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I am a footstep on the sands of time, I am an ink mark on an empty paper, without stanzas, without rhymes

Eyes like those (Seven Shores Series #1) by Melissa Brayden

 

When I started reading “Eyes like those” by Melissa Brayden, I was aware it was the first book of a series regarding young, lesbians in love in Venice beach.
Each book involves one of the amazing woman from the breakfast group at Cat’s pijamas ran by Autumn.

“Eyes like those” is about soap opera Hollywood producers and writers Isabel Chase and Taylor Andrews.
Isabel is a newbie talented writer who luckily gets hired by Taylor as a writer for the soap opera she produces.
Although, throughout the book, we get along with Isabel’s evolution as a person and as a writer, in my eyes, the real main character is Taylor.

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From the start, in Taylor Andrews , I saw a beautiful, strong talented producer and writer, in one word a successful Hollywood star. She runs the show with an iron fist, yet she had one flaw : Aspen, the main character of the show,
with whom Taylor had a relationship in the past and she isn’t over Taylor, out of spite, demanding attention, almost ruin everything for Taylor.
I have to say, Taylor and Aspen are a great match, both beautiful and successful, Hollywood’s sweethearts, yet inside Aspen there’s a rotten apple.

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Isabel comes into Taylor’s life as a breath of fresh air. Isabel is a very talented writer with amazing ideas for the show, who grows to be very important for it, even respected throughout the other writers : Scruffy, Margaret, Candance, Lyle and even Scarlet, Taylor’s secretary.
Isabel is a very talented writer and a very beautiful young woman, all together with a fun, sarcastic, charismatic and attentive personality to Taylor’s needs. She wants to get close, she wants to know Taylor better as a professional and as a woman, as she is very attracted to her.

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Isabel has an ass of a cat and Taylor has a sweet dog, that know is hers after her divorce from her husband. Isabel finds amazing friends in Autumn, Gia, Headley who live nearby.
I found beautiful how Melissa Brayden got them close together, with each event in their life, they got to know each other better, deeper and the attraction between them grows burning in one certain point.
Especially Taylor, wants to fight this attraction as she doesn’t want to get involved with the wrong person and get hurt again. Yet, she can’t resist Isabel, because of her way of being, her care and her sincerity.
They finally, stop resist to that attraction and kiss and make love and are a very happy couple, even though if Isabel is not prepared for Taylor’s luxuriant lifestyle nor for Aspen’s stings. It is all about Taylor and her decisions when she lets her guard down and gives her heart a real chance at love.

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I thought the turning point would be Aspen’s lawsuit against Taylor for sexual assault , but Melissa Brayden surprises us once more, when Taylor is out of the show and Isabel is offered Taylor’s job, which surprisingly she takes it.
At that point, I wasn’t able to see the happy ending, yet love always finds a way.
I won’t disclose this part, as it is worth the read.

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Loved “Eyes like those” and all the other Seven Shore Series, because there is a certain resemblence to the L-word and to lesbian communities near the sore line, which I find truly breathtaking.

 

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Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă

 

„Filmul este o incursiune sumară în lumea queer, dar și o privire asupra unei generații puțin reprezentate în filmul românesc: tinerii din marile orașe, prinși între valori și opțiuni contradictorii, între modelele propuse de vestul Europei și o societate înțepenită în reverii despre o presupusă “tradiție”. Scenariul reprezintă dramatizarea în ficțiune a unor povești reale, un colaj de lucruri care se întâmplă în jurul nostru chiar și azi”, povestește regizorul Bogdan Theodor Olteanu.

Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă este debutul în lungmetraj al regizorului Bogdan Theodor Olteanu și va avea premiera pe marile ecrane pe 22 iunie.

Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă este un film al debuturilor. Regizorul Bogdan Theodor Olteanu a realizat scurtmetrajele Duminică dimineața (2014), Lampioane chinezești(2015) și Dumneavoastră, tu (2015), dar și piesa de teatru Cea mai călduroasă zi din an (2017). Rolurile principale sunt interpretate de actrițele Silvania Mihai și Florentina Năstase, amândouă debutante în lungmetraj. Silvana Mihai (Umbre, sezonul 2) este actriță la Teatrul Mic și Teatrul Național din București, iar în 2014 a intrat în lumea filmului odată cu selecția în programul 10 pentru film, din cadrul TIFF.

