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The Final Curtain for our cat, Jack, best pet ever

Heartbroken, we drove to The Vet at the Barn in Chestnut Ridge, NY a few hours ago. Jack protested all the way in the carrier. After two week since discovering he has /had cancer in his mouth, I kept him as comfortable as possible with meds.

It all comes down to quality of life, my friends. I don’t have anything more than snapshots taken long ago-where do the years go? Picture this: Daughter rescues a tiny kitten from a highway down in North Carolina to bring him to a veterinarian in Rockland County, NY. Under a pound, the vet gives her little hope on survival. With loving care, the kitten she names Jack, survives and thrives.

Six months later, she calls. I knew from the tone in my daughter’s voice I was about to inherit a hand-me-up pet. This time–Jack. She figured I was an actor, free time blah, blah and we opened our home to Jack who thought our hand-me-up dog, Jesse, was his mom.

Not a shy kitty, Jack hung out at all our parties, in a drawer with one paw extended and friends stepped over Jesee, patted Jack and we had a lot of fun.

Then along came Fluffy, a gorgeous white cat, another gift from daughter, and Jack was impressed and Tony, a tabby from the shelter followed when Fluffy passed on and then came Blue, recently deceased due to cancer.

Jack paid his dues by caching a few mice when we lived upstate in Orange County, NY. Way to go, our Jack. We repaid him with loving kindness and popcorn and he joined us at every meal in hopes of a taste of this or that. Salmon a big favorite, baked potatoes big time love. In fact rice pudding high on Jack’s list and just like a kid, every time I opened the fridge, he peered in hoping for the best.

So my love to you dearest Jack, good pal who knew when I didn’t feel right and cuddled close. I whispered to him he’d be with Blue where there’d be no pain and plentiful food and good times. When the ice and snow melt, we’ll bury him in the back yard with a prayer.

Last year, I wrote a book titled Before the Final Curtain. The heroine’s companion is her black cat, Jack. My tribute to a faithful companion. Little did I know it would be Jack’s final curtain before too long.

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Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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12/22/14 WEWRIWA

Winter solstice, folks. One minute of daylight more each day and I’ll drink to that. Yippee!

This is the last snippet from Before the Final Curtain; favorites sentences from a show business dramedy. The first line is from the renowned costume designer, Selma Leon and her thoughts about the too young actor playing the part of daughter.

It’s going to age me dressing a twit like her who must’ve have used the casting couch to get the part. Randall Sloan, the randy old bastard’s gone through enough couches to keep a furniture store in business; he must get a discount.

Jimmy Corcoran, the director’s assistant and talented young writer, knows he’s being taken advantage of with the director stealing scenes he’s written.

What a mess and I’m the one to clean it up, the fixer, my words, my script, when will I ever get the credit? His writer’s mind churns and he writes a scene.

Jimmy speaks to Becca in private saying words she never expected to hear.

“I know your kids from high school, private school in New Hampshire, and it just hit me that my friend Charles looks just like Chris Williams and his twin sister Beth is the image of you.” Becca’s face lost all color and Jimmy knew he’d upset her. He put his hand over his heart and Becca thought, ” Oh no, he’s going to pledge allegiance.

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Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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12/15/13 WEWRIWA

The Farmer’s Almanac predicted a mild winter for the north east and little snow. What went wrong?

Today’s eight continues with favorite lines from Before the Final Curtain, book three in mature romances in the series The Beginning. . .Not The End. Chris Williams, the male star, tells Becca how to deliver a line to get a bigger laugh, something he did in the past.

 

 

excerpt in eight:

I’m telling you for the first and last time, don’t direct me and, and don’t touch me; we’re lovers on stage only, I can act the part.”

Becca flipped through to the page of the script Chris referred to, reread the line and thought,He’s right, the bastard, why is he always right?”

Becca has a short run on sentence monologue talking to her stage daughter about her deceased husband:

“Your father was a traveling salesman and when he’d come back after two weeks so horny, we never made it past the front door ’cause he’d drop his suitcase and his pants and when I sold his possessions I should’ve kept his, well, suitcase ’cause he kept a lot of toys for us in there.

daughter says: Oh, Mom.

Penny, the stage daughter got her part from the casting couch meaning she slept with the director. He’s taken her back to his apartment for a quickie followed by rehearsal. She just left and Randall Sloan is alone.

Randy, elated with his success, poured single malt Scotch into a shot glass, drank a toast to Viagra and finally fell asleep.

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ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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12/8/13 WEWRWA

Welcome as the days of this year dwindle down to a precious few. This week I’ve selected eight of my favorite sentences from Before the Final Curtain, Book 3 in the long/short series of mature romance. The story is something similar to what I experienced in my years as an actor.

 

Spoken by the director/playwright: “She’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law move in with her and when they abuse the privilege, treat her as if she’s no longer capable and leave her alone while they’re at work, she goes to a bar and meets a man. Just one more thing, Becca, your costume in Act 1 is a towel.”

 At seventy three, Chris Williams knew he needed to be fit and energetic to perform the heavy schedule demanded in New York and soon he’d be with Becca; no woman touched his heart the way she still did.

Becca and Chris catch up on their former spouses:

Chris said, “Sylvie married before the ink was dry on the divorce papers and we keep in touch. How about Harris?”

“Sad to say he came out of the closet, much to my surprise, acted wild and foolish, got AIDS and died.” They gazed at each other. “Harris was kind, sweet and  thoughtful lover, satisfactory,  until. . .I met you.”

Pen in hand, ready to check off names as if this were a cast a huge musical, Stage manager Jane Nelson bellowed, “Welcome to The Drama Bus but before you board you may call me Stage Nazi just once and after that you may call me Jane.”

