I put words on paper, a lot of them, all the time, but titles elude me. It’s so damn hard to summarize an entire story that I’ve poured so much of myself into in only a few short words. It’s harder I think than letting that first story ever be seen by another person.
We all face ups and downs in life. Personal. Professional. No one is immune. It’s how we deal with those ups and downs that tell us who we are.
Some of you may know about my misadventures with a book I was contracted for years ago. Most of you don’t, as I’m a good little author girl and I never voiced my anger, okay it was rage, in the public forum that is social media.
The short and unemotional summary of the story:
We pretty much all know how big of a deal bullying has become. Even my youngest, who most people see as very tough, became a victim of bullies the last couple years in school. After trying to work her through it, and trying to get the administration at her school to help, we came to a realization. It was not getting better at her school. Other parents in the same school have said the same.
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Brides and their maids wear silken dresses and carry fragrant flowers while seducing grooms and groomsmen. Families and friends shed tears while vows are exchanged and lovers become one, uniting the stars in their eyes. Music sweeps through flower filled halls as guests indulge in delights and cakes. Memories become the greatest witness of love.
I wanted to take a moment in this brief window of freedom to make sure you all know of some things coming down the line. If you subscribe to my newsletter you’re already aware, but I wanted to make sure everyone else is clued it.
So often parents tell their children things will get better as they get older. I don’t. I tell my girls that people, some people, are mean and will always be mean. The only thing that will really change, or get better, is our individual ability to handle the bullies.
So my question for you, no my plea, is what music empowers you to be a stronger you? What song helps you stand against those who would oppress you? What would you suggest for the sake of inspiring a young girl trying to find her way in an emotion filled world?
Recently, my editor kicked a story back to me asking for a couple of tweaks, mainly adding a little more detail and emotion to the beginning of the story. Well, because I don’t seem to do things halfway when challenged, that turned into an almost complete rewrite, at least for the first half of the book.
I’m asked pretty often if I listen to music while I write. I do. Then I’m asked what I listen to. It depends on the book. Here is the most played song from SEDUCED IN SAND, today’s release.
It’s easy, as a parent, to get so tangled up in all the things our kids don’t do right or the issues we have with the education system or anything else we face that we stop seeing the greatness in today’s youth.
I witnessed a little girl who often thinks she doesn’t fit in with anyone (at school) jump into conversations with kids her age and older without a moment’s hesitation. I saw her find a place where she knows she can always belong, and when that happened I watched a flicker of interest in reading blossom into the brighter burn of a love of books and the worlds they can introduce readers to.
One such story is that of Tony, a victim caught in an explosion. With burns over 95% of his body he had a 1% chance of survival. I found myself captivated by the documentary, ReMade, about his experience.