O fostă în comun, un album de fotografii, câteva conversații online, o cafea și o vizită. Două fete contruiesc din bucăți începutul unei povești de dragoste. Dar pe măsură ce se apropie trebuie să înfrunte lucrurile care le despart. 

Este primul film românesc centrat în jurul unei povești de iubire dintre două fete, este un film în care apar doar femei (și 2 bărbați random, fără importanță) și este un film unde actrițele Silvana Mihai și Florentina Năstase au rolurile principale.

“Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă” este produs independent, fără sursă de finanțare publică, cu un scenariu semnat de Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, împreună cu Ana Ivan și Denisa Niță. Nu s-a simțit acest lucru, poate doar la lungime – are 70 de minute și personal mi-ar fi plăcut să mai continue.

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Nu lipsesc cadrele ușor-statice și ușor-lungi, specifice filmului românesc, dar, în afară de asta, se detașează de stereotipuri. Am apreciat dialogul bun, jocul actrițelor principale, lipsit de teatralitate, cât și povestea lor, în concordanță cu vremurile pe care le trăim.

Avem în prim plan două femei lesbiene – una asumată și una nu.

Una experimentată, senzuală, directă, calmă, incitantă, iar alta confuză, speriată, neîndemânatică, în plin proces de descoperire și acceptare.

Ele încep să vorbeacă pe Skype, random, deoarece ambele au avut o legătură cu aceeași fată foarte înaltă. Conversațiile devin din ce în ce mai dese, așa că încep să construiască la propria lor legătură.

Filmul te poartă în viețile lor, într-un mod superficial, dar și într-un univers al relațiilor lesbiene – totul decurce natural și poți vedea cu ușurință cum două tipe care sunt împreună au o relație așa cum are toată lumea care se iubește – cu prieteni, cu petreceri, cu gesturi tandre.

Afli câteva ceva despre personajele principale, dar nu îndeajuns de multe. Olteanu reușește să creeze foarte cursiv modul în care legătura dintre ele avansează, până să ajungă în punctul culminant. La un moment dat te pierzi în poveste și uiți că ești la un film – te transpui în pielea personajelor și încerci să înțelegi ambele puncte de vedere.

Cum e să fii lesbiană asumată, încercând să-ți găsești o jumătate cu care să faci lucruri absolut obișnuite, așa cum facem toți, și cum e să fii o tânără din provincie, dintr-un oraș unde “nu există lesbine”, care încă nu e pregătită să iasă în lume așa cum este cu adevărat. Nu e ușor deloc și simți asta, chiar dacă personajul interpretat de Silvana Mihai ajunge să te enerveze.

Filmul emană foarte multă senzualitate și mi l-am imaginat ca pe un preludiu foarte lung, pe alocuri incitant, care te ține așa într-o zonă foarte caldă, dar parcă nu explodează. E o poveste veridică, fluidă și construită treptat care m-a lăsat dorindu-mi mai mult.

Finalul adună toate reacțiile pe care ai să ajungi să le dorești de la un punct încolo, dar te lasă ușor vulnerabil și dezechilibrat. Finalul m-a surpris pentru că nu m-aș fi așteptat la el. Aș fi vrut mai mult, aș fi vrut să văd ce se mai întâmplă și dacă se mai întâmplă ceva. Poate urmează continuarea, ar fi mișto.

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“Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă” este un film care merită văzut, mai ales că-ți permite să arunci privirea într-o lume care este judecată la noi în țară.

O lume care sper să te surprindă prin naturalețea ei și care să te determine să o accepți cu mai multă ușurință sau chiar să o ajuți pentru a-și primi drepturile pe care le merită.

Florentina Năstase este actriță la teatrul Toma Caragiu din Ploiești, colaborează cu mai multe teatre din București și este unul dintre organizatorii programului Cultură-n Șură. Scenariul este semnat de Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, împreună cu Ana Ivan și Denisa Niță. Directorul de imagine Mihai Marius Apopei este și el la primul lung-metraj, la fel și scenografa Alexandra Panaite sau designerul de sunet Mihnea Bogos.

“Un debut foarte temerar, făcut pentru generația facebook, twitter. Este primul film românesc cu o poveste de dragoste lesbiană”, îl descrie Mihai Chirilov, directorul artistic al festivalului.

