Sorry for My Absence! Please Accept This Photo of Maeve Brennan as an Apology!

Hi all! My apologies for the lack of recent posts. We moved into a new apartment two weeks ago, and have been working overtime to settle into the new place. Everything should be back to normal on the blog very soon.

Until then, enjoy this photo of the late Irish writer Maeve Brennan.

Maeve Brennan

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Rainy Days and Blogathons

‘Tis raining in my neighborhood, and I only wish I owned such stylish wet-weather garb. Please accept this cutesy image as a peace-offering for my recent absence…

Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang, April 1921

…but I’ve been (furiously) working on Reel Infatuation Blogathon content. Can you believe it’s almost here?

We hope you’ll join us this weekend for all of your character crush needs!

Blogging Update and a Self-portrait by Dora Carrington

If you’re wondering why my posting has been spotty and brief, it’s because my beloved laptop died a few weeks ago. A new one is on its way from Amazon. Things should be back to normal sometime next week. 

Please enjoy this early work by Dora Carrington, by way of apology.

Self-portrait by Dora Carrington. Circa 1910.

Self-portrait by Dora Carrington. Circa 1910.

So I Wrote This Thing About Dorothy Lamour, Sexism, and Ageism! It’s Funny, Though, I Promise!

Here’s my contribution to the Dorothy Lamour Blogathon, which I hosted along with Ruth of Silver Screenings!

Enjoy (I hope!).

[Dorothy Lamour Blogathon] Welcome to the Old Stars’ Retirement Home: Murder, She Wrote Edition

Announcing…the Reel Infatuation Blogathon (and Pop Culture Platform)!

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Fictional characters. Sometimes you like them, sometimes you loathe them, and sometimes you’re half in love with them. Want to get to know someone in a hurry? Swap character crush stories; it’s the ultimate icebreaker!

Reel Infatuation is a reader participation virtual cyclopedia of character crushes. It’s a symbiotic, interactive platform built on the old-fashioned notion of give-and-take. We want to hear all about your film, television, and literary loves! Are your stories sweet, silly, embarrassing, or seemingly inexplicable? Share ’em! First crushes, old crushes, new crushes? Bring ’em on! You show us yours, and we’ll show you ours!

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Our goal is to share as many character crush stories with as many people as possible. Think of it as a continuing conversation joined by thousands of voices from around the world: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll occasionally be totally confused. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Reel Infatuation is comprised of this fabulous introductory blogathon, a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account. All stories will be cross-posted in order to maximize the fun! After the (first annual) blogathon is over, we’ll keep the party going on all of the other platforms.

THE REEL INFATUATION BLOGATHON…

IT’S IN THE DETAILS:

  • Remember: The character is the thing! We’re looking to hear all about specific character crushes, not generically dreamy performers.
  • Our main focus is cinema, but your character crushes may come from different media (television, books), any era (silents, early talkies, contemporary sources), any language, etc. Is your favourite character from a silent Italian film or a new Korean novel? Please share!
  • Duplicates and multiple entries are not only allowed, but encouraged. The more the merrier (or even The More the Merrier, co-starring multiple character crush Joel McCrea)…
  • Please post on the day of your choice!

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After signing up for the blogathon, be sure to grab a banner or two!

SIGN UP HERE:

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PARTICIPANT LIST:

We (myself and my partner-in-pop-culture, Ruth* of Silver Screenings) are incredibly excited to share this project with you! If you think it sounds half as fun as we do, please spread the word! On that note…

JOIN THE CONVO TODAY!

In addition to the blogathon, you may submit your stories at any time via email, Facebook message, directly to our Facebook wall, or by tweeting! (We will take care of the cross-posting duties.) Please include the following information:

  • Your name/nickname/handle (if you’d like to remain anonymous, let us know)
  • Name of your character crush (role/actor/book character)
  • Source film/television show/book (if possible, include the year of release/air dates/publication)
  • Your story

We ask that you keep your non-Twitter/non-blogathon posts to a maximum of 300 words each. There is no cap on how many stories you may share! Keep ’em coming!

Contact info:

Help us break the Internet, and all things pop culture, by spreading the word about Reel Infatuation. Thanks for being awesome.

*Kudos to Ruth for making the beautiful blogathon banners!

Vacation! Vacation! Vacation!

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”-Rumi

I’ll be on vacation for nine days, starting tomorrow. The Chef and I are road-tripping it to Texas to visit some of my in-laws. Several posts are pre-scheduled, so the blog won’t be on radio silence whilst I am away. Answering comments might be a bit trickier, but I’ll do my best.

Beachy Clara Bow

Beachy Clara Bow

“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.”-Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows ❤

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