The Meet-Cute

Here is the final instalment of my successful night of writing in the 642 Things to Write About book by the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.

I had passed this particular prompt on many occasions when flipping through this book, and it was last night when an image just popped into my head and I decided to create it. It is supposed to be a short story, and maybe some people will argue that what I have written is a short story, but to me however, I think it is more of a “meet-cute.”

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Prompt 3: Write a short story that is set in Detroit in 1956, in which a car floor mat plays a crucial role.

The large, canary yellow taxi that smelled oddly of pickled eggs, rolled to a stop in front of her hotel.

“Thank you sir,” Esther said kindly as she handed the driver some money. He grunted in reply, and got out of the taxi to open the door for her. She bundled her skirts together, grabbed her purse and made to get gracefully out of the strange smelling car. Unfortunately for Esther, her feet had other plans, and she tripped on the car floor mat behind the passenger seat and flew out onto the pavement with a glorious thud.

“Are you okay Miss?” Esther rubbed her poor nose as she looked up as the hand that was held outstretched for her.

“Why yes, I’m fine, thank you,” she replied gratefully as she took the hand. The grip was warm and firm, and she was hauled up onto her traitorous feet in no time. She patted herself down and then looked up into a pair of dazzling, emerald eyes.

“Thank you again sir, you are most kind,” Esther said as the boorish taxi driver thumped her travel case down beside her and drove off.

“You are most welcome. Say, you’re not from the States are you? What brings you to Detroit?” the tall, kind, handsome gentleman with the green eyes asked. Esther felt her heart leap; this was the first real conversation she was having since her arrival.

“Oh no, I’m from Northern Ireland, Londonderry to be exact. During the War, I was a burse at the barracks, and the stories the GI’s would tell me of the US had me desperate to go. Why Detroit? Well it sounds a lot different to New York, Los Angeles or Chicago,” she explained a little too breathily. The man smiled warmly at her, his eyes twinkling in the light.

“Well that sounds like a great adventure! This is forward of me but would you care for a drink Miss?”

“Esther, my name is Esther, and I would love one umm…?”

“Charlie, the name’s Charlie,” he said as he shook her hand and picked up her travel case.

The Mind Wanders and Creates New Things

Here is the second instalment of my successful night of writing in the 642 Things to Write About book by the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.

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This particular prompt took me down a path that was a littler darker than I had intended. You know the way you start out with an idea, and fully intend on writing it down, but when you start putting pen to paper something else just seems to emerge from the depths of your brain? Well that is what happened with this prompt.


Prompt 2: Write a scene that begins: “It was the first time I killed a man.”

 “It was the first time I killed a man.”

The wary reporter faltered, his pen coming to a stop on his writing pad while the Dictaphone recorded on. He looked up and Henry looked back at him with a look of feigned innocence on his face. The reporter motioned for Henry to continue on, even though he was now painfully aware of how small the metallic table that separated them truly was.

“Yes it was the first time I killed a man when I knew it was my mission in life to rid the earth of vile, meaningless creatures. I knew being a Vicar wasn’t my only role, and when those thugs broke into my church, it was like a sign from God that I should punish the worms who dared to desecrate his house.”

Henry paused for a moment, as if savouring the memory for all that it was worth. He continued on in an almost wistful tone.

“I picked up a heavy, golden cross and bashed one of them over his head. This caused the other two cowards to scarper, with the evening’s collection tumbling from their pockets. The other one lay wounded on the thick, red carpet, which was being dyed a darker colour due to his blood. His breathing was laboured and I could tell he was in a considerable amount of pain, so I decided the best thing for him was to rid him of his misery. I took the cross and bashed his brains in. He was dead within seconds. I’ll always remember how the crack of his skull sounded like a clap of God’s thunder, and it resonated through me, through my very being. After I had disposed of the body in the graveyard, I set about cleaning the mess, and I was truly happy for what felt like the first time.”

The reporter had suppressed a shudder, and Henry could tell. He smirked and then finished his story in a condescending manner.

“Well you know how the story goes from there. For 15 years I cleared the world of evil. The Martin brothers was the first time I had used acid to get rid of the bodies, and the Harris woman was the first time I had used a cleaver. I felt it only befitting as she was a cheating Butcher’s wife. It was the media that gave me the title of “Hell’s Vicar” and it seems to have stuck with me, even here on Death Row.

Make ’em Laugh – Joker Style

This is a blog I’ve been looking to write for a while, and now that my head isn’t buried in application forms, I think I may just get on with writing it.

One of my favourite characters of all time is The Joker from Batman. There has always been something about The Clown Prince of Crime that has always stuck with me. Maybe beneath it all I’m a raging psychopath like he is, but that is probably very unlikely. From a young age I can remember watching The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, the best cartoon of all time, hands now, no questions asked, end of story! I watched it all the time, and I think that is why this version of The Joker will always be my favourite, because I grew up with him. Don’t get me wrong I love the other versions of The Joker too, like Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight Joker, and the really sick twisted Joker in Death of the Family, but Mark Hamill’s Joker will always be my favourite.

