Dear Diary…

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For this assignment I did the writing assignment entitled “Dear Diary” but instead of doing this in the perspective of a Disney Villian, I am doing it in the perspective of my noir character Sylvia while using Lawrence, Tiffany Yowell’s character as my character’s love interest.

Dear Diary,

It’s me again. I know I haven’t written in awhile but between the visits to the Black Widow and the travelling around the globe to find the murderer of Jewel’s and My friend I haven’t found the time to write anything. Diary, I think I have a crush. These are words that I never thought would come out of my mouth. A CRUSH. His name is Lawrence. He’s so mysterious and handsome. He’s a murderer, just like me! Two peas in a pod, like grandmother always used to say. I couldn’t see myself falling in love again after all of the men who I have seen mistreat their women for me but this man, Diary, he’s different. He’s unique. He give me butterflies. He’s… someone I couldn’t see myself seducing with anyone else, I want him all to myself. Alllllll mine, Diary. Heck, the jealous is rumbling inside of me just telling you about him. I write all day for a living and this is something I have found the hardest to put pen to paper on.

I love him, but could he handle my maNOIRpulating lifestyle? Could I handle his mysterious darkness?

This is ridiculous, I know this will never work. I’m too much of an evil woman who will never halt to the thought of loving a single man. I love the thrill of the murder, the thrill of the chase.. I’m not ready to commit to anything besides a murder.

Yours truly, xoxo,

Sylvia

What am I?

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It’s so dark and cold, I hardly see the light of day. But when you put your hand on me and pull, all the darkness goes away. You always take from me until I’m empty, then once a week you restock me with plenty.

Pictures of your family are hung up on the front of me along with some places you’ve been but I’ve never seen. I’m always here when you’re hungry or bored, just come find something in my plethora of shelves and drawers.

Steaks, yogurt, left over pizza, aloe, and drinks galore.. I’m always waiting for you to add some more!

What am I?

 

I chose the topic of writing from an inanimate object’s perspective because I saw it as a challenge. I wanted to think about something that I used every day and what it could possibly be thinking, it’s also sort of like a riddle… So I left out the answer so someone can guess what it is!! :)

Sylvia, The Casanova

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This is about Sylvia, my character dossier, as an Unusual Superhero. I choose this prompt because I really like superheros and superhero movies, plus who doesn’t think it would be totally awesome to have x-ray vision or mind read! Plus, it’s creating an alter-ego which is fictitious but lets you outlet the imagination of super powers! These powers encompass her as the villainous casanova she is.

Sylvia has the uncanny ability to make men fall hopelessly in love with her by the blink of her long lashes. No doubt Sylvia one of the most attractive women in Chicago but she is also by far the most talked about. She has the ability to manipulate people into giving her what she wants through her hypnotic eyes and the sweet “spill all” powder that flies from her lips when she blows a kiss. Being a professional writer for the Chicago tribune, her powers and vivacious looks allow her to get information on any person at any point in time giving her all the beans to spill in the public paper to ultimately ruin peoples lives. She feels no remorse for using her hypnotic and irresistible powers for her own benefit. This woman is a villain dressed in a silky red dress and cherry red lips, don’t be fool by her charming wit, humor, and sense of style.

 

Plot Twist

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The piece I decided to write an alternative ending to is The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March. I choose this piece for multiple reasons, one being I like to read poetry, 2 everyone else was doing “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” and lastly because I was really disappointed with the way the poem ended! I was looking for a little more drama and heartbreak. So I went again and did an ending to the story in poetic form, like the author, but with a different twist.

“Look out!” shot Queenie’s warning scream:

“Look out! — he’s got a gun!

Look out!”

Black made for him with a shout.

The gun roared and a loud shrilled

No one knew who he had killed.

Black grabbed Queenie by the wrist and took her last breath with his

final kiss.

The gun hit the floor

and Burrs bolted out the door.

He grabbed Alex by the hand

while saying good bye to the band.

Then right on cue,  the cops showed up to check on the noise complaint,

Little did they know they arrived too late.

Burrs was gone and so was Queenie,

Black kissed her lips and closed her eyes ever so cleanly.

Black reported to the cops what had happened

but he was not stopping until he got the revenge satisfaction.

I chose to make this an open ended ending, I like when there is a chance for something further to be written about and to leave a cliff hanger to wonder what Black is going to next! It leaves an aura of mystery and thrill.  I made it so Queenie died in the end because that is how I was actually expecting the story to go because of how abusive and how irate and jealous Burrs was with her hanging out with Black. Also, making Black look like the hero by wanted to avenge his lady who he had just met, I thought that made their love look more sincere.

 

Random Words with Agent Squirrel

2 stars

Random Words: hatchet, mighty, number, console, agent immunity, narcotic, powerful, division, vixen

Animal: Squirrel

Agent squirrel gained powerful immunity against the mighty drug lord squirrel who sold a number of  narcotic tree nuts. Agent squirrel went to console him after the vixen squirrel of his drug division was viciously murdered by a hatchet during hunting season.

