ANIMATIONS – THE BEST MEDICINE FOR VERY OLD KIDS

It takes a lifetimeCHESHIRE CAT to learn how to be a smart kid

When we’re small we want to be grown up. When we’re teenagers we want to be independent. But when we grow too old to be astronauts and ballerinas we can do backflips with ‘Kung Fu Panda’.

A dive down the rabbit hole can do us the world of good. Strap on your 3-D glasses, hang up your cane and leave your curmudgeon-ness at the door… but keep the hearing aid.

Second childhood is designed for baby boomers

Below the earth is where the fun begins. It’s over the top. Where else could it be but up a beanstalk or down a rabbit hole?

Do the left side of your brain a favor, engage non-local mind, and purchase a one-way ticket to Wonderland. Indulge your deepest instincts in a refreshing tea party of mad conversation. Embrace the absurd. Binge on popcorn and a rompingly-insane fantasy, Disney’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (hint… ignore the critics). But don’t go if you’re unwilling to abandon the world of logic. Forfeit the sensible. Get lost where getting lost is the point. That’s what old age is for.

In the sixties we ‘boomers’ were too busy letting it all hang out to see the bigger picture. Perhaps it was too soon for most of us to stop and smell the roses. Certainly, Lewis Carroll the creator of ‘Alice,’ didn’t contain himself in 1871.

We are dreamers calibrated to visualize. Fantasy enabled our species to survive when sentient weather ruled our days. That primordial dream when our friends were trees and streams, and unwholesome craziness lived on mountaintops well out of reach. It took generations to breach those heights and discover that the Titans were small enough to fit into the palms of our hands with imagination to spare.

Sometimes it takes a thousand years to discover ‘who-done-it’( um… nobody as it turns out… it was evolution). And sometimes it takes only a hundred and forty-five years to turn a beloved classic into the pages of a moving picture screen.

Apparently, cats are philosophers, hares make tea, caterpillars are sublimely ironic, and many a wise word is spoken in jest by a genie out of the bottle. Who knew? Authors of children’s fiction knew. The older we get, the more we remember this.

What were your favorite children’s books reread as an ‘adult’? Mine were:

‘Winnie the Pooh’ (read through the eyes of Benjamin Hoff’s brilliant ‘The Tao of Pooh’ and ‘the Te of Piglet’; ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (Disney’s 3-D animation seen a few weeks ago); and ‘Peter Pan’ (revisited in the movie ‘Hook’).

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ALAN RICKMAN FOREVER

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Here’s one for the books. In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ Absolem the caterpillar, played by the late Alan Rickman, surfaces reborn as a blue butterfly. He shadows Alice before leading her (and us) back into the ‘otherworld’ behind the looking glass.

ABSOLEM 3 - CROPPED A butterfly is a symbol of rebirth

Thankfully, Alan lives on in all of his amazing roles but this is a beautifully symbolic tribute. I found it profoundly moving when the credits dedicated the movie to ‘our friend Alan Rickman’

And after all, the definition of animation is the imparting of life and spirit to that which springs purely from human imagination.

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Clap if you WANT to believe in fairies

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the original cover for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’

If you’re human, fiction is a big deal to you.

Clap if you WANT to believe in: Tinkerbell, dragons, time travel, space ships, ghosts, lost cities, the holy grail, mystical serendipity, numinous energy, sentient pond scum, divine intervention, soul mates, talking animals, life after death, angels and demons, and galaxies far far away.

For a golden hour your world is happily under a hill in middle earth or hurtling at warp speed on the Starship Enterprise or wandering an alley behind the Leaky Cauldron.

The last time I visited the cinema (a few days ago to see ‘The Jungle Book’ an amazing story, by the way) the popcorn cost almost as much as the admission. Remember, ‘The Jungle Book’ was a BOOK first… hey, it’s right there in the title!

Coffee is a glutted market. Clap if you believe in coffee. Publishing is a glutted market. Clap if you believe in original stories. And if you believe in committed authors, the next time you visit that glutted ‘BOOK JUNGLE’ dollar store, please consider the heroic effort of months and sometimes years it takes for an author to create a literary escape. For you.

Now, followers of fantastical fiction, I ask you, do you work for free? I’m guessing Rudyard Kipling didn’t work for free. Do you attend movies for free? Clap if you believe in fiction… you know you want to.

Every now and then, in an author’s fantasy, a person forgoes the price of a designer coffee and a chocolate croissant or a bag of movie popcorn in favor of purchasing a book. But, that’s just us writers of fiction – we dream big!

 

 

 

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THE MORNING AFTER

APRIL 16th 1912 – the ‘after-math’

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TOTAL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS – 2,223

SURVIVORS – 706

VICTIMS – 1,517

Of the 53 children who perished… 52 were from steerage (3rd. class)

Odd words for a reporter; PROBABLY? MAYBE? Yet a noted member of the elite New York society was singled out for mention in the headline along with the owner of the White Star Line. PRIORITIES. The New York Times motto: ‘all the news that’s fit to print’.

