Soundtrack Sunday Week 2: “Fight Song”…#Superbowl

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Soundtrack Sunday

In honor of Superbowl Sunday, this week’s prompt is “Fight Song”. You may not know all the words to your Alma Matter’s fight song but you know the tune to it. It is the anthem that blares in the background when a team scores a touchdown…it’s the rumble through the crowd as the team gathers for a pep rally.

What I want to see this week are the song/songs/lyrics that rally you. What songs motivate you, or push your forward? This can be general or specific to a time when music helped you push through the trenches of life…It can be the song that comes to mind when you think of reaching for the stars or the music you work out to. I want to know the tune of your triumphs, survivals, and touchdowns.

Tips:

 Don’t worry too much about choosing the “right” or “popular” song; just choose a song that you really connect with…after all, it’s your life and your soundtrack…have fun with it!

If you don’t want to explain your connection with the song, don’t. The writing isn’t a requirement, it’s a suggestion. In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to really elaborate on it or not.

Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post (by posting a link to it in your blog) and return to post your own link in the comments so we can all read your post.

You can check out my response by clicking on the My Sunday Soundtrack link in the menu

Feel free to use any of the buttons on this post in your own post or on your blog.

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Children’s Charity Blog Hop—Wild Cards…National Children’s Cancer Center

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Wild Cards

Wild Cards is a book dedicated to Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers with a Supernatural/Paranormal flare. You will find a variety of stories so it won’t be hard to find something you and your children will like. From stories about the Grim Reaper, a dragon rider, three wishes, a witch, a man without a face, a house on a haunted street, the making of a villain and much more there is plenty for everyone. 100% of this books proceeds will go to The National Children’s Cancer Center. This book is all about the kids! Here are the awesome Authors and we couldn’t have had such a great cover with the art work by Don Semora.

Ronald Griffin’s Biography:

Ronald Griffin is a 31 year old Author who grew up in Georgia and still lives there today. His current writing style includes paranormal fantasy and horror. He has been writing since he was 9 years old when he wrote a Tiny Toons Adventure skit for his class and it was well received. From there, he was absorbed with writing about Superhero’s but once high school hit, the supernatural started calling him, especially the werewolves. This is where his latest The Blood Lives Saga was born. You can either find him locked away in his writing cave or at his local Cracker Barrel where he supports his fantasy genre reading habit. His Author idol is the husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. He has thoroughly enjoyed their magic series novels and feels encouraged that they are from his same state. When not writing, you can find Ronald spending time with his daughters (ages 3 and 9) and his son (age 7). He can be found spending time making precious moments with them and hopefully passing along his writing bug to them.
www.bloodstainedsaga.com

Gabrielle Lee Hughes’s Biography:

Gabrielle Lee Hughes is an inspiring new author. For fifteen years, Gabrielle has been writing short stories, poetry, and just finish her first novel, The New World: The Last Resistance. She is currently looking for a publishing company to fit her first novel’s needs. She is also currently working on her second novel, The New World: Dawn of a New Age. Gabrielle currently lives in Georgia.

Mark Mackey’s Biography:

Mark Mackey, living in Chicago, started writing during the late 1990’s when he submitted a simple poem to a contest which was later published in an anthology. In addition he has won two screenplay awards, one for the short screenplay Horror in the Woods, and one for the feature Length screenplay A Tale of Two Girls, both in the book Four Screenplays volume I. Also he has written several books in the process of being edited and three short stories published in three different anthologies.

T.G. Reaper’s Biography:

T.G. Reaper, aka Thom Futrell is the award winning, bestselling author of EMPTY GRAVES, MEAT PUPPET, NIGHT SONGS, DRIPPINGS along with over twenty anthologies and magazine articles. He lives near Jackson, Michigan with his wife, two daughters and two cats.
http://thetombofthereaper.blogspot.com/

David R. Bennett’s Biography:

I am an author from Houston, Texas. I am what I would call a freaky fiction writer. I write strange tales in all realms of fiction. I am a bonafied Star Wars geek who cannot wait to see the range of movies put out by Disney starting in 2015.

Jeremy Rodden’s Biography:

Jeremy Rodden considers himself a dad first and an author second. He is the author of the middle grade/young adult Toonopolis series of books that takes place in his cartoon universe. He also edited, contributed to, and published The Myth of Mr. Mom, a non-fiction series of essays by stay-at-home dads.
www.toonopolis.com

Laurie Treacy’s Biography:

I’m a wife, mom of three really good kids and various pets, an active reader and book blogger. Movie and music fan. I love frogs, frozen Goobers, anime and haunted places. I’m also a Whovian. I love paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian and contemporary romance. I initially started out writing YA, but I’ve also started writing for adults. My NaNoWriMo book this year is a New Adult paranormal. I find this genre exciting.

