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Porn scribe’s diary 12/2/12: Oh to be vamped by Marta Toren or Debbie Linden…!

02 Dec

Lately I’ve been very wrapped up in myself and feeling much like a “man alone.” One reason is my natural reclusiveness; I like to spend time by myself, reading books and magazines, watching films, browsing on the computer. The other reason is business; as a freelancer I am always looking out for more work opportunities, and it takes up a lot of my time and attention. When you add to this the fact that I basically already have a full-time freelance job writing copy for adult websites and columns for erotic magazines, it doesn’t leave much time for other people. I like to socialize; in fact, I would rather spend my time hanging out–I certainly did a lot of that in my twenties before I became a very busy porn magazine editor as well as freelance story and script writer on the side; but lately, even though I have less work now that I don’t edit magazines, I feel time is getting more and more precious. I guess this could be simply because I am much older now than when I was sitting in an office until midnight writing and assembling the pictures for my first smut mags, Game and Partner back in late 1981 to early 1983.

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As you can see from the coverlines, my current obsession with kinky behavior is nothing new. The late British beauty Debbie Linden is the covergirl on both issues–she was one of my favorite models back then. I got the cover images above from the great online magazine source Oldmags.com.

Anyway, back to the present. Once a week I get together with some fellow vintage movie buffs and we watch old films. Last week we watched a suspense film from 1952 that featured Claude Rains and the beautiful Marta Toren, entitled The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, released in the USA as Paris Express. It was based on a novel by Georges Simenon, one of my favorite writers of psychological suspense. Below is a vintage European poster I found at a cool film blog here.

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Marta Toren, who died in her early thirties, had a short but busy career. Swedish like her countrywoman and friend Ingrid Bergman, she worked with many of the top leading men of the 40s and 50s. Marta held her own with Humphrey Bogart in Sirocco, a kind of “anti-Casablanca,” and she was fetching and cunning as she manipulated Claude Rains in The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, in which she’s often photographed in a Technicolor manner that resembles the noir paperbacks of the era.

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I’m glad I get out for “movie night” once a week, but sometimes my impulse is just to stay in my cocoon.

I’ve been feeling reluctant to blog too, lately, so I’m going to try to do short posts to get back into the swing of it, just sharing quick thoughts and maybe a picture or two. Sometimes I think I make this into too much of a production. (That’s my problem in general; I make everything into too much of a production.) Another problem is I feel more and more that I shouldn’t be spending my time writing for free on this blog, when I want to find more freelance work. I feel this even though I started this blog to promote my erotica ebooks which you can find here. Such is the nature of being a self-employed writer–you’re always looking for more gigs. And yet, when I get into it, I really enjoy blogging; it’s a great form of expression that enables me to utilize my two strongest talents: writing and picture-editing. Once I get going, I could blog all day…

By the way, my ebooks are also available at Amazon UK, France, Italy, Germany, India, Spain, and Japan; just search for “Irv O. Neil” in your country’s online Kindle store and you’ll find my listing of books. And if you’ve read any of my titles, feel free to leave a comment on this blog or a review on Amazon. Your feedback is greatly encouraged and appreciated. I would love to know your thoughts, pro or con! As the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in 1847, “What a writer asks of his reader is not so much to like as to listen.”

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