Hey everyone, happy Friday! I know that usually I do YA Indie Carnival on Fridays, but today, it’s a special occasion. I’m hosting one of my writerly besties on her blog tour… yay! So without further ado, I give you… Fisher Amelie!
“The 25 Day Tour of Bad Aces”
Yo! My name is Fisher Amelie and I wrote this little story called Callum & Harper. Yesterday’s post on Laura Elliott’s Blog was a letter I found crumpled up in Charlie James’ trash. If you haven’t read it. You might want to before you delve into this one. Read it here. It should explain the dynamics between my secondary’s Charlie and Cherry.
Anyway, so I’ve rummaged through Cherry Bomb’s trash but, much to my dismay, she’d emptied her waste basket. Must’ve been trash day. *Snaps!* But I didn’t stop there. I snuck around her little flat and came up with a few interesting things.
Okay, I studied her fridge and came up with a couple of ‘Charlie’ themed tributes. They are best friends who are hopelessly in love with the other after all.
Okay, so these are tickets to Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Though Charlie and Cherry go to a lot of films together, this one was particularly memorable because they had bought the tickets a week in advance but during the week’s wait, Charlie had come down with the most awful head cold. Cherry was ready to cancel but Charlie insisted they go because Cherry had ‘so looked forward to seeing the film and he didn’t want to spoil it’. It was funny to Cherry because Charlie spent the entire time whining like a baby, bundled like he was standing on the peak of Everest, and cuddling up to Cherry like he couldn’t get her sick. In the end, they left the film early and Cherry took care of Charlie the entire night. The next day, Charlie had to take care of Cherry because she, much to his dismay, became ill.
This pic was taken when Cherry and Charlie went to a Muse concert together.
Cherry remembers this as being one of the best concerts she’s been to because she and Charlie were forced to sit in front of two teenage boys who thought it ridiculously hilarious to throw paper balls made from their straw wrappers into the nachos of a man three times their size in front of them. Their giggles got them caught. It wasn’t a pretty sight in the end. P.s. Charlie bought the man new nachos.
This is the backstage pass that Charlie got when he started being recognized for his producing abilities.
He took Cherry along for the ride because, well, they’re best freaking friends, of course and he couldn’t have imagined her not there. When they met Gwen, Charlie was as cool as a cucumber but Cherry mumbled giddily at her like a pre-teen Justin Bieber fan. Charlie could only laugh and guide her quietly away. Cherry remembers it differently. Apparently, she ‘can never forgive Charlie for ruining her Gwen moment. They could have been best friends for all he knew’. Charlie is constantly apologizing for being such an uncaring fool though he suspects Cherry is aware of what really happened. They share secret smiles over this.
This is the Playbill from the time Cherry begged Charlie to take her to see the Broadway show, Clue.
Charlie claims to hate plays but Cherry knows he was only pretending to appear, and she quotes, ‘beastly’. She chose ‘Clue’ because Charlie was a huge fan of Tim Curry in the film version. Afterwards, they had ice cream from Serendipity’s on East 60th because Charlie knows Cherry loves their Pineapple Sundaes. They trade off Serendipity trips as an understood ‘thank you’ without ever having to say it. They have trouble verbalizing themselves. Hmm. Seems to be a theme in the novel.
This is a candid shot of the taxi driver who cussed Charlie and Cherry out for the outrageous audacity of being tall, making it impossible for him to see out of the rear windshield of his cab and therefore giving him good enough reason to kick them out. At 6’4″, Charlie took massive offense to this as it was raining and Cherry would get wet. At 6′, Cherry found this to be hilarious enough to warrant a pic of the kook.
This is a pic Charlie caught of Cherry when they went for a picnic in Central Park. He gave it to her to stick on her fridge. He has the same one in his wallet.
This is a pic of the rooftop garden Cherry spent months creating for Charlie. It’s his favorite place in the entire world and where he writes his best music. They often meet for breakfast here, sometimes lunch, and often dinner. They play chess on Sundays here as well. Occasionally, when neither of them have a show, they’ll throw wine parties at Charlie’s flat but often find themselves congregating here by themselves so they can talk. It’s also the setting for the infamous ‘kissing scene’ in Callum & Harper.
Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, ‘Jonah’, and her Beta, ‘Whale’. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right?
Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storag container in her closet as a kid. She didn’t put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her,
“Hey, I like writing”. She’s a bit dense.
“No, I’m not.”
“Yes, you are. Put down that Oreo, your butt can’t take any more.”
Anyway, she likes to write and has finally beaten her self-esteem into submission enough to allow herself to be scrutinized under the ‘other readers’ microscope. “No! No! Not a cover slip! Last time it gave me a ra….” (mumbling)
***Callum & Harper description:
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the ‘eighteen disease’ with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they’re forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can’t ever be acted upon because they’re both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B’s can be.
Well, except for the psycho from Harper’s past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there’s the little issue that neither of them knows they’re in love with the other.
Needless to say, Callum & Harper’s life just got a bit more complicated.
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” – Callum Tate
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