Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mandy's Motherly Musings
Who the heck is Mandy?
The Life of Brian, second best movie ever (to The Quest for the Holy Grail) is about a case of mistaken identity. So if the world has mistaken Brian for Jesus, that would make Mandy... erm... the holy Madonna... An unlikelier person for the job could never be found. Played by Terry Jones in his repulsive, cross-dressing best, Mandy is a trollop who does sexual favors for the Romans in exchange for... erm... a luxurious life... (read: slum apartment and enough chump change to buy a fake beard and rocks to throw at Stonings.) [Probably not surprising it was banned in several places at the time for being blasphemous, but to me that just adds to the appeal]
“Myrrh? What Kind of Gift is that for a Baby?”
Indeed she has a point. Wikipedia describes it as a resin from the sap of several trees and it is used in embalming. What about a nice rattle? But for us writers, I think the point is, what is perfect for one baby... erm... agent/publisher/audience, might just go rudely unappreciated by another—there is no pleasing everyone. And even if Brian might have liked a nice embalming, the gatekeeper just couldn't seem to appreciate it, so Brian would never even know...
Cross Dressing Might Help Your Cause
“Huh, sex, sex, sex, that's all they think about, huh?”
I suppose this is just a note to keep things exciting... a little intrigue, mystery... erm... sex? I'm told it does sell...
“He's Not the Messiah, He's a Naughty Naughty Boy!”
Lesson: no matter how high you rise, there will be somebody who has always loved you who is willing to tear you back down again.
“Go Ahead. Be Crucified. See if I care!”
Our loved ones can be great cheerleaders... or not. My husband can say a nice thing now and again if good things are happening, but honestly? He doesn't want to hear me grumble and complain. He feels like he's already DONE his job, just by keeping the complaining to a minimum that this writing business is cutting into chores, family, and brain time. (you see, my memory is shot, or rather, I think, my brain is full).
So there. I guess in conclusion... if you can find something useful in Mandy's advice, you can find it ANYWHERE...