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30 Day Writing Challenge-Three Random Songs

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Amazon Prime any more, I discovered Amazon Music, a benefit of Prime. I’m completely in love! 😍 

I’ve already started my Singer/Songwriter playlist as well as a few others. Just as I love books, I also love music, all genres. Here are my three random songs:

  1. Out of the Woods-Taylor Swift
  2. We Rode in Trucks-Luke Bryan
  3. Superman-Rachel Platten

All three are a good representation of my taste in music at random times. Just as easily Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Maroon Five, Ed Sheeran, Gavin Degraw, or my latest obsession, James Bay or Fort Minor could’ve easily popped up. I do love Taylor Swift and have for a while. I have an affinity for the singer/songwriter, male or female, it doesn’t matter. I love the beautiful stories they tell through music, especially the ones who play the guitar. 

I’ll often do playlists for my books and have one for each that I’ve written on Spotify. I love how music speaks to our soul and pushes us to limits we never knew we were capable of. And I love how it connects us to one another, creating moments that are remembered with a few simple notes.

Those three songs don’t have a story behind them, for me. They’re just fun and I enjoy all of them for different reasons. What’s on your playlist?!?

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    My Writing Room

    In short … I don’t have one.

    The end.

    Kidding. 😆😆😆

    In reality, my writing room is wherever I am. On the couch covered with kids, at the dining room table, in front of the fireplace, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office … 

    I write where and when I can which means that I can’t be too selective, at least not right now. I do have an office but it’s not a room that I would hole away in and write for hours. It’s big and clean but it’s not ideal for nurturing creative ideas and expressing thought. I do the best that I can where I can, when I am able.  

    I do wish that I had a writing nest. I envision it to be a sunroom with a desk, a few comfortable chairs, books, and a lot of plants where each word and thought has no choice but to flow. I’ve been looking for it in my next house and will have it there. 

    Fortunately, I’ve never needed the ideal environment to read or write. Even when I was younger, pre-technology, with pen and paper in hand, anywhere, always worked for me. When I would read, I could do it wherever I was as long as I had a book in my hand. My parents used to say that the house could fall down around me while I was reading and I would never know it, which was true.

    While I don’t need complete silence, I can’t read or write to music because I get too caught up in the words. While music often inspires stories, I get too lost in it, to create while I’m listening.

    If you’ve ever seen the movie For Love of the Game, when Kevin Costner prepares to pitch he says to himself “Clear the mechanism” and suddenly the noise of the crowd, the pressure, and the sounds of the stadium all disappear into blessed nothingness so that he’s able to focus. 

    This is a very similar process for me when I begin writing. Sportscenter, dogs barking, children fighting, all of the residual sounds of life just fall away. Once  I start writing, no matter where I am, the rest of the world disappears and I am lost until something brings me back. Once I begin, hours become minutes and minutes become seconds, and I find that I am made whole once again.

    Even as I write this, a child is beckoning one of the dogs, the news is on, and my husband is being goofy and singing and playing the song “Only Time Will Tell” on his phone. Controlled chaos, which is my preferred environment. If I waited for peace and quiet to write in, I would never write again.

    I’m not complaining about this at all! I love that I carry my writing room with me wherever I go. One day, I do hope to write in a room with books and a lot of sunlight, surrounded by nature. 

    But for now, I’m good.

     As long as I am writing at all … I’m good.
     

    Blog Challenge Day 5

    10 Songs I love right now…..

    1. Heart of the Matter~Don Henley
    2. Try~ Pink
    3. Dark Side~Kelly Clarkson
    4. Austin~Blake Shelton
    5. Feel This Moment~Christina Aquilara/PitBull
    6. Mirrors~Justin Timberlake
    7. This Girl is on Fire~Alicia Keyes
    8. Out of Goodbyes~Maroon 5/Lady Antebellum
    9. Catch my Breath~Kelly Clarkson
    10. Summer of 69~Bryan Adams

    ❤

    31 Day Blog Challenge-Day 2

    Blog challengeI saw this Blog Challenge yesterday and toyed with doing it. It looks like a big commitment and some of the items are things that seem a little TMI for me to share. But the purpose of blogging for me, is to challenge myself to step outside of my comfort zone and to write more often and sharpen my skills. I figured this was a good way to do it so I am going to jump in.
    To avoid being redundant, I’m starting with Day 2. I’m going to count my original post and picture for my blog as Day 1.
    20 things about me:
    1. I love to read (I know, obvious!).
    2. I’ve only had two adult jobs in my life. The most recent one for almost 14 years.
    3. My favorite author is John Steinbeck. I love his writing style and how he tells such a colorful story.
    4. I’m a dog person.
    5. I’m short.
    6. Music is therapy for me, but I don’t often know artist’s names, even for songs that would seem obvious.
    7. I didn’t know how to love deeply until I had my sons.
    8. I love to sing loudly in my car like nobody is watching.
    9. I don’t have a favorite color, but I don’t like the color peach.
    10. I don’t have a favorite food. I like mostly everything.
    11. I write to cleanse.
    12. I think different accents are beautiful and I love listening to them.
    13. I’ve only ever had three cars in my life.
    14. I wish I was three inches taller.
    15. I used to write poetry but haven’t written a poem in a long time.
    16. I love country music because of the stories the songs tell.
    17. I wish I was funnier.
    18. This is a more difficult exercise that I thought it would be.
    19. I’m working on my second book, but haven’t had as much time to work on it as I would like.
    20. I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read all 20 things about me. Now you know a little more about me 🙂