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Archive for April, 2008

If Music Be the Food of Love

April 27, 2008 | Me, myself

If music be the food of love, as the Bard said – well, it’s also a heck of a good incentive!

Neil Diamond will be the coach this week on American Idol. I totally admire him as a songwriter. “LA’s fine but it ain’t home. New York’s home but it ain’t mine no more” is the most perfect definition of a transplant’s anguish I’ve ever heard. I’m a third-generation Californian living in Virginia and I love both states – but I still catch myself singing that song at least once a year.

The man just has the knack of catching my feelings and putting them into song. I’ll be fascinated to hear which songs the Idol contestants choose, especially David Cook and Syesha.

Next week is also going to be what one writer friend calls “Diane Whiteside’s Psycho Week.” I prefer to think of as the week when my 60 boxes of books come home. Yes, that’s right – we’ve bought a house and we’re about to move into it, God willing and the creek don’t rise. Of course, unpacking all those books, plus all the ones still living with me – have I mentioned those absolutely necessary for Book dot Now? – is going to take a ton of work. That’s where the need for incentives comes in.

Guess what kind of treats I went for? That’s right – music. You’re looking at the proud possessor of concert tickets. For the first time in I don’t want to think of how long, I’m going to take time off from writing and indulge myself. Of course, I’ll have to get Book dot Now finished and my books put away first.

Then I’ll get to see Neil Diamond live in concert! Yeehaw! He is a marvelous performer.

I also bought tickets for the Young Dubliners and Scythian. I do love me some Celtic rock and as for an entire evening of it? Heaven, absolute heaven.

Next step – find more musical incentives to get the books even faster. Hmm, what shall I choose?

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RT and Moi

April 22, 2008 | Me, myself,News

Hey, I really did make it to RT! I hung out with some really good friends, including Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly, and met fabulous superfans.

Check out Barbara Vey’s great drive-by video!

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Visual Inspiration

April 10, 2008 | Tuning the instrument

While I was riding the subway the other day, I saw a young couple holding each other. His arms were wrapped around her and he was bent half over her, protecting her from the nasty winds swirling over the platform. She had one arm around his waist but was looking across him, protecting him from seeing the utter desolation on her expression.

They were taking the train to the airport and yet they were the most united couple I’ve seen in years. They were also just outside a major military base.

They haunt and inspire me. I’ll use their incredible emotion in a story one day, just to make sure their love reaches a safe harbor.

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Captive Dreams Comes to Life

April 4, 2008 | Better than chocolate,News,The stories

Hey, check this out!

CAPTIVE DREAMS finally comes to life – on film! Circle of Seven (aka COS) Productions did another fabulous job of capturing my book.

Okay, fellow authors: If you saw the hero you’ve been writing about – and tormenting – for years coming at you, what are you going to do? Run away from him – or toward him?


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