Guest Blog- Jeremy Edwards and Jeremy Edwards!!

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October 15  |  Book Publications, eBooks  |   Kay Jaybee

I am chuffed to bits to have the wonderful Jeremy Edwards with me!! Over to you Jeremy…

Thank you, fabulous Kay, for inviting me here today!

Though I’m a guest on this blog, I’ve taken the liberty of bringing along a guest of my own:

Young Jeremy Edwards

*My thirteen-year-old writer self!*

There he is at the typewriter in early 1976, possibly writing the very story shown in the screen-capture excerpt. At the risk of interrupting a writer in flow—after all, I *know* he managed to finish the story, so we needn’t worry too much—I’m going to initiate a little person-to-same-person-only-younger chat.

OLD JEREMY

I’m very impressed with your prose, I have to say. (I trust it’s not unseemly for me to compliment myself in this fashion. I think enough time has elapsed to make it OK.) Kudos to you for changing “remember” to “recall,” when you’d just had “remembered” two sentences earlier. That’s exactly what *I* would do!

YOUNG JEREMY

Cool.

OLD JEREMY

Along those lines, you might want to watch out for an excess of “almosts”—you have three in that first paragraph. Keep in mind you can use “nearly” or “practically.” And don’t overlook the possibility that the qualifier might actually be unnecessary in some instances.

Also: The Robins/Robinson thing works neatly, but in general I advise steering clear of character names ending in “s,” because the possessives become awfully messy…

YOUNG JEREMY

[Nods absently while leafing through Mad magazine.]

OLD JEREMY

Anyway … I notice that your story excerpt is set in what was then the future, with a specific reference to a “past” event in 2010. This made me laugh when I pulled the story out of the filing cabinet and read it for the first time in a decade or two, because it happened to *be* 2010 at the time. Any particular reason you chose that specific year?

YOUNG JEREMY

I just wanted something different from 2000, because everyone writes about the future being in 2000. And 2001 has been used, too.

Jeremy Edwards- All Grown Up!

OLD JEREMY

Actually, Clarke later wrote a sequel called 2010. But I believe that’s after your time.

So is this what you want to be, a writer?

YOUNG JEREMY

Well, I really want to be a famous actor. You know, a comedian and movie star. And be on TV, of course.

OLD JEREMY

Ah. Well, *in a way*, you will be on TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_MQqEweGQI&feature=player_embedded

YOUNG JEREMY

I love acting. I was in one play this winter—I was the star!—and there was a cute girl in the cast …

OLD JEREMY

Yes, I remember!

YOUNG JEREMY

But sometimes I just feel like sitting down and writing a story. It’s neat when that happens.

OLD JEREMY

I agree.

By the way, your wristwatch is facing in an odd direction.

YOUNG JEREMY

It keeps sliding around! It really bugs the hell out of me.

OLD JEREMY

I know. I stopped wearing them altogether—even before we had portable phones that gave us the time.

YOUNG JEREMY

Are they picture phones?

OLD JEREMY

The portable ones? No, not per se.

YOUNG JEREMY

I have a friend whose dad works for the phone company, and he says we’ll all have picture phones soon. They got to test one out in their house.

OLD JEREMY

That sounds great—if you don’t mind having other phone-company families as your only friends.

YOUNG JEREMY

Hahahaha. I like your sense of humor.

OLD JEREMY

I hoped you might.

YOUNG JEREMY

But I always imagined you’d have a mustache.

OLD JEREMY

By the way, you might be interested to know that my latest novel is set in the 1930s.

YOUNG JEREMY

Cool! Groucho Marx is my idol. Charlie Chaplin used to be my favorite, but that was before I knew about the Marx Brothers. Now they’re making new movies set in the thirties. Paper Moon and The Sting are two of the best movies I’ve seen. Paper Moon was the first PG movie I was allowed to go to. It’s so funny! Does your 1930s book have funny parts?

OLD JEREMY

I think I can safely say you’ll approve of it, when you’re old enough to read it. And write it.

YOUNG JEREMY

Don’t forget to put some “PG” stuff in it, like they do in the M*A*S*H books. [Does “Groucho” business with eyebrows.]

OLD JEREMY

Thank you. I’ll make a note.

