Saturday, August 29, 2009

Moving On...

My thanks again to all who suppoorted the blog stops on the TORTURED tour! I gave away lots of books, and had a great time meeting and chatting with new friends and old! Moving on....lets talk cemetery's;)


So as I await edits on Master & the Muses, I've been "fleshing" out a new story-single title- set in early Victorian England. I blame my friend, Charlotte for feeding into her awareness of my secret obession as of late with gravestone art and imgery-my taphophilia, if you will-particularly of this era between 1820-1840, when the affluent spent as much on elaborate grave stone memorials of their family as they did on extravagances in real life! She has posted the pics she sent me on her blog(check them out here!) and here are a few more that I have gathered in preparation for research and inspiration.

As equally fascinating to me has always been art. The reason , I think that I was so connected to Thomas Rodon and his brotherhood in the Master & the Muses-that reckless, Bohemian mentality wrecking havoc in early London delights me!

Its said that once you enter deep enough into the grounds, you can no longer hear the traffic or noise of the outer world. A perfect resting place...providing your soul is a peace. That in turn, led me to pictures of cemetaries in Paris, and St Louis Cemetary in New Orleans.

Desires of the Flesh...it sums up the premise rather nicely.

Which is where my new proposal begins...at the end of a woman's life, a life that twenty years before, was not her own, but dictated by the authority of her father and later the man she was forced to marry, after her lover mysteriously dies.

Now, years later, part of the land sold to the Highgate cemetary, the family home stands adjacent to the burial grounds and the secret that she carried through the years is revealed when, after her death, her daughter finds her diary, revealing the eerie similarity of her situation to her mothers' nearly twenty some years before.


Betrothed to another,my heroines passion increases for the Italian stone carver brought in to create her mothers grave memorial, and as teh memorial takes shape, so too, increases the appearence of a woman in white- a restless spirit, her passion unsatisfied, looking for the lover she was so unfairly denied.

Twisted and thick as the vines blanketing the silent tombs of the Highgate necropolis,will the daughter suffer the same fate as her mother? Does passion ever die? Watch for more news as details become available!

16 comments:

Cecile said...

Wow... this post gave me goose bumps Amanda! Behind my house... and I mean right behind my house is a First Baptist Church... and in the back... is a cemetery. I have walked that cemetery many times... I have no relatives there nor friends... I just go walk and read (if some even have) headstones. And sit and think about their life and what it was like to live at the time of their birth or death.

What an amazing post. I like this proposal in your mind. Very much... I hope things go your way with that... And thanks to Charlotte for "setting the fire"!

On a different note... Lost Boys: The Tribe came in and I watched it last night!!

Amanda McIntyre said...

The Tribe? kinda gory, eh? Except for the gorgeous Sutherland kid, I'm not sure it was all that great, IMO...certainly not to the calibur of the first one-again,imo..though I was glad they kept the same song as in the first-I like that;)
I think there is a great deal more substance to Interview with a Vampire-

I have to tell you, I'm a wee bit jealous that you live so close to a cemetery--what is the oldest stone there, would you say?

I fear I am becoming a Taphophile- though my interest lies more in the artistic side of the cemetary than of the actual death part of it--but certainly it is a quiet respite from the chaos of the world.;)

I found a book called Stories in Stone-a field guide to cemetery icon and symbolism-its fascinating..

thanks for your well wishes! Keep your fingers crossed--the writing of a new story is a bit like sculpting itself;)

Amanda

Cecile said...

Yea... I will write my thoughts down and email them to you! It was okay. The funny thing was I watched this movie with a friend of mine... she is 23 yrs old (I am 33)... She never saw the first one... only merely heard of it. Well, I have the first one on dvd also.. but could not find it to watch it. So, we popped in 2 and began the journey... I had to laugh because I began telling her the story.. that the first one took place about what... maybe 15 yrs ago... I was in my teens when it came out. So, I was giving her the background of one... And I did like that they kept the song in there.. and Frog cracked me up!!!! But you are right... IMHO... the first one ROCKED!! There will never be another one like that. Oh, the Sutherland kid.. was hot.. That is what my friend liked!! The cute guys! LOL!!

