Welcome to my page devoted to my “Alistair and Alexis” series of short stories.
If you scroll down past the links below, you’ll find you’ll find my ruminations on the Alistair and Alexis stories.
Stories are listed in reverse order … newest to oldest.
=========================== 2019 ===========================
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Splitting Hares” (April 19, 2019)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “A Study in Emerald” (March 31, 2019)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Into the Breach” (March 23, 2019)
Alistair and Alexis – in – “My Snappy Valentine” (February 13, 2019)
Alistair and Alexis – in – “The Deep End of the Pool” (Jan 15, 2019)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Swinging in the New Year” (Jan 1, 2019)
=========================== 2018 ===========================
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Countdown To Christmas” (Dec 16, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Breakfast in Bed” (Nov 12, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “The Haunted Belfry” (Oct 31, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — Kissing Cousins (Oct 28, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Go To the Grocery Store (Oct 21, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Falling For You” (Sept 28, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Attend an Art Exhibit (Sept 18, 2018)
(Note: This is a re-write of the very first A&A story below.)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “The Disappearing Act” (August 2, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “My Hero!” (July 26, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis — in — “Swinging From the Rafters” (June 23, 2018)
An Alistair and Alexis Quickie — “A Swing and a Miss” (June 19, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Attend a Ribbon-Cutting (June 16, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Go To a Museum Fundraiser (May 6, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis – in – The Height of Absurdity (April 21, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Go to the Theater (April 8, 2018)
Alistair and Alexis Celebrate Valentine’s Day (February 12, 2018)
=========================== 2017 ===========================
The following story was an 8-part Christmas series I was writing centered around seasonal preparations in the Callington household. I warn you up front that it is not finished.
The Alistair and Alexis Christmas Special (December 7, 2017)
Alistair and Alexis Go to a Board Meeting (April 5, 2017)
Alistair and Alexis Go to an Antique Shoppe (March 12, 2017)
Alistair and Alexis Go to a Concert (February 28, 2017)
Alistair and Alexis Attend an Auction (February 25, 2017)
Alistair and Alexis at the Art Gallery (February 10, 2017)
One day, on a whim, and without much forethought, I created the characters Alistair and Alexis Callington. It was really just an attempt to write some flash fiction, and the result was a story called, “Alistair and Alexis at the Art Gallery”.
I have always loved writing lighthearted comedy in the vein of P. G. Wodehouse, E. F. Benson, Joseph C. Lincoln, Dorothy Parker, and a few others. Wodehouse in particular wrote comedic romps that consisted of a good deal of “romp” and just enough romance to make the romping that much more hilarious. While I in no way can hold a candle to Wodehouse, I was enthralled with his style of writing from the moment I read him for the first time decades ago, and since that time I have always wanted to create my own little universe that was as idyllic as a Wodehousian one. The problems encountered in Wodehouse’s universe were well bounded, had a certain innocence about them, were generally harmless, and were intrinsically comic in nature.
My Alistair and Alexis universe is the same in nature, though it is set in modern times. I wanted very much to set it in the 1920s and 1930s but, frankly, I found the research to be too daunting and, having to stop frequently to look up certain things often interrupted my flow of ideas. Besides, that particular universe had already been done.
The main difference between the “Alistair and Alexis” series and most romantic romps, is that Alistair and Alexis are married already and are quite in love with each other, even if they have different ways of approaching the world. Therefore, the romance tends to be ready-made, versus a typical comedic ploy of having the man pursuing the woman, or vice versus (or alternately, one party or the other trying to avoid a romantic engagement).
Alistair’s and Alexis’ differences in viewpoints and personalities provide the ingredients to turn any situation into a comic one. Alexis tends to be no-nonsense and practical and, though somewhat petite, is a bit of a firecracker. On the other hand, Alistair spends most of his time trying to avoid conflict, though he tends to be highly impetuous and prone to getting himself into scrapes. This dynamic means that, almost of necessity, Alexis tends to be the foil to Alistair’s antics.
I admit unashamedly that they live in an idyllic world that is free from politics and global strife and hardship and controversy. Frankly, those things can be read about anywhere at any time merely by turning on a laptop or cell phone or TV. Even more tragic than that, one can experience those things first hand just by leaving one’s home and going outside into the world. I have always believed that we need escape from all that sometimes. Not all the time, certainly, but when one’s head is being held under water by a society in constant turmoil, it’s nice to come up for a breath of air once in awhile.
The very first Alistair and Alexis story I wrote was more or less stream of consciousness. I hadn’t thought of a plot. I hadn’t fleshed out Alistair and Alexis beyond the fact that they were man and wife, were polar opposites of each other, and had a certain amount of means to free them from the typical toils that consume most of our days. So, in the first story, the roles are actually reversed. Alexis is the martini-swilling, effete, one-liner machine, whereas Alistair was a bit more reserved and was the foil. By the second story, that was completely reversed.
Initially, their relationship to each other seemed to be mostly comic. They both seemed to exist merely to play off of each others’ remarks, without any real affection between the two of them. I soon realized that this made them one-dimensional and not very sympathetic. So, over time, I tried to make it apparent that they actually do love each other with deep affection, though they can still be somewhat reserved in how they show it. Alistair, in particular, is unashamedly dotty about Alexis and never misses an opportunity to demonstrate his affection in word and deed. Alexis tends to be a bit more reserved in her affections towards Alistair, though she shows him in her own way that she is ga-ga over him.
Copyright ©2018 by Biff Sock Pow
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