Sometimes you just need the good songs from the past to make your Monday seem a little brighter. And let’s be honest… Frank had some serious class. So today I’m using my music Monday for a little Throwback music. Hope you enjoy a little Frank and remember… That’s Life.
I’ve had a contemporary western story that I’d been working on for the better part of a year. It was a give and take book on so many levels. Last night I had the pleasure of typing ‘The End’ and feeling quite pleased with the story I wrote. Now comes the fun part. The polishing and subbing process. Trust me, I will keep you posted of what happens to Wallace’s story and where he ends up. In the meantime, enjoy one of the songs that provided a little inspiration to this tale. Glass by Thompson Square. There is a scene in the book where Cheyenne is listening to this very song and I love the lyrics. And stay tuned because Wallace has three other siblings with stories that need to be told. Hope you enjoy!
Today, I’m sending out a very simple message…Carry On. That is my mantra for the year thanks to the band Fun. From the first time I heard the chorus, it was stuck in my head. Have a listen.
More importantly, have a great Monday, a great week, and a great month! Carry On! I know I will as I continue to push through my first draft of Wallace McGregor’s story, and get ready to knock out a few more manuscripts that are sitting on my desktop.
Music inspires so many of us. The rhythm and lyrics are often things we can relate to at different points in our lives. Sometimes its just a line, other times it is a verse or the entire song. This song by The Airborne Toxic Event did just that for me when I heard it for the first time this morning and I felt compelled to share it. Hope you all enjoy!
There is just something about the works of the past. Greats like Edgar Allan Poe, William Blake, Oscar Wilde, along with countless others. Their words draw you in, painting pictures that leave a lasting impression. For this Monday, since my brain is tired and I’m steeped in research, I thought I would share a few of my favorite lines from those who came before us.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine, And Secrecy the human dress. ~A Divine Image, William Blake
Ambition, love and all the thoughts that burn, We lose too soon, and only find delight, In withered husks of some dead memory. ~Desespoir, Oscar Wilde
Most of the themes of the past seemed steeped in darkness. Morbid…I think that was the word one of my friends used when I was discussing some of the above quotes. I guess I can see where one would see that as a commonality between them. Still, the words paint a picture. There is a poetic beauty to them regardless of their tone that really appeals to me. So tell me, who are some of your favorites from the past and are there any particular lines that really stick out to you?
Mondays come a lot faster than they used to. Or perhaps my weekends are flying by at an accelerated rate now that I’m older and have those dreadful things called ‘responsibilities’. I don’t truly find Mondays to be a cause of the blues. It’s not Mondays fault after all. It’s ours. We try to cram everything that we should be doing all week long into two days. Those two days are spent doing ‘catch up’ instead of relaxing. At times, we can find our off days to be more stressful than our work days. I know I find this to be true. Then this morning I read a post by my dear crit partner, Debora Dennis, about routines. It got me to thinking.
I know thinking, on a Monday too! Seriously though, maybe Mondays wouldn’t be so loathed by the masses if things weren’t put off until the weekend. What if we did the laundry every other evening while watching our favorite show? Or perhaps we sat down and read with our children while they were doing their assigned reading time for school, if you go to college like I do…then do your homework while the kids are doing theirs and you have dinner cooking, or as Debora suggests- utilize that morning coffee routine to get some things done. For me it’s not so much a thing of routine, but of time management and procrastination.
I can change these things. So can you. Then perhaps we won’t loathe Mondays anymore. Perhaps when the weekends roll around we will actually have a chance to sit back and enjoy them. Then when Monday’s come, we can bound out of bed with joy and perhaps even look forward to facing the day instead of dwelling on what we could have gotten done over the weekend if we just had one more day…
Now go out and celebrate the start of a new week. A chance to show your world who the boss is and that you are taking no prisoners! Go forth and enjoy the day and make it what you want it to be!
My job is complete. Have a great Monday. Okay seriously, I loathe Mondays. It is entirely possible that I’ve mentioned that before. Mondays mark the end of the weekend, the beginning of a week, shorter periods of available writing time, hell…shorter periods of time to do anything other than work, sleep, and maybe squeeze an hour or two in with the lil zombies before they have to go to bed and we can start the craziness all over again on Tuesday. Has anyone ever had anything good to say about a Monday? Sure I woke up, which inherently makes it a good day, but there has to be something positive about this day that is dreaded by many. Please someone give me something that will make Mondays a day to look forward to. Anyone? Anything? Man it just got awfully quiet around here. Well, don’t give up hope. Together we will think of something that makes Mondays something other than…manic.
That’s right. I’ve come out and admitted it. A serious case of the Monday’s exists right here. What’s worse? I think it’s an epidemic. A plague running rampant throughout the world. There is no escaping it. Coffee can’t cure it. Crawling back in bed and waiting for it to pass won’t work either, though it is tempting to give it a try. Unfortunately, that would only delay the Monday blues and push them off ’til Tuesday. What’s a person to do?
Suck it up.
Get up and face the day head on.
Grab the day by the shoulders, glare at it, and say, “You will not beat me.”
Yes I’m being optimistic. That is my plan for the day. It is the only way I can think of to deal with such a severe case of the Mondays. It will not best me. I’ve got things to do. Places to go. Things to accomplish. Like writing out a blurb and synopsis for each book in the Moonlight series to send to my editor at Samhain. Yes, I’ve made steps to self publish the series, because I think it is that awesome of a story. However, I still haven’t given up the dream of wanting it with the one company that helped start me on this crazy roller coaster. So before I do that final push to self pub…blurb city here I come. It is a nerve wracking experience all the same. Believing in your story is one thing. Hoping others see the same thing you do is enough to cause one’s stomach to roil. Now you see why I have a case of the Mondays? Too much to do. Sitting at the day job takes away from the awesome blurb and synopsis writing that must be accomplished.
Oh well. It is what it is. If I put off Monday, then it would merely become a Case of the Tuesdays. Why delay the inevitable? I’m off to face this head on. But not before leaving you with a video from Theory of a Deadman. Enjoy a little Hurricane.
Now, what are you going to do to get through your case of the Mondays?
So here we are…Monday. Ugh. Is there anything worse than a Monday? Sunday night perhaps when you are lying in bed, thinking about how you wish it was Saturday night so you had one more day of the weekend.
Well lets see if we can’t get this week off to a good start shall we? I am celebrating the re-launch of my website. Isn’t it lovely? I think what better way to start a celebration than to give away a prize right? (Not to mention the fact that it would make Monday a cheery happy day too.) So today I will do a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Winners choice! All you have to do to win? Comment here on the blog to be entered into the drawing! I will choose the big winner at 6pm PST. Get busy commenting and have a great Monday!
As a lover of music, there is nothing better than discover an new (or even old) group to add to your playlist. Airborne Toxic Event was added to my playlist after seeing my cousin’s recent listens appeared on Facebook. Thank you crazy man for linking Spotify to your Facebook page! As always…shout out any new music discoveries or even some favorites from your playlists. I can always use a larger playlist.