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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Songwriting and Novel Writing -- Storytelling?

Songwriting and Storytelling

So this weekend I'm speaking at Eddie’s Attic with author and friend, Jack Riggs (Saturday, 3PM). The subject: how songwriting and storytelling inform and enrich one another. In my new novella THE PERFECT LOVE SONG, I was only able to write the first two stanzas of this perfect song. So case in point: it is harder to write a song-story than a novel-story. A good songwriter (ie: my favorite Vince Gill) can say more in one stanza than I can say in three hundred pages.

Being on Eddie’s Attic stage (where greats like Sugarland started) will be a thrill even if I’m only there because the word SONG is in my title. I’ll take it however I can get it…

Jack IS a songwriter, and from what I hear, he’ll sing us a song that afternoon. I won’t sing. I promise.

Right now though, I’d love to hear what you think the differences and similarities are between songwriting and novel writing. Yes, both are forms of storytelling, but tell me….what do you think?

Tell me: [email protected] OR post below!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What One Weekend Can Hold

What One Weekend Can Hold

This weekend almost busted at the seams. Or I guess maybe it's just that I almost busted at the seams.

It began Friday night with "Senior Night" and NO, this is not for those over 60, it was the night that footballs and cheerleaders go out onto the field with their parents, and then the school announces our names and everyone claps. Sounds innocent enough, right? Until you -- the Mom -- are standing there with your only daughter, your oldest child, and you realize OH MY GOD, SHE'S A SENIOR. And then you hold in the hysteria. Hold it in until you almost burst. But don't burst because your very cool daughter would be mortified.

Then the next morning -- The Inaugural Suwanee Book Festival. What a blast! The committee did such an amazing job putting together this first event. My buddy, Ad Hudler and I spoke at the main stage and I don't know what the audience thought, but we sure did entertain each other. And as always, he used the word "poopy pants".

Then Ad, Lauretta Hannon (I love this girl) and I spoke at a workshop in the library. The subject was "The many ways to tell a story" and I gotta tell you -- I should've been in the audience because these two KNOW what they are talking about. Biggest reminder for me as a writer: To tell my truth!!! Yes, all good writing tells the truth... Thanks, Lauretta.

I saw my dear friends, Daren Wang, Don O'Briant, Jackie K Cooper, Linda Sands, Haywood Smith, and many others === all of them a constant reminder of the most major perk of writing: the kinship of other writers and readers. Oh, my heart floods.

Oh, and Linda Sands -- thanks for the lemon drops. That's all I have to say about that.

So, nothing (especially this teeny tiny Stop sign) could stop Lauretta and Ad....Nothing, I tell you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thoughts and News


August 25, 2010

So, I’ve decided to rename this page from “blog” to “Thoughts and News” because well….frankly, the blog name was intimidating me; I didn’t write here as often as I should have because I felt like everything I wrote needed to be so ‘bloggy”, so “important”, but with Thoughts and News – Ah, how freeing – we can talk about anything we want now: important or not-so-much.

So, today – NEWS. I am so smiley about this particular piece of news because I’ve been waiting so long to be able to say this. Ready?

All of my novels will be available on audio. The blessed Brilliance Audio is releasing them all.

Three books are ready now: DRIFTWOOD SUMMER, WHEN LIGHT BREAKS and the new October novella THE PERFECT LOVE SONG: A HOLIDAY STORY.

Here’s the link.

And if you want to come harass me, or ask me why my characters did or did not do something, I’ll be at the Suwanne Book Festival this weekend speaking with my friends, Ad Hudler and The Cracker Queen Lauretta Hannon (I have a feeling I’ll just be sittin’ there trying not to look silly as these two take the stage by storm).

And a photo for fun -- This is the galley for my October 12th release. When it arrived on my doorstep, I took a photo of it on my kitchen counter to prove: it's real, it's not just a mss inside my computer.

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