February 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Migraine Remedies!


Thankful Thursday is a weekly feature where I take some time to focus on what I'm grateful for this week. Anyone who wants is invited to join in by writing his/her own Thankful Thursday post and linking up here. Feel free to grab a button from the sidebar, if you like, and follow the instructions at the bottom of this post to add your link to the list!  

This week, I'm thankful for chocolate and caffeine and sleep and everything else that helps me get through the ridiculous migraines I've been having lately. :) There's nothing deep and meaningful about this post. Spending several hours writing at my computer in addition to getting a lot less sleep than I'm used to always results in migraines for me. I can't seem to figure out a way around this (and if anybody has some kind of miracle cure, I would LOVE to know. Even if it sounds like a crazy old wive's tale. I'm all ears. Rub mayonnaise on my knees to cure migraines? I WILL TRY IT.)

As always, I'm thankful for everyone who takes the time to read this blog, especially when I post things about rubbing mayonnaise on my knees.


So, what are you thankful for today? 

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Have a great week!



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February 13, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Words

Thankful Thursday is a weekly feature where I take some time to focus on what I'm grateful for this week. Anyone who wants is invited to join in by writing his/her own Thankful Thursday post and linking up here. Feel free to grab a button from the sidebar, if you like, and follow the instructions at the bottom of this post to add your link to the list!  

This week, I'm thankful for words. That probably sounds a little silly, since obviously I'm a writer and words are my livelihood, but it's more than that.

I am, of course, thankful for every single word I manage to write these days. Between the ridiculous amount of snow days we've had plus things going on in my every day life, the words are not flowing so easily. It's extremely frustrating because I know exactly what I want to write. I have my plan. I see it in my head. But whenever I FINALLY get the opportunity to write, the words are SUPER STUBBORN. I've been going to one of my favorite local coffee shops lately to try and get more work done, but that only happens when both kids are in school, and Mother Nature is killing me on that front.

Beyond that, I'm thankful for all kinds of conversations I've had in the last week. Big ones, small ones, happy ones, difficult ones--every single word. There've been things that have been really hard for me to say, but I'm relieved that I've said them. There've been lovely things said to me by other people (I mean, really, all the love I got when Between went up for preorder still makes my heart happy). Lauren is constantly saying things that blow my mind--both because she's so freaking smart and also because I can't believe what a big kid she's becoming--and until Ella's speech therapist robs her of all her cute little Ella-isms, every single word my four-year-old says is a delight.

Lastly, I find a weird sort of therapy in reading words that other people have said or written. You know all those random quotes you find on pinterest? You can literally find words about any topic or mood you want, and whenever I'm feeling lots of feels, I find myself browsing through the quotes, looking for words to fit what's happening in my head. It's nice to see that somebody had these feelings before I did and put them into words better than I could--it helps me realize that whatever I'm going through, somebody else has already been there and gotten through it. 

Nothing connects me to my feelings more than words. Even my love for music boils down to the lyrics more than the melodies. I'm so glad I've found a way to make a career out of something I love so much.


So, what are you thankful for today? 

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Have a great week!



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February 8, 2014

BETWEEN is now available for pre-order. Related: I am a lucky person.

Saturday mornings are pretty hectic around here. My oldest is trying out cheerleading for the first time and we have a game every Saturday at 10:00am.

Since I like to sleep until 9:00am, this is never NOT crazy.

And this morning, as I'm running out the door, I got this text from one of my closest friends in the world, the lovely Kelsey Macke.


I don't know if you guys know how preorders work. I didn't. But basically, once your publisher buys your ISBN number and everything, they enter all the book info into the sales system and then you wait. You don't know exactly when it will go live, you just know it'll be sometime soon.

My ISBN and info were submitted over two weeks ago. I've been working on book two all day every day (or at least it feels that way), so while I was SUPER EXCITED to know that the preorders for Between could open up at any minute, I generally forgot about it unless someone asked me. (My brain does not multi-task. I can literally focus on only one thing per day. And lately, that's ALL book two. Sorry, family. Sorry, personal hygiene. Sorry, LIFE.)

But this girl, my Kelsey, has been waking up every single morning and checking to see if Between was available yet. Every single day, you guys. And I had no idea until this morning when she sent that text.

I called, and the first thing she says is, "Well, I got up this morning, and like I do every day, went to this little web site called Amazon and typed in Between…" and I have no idea what she said after that because I squealed so loud I scared my children.

This blog post is a "Hey! My book is available for preorder now!" announcement, but it's also a little ode to Kelsey Macke, because she's slammed with book stuff and album stuff and teacher life and wife life and a million other little things, but if she hadn't taken a few seconds this morning to see if Between was on Amazon yet,  I wouldn't have noticed for several more days. I have the best friends in the whole world.

(And if you want to go check out Between in all its glory on Amazon, feel free!)

February 6, 2014

An Interview with Nick Flora, the Self-Appointed King of Sarcastic Charm

I'm over on The Write Notes today with an interview with singer/songwriter Nick Flora. Nick is an alterna-pop singer/songwriter out of Nashville who's been writing songs and touring full time for close to a decade. I've been telling Nick for months that I wanted to do an interview with him about songwriting, and I finally emailed him some questions last week. 

He responded within five minutes, and I was like, "Wow! Note to self: Nick can fill out an interview CRAZY FAST."


And then I read his answers.


Ladies and gentlemen, meet Nick.



Where do you get your ideas? Do you choose the topic or does it choose you? 

I just google Hall & Oates lyrics and rearrange them to make new songs. 

When you're writing a song, are you thinking about the listener or are you writing what you need to get out personally? Does knowing that other people are going to listen affect your process at all?

Personally I don't think that's anyone's business.  It's annoying that others are listening to what I write.

I know The Reintroduction had a theme--reintroducing people to your style as it's evolved since the last album. Do you generally have themes in mind when you're putting together an album? 

Usually the theme is how much money do I wanna make and how many drugs have I done the night before I record.

At what point do you know a song is "ready" and make yourself move on to the next song?

I set a timer for 3 min then start playing random chords and singing gibberish. When the timer goes off, that's when I know the song is done.

Pick one or two favorites of all the songs you've written, and tell me about them. Why are you so fond of them? 

No.

What/Who are some of your musical influences? 

I prefer to think of ME as the musical influence for others.

What's been the proudest moment of your career up to this point?

When this interview is over.

Do you have advice for someone who wants to become a songwriter?

Don't do it. More money for me.



To see the "real" answers Nick supplied a few days later, as well as links to his music, check out my interview with him on The Write Notes!

Thankful Thursday: Snow!

Thankful Thursday is a weekly feature where I take some time to focus on what I'm grateful for this week. Anyone who wants is invited to join in by writing his/her own Thankful Thursday post and linking up here. Feel free to grab a button from the sidebar, if you like, and follow the instructions at the bottom of this post to add your link to the list!  

I never thought I'd say this, at least not this year, but right now, I'm thankful for snow. It's been a ridiculous winter here in Kentucky. We don't generally get much snow, and if we do, it's usually no more than an inch or so and it's gone the next day. We had one or two snow days last school year.

This year? We've had at least 8. I've quit counting. There's been snow on the ground FOREVER. It is cold and gray and gross and I hate it. The worst part is that it's been too cold for the girls to even go outside and play in it.

But this week, we got right about four inches of snow and the temperature stayed in the 30s, so they were finally able to go sledding and build a snowman in the front yard!! 



As tired as I am of the snow, the fact that they finally got to enjoy it made things a little more tolerable. :)

So, what are you thankful for today? 

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Have a great week!

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