‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge’ Week #19 Entry Part 4) By Karen Ingalls @KIngallsAuthor #Iartg #TANKA #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to PART 4)  of the entries for my weekly: “Fiction in A Flash Challenge” WEEK #19

Today I’m featuring the contribution from Karen Ingalls.

Last week I set the following Challenge:

Hello everyone and welcome to my new “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing.  Maximum word count: 750 words.

Here is the image prompt and Karen’s Tanka contribution.

This week’s photo inspired me to write one of many stories or poems, because I lived in Hollywood the last two years of high school. I walked down Hollywood Blvd. to go to school where I had classes with Annette Funicello and Stephanie Powers.

The story within the Tanka Poem is true. I hope you enjoy it. Some happy memories about an amazing film personality came back to me.

HOLLYWOOD WAS HOME
TO THE FAMOUS MOVIE STARS
SOME LIVED IN MANSIONS
SEEN DRIVING EXPENSIVE CARS.
 
BELA LUGOSI
WHO STARRED AS COUNT DRACULA
WAS MY NEW NEIGHBOR
WHO DAILY WALKED BY MY HOUSE
SURPRISED I KNEW WHO HE WAS.
 
HE SIGNED A PHOTO
WHICH I TREASURED ALL MY LIFE
WHILE WE TALKED AND LAUGHED
ABOUT DRACULA’S STORY
NOT LIKE BELA LUGOSI.
 
HE DIED ALONE, POOR
 NOT FROM A WOODEN STAKE PLUNGED
DEEP INTO HIS HEART,
 NOR SUNLIGHT AS TOLD IN BOOKS
ABOUT THE COUNT DRACULA.
 
A HEART ATTACK TOOK
HIS LIFE OF FAME, WITHOUT WEALTH
ENDING IN A GRAVE
WEARING DRACULA’S BLACK CAPE
BURIED IN CULVER CITY.

Unfortunately, I have lost the autographed photo of Bela Lugosi. He was a sweet gentleman, who lived and died in a small apartment three houses away. He was type-cast in the role as a monster or vampire. His career declined quickly once the Dracula movies were no longer in demand. He earned large sums of money which he spent unwisely on alcohol and opiates for his chronic sciatica pain. In those days, there were no residuals.

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31 thoughts on “‘Fiction In A Flash Challenge’ Week #19 Entry Part 4) By Karen Ingalls @KIngallsAuthor #Iartg #TANKA #WritingCommunity #WritingPrompts

  1. Wow, Karen. I bet you treasured the autographed photo of Bela Lugosi for a long time. What a great memory. What a wonderful way to write your story in the poem. I loved it. I used to go to that area often also. As the traffic gets worse, I didn’t even want to go to any conferences in that area.

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    1. Hollywood Blvd has always had a lot of people and cars traveling down it. It was a safe walk to school every day in the days of the 1950s. Now, it is 100% different, dirty, and unsafe, which is sad.
      I am glad you liked the poem. Thank you for sharing, Miriam.

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  2. What a personal look into the past, Karen! We often assume that actors have a luxurious, carefree life, but many suffer, especially when their fame dwindles to nothing. Thanks for sharing those memories with us through a Tanka poem. 🙂

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    1. There were no residuals and contracts favored the studios more than protecting the actor during those early years. Due to Mr. Lugosi’s dependence on pain medications, too much of his money went towards treating his sciatica pain. He was not successful acting in any other role except as Count Dracula, so he did not get acting jobs which meant no income.
      Thanks for your comment, Yvette.

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    1. Soooz, thank you for hosting me and sharing my Tanka poem. I will share more stories though I am not sure when or how at this time. I appreciate everyone’s comments. Thank you again, Soooz, for providing us these opportunities.

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    1. He lived down the street from us for a short time before his death. I do recall him telling my dad and me about his deep friendship with Boris Karloff. Unfortunately, I do not remember any details except that they respected and truly liked one another.
      Thank you for your comment, Jacquie.

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