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When rewatching some of the Batman: The Animated Series episodes now, as a fully grown woman, I am starting to appreciate not just the cartoon on a whole new level, but The Joker on a whole new level too. He is by far the funniest thing about the cartoon, and the way that he and Batman interact is just fantastic. Kevin Conroy is God when it comes to Batman, and I just think that he and Mark Hamill’s Joker work very well together.

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Batman: The Animated Series is definitely one of the most sophisticated and intelligent cartoon’s out there. It works on so many levels. You love it as a child because it’s full of action and adventure, and Gotham is always in peril. When Batman saves the day you feel elated and then go off and pretend to be Batman. You love it as an adult because it’s full of these one-liners that you definitely did not understand as a child. The Joker in particular had some of the best quote ever, and I do think that someone should make some mock motivational posters out of them!


Joker: I’m crazy enough to fight the Batman, but the IRS?? No thank you!

Joker: But hey, that’s the downside of comedy, you’re always taking shots from people who don’t get the joke. Like my dad, or Batman.

Joker: They sure don’t make straight jackets like they used too. I should know.

Joker: Jingle Bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile lost a wheel and the Joker got awaaay!

Joker: (After sending Sid to his doom) Well, that was fun! Who’s for Chinese?

Joker: Live, from the city, the show that nobody wants to see but everybody will watch!

Joker: Ah, sunshine. Clean air. (Starts coughing) Oh, I hate it.

Joker: When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!

Two-Face: Out of my face, clown!
The Joker: Which one?

Joker: Whoops! Looks like our air holes are water holes, too! Water shame!


These quotes are to name but a few! Some of them are cheesy, and some of them are just pure genius. No wonder The Joker is my favourite character ever. He’s just so much fun, in a sick, twisted, very evil way.

Hello Radio!

This morning has been a busy one already. In fact it has been a bit too busy for someone who is currently out of a job. Surely I should still be in bed right now, watching re-runs of Frasier on Channel 4+1, but no! I am up and about, and have even been out of the house since 6:45am!

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What was I doing I hear you ask? Well this morning I was on the radio. That’s right, the radio. Over the past couple of months I have appeared on the radio a number of times, and for those times I was always “Heather, from Uproar Comics.” I always had an official sounding title and people knew I was there because of the business I was in. Today was a different matter however. Today I was just “Heather, a local blogger.” I was on the radio just as myself. Little old me, not affiliated with any company, any more…at the minute. It felt a little liberating.

What was I doing on the radio I hear you ask? I was on the Breakfast show on BBC Radio Foyle, and I was doing the review of the day’s headlines in the newspapers. It was all thanks to a friend, who was looking out for me. Sadly she was unable to review the newspapers this morning, as she normally does, and she offered my name up to take her place. I was flattered and when I got the call to come onto the show, I jumped at the chance.

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Nervous wasn’t even the word for what I was feeling all of last night, and most of this morning. When I dragged myself up out of bed this morning at 6:30am, I wasn’t in the best of moods. The house hadn’t heated up yet, and I was in no mood for breakfast. I left my house with an empty stomach, and it is true that when you are nervous, empty tummies are a lot sorer than full ones. My stomach was in absolute knots.

The people at BBC Radio Foyle were really lovely, and they provided me with everything I needed. All I had to do was choose a couple of headlines from the newspapers, review the stories and end on something a little more light-hearted. Simple.

As I made my notes, I could feel the time quickly slipping away, almost as if it were water running down a drain. I could hear the different segments of the show in the background, and when I heard a particular segment, I knew I was going to be next. One of the producers of the show came and collected me from the waiting area, and as we walked down towards the studio, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on some sort of death row, walking steadily closer to my doom. I greeted the presenters, they told me what was going to happen, and sooner than I would have liked, I was live on air.

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I was only on for about 5 minutes to start, but that 5 minutes felt like a lifetime. I talked about the relevant headlines, I chatted amicably with the presenters and I even got them to laugh. I stumbled over a couple of words, due to the crippling nerves I was feeling, but somehow I kept the worst of it at bay. Once my section was completed, I left and waited to do the second around.

The second time round, which was roughly 45 minutes after my first segment, was a lot easier. It flowed better and I managed to talk about different stories too. I ended my final segment by talking about the Belfast Film and Comic Con, definitely a topic close to my geeky heart. I wasn’t able to go to it, but a close friend had attended, and I’d gotten the lowdown from him the day before!

So not too shabby for an unemployed blogger such as myself, I do feel like I’ve actually accomplished something today!

