Friday, May 07, 2010

Pen on Fire Speakers Series

Nice, huh? Designer Dave Mosso at Spacious Mind Web & Graphic Design did a fabulous job with the first official poster for the Pen on Fire Speakers Series. He's also great to work with and affordable. He did my website, too. A big shout out to Dave.

My mother in law and I were emailing about the Evening with the Writers of Orange County Noir that's taking place next Saturday. She reads mysteries and so I invited her, as my guest, thinking she'll enjoy it. Not being familiar with the genre, she asked me about noir.

It's not like mysteries, I said. Everything does not turn out gloriously in the end.

You mean it is like real life??? she said.

I had to laugh. Exactly, I said.

And got to thinking: Noir is probably the fictional form that is closest to real life because it's about your stupid side taking over, isn't it? And instead of wising up, you get more and more stupid, at the mercy of your lower nature. Think of Double Indemnity (one of my favorite movies) or The Postman Always Rings Twice. Things start out okay, even wistful, but they go downhill fast.


Charmaine Clancy said...

Now you've got me worried about how things are going to turn out in the end of real life :-(
I thought I got to live in a Disney tale ;-)

KayCreates said...

Said it before and I'll say it again...That's hot!

Yes, pun included...

Great poster!

Wish I could come to the event this Sat. Still no cancellation though...

My loss...


Barbara DeMarco-Barrett said...

If you live in a Disney tale, Charmaine, more power to you! What's your secret? ; }

LauraWMPP said...

I like noir because characters act out the stupid, dark side that all of us sometimes wish we could allow to take over.

Anyone could change their life forever with one stupid decision. Life can snowball out of control. Then it becomes the choices between the hard way (working at getting it right) or the easy way (the quick fix) that can mean the difference between happily ever after or a life of noir.

I'm not sure I'd want to live the Disney life either. A little too predictible. UNLESS I can be Suzanne Plechette.