To Be or Not To Be… A Cunning Linguist By Any Other Name…

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There is a part of me, there will ALWAYS be a part of me, who sneaks off and writes PULP. I know that in an age where I LITERALLY (pun intended) called my agent and had a major BF at the lack of literature for my age group I shouldn’t but I can’t help it. I mean yes James Bond is a wonderful little tryst but is it thought provoking and eternal? Thus I admit my shame of publishing, well, adult…and I mean extremely adult…fiction when I know I should be seeking the true nature of nature and the meaning of life and applying it to the world of my readers. So if we shadows have offended, look at it this way; our libidos will potentially fade, I’m getting a jump on stopping that terrible crime before it happens.Image

In a totally unrelated bish fit I came to understand the true meaning of “STANDARDS” in the Biblical Sense of the word. I also came to understand “ORDER” as in: No, you go first. I will just be over here taking notes, silently correcting your grammar, and actually using spell check. This is who I am. I am not ashamed. Honestly. Image

There is so much power in the written word. Word play is my ULTIMATE favorite game. I sat back for so long pretending that I am not good at it. Now I just need to release. I am creating a world here people. I live in the perfect sleepy town. I dance, which really is just an excuse to parade around in costume. I write, which is how I manage to find the time to use delightful visuals like this one and turn them into full fledged entertainment in a world where even soap opera funding has been cut.

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Seriously people, soap opera -a genre LITERALLY CREATED JUST TO SELL THINGS- no longer has a budget to, well, sell things. Thus I must use my power of cunning linguism to encourage my fellow writers to come out of hiding. I know you’re out there. Starring at your notebooks, just thinking to yourself; “It’s a shame that no one would get that.” Turn those woes into HEY NONNIE NONIE! Remember, its not “No one will get that.” Its; “KNOW! ONE WILL GET THAT!!!” Besides, my agent responded with that’s why they stopped making movies which is a call to end the writers strike if ever there was one; in my minds “I” ūüėČ

So Miley lost her VOGUE COVER after “twerking” I know that you may think its because of twerk. I assure you, its because a dance exercise done to warm your body up BEFORE you go on stage is NOT an actual dance move. This wouldn’t be an issue if BUNHEADS was still on the air to explain such things. Nor if our beloved Miley attended formal dance classes.

Yes Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, we get the joke. “Not one iota” of your nuclear rights. Priceless, however, we were all discussing standards, order, and yes in the world of the Baljeatles where even Science Camp Rocks you’re the man. However, was that joke approved by the beautiful Sahebeh Rouhani…Image

We’re just saying….

….Oh, and Apple…Image

Until someone invents the proper accessories for me to sync my stilettos to my iPhone5 a’la Nike and coordinate with my Swarovski Image JUST STOP. You know, like Derrick Rose finally learned how to do in Japan. I guess he had to go somewhere fast and furious to learn how to handle that drive. Good Game! Image

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REFLECTIONS Dancing in Light & Shadow

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The series of photos I shot of tap dancers shadows which seem to have a life of their own are all about light and shadow. No digital effects were used. Just undivided attention to my subject.

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The magic is in how the dancers are in one position and the shadows another. That’s timing on behalf of the photographer and the ability to charm the shadow to stay in place long enough to be captured.

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MaryLand by @Prototype3224

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Click here to see MaryLand 

      The Maryland Elite choose to live their lives behind closed doors and in the public eye all at once. With her career as an entertainer Marie is more focused on building her brand than any relationship. Chandler her companion is always willing to listen to her vent, especially when it gets him away from his own trust fund related troubles. Kendall is riding high on the release of his latest album and enjoying the attention of the streets who all wonder who his mystery muse is. Charliemae is envious of the lifestyle she sees. New to the scene and recruited by an unknown member of this tight inner circle she is going in an underling but has plans to become as rich and powerful as she can. Join them for this first episode in the serial and follow the author on twitter @prototype3224 for all the latest behind the scenes gossip!

