Thursday, March 31, 2011

A is for Auntie Mame

So if you recall, I am valiantly attempting to blog my way through the alphabet in the month of April.  I have now spent 27 minutes thinking about this so rest assured, it's going to be good.  Before I get into today's post, I should tell you that I have decided to theme my alphabet blogs.

IMPORTANT BACKSTORY:

I have always sort of lived this Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  I am certain I get this from my mom who never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.  I see things and create stories out of them.  (i.e. Yes, he may look like a postal carrier, but at night, he becomes a half-demon intent on eradicating the female teen population).  I take my somewhat ordinary life and make myself into a LEGEND.  Think Buffy meets La Femme Nikita meets the little girl from Kick Ass---only, you know, a tiny bit older.  

Therefore, my April blogs will somehow (I haven't quite figured out the whole thing yet) revolve around my own Secret Life.  They will be about characters I wish I could somehow channel in my real life or possibly in my future fabulous life. (Please do not think this is a reflection of how unfabulous my life is right now because that just isn't true!  My life is incredibly fabulous and filled with tons of love.  But every once in awhile -okay, every day- I can't help but imagine what may have happened if I took a different path. Instead of blogging, could I maybe right now be completing a 12 hour shift at Denny's? Who knows? The possibilities are endless.)

So without further ado, I give you A is for Auntie Mame

How many of us didn't want to be Auntie Mame after we read the book (or okay, saw the movie)?  I mean I created the entire scenario in my head wherein my sister dies tragically in a freak golf cart accident and her seven children come to live with me.  I wear gold lamé leggings and ridiculous heels and chain smoke while eating Hostess products and complaining about never being able to find a decent au pair.

Before you laugh in my face, ask yourself: Can one really have enough kimonos?

Notable Quotable from Patrick Dennis's AUNTIE MAME---

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

"Oh, darling, you know we writers must occasionally stretch a point to heighten the dramatic situation." (Do you see how much I am like Mame?)

"I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind."

So, tell me, who are your A characters of inspiration?

7 comments:

Heidi Windmiller said...

Great idea for A-Z!

The first character that came to mind for me is Atticus Finch. I have no desire to actually BE Atticus Finch. But I've gotta admire a guy who chooses to do the right thing over the popular thing.

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lesleylsmith said...

Crista, great theme idea!
As for 'A characters of inspiration'...I'm drawing a blank. I'll have to put on my thinking cap.

Incidentally, your blog is very aethestically pleasing. :)

Good luck with the blog challenge!

Charmaine Clancy said...

I need a kimono.

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Alexis Bass Writes said...

This was so fabulous! I want to channel Auntie Mame too!

Atticus Finch is a good one too, @Heidi! LOVE him.

Great theme for the A to Z challenge :)

Kimberly said...

Great theme! I can't think of anyone right now either, it's too late for me. Your my last comment for the night. :)

Carrie said...

Awesome! As soon as my sister starts having kids I'm going to buy her a golf cart with sketchy brakes.

One of my A characters would have to be Amelia Peabody from the Elizabeth Peters mysteries. She is sassy, gets to excavate tombs, has a hot husband and bosses the hell out of everyone she meets. Love her.

Talli Roland said...

Love the idea for the theme! :)

My A inspirations? Anne of Green Gables, for sure!