WOW Women of WoO

Today is the last day of the Smashwords free download of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps and my last poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections.  Following on from yesterdays blog, my books have had a strong feminist with a small f theme from the start.

This was inspired by my lifelong liking and loving for beautiful women, and a respect and fondness for all nice ones; rather than any particular women, or any militant feminist groups or opinions at university. It was also influenced by my disillusionment with male society – giving up on finding any kind of ‘brotherhood’ in normal society!

Mslexia Before Writing Magazine

When I started my creative writing career in 2005 the first writing magazine I subscribed to was Mslexia, which is a specialist magazine for women writers. However, they only accept submissions from women, so I changed to Writing Magazine after a year or two.

I’m not criticising the Mslexia policy, just writing what happened. They are both great writing magazines, with Writing Magazine probably better for beginners, and Mslexia better for more advanced writers and women.

I took a six months break from the day-job over the autumn and winter of 2011/12 to complete Werewolf of Oz, editing it and creating a storyline plot that brought the 142 blogged episodes together as a book.

Werewolf of Oz Women

Werewolf of Oz had a Wizard of Oz theme, with the Grey of Greenygrey taking the role of Dorothy. Bon Scott of AC/DC fame inspired the Bonzo character taking the place of Toto. Instead of the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tin man there was a body, mind and spirit theme.

Elle ‘the body’ Macpherson seemed a natural inclusion as the body. In the story she starts off with diminished confidence, but regains her identity over the course of the book.

Elle Macpherson at the Women's World Awards 2009 in Vienna, Austria

Elle Macpherson at the Women’s World Awards 2009 in Vienna, Austria

Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman was the spirit, and enjoyed a similar upward curve over the course of the book, following the Wizard of Oz theme.

There are also many cameos, such as the evergreen Kyle Minogue, and the heavenly Holly Valance, with the latter inspiring an epic poetic quiz episode, with some of her best and scrumptious bubble and squeak on the line.

Some fantasy females also star, such as Emily the Emerald Hat, Molly Mook landlady of the Rowdy Rook pub inspired by the actual Mollymook place, and Cilla Chinchilla, crack commando with the COG (Chinchillas of Goya – inspired by Goya’s chinchilla painting).

There are also females from overseas guesting, such as the Brontes because of Bronte, Sydney, and Mary Shelley, because there is a Frankenstein element to the grunge music Terminator – Grunginator.

Book Cover

I completed the whole book myself, including the cover on Photo Impact. I think it was the last time I used photo editing before the recent Rachel Sylvester – Rachel Riley and Sylvester the Cat – Humpty Doo special blog post.

I used a turquoise background layer, writing Werewolf of Oz on it. The photo I used as the upper layer is from Vinales, Cuba, with a lone walker on a greenygrey sunset highway symbolising the story, as well as just being a nice photo.

I had also merged a couple of Greenygrey logos into the photo. The bottom one is emptied of green, symbolising Grey, who set off on the ramble alone, after it was deported to Oz by the Grand Council, who’d taken over the Greenygrey world and imprisoned Green, in a storyline set up on my blog before the book started. The whole Greenygrey logo in the top corner represents Grey’s travel quest, to find Green, and become whole again.

The storyline was most inspired by the British ‘Home’ children deported to Commonwealth countries up to the 1950s. They were promised better futures before leaving, but usually suffered years of abuse and hardship instead. Their tale was just being revealed before this book, mostly through the movie Sunshine and Oranges (what they were said to be promised), after campaigning work by social worker Margaret Humphreys.

werewolf of oz

POP Message Returned from Stella McCartney Perfume

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
movement
Pop goes the Weasel
rhyme
POP is the Earth’s
horizon
Pinky Orange Purple
Yellow

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:

veggie foods

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.

Rachel Sylvester Humpty Doo Time-Travelling Book Connection

After I revealed that Rachel Sylvester was one of my interviewees for my PhD thesis in the recent Theresa May Knighthood blog post, and The Times journalist now reminded me ‘of Rachel Riley, my favourite mathematician, and Sylvester, my favourite cartoon cat’ I guess great greenYgreyliens have wanted one thing more than anything.

