Soap: My Homage To The Long-Running One-Hour Serial! See the entire collection here on the Superstars page:
For decades, women of all sorts (and some men, even) have been suspending their disbelief and immersing themselves in “their stories”. I sheepishly admitted to my (now) husband that I was one of them when we first started dating. He didn’t seem to think I was any less human for it, which was nice. We were both surprised to find that I watch the same soaps his grandmother did. This was remarkable only because most people stick with one network for their soap fix, and his grandmother and I both watched NBC and ABC soaps.
I’ve been watching soaps (Days Of Our Lives and One Life To Live) since I was 11, and once high school was over and I had the opportunity to watch each day, I became more fascinated – not so much with the characters themselves, but with how they were written. A character’s status of good or evil can change with the day, and as far as I could tell, that status usually depends on who is writing them at the moment. They rarely kill anyone, but even when they do, that character’s return is only a matter of time, or other gigs. One time Mr. Sarah walked in to see what I was guffawing at, and once he saw that someone was in a coma, he said, “His contract must be under negotiation.”
Soaps have always been a bright spot, something I record during the day and look forward to as I get to work in the evening. On days I’m not feeling particularly inspired, my soaps might be the only thing that get me into the studio. I’ve never been one to think of the characters as my friends, or imagine myself as one of them… it’s just that the stories keep me laughing without distracting me too much from my work. I can hardly wait to see what happens next, even though it’s always predictable. But sometimes not… so I just have to keep watching! I am so familiar with the characters and their voices that sometimes I don’t even need to look up. And if I do miss something, there’s no need to panic – it will be rehashed again soon. And probably a time or two after that.
"the good daughter" from the z-beads SOAP collection - february 2, 2012
Another thing I appreciate about soaps is that they aren’t particularly violent, besides the occasional bitch slap. If anyone does suffer greater violence, it’s generally more or less implied rather than played out blow-by-blow. TV drama without graphic violence is something of a rarity these days. (Remember the Brady Bunch days? They weren’t even allowed to show the toilet in the bathroom the kids shared, because it was too disgusting for television.) And when they’re trying to make a statement about a hot-button issue (homosexuality, teen pregnancy, whatever) it’s dragged out long enough for us to see how it’s dealt with, and then lived with. But, unfortunately, anything goes, so you shouldn’t make any life-changing decisions based on what a soap character does in a similar situation… but it sure makes for some lively entertainment!
So, I guess you could say that with this new series I just rolled out, I’ve revealed my undeniable familiarity with the daytime serial. I’ve kept this fact about myself closely guarded over the years because people do usually laugh at you and think you’re a big dork when you tell them. As I’ve aged, I’ve grown less worried about what people think of me, and now that I’m perfectly willing to admit that I watch soaps, they’re dropping like flies. As you can surmise by the descriptions for each bead set, I don’t take them too seriously – the schemes are too harebrained and the stories are too impossible and the characters are just too pretty to be taken TOO seriously. And I think I needed a little extra something to help me focus now that I must live without my Beloved (One Life To Live), and who knows, this may not be the only themed series!
And thanks so much for coming to the Superstars sale! It went great, and as of this moment, there are a couple of things still available. Please have a look, if for no other reason than to read the descriptions. They’re a riot, if I do say so myself…
In other news, I actually had a booger today. Isn’t that fantastic!? Okay, sorry, I know nobody really likes their own boogers, let alone hearing about other people’s boogers, but the fact that my nose is no longer running like a faucet is big news. It’s far too easy to take boogers for granted until you have way too many or none at all. Also, metalwork is coming up soon, I actually have quite a few orders to do and a pretty clean slate for February, so there’s no telling what I’ll come up with during this time. And I got a new tool or 5 to help me speed up the process.
Thanks for reading…
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