I will go to the cemetery later and get a date for you. I am not sure what is the oldest date.. but I will find out for you! So I will be back!! LOL!

Veronica Bennet said...

Amanda will not believe it but I love photographing cemeteries. Are places that a lot of respect. I do not see death but rather the lives of many people now gone. Of all those I have seen my prefererito and Saint Tropez. E 'beautiful and the graves are real works of art.
If you want me to send you some pictures.

Ciao
Veronica

Amanda McIntyre said...

I would love to see some of the sites you've taken pics of! Ive not heard of the Saint Tropez cemetary--how old is that? I can only imagine the history of some of the Italian cemetaries!
yes! send them to me Veronica at my email addy!

Along with Cecile's pics, I'm beginning to see a great blog around the end of October!

Cecile! I found a copy of Interview with a Vampire! Woohoo!

A.M.

Genella deGrey said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one!!
http://genelladegrey.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/the-french-quarter-in-new-orleans-nov-04/

:D
G.

Sophie Renwick said...

I adore cemetaries! And I am also fascinated by the aspect of death and dying. Perhaps it's my job as a nurse that inspires these feelings.

it is rather something to be the first to hold a life in your hands, and the last one to feel a life leave a body.

But, like Amanda, I love the artwork to be found in cemetaries, and the quiet.

Awesome post!

Cecile said...

Oh YAYAYAYAY on getting a copy of Interview with a Vampire!!!! YAYAY!! Dracula came in over the weekend... I will hopefully get to watch that this week or this weekend!
Oh, yea.. I will take some pictures!!! I see an awesome blog for ya in October!!!

Cemeteries down here are like art. Some people go through to the extreme, some just do a simple tomb. But death itself is something. Everyone looks at it different... It is a process of our life...

Amanda McIntyre said...

Gen those pics are fantastic and look at that sky! Im not sure which cemetery that is, but the one with the famous voodoo woman is the St Louis parish cemetery I think*

Lovely photos!!

A.M.

Amanda McIntyre said...

I havent had a chance eyt to see it Cecile, but looking forward to it. I saw a Most Haunted episode the other night where they visited the same mansion that they show in the movie--so looking forward to absorbing that one.
Dracula? as in Bela Lugosi?

Now there was a bad boy of the cinematic screen! LOL

A.M.

Amanda McIntyre said...

I would suppose that is the way for folks in the medical professions, Sophie. My dh doesnt talk much about his patients, but he has made a lifetime career of walking side by side with life and death.

I think its less prevalent than it once was, but its fascinating to see how--by way of physcial monuments--people honor and remember their loved ones.

A.M.

Veronica Bennet said...

Amanda I am really happy with what I read today on the website of Harlequin ITALY ^-^!
GOOD NEWS:
http://www.eharmony.it/Romanzi/Passion/L-INCANTO-DEI-SENSI

Ok, i send you some pictures via email.

Ciao
Veronica

Cecile said...

No, the Bram Stoker Dracula. You are given me another movie to go look up! LOL!!!

Amanda McIntyre said...

LOL Cecile, you crack me up! Here's another good one--Meet Joe Black--not really scary in the sense of woo-woo, but death falling in love for the first time. Riveting!

Amanda

Amanda McIntyre said...

lets see other favs:
Practical Magic
Hocus Pocus
Witches of Eastwick
Stardust
Legend
The Skeleton Key

A.M.

Genella deGrey said...

Amanda - I'm not sure which cemetery it was either - it was the one we could get to via the trolley/cable car thingy.

Yeah, I need to get back to New Orleans . . .
Sigh*

I don't usually do the scary movies - but I'll all about the Tim Burton flicks: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetle Juice, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Sleepy Hollow.
Mmmmm, warm fuzzies.
:)
G.