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Chocolate for the Ears

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I’m enjoying music today. I thought I’d share a handful of songs that soothe my soul every time I hear them:

Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down

The Reason by Hoobastank

Angel by Sarah McLachlan

It’s Not Over by Chris Daughtry

Stronger by Kanye West

The Phantom of the Opera – Original & Nightwish version

Angel Eyes by Jim Brickman

What songs are chocolate for your ears?

Word Count:  11,000

Partial Requests:  3

Dream Diary:  Water spout nightmares.

EVER FEEL LIKE YOU’VE SEEN A GHOST?

I was packing up to leave a relative’s house today, and I looked under the bed to find an old journal. I cannot believe I’ve seen it again. I thought I never would.

This is a journal that carried me through some of the hardest decisions and transitions I’ve yet faced. Some of the best and worst moments of my life.

I can hardly believe it. Just when I’d been thinking about it again too. Then again, I’m a little disappointed. I thought I’d left it in a hotel in Tennessee or it fell out of the car at some stop between Texas and South Carolina. I hoped I’d lost it so it could fall into the hands of someone who needed it. I was, after all, a detailing of a pretty spiritual journey; it was a prayer journal.

Turns out it just collected dust bunnies. Sigh. But I’m glad to have it back!

SHINY THINGS: MY NOT-SO-INNER CHILD

Everything in my life is colorful: like blaring rainbows. I’m eighteen, but I’m not growing up any too fast, I hate to say. And I’m not even gay. I’m not even male!

Here are a few examples:

1. My Incrediboy T-shirt. I have been known to walk around the mall as an advertisement for my friend Lee Clevenger, the author of the Incrediboy series. See below.

2. I have a Little Mermaid motif in my book, so I’ve got a little Ariel crazy lately. I have T-shirts. I was also given Little Mermaid stickers as a graduation present.

3. Okay, I might like Beauty and the Beast, too. And Aladdin. I listen to these soundtracks on a regular basis.

4. Fine, I just like old Disney movies.

5. The pigtails. I pull them off. I have to say. I become quite Moe.

6. I have an attraction to shiny things. But don’t all women? Haha. Maybe I actually have an attraction to cheap shiny things. That’s a little more concerning. I ❤ glowsticks.

7. I have a tendency to stick my tongue out in road rage.

8. I have a weakness for paint. And playing in it. And sometimes making a mess.

9. I love crazy socks! =D

So I challenge you:  explore your inner child. What do you do–or have the impulse to do–that may be considered by others to be slightly childish? Knowing may open doors to creativity.

HORROR, WEDDINGS, AND CROCHET :)

I went to the bookstore yesterday on a high from the conference. Never a good idea. Then again, I may singlehandedly save the industry at the rate I’m going.

I’m kidding. What I actually did was sit down with a HUMONGOUS stack of magazines. Like:

This.

This.

Except not that neat.

I looked over the entire back wall of a Books-A-Million and picked up anything that looked interesting to me. I picked up crochet magazines because I used to love to crochet. I picked up wedding magazines because I’ve had some pretty cool wedding stories in my life. I looked over film review magazines because that’s something I want to learn how to do. I looked at horror magazines because that’s a little like fantasy–but, as I decided, not much.

I flipped through to see which one took fictions and checked out a few other sections that I might like to write for. Then I picked a handful that seemed like the best winners for me (and my budget):

Writer’s Journal
Realms of Fantasy
Writer’s Digest
American Girl (which I’ve already discovered does not take fiction submissions)

I also picked up Otaku USA because I’m also running an anime review blog under a persona.

The final think I bought was The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block. Four things to say about that:

1. I want Jennifer Heuer to do my jacket cover.
2. The synopsis of this book grabbed me…and then I discovered it didn’t do justice to the first chapter.
3. That name is too pretty to be real. It’s either a pseudonym or the lady’s parents are overpassionate.
4.  $17 is too much for that tiny hardback. I only bought it on a binge.

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