One book leads to another...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Odds and Endings

Hi, Everyone! Now that it’s “National Get Caught Reading Month,” can anyone recommend a good mystery to read beneath a full Flower Moon next week? I’m guessing there are a lot of A to Z Challenge Survivors out there – Congratulations! If you find your muse has left you without a word or ransom note, you can always sharpen your writing skills with any of the many great resources offered by the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by Alex Cavanaugh, right here and right now on this first Wednesday of the month, when IWSG members convene through blogging, Facebook, and Twitter to talk about whatever is on our writing minds and agendas. See what we’re all talking about here.

I’m taking full advantage of the (optional) uplifting question of the month, “What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for a story?” because who wants to dwell on rejections, right? Besides, this question calls to mind all the fun of the writing journey!

Since I’m one to wander off the beaten path, it’s no surprise I tend to do that in research as well. So once upon a quest for knowledge of how to handle being lost at sea (terrifying, isn’t it?) I came across the true story of a family on a dream vacation voyage in the Bahamas during which the Captain, having been caught in the act of murdering his wife (for the insurance policy he’d recently purchased), then proceeded to end the lives of all but one of the family who'd been alerted to the scene of the first crime by the screams of the Captain’s wife. It was nearly fifty years before (then eleven years old) Terry Jo, the only surviving family member, was able to tell her harrowing story in a book entitled “Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean.”

For another story I was writing – and researching, I was checking out hypnosis. Since there are quite a number of characters (in my story) under the influence, I wanted to know if there could be adverse reactions. And sure enough, there could. It’s called “Inadvertent suggestion acceptance”; sometimes concretely, sometimes literally. For example, You can dance your feet off, or You can eat anything that movesoh, the possibilities!

Not that I’m a fan, but one story led me to a most disgusting insect called a Tumblebug. Not even my cat would go near it. Out here we call it a Turd Roller because that’s what, and all, it does. Scientists, on the other hand, are quite interested in the only non-human ‘animal’ known to be in existence that uses the Milky Way for nocturnal orientation.

So, what’s in your notebook? On your agenda? Have you ever been lost at sea, hypnotized, or seen a Tumblebug?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I is for Ironic

Lines of Inspiration

 Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms


“It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take”

Song Title:  Ironic

Songwriter:  Alanis Morissette

Speaking of which,
Isn’t it ironic how the best laid plans sometimes just don’t work out? Not that I’m not usually busy enough in my workaday world, but we (the family) seem to have slipped into a veritable vortex of unfortunate events which (it more than pains me to say) render me quite unable to continue this year’s challenge with any confidence in achieving any semblance of blogging entertainment. Sorry, folks. That’s not to say I can’t or won’t still enjoy all the fantastic A to Z Challenge themes or the immensely interesting regular posts of friends and fellow bloggers! In fact, I may finally catch up on my visiting  ;-)
In the meantime, love openly, smile often, and hug your family daily, while you can.

So, how about that line? Does it call to mind a memory? Remind you of an irony? Are you familiar with the song or songwriter?

There’s a whole lotta blogging going on right here!

Monday, April 10, 2017

H is For Hunter Hayes

Lines of Inspiration
 Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms

Hunter Hayes

“She rode in from the west in a summer sundress…”

Song Title:  Storm Warning

Songwriter:  Hunter Hayes
At 25, this American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana (plays more than 30 instruments) rocketed to country fame so fast that Billboard has dubbed him “The Leader of Country Music’s Youth Revolution”. He’s been nominated by both ACM and CMA for Best Breakthrough Artist. His debut single “Storm Warning” won USA Breakthrough Video, and BMI top 50 awards - two years in a row. Fun Fact: Not only did he co-write, sing, and co-produce the self-titled, major- label debut album, he played every instrument too!
In addition to multiple tour appearances with Taylor Swift in 2011, and Carrie Underwood (beginning in 2013), Hunter Hayes broke the record (set in 1973) for youngest solo male act to Top Hot Country Songs and in 2014, broke a Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. Of course, that was before he sang the National Anthem at Game 6 of the 2016 World Series.  Hope you like the song and lyrics as much as I do!

So, how about that line? Does it call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with the artist or song?

There’s a whole lotta blogging going on right here!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

G is for Dobie Gray

Lines of Inspiration
 Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms

Dobie Gray

“When my mind is free, you know a melody can move me…”

Song Title: Drift Away

Songwriter:  Mentor R. Williams

Singer:  Dobie Gray

For a guy who was born somewhere near Houston, Texas, had upwards of three AKA names, and whose birth name was most likely Lawrence Darrow Brown, this son of humble sharecroppers sure made quite the name for himself ;-)  Beginning with Gospel, his smooth and soothing voice flawlessly flowed throughout Soul, R&B, Country (“From Where I Stand”), Pop (“The ‘In’ Crowd”), and theater musicals. Dobie Gray worked just about every music scene; associating with such mentors as Sonny Bono, Max Bear (Jethro, from the Beverly Hillbillies), and Paul and Mentor Williams -  in addition to his 2 ½ year acting stint in the Las Angeles production of “Hair”, before becoming a record producer.  Oh! And in his free time, Dobie Gray did quite a bit of songwriting as well; for the likes of Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis and Charley Pride.

But I digress. What I’m sharing today is Dobie Grays’ signature single “Drift Away”, which sold over a million copies; earning a Gold Disc by the RIAA before rekindling the hit song some thirty years later with Uncle Kracker ;-)

So, how about that line? Does it call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with Dobie Gray or Mentor Williams?

There’s a whole lotta blogging going on right here!

Have a great weekend!