This little narrative about Agent Squirrel was actually really fun to write. I liked the challenge of picking words at random from the random word generator and coming up with an off the wall story. I chose the animal of squirrel because 1. they’re all over UMW’s campus and 2. my mom thinks it’s a good nickname for me for some odd reason (I also kinda like the furry fellas). I’m not super thrilled with the outcome of the story but considering the were some random words that did not really have anything to do with each other I’d say I did a dang good job! ;)

Literature de Noir

 


“The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain

Summmary:

“The Postman Always Rings Twice” is about a Greek man, Nick, and woman, Cora, who own a dive restaurant and hire a man name Frank to do handyman work and car repairs. Frank and Cora fall in love and plot to kill Nick. However, things fall through and Frank gets up getting his skull fractured due to the power going out and Cora not going through with the rest of the process. The power went out due to a freak accident with a noisy cat jumping onto the fuse box. Nick is in the hospital for many days and when he was supposedly going to be discharged, Frank and Cora planned their escape to their road, just them and the road. However, Cora did not like the idea of not knowing what they were going to do with their lives and returned back to Nick. Frank continued his journey on the road and made money by gambling at pool, which conveniently leads him back to Nick.

Once again Frank and Cora plan to kill Nick on their trip to Santa Barbara but this time it is by a planned drunk driving car accident, where they knocked him out first then pushed the car over the edge of a 50 ft cliff, while pretending they were in it as well. This was stemmed from the fact that Cora did not want to have a “greasy Greek baby” with Nick. This back fired because when Frank got in the car after they had “set it” the car flipped further down the hill injuring him. Frank ends up in the hospital and Nick dies on the way to the hospital. During his stay at the hospital, he had to encounter the DA and police where he lies about what actually happened to Nick but the District Attorney thinks he and Cora did it for insurance money and wants to pin it on one or both of them. However, once Cora was going to be the only one taking the fall for the murder, she confessed to the whole story about when she met Frank, the first plot to kill Nick, and what actually happened with the car accident. However, Katz ends up getting Cora off by getting the insurance company to testify it as an accident and that she had no idea about the insurance money. Thus, leaving both Cora and Frank off without any kind of charges against them.

Once everything calmed down, Cora and Frank went back to the resturant/gas station. Cora finds out her mother is sick and takes off. In the meantime, Frank meets a girl at the gas station and takes off to hunt exotic cats with her, closing down the shop. Cora got back from burying her mother and Frank got back from his trip to meet the man who took Cora’s confession threatening to give it to the DA unless they pay him money. They keep the man hostage and get the papers that would incriminate Cora and destroys them. Cora finds out where Frank went on his trip and who he went with and tries to leave. Cora is pregnant and that was the reason she didn’t go tell Sackett, the DA about Frank being the cause of Nick’s murder and they went to get married. After the wedding, they went swimming and Cora had strained herself to hard so Frank wanted to rush her to the hospital and on the way to the hospital they got into a car accident. Frank got pegged for the murder of Nick and Cora because of the way it looked for the insurance money and Cora being pregnant.

Reflection:

The story was written in a narrative from the point of view of Frank, the man who steals Nick’s woman, kills him, and ultimately ends up killing his wife. The story has a lot of irony in it and it portrays noir through the promiscuity, corruption, and adultery in the story. Irony is show in multiple ways throughout this story, one is that Frank and Cora murdered Nick through a faked car accident and Cora, Frank’s new wife, is accidentally killed by Frank in a real car accident, which gets Frank pegged for murder on all accounts even though how it came to be was just purely an accident. Theme of corruption is prominent because of the insurance estate money that comes into play and the blackmail from the lawyer’s typographer when he threats to leak Cora’s confession. These themes and literary mechanisms create the essence of noir in the story. Below I continue to list themes.

Themes:

Degradation of women, smoking, sex, promiscuity, prostitution, adultery, gambling, and corruption.


The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March

 

Summary:

The Wild Party is about a couple, Queenie and Burrs, who are in an abusive relationship. Both are very promiscuous and not loyal to each other. The main portion of the story is about “The Wild Party” Queenie and Burrs throw where everyone who comes gets plastered and ends up sleeping with someone at the party. Queenie’s “Friend” Kate ends up hooking up with her husband Burrs, while Queenie gets with Kate’s date Black. Queenie’s hook up infuriates Burrs and he tries to kill both Queenie and Black at the end but it backfires and he is the one that gets murdered. Black tried to flee the scene but before he can the cops, who were called by the neighbor due to excessive noise and partying, are arriving.

Reflection:

The Wild Party is written in the form of a poem that is continually rhyming. The poem portrays noir through it’s themes like in “The Postman Never Rings Twice”. A few prominent themes were abuse, promiscuous women, alcohol, and adultery.  All of these themes correlate with the typical thought when someone thinks noir media. The women are seductive yet childlike and the men are strong, smooth casanovas, where cheating and adultery are almost normal. It also portrayed abuse in the relationship between Queenie and Burrs, they were both equally as abusive to each other. Alcohol was a driving factor of many of the instances portrayed in the poem, for example the hook up between Burrs and Kate and many of the hook ups at the party between the people. Noir was also shown through the murder of Burrs and how Black begins to flee the scene after the murder, like Queenie tells him too, showing corruption. The characters are very cliche figures and tend to act stereotypical, just as expected.

