P is for PRIMA DONNA

Welcome to Day 16 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. PRIMA DONNA – originally used in opera, it is Italian for first lady used to designate the leading female singer in the opera company, the person to whom the prime roles would be given.

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She regards herself as eccentric.

Her mother says, flamboyant.

I say vulgar. Call a stone a stone, not a pebble or brick.

As a person from the "upper echelons of society", she turns her nose up at the beggar on the street corner, the pavement vendor and garbage truck collector.

Walk a mile in another man's shoes before you judge him.

Though I doubt she'd manage even a quarter of the distance with those stick legs in the high Jimmy Choos; the contrived raven-haired coiffure, vacuous smile and the wide-eyed, porcelain doll makeover resembling Morticia The Maniac.

She's a wanna-be diva with her well-chosen, oh-so-clever bon mots about the misfortune of others, all the while underpaying the illegal kitchen staff and yelling at me if I practised my Spanish with them…

Makes me wonder…

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GENRE: FICTION

24 Comments

  1. Pam Harris on April 18, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Whoa…this is good. You could write a whole novel based on this. 🙂

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Welcome to my place, Pam. Thanks for your vote of confidence in my piece. 🙂

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    She needs a smack upside the head!

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, a hard knock on the block!

  3. Julie on April 19, 2012 at 8:05 am

    This is great Michelle! I love all of the wonderful details that you've woven in down to her Jimmy Choos!

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      I tried to portray a superficial type of character – just hope it wasn't too stereotypical…

  4. Michelle on April 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Great post.  I had no idea that's where the term Prima Donna came from.  Your description was incredible.
    Michelle 🙂
    http://www.michelle-pickett.com/blog

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Your incredible comment has made my day! YAY! 🙂

  5. Debbie on April 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    She does indeed sound like a true Prima Donna.
    -Debbie

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Debbie!

  6. Shelly on April 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Fantubulous post!

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Shelly… I'll swing by your place again… soon…

  7. Leslie Rose on April 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Love Carlotta, the diva/prima donna in Phantom of the Opera.

    • michelle on April 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I love Phantom Of The Opera…. yes, she is something else… 🙂

  8. Elise Fallson on April 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    What a  Prima Donna! Love the description. There's a story itching to get out of this one… (;

  9. michelle on April 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    She is quite a character… too full of her own self-importance…

  10. Sherry Ellis on April 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

    What a great description!  I've met a few of these in the music conservatory!

    • michelle on April 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      In the entertainment industry, you find one on every stage and behind every dressing-room curtain… I call them "Drama Queens" LOL!

  11. Mina B. on April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Awesome descritption.  I want to smack her too.  

    • michelle on April 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      You will have to stand in line and wait your turn… 🙂

  12. Susan Kane on April 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm


    This was amazing!  So many references, all bound up in a sensual musical dance.  See you again soon?

    • michelle on April 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks for popping in, Susan. I'll swing by your place again soon.

  13. Cecilia on April 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Great Writing, Michelle! wow, Prima donna…I laughed at the stick legs descriptions..btw love your descriptions. So visual. 🙂

    • michelle on April 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks Cecilia! Glad you popped in…  🙂

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