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I am still away, and have therefore been very lazy about this post, sorry…

My intention was to find some happy summery music but I know that means different things to different people so in the end I have gone with something that makes me want to whack up the volume and have a dance around my kitchen!!

Chelsea Dagger, by The Fratellis

Back soon, and happy writing,

EJ

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As this week has been a bit rubbish writing-wise, and I will be on a desert island (ish) next week so am pre-planning a holiday blog, I thought I would have a musical interlude week.

I was going to leave my beloved 1980s aside and offer up a bit of writing music, but then my husband said something that turned into an ear worm (if you’re not sure what that is, it’s a song you can’t stop singing to yourself because it keeps wriggling back into your head…).

In other words – welcome to 1985!

The Whole of the Moon, by The Waterboys

This song, according to the writer, is about a number of inspirational people.

It makes me feel like I want to keep pushing forward.  I know it’s easy to get off the writing road, to let everyday life stop us achieving what we want to achieve, but it’s always better to aim high and keep striving than to give up, and that’s the feeling I have from this song.

Maybe things haven’t gone as planned but every day we can start anew and take a step forward.  All the time we are able to write, we are able to be writers.

So if you’re feeling a bit lost whack up the volume, sing along – then get those feelings down on paper.

Happy writing,

EJ

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It’s the end of a really long week, where I have been variously dancing, acting, working, and ill.  I have written, a little; I studied, a little; I spent time reading newspapers and researching.

I have caught up on some life things that need to be done.

But today I have very little to actually say.  Maybe I’m still a little under the weather or just tired out from a busy week but my mind is pretty empty.  Not my normal blathering-on-about-nothing empty, but actually unable-to-form-coherent-sentences empty.

So I am sharing a bit of classic 1980’s music to keep you entertained instead.  If you like, you can think of it as a stand-in for my very delayed peace post, or as a mini holiday from the vagaries of a writing life.

Either way, push up the volume and sing along if you fancy it!

John Farnham – ‘You’re The Voice’

Happy writing/listening,

EJ

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This is the final one of my honeymoon posts; I’ll be back to normal for Tuesday but for now it’s my last chance to share a little musical interlude.

For this one, imagine you’re in a backstreet club, somewhere warm, with a chunk of lime in your beer bottle and the heat of the day still warming the street…

Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth

See you Tuesday!

EJ

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I am still on my honeymoon, so here’s someone else’s creativity in place of anything of my own…

Happy – Pharrell Williams 

It’s probably a wee bit over-exposed now but it still makes me want to get up and dance:-).

See you soon!

Happy writing,

EJ

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I am officially on honeymoon so here’s something to keep you entertained during my break 🙂

Bruno Mars – Marry You

Have a happy week,

EJ

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My wedding is rushing up, so I’m sure you’ll forgive me when I say this will be another short post barely commenting on the wider world of writing!

Time is really flying by now; I can’t even begin to imagine where the days have gone. My carefully crafted ‘to-do’ lists are about as useful as a chocolate teapot, as the saying goes. Less tasty as well 😉

Nevertheless everything is coming together, the important things are done and the table poetry is in the last stages of being crafted so it looks like I’ll have it done in time.

I also managed to grab a night off and headed to a friend’s gig, which was lovely – atmospheric and engaging. I felt the same sense of inspiration and desire to write settle on me as I always have when confronted by music that touches me emotionally.

I experienced the same sense of wonder and connection to my muse, or whatever it is that guides my writing hand, when choosing music.  I am working really hard to get that same feeling into what I share on the day.

I don’t think words will ever do it justice, but if I can at least give an echo of what I want, I’ll be satisfied.

In other news – Book 57 of the 100 novels list is Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.  I haven’t read it but whenever I hear ‘something in the woodshed’ it reminds me of The Divine Comedy, and this offering from the mid-1990’s (not quite as retro as my usual retro, I actually remember this one being played on the radio!)

The Divine Comedy – Something for the Weekend

And finally – I really do have a lot of books I want to read or re-read next year so I’ll be carrying on with the reading challenge through 2015.  It’s been really successful in getting me back into books and engaging with them as works to learn from rather than treating them as wallpaper for my mind.  I definitely want to do a course in literary criticism in the new year if for no other reason than to allow me to learn more from other writers.

I’ll add it all to my to do list…

Until next time – happy writing,

EJ

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We’ve been choosing music for the wedding this week, and it’s taken over my evening so I have neglected the blog today – sorry! I promise that after the wedding I’ll be much better…

Still it’s got me thinking about the power of music once again.  You may remember this is a subject I was working on many moons ago.  Well, I put it aside for a later date that didn’t come along so it’s languishing in my to do pile.  This isn’t so much a reboot as a gentle reminder it’s there!

Making a list of songs I’d like played, it’s become abundantly clear that what I love listening to is directly related to when I first  heard it. There’s a vast stream of music from my university years that fills me with a nostalgic sense of joy – even though the music is not really to my taste nowadays. It’s like the first time I play the 1950’s Christmas songs; it immediately transports me to a certain place and time.

This isn’t a new idea, and it’s not even the first time I’ve written about it on the blog. Still, it’s worth revisiting because music makes a scene.

It is the background noise in the lives of our characters: on the radio in the car or the office, on adverts, even film or tv themes.  Just as we learn the words of songs, and sing them absent-mindedly as we walk down the street, our characters will do the same.  They will feel the words of a poignant song, cry to love songs when their hearts are broken, and drive into the sunset to songs of freedom and hope.   Their lives will have a soundtrack, and one of the jobs of a writer is to make the reader hear that soundtrack.  Not literally, of course – but through tone, timing, rhythm and pace we can give our characters a soundtrack for their lives.

And if we want to mention a few of our favourites, and have a listen along the way – well, it’s work, isn’t it?!

Happy writing,

EJ

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This week I didn’t really know what to write about – writing is just as it was last week, I wrote about writing group on Thursday, and the rest of my time has been absorbed as usual by family, work and wedding.

I asked my partner to pick a word, so I could write about that.  He did, but I’d written about it already so clearly we have the same mindset!

The word he chose was procrastination, and I think he knows me well enough to know I was trying to put off writing the blog until I could be more engaging.  But the day is nearly over and I’ve had no flashes of inspiration for you all.

So today I’m giving myself a blogging break to recharge the batteries and think about what the next week will bring me. This is one of my ad hoc musical moments instead, because more than anything when I feel like this, I want to share a little cheeriness and enjoy a communal time out.

You know the drill – crank up the volume, get on your feet and feel a bit 1980s!

Happy writing/dancing/singing along,

EJ

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I’ve been caught up so much this week that I’ve hardly had time to sit and write this blog post, let alone anything else!  But you know what – a new week starts in the morning, so I can try all over again.

And rather than moan about my lack of writing time, or worry about the lack of progress towards my targets, I’m going to go with the flow and appreciate all the positive, happy time I’ve had this week, especially time spent with family I haven’t seen for about 2 years.

Oh, and post a song that makes me smile – well, it’s in both Mystery Men and Shrek so it comes from good stock!

Hope your week has given you something to feel joyful about.

Happy writing,

EJ

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