I didn’t have a good day. I work too much and it’s my own fault. I wish I could just jump past these days. But we can’t have perfect days all the time. I made this silly rainbow sign to remind myself and anyone else who needs it that it’s okay to feel less than perfect. It doesn’t make you any less awesome.
I just found this video of “I Know It Hurts” by Paul Cardall & Tyler Glenn. As my Songs for the Shadows playlist may have tipped you off, Tyler Glenn is one of my favorite artists, with or without the band Neon Trees. I’m actually a little surprised I didn’t find this song sooner. It is part of a larger project that I’m still checking out, but I couldn’t wait to post about this song. Religion comes up a lot in the lyrics Tyler Glenn sings, particularly feeling disconnected from religion or a changing relationship with faith. These lyrics resonate with me. “But the symbols were not ours.” really hit me in this song. I can find so much feeling in many religions’ symbols, but very few of those symbols feel like they are mine. I hope y’all enjoy the song and can find some inspiration in it.
My best friend made a playlist a while back that is our go-to playlist whenever we need some music to give us an energy boost. We call it Party Playlist Bitches, and we just spent most of yesterday painting with it playing in the background. Everything on it is high energy, so it really keeps us moving. I’ll share it below. Hopefully, it inspires you to think about what kind of music your characters default to. Generally speaking, we play it on shuffle, but the embedded player won’t allow that as far as I can tell.
Since I made a playlist for El, I thought it would be fun to make one for Quacey. So I put together a list of songs that he would yell “I love this song!” when they played, right before running to the dance floor. I hope you enjoy it.
So I’ve been listening to one of my favorite bands from my high school a lot again. They’re called Patent Pending. They bring a sense of humor to their music that I really appreciate. I found out that they did an album called Other People’s Greatest Hits. On it, there is a song on there called “Shout Out to My Ex” that I can’t stop listening to. The band didn’t change the pronouns which makes me so happy. It rewrites the story of the song. Now I’m hunting for other songs like this where the band has kept the lyrics making the song feel like some part of the LGBTQ+ experience. I’m hoping to make myself a playlist to inspire my writing. If you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments.
I’ve been building up to this point for a long time. I’ve wanted to write books since I was in high school. It was hard to imagine it becoming a reality though. I almost never saw protagonists that I could fully relate to. I definitely never saw LGBTQIA characters leading the stories in my favorite genre until fairly recently. It still feels like a rarity to see gay main characters in any genre let alone in urban fantasy books. My goal is to change that as much as I can. I’m so happy to have written a Novel and a Novella with LGBTQIA leads. Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost are only the beginning though. I am working on another story in that world with two more to come after that. If you’re like me and you’ve been craving more gay main characters in your urban fantasy stories I hope you’ll check these ones out. Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost are on sale through Amazon, B&N, Apple Books, and Kobo. Going forward on this blog, my goal is to give updates about the stories I’m working on, share things I’m learning as I work on getting these stories published, and talk about things that excite and inspire me in this new phase of my life. Until next time happy reading and writing everyone!