GIRLS IN LOVE → crystal chappell & jessica leccia in guiding light ( 2007-2009 ), venice: the series ( 2009-present ), the grove ( 2013 ), a million happy nows ( ? ) dedicated to ❤︎ @jo-princess-wilson ❤︎
Kenny Riedel is 20 years old, and the oldest of three. His mother is of Latin-American descent and his father is of Irish origin thus his last name “Riedell”. Kenny grew up looking out for his two younger siblings, twins, boy and a girl as his parents needed him to lend a hand with the twins as they could be a bit of a handful. Kenny can speak fluent English and Spanish and has a great relationship with both of his parents. He learned quite a bit of life-skills from them such as how to fix a car, and with helping out with the twins, he was able to (mostly) keep his cool. However he did not learn as much as he wanted as he was often helping out with chores or working on school work.
Kenny is childhood best friends with Adam, ever since elementary they just clicked. Adam had a bit of a habit of being a daredevil and would often get hurt. Kenny would be the first one getting the bandaids, cleaning the wound, and making sure he was okay after lecturing him to which Adam would playfully role his eyes and say “Ken, you gotta live a little.” As time went on Adam would get himself into more mischief but Kenny would always cover for him and Adam would return the favour by buying Kenny some beer or taking him for burgers and just chilling out. It was Adams influence at one of Tiffany’s parties, that got Kenny so drunk one night, that he ran down the street in his underwear, screaming and proceeded to trip over a crack in the sidewalk. Adam helped the poor unconscious boy up and, with AJ’s help got him to bed. This resulted in Adam and AJ talking and eventually becoming a couple. (thanks Kenny!)
Kenny has never had a significant other, he kissed a few girls but as Kenny was a bit socially awkward when it came to romance and relationships, just the whole dating thing in general, things never really went anywhere. It was in Mitch’s basement when the entire group smoked some weed and played spin the bottle that Kenny and Adam had to kiss, Kenny felt something he couldn’t really explain that day. Ever since then he’s felt unsure of his sexuality. He only ever confided this to Jenny when the two were having coffee together.
When Kenny was offered to be head counselor, he jumped at the opportunity along with the rest of the group following suit. Kenny was determined to make sure things went well and that he and his friends would learn some great skills and have a great summer together. If only he had known what fresh hell awaited them.
This month was a productive month for buying books. With the library sell and all the amazing new releases, my bank account has taken a bit hit this month. Totally worth it. The bolded are books I have finished reading, and the italics are books I have started reading. If you would like for me to discuss a book I have finished, just let me know
A Royal Affair by Nora Roberts How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks Defender by Diana Palmer The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
The Boy Next Door by Ella James
When The Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath The Scarletti Curse by Christine Feehan Lair Of The Lion by Christine Feehan
Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
The Red Heart of Jade by Marjorie M. Liu
Beneath The Thirteen Moons by Kathryne Kennedy A Hunger LIke No Other by Kresley Cole One Red Rose by Julie Garwood ( The Clayborne Brides ) One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood ( The Clayborne Brides ) Dark Symphony by Christine Feehan ( A Carpathian Novel )
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
Beguiled by Arnette Lamb
Heart Duel by Robin D. Owens Dark Demon by Christine Feehan ( A Carpathian Novel )
Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson ( Tairen Souls )
Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking ( The Kanin Chronicles ) The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa ( Blood of Eden )
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Underworld by Meg Cabot ( An Abandon Novel )
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ( Beautiful Creatures ) Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce
Nightspell by Leah Cypess Hoodwinked by Diana Palmer Donavan by Diana Palmer Storm Over the Lake by Diana Palmer Nora by Diana Palmer
Secret Fire by Johanna LIndsey His At Night by Sherry Thomas Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood
Vision in White by Nora Roberts ( The Bride Quartet )
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts ( The Bride Quartet )
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts ( The Bride Quartet )
Born In Fire by Nora Roberts ( The Irish Born Trilogy )
Born In Ice by Nora Roberts ( The Irish Born Trilogy )
Born In Shame by Nora Roberts ( The Irish Born Trilogy )
Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts ( The Guardians Trilogy )
Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts ( The Guardians Trilogy )
Island of Glass by Nora Roberts ( The Guardians Trilogy )
The Supremes’ most famous move, from “Stop! In the Name of Love”—the singers stand stiffly, with right arms stretched straight forward and hands turned up arrestingly—became an almost iconic representation of the girl group genre, but it was not typical of the gestures created for them by [Cholly] Atkins. The dramatic thrust of the arm was contrary to the small, controlled gestures he favored for girls, and it was not, in fact, of his design. The Supremes, Berry Gordy, and the Temptations were preparing for a British television appearance on Ready Steady Go! hosted by Dusty Springfield when they realized the Supremes had no stage routine for their new single. All quickly collaborated to devise choreography, and they based what was to become the trio’s hallmark pose on the sign language of traffic police.
