A Little Writing Music…

I am working on the novel today.  So many new ideas!  The creative part of my brain is moving faster than I can type.

In the meantime, these are just a few of the songs on my playlist today as I try to figure this all out.  Enjoy your Saturday!

Currently Listening To:

ZZ Ward “Last Love Song” “All these notes and all these words are all that’s left in me. Bend these pages, count my woes.  One last song to set me free.”

Steve Moakler “Suitcase”  “Everybody wants to chase the rainbow and find a pot of gold, hoping for a suitcase full of money, but all I want is you, honey.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Walls”  “Some things are over. Some things go on. Part of me you carry. Part of me is gone.”

Everclear “Learning How To Smile”  “Yes I know there ain’t no finish line. I know this never ends but I’m just learning how to fall and climb back up again.”

Jason Aldean “Night Train”   “Got a moon and a billion stars, sound of steel and old boxcars.  The thought of you is driving me insane…”

 

It’s All A Lot of Oysters, But No Pearls…

“If you think that I could be forgiven, I wish you would…” – Counting Crows

Confessions:  I have only written half of Chapter 25 of Canaan’s Promise.  I am still editing the novel I have been working on for the past three years (which is currently being called “Finally”, but I have a feeling that may change soon).  And…as if I did not have enough on my writing to-do list, I am now playing around with an idea for a new short story, which may or may not be published on Wattpad, depending on how things go.

So I apologize for not blogging more often, and for not updating Canaan’s Promise in a more timely fashion.  The new idea came to me out of the blue, and it’s not like anything I have ever written about in the past, so it has my full attention at the moment.  My new writing endeavor is something akin to that really cute, cool older boy in high school who you think is way out of your league, but then he winks at you in the hallway one day and leaves you thinking, “Well, maybe…”.

I have no business putting my time and energy into any new projects, given my busy work schedule and the two projects I have already committed myself to.  However, the ideas swimming through my brain are too persuasive to ignore.  The only issues I have with the new project (Notice how I am already referring to it as a “project”.) is that a good part of the story is autobiographical, which for me is extremely difficult to write honestly about.  I need to be honest because it’s a  better narrative than anything I can make up in my head.  But parts of it are painful and somewhat embarrassing to revisit – and to see it in print – so I find myself changing small scenes here and there.  Ultimately, though, what I keep coming back to is that the truth is so much more powerful than anything I could create.

I have been keeping up with the recent activity on Canaan’s Promise, though, and I do appreciate your wonderful comments and votes!  For everyone who has been reading and responding, and adding the story to their lists, please know I SO appreciate your time and I will be updating very soon!  You guys are the best!

Currently Listening To:

“A Long December” – Counting Crows

Spread the Joy

grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun 
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”

It is amazing to me how much you can change someone’s day for the better by telling them how much you appreciate them.  Imagine having the kind of power that brings a smile to someone’s face, and joy to their heart!

You DO have that power!  Let someone know!  Share that joy!  What are you waiting for?

For Your Listening Pleasure…

Last 5 songs on shuffle…

Ray Lamontagne “Shelter”  “Has anybody ever made such a fool out of you?”

Ryan Adams “Come Pick Me Up”  “I wish you’d make up my bed so I could make up my mind.”

Holly Williams “The Highway”  “I am wishing for the life that I used to live, giving everything that I had to give.”

Sam Hunt “Make You Miss Me” (Acoustic Version)  “I ain’t gonna be that easy to leave.”

Chris Stapleton “Fire Away”  “Your love might be my damnation, but I’ll cry to my grave.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today was a very hectic day at my “real job” (aka the one that earns me money…for now), and then I raced back home to get some ideas on paper before they flew out of my brain and were forever lost.  I was absorbed in my own little world that I completely forgot what day it was until I looked at my phone and saw all the sappy (but still sweet) Facebook posts from my friends.

I am spending this romantic night eating a Big Mac and watching my dog growl through the window at my neighbor’s cat.  Don’t be jealous.  I am also working on Chapter 23 of “Canaan’s Promise” and hope to have it up tonight or tomorrow at the latest.

Hope you enjoy your evening, whether you are flying solo or spending it with someone special!

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

“Love Stinks” by J. Geils Band

The “A-Ha Moment”

I love words.  I could be in a restaurant, or standing in line at the bank, and during the course of an overheard conversation (because I am, by all accounts, an eavesdropper) a word will be spoken that sticks with me all day.  Or, I will be reading a book or a magazine article and a phrase or sentence will catch my eye that I will remember for weeks.

If I am lucky, once in a while, those words will inspire me.  They will give me a hint as to where my characters choose to go next;  which road they want their lives to take.  Just a few simple words I picked up days or months prior will plant the seeds for my next story, my next chapter, my next sentence.  Sometimes those words create a completely different storyline than I had planned on.  But that’s ok.  Because the words inspire.  They create.  They give life to more even words and more stories.  Those are what I call my “A-Ha Moments”.  As in, “A-Ha!  I know exactly what to do with that!”

I once wrote an entire scene based on an unexpected (and infuriating) call I received from an ex-boyfriend. (Beware, Friends and Family.  You, too, may find something familiar in my work!).  I couldn’t shake one particular part of what he told me and ended up not only using it in the story but completely altering my original outline of the story.  It was the words he used, and the feeling they conveyed that made me change the course of the storyline.  A-Ha!

Right now I am finishing up another chapter of Canaan’s Promise.  I hope to have plenty more A-Ha moments to share with you there.  In the meantime, I will be listening!

Have a great weekend!