Would I do something like this again? Definitely! Will I be as nervous the next time? Definitely not!

If you would like to listen to my little stint on the radio you can listen to the show on the BBC Radio Foyle website HERE. (I start at around 45min and then again at 1 hour 45 minutes!)

The Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer!

I’m not going to lie to you here. I am an avid fan of The Avengers. I remember the first time I found out there was going to be an Avengers film. I think I bounced around my bedroom for at least half an hour. For as long as I could remember, I had always wanted to see a film in the cinema that had a whole bunch of superheroes in it.

If I can let you all in on a secret, when I was little I actually wanted a Justice League film. After watching the first series of Justice League: The Animated Series, I wanted everything that it had, but in live action. I always thought that a film such as this would never happen, whether it be from DC Comics or Marvel, but when I heard that Marvel would actually be bringing The Avengers into reality (a team that is just as kick ass and awesome as the Justice League) I could feel my dreams coming true.

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You’d think that I would be as excited for the Justice League film, as I was for the first Avengers film, considering what I just told you, but to me, the Justice League film has come into existence in the wrong way. Warner Bros. are just riding off the success of Marvel Studios, and everything is just being dumped together. I will still go and see it, don’t get me wrong, but I have my reservations.

Anyway, back to The Avengers.

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I’ll never forget the first time I went to see Avengers Assemble in the cinema. My heart raced for the entire film, so much so that I’m actually surprised I didn’t go into cardiac arrest. It is by far my favourite film of all time…for now!

If you all haven’t seen it yet, then I don’t know where you have been. The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer was officially released today, and as I watched it for the first time, I felt my heart starting to crank up into that familiar, overly excited pace. I think I held my breath for the entire length of the trailer. Seeing all of those familiar faces brought back warm fuzzy feelings and I couldn’t wait to write down my thoughts of the trailer…and this time my thoughts are going onto my very own blog. I know not many people will see my thoughts on the Age of Ultron trailer, but at least I’ve gotten to express my fangirl joy.

If you have yet to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer, then click HERE!

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What can I say? All 2 minutes and 16 seconds of that teaser trailer, is just immense! Every time I watch it, I see something different. Here are the things getting me excited to the point of self-combustion.

  • The first thing that really stood out for me is the creepy ass music in the background. It took me all of three seconds to figure out that the song in the background of the trailer is “I’ve got no strings” from Disney’s Pinocchio. Superbly creepy, and a brilliant way to work with what you’ve already got…am I right? I’ll never listen to that song the same way again!
  • The whole trailer is basically narrated by Ultron, and James Spader this is where I would like to salute you. Brilliant job, Ultron is truly menacing. Are we finally going to see Marvel get out of it’s boring Villain’s slump, and see a bad guy that can rival the evil that is Loki?
  • Hulk. Oh my God…HULK! There is something wrong with him, that much is clear from this trailer. Just look at Mark Ruffalo the first time you see him in the trailer, go on, just look! Poor Bruce Banner looks demented! What has happened to him since that last brief glimpse of him we got at the end of Iron Man 3? Plus we get to see Tony Stark (the sole inventor of Ultron in the film, or so I’m led to believe) dons the seriously, seriously impressive Hulkbuster Iron Man suit, and Hulk ATTACKS HIM! OH MY GOD! Is this the beginnings of something like Planet Hulk? Hulk goes crazy and then the others blast him into outer space? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if you thought you loved Hulk in the first Avengers film, be prepared to love him a whole lot more!
  • Hello Avengers Tower! You’ve got a new look…and I like it!
  • We get to see glimpses of Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver, who we know have gotten their powers from Loki’s staff. We found out at the end of Captain America: The Winter Solider that people have been experimenting with Loki’s staff that was somehow left on Earth after the huge battle with the Chitauri. The result of these experiments are the two people we see glimpses of in the trailer, and somehow they are with Ultron? I don’t know, maybe I’m reading it wrong. All I know is that I need to know more about them!

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  • Peek-a-boo Andy Serkis! I see you in the Age of Ultron trailer, and I am thoroughly curious as to what your role is, although I don’t want to spoil too much for myself, so I’m doing to remain in the dark about you until I see the film.

  • Cap’s Shield…broken? I’m sorry this does not compute! I thought nothing could break Vibranium in its solid state?? My world makes no sense any more. (By the way, which is stronger? Vibranium or Adamantium?)

So those are some of the thoughts I had when it came to The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer. I am so goddamn excited for this film, I really am! I know I say that Avengers Assemble will always be my favourite film, but I think, by the looks of this trailer, the second Avengers film may top my leader board. A final thought before I sign off for the evening…I hope each superhero gets enough time on the screen. The ratio in Avengers Assemble favoured Iron Man heavily, but I’m hoping that this film will be different, and the heroes will be equal when it comes to screen time.

Heth out!