Themes:

alcohol, crime, sex, promiscuous women, large parties with many people and alcohol, abuse, sin, death, degradation of women, adultery


“The Killers” by Ernest Hemingway

Summary:

“The Killers” is about these two men, Max and Al, who walk into a restaurant diner with intentions to wait until Ole Anderson gets there to get his dinner and kill him. They take the cook, Sam, and the owner, George to the back and tell them what they are doing. By the end of the story, Nick, one of the workers who had been tied up during the whole thing, goes to tell Ole Anderson about the men’s plot to kill him. Ole Anderson doesn’t act phased but had no interest in running. He knew they were going to kill him and he had been acting depressed-like. The men were astonished that Ole Anderson did not want to tell the police or run, they chalked it up to corruption of something he did while he was in Chicago.

Reflection:

“The Killers” is written in a narrative form where you know everything about what is going on in the present scene when it is happen. There are many themes representing noir through the story used such as depression, crime, and murder. The two men who are plotting to kill Ole Anderson are in a way comparable to mobsters who are out to get revenge. This is representative of the crime in the story. Murder is the intent however it is not actually committed in the story itself, it is foreshadowed that it will be in the near future. Depression is shown threw Ole Anderson, he was unable to get out of bed and was not willing to do his daily activities, he also was not concerned with the men coming to murder him. This could have been insight to the fact the Ole Anderson knew he did something wrong and knew he was going to have to pay the price no matter what.

Themes:

Crime, murder, depression


MY THOUGHTS

Overall, I really enjoyed all of the readings. They all threw some type of curve ball and kept you wanting to know what happened next, that is truly something I need in a story to keep me engaged. The plot twists and turns. I loved it. I have to say that the poem, The Wild Party, was my favorite read out of all of them. It reminded me a lot of “The Great Gatsby,” with excessive abuse and more cheating.. O.K. not really like Gatsby at all but I imagined the groups of people getting plastered and dressing up very fancy to put on a persona they wanted to portray. I’m starting to grasp the concept of noir and these readings have assisted my view of it in a big way!

 

Turkey Day!

2 stars

The crisp, cool air and the smell of food cooking in the house.  Walking into a steaming hot kitchen, along with the sounds of clanging pans and the ruckus of all of the out-of-state family members.

Food is on the stove, in the oven, and the turkey is being fried in the backyard. My dad is running in and out checking out the turkey with a cold one in his right hand. The football game is playing in the living room, the Cowboys are on as per usual.  My grandpa is kicked back in his lazy boy teasing the dogs, my aunt is hollering at her three kids who are always up to some kind of mischief, and my stepmom is slaving away in the kitchen ordering me around to help.

I also get summoned to the kitchen, especially when it’s time to add the marshmallows to the top of the sweet potato casserole — which of course is my favorite part of the dinner.

Finally, we all gather around to load our plates up with all of the goodies: green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn, turkey, and croissant rolls. (This is of course after we argue about who gets to go in and get their food first — it’s the polite thing to do ;) ). Once the commotion of everyone getting their food is over, we sit down and have our feast. My grandpa has his plate back with him in his lazy boy chair — sharing it all with the dogs.

Once all of the meal has finished, I truck myself, full belly and all, to my mother’s house to have another meal. Forget the dessert when you have a second meal to attend to! I drive 20 minutes to join my mom and her boyfriend’s family for an equally as appetizing feast.

Soon as every meal has been vanquished and the desserts have been gnawed on, we go to bed in our tryptophan comas and sleep in heavenly peace until next year.

I’m thankful that once every year, the aroma of cooking food and the crispy cool air takes me back to the comfort of family and giving thanks.

Side note: this was my grandmother’s favorite holiday. When she passed away 3 years ago, I tried to keep the traditions of homemade food and assisting with keeping the spirit alive every Thanksgiving Holiday.

Character Dossier Profile

 name: Sylvia

This name sounds sly and enticing, just like how noir movies are. The first thing that comes to mind with this name is the image of a casanova with a sassy attitude.

Description of Character

Sylvia is a classy broad with red lips, pearly white teeth, deep v-neckline, and a slit in her dress up to her thigh. Her hair is always curled into perfect little, soft ringlets and her mascara is smeared on her dark brown eyes flawlessly. Her bright candy apple red pumps peek out of her floor length black dress to add a pop of color to her attire. She holds the cigarette to her red lips with her hand which is covered by an elbow length black silk glove.

Interests

Her interests including sipping her favorite alcoholic beverage: bourbon and coke at the local bars, smoking cigarettes, listening and dancing to smooth jazz, and gossiping/writing about local events in her area.

Biography

As a writer for a newspaper, Sylvia knows everything about everyone. Once her husband passed away, from unknown causes, she has hung out in bars trying to pick up any wealthy men she can find and gets the most dirt on them to ruin their lives. She is the definition of a casanova and a total heart breaker. Once Sylvia gets her hands on a man, their life as they know it is over. She will haunt them until she gets what she wants or until they are dead.


“WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW CAN’T HURT THEM”