Most all of us are immersed in the land of social networking. It sucks our brain time like quicksand! But what if this new technology existed hundreds of years ago? Would our world be different? Jina Bacarr imagines what it might be like:
“Imagine if Queen Victoria twittered (“We are not amused today…”) or Dickens posted a Facebook Profile (Relationship Status: married with ten children, Employer: law clerk turned freelance writer) or Jack the Ripper updated his status on his MySpace page (Mood: agitated. Headed over to Whitechapel).
What if you wanted to blog about Victorian England as your character? What challenges would you face? It was a different lifestyle back then with a different manner of speech, decorum and way of life. A world without BlackBerrys and YouTube, yet a very civilized and fascinating world.
And more of a challenge than I realized when I set out to write a blog in the voice of my heroine in my February 2010 Spice novel, “The Blonde Samurai,” the story of an Irish-American heiress who weds a British lord then falls in love with a handsome samurai in 1873 Japan.
I was determined to offer readers an amusing and witty look at the world of Victorian England and Japan in the late nineteenth century. “A Naughty Victorian Lady tells all…” launched at the eHarlequin.com website with A Naughty Victorian Lady’s Christmas Stocking.
Everything was going well until–
I wanted to blog about the video I made in the voice of my heroine, Lady Carlton, showcasing “The Blonde Samurai.” Not plausible, since the first celluloid film (a few seconds long) wasn’t shot until the late 1880s, years after my novel takes place.
Fortunately, the idea of “moving pictures” wasn’t as outlandish to Victorians as one might believe. Several patents were applied for during this time, including a British patent for “…moving images optically combined with a reflected ‘background’ ” and another for “Improvement in the Method and Apparatus for Photographing Objects in Motion.”
Interesting, but not the amusing and romantic tone I wanted for my blog.
What was a writer to do? Go with what I know best: romance. I combined Victorian England and Japan in a romantic setting to describe my video about “The Blonde Samurai.”
Here is my blog:
A Naughty Victorian Lady tells her story with naughty pictures
by Lady Carlton née Katie O’Roarke, heroine of “The Blonde Samurai”
I pray you are not vexed when you discover that I shall not display naughty pictures of amorous couples embracing or saucy maids frolicking. ‘Twas but a moment of dash we Irish are wont to do when we vie for your attention.
I do wish to engage you in an idea that has been gathering in my brain for more than a fortnight and one I shall put forth without delay:
What if I could show you the story of The Blonde Samurai in pictures?
The vibrant kimonos, shimmering fan, spinning parasol, the smoky red hues of Yoshiwara–the pleasure quarters.
An intriguing thought, though a dubious one. Such a machination does not exist. Yet the popularity of shunga, Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenes from the floating world so aptly named because of its transient state, makes me believe such an idea has merit.
But how to perform such a feat?
This is where your imagination and my skill as an artiste come into play.
I believe that you find great comfort in the written word as I do, reveling in the discovery of a heart-warming story as fragrant as a cherry blossom. Its pink petals blowing in the morning breeze and fluttering with great audacity before floating down to earth with a lightness that makes you sigh.
So it is with this idea of a pink-hued dream that I shall proceed and craft pictures to go along with my words.
Believe that I have fastened together silk paintings and that I shall make them “move” by flipping through them; or that I have painted scenes on the ribs of a folding fan, then I shall open it slowly to make the scenes change from one to the next.
Imagine, if you will.
So I request that you transcend the world of London with its insufferable saffron-colored fog and the bone-chilling weather this time of year that makes you don flannel petticoats to keep the cold from darting up your backside–
And come with me back to the warm Spring of 1873 as I tell you the story of The Blonde Samurai in a most unique and charming manner…
Here is the link to my video: http://jinabacarr.com/blonde_samurai.wmv
Happy blogging in whatever era you choose!”
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