Filmul este un produs independent, fără sursă de finanțare publică.

“Să faci un film lung independent este un exercițiu de colaj. Bugetul total a fost de câteva mii de euro, așa că producția nu a însemnat să gestionăm bani ci să punem laolaltă lucruri pe care le puteam obține gratis.”, spune Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, care împreună cu Gabi Suciu a asigurat și producția filmului.

 

Trailer :

 

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https://noizz.ro/film/cateva-conversatii-despre-o-fata-foarte-inalta-cum-doua-romance-gay-incearca-o/7qp5b43

 

https://www.iqads.ro/articol/42709/cateva-conversatii-despre-o-fata-foarte-inalta-din-22-iunie-la-cinema

 

Becks 2017

Based on the true story of Allyssa Robbins.

 

It is the about the life and adventures of a  Brooklyn musician moves (Lena Hall) back in with her Midwestern mother to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her longtime girlfriend (Hayley Kiyoko). While performing for tips at a local tavern and struggling to reconnect with her ultra-Catholic mother (Christine Lahti), she strikes up a unique friendship with the wife (Mena Suvari) of an old nemesis. Becks begins to discover her musical voice as she performs deeply personal songs about her ex and the loss of their relationship. Driven by an original score, the film’s musical numbers bring a unique new voice to the American musical movie.

 

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What Becks does very well is having a lesbian protagonist whose raison d’être is not simply to be a lesbian. Perhaps that’s because co-writer Rebecca Drysdale is an out gay woman and also a talented humorist who knows how to write about women she knows; women like her. (She also has a small role as another St. Louis lesbian that locals try to set Becks up with. They ditch a straight BBQ for the local lesbian watering hole in a hilarious scene.

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“The way we love, the way we walk, all the emotional hardships we all go through; no matter you’re sexuality, no matter what you feel you are gender wise, we all go through the same thing,” she says. “That’s why it’s like so important to like take the kind of taboo off of lesbian and gay and just write a normal script. …If you just turned Becks into a man, it’s something that we’ve seen before. But by having her represented as a woman, suddenly you have a very real and very kind of normal coming of oneself; a discovery of oneself, a love story and a loss story.” Lena Hall

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Watch the trailer below :

 

 

Sources :

 

https://www.intomore.com/culture/lena-hall-on-lesbian-roles-and-bedding-hayley-kiyoko-and-mena-suvari-in-becks/840c5cc49e654258

For the Courtesan Ch’ing Lin

On your slender body

Your jade and coral girdle ornaments chime
Like those of a celestial companion
Come from the Green Jade City of Heaven.
One smile from you when we meet,
And I become speechless and forget every word.
For too long you have gathered flowers,
And leaned against the bamboos,
Your green sleeves growing cold,
In your deserted valley:

I can visualize you all alone,
A girl harboring her cryptic thoughts.

You glow like a perfumed lamp
In the gathering shadows.
We play wine games
And recite each other’s poems.
Then you sing `Remembering South of the River’
With its heart breaking verses. Then
We paint each other’s beautiful eyebrows.
I want to possess you completely –
Your jade body
And your promised heart

It is Spring.
Vast mists cover the Five Lakes.
My dear, let me buy a red painted boat
And carry you away

(Translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chung in Women Poets of China)

Snapshots 2018 lesbian movie ~ Three Women. Three Generations. Three lives will be forever changed

 

It is based on a true story.

It all begins with a simple film role.

When a grandmother’s secret past collides with her granddaughter’s secret future and her daughter’s angry present, can the love of three generations be enough to accept decades of deceit

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The tagline for the movie “Snapshots” is “Three Women. Three Generations. Three lives will be forever changed”. And yes, that is what the overall movie is about: three generations of women confronting, over the course of one weekend, the fallout of infidelity in marriage and pregnancy.

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However, the strength of the movie is not—unexpectedly—in using these two thematic threads to weave their destinies together and unite them as family, but rather the potential that lies in the main storyline: the romantic relationship between inexperienced, small town girl Rose and free-spirited, artistic Louise. The following review contains spoilers for “Snapshots,” so read at your peril.