Jodie Pierce’s Biography:

Jodie Pierce is married to her hubby, John who gave her a storybook happily-ever-after. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio but traveled to Brasil when she was 16 years old as an exchange student and she continues to travel the US with her hubby. Jodie started writing as a teenager and even wrote for her schools’ newspaper and yearbook.
She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child so she’s had a long history with them. It wasn’t until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books in college that she was truly inspired to stop writing sappy teen romance stories and focus on the vampires she loved. You will find some of her experiences from Brasil in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places.
She has published four short novels (Eternal Press), a short story in “Midnight Thirst 2”, an anthology (Melange Books), has five self-published books (with 3 more charity anthologies by the end of 2013). She’s published her first charity vampire anthology book with various Authors named In Vein, where all the proceeds of the book went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She loves helping out other new Authors, runs blog hops and Facebook events for them to help market them. She has her own small publishing company named Vampirical Lyrical Publishing where she takes on new Authors and helps them see their creations come to life. She’s always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams. She’s co-manager of the Facebook Supernatural Writer’s Group where they put together 2 charity books a year where all proceeds will be donated to a special charity.

Buy Link:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Cards-Anthology-Jodie-Pierce/dp/1494268795/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386819838&sr=1-5&keywords=jodie+pierce

This is a great book you’re sure to love. Recommended reading ages are young adult but adults alike are bound to find some great stories by these great Authors. Pick up your copy today!

Charity Blog Hop—Children of the Night…National Children’s Cancer Center

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Children of the Night

Children of the Night is a fantastic book for Elementary School age children. With essential children’s lessons and good old fashioned Supernatural/Paranormal stories, this book gives you something for everyone. The children will enjoy the stories and the parents will enjoy the lessons in some of the stories. With stories about sharing, helping your parents, staying awake in class and never talking to strangers all will give you the opportunity to discuss these lessons with your children. Other stories like a Christmas mouse, Halloween night and a witch also provide enjoyment for the children. 100% of this books proceeds will go to The National Children’s Cancer Center. This book is all about the kids! Here are the participating Authors:

Ronald Griffin’s Biography:

Ronald Griffin is a 31 year old Author who grew up in Georgia and still lives there today. His current writing style includes paranormal fantasy and horror. He has been writing since he was 9 years old when he wrote a Tiny Toons Adventure skit for his class and it was well received. From there, he was absorbed with writing about Superhero’s but once high school hit, the supernatural started calling him, especially the werewolves. This is where his latest The Blood Lives Saga was born. You can either find him locked away in his writing cave or at his local Cracker Barrel where he supports his fantasy genre reading habit. His Author idol is the husband and wife writing team Ilona Andrews. He has thoroughly enjoyed their magic series novels and feels encouraged that they are from his same state. When not writing, you can find Ronald spending time with his daughters (ages 3 and 9) and his son (age 7). He can be found spending time making precious moments with them and hopefully passing along his writing bug to them.

www.bloodstainedsaga.com

Tara Fox Hall’s Biography:

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chain sawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
WHY: I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.

www.tarafoxhall.com

Ann Snizek’s Biography:

 Bio: Though her childhood was spent moving frequently, Ann Snizek is originally from Vermont and now lives in Virginia with her family. As a home-schooling family, Ann and her husband have tried to nurture the love of books in their children and now their grandchildren — always encouraging their imaginations.

Ann actively promotes literacy in her community, organizing and facilitating a creative writing club and then quickly adding volunteer tutoring and English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at her local adult learning center.

Loving all aspects of writing, Ann started Snow Flower Enterprises (dot) com, and its divisions, to help other independent authors reach their goals.

www.annsnizekauthor.blogspot.com

Mark Mackey’s Biography:

Mark Mackey, living in Chicago, started writing during the late 1990’s when he submitted a simple poem to a contest which was later published in an anthology. In addition he has won two screenplay awards, one for the short screenplay Horror in the Woods, and one for the feature Length screenplay A Tale of Two Girls, both in the book Four Screenplays volume I. Also he has written several books in the process of being edited and three short stories published in three different anthologies.

www.goodreads.com/author/show/4901919.Mark_Mackey

Christina Mercer’s Biography:

Christina Mercer, author of Tween/Teen Fantasy Arrow of the Mist, writes fiction for children and young adults. She was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, she took Writer’s Best of Show at the SCBWI California North/Central Regional Conference, and she won an Honorable Mention in the 21st Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Christina enjoys life in the foothills of Northern California with her husband and sons, a pack of large dogs, and about 100,000 honeybees.

www.christinamercer.com

Jodie Pierce’s Biography:

 Jodie Pierce is married to her hubby, John who gave her a storybook happily-ever-after. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio but traveled to Brasil when she was 16 years old as an exchange student and she continues to travel the US with her hubby. Jodie started writing as a teenager and even wrote for her schools’ newspaper and yearbook.

