James Bond and Gibsonton, Florida

James Bond Gibson Jr. gave name to Gibsonton, Florida. Many circus folk made a home in this small town. The super-spy also has ties to people we call freaks, Nick Nack, the dwarf, played by Herve Villechaize in The Man with Golden Gun, Jaws, the giant with jagged-steel teeth. Ian Fleming used Florida as a setting parts of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die.

Plus:

Thunderball(1965) filmed in Florida

Mooraker(1979) filmed parts at Silver Springs, Florida, and there is the Space Coast connection.

Licence to Kill(1985) was partially filmed in the Keys

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Cutting the Crap out of my Novel

The first book that I wrote is the second in the series and being the first made it the worst–I needed to cut the crap. Hopefully, I will publish in October. On chapter held a bunch of trivia, but it was too difficult to follow, so I made some serious cuts and may make more. Losing the trivia sucks, but it seemed necessary.

Broken Tongue

Speech problems, as a child, caused social difficulties which still linger. I wish to understand the original problem, but can’t fully reconstruct the original problem. For certain, I didn’t handle the ‘s’ in words such as snake, smoke, and smile. People have laughed at my pronunciation of ‘oil’, but I suspect I just use the ‘ol’ as in ‘control’ rather than emphasizing the ‘oi.’

My mom said I was a quiet baby and was intelligible until age 5. Childhood apraxia of speech is my best guess at the original problem, but it is just a guess. The Native American side of the family seems to be the problem because my granddad and his sons failed to speak clearly, and granddad’s grandmother was Native American. I’ve always known about my grandmother’s Spanish ancestry, but I didn’t realize my Native American side had Spanish ties, until I learned my  great-great grandmother’s full name; and now I suspect she came from one of the original tribes of Florida–Seminoles are foreigners. With such an extremely unique heritage, it is nearly impossible to know whether my tribe had issues. Lookup the Timucua Language and you will see the term ‘language isoloate’ meaning it has no known connection to other languages.

The Timucua language has 14 consonants; while the English language has 24. Timucua uses fewer consonant clusters than other languages and ‘sn’ as in snake is a consonant cluster and the difference in vowel usage is even greater–the ‘oy’ as in boy, is not used in the Timucua language.  As natives, my family has always had to adapt to invaders, but there are struggles to adapt and speech may be a struggle inherent to my tribe. Tribes in northern North America have a note problem with stuttering, so my tribe may have different problem. I’ll never get answers to my questions because I’m uniquely native in a land where everyone not related to me–comes from somewhere else.

The Karpoi– The Seeds of Creation

Language is flexible, so fruit doesn’t always mean a ‘sweet treat to eat.’ One phrase(an idiom), fruits of labor means rewards we receive for work done. Translate fruit into Greek and you arrive a karpos. Our vocabulary often comes from the gods, the word chlorophyll comes from the Chloris, the Greek goddess and karpos came from the Karpoi, Greek deities who brought forth the fruit of the earth which may or may-not be actual fruit. Minerals such as iron are fruit of the earth. The Kabeiroi(the Cabeiri) are craftsmen deities(iron-workers) who shape the fruits of the earth. the similarity between Karpoi and Kabeiroi comes from flexible vocabulary. Mythical Little People often slip in and create mischief or objects then slip back out without being seen. Santa’s elves are creator deities.

Mythology is a confusing mess, so it’s fitting that the most ancient of myths contains a foundation decree, known as the Mes–a mess without an ‘s’. The cult, in my novels, is the Cabeiri and a dwarf is their leader. The Cabeiri of Greece are similar to the Phoenician Patakoi, who are related to the Egyptian Ptah–and all fall into the category of mythical Little People.

Cowford and Bosporus

Bosporus is where Io from Greek mythology crossed after she was transformed into a cow; thus, Bosporus is the Cowford (cow passage) of Istanbul. Jacksonville, Florida, was once named Cowford because this was where cattlemen crossed the St. Johns River. I make allusions in my novels and in the second book this allusion makes an appearance. People may not be able to figure out what I’m alluding to, so I wrote this post. In the tale, Zeus hides Io from Hera by transforming the girl into a cow, but Hera knows and sends Argus, a giant with 100 eyes to keep Zeus from making a booty-call, so Zeus sends Hermes to distract the watchful giant, but Hera sees all and sends a gadfly to pester Io; thus, Io runs away and crosses Bosporus and arrives at Mt. Caucasus where Prometheus is chained up; the Titan tells her she will be transformed back and give birth to greatest of all heroes; in the end Zeus finally gets his booty-call and Io gives birth to Hercules.

Argus, who was slain by Hermes, is not forgotten; Hera commemorates his 100 eyes through the peacock’s tail.

