Telenovela Telephone Scene

The novellario One Dress, One Day tells what happened to a stolen wedding gown and how it unites couples (or not!).  One old married couple, Alfonsa and Pepe, struggles, but an old-fashioned phone call reveals their situation best.

Camera:  Classic split screen, INT. Sister’s light modern kitchen; Dim narrow hallway in Pepe’s apartment

SFX:  Old-fashioned telephone ring

A bit embarrassed, Alfonsa whispered that everyone else was still in bed. She must have guessed it was Pepe. Her initial resistance down, she blushed and giggled as they spoke softly, almost like teenagers.  He felt like a twenty-year-old when she promised to call back soon. Only at that moment did she ask about Coco! A change of scenery seemed to loosen their rigid relations.

via Daily Prompt: Dim


Daily Prompt: Courage

via Daily Prompt: Courage

“The liquor left a burning sensation in her throat but gave her courage. She had really walked out on him. Fortunately there was a slight salty taste to the air that woke up her senses and cleared her mind and lungs. She needed to cleanse herself. At least some bars were open so people were still circulating. The heavy base vibrating OOOH OOOH YEAH… combined with pulsating lights from a row of clubs to make her feel more secure, almost at home, moving along the slick, slippery pavement with a protective glow surrounding her.”

Courage, courageous. The words apply to Inma, a character who takes chances. This young seductive woman finds herself in need of courage. Given the spring temperature during the wee hours, a shot of brandy should have helped. Fatigue is setting in but our determined heroine marches on, propelled by a Janet Jackson hit in which a powerful woman stands up to her man, asking “What have you done for me lately?”  

Is it true or you?

This post from an another author’s blog caught my eye. Please read why.


“I became aware of this phenomenon—people believing fiction is true—some years before this mass delusion about a popular novel swept the nation.” At The Mendocino Humanist, Todd Walton recounts his experiences with audiences who assume his stories are autobiographical.

via Know Your Audience — Discover

Now, I must confess that One Dress, One Day is based on what happened to me and my wedding dress in Barcelona. It does hold a strong autobiographical component given my family’s roots in Spain. Yet, there are so many other characters that my own is minor.  At this point, I have to think long and hard about who was who, as the names have been changed to protect the innocent or perhaps myself.  There are many composites, as explained in a previous post.  For example, I borrowed Gustavo Rubio’s name from a slick Mexican timeshare salesman, pasted it on memories of former Spanish PM Felipe González and added an egotistical Mediterranean friend’s habits.  My ideal casting:  the fine Cuban-American actor Andy García!

How much is autobiographical, though?  30-40% ?  We live in a new age of true fiction and fake news.  A Faulkner character referring to Bible stories says “they once was true”.  Faith is required.  Suspended disbelief is required. In general, we want to be told stories.  We want to feel the story from the storyteller.

When you read this hybrid new genre, you may wonder who is pure, true, real or imagined. Hopefully you will want to know more. Each personage has his/her quirks and endearing qualities. They all populate my mind as well as this novellario.  I hope to share it with those who enjoy the twists and turn of a tale without special effects or Hollywood endings.



Film Easter vs Semana Santa in Spain

The entire story of One Dress, One Day takes place during 24 hours of  Spain’s Semana Santa (Holy Week), a time of processions. Many tourists travel to Sevilla or Malaga for balcony spots and specific parade schedules.  Anyone visiting Spain risks being swept up by a wave of mixed feelings. Not surprisingly,  haunting sounds, nighttime processions and expectant atmosphere animate characters in this hybrid genre that combines novella and script

Unlike Christmas, few films refer to Easter. Biblical or historical classics and documentaries form the only exception. Serious viewers may, however, find more faith-based and family programs listed on line.  Usually these are less know and distributed differently.

Any other movie category usually refers to the Easter Bunny or very indirectly to spring vacations (gone awry). In fact, a surprising number of B and horror films use the Easter holiday and Bunny!

Disclaimer:  I have seen an inordinate number of B and horror movies as I did my PhD on cannibalism in Western literature.  The following list has no cannibalism.

N.B. Aliens eating earthlings does not count

From Wikipedia, here are the usual suspects in English. My glosses in (parentheses),

Note Family Circus comic strip, the Smurfs, Yogi Bear also had TV Easter specials but these are not always listed with films.



Easter Parade, a 1948 film directed by Charles Walters (How to be a star from one Easter to the next)



Hit it! Please.

via Daily Prompt: Bewildered

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, the old song title evokes her youthful dream of being a torch singer in a slinky gown leaning on a shiny baby grand. Today the term is diva, but not for her. Singer is title enough and  even out of practice, her voice had an authenticity that could carry the performance. She knew how to bewitch.

Applause filled the room which had terrific acoustics. She half-smiled politely.

What bothered was why her current job involved cleaning bathtubs not belting out ballads. She remains bewildered, not bewitched by love or a lover, by life.

She cranked up the radio program of jukebox live hits, waiting for inspiration to attack the dull ceramic tiles.  Maybe Dionne Warwick, Doris Day or Celia Cruz?


Note: A designer dress, perhaps Jean-Paul Gaultier?