David Bowie appears in my new book, How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party. Sort of.
Bowie and the Basket Case is a short work of fiction. It’s completely legal to use the name of famous people in your literature. But there are limitations. Micheal Ondaajte has used historical figures, gave them secret lives.
The story must be clearly a work of fiction. And, if it is someone living, I’d be careful what I say about them. They have good lawyers.
The star of my story, however, is the basket case. But which one is the real basket case?
I grew up in a tough neighborhood. (don’t stereotype me)
I was in a band. (for about 5 minutes)
I was in a few movies. (another 5 minutes)
I wrote my first “novel”at the age of 11. (an angst ridden piece about a girl who is kidnapped because she witnessed a crime)
I was actually kidnapped. (not at 11/that story is waiting for publication)
I always have wanted to own a Munster-like house.
I’ve gotten lost in every major city I’ve ever been (including abroad. Trust me when I say every country/every city has neighborhoods you don’t want to be lost in at dusk)
I keep a lot of random facts as well as insignificant details in my brain. (jokes don’t stick tho)
now the stalkers know – don’t be a stalker….
Today is the 166st anniversary of Poe’s Death
One of the most valuable things on this planet, to me, is leaving your mark, affecting others, effecting change – making a difference, somehow, someway, to someone.
Edgar Allan Poe affected all of our lives by those he inspired. He inspired artists, musicians, authors, and others.
Poe wrote one of the first published detective stories, The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Inspired by the character Dupin, Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes studied, differentiated, analyzed evidence to solve crimes. Prior to Holmes, the study of evidence at crime scenes was elementary, limited. The science of forensics was inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories.
Forensics, as we know it today, was developed over a long time, inspired by writers who were inspired by others, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and his ability to focus in on details that others glossed over. Poe left a very big mark on our society.