There is a painful, beautiful, tragic beauty in the story of Rose and Louise. In the summer of 1960, Rose (Shannon Collis) and her husband Joe are renting a cabin by a small lake when vivacious stranger Louise (Emily Goss) shows up. Louise and her husband Zee are renting a much smaller house somewhere in the vicinity. Louise boldly invites herself into Rose’s life, and the two couples become quick friends. It is evident, however, that Louise has ulterior motives in her friendship with Rose. After all, Louise went to Smith College *wink* (as a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, I am proud to report we are 100% just as lesbian).

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At first Rose, who undoubtedly has never even heard the word “lezbeen,” gently turns down Louise’s overtures, but Louise is persistent, and Rose gives in. What follows is a four-year relationship conducted in short bursts behind their husbands’ backs. While the men work long hours away from home, the women make the lake house their own private oasis, living out a fantasy life in which they can be together without consequences. Eventually, however, Louise delivers an ultimatum: she wants Rose to leave Joe and be with her full-time. Occasional weekends are no longer enough for her. When Rose balks, citing her desire for children and skepticism at the idea that they could be together that way, the relationship is permanently severed.

Period films can poignantly highlight the almost impossibility of same-sex love in times before the present, and this film does just that. In 1964, the year Rose and Louise break up, the Stonewall Riots were still five years away, and Rose (not having been a Smith graduate, obviously!) has no way of envisioning a life with another woman independent of a male in the picture. Her “family paradigm” is irrevocably one of a white picket fence, two kids, and a husband. She could love Louise behind closed doors when the stakes were low, but to her there is no conceivable future outside of that.

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Yet the true poignancy of “Snapshots” is not even that Rose gave up on the love of her life because of fear of what others would think, but rather that once that Louise was gone, Rose couldn’t even grieve properly for her loss. When Louise dies of cancer (Dana Fairbanks noooooooo!) a year and a half later, only Zee knows what Louise meant to Rose, and Rose is left to spend the next 55 years mourning in utter solitude. When they break up, Louise says, “Come with me or you will learn to live without me,” and her words turn out to be prophetic in the worst way.

“Snapshots” could have dedicated almost the entirety of its running time to unpacking the Rose-Louise relationship at its intersection with the experience of being a woman in the 1960s. It could have examined how women in the 1960s used the domestic space to carve out and explore their identities given they were denied a voice in the public space. It could have delved into how the two women compartmentalized their affair to avoid emotional leakage from their romance into the lives they shared with their husbands. The camera could have tracked both women when they were apart and shown how they coped, for better or worse, with separation from each other. Even the husbands could have been brought into the story. For example, given Zee knew of the relationship, did he comfort Louise in the aftermath of Rose’s rejection of her? And how much did he know about his wife’s sexual orientation? Was Louise bisexual, or was she lesbian? Rose clearly wasn’t Louise’s first female paramour, but was this her first extramarital affair? In short, a lot of rich, potential material does not make it into the movie.

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Ultimately, the stories of Rose’s adopted daughter Patty, a homophobic alcoholic whose husband was having an affair when he unexpectedly died of an aneurism, and Patty’s unhappily married, pregnant daughter Allison contribute little to the movie. They complete the lineage of women whose lives have been affected by affairs and unwanted or wanted pregnancies (Allison becomes the positive mirror image to Rose), but their stories lack the depth and multi-facetedness of the Rose-Louise story. Thus although the movie is absolutely worth watching in its entirety, it is likely that one day clips of just Rose and Louise are likely to make the rounds on social video platforms, as well they should.

Finally, absolute props to Shannon Collis, whose casting as young Rose was a stroke of genius. Collis is hands down the most compelling actress in the entire movie, which is saying a lot given that older Rose is played by three-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie. Collis perfectly embodies the inexperienced Rose, with huge, timid, and sometimes fearful eyes. There’s also praise to be given to Emily Goss, who is suitably charismatic and magnetic as Louise. Together, the two have great chemistry that is required as the engine of the film. The best barometer of whether a story (the writing, the acting, etc.) is successful is whether the audience connects emotionally with the characters, and viewers absolutely will connect with Rose and Louise. Definitely I cried, but readers may also have figured out that I cry at everything.
SNAPSHOTS” was a true labor of love as I took a decades old family secret and decided to go public” – Jan Miller Corran

 

Watch the trailer :

 

Sources :

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5322168/

Read more at http://www.afterellen.com/movies/553427-snapshots-power-period-film#1sVWMVs0FmPIC16s.99

 

Nights of Silk and Sapphire by Amber Jacobs

I always try to “guess” a writing after it’s title. My first, guess on Nights of Silk and Saphire’s main theme was a luxuriant oriental world of men, battles and muslims, barbarians and desert, lots of sand and thirst and a secret love of two women living in some sultan’s harem.