PaintShopPro Editing Skills

No, not the interviews, but images of the greenYgrey world’s Rachel Sylvester. And the greenYgrey world is mainly here to entertain, so I downloaded a trial month of PaintShopPro (thanks to them for their nice capitalism, as far as I know), and rekindled my photo layers editing skills, first learnt in a library series of lessons just after my PhD a decade ago.

I created my book covers and images like the Humpty Doo using Photo Impact on my old computer, but couldn’t find a photo editing program on my newer one.

It took a while to do the first two photos, with a small stress and frustration cost, but that made finally getting them right all the more rewarding. Then later, while watching television, I had the idea for the third one. I did that quickly and efficiently this morning.

Countdown to a New Word

First of all I’d like to say that this blog post’s images mean no disrespect to cartoon cats.

Secondly, I’d like to point out that the above first of all was satirical comedy, and I also mean no disrespect to Rachel Riley. In fact, this morning, while thinking of this blog, and the Countdown word-making and maths-solving programmes she stars in, and that have been featured a lot on this blog, as well as in XaW Files: Beyond Humanity, I thought up a new greenYgreyesque/AAW-WOW word, of course only knowing her television celebrity personality and mathematical skills:  adorespect. It is a combination of adore and respect, meeting in the re ending of adore and beginning of respect.

I hope Susie Dent won’t mind me favouring a mathematician over a wordsmith, and will rise above any resentment to campaign for its use as a new word! I also hope Carol Vorderman knows she was also appreciated, and is not forgotten. I am also available for a guest appearance on Countdown or 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown… or most other television shows!!

Rachel Riley and Sylvester the Cat

After searching images of Rachel Riley and Sylvester Cat I first of all copied Sylvester into a photo of Rachel Riley and a female friend greenYgreying in a garden (sorry to the friend for the editing out!). Here’s the first photo of the greenYgrey world’s Rachel Sylvester:

rachel sylvester

The second photo sees Rachel Riley and Sylvester the Cat werecatise into one creature:

rachel sylvester2

Then the third image of this hot-off-the-press trilogy combines the second and third books of the greenYgrey trilogy, as Rachel Sylvester is in Oz’s Humpty Doo:

humpty doo

Dr. Marc Latham’s books are available on Amazon. Werewolf of Oz is available for free download on most ereaders until Sunday, July 31st, 2016 on Smashwords.

Werewolf of Oz Classic Episode

The last blog post talking about werewolfised celebrities and characters, inspired by Rachel Sylvester, reminded me of a Werewolf of Oz classic episode, and with it free to download on Smashwords for most ereaders this week I thought I’d repeat it here, from the real mid-north Australian places of Humpty Doo, Kakadu, Darwin and Nitmiluk. As the photo below shows, the Aussies there don’t take things too seriously.

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Humpty Doo and the Quackado in Kakadu

We departed Nitmiluk in the morning, wrapped up in our BOGOL jumpers, and with Bonzo feeling very lucky.  It was a leisurely morning jaunt north to the Kakadu National Park, with the long straight desert road stretching out to the wide blue yonder.

Humpty Doo and the Quack a Darwin Do in Kakadu

Bonzo and I freshened up where the Wildman and Alligator rivers met, as we didn’t fancy meeting either on their own, and thought they’d be too pre-occupied to take any notice of us at their waterfall.

We were just emerging from the water when an extraordinary looking creature arrived on the beach.  It reminded me of Green and my ol’ hero Scooby Doo, but it seemed to have a human body.

humpty doo

It was accompanied by a duck that couldn’t seem to stop whistling.

The duck approached us and whistled: ‘Hello, I am Darwin, a local whistler duck doctor, and this is my friend, the Humpty Doo, who also lives nearby.  We have just ventured east to Kakadu to look for new species to study.’

I said that I’d never seen such a creature as the Humpty Doo myself, and asked from where it had evolved.

Darwin whistled that he was not entirely sure, as it was ongoing research, but his theory on the origin of species was that it was descended from man in the English civil war and dog from Hollywood cartoon.

I said do you really think so, and he said: ‘I do.’

