Is it really Thursday?

Yeah, how did that happen? Also, if you haven’t been exactly paying attention to the calendar this month – June is almost over. O.O If you feel the sudden urge to freak out, it’s totally okay, I’m doing that myself.

This morning I was pondering this Throwback Thursday, and realized the first half of 2015 has been a quietly productive one. The 10th TMDBook was published, and the fourth audiobook was added to the collection. Woot! The first two books of the Find Me series are available for listening now, and Dying to Remember just came out!

portrait of a beautiful blonde on the beachPiper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn, and she is faced with a new Station occupation. Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper? She must ask herself, once again, if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

Station books 1 & 2 are available on Audible via Amazon

There’s writing to do today to make a dent on the 4th Station book, and I’m feeling nostalgic, so Spotify is rotating me through songs mostly older than my kids, which oddly doesn’t feel that long ago. Third Eye Blind, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, The Verve, The Kinks, Lou Reed, The Animals, Bush, Matchbox Twenty…I could get lost in the ‘oldies’ that feel like they came out just yesterday. As my daughter inches closer to teen-hood, I’m struggling to understand how the time got away from me. It’s natural, sure. But did Semi-Charmed Life really come out the year I graduated high school? DAYUM. I remember being 18 years old like it was, well, yesterday…

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And there I am, snapped laughing (Or talking? I don’t know, but neither are all that flattering lol) with my long hair and thick eyebrows (props to Debbie Rogers for actually saving this picture and scaring the shit out of me with it by sending it to my phone a few months ago…). I don’t remember this particular day all that well, but I do remember that t-shirt: “QUIT staring at my shirt”. Ironic, considering I hated guys staring at my chest, so I wore a shirt that made them read words displayed across my chest. O.o I was SO angsty, right? *dripping sarcasm* I was a good kid. My Mom was ridiculously lucky. And after her upcoming birthday this year, my daughter is only six years away from being the age I was in the above picture. *cue Twilight Zone music…or Unwell*

I wish I’d been writing back then, that I had listened to Mr. Kirk in high school and ‘kept writing’. But I didn’t. I did kinda try, but I didn’t actually do. Not until 2011 when my daughter, who was 8 at the time, asked me what I always wanted to be when I grew up.

“A writer,” I answered.

“Well, then why aren’t you? You always tell me I can be what I want when I grow up, if I work hard,” she quipped back.

I looked at her, this perfectly innocent kid who didn’t know the first thing about writing a book, and smiled while telling her, “You know what, you’re right.”

Not a moment goes by that I don’t smile, remembering that day. Because honestly, she helped push me over the edge of ‘wanting’ and into the act of ‘doing’. Kids are fabulous at this, because for them, there’s no procrastinating. When you are 8, everything is so simple. Regardless of what you thought you would be doing today, if there’s something you missed, something you always wanted to be, as my daughter would say, “Well, then why aren’t you?”

Wednesday Writing Tip – Rotate Your Playlist

A short and sweet tip for this week  – and it’s all about the music! Most of us like music, and if you don’t…well…I’ve got nothing. But if you absolutely MUST have tunes in your life, then you probably write with music playing in the background at least every now and then.

But what do you listen to?

  • Whatever you’re in the mood for?
  • Whatever happens to be on the radio?
  • Whatever your story calls for, genre-speaking?

Well, why not all of the above? If you don’t already create a playlist for each story, try doing this next time. Customize that playlist to be what the story calls for AND what you enjoy listening to. And shake up your playlist for each book. You can order your playlist chronologically based on what happens in each chapter of your book. I’ve done this and it’s an awesome way to go, especially at the end. But you can also put your playlist on shuffle if you aren’t particular. The point is – rotate through them, or use a different playlist for each story and the songs won’t get boring, and neither will your mood. 😉

Take a peek below to see what one of my writing Playlist’s looks like, and how MANY I happen to have. lol

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Happy Writing, everyone!

Spotify with me

OH wow, I’ve found my new music heaven.

If you’re like me, and tend to be one of the last to stumble upon something cool, surely you appreciate the new stuff when you find it! I’m a music lover and create a playlist for every book while I’m writing it and tend to randomly post the songs I’m currently writing to on my author pages but NOW I can create and share said writing playlists with you on Spotify. I know it’s not new. Remember – I’m slooooow.

The fun thing is – you don’t need to own every song you add to your playlist – a big plus for me. And there are tons of other shared playlists I can pull songs from. It’s fantastic. It’s brilliant. It’s addicting…and now my family will never see me again. Thanks for that, Spotify.

You can find me there! Search for me today and YOU can listen to what I am right this very second – the Dry Lands playlist. Get lost in the musical world inside my head that is ‘Hutch & A’ris’. 🙂

 

Happy listening, everyone!

The Completed ‘Dying to Return’ Playlist!

The complete ‘Dying to Return’ music Playlist. Thanks to YouTube for making these links available! No copyright intended by sharing these links – it’s just for your listening pleasure! 🙂

I knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia

Stay – Rihanna

Diamonds – Rihanna

Arizona – Kings Of Leon

Part Of Me – Katy Perry

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Hang Me Up To Dry – Cold War Kids

Letters From The Sky – Civil Twilight

Want U Back – Cher Lloyd

Too Close – Alex Clare

Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy

Your Song – Allesandro Safina, Ewan McGregor

Come What May – Ewan McGregor

E.T. – Katy Perry

I Love It – Icona Pop

Next To Me – Emili Sande

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Demons – Imagine Dragons

Yamaha – Delta Spirit

Happy Listening!