I was so wrong😊

The story of Dea it is a seductive coming of age story, on the road to her own sexual desires, by having her primal passion.

Imagine two worlds apart, the one Dae grew up as a young girl in a wealthy family, almost royal, in a northern land, where young girl were born and raised to be the wives of knights, war heroes, or landlords, bear their children and have a plain family live. Nothing wrong with that, but those social custom laws have introverted people’s feelings and poisoned their minds, regardless of their hearts and minds.

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It is a very contemporary theme actually and quite hard to fight, for young and unexperienced girls, lead by their parents into loveless marriages, instead of searching love as their hearts whisper, even for another woman. Those social custom laws make people from different regions feel strange one about the other, like people from the Orient kingdom express themselves through touch, piercing gaze and close relationships, while the ones from the region comes from are full of doubts, lack of self consciousness, they oppose freedom, their own one, keeping themselves and their children captive in a loveless world.

The story starts with Dae somewhere in between these two worlds, as she was abducted by slave traders and dragged in chains through the in their caravan. They don’t know they passed the territory of the scion Zafirah Al’Intisar , ruler of  El’Kasari, a sort of capital city of an empire, as ancient Rome. Zaphira is a seductress by design, a beautiful warrior ruler, who has her own harem with many beautiful women, all hers. Life is beautiful in this world of blistering sun, rolling dunes, and wind-carved plains.

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Dae will live in Zphira’s harem and become a so called pleasure slave, yet she is not ready to give herself to Zaphira. And so, their journey begins. Zaphira’s world is a world of permissive hedonism, sexual freedoms, unchained relationships and her sexual apetite for sexual pleasures is quite legendary, basically Zaphira can have any woman her heart and her body desires. She is an unmistakable beauty : dark long raven hair, athletic body and posture and those unforgettable piercing blue eyes.

Zaphira is accustomed that all the women fall at her feet, yet she understands the world Dae comes from and all her reasons, and somehow, she allows Dae to be herself and find her own way, as a woman, a lover and all she can become.

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Dae is an exotic beauty in this foreign land to her, her pale skin and her blonde her altogether with those green eyes are a rarity on these desert lands and all the women in the harem are puzzled how this young woman has a hold on the great Zaphira. And Zaphira is strange now, she doesn’t want another woman, she is hooked on this strange exotic woman, she has only one sexual experience with a girl from the harem that looks almost as Dae and she wanted to replace the two, yet she has failed and she is just drowned in her unfulfilled passion while she exhausted  the other girl.

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In her expectance, Zaphira falls for Dae like for no other woman before, she is close to commit to an union with her when she will be ready, and that is unbelievable for someone like her. She has to go to a fight and she promises Dae her chastity if Dae does the same.

Dae fails to keep her promise, by experiencing all kind of hot and seductive sexual practices the women do in the harem : three some, more some, bondage and even pussy shaving. That’s when she has her first orgasm and she accepts her sexuality and her desire for women and she understands the behavior of the girls in the harem and loves it and she knows she will give herself only to Zaphira.

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But while Dae has amazing sexual experiences, Zaphira has to deal with her own duties as the ruler of  El’Kasari, she needs to keep the city safe from all the enemies and from all the tribes that want to destroy it. She fails once, while her enemies have found guns with gunpowder in an almost medieval world, when they had no idea what caused this lightening weapon. She is wounded and brought back home.

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Now, that is the moment when  Dae gets frightened, because she realizes she was a fool all this time long, as she has waited too much to be Zphira’s and now may be just too late, because of her false prejudice and wrong judgement. But, Zaphira has just some small wounds, that still needed healing, but she is safe. And Dae loves her more.

After little time, both their sexual fantasy came to life and it was even more that they have ever dreamt off and about, their lovemaking is seductive, steamy, sexy, sweet and wild mixed with seductive perfumes and spices of the Orient – Oriental sin – Sin of my skin, truth of my fantasy.

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Unpurpose, I wanted to mention at the end , that this is an uber Xena and Gabrielle story, but the characters are Amber Jacob’s own creation and I loved her story.

