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Guest Post by Madison Parker: YouTube University

Guest Post by Madison Parker: YouTube University
YouTube University I've mentioned before that I am a Googlopath. In fact, when making up the word "Googlopath", I Googled "pathological" just to be sure I was using it correctly. I pretty much Google everything. And I laugh my *** off when Google tries to autocomplete the search phrases for me. As bizarre as they often seem, sometimes Google gets it right. Recently, my dog was up to his usual shenanigans and swallowed...well, can you guess? Yep, he swallowed my underwear. I freaked out and immediately Read more [...]

Social Skills Playlist

If anyone is curious about the musical references in Social Skills, here they are! Arranged by chapter below (with some snippets) and in a playlist here. The Social Skills Playlist   From Chapter One: Rimsky-Korsakav’s Scheherazade (also referenced in Chapter Three-- first violin solo starts at around 48 seconds)   From Chapter Three: Dvorak’s Humoresque   From Chapter Eight: Borodin's Polovtsian Dances   From Chapter Ten: Tchaikovsky Read more [...]

Coffitivity

I'm a homebody, so I've never gone to Starbucks to write, but we all know (or learn from TV) that it's "something writers do." I thought it was mainly about getting out of the house--some people can start to go batty when they're cooped up all day (not me; I'm a hermit). There's also the people-watching benefit, but that's probably best in a planning stage rather than a drafting stage. Well, turns out, there may be more to it. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that a Read more [...]

Short Story Cover Love

Short Story Cover Love
Last week the multitalented Madison Parker made cover art for two of my short stories. If you’d ever seen me draw a stick figure, you’d know I’m no artist, so I’m always grateful whenever someone lends their artistic abilities to my stories.               <3 Madison will be by my blog in April to talk about some of the research methods she used for her upcoming release, Play Me, I’m Yours. Love that title! Read more [...]

Reader Favorites Playlist

For my giveaway this month, I asked readers to share their favorite orchestral or Broadway pieces, since Connor shares some of his in Social Skills. Going through their suggestions reminded me of old favorites, and introduced me to some new works as well. I compiled a Reader’s Favorites list on Grooveshark, if anyone else is interested in giving these pieces a listen. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony (Tim)- I’ve played it before, and loved it. It’s also pretty popular in movies, so even if Read more [...]

NOH8

This past weekend I attended a NOH8 photo shoot in San Diego. Being in a hot, crowded conference room with people I don’t know would usually be far outside my comfort zone, and something I’d avoid. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, or that I suddenly became the world’s most outgoing person and formed lifelong friendships in the hour I waited for my photo. But I did meet individuals, couples, and families whose smiles made my day a little brighter. And even with those I didn’t Read more [...]

Giveaway

Giveaway
When I was writing Social Skills, I spent hours and hours sifting through songs to find just the right piece for each musical reference. Some pieces came to me quickly; others changed several times before I was satisfied. Why did I spend so much time thinking of music no one would be able to hear? Especially when most of it got little more than a passing mention as it bounced through Connor’s head? Um. I’ll get back to you on that. Anyhow, there are two pieces that hold more significance Read more [...]