Recap: Soundtrack of my Life

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For anyone who has been following me from the start, you have probably seen various entries under the title Soundtrack of my Life. In celebration of recently posting number 10 in the series, I decided it would be fun to put them all in one post, or album.

Soundtrack #1 – “I’ve Lived” by One Republic

Soundtrack #2 – “Give” by LeAnn Rimes

Soundtrack #3 – “In my Room” by Wilson Phillips

Soundtrack #4 – “Mele Kalikimaka” by Bing Crosby

Soundtrack #5 – “Star Wars – Title Song” by John Williams and Christopher Franke

Soundtrack #6 – “Break my Stride” by Matthew Wilder

Soundtrack #7 – “Something More” by Sugarland

Soundtrack #8 – “Can’t Stop the World” by The GoGos

Soundtrack #9 – “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

Soundtrack #10 – “Five More Minutes” by Scotty McCreery

Thank you all for joining me on my journey, would love to know what some of the songs are on your album! Feel free to share some of the music that means the most to you in your life in the comments!

Photo by Jenelle Ball on Unsplash



Researching: Zugarramurdi, Spain

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The best part of writing for me is when my random thoughts end up taking me in a completely different direction. Frustrating to say the least, but wow what a great ride it ends up being! For me, it takes writing the first 3 or 4 chapters until I get a pretty good idea of the character’s personality, or voice. It takes about 6 to 8 chapters until I start to see the world through their eyes, which is when the fun begins!

Earlier this month I was sorting through the development of my latest main character, Sera, who will harness the element of Fire. When I started the book I had a pretty clear vision of what she would look like, what age she would be, where she would live, her ethnicity and her occupation. What I didn’t know was that her grandmother’s name would be Mila(not Freya), that Sera would herself heat up to the point of combustion (still working on that bit), and that her elemental portal wouldn’t be in Sedona, AZ where it was originally planned. Nope, since I am 7 Chapters in, Sera is starting to tell me what is going on her life, and has taken me to Zugarramurdi, Spain.

I am still in the midst of researching this wonderful location that I stumbled across (yes I was googling), but what has excited me from the start is it’s historical significance to the Inquisition. The fact that it mirrors what happened in Salem, MA as relates to those who were thought to be witches is something I find facinating.  Zugarramurdi is a small town with very few residents, in fact less than 250, but they seem to have interesting facts and scenery that will tie in beautifully with Sera’s story.

While I am not quite ready to share the specifics, (since let’s face it at this stage one of the characters could make me change it), I did want to share a few links from this magical location that Sera will most assuredly find her elemental portal. I just love finding new places!  What are some of the locations your writing has taken you unexpectedly?

For more information on Zugarramurdi, Spain follow these links:

Zugarramurdi Town Hall

Witches Museum

The Cave of Zugarramurdi

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Kerrytown Bookfest – Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Muse Crew will be participating in the Kerrytown Bookfest tomorrow and we would love to see some friendly faces! There will be plenty to do and see and it is a wonderful time of year to walk around Kerrytown!

You can find the festival schedule at:

Be sure to check out the awesome authors represented also! You can link to their page here:

Lastly, here are the exhibitors, including yours truly, that will be there. Be sure to show them some love!

Hope to see you there!

Soundtrack of my Life – Entry #10

I’ve said it before, that Country just isn’t my thing, but this song by Scotty McCreery came to me at the the perfect time, through a very special person (who happens to adore Country), and is now a permanent part of my soundtrack. The song makes me think about all the times I wished for five more minutes and what it would be like if those minutes never came. It reminds me that life is short and each memory we make is precious. It also reminds me of the quote by James Dean, the plaque I have hanging in the room where I write, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” Lastly, it reminds me why, after all of these years, I am writing again.

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I have had a ton of “five more minute” points in my life, and while I try not to live with regret, there are always moments you wish you could take back or extend. It is human nature to live in retrospect and there are countless people in my life that I have lost that I would love to spend a little more time with. The memories we made are what get me through, and I honor each one of them by spending as much time as I can with the people I love. An important part of that is making sure those people know how I feel about them, which is why I feel that the act of writing, and sharing that gift is so powerful. It gives the writer “five more minutes” to get their point across for years, decades, sometimes even centuries, touching the lives of countless people along the way. Even for non-writers, the act of jotting down thoughts, dreams, and hopes for the ones you love, will often be the most cherished gift you can leave behind.

So for the people who are only with me in my heart, thank you for the joy you continue to bring me through memories of our time together. For my writer friends, thank you so much for filling my life with words that have brought me laughter, love and adventure. For my non-writer friends, thank you for giving me a trunk full of experiences that I can examine and relive when my days are dark. And for anyone who has a dream they haven’t followed, don’t wait. Make sure you live your life to the fullest, so you never, ever, have to wish for five more minutes…