British ‘Bird in a Biplane’ Celebrates with Boomerang

After seeing some great greenYgrey film footage combining plane and landscape on the weekend I set out to find an article about it for a parody blog; for comedy purposes while publicising a great achievement.

I found a Mirror article that reported:

‘A British flyer has become the second woman to fly from Britain to Australia in a vintage open cockpit biplane.

Self-styled “Bird in a Biplane” Tracey Curtis-Taylor completed her 13,000-mile journey at Sydney Airport after flying across 23 countries in three months.’

Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Getty Images from mirror.co.uk

Boomerang to Celebrate

The article not only contained a nice description of the thrilling achievement, but also had an amazing photo of 53-years-old Curtis-Taylor celebrating landing in Australia with a boomerang, the social craze famous here in the greenYgrey world since Grey rambled a similarly epic solo journey to Curtis-Taylor in its Werewolf of Oz middle-book of our fantasy rambling trilogy.

Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Books Added to Sneak Peek Website

Our two most recent books, Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps and 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections, have kindly been added to the Sneak Peek website with a great presentation.

The website is a writer and reader connection service efficiently run by keen and talented writer-poet Paul White. The agreement to feature the books was made before the Christmas mid-winter holiday, and has nothing to do with the tragic events in France this week.

 

Fantasy Fiction Travel in Dostoyevsky’s Omsk with Gromit

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, satirical comedy fiction writing correspondent at the greenYgrey, inspired by legendary fiction writer J.K. Rowling. I’m delighted to report that after a day of troubled writing inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Nick Park the greenYgrey managed to send its latest thrilling instalment of the XaW Files from its epic virtually real ramble across Eurasia.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Notes from Underground

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Notes from Underground (Photo credit: lungstruck)

After traveling from Tomsk to Omsk, it looks like its got bogged down in the art and literature flowing out of from the underground into the Russian ‘Golden Age’. Here it is:

XaW Files Chapter 1 Episode 13

Anxious about my Omsk situation
Tomsk past erased, future trepidation
the plumber didn’t make another sound
but passed me Notes From Underground.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Influence

I took the notes from the plumber. They said I should go to the P.M. Dostoevsky Literary Museum library and read as much Fyodor Dostoyevsky as possible, for there may well be clues there to help in the search for Andy Wolfhol.

I thanked the plumber, and wished him luck in Omsk. He returned the greeting.

At the library I found out that Dostoyevsky was a political prisoner in Omsk from 1850 to 1854, suffering terrible conditions that later inspired his book, The House of the Dead.

Dostoyevsky’s The Double

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Photo credit: Bruno Amaral™)

I became engrossed in Dostoyevsky’s The Double, which I thought had a lot of relevance for my life as the greenYgrey; when we were just green and grey; because I am now of course a treble.

According to Wikipedia, The Double ‘deals with the internal psychological struggle of its main character, Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin, who repeatedly encounters someone who is his exact double in appearance but confident, aggressive, and extroverted, characteristics that are the polar opposites to those of the toadying “pushover” protagonist.’ A British film adaptation by Richard Ayoade was released last year.

Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

I felt that The Double was definitely of value to me and my search for Andy Wolfhol, so I decided to read another Dostoyevsky book. I chose Crime and Punishment.

English: Russian State Library and Fyodor Dost...

I was enjoying the psychological tale of murder and guilt trials and tribulations until reading on Wikipedia that yellow ‘is used throughout the novel to signify suffering and mental illness.’

My Yellow started panicking, wondering if it was suffering a mental illness, which set Grey off panicking about whether Green was still its more glamorous double.

We started spinning around in a greenYgrey whirl, and the next thing I remember was awakening in a prison cell.

Wallace and Gromit‘s Crime and Punishment

I was sharing a cell with a grey dog reading a yellow book. The cell walls were green, and the bars were grey.

The dog was reading Crime and Punishment, by Fido Dogstoyevsky, so I thought it must be a deep-thinking dog.

The dog lifted its head from the book, welcomed me to the cell, and introduced himself as Gromitov Omsk.

References

Fyodor Dostoyevsky novels: Notes From Underground, The House of the Dead, The Double and Crime and Punishment.
Gromit was jailed for sheep rustling in Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave.

Link for Amazon book and kindle.
Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.

Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.