Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yucky Old Dance Shoes

Yucky old dance shoes

Today I am giving a quick lesson on dance wear. Why? My cover for Circles Interlocked was up on Cover Art review on Monday (http://coverartreview.blogspot.com/2012/01/circles-interlocked-by-victoria-adams.html#comment-form) and a point of irritation was pointed toward the old, yucky pair of dance shoes.

To start, they are pointe shoes or if you will ballet shoes. They are pointe shoes as they are the ones ballerinas wear to stand on their pointes. In case you're wondering, no, I haven't misspelled pointe – terms in ballet are in French, even in China. Pierre Beauchamp (mid to late 1600s) was the dance teacher to Louis 14th and he codified ballet – gave the dance terms their names and since he only spoke French the terms are in that language.

So back to the yucky pair of pointe shoes. I studied ballet. I am not a professional dancer but I was able to achieve the level of dancing in pointe shoes. I know how much sweat it takes to make a beautiful shiny pink pair of pointes look like the ones on my cover. Because I understand the amount of discipline and work that goes into ballet, to me and anyone who has studied it, those shoes are beautiful. They look the way they do because of a dancer's passion and commitment to her art.

What does a dancer do with a brand new pair of pointes? Beats the crap out of them. Each dancer has her pattern of what she does to the shoes to make them fit and feel better. The "horror" photos of dancers' feet – torn flesh, raw blisters, bruised toe nails, bloodied toes – is not "Hollywood" it's the truth.

When I was in university I had that exact poster on my wall. People would look at it and grimace – why did I want a poster with ratty old clothes and shoes? Harvey Edwards – the photographer – captured the essence of dance in the picture. Look at it. Notice the holes in the leg warmers – note the leg warmers are not a fashion statement – they are an integral part of a dancer's wardrobe. Check out the holes into the ballet slippers, covered in tape. Consider the dedication and effort needed by that dancer to wear out those shoes and leg warmers. That dancer wore them with pride.

New isn't automatically a good thing. Sometimes an old worn out yucky item has more intrinsic value.

So – that's why the yucky old pair of dance shoes is on the cover of Circles Interlocked and it is going to proudly remain there.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Title

I changed the title of my blog as there is another Pages of Romance and it's a different genre than mine - so to keep things straight - this is my romance blog called Victoria's pages of Romance.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year Memory Free Book Winner is


Husband selected her post and she has been sent a copy of Circles Interlocked.


And thanks to all who dropped in a posted.

And today I'm a guest

on One Writer's Journey - I invited Penny over to guest blog on Pages of Romance and she invited me over to her wonderful blog - http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com

I'm giving away a copy of my latest contemporary romance - Circles Interlocked - if you guess my favourite number. I'll give you a clue - it's less than 50.

Hope you can spare a moment and drop over.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

That Midnight Moment

As a child I remember not understanding about New Year's Eve. It was some mysterious adult thing. Like most things seem to be when you're 5. My parents would get all dressed up. The babysitter would arrive and my parents went out. That's all there was to it.

I went to bed and woke up the next day to grumpy, sleep deprived, not- feeling-so-well (aka – hungover) parents. I went out to play in the snow. The first day of the new year seemed to be pretty much like the last day of the old year. Didn't see what all the fuss was about.

When I got old enough to not have a babysitter, I learned about staying up late, making Jiffy Pop and the ball in Times Square. Didn't know where Times Square was. It was some cold place where somebody pushed a button, a bright shiny ball fell, everyone counted down then yelled Happy New Year and kissed somebody. Yuck! Still didn't see what all the hype was about.

Then high school came along and I became the babysitter. Sat on the couch, drank a pop (soda if you're American) ate chips and waited for the ball to drop. At least now, I knew where Times Square was. The big moment would arrive, I'd salute the air with my drink and that was that. Didn't actually want to kiss the family pet – ugh – dog breath. At least I was beginning to get a feel for what the excitement was about.

University! Went to one out of town. Every year - went home for holidays. Friends went home. Boyfriend went home – 5 1/2 hrs away. New Year's Eve - on couch - with family. Ball drops. Hug Mom. Hug Dad. Watch lovers kiss in New York. Someday I'm going to get this night figured out.

Present day – married. Various New Year's Eves spent alone with husband (kiss kiss giggle giggle). Or with family and husband. Got that kiss. Or with friends and husband. Still got that kiss. At last, I get it. The joy of the moment – celebrating the future with the one you love.

As I write this, it is 8:25 pm New Year's Eve and it's going to be one of those evenings where it is "home alone with husband". You're probably smiling wondering what mischief we'll get into at midnight. I'll be blowing a kiss across the room if he's still awake.

Oh no! Is the romance gone?

Naw – he has the world's worst head cold and is sneezing and blowing his nose every five minutes – I timed it. I love him, but I sure don't want that cold!
Oh well maybe next year.

If you're looking for a little romance – Circles Interlocked is my latest and I'm offering a free copy to one lucky poster. For a chance to win – leave your name and email and I'll ask husband to pick a random entry. If he's over his cold.

Circles Interlocked – available at Amazon and Smashwords.

Scorned and angry, Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday ending their love affair that is until they woke up in bed together.

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