The Pleasure Dial:
An Erotocomedic Novel of Old-Time Radio
by Jeremy Edwards

Available in paperback and e-book form from OC Press  and other vendors.

The year is 1934, and amiable New York gag writer Artie Plask has taken the West Coast plunge. His first day on staff with a top radio show introduces him to the irresistible Mariel Fenton, a wit among wits who immediately takes an interest in all aspects of Artie’s life—especially his private life. As Artie finds his feet in a world of blustering comedians, pansexual sex goddesses, timid screen legends, exhibitionistic scriptwriters, and self-infatuated geniuses, Mariel leads him on a zany journey up and down the pleasure dial—a giddy romp through Hollywood that’s chock-full of airwaves showdowns, writing-room counterplots, devious impersonations, naked meetings, and a sensuality-drenched assortment of erotic escapades.

Thanks ever so much for popping by Jeremy- and Young Jeremy of course (not to mention the ‘TV’ Jeremy!!) Huge congrats on the paperback version of The Pleasure Dial hun! It is a wonderful book.

If any of you missed my review of this excellent work of comedy erotica, then just follow this link!

Happy reading everybody.

Kay xx

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14 Responses to Guest Blog- Jeremy Edwards and Jeremy Edwards!!

  1. K D Grace says:

    Fab conversation, Jeremy and Jeremy! Thanks for sharing it! And KJB, thanks for hosting these two brilliant writers:)

  2. Emerald says:

    Delightful! 🙂 Thanks for bringing this to us, Kay and Jeremy, and congrats indeed on the paperback release, Jeremy! I so adore The Pleasure Dial. (And I love The Sting too!)

  3. Jo says:

    Aw, Jeremy, this is so sweet 🙂

    Thanks, Kay 🙂

  4. What a fun post! Super clever and amusing. Thanks for sharing guys! xo

  5. Samantha Sade says:

    So funny, Jeremy. 🙂 Love the PG talk (I’m doing the “Groucho” business with eyebrows now). 😉

    • Kay Jaybee says:

      Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments, and for visiting today. Lol- I can just imagine you doing the Groucho eyebrows Sam!!

  6. I love this post! Thank you both!

  7. This is wonderful and so imaginative. Love the photo of young Jeremy, too. You can tell he has the writer’s spirit!

  8. Jeremy Edwards says:

    Wow, thank you all–on behalf of Young Jeremy and myself–for your response to this! We Jeremys, vintage and contemporary, had the merreist of times putting the program together; and, being the stagestruck hams that we are, your reception of course means the world to us.

    Kay, thank you so much for hosting–and indulging!–me. And big thank-yous also to host and attendees for your very kind words about Pleasure Dial.

    Note to Old Jeremy: While you’re critiquing Young J.’s “almosts,” you may want to keep an eye out for your own repetition of “by the way.” Ahem.

    And I think I speak for everyone here when I say that a video of Samantha doing “Groucho” business is essential.

    Love,
    Jeremy (1976, rev. 2012)

  9. Jeremy Edwards says:

    Note to Older Jeremy: merreist??

  10. Confidant says:

    This is so, so much fun! I adore the concept and the execution — so charming all around. And such a great visual accompaniment with the rolled-up sleeves and the scan of typewritten text. You know, I’m reminded of a confession I read a good while back, by a professional writer of pulp gay erotica who was paid by the line. He revealed that a favorite technique for doubling the lines of a passage was to have a character look at something (say, a newspaper headline or a prescription label or whatever), rub his eyes in disbelief, and then read it again to make sure his eyes weren’t deceiving him. Now I’m absolutely *not* accusing the Young Jeremy of deliberately padding his story by having Doug Robins look at the clock twice, but I *did* laugh when I recalled that bit of hack writing advice!

  11. Shar says:

    “I think enough time has elapsed to make it OK.” Yes, indeed! I feel sad when I hear people telling me how awful they were as kids, teens, youth, etc. I want to say, “No, you weren’t!” But then of course I wasn’t there. I think if someone is pretty cool now, chances are high he/she was pretty cool then too, perhaps in a different way. [Note that I avoid a labored 50 Shades allusion.]

  12. Jeremy Edwards says:

    Thank you, Confidant and Shar!