How beautiful was Ava Gardner? I imagine my leading character Adrianna Jasmine to look a little like her, although remember Adrianna Jasmine does have one blue and one brown eye!
Well its Halloween and I hope you’re all feeling spooky! I love this time of year and I adore writing, as the mere feel of Halloween ignites my inner darkness and helps me to delve deep into my imagination.
I loved Halloween when I was a child and grew up watching many an atmospheric black and white movie such as, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet Dracula and of course the Hammer Horror Films, which is where my love of vampires spawned from. Oh to be trapped in deepest darkest Bavaria, adorned in red velvet, heaving bust, lured by the count himself to become his immortal bride, oh it sends shivers.
Of course one of my favourite horror films is the Lost Boys, I never tire of it and I adore the sound track, not keen on the sequels though they just weren’t in the same league.
Hocus Pocus is always a good one to watch, really fun and colourful, and of course Bette Midler was terrific, good to watch with children as well as it won’t spook them like the others I mentioned.
I do also have a soft spot for Van Helsing, I think because it’s set in Victorian times, which to me screams Dracula, and I loved the costumes the lucky actresses got to wear when they played the brides.
Now if you’re a fan of all things spooky with a cheeky edge check out google images ‘Halloween pin ups vintage’ for some really cool pics.
The picture above is modelled by a beautiful lady called Lillian Wells, sadly she died of cancer at the age of fifty in 1977. I love this picture it’s so cheeky x
Okay my top ten spooky movies ever!!!
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Dracula (1944)
The Ghost train (1941)
Lot Boys (1987)
The original Fright Night (1985)
The Oman (original) (1976)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
poltergeist (can’t watch it again far too distressing) (1982)
Van Helsing (2004)
The Monster Squad (1987)
Ooh just thought of another Carry on Screaming!
I love Halloween I always have ever since I was a child. Perhaps it’s the reason as to why my chosen genre of fictional writing is urban fantasy. At the moment I am currently working on the sequel to my book Sweet Jasmine Cakes and Magic and I must say the words are flowing but I think it’s because it’s the week leading up to Halloween and it inspires me greatly. I’m currently off work from teaching my exercise classes due to suffering from a nasty cold and sore throat, so even though I’m resting on the couch in my pj’s I’ve managed to do a bit of writing which I’ve enjoyed.
I hope I will get well by Sunday as I’m doing a Zumba party for my niece Scarlett whose birthday is actually on Halloween I am sooooo jealous and therefore I will be leading a group of eight year olds in dance routines to tunes such as flamenco, hip hop, belly dance and pop.
So what will you do for Halloween? It’s on Monday this year, so the day before i shall pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch at the cat and the fiddle before heading off to Burly village for a cream tea with my cousin Carly. We’ll have a quick wonder and drink in the sights and sounds of the Halloween spirit in the old village, then I will return to Bournemouth to entertain a group of over excited kiddie winks! Monday I will be back at work, I’ll try to add some Halloween routines to my aqua Zumba class, perhaps watch a spooky film with my partner in the evening and admire his pumpkin carving, he’s very good at it!
So no I won’t be casting spells or contacting spirits I believe enough in that stuff not to mess about with it do you?
My family, including friends ( my father, people who I love and trust, my partner)
My job ( I am grateful for being in a job where I can be creative and motivational, and it’s not nine to five stuck in an office)
My health ( I had a breast scare a few months ago thankfully was nothing serious, the lump was commonly known as a breast mouse!)
Having a roof over my head ( there are times when it’s cold and snowy and I feel grateful for the warmth our home brings to Steve and I, especially from the wood burner )
Being creative ( my imagination and creativity has allowed me the chance to write a fictional book, and create dance routines for my job ranging from pop to Latin, Bollywood to flamenco )
My front cover is complete yay! Although it’s a close guarded secret and will be revealed when my book is finally available to purchase. I can however tell you it’s beautiful many thanks to my designer Rakhi Mawkin who has simply out done herself.
October 8 2011 was probably one of the most euphoric moments of my teaching career. To experience 800 people cheering every time I completed a track was simply extraordinary. We put on a fantastic show for an 800 strong participating audience all in aid of raising money for the Lewis Manning Hospice and Wessex Autistic Society and due to it being such a success our team will be performing again in January 2012 yay!
My tracks I performed
Sway, sultry Latin
Night Train, Old school-house
Dame, latin (slow)
Alli Baba, Middle eastern
Who Run the World, Pop
Baila, Latin Pop
Boom Boom Mama, Ragaeton
So looking forward to next time!