Sunday, November 27, 2011

Best Memorable Holiday

Welcome to Augie's Corner

With all the hustle and bustles, Christmas is around the corner, I thought that I would give each one of us a break. How ya like that? We are writing, editing, editing, blogging, editing, blogging and it goes on and on…but I have a question or two for you. What was your most memorable Christmas (even if you do not celebrate) what about most memorable Hanukah, or whatever memorable vacation that you will never forget.
I will start.

I grew up with a mother who raised five girls and one boy. We were far from being middle class, let me say it this way, we were poor, but we never knew we were poor. My mother was that great of a lady who provided all she could, and for some reason we never needed or wanted more.

I was used to the truck that pulled up in front of our house December 20th or the 21st with the name Salvation Army on the sides, and it would be loaded down with toys, oranges, apples (they were the best fruit that I had ever tasted each year), candy, walnuts and other stuff, but this year the truck had not come.
I did not understand, but I knew my mother would not fail us, I suppose I had that blind child faith. I never asked for anything special for Christmas. I did not write letters to Santa Claus (I knew he existed), but I knew more than that Jesus would provide for my family, so I did not need a strange man in a red suit to promise me things that I knew he could not. But, this particular year, there was something that I wanted, but I was afraid to tell anyone.

I knew our mother worked hard, if she knew that I wanted something that she could not provide would break her heart, so I did not ask. When Christmas morning arrived, there were dolls, dishes, games, skates, oranges, apples, nuts and other things, but not what I really wanted, until I noticed a scrunched up Christmas gift that had been forgotten far back under the artificial green tree with its multi-colored strobe light which turned the tree from red, yellow and orange.

I climbed with care under the tree until my small hands could pull the package forward. The paper was crushed, but there was a tag with my name on it, with tears in my eyes and the need to pee; I opened the package as though it was the most precious of all gifts, and it was. There under the crushed paper and Funny Papers was the Bongo Set that I had wanted. I cried and held the gift so tight that my sisters and brother thought that I was crazy, but I did not care. This was exactly what I wanted…let me tell you over four decades later I still possess the same Bongo Set, maybe not as pristine as when I was seven years of age, but the thrill of the moment has never left me.

Tell me your best….Augie   

Friday, November 11, 2011

Michelle Dougherty WIP

Hi Michelle, Welcome to Augie’s Corner,

Augie: Michelle Dougherty, it was fun meeting you after the Night and the City: L.A. Noir in Poetry, Fiction and Film at Mount San Antonio College, with host John Brantingham who was great as usual and featured readings of Sunny Frazier and Tony Barnstone who both were phenomenal. I enjoyed the chapter reading from Sunny’s Where Angels Fear (who is our Posse Leader) and from Tony and his femme fatale who performed a mystery radio-theatre. I understand that you have a Work-In-Progress novel that is near completion.

Michelle: Yes! I’ve been working on my novel about a female assassin for a few years, and I recently completed the draft.

Augie: Is there a title, or will we have to wait?

Michelle: Coming up with a title has been really difficult! For now, I’m just naming it after the protagonist, Kiki Hasumi. I’m hoping that by the time I finish revising, a title will miraculously appear.

Augie: Tell us about Kiki Hasumi? Wait, first of all I love names, so where did the name Kiki come from?

Michelle: Kiki’s real name is Keiko, a very common Japanese name. Like me, Kiki is half-Japanese (Hasumi was actually my maternal grandmother’s maiden name). I wanted Kiki’s name to reflect her Japanese heritage and her American heritage as well.

Augie: That’s very interesting and hopefully an honor to your culture. Okay, now Agent 537, Kiki Hasumi of the Lotus Agency, lethal killer and an all around everyday lady…hold-up (pun not meant) she sounds like one heck of a female. What’s her story? I know you can’t tell us everything, but I am intrigued as well as I can see the audience is too.

Michelle: Kiki loses a lot of her family while she is still a teenager, so as she makes the transition into adulthood, she does so without any guidance and with a lot of bitterness and resentment. Ironically, she leads a more isolated existence before becoming an assassin because that profession requires her to interact with people on some level. Kiki loves a good fight – but she does grapple with the choices she makes, especially as she discovers that her targets are not always the monsters she thought they were. Still, Kiki can be quite cold and calculating, but she’s relatable, too. For instance, she’s a bit of a slob when it comes to her living space, and she loves junk food.

Augie: An assasinjunkfoodolic sounds fascinating. She exceeds to the highest ranking in martial arts and she attracts the attention of Ryuu Nakamura, there goes those names again…love it! Who is he?

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