REFLECTIONS DeWitt Flemming Jr.

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     DeWitt Fleming Jr. (pictured on the right) will be appearing on multiple episodes of Boardwalk Empire. The show will air Sundays at 9pm on HBO this season. This however major for those of us who are period buffs and Ellington Alumni is the ultimate. However its the icing on the cake for one of the most promising Alumni to date. Although DeWitt can be spotted playing Broadway in the band he started dancing and acting. To me he is the ONLY member of my class at the school (not by year just simply a way of saying classmate) who was as determined as I to achieve everything he wanted. 

     This means something. So many have said that their time at Ellington was the happiest time of their lives. It hurts to know that they have given up. Image

 

¬† ¬† There is much going on with Mr. Fleming and as he is a familiar face on Broadway its only natural that the next step would be developing a tour. He uses his power to connect other artist on Broadway Underground, he is appearing on HBO, he is proof that with ambition EVERYTHING is possible. Just don’t stop and remember, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere! Congratulations Mr. Fleming!

REFLECTIONS The First Steps…

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       There is something to be said about tenacity. I think the reason I am so effective in my craft is because I found the discipline to seek perfection during my years at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. So much of the industry is a part of the lives of Ellington Alumni that we tend to lay low and stay in the eye of the storm where we remain unnoticed. Yet there we are, hidden out in the open watching and making the world go round. This is my contribution.

Street Theater

Photography

Literature

 

Who Does She Think She Is?

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I am a woman of many hats. I try to take my time and indulge in developing my skill set. That means taking the time to develop each thing I love one thing at a time. I sat back for many; many years after a lifetime in the industry as what has affectionately been called my entire life “One of those Hollywood Babies.” I am sure the term has more meaning than I know and I come to understand myself more and more as I mature.¬†

 

This REFLECTIONS project is here to celebrate the things I love.  

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† This is the Ruby Annv of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts…That is 40 years of magic that would give even Hogwarts a run for its money. Everything about the entertainment industry has to be learned. In order to create things that stand the test of time we dedicate our lives to our artistry. Some like myself have spent our entire lives on stage, back stage, in the wings. We are able to just watch and learn. Its a blessing. We KNOW what we want to see. We KNOW what works through trial and era. We are sometimes quiet until called upon in order to allow ourselves growth. When the time comes however, we morph into show stoppers. ¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I was chosen to shadow founders Mike Malone and Peggy Cooper Cafritz freshman year and never looked back. Little known fact, I wanted to go to another school and study law. However at that age I tended to be heavily influenced by my bridge jumping friends who attended their own arts school. So, after a vote I decided to leave the world I knew behind and totally immerse myself in Ellington. The vote, three to one, I’m sure was fixed.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I had to work hard. I sacrifice everything for my craft. Some people want to make lots of money. Some people want fame. Some people want to write a best seller. I have very simple taste. I want to do all of the above and inspire, uplift, and even if only one sales quarter, outsell the Bible. Don’t judge me. I spent a significant amount of time studying Theology, I’m fully qualified. ¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† When I tell this story I always leave out the first time I knew I wasn’t the only one who believes in magic, whatever that means to you. To some its surviving a war. To some its a snow day when they haven’t quite studied for a test. To me it was growing up on stage and thinking I’d seen it all until the day I saw the Mike Malone Production Once On This Island. I knew all about special effects, but to see this play staged the way it was took my breath away and I fell in love with the very industry I had always been apart of in that moment. ¬†

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† It would be many years after I saw that play before the infamous “letter” a’la Ellington would appear, sans owl of course. In this the first part of my own Ruby Celebration of what Ellington means to me I will collect and share the stories of the Alumni as well as offering a glimpse into my own world. I do hope you enjoy. Follow me on twitter. @Prototype3224 and please do remember I’m a soap opera writer so my timeline connects THAT world, not so much this one because I do try not to break character. ¬†Check ¬†out the first in the MaryLand serial available on amazon.com¬†

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