For the love of James Horner

I was sitting on the bed with the laptop on my legs, writing, when my husband came in and showed me his phone. On it was a picture of James Horner, with the headline, ‘Composer dies in plane crash’. I think it took me a full minute to digest those words before I went online to see if this was true.

We love music in my house. Me, the husband, the children. So, to hear of the sudden passing of one of my favorite composers of all time has devastated me. I was in shock.  And then, with my headphones still playing the music from my current book playlist, on comes “Hymn to the Sea’. I started crying, and haven’t stopped. I saw Titanic eleven times in the theater. And it wasn’t just because of the tragic love story. It was also because of the music. It made me feel the story. And Hymn to the Sea is one of those songs I can never listen to without wanting to bawl my eyes out just thinking about the film. But, now there’s a different reason to sob while listening to this song.

I grew up on James Horner’s music: American Tail, The Land Before Time, A Far Off Place, Cocoon, Aliens, Legends of the Fall, Titanic, Avatar…and so many, many others. Regardless of the project, he knew how to compose a score or soundtrack that you felt down into your very soul. He was only 61, and though he leaves behind a  beautiful musical legacy, my heart hurts for what else he could have given us.

My thoughts are with his loved ones. I can only imagine the sorrow they must feel. Such a sad day for us all. James Horner, you will be missed, but never forgotten.

The Worst Part of Self-Publishing

A Writer's Musings

Let’s talk about self-publishing. I’ve done it twice, and each time, I’ve learned a lot. It definitely isn’t something you’ll get completely right your first time out of the box. Self-publishing is a constant learning process, and it’s certainly not all roses and puppies. I’m here to share with you some of the most difficult parts of self-publishing. But don’t worry; it gets better 😉

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Wednesday Plans…

I hope y’all will be around Wednesday for a follow up to the hilariously controversial and ridiculously popular How To Be A Jerk Reviewer blog post that knocked all other posts on this site from their little pedestals and quickly jumped its way to the Highest Viewed title on the blog – of all time. The Jerk Reviewer post (which I’ll of course be sharing again today and tomorrow as a refresher) was really meant to make fun of the reviewing industry and all the changes it’s gone through since the explosion of technology, mainly, in my case, self-publishing. But I’m glad y’all liked it, found it funny, related in some way, or choked on your coffee while reading it, then shared it with hundreds of writer friends on Facebook and Twitter so they could choke on their coffees, too.

I love Writer Tip Wednesdays even if I don’t throw up a tip weekly, because even though I’m currently working on my 11th book (totally bragging here and not counting my published short stories), I’ve still got a lot to learn about writing, publishing and this industry in general. I’m okay with that, because let’s face it, things will continue to change and those of us writers who don’t go with the ebb and flow will get lost in the process. I don’t want to be one of those people. Seriously. It’s a legitimate fear…being lost in the writing world. It can be a dark place if you’re on your own. *shudders*

Anyway. SO, how do I follow the Jerk Reviewer post with something equally as fun and entertaining? Um, talk about myself, of course, because I am totally okay with poking fun at my own writing. It’s harder for me to do that to others. Bad Karma and all. Wednesday I’m going to highlight some of my favorite negative reviews on MY books, and go into detail about what went wrong in those reviews. And I won’t lie, I’ll probably be wearing a straight-jacket by the end, because even though I don’t have a TON of critical or negative reviews, there’s more than a handful of them. I mean, there’s definitely enough for me to post about here. Generally I follow the ‘DO NOT READ’ policy for 1 star reviews. I’m going to break that rule just for y’all. There might be copious amounts of chocolate and wine consumption going on in the background this week from my end, just warning you. But it will be worth it because if you can’t laugh at yourself, you aren’t living hard enough.

See ya Wednesday!

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