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http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/a/amber_silk1.html

 

Heart of Glass by Marian Snowe – a review

I choose to read “Heart of Glass” by Marian Snowe because of it’s title. At first, I thought it might be a metaphor for transparent feelings of a woman deeply hurt by her first love. It is a good analysis, but it is not complete. To my surprise, of course, it is more than that: “heart of glass” is indeed a heart of a woman with transparent feelings after a ruined relationship, who trusts to love again, but also a symbol for beach glass brought by the sea to the shore that can be seen along the beaches.

Clara Duncan is the main character of this beautiful romance novel. She is torn to pieces after her breakup with her first love, Monica, was a woman totally her opposite: full of life, going to parades, parties and has lots of friends, while Clare was quiet, introspective and quite a loner. She and her first love used to work together at the same company and after it was found out they broke up, Clara felt somehow marginalized from the colleagues as they are closer to her former love and it wasn’t unexpected that at one point she was the one dismissed.

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At this point, Clara felt hopeless and without horizon, but thanks to her parents she found herself sent to New England into a coastal small town where her parents owned a vacation home.

I loved the descriptive metaphors the author used to describe Wavestead, this small town by the sea, especially the sea and the skyline.

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Here, Clara enjoys the quietness of the home and the one of the sea and spends most of her time collecting sea glass. The sea glass has many shapes and colors, the rarest being green and purple, but one day Clara finds a broken urn that will change her life.

In Wavestead, she meets two amazing women with whom she falls in love with. Of course, they have opposite characters and different goals in life.

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Ginny is the director of the Historical Society in Wavestead and surroundings , who will help Clara find the origins of the broken urn and Autumn, a local journalist that will do anything to seek and accomplish her revenge.

Clara slowly falls for the beautiful red haired Ginny, a fountain of enthusiasm, a thirsty historian who will do anything to find the traces of the broken urn’s former owners. With Ginny Clara feels very much herself, but still the old fears conquer her feelings and darken her thoughts, as Ginny feels so much like Monica, an opposite Clara couldn’t and wouldn’t handle. She just wants to be herself without the fear she will be dragged in an over too social world, or being in love with a woman who will put her work above their love. Here is where the mysterious Autumn comes into Clara’s life. Autumn writes a small welcome article about Clara’s coming to town in the local newspaper. She wants to gain Clara’s attention and wants to make her feel important and also flirts with her. She won’t talk bad things about Ginny yet, she waits for the trouble to come itself into Ginny and Clara’s relationship and then misbehaves.

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Clara seems weak and childish to me, she trusts Autumn so much, but finds Ginny’s every flaw. She is easily convinced by Autumn that Ginny will always put her on the second place after her career, yet never tells Clara that she and Ginny were lovers before.

Clara seems to give up on Ginny way to easily and believes Autumn’s every word without double checking, perhaps charmed by Autumn’s stunning looks : a beautiful brunette with stunning blue eyes.

Also, Autumn sends Clara on a fake treasure hunt on a private propriety and Clara ends in jail.

When Clara and Ginny meet again is now, when Ginny comes to Clara’s rescue and the truth about Autumn comes to light.

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Now, Clara and Ginny have no boundary left to disclose the broken urn’s story .

It was the symbol of a long lost ago love between two high class women that lived here in the past century. They find the receiver of the urn and give it back to her, as a symbol of her love for the other woman.

Two love stories entwined, one from our times and the other from a century ago.

It is a beautiful ending for a beautiful romance.

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Killing Eve 2018 TV Thriller Series starring two amazing women – Sarah Oh and Jodie Comer

“Killing Eve” is a great TV show because it’s different and refreshing. Imagine Bond, only if he was the bad guy, a she, and a total sociopath/psychopath. Our intrepid hero, also a she, an older Asian woman to boot (something one NEVER sees on TV) on a worldwide hunt/chase for this evil Bond using only her wits and no weapons, special gadgets, or any of the usual tropes one sees in these sorts of shows/movies. Throw in British style black/deadpan humor/snark, and you pretty much have a winner. One of the best new shows on TV this season.

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Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the adaptions of the novellas by Luke Jennings follows the cat-and-mouse chase by MI5 security officer Eve (Sandra Oh) for the international assassin, who goes by the codename Villanelle (Jodie Comer).