Strippers in Florida Fiction and Non-Fiction

Florida probably holds the most strip clubs and certainly the most books featuring strippers. Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen is the most famous of these books, Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey probably ranks second. Garden of Last days by Andre Dubus III has probably comes in third. Naked in Garden Hills by Harry Crews began the trend. Troika by Adam Pelzman is a modern love story. The Miracle Strip by Nancy Bartholomew is the first book in a mystery series featuring a Florida stripper. Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard is a non-fiction collection of essays; in which, the first features a stripper, if I’m not mistaken. Strip City by Lily Burana is a autobiography.

Factions of a Dwarf by M. Brace DeFreak is my book about a female dwarf and a fertility cult which operates an adult entertainment network. A genetic memory drug is prime element; through which, the reader can explore Florida history and trivia. A dwarf, who came with the Pedro Menendez and his conquistadors, inspired my use of a dwarf; and the fact that many circus performers settled in Gibsonton, Florida. Florida is indirectly named after Flora, the Roman goddess–thus the fertility cult seemed fitting. Ghosts conjured by drug provides much of the humor.

Bette Midler–Just Another White Elitist

The same week, Mariano Rivera makes the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, and speaks of his love and respect for Trump–Bette Midler says Trump must pay Blacks to be in photographs supporting him. Obviously, Rivera isn’t poor and in need of bribery; this the famed reliever must like Trump even though Rivera is a Hispanic with very brown skin. Midler doesn’t believe Blacks or Browns can make decisions with their head rather than their need for a bribe,

Trump and Rivera support Israel’s right to exist, so neither hate Jews. Midler is Jewish and considering her White/Jewish elitist behavior probably has uses WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) as a derogatory term for Protestants; even though, Protestant isn’t a religion (it’s a variously related group of religions) and though Protestants formed the foundation of the US and gave freedom of religion; which; allows Jews and other religions to be citizens. The reason Protestant favored freedom of religion is due in large part to the Bartholomew’s Day Massacre when Catholics killed non-Catholics in France–just another Holocaust.

I’ve seen White Elitist hate aimed at me (I’m part Native American and my ancestors can honestly be called the first Hispanics, in the continental US of A.) I’m more native to Florida than the average Jew in Israel is native to Israel. I understand why Jews want a haven, but a hatred toward American Protestants extremely despicable because American Protestants fought against Hitler and generally support the Jewish right to exist, something some religious countries fight against.

I would say Midler should go back to where she comes from, but she her ancestors took advantage of Protestant America’s belief in religious freedom. As one of the truest natives of Florida–I believe she should be stripped of cash to live in a poverty level lower than myself if she sets foot in my homeland. MY Native American ancestors never signed a treaty and we’ve been invaded and hated too many times.

The Iambic In Iambic Pentameter Sucks

I look at examples of iambic pentameter and I agree on many lines, but the stress on some syllables seem ambiguous, at best, and just plain wrong, in my opinion, in some instances. Iambe is the character from mythology; for which, the Iambic foot is named, an my novel features Baubo, who is considered equivalent to Iambe, so I’m trying to create a poem in Iambic form. Counting syllables is easy and rhyming is doable, but I sometimes want to argue with people about which syllables are stressed and unstressed.

‘From Conch To Launch,’ the name of my poem is obviously iambic in form, but creating a poem without ambiguous amount of stress between words–will suck. I typed ‘example of iambic pentameter’ into google and the following is first example from the list and I don’t agree that “breathe’ is unstressed versus ‘knock’ and ‘shine’ which come before and after:

Here are examples of iambic pentameter in use: From “Holy Sonnet XIV” by John Donne: “As yet but knock, breathe, shine and seek to mend. Every other word in these two lines of poetry are stressed.Aug 5, 2017

Iambic Pentameter Examples, Definition and Worksheets | KidsKonnect

https://kidskonnect.com/language/iambic-pentameter/

You can cheat the syllables, but it’s still an unnatural cheat.

The Goddess Who Gives Florida, Her Name

Catholics named Florida, but the name originates with Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and the flowers who decorate her season. Pagan gods are forever threaded into language, so Christianity and other religions can’t separate from more ancient days.  Juan Ponce de León named the land, he came to, La Florida because he landed in the season of Pascua Florida (“Flowery Easter”). The abundance of flora gave further reason for the name.

Flora has another tie to Florida–Flora Disney, Walt’s mother. This tidbit of trivia is alluded to in my second novel. I created a character named Flora Holder, an ancestor of the male main characters of my novels. The last name, Holder, comes from my ancestry, but I used Flora as a first name to commemorate the goddess. My Native American ancestry comes from the Holder side of my family, so I Flora Holder is my goddess.

Steampunk Bows and Arrows

Comic books created high-tech bows and arrows with characters such as Hawkeye and Green Arrow, but my idea for a Steampunk/Western mini-theme park got me thinking about how I could steampunk the Injuns. The feasibility of actual weapons is difficult to gauge, but there are a couple of feasible possibilities. A fireworks arrow would put on a show and that’s what my novel’s main character wants to do,