Monthly Archives: March 2013

Rejection Playlist Volume 2, Track 7 “Gimme Sympathy”

I can’t help but smile anytime Metric’s “Gimme Sympathy” comes on the radio/ my itunes DJ/ or Spotify station. There’s something really melodic and soothing about this and it reminds me that I’m not alone in this.

Get Hot
Get too close to the flame
Wild open space
Talk like an open book
Sign me up

Got no time to take a picture
I’ll remember someday
All the chances we took
We’re so close to something
Better left unknown
I can feel it in my bones


Of course it doesn’t hurt that the chorus is catchy as hell.

Gimme Sympathy
After all of this is gone
Who would you rather be
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones

The answer to the Beatles vs. Rolling Stones questions is easy.  THE STONES. Always. You already know how I feel about the Beatles.

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March 30, 2013 · 9:12 am

Bad Poetry Friday

Crazy (c. 1994)

The world is spinning fast

She doesn’t think she’ll last any longer

Her smile is gone

she feels so alone

Nothing you could do or say

could chase the pain away

She snaps and screams

words hateful and obscene

She knows this feeling well

she won’t come our of her shell

The depression is sinking in

She knows she can’t win


Notes: I really loved using the word “obscene” in my poetry

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Mortification Monday or True Love is Watching Your Crush Barf

Today’s Mortification Monday continues the Danielle and Justin saga at camp. Camp is winding dawn, and there is of course a milk-drinking contest at lunch which leads to a very memorable dance. I think the best part of this entry was that I was perfecting the “bitch face” at 13.




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Rejection Playlist Volume 2, Track 6 “The Waiting”

I’m sure Tom Petty was really talking about waiting for his girl to put out in “The Waiting (is The Hardest Part)” but I think it also applies to the rejection playlist. And I love Tom because he’s is also a native Floridian and he’s brilliant.

As writers we spend a lot of time waiting to hear back from agents and editors and contests. For someone like me who has zero patience, the waiting is always the hardest part.

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part

Oh don’t let it kill you baby, don’t let it get to you
Don’t let it kill you baby, don’t let it get to you

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March 23, 2013 · 8:56 am

Bad Poetry Friday

Rumors (c. 1994)

Rumors fly like

a bird on our tongue

We all ralk about someone

We gossip and criticize

and watch the pain in their eyes

but when the tables turn

We get beaten and burned

We want it to end

And be free again

From what the rumors say



Ten bucks says I wrote this about the nose picking rumor



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This is me minus the caffeine pills

In just a few words, Jessie Spano pretty much sums up all my current writing emotions and thoughts.

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March 21, 2013 · 8:18 am

Mortification Monday

Today’s Mortification Monday post still finds me at church camp, but now crushing on new guy.

Aug 10 and 11 1994

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Rejection Playlist Volume 2, Track 5 “Firework”

This might not be the best song for this particular playlist, maybe it’s more inspirational, but it’s my blog and I don’t care. I working on revisions today and my itunes DJ thought I needed to listen to Katy Perry. She was right. Because I am a firework.


Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ’em go, oh, oh, oh
You’re gonna leave ’em falling down

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July


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Bad Poetry Friday

Untitled(c. 1993 or 1994)


We often say things we don’t mean

some hurtful, some obscene

We laugh like lovers

but fight like brothers

Who is to blame

for the sorrow, for the pain?

Do we mean what we say?

Or should we turn our backs

and walk away?

When we make up do we really want to breakup?

Or just pretend?



At first I thought I might have been having an existential crisis when I wrote this. Then I realized it was just about a boy.

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WIP Playlist: Lethal

The best way for me to get back into a manuscript, particularly one I haven’t looked at in some time, is to listen to the playlist I made when I did the first draft. Fact: I don’t write well unless I have music. It keeps me from thinking about things unrelated to my WIP and it allows me to get into my character’s head. If I know what music my character listens to, I know who my character is. For me it’s that simple.

Each (main) character has a theme song. Or for any baseball fans out there, an “at bat” song (the song that plays every time a player steps up to the plate.) Even I have an “at bat” song (Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Dani California”) that I play before a presentation or interview or when I need a boost in my confidence. It’s also my go-to song in Rock Band. When these character’s appear on the page, the “at bat” song that signals their arrival. Often I have to jump between manuscripts (because I can never just do one thing at a time), and while I don’t enjoy it, I can do it just by changing my playlist. Not all playlists have a diverse mix like Lethal does. In my first YA manuscript The Good Girl, I pretty much listened to Grand Hallway on repeat. For NaNoWriMo 2011 I pretty much only listened to country music, which is one of my least favorite genres, but it fit the story.

In Lethal I have two main characters: Jessica and Trey. Jessica’s theme song was easy. She’s a badass who tells it like it is, but she’s also fiercely loyal to Trey. For her I chose  Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.”

Trey was much harder, partially because he’s so complex. On the outside he appears to be a stereotypical baller and player, but underneath he’s actually a good guy who’s in love with his best friend (Jessica), who treats his granddad well, and who heard  his mom get shot to death when he was nine. After a lot of consideration, I chose Drake’s “Headlines.”

And with that, I give you my Lethal playlist

1. “Headlines”– Drake

2.  “Yeah“- Usher

3. “Paper Planes“- MIA

4. “Bad Reputation“- Joan Jett

5. “Forget You” Ceelo Green (Trey would listen to the unedited version)

6. “No One’s Gonna Love You”– Ceelo Green

7. “Burn“- Usher

8. ““- Band of Horses

9. “We Found Love”-Rihanna and Calvin Harris

10. “Someone That I Used to Know”– Goyte featuring Kimbra

11.”Pumped-up Kicks“- Foster the People

12. “How Do You Like Me Now?“- The Heavy

13. “5 o’Clock” T-Pain and Lily Allen

14. “Work Out” J. Cole

15. “Stereo Hearts“- Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine


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