I took this photo Saturday night from my phone, trying to capture a moment that reminded me of my current work in progress, Rabbit Island. The film is China Seas, starring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. I didn’t see it, but it was projected against a white brick building in our community garden, just across the street from our apartment.
I have two characters with a passion for old film stars. One who wants to live her real life with the same emotional intensity and intrigue of certain Hollywood actresses. Another, who is so wrapped up in the glamour of these old films, she is unable to cope with reality.
Now that I am nearing the end of the first draft– I feel like I’ve been saying this forever, but really, truly, this is the end. This week. I swear– I find myself in the wonderful position of having to do research on a topic I am passionate about: movie musicals!
I will be reading biographies about two Hollywood film stars I am most interested in: Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland. And catching up on as many movie musicals as I can. First on deck: A Star Is Born.
I have not always been put in good research positions after working on a project. There was this whole camping situation once and then this guy who made beer for a living. Don’t get me wrong, I like nature. I like beer. But I did not find the research as interesting as I had hoped.
But movie musicals? This is a Melissa dream come true.
Are you a research person? Writers, do your characters put you in awkward research positions?