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What surprises and delights here is that the old trope of cat and mouse, Spy v Spy is given a 360 degree turn and works so well that Killing Eve becomes your new obsession ! From the casting of two mesmerizing actresses in the leads to the charismatic writing and high production values of the show, (even the music will knock your socks off), you cannot predict what old Spy Icon will be banished and replaced with a thrilling, new episode.

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“Killing Eve is a spy story, a murder mystery, a spellbinding character drama, and a gloriously wicked comedy. It all comes together to make one of the year’s most delightful and captivating series that will hopefully play on for many seasons to come (Serendipitously, the series was renewed for Season 2 just before this review published).”

by Allison Keene for Collider

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“Killing Eve, which like Fleabag is mostly set in London, has the same irreverent sense of humor and the same intense exploration of the psychology of its lead characters. Here, those qualities don’t always come together with the conventions of the spy story in perfect harmony. But they do make something new, gratifying, and–in its finest moments–thrilling.”

by Sophie Gilbert for the Atlantic

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“Enjoying Killing Eve for the wickedness of its narrative, its tart and caustic humor and the exciting run-down is a simple enough proposition. All of those components are satisfying, and both Oh and Comer turn in substantial performances, making the most of their screen time both separately and together–particularly together.”

by Melanie McFarland for Salon

 

Watch the trailer :

 

 

Source :

 

http://www.metacritic.com/tv/killing-eve

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Eve

 

Empty Without You – The intimate letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok by Rodger Streitmatter

 

I was reluctant to start reading the intimate letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, because I knew from what I read around that there are few letters left with Eleanor’s true feelings that Lorena hasn’t destroyed yet and I found it odd to read some letters with mundane happenings.

The letters indeed contain daily issues, but they also contain electrifying intimate thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the two women.

Remember Eleanor was married and not to anyone but to the US President and it was 1933, how unbelievable that such a love existed and influenced the women rights movement and made Eleanor one of the most influential US first ladies.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt was, by birth as well as by marriage, a patrician- descendant from one of the fifty-six men who signed the declaration of independence and married to a president of the United States, F.D. Roosevelt, her fifth cousin.

Lorena Hickok aka Hick came from a poor family and has been kicked out her home by her father and she found her love for press by 1918 when she started to report for the Minneapolis Tribune, when she has also met her first love, Ellie Morse, who came from one of the wealthiest families in the state and entered into a same sex relationship with her.

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Hick came into Eleanor’s life in September 1928. Hick was covering FDR’s bid for governor of New York, but she purposefully avoided taking on assignments centered on Eleanor. The boundary-breaking reporter didn’t want to be confined to covering the lives of politicians’ wives. She knew that a story about the wife of the Democratic candidate for governor of New York would never make the front page. While she continued to cover FDR’s campaign and his tenure as governor, she deliberately avoided stories about Eleanor.

Eleanor and Lorena had a very profound friendship, because of the many things they both love and their two personalities alike: for example, from time to time they agreed to read a book simultaneously, so they could discuss them by letter or, when possible, in person.

Apparently, this friendship turned into so much more, after Eleanor found out that her husband, F.D.R. Roosevelt, cheated on her with his secretary, she remained in the marriage because of their children and because she didn’t want to ruin F.D.R’s raising political career, nor him acceding to the White House.

In the summer of 1933, Lorena Quit the Associated Press and became the federal government’s chief investigator of relief programs. Between the trips around the country, she slept on a daybed in a room adjoining Eleanor’s bedroom.

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1933 was an important year for both women, as Eleanor started to be US first lady, she turned forty nine and Lorena forty.

Since 1924, Eleanor started fighting for the women rights and made queer friends like: Elizabeth and Ester or Nan and Marion, so the love between women was no alien concept to her. She was a professed believer in sexual freedom – including people acting on homosexual desires. In 1925, she wrote in her personal journal : ”No form of love is to be despised”

 

And after, during and before Eleanor’s stay at the white house (the most intense were written between 1933-1935), the two women exchanged explicit letters, including some graphic love gestures :

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Lorena to Eleanor :

“A cigar may not always be a cigar, but the northeast corner of your mouth against my lips’ is always the northeast corner”

Eleanor to Lorena :

“One cannot hide things in this world, can one? How lucky you are not a man!”

