Hey there, y’all!
I do know it isn’t morning. I’m blogging late today because my alter ego had to write a dreaded synopsis. I’m also late because in the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about John Mayer’s Berklee clinic. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it ever since the link went viral on Twitter. Ironic, right? Mayer talks about how Twitter, Facebook and blogging began to become his primary form of artistic expression while his music fell by the wayside…
Now until last week, my only knowledge of John Mayer was that he’s popular, cute and he broke Taylor Swift’s heart and she wrote “Dear John,” which broke my heart. If you are a creative type, go ahead and click that link above and tell me what you think about creativity and social media.
Hmm… I know I put as much thought into a blog as I do a scene. Sometimes I erase tweets if I don’t think they are pithy enough. I often interrupt my writing to check my e-mail…
Reading the Berklee student’s blog made me think about something else, too. Now this is all pure conjecture and I admit I don’t know a thing about it, but it’s interesting to think about the Mayer/Swift break-up. She’s so young and it’s fascinating to see how that colors her interpretation and artistic expression. Mayer probably processed the experience differently. I wonder what kind of a song he would write for her and if it would be along the lines of “You’re Welcome.” I’ll even go out on a limb and say my own heartbreaks are pretty darn useful to me now when I’m writing fiction. I won’t go so far as to say thank you to Mr. It’s Not You, It’s Me or Mr. I’m Still In Love With My Ex or Mr. I’ve Lost Interest, See Ya or Mr. I’m Sorry You Feel That Way but I am grateful they put me through my emotional paces. Not as grateful as I am that I met Mr. Perfect, but you want to know a secret? He broke up with his girlfriend for me.
With that said and shared, I’m going to dive back into editing. After I submit the manuscript, I’ll finish the superhero story I’m submitting for the Samhain anthology call. I can’t wait to tell you more about that when it’s done! I am shockingly excited about this story, but I’m not going to breath another word about it until I hit send… and then I’ll finish Crystal’s story.
Happy week, y’all!
I was going to do a post on what I learned during my make-up lesson. I figure if the Ladylike Pervert wants to know, maybe other people do, too. (Although it would be more fun to have the conversation pajama party-pillow fight-style. Can’t have everything!) Look forward to the make-up post soon. But not today.
Today, I am going to squee about the Taylor Swift concert I saw in Pittsburgh Saturday night. Yup, I’m a Taylor Swift fan. A country fan, too. Why, you ask? Because I went to college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, for one reason. Country didn’t get me for the four years I was in college. I even resisted listening to country music for the two years I stayed in Nashville after graduation. Then Brad Paisley started making it big. And Deanna Carter started singing “Strawberry Wine.” I am an absolute sucker for nostalgia, especially if it involves wishing I knew then what I know now. And Brad Paisley’s love for his
wife comes across with heart stopping clarity in songs like “Then.” I close my eyes and hold still every time he sings the line “But I’ve said that before…”
I listen to all kinds of music, but country has my heart.
So when my neighborhood BFF Melissa said, “It’s my birthday, and I got us Taylor Swift tickets. Let’s drive to Pittsburgh,” I said “Squeeeeeeeeee!”
Why do I love Taylor Swift? More than one reason, actually. I’ll make a list. I love lists.
1. I admire her ability to capture universal teenage heartbreak moments in her songs. When I experienced the growing up moments that she highlights so beautifully in her lyrics, I tried to pretend I was cool with it. That I didn’t care. That it didn’t matter. That he didn’t break my heart. That I won’t still remember what it felt like twenty-four years later. Awareness is a gift.
2. Her music gets stuck in my head for weeks at a time. I had “You Belong With Me” stuck in my head for two solid weeks. Total earworm hooks. I appreciate a good hook.
3. She is sparkly. And adorably gawky in the best possible way. And when we cheered for her, she looked like we had just given her a pony for her birthday. Appreciation is rare.
4. She makes me want to hug my girls and be there for them when they get their little hearts broken in a few years. She also makes me want to try my best to teach my son how to not break hearts – or at least to do it honestly. Honesty is valuable.
Those are the big ones. Melissa loves that she doesn’t wear low-cut gowns and
push-up bras and she doesn’t sexualize her dance numbers, either. I was so in awe of the violins, the ballet and tap dancers, the fireworks and Taylor’s seven-foot long eyelashes that I didn’t even notice the lack of boobs and bumps and grinds. I love boobs and bumps, but Mel is right, I don’t want them from Taylor Swift. I’m glad Taylor knows that.
I also had a writing epiphany somewhere during the finale, “Love Story.” A hero should come through in the end. He should say all of the right things. Things that not only feed into the heroine’s emotional needs, but the emotional needs of the reader as well. What are those needs? I think some of them might be unique to the individual, but I also think some emotional needs are universal. Taylor Swift’s ability to write songs that resonate with me, a thirty-nine-year-old mother of three tells me I might be right. I think the books on my keeper shelf also tap into my emotional needs and satisfy them. For me this happens on a subconscious level, but I’m trying to raise my conscious awareness. I think I could write more powerful stories if I could isolate my issues. I know I’ve got them! Want to help? What are your favorite kinds of books and hooks? Which books live on your keeper shelf and why? Which songs do you put on “repeat?” If you help me isolate a powerful common thread that is strong enough to motivate a character, I’ll name her/him after you.