Jot It Down With “Jewel”

Post it notes visual assignment

When first coming across the “Post-It Notes & Grocery Lists!”, I knew exactly which character to choose, as I had just created the most sultry Femme Fatale to ever grace the noir scene. Julia “Jewel” James has a busy schedule as a legal secretary, so keeping lists and notes is the only way to keep track of it all. Plus, taking notes is part of her job description. The exact prompt states:

Choose a character or characters that you like, or choose a movie, world, whatever! Then, create Post-It notes in an image editor–multi-colored squares with handwritten-looking-text–that the character or characters in your chosen world would leave for themselves around the house. The Notes can be reminders, inside jokes, to-do-lists, grocery lists…whatever you want, write it down, then share it here! Make sure to let us know which universe/story/character you’re referencing, and include outside material (videos/clips/music, etc.) to help us understand the setting/context!

This assignment is worth 4 points.

In order to successfully answer the prompt completely, I utilized an application on my MacBook, called Stickies, that posts them to my desktop, and then I took a screenshot of them and cropped it. Additionally, I chose the font “Bradley Hand” for a handwritten effect. Since Julia James is a personally fabricated character, I was unable to link to outside material about her. Instead, I linked to several posts that I have written about “Jewel”, so that readers will understand the context surrounding her lifestyle.

“Jewel” represents the classic seductive, young, vibrant single woman in the modern age. She brings sexy back, if you will. It was extremely interesting to delve into her home life by completing this assignment. When deciding on what type of notes to write, I tried to cover all areas by including a quote, grocery list, to-do list, personal reminders, and tasks to complete. The quote was fairly easy to choose, because I focused on her personal motto of combining brains with beauty to make a lethal combination. She lives by this saying in order to motivate herself to become an independent woman who does not need a man to run her life. Her mother always stressed this to her, because she was dependent on Julia’s father for so long until they divorced. The grocery list is comprised of a series of items that include her favorite food (capers), the ingredients of her favorite drink (Ruby Red grapefruits, vodka, and sugar), and other healthy choices that help keep her fit. She also needs to get cat food for her black cat, Shadow (her noir cat, if you will). Maintaining her beauty is a crucial part of her job, considering that is why she was hired, so she reminds herself to workout and always smile. Her signature look of low-cut blouses and a pencil skirt makes her the ultimate Femme Fatale; hence why she buys tight clothes for her meetings. The to-do list may seem typical for a single woman, including such tasks as shopping and paying bills. However, one task that should catch a reader’s eye is cleaning her gun. Many of her coworkers speculate that she carries a gun, and this confirms it, along with her scheduled target practice every week. It adds a sense of darkness to her character. Julia’s individual relationships with her mom and dad vary greatly. She admires her mom for being strong enough, finally, to leave her dad. Therefore, she readily stays in contact with her through phone calls. Her dad, on the other hand, treated her mom like property, so Julia understandably does not have respect for him. Plus, he refused to pay for her to go to Harvard after the divorce, reasoning that she would marry quickly anyway and would not need to go to college. Considering this rocky relationship, it is plausible that she still contemplates emailing her dad back. Two of the personal notes highlight her backstory, by revealing her favorite movie as “Gone Girl” and her favorite book as “The Black Dahlia”. The latter post-it branches off of a previous post in which she recommends this book to her “Jewel” Book Club, based on her favorite quote from it. One of the final important post-its includes a list of clients and their phone numbers. These are women who she learns about, by doing some digging into their cases, at the law firm that she works for. She focuses on cases that deal with domestic issues similar to the ones she experienced as a child with her parents. In relation with this list of clients, she has a note to send a limo for one of their husbands. She plans to take him to dinner “discuss the case”.

Completing this assignment provided insight into “Jewel’s” character, and allowed me to further explore the noir world through a Femme Fatale’s eyes. Once I got started with ideas, I did not want to stop making post-it notes. However, I cannot give too much away about her character, yet, so I had to pause for now.