Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Play it again Sam...

I'm working on a story that takes place in a bar. Not just any bar you see, no. This bar is dirty, seedy and run down, but it's also rich with smoky hues. It's owned by a ___ (oops, almost gave it away). This bar is a little place located in your neighborhood, maybe just around the corner from your humble abode, and it's just gritty enough that I'd frequently saddle up and order a cocktail. You know what kind of bar I'm referring to, don't cha'?

I'm a visual kind a gal, so it's not unusual for me to pull up images through the internet, or better yet, take a walk, a drive, or Vespa (Italia) my way to find a good visual representation for whatever story I'm working on. I have a bar in my house, but it's not really a bar, per se, it's more like a cart with booze and wine on it. That's not the kind of bar I'm looking for exactly in my story.

I'm headed to Morocco tomorrow in the name of bar research. I feel compelled to drink champagne cocktails with Bogie and Bergman in the film classic Casablanca.

"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

Damn. That gives me goose bumps.



Craig Sorensen said...

I love Casablanca. I wrote a coming-of-age story in which the young couple go to a motel after a concert, and Casablanca plays in the background, mixing their conversation with quotes from the movie.

I also know the bar of which you speak. There literally is one such establishment not a five minute walk from my house.

It is presently closed.

Good hunting in Morocco!

Neve Black said...

Oooh, Craig I'd love to read that story sometime.

"We'll always have Paris"

Kirsten Monroe said...

Give me goosebumps too! Oooh Morocco. Have you been there before?

Neve Black said...

Hi Kirsten,
No. I want to go. You?

I was in the southern part of Spain two years' ago and could really see the Moorish influence in the eyes of the people and the architecture.

I'm headed to Italy and London next week. There's just too many places to see, and not enough time.

Morocco is on the list though!

Kirsten Monroe said...

Italy and London! Wow -- I'd be happy just to make it as far as Canada :)I'd go everywhere if I could. I'm especially interested in going to Africa someday.

Neve Black said...

I live a rather frugal life so I can travel to far away lands. I wish I could travel more frequently though. :-)