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BOOK LAUNCH

TITANIC LAUNCH TICKETNOW LAUNCHED! – on the 104th anniversary of the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic

 ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ by V. KNOX –

– a TITANIC-inspired novel of Literary Fiction / Magical Realism / and Paranormal Romance

EXCERPT: CHAPTER ONE – ‘THE END’

FINN CLEARY  APRIL 10, 2012

Yes, those are definitely my shoes, there in the museum case. Who would have thought I’d be famous for my shoes. And such a sad pair as that. I wore them the day I stepped onto the Titanic and the day I floated free of it, April 15, 1912.

I’m not sure if I was five or almost six when it happened, but after I drowned I discovered that time is an inexact measurement. Time raced ahead of me, pulling me backwards and spun me around so I met myself arriving. Even now, as the centenary of Titanic’s maiden voyage approaches, it continues to fling me forward, years speeding past me until I come to a full stop without my growing an inch or aging a single day.

Visitors come to marvel at the miracle of my shoes, awed that a pair of innocent shoes survived the terrifying chaos when hundreds of people perished. The little shrine of the shoes celebrates a moment in time. But not what they imagine. I know their secret. You’d think a dead child’s shoes would make them grief-stricken, entirely. But then I’ve known miracle shoes before and I know how they can capture a soul with magic. I’ve seen them cast a spell. I’ve seen them break a mother’s heart. I can’t go back to Mam shoeless. Sure she’d skin me alive. Losing my shoes is a sin and I lost TWO pairs in the one day.

But now I’ve outgrown my shoes and my age of innocence is over. Hindsight, second sight, and insight are the keys to navigating random events that were meant to happen. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that time is a paradox of frozen promises and fluid reckonings. That’s why we ghosts must stay on to tell our stories. I’m almost free. I have five days to break a promise. But only an invisible headmaster can release me from school.

Remaining in spirit form close to the living isn’t being kept after school as a punishment. It’s graduating with honors on a level playing field where I’m both a naïve five-year-old pre-schooler and a scholarly professor of three score-and-ten, although I can’t always control which one will speak. I sometimes use words like paradox and conundrum and vicarious to show off but I prefer the words nearest to my former life.

I’ve never felt more like a child but I’ve never been wiser. I’ve never been more me.

I drowned three times. First, in the relentless rain of Ireland, second, in the deep gloom of mourning that settled over my mother, and third, in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. My shoes have their own life now, and Mam is with her sainted Michael in heaven.

I’ve only had one grownup understand me. Two if you count Lacey. We did everything together. But I always think of her as a child because we met when we were young and I watched her grow old.

Essentially we humans are homing pigeons. We head for the nearest thing to home we can remember. For me it was a person rather than a place. It was Mamie Broughton. We’d only just met but sometimes a chance meeting with a stranger changes everything. Life is a surprise that turns on a breeze. The pendulum swings, and then… ‘worse things happen at sea’.

I used to be plain Finn Cleary before I found fame as the unidentified lost child from the Titanic and my shoes were enshrined as an object of wonder. As if no-one else ever had shoes!

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SAVE OUR SOULS

titanic TELEGRAM 2A 104 YEAR-OLD MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

 

Countdown, 24 hours –  April 13th, 1912 ten minutes to midnight – a mountain of ice lurking in the waters of the North Atlantic, awaits the Titanic, steaming towards it on its way to the bright lights of New York with 2,224 passengers and crew on board.

 Countdown, two hours ten minutes April 14, 1912 ten minutes to midnight – TITANIC’s side scrapes the iceberg. Small chunks of ice land on the decks. At first they’re a novelty and used as ice cubes in drinks… When the damage is assessed as fatal, RMS Titanic sends up flares and the first S.O.S. ‘marconigram’. A series of frantic messages continue. S.O.S. – SAVE OUR SOULS!

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SOS 3 - CHANGED

April 15, 1912  2:20 a.m. – Titanic is gone. What remains is a wasteland of dead and dying passengers held aloft by lifejackets or clinging to floating debris and twenty lifeboats on the periphery of the dead zone, maintaining a wide berth from desperate survivors who could overturn the boats in their eagerness to live. Even the half-filled boats with plenty of room keep their distance. The 700 passengers in the lifeboats are taken aboard ‘RMS Carpathia’ two hours later.

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Countdown 24 hoursApril 15th 2016  the 104th anniversary of the unsinkable Titanic  THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ will go live.

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‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ –– a TITANIC-inspired novel by V. KNOX

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY MUST KEEP A PROMISE MADE IN HASTE IN ORDER TO SAVE HIS SOUL AND REUNITE WITH THE GIRL HE WAS DESTINED TO MARRY.

– a novel of Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, and Paranormal Romance

 

 

 

 

 

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TITANIC – THE ‘LAST SUPPER’

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plate from 'the last supper' in first class

plate from ‘the last supper’ in first class

EXCERPT from ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’

 [ In the morning I’m feverish. A lovely egg breakfast means nothing. My shoes wait for me, daring me to accept their torture. I will put them on later because I deserve the knives in my heels. Every step will remind me of what I did. Every step will bring me closer to heaven for the suffering I’m supposed to have to deserve a place there.]

 

 ‘THE UNTHINKABLE SHOES’ ––by V. KNOX

A woman helps her invisible childhood companion, the ghost of a boy from the Titanic disaster, to find his lost shoes so he can reach heaven.

– a novel of Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, and Paranormal Romance to be released on or before April 15th 2016, the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

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