Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Graveyard Train

I like to write to music, especially when I start a new project and I am free-handing. That's my term for being kicked back in the recliner with a sketch pad in hand. I jot down names, descriptions, plot ideas, snippets of dialogue. I need music to accompany the little movie in my mind.

So, last night, I was thinking about Laid To Rest and wondering what kind of music would go with Richie and Tommy Ray, two small-time crooks. What music would suit them and this story? Creedence Clearwater Revival. The big plus to having Rhapsody Music Service is all the playlists you can create. I usually make several for one story. So, I picked out a bunch of CCR's old hits. Some of them I hadn't heard in years but they are still as good ever and the perfect music for this dark comedy. Especially Bad Moon Rising and Graveyard Train.

As Looking Out My Back Door played, the words flowed. Page after page of notes and discoveries. Still no true plot. Yet. But, I'm sure with Born on the Bayou, Run Through the Jungle, and, my all time favorite, Lodi, the plot will come to light.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


What can I say except that I am thrilled at having a Saturday free. For the first time in over two months, I did not have to paint, hang wallpaper, scrub, cook or rush around in stores looking for stuff I needed. It's like I don't know what to do with myself.

I started with my neglected blogs. I decided to post on this blog only since I barely have time for one blog much less two. I thought about importing my old posts but I was skeptical of trying that so I think they will stay where they are. I also made the blog my homepage on my laptop. I find I get distracted when MSN pops up and I start reading different articles. I'm trying to curtail some of that.

Okay, so the house is pretty much done for now. I love the kitchen as the new wallpaper brightened it up a lot. Also, I really like the "crackle" film I put on the kitchen window so I could take down the mini-blind. It lets in lots of light and I put a couple of sun-loving plants in the window. I want to get some herbs. I have photos but they are on another computer so I'll have to post them later. Of course, I'm still planning on trying to sell the house. Then, I can buy another one and start all over!!!

My son and his fiancee were here last weekend. We had a great visit and a busy time. His aunts gave them a reception/shower last Sunday. It was good to see everyone. At least, this time it wasn't at a funeral. They left on Wednesday and I was happy they got home before the bad weather set in here. So, I will see them again in September for the wedding.

So, now, that I've got all stress and this work behind me, I plan to enjoy the next couple of months. I have my historical novella finished and I need to get it submitted. I have a couple of projects that I want to get started on. One is a short story called Laid To Rest. I don't have a premise yet and I can't write the story without one. I'm debating whether or not to go back to my outlaw book. I may take a look at it. Now that I've been away from it for a while, maybe I can be more objective.

This about wraps it for now. The weather is clearing. We've had storms all morning. If it continues to improve, I may get out some today.