Je ne suis pas heureuse

That’s French for “I am not happy.” Why am I not happy? Well, part of it is because that’s just the kind of hairpin I am. Part of being MomGoth is having Sad days and Anxious days for no reason. Part of it is because I’ve finished two stories, and it’s always hard to say goodbye to the fun of creating and hello to the hard work of cosmetology. And part of it is the frustration of my ongoing wrestling match with my computer, not knowing if my foe is hardware or software. ~sigh~

Fortunately for me, if I translate into the French, it makes me think of one of my favorite films, Maitre de Musique (The Music Teacher), a Belgian film about a retired opera star teaching two unknowns. In one scene, the girl tells her teacher, “Je ne suis pas heureux. Non, je ne suis pas.” It’s one of the few bits of French I didn’t need the subtitles to understand.

That’s a sad scene, but it makes me think of the happiest scene, where the two protegés sing their debut at a party. The best of that is that there are lots of lovely closeup shots of Patrick Bauchau who, in this scene, is sitting with his spikey-headed protegé giving the stage the stink-eye.

Watch this with me, and then we’ll both feel happy.

All better.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What makes you feel better when you’re down? How about your main character? Your villain?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Je ne suis pas heureuse

  1. Holly Jahangiri

    July 26, 2012 at 10:16am

    I was about to say, if saying goodbye to two new stories has got you down, there’s this blog I know that could use a new one…

    Anything to make you heureuse, mon amie… (you cannot be heureux unless you’re willing to undergo a sex change, chere…)

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      Marian Allen

      July 26, 2012 at 10:31am

      Ah! C’est vrai. Je me trompe.

      And I’m working on a story for that lonely blog. I can’t get the shape of the story. It’ll come to me.

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      Marian Allen

      July 26, 2012 at 10:33am

      Oh, indeed I are! 🙂 You getting more coffee? I’ll join you. *Ahhhhhhhhhh!*

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  2. Jane

    July 26, 2012 at 7:25pm

    @Marian Allen
    Soyez joyeuse, ma belle. After all, you just SOLD YOUR BOOK(S)!!!

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      Marian Allen

      July 26, 2012 at 9:25pm

      Got a cat snuggled up to me right now, so that’s always good. Cats trump anything. 🙂

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