“Sunday morning we worked until 11 a.m. but slept well. Tiny & I in her big double bed which was comfortable in the guest room, only I wished it was you.”

“Dear one, & so you think they gossip about us. Well they must at least think we stand separation rather well! I am always so much more optimistic than you are. I suppose because I care so little what ‘they’ say!”

“Darling, I feel very happy because every day brings you nearer. I love you deeply & tenderly & oh! I want you to have a happy life. To be sure I’m selfish enough to want it to be near me but then we wouldn’t either of us be happy otherwise, would we?”

“Dearest, I miss you & wish you were here I want to put my arms around you & feel yours around me. More love than I can express in a letter is flying on waves of thought to you.”

“You’ve made of me so much more of a person just to be worthy of you – Je t’aime et je t’adore.”

“I can’t tell you how very precious every minute with you seems both in retrospect and in prospect. I look at you as long as I write- the photograph has an expression I love, soft and a little whimsical, but then I adore every expression. Bless you darling. A world of love, ER

And will you be my valentine?”

“I miss you greatly dear. The nicest time of the day is when I write to you. You have a stormier time than I do, but I miss you as much, I think. I couldn’t bear to think of you crying yourself to sleep. Oh! How I wanted to put my arms around you in reality instead of spirit. I went and kissed your photograph instead and tears were in my eyes. Please keep most of your heart in Washington as long as I’m here for most of mine is with you! A world of love and good night my dear one, ER.”

“May the world be full of sunshine,
And our meetings frequent be
Hours of joy & quiet time,
Take us over life’s rough seas”

“Hick dearest, Of course you will forget the sad times at the end & eventually think only of the pleasant memories. Life is like that, with ends that have to be forgotten.”

They wrote each other over 3500 letters for 30 years and during those years at the beginning of their friendship, 1924-1935, only close friends and family knew Eleanor had a close friend in Lorena, but none want to believe they were actually lovers and spend their vacations together and as much time as possible, none read their private thoughts and feelings until 1978, when part of the letters were discovered by archivists. Only 300 are published in this book, and the public is able to see another side of Eleanor Roosevelt written by her own self in the intimate letters to Hick. She is human : laughs and cries, feels tender and vulnerable, judgmental and sarcastic, and recognizes how this friendship and this love has changed her and changed the first lady she wanted to be and she was, an icon.

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Apparently, Hick had a relationship with another woman, too, called Marion.

“Dearest, Darling, you were low & I know that in some way I hurt you & I am sorry & I wish I had not but all I can say is, I really love you.”

Indeed, the First Lady and her gal pal were growing apart. It’s unclear exactly what prompted the above apology, but Eleanor wrote the letter the day after she and Hick had lunch together in New York City. Clearly, it wasn’t the greatest lunch of 1936 .

In 1940, though they continued to grow apart—especially as World War II unfolded, forcing Eleanor to spend more time on leadership and politics and less time on her personal life—Hick and Eleanor still wrote to one another and sent each other Christmas presents. Prinz, by the way, is Hick’s dog, who she loved like a child. Eleanor loved him enough to buy him a present, too. GAY!

If Hick and Eleanor were indeed broken up at this point, they sure are fulfilling the stereotype of lesbians hanging onto their exes. In 1942, Hick started seeing Marion Harron, a U.S. Tax Court judge ten years younger than her. Their letters continued, but much of the romance was gone and they really did start to sound like old friends.

Hick ended her relationship with Marion a few months after FDR died, but her relationship with Eleanor did not return to what it was. Hick’s ongoing health problems got worse, and she struggled financially as well. By the time of this letter, Hick was merely living on the money and clothing Eleanor sent to her. Eleanor eventually moved Hick into her cottage in Val-Kill. While there are other letters they exchanged leading up to Eleanor’s death in 1962, this feels like the right excerpt to end on. Even in the face of dark times for them both, Eleanor remained bright and hopeful in the way she wrote about their lives together. Never one to want to share her beloved Eleanor with the American public and press, Hick opted not to attend the former First Lady’s funeral. She said goodbye to their world of love privately.

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Source :

https://www.autostraddle.com/24-very-gay-excerpts-from-eleanor-roosevelts-love-letters-with-lorena-hickok-346115/

https://www.out.com/out-exclusives/2018/2/16/turning-life-art-new-novel-reunites-eleanor-roosevelt-her-lesbian-lover

 

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