floor and meet/greet. The kids would wear their complementary noses and top hats, and omg, I'm sad again....

I love this story of you and your dad at the circus!
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:39 am (UTC)
But that sort of fear isn't really the heart of love, but rather the bowels of love.

Definitely agree with that!

Jan. 16th, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yes! Hi, S!
Jan. 18th, 2017 03:44 am (UTC)

Jan. 16th, 2017 05:10 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with fear being more bowels than heart, and I'd love to read that essay!

I look forward to reading what you write next.

I haven't watched taboo, what's it about?
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:06 pm (UTC)
*smooch* Then maybe I WILL hold forth! For you, J! I was so glad to see you writing for Idol this week - looking forward to diving in!

Taboo is the new Hardy outing...with Steven Knight. It looks promising. Early 1800's, piratey goodness!
Jan. 16th, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
Clint and I watched part of the Taboo premiere on a sample pass and then, because we don't have FX, bought the season pass. It's VERY dark. Clint loves Tom Hardy, and I love the look of the thing and all the ferryman symbols they had rolling through the first hour. It's got a lot of promise, although I called the taboo involving the kid mid-episode. I was... uncomfortable with his speech to the ghost slave, but I'm hoping the show redeems itself on that score.

I've always found that quote interesting-- it's from the Deathcab for Cutie song, right? The song kind of rejects it, too.

I hated Southcliffe.
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
I called the Taboo the moment we saw her face at the funeral when he entered the church! I thought that was a superb piece of acting! I like dark...just with this was a bit more dialogue inspiring. And I LOVE Hardy but jeez that mumbling! You have to watch it with captions.

What else are you watching? We said no to Southcliffe.

It is a DCfC lyric. Ugh. Did you read my piece? Sort of an in-your-face response to the sentiment. Catholic Forum says its a misquote of Saint Hilary said - Fear Finds Its Heart in Love.
Jan. 17th, 2017 01:37 am (UTC)
It really was amazing acting! I didn't realize she was his sister at that point-- I thought he had a brother and she was his wife, and had been in love with him. It makes the extreme reaction more understandable and just better when you have the relationships straight! Oona is doing some great work in this episode.

We always watch with subtitles! Definitely necessary with this one.

Well, we just finished this season of Sherlock-- I can't quite recommend it, but it had a few really great moments. We've been watching Black Mirror. We LOVED The Crown on Netflix. And we just watched Netflix's Series of Unfortunate Events, which was a lot of fun. I'm feeling kind of restless on the television front, actually.

I did not see it, but I will!
Jan. 16th, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize Taboo started! I will check it out.

You know how I feel about the circus, but I am ok with Ringling's decision. When I was 9? 10? and saw Cirque du Soliel in NYC and what can be done without animals, it changed my feelings for Ringling Bros. I feel that they took too long to stop using elephants and they never figured out that maybe they didn't need the animal acts at all. The way Coney Island was able to embrace the subculture of the sideshow and find a new audience, I think the circus had to change to find a new audience. It's a shame they couldn't.
Jan. 16th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
YOU are the one who turned me onto Taboo! :) Yes, check it out! I think you are going to like it. Very much!

I agree that non-animal circuses are amazing!!! But I also am not one of those who believe that RB&BB were abusing their acts. I find the idea repugnant insofar as RB&BB go...I know there are troupes out there who are not good folk. I think the animal acts were, for the most part, okay. Elephants are akin to horses in parts of the world. We've been using horses for domestic uses for thousands of years. I thought the horse acts and zebra acts were AMAZING!!! I don't care for large cats. The dogs were delightful. And I saw a bird act once, too! Many domesticated animals enjoy work and I say this with experience and not out of ignorance. They like to learn tricks, they like to spend time with people, they like to be rewarded for the work/tricks that they do. I don't feel we are enslaving animals when we take good care of them and respond in a humane manner to their needs and obvious likes/dislikes.

Why do you feel so strongly opposed, K, to animal acts? Other than, of course, the obvious cases in which animals are abused or like the big cats or whales...they are not really content in captivity.

I feel really badly for the clowns. And I think...at the heart of the issue with the circus and its popularity...is the clown issue.
Jan. 17th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC)
I am definitely not opposed to animal acts as a rule. I agree wholeheartedly about domesticated animals! Horses, dogs and birds certainly. I think that elephants fall more along the lines of whales and primates in that they are intelligent and emotional enough that we could certainly say they can find a kind of "happiness" in bonds with trainers and the stimulation of work, but I think they have emotional needs that we're ignoring when we ask them to perform under such unnatural conditions for only our pleasure. I'm not a fan of large cat acts either. I don't think any hard lines can be drawn, honestly. I mostly think there was a need to acknowledge the audience's changing view of animal acts and distance themselves from a reliance on them. Zoos stopped exhibiting elephants quite a while before the circus decided to phase them out. I think there was enough human talent to carry the show, but they had an image problem.

I hate what's become of clowns too. Truly. I think they have been completely rewritten.

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:08 pm (UTC)
In my heart, I know you are absolutely right about the elephants. (There is no question that cats and bears and whales...don't belong anywhere near human beings. Gods, the thought of the dancing bear makes me so ill, and I know the treatment of elephants has been similar over the years. Shame on us.) But in my childhood memory, the elephants will always be bigger than life and I'm certain the reason that I love them so desperately as an adult is because I loved them so desperately as the heart of the circus when I was a child. I do think...there is merit in children being exposed to animals in order to incur a deep empathy....although I realize how troubling a philosophical conundrum that presents. Especially in these modern times when so many of our wild animals are endangered. RB&BB did the right thing by retiring their elephants. And I bristle at the idea that the elephants are the reason ticket sales have dropped off. It has to be more than that....I wonder if Feld will really ever be forthcoming about this demise.

I am lucky to be living down the road from a proposed zillion acre elephant sanctuary. We've been pulling hard for this to happen and I think I would literally faint if I was driving down the road and saw elephants meandering about out in the fields and beneath the valley oaks.

As to the clowns. I wonder if the Clown College will remain open. You might want to check out penpusher as he graduated CC. You can use his tags to find some absolutely wonderful bits of writing about clowning.

I saw on the news last night that Lou Jacobs daughter is an aerialist! I didn't know. Circus family.

Guess I won't be seeing the circus this year....Soleil sold out completely for their only semi-local show.

Jan. 17th, 2017 01:52 pm (UTC)
When the circus was in town, the elephant keepers at the zoo always knew first because our elephants would respond to the subsonic calls of the circus elephants. That always broke my heart... for all of them. I was there when the decision came down that they would be leaving the zoo and the keepers were in mourning for themselves but rejoicing for the elephants.

OMG what??! A sanctuary there?!?!? That would be ahhhhhmazing.

I wanna take you to Cirque. And Coney Island! xo

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