Ya Got Trouble!
and it's the fabulous sort of writing trouble, my darling flames. mistvieh
has generously gifted us with sparks of inspiration for the first week of September, so I think it's time to pour on some kerosene and get a blaze going! How about some good old fashioned flamestorming
, eh? Awesome! I'll start:
As I mentioned in a previous #flamechatter, I sometimes like to surf the web for images and/or quotes concerning a writing topic. This time, my search went a bit differently, because the clip of The Music Man
in the topic post immediately inspired thoughts of the era in which the story was set.
Hello, my name is Kathy and I am a chronic history geek. And a Google addict. And a wiki junkie...
So! The Music Man:
While mid-century influence is evident in the film, the original play is set in the U.S., during 1912. Edwardian fashions were a hit with all the rich ladies, and so were Edwardian etiquette and sensibilities (out in public, anyway). April 14, 1912, the Titanic
sunk with dozens of gloriously clad Americans that had only briefly enjoyed the opportunity to rub elbows with fashionable Europeans--it was a global catastrophe.* Down with the ship went the culmination of centuries' worth of nautical engineering and countless modern feats, not to mention some outstanding hope chests.
While this particular catastrophe may have put a few kinks in some millionaire wallets, there was serious trouble brewing for the common folk here in the U.S. Wilson won the presidency in November and set out to do his damnedest to unravel as many civil rights advancements as he could identify. It would be a few years before he got the chance to exert some scholarly and "moral diplomacy" on folks south of the border.
Americans of the time hadn't yet experienced the horrors of world-wide war, and had not yet discovered a national voice in literature. (Realism was just over the horizon.) But there was relentless Yankee spunk, and a burgeoning social consciousness that made old Wilson want to spit.What was going on everywhere else? You tell me.
Let's explore this era across the globe and search out nuggets of inspiration--economy, architecture, pop culture, politics, social change, crime waves, favorite baby names (by the way, one of the original Music Man's Broadway producer's first name was Kermit. That's awesome.)
Please offer up your finds in comments below, and also feel free to tweet pictures and other cool info to me @flamestorming.
*My comments are a bit flippant, but I assure you, I do not take lightly the tragic deaths of hundreds of people.