The main plot of the third book in the greenYgrey trilogy was a travel quest around Europe to find our Andy Warhol, head honcho at greenYgrey creation, Andy Wolfhol. Stella McCartney was the main inspiration for our fashionista suprema, Stella Lagerwolf-Bruno. It had an X Files theme, which is all about looking for evidence of aliens and the supernatural.
Our world’s scientists have been trying to make contact with alien worlds over the last century, sending out messages, and awaiting replies, but none have been received yet. Today, it felt like the greenygrey world received a message from another world, the McCartney world, far away in inter-stella-r space.
POP Space X Files Mystery
Here’s part of the XaW Files book description:
‘Originally inspired by Jack Kerouac’s late 1940s and early 1950s travels and books, primarily On The Road, previous rambles inspired learning about much older books and writers. For example, we drew new inspiration relating to Cervantes’s Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Oz, after our Grey protagonist travelled through Cervantes.
This book delves deeper into the literary and academic worlds than the previous two. Travelling through Russia, social realism guides several episodes. In Scandinavia and the Baltic countries epic poems, folklore and sagas provide themes for long stories of our own. In Vienna there was a golden era of early psychology, while nearby Lake Geneva was the inspiration for Frankenstein and the original vampire. There are also the surrealists of southern Europe, such as finding Marcel Duchamps, the originator of disposable art, and inspiration to Warhol; providing background and history to the POP art movement we were discovering along the way.
While the original travel quest was created, it did become like a real one along the way: to find out more about Warhol the man, and POP the community.’
POP Art to POP Perfume
So Andy Warhol’s POP art developed into an important theme in the XaW Files: Beyond Humanity book; an anagram of PinkyOrangePurple, which became the sunset colours for the greenYgrey world. This materialised after a sunrise, the other side of sunset, showing the upside-down topsy-turvy time-travelling mirror-reflection everything-is-possible way of the greenYgrey world, described in XaW (3:18):
After watching the nice clear sunrise after frosty snowy night I made the connection with Warhol’s POP, leading to a possible plot and end theme for the greenYgrey and this book, having previously put in the Gorky link about plot after seeing the Novgorod connection.
Yes, must admit, at times like that, when things seem to fit, like finding the right piece for a jigsaw, or word in a crossword; only it’s a puzzle you are both creating and doing at the same time; but your creator isn’t normally in contact with the doer, and they only meet at times like that, times when your mind seems in tune with itself, and whatever’s impelling it to write it; muse, holy trinity of the writing mind or whatever; at times like that, I accept any suggestion that I’m mostly doing it for myself, and even at this time, when the initial reluctance to enter the greenYgrey world to write is long forgotten, and I’m deep in the zone, like about the same time into a good long run in the sun. There are probably subtle differences between the zones, as there are between the sensations of feet running on ground and fingers tapping on a keyboard, or feeling the sunshine on a summer day and being wrapped up on a winter night, but they are essentially the same… and good.
Pop was Warhol’s art
Pop goes the Weasel
POP is the Earth’s
Pinky Orange Purple
There is a twilight before and after the yellow of the sun, as there was greenygrey before the rising of the greenYgrey Y.
Did our Andy Warhol, ol’ Wolfhol, our creative department head-honcho, provide the POP?
His disappearance did follow on quite quickly after the rising of our Y, as the sunrise and sunset colours form and fade for a relatively short time around the rising and setting of the sun.
If Wolfhol is our sunrise and sunset, does that mean that if we find him his POP will signal the setting of the greenYgrey Y?
Should we continue if that is the case? We think we must.
Y? We know Y, and that is enough. daY has a Y, but night has none.
Were (sic) not here to reinvent the Y, just adapt it for our name and story; a new and original use of a very old letter. Although it’s just one of twenty-six letters in the human alphabet, in our world it becomes special, through emphasis.
Stella McCartney POP Perfume
Then today, returning to the start, and main theme of this blog post, I saw an advert for Stella McCartney’s POP Perfume. I am a bit late, as it was released in March this year, about three months after XaW Files.
The women in the advert look too young to be Marc Latham’s lovers, remembering his 21-40 rule, with the goldilocks zone about 30, but old enough to be readers and fans.
I also like and agree with the perfume’s description:
INTRODUCING STELLA McCARTNEY’S NEW FRAGRANCE, POP
March 11, 2016
“POP is a spirit. It’s about capturing and celebrating that very special and exciting time when you are finding yourself and coming into your own. It’s about freedom, and starting your life away from judgments or labels” – Stella McCartney
I think it not only captures the spirit of women, but also the spirit of greenYgrey. Werewolf of Oz, the second in the greenYgrey trilogy, had a body, mind and spirit theme, while the third, XaW Files, saw greenygrey really finding itself.
I wish Stella McCartney the best of luck with POP and all her business ventures; especially any involvement with her mother’s veggie food company – I especially like the sausages, mozzarella burgers and cheese and leek plaits, but looking at the website now, realise I haven’t tried all the produce, and some of the other kievs and pies look delicious… as well as greenYgrey:
greenYgrey’s augmented reality adventures by google maps are available on Amazon, and Werewolf of Oz is currently free in July 2016 for ereaders from Smashwords.