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The Beginning…Not the End

Book 3

ANNOUNCING

Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!

 

Before the Final Curtain

by

Charmaine Gordon 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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Thanks for your comments and support, my friends.

10/20/13 WEWRIWA A Community of Writers and Readers

Before the Final Courtain with theme borderWelcome to Sundays with Weekend Warrior Writers to share our eight sentence snippets.

This week, by popular request, I’m writing one last eight of Before the Final Curtain before I introduce another story. Thanks for all your comments, constructive critique and support. That’s what we’re all about. Last week I introduced you to Chis Williams, co star and former lover of Becca Morgan. This week, you’ll see how Randall Sloan, infamous playwright and director works with the young actors on a scene. They don’t call him Randy for nothing. He decides to micro-manage the love scene with the young actors in front of a small audience.

excerpt in eight:

 

 You’ve just made love and Max is ready to roll over and sleep now satiated satiated when Laura’s thoughts return to her mother.

Laura: We shouldn’t have made her sleep in the basement, she allowed us to move in and now she’s gone. (She cries)

Max: (reaches for Laura and they begin to make love)

Randall shouts, “What we need to bring the audience into the story is for you to take the moment before so take it and climax when you make love, feel it as the earth moves; shudder in the glory and hold each other as your bodies quiet before you, Max, roll over to sleep in peace after a piece. ”

In a tangle of bodies under the covers, Max and Laura kiss, acting urgency became reality when moans of ecstasy emanate from the darkened stage and staff and crew lean forward, voyeurs to the scene Randall wants.

Max: Oh, baby. (takes her in his arms) She’s old and doesn’t need a big house so let’s get a dog for her.

(Laura slugs him with a pillow” Go to sleep and I’ll figure something out.

Randall, pleased with his genius, moved on not paying attention to the caresses going on between the young actors.

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10/13/13 WEWRIWA A Community of Writers and readers

Hi Gang. Here we are again with stories to share on Sunday. Love it. Today, I continue with one more eight from Before the Final Curtain. This is the last eight from the third of my series of Mature Romance, The Beginning. . .Not The End.

In this eight, the two stars, Becca Morgan and Chris Williams, are on  the Drama Bus traveling to NYC for the first read-thru of “Honor Thy Mother, Please” a new comedy with a heart. They talk about their past history and read the first scene in the play.

 

Chris reads the stage directions. He’s not in this scene.: The play begins with a lot of action, background mumbling, moving furniture as a bewildered Becca stands stage left watching her belongings brought downstairs to the lower level of her home. Her daughter Laura and son-in-law Max are moving in and taking over. Chris laughs at the first line in the play.

Becca: “Basement? I don’t live in the basement.”

Laura: “It’s not the basement, Mom, it’s the lower level.”

Becca: “So why don’t you live there?”

Laura: “Mom, we need more room, there are two of us and. . .”

Becca: “Thanks for reminding me, honey, I almost forgot your daddy died.”

Laura: “And Max needs space for an office so it will be just fine, you’ll see.”

Chris cuts in and says, “I love you, I mean I love it, I mean I do love you, Becca.”

“ I’m not into anything but truth with no bullshit allowed, Chris”

“The whole truth and nothing but, dear heart and before the final curtain, you will know.”

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Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.


From the new  series The Beginning…Not the End.

Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.

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9/29/13 WEWRIWA

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This has been quite a week, a juxstaposition of sadness and joy. Our precious cat-one of three- my little boyfriend named Blue, became ill and nothing could save him. The incomparable care of The Vet at the Barn, Dr. B, Dr. Shane, and nurse Kristen shared my grief as he went to sleep. And then joy when To Be Continued, my first book with Vanilla Heart, was optioned for a television movie and finally the Mature Romance series of three stories is now available in print. Today my eight is one new to wewriwa. Before the Final Curtain, third story in the series.

Blurb:  Once lovers, two aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.

excerpt in eight:
Gazing around her spacious room Becca Morgan took in the awards cabinet with polished Tony’s, Emmy’s, Golden Globes and plaques—tributes to past performances. Tears trickled down her thin face no longer young as she thought get over yourself; starring roles aren‘t written for seventy year old women, not since Katherine Hepburn.
The cell phone shattered the peaceful moment with her favorite tune, Happy Days Are Here Again and her heart beat a little faster in recognition of the voice of Randall Sloan, the powerful director she’d worked with many times in the old days when he was called Randy apropos of his philandering.

“Becca love, I’ve written a new play perfect for you unless you’re not interested,” and he laughed, a smug familiar sound that hadn’t changed.
His voice deepened to a sexy growl. “You’re the lead in my play Titled “Honor Thy Mother, Please”, a poignant comedy, small cast.”

She knew he loved to be begged and Becca said, “You know me, Randy, I can’t wait, not even for a few minutes so please tell me about her and what happens.”.
“She’s a lonely widow who lets her daughter and son-in-law towel move in with her and when they abuse the privilege and treat her as if she’s no longer capable, when they’re at work she goes to a bar and meets a man and oh, your costume in part of Act One is a towel so you better get in good shape.”
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Before the Final Curtain and the three story series comes to fruition!

Younger folks, I’m talking under fifty or thereabouts, may consider seniors to be the population doddering about. I say take another look. We still remember passion and recall it well; we long for the touch of a warm hand, the dear kiss, shared laughter. And why not? We breathe and think, therefore we are alive and romance blossoms within the pages of my three stories, all stand-alone. The common denominator is age.

I’m thrilled to bring you Before the Final Curtain.

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ANNOUNCING

 

Before the Final Curtain

by Charmaine Gordon

 

Book 3

The Beginning…Not the End, the series


Before the Final Curtain

by Charmaine Gordon

 

Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it!

 

 

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