Discovering Joy Williams’ Venus

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I’ve had the pleasure, in my life, of being surrounded by wonderful musicians. Instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters—I’ve known a bunch. One of my very best friends is an electronic music genius who goes by the name Travelogue. Another good friend of mine and former roommate is singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells. He’s amazingly talented. And that’s just a couple of examples. When I think of the people I know who make amazing music just in their spare time (I’m looking at you, Erick), it boggles my mind.

Unfortunately, my musical talents are not that great. I wouldn’t call myself a music aficionado  or claim to have any particularly refreshing insights about the art form. And sadly, I haven’t followed the music scene much in the past several years. You will probably hardly ever see me post about music. But I recently decided to try out Apple’s new streaming music service because (a) it’s free for three months and (b) I’ve missed music being a part of my life lately. Apple Music allows me to browse pretty much anything out there and discover stuff that wasn’t on my radar before. In that spirit, I stumbled across Joy Williams’s new solo album, Venus. And I’m kind of in love with it. Continue reading Discovering Joy Williams’ Venus

Dissecting The Force Awakens BTS Video

TFA_logoOh, how I wish I could be at San Diego Comic-Con. This year more than ever. Why? Because this is the first year we’ll see a new Star Wars movie since 2008. One of the coolest things to come out of the Star Wars panel yesterday at SDCC was this behind-the-scenes video from The Force Awakens. So, I thought I’d write a blog post, pulling out some of the things I found most interesting in the video, things that just might reveal some of what we could be seeing in the upcoming film. If anyone had doubts about my nerd cred before now, this post should disabuse them of any such notion post haste. Continue reading Dissecting The Force Awakens BTS Video

Transcending Writing Conventions

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I know I haven’t posted here in over a month, and that’s because I’m feverishly working on revising my next book so I can get it into my beta readers’ hands very, very soon. But I decided to take a break from that to bust out a quick post about writing. A post about writing! How about that? I was thinking today about popular conventions in teen fiction and how my YA urban fantasy series, The Rhapp’s Barren Triptych, pretty much breaks many of those conventions. What can I say, I’m a rule breaker. Continue reading Transcending Writing Conventions