Atkins would certainly not have given them such an unladylike gesture so crudely representative of the song’s lyrics. In his autobiography, he reflects on his aspirations for female vocal groups and the different strategies he employed in working with them:
My work was cut out for me because some of [the girl groups] had been learning from the male groups and those cats didn’t know diddly-squat about teaching females. They probably thought their approach was fine for everybody…but I worked it out, softened them up; the Chantels, the Crystals, the Shirelles—any group I had a chance to work with. See, the girl groups had to be more concerned with what I call physical drama. Instead of trying to move like the guys, I wanted them to use the kind of body language that was associated with women—using your eyes, hands on the hips, and so forth, but not in a macho way. They had to really think about this approach and keep that uppermost in their minds. And naturally, they were doing a lot of love tunes. If I demonstrated a feminine move that they thought was basically an affectation, they called it camping, which was the street term used at the time. When I was growing up, my mother and aunts used to call it putting on airs or being proper.
I find these remarks revealing about the function of movement in performing gender identity and also about the processes of learning that are an inevitable part of being a girl. As I showed in the previous chapter, early girl groups drew on the vocables and musical vocabulary of doo wop (among other musical styles) in creating their own specifically girl-oriented dialect. In much the same way, singers in girl groups prepared for stage performances by basing their acts on the choreography of male groups, until they were taken in hand and trained in “appropriate” movements.
Atkins had very specific notions about what constituted correct body language for girls, and he did not base his ideas on observation of their natural gestures. Rather, he recognized that proper feminine comportment was something that girls had to work hard at and, in his words, keep uppermost in their minds at all times. In the famous BBC television series and subsequent book Ways of Seeing, John Berger observed that:
A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself….From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman.
The constant self-monitoring and obligation to work at being properly feminine described here are exaggerated in the vocal choreography of Atkins’ groups, but the regimen he imposed was not wholly alien to a conventional experience of femininity. Nor is this experience specific to females of any single racial or class group: Susan Bordo observes that “the discipline and normalization of the female body [is] perhaps the only gender oppression that exercises itself, although to different degrees and in different forms, across age, race, class, and sexual orientation.
It is clear, to be sure, that many of the girl singers who worked with Atkins resisted his strict regulation of their bodies. Some singers found his ideas about gesture foreign and artificial, possibly even ridiculous (I will return to the idea of “camping” in girl culture in Chapter 5). Nevertheless, his code of body language connected to broader social notions of how girls ought to move, and his choreography helped to solidify a particular kind of embodiment that continues to feel “right” for girls and women forty years later.
Jacqueline Warwick, Girl Groups, Girl Culture: Popular Music and Identity in the 1960s
All this fuss over fusions had me thinking about my SamSteve Crystal Gemvenger AU. Sam’s Almandine and Steve’s Moonstone combine to form Milky Quartz. I was going for something majestic with an angelic fury feel, and I think I nailed it~
I decided to start with my two favorites, Sam and Steve.
For Steve’s gem, I went with moonstone, right there on his forehead. The gem meaning has a lot to do with personal journeys, which I think really suits Steve. His secondary powers include shield bubbles and being able to fight without his booty shorts riding up.
For Sam, I picked almandite (or almandine garnet) in a diamond shape on his back, just like where Lapis Lazuli’s wings came from. And just like Lapis Lazuli, his top is backless. Gotta show off those strong back and shoulder muscles, after all. He may or may not also have healing kisses and a red falcon familiar.
Keep an eye out for the rest of these, coming soon hopefully~
Naomi se acomodaba en el salón de su casa en Australia para ver una película. Era de noche, acababa de ayudar a su pequeña hermana a dormir; esperaba que no tuviese pesadillas esa noche. Se alistó con una bolsa de popcorn acaramelado antes de ir a su sofá. Encendió el blu-ray y la tv preparándose para llorar con la cinta romántica. En un momento tuvo deseos de ir por un vaso de agua a la cocina, necesitaba encontrar el control remoto para darle pausa y no perderse el final cuando en vez del artículo se pilló con la mano de la joven. - ¡Casi me matas del susto! - ya no le impresionaba como en el principio encontrarse a sus compañeros, ahora sabía que en cualquier momento podría conversar con ellos y así no sentirse tan sola. “You did it. You saved us.” sonaba la tv a distancia.