Monthly Archives: October 2016

Jump-starting Your Writing Adventure, Part 2 of 6: Do Your Research!

Welcome back to my blog series featuring (what I consider to be) essential advice for writers seeking publication. In the first installment I covered the act of writing itself (the stop-dreaming, start-doing part of putting words on the page). Today, … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #30 – Up on the Hill (The Fun Lovin’ Criminals)

Day 30: Your favorite song from this time last year It’s the final entry! (Read to the tune of Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” of course.) I’ve been looking forward to this post since I compiled the entries for my song … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #29 – “Back in the Saddle” (Aerosmith)

Day 29: A song from your childhood Okay, yes, today’s entry is not actually “from” my childhood. It came out about 5 years before I was even born. But I was a kid when I first heard it, so I’m … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #28 – “The Righteous and the Wicked” (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Day 28: A song that makes you feel quilty Often when I start listening to a song that’s new to me, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the meaning of the lyrics. I focus initially on the … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #27 – “Paradise City” (Guns ‘n’ Roses)

Day 27: A song you wish you could play It begins with sonorous guitar, ringing like bells on a clear spring day. The spare rhythm of a bass-and-snare-drum duo marches in, keeping time as a chorus of voices beseeches soulfully … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #26 – “Harlem Nocturne” (Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers, performed by the Viscounts)

Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument I used to play alto saxophone when I was in school. I still have it; I lug it around with me whenever I move to a new home, and … Continue reading

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30 songs in 30 days: #25 – “Song for the Dumped” (Ben Folds Five)

Day 25: A song that makes you laugh Ben Folds makes a rare second appearance on my song challenge list! His first was for a song that makes me sad, so showing up today for a song that makes me … Continue reading

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