She has had a fascination with vampires since they were introduced to her as a child so she’s had a long history with them. It wasn’t until she started reading the Anne Rice vampire books in college that she was truly inspired to stop writing sappy teen romance stories and focus on the vampires she loved. You will find some of her experiences from Brasil in her stories. Many of her stories have historical or researched facts as she also enjoys research and learning about new places.

She has published four short novels (Eternal Press), a short story in “Midnight Thirst 2”, an anthology (Melange Books), has five self-published books (with 3 more charity anthologies by the end of 2013). She’s published her first charity vampire anthology book with various Authors named In Vein, where all the proceeds of the book went to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She loves helping out other new Authors, runs blog hops and Facebook events for them to help market them. She has her own small publishing company named Vampirical Lyrical Publishing where she takes on new Authors and helps them see their creations come to life. She’s always busy with the next great vampire story as her mind is non-stop and even plagues her dreams. She’s co-manager of the Facebook Supernatural Writer’s Group where they put together 2 charity books a year where all proceeds will be donated to a special charity.

www.thevampirequeen1.weebly.com

Buy Link:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Children-Night-Childrens-Charity-Anthology/dp/1494314940/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386819838&sr=1-4&keywords=jodie+pierce

Check out this special book, you’re bound to find something fun. Recommended reading ages 5-10 so read with your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and loved ones!

Giving Back via Social Media—Indie(s) Spotlight.

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National Children’s Cancer Society from Jamal McLaughlin on Vimeo.

As author’s we use social media for a lot of things. We promote our books; connect with bloggers, readers and reviewers; we connect with other authors; and we share our individual journeys. This week’s Indie Author Spotlight tells the story of what can happen when we use the connections to reach beyond ourselves…when we use them to touch the lives of others…when we use them to give back.

It all started with a Facebook group which was created to connect authors. Talks of writing books for charity began to flow between the authors and so the books Wild Cards and Children of the Night were born. 100% of the proceeds will go to The National Children Cancer’s Society, a charity organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.

We all know the work that goes into things like writing and compiling a book, hosting a blog tour, and promoting a project so to think that this group of extraordinary authors came together to do it all for charity is amazing. Also, I can think of no charity more deserving of the contribution than the National Children’s Cancer Society. I had a 6 year old cousin pass away in November from childhood cancer and so I have a new understanding for the impact that Children’s Cancer can have on the life of the children as well as the families.

The group continues to give back as they work on another collection of stories, this time for the ASPCA. Check out the following posts to get to know the authors and books created for this wonderful cause.

https://ashleywillismusings.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/charity-blog-hop-children-of-the-night-national-childrens-cancer-center/

https://ashleywillismusings.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/childrens-charity-blog-hop-wild-cards-national-childrens-cancer-center/

Soundtrack Sunday Week 1 Roundup!

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What do Ian Broudie, Bert and Ernie and Flogging Molly all have in common? They were all featured in Week 1 of the Soundtrack Sunday Blog Challenge!

I really enjoyed this first week. In case you missed it, week 1 was all about beginnings. It was very interesting to see how different participants interpreted the prompt and I really enjoyed reading the posts that were submitted.

Kerry S from “Aspernauts” wrote a beautiful post about the songs that became her lullabies when she became a mother. You can check that post out here:

http://aspernauts.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/mix-tape-tracks-1-2-ian-broudie-and-the-manics/

Rose B Fischer took us back to her childhood and some of the songs which marked the beginning of learning and loving music for many of us. You can check out that post here:

http://rosebfischer.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/soundtrack-sunday-beginnings/

I wrote about  my heritage, my hometown and how every new beginning I have defines me. That post can be found here:

https://ashleywillismusings.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/within-a-mile-from-home-soundtracksunday/

I’m really excited about seeing how week 2 goes. The prompt for the week will go up on Friday at Noon and I will be looking forward to seeing what everybody does with it on Sunday. If you are interested in joining in on the Soundtrack Sunday Blog Challenge, check out the challenge page for the “guidelines” and for blog buttons you can use to tell the world that you’re participating. The blog event has been listed on The Daily Post so you can check it out there, as well.

I also want to say that I’m open for suggestions. If you have an idea for a prompt or just have a general suggestion about the blog challenge, I would love to hear it. You can email me at acwilliswriting@gmail.com with any feedback or just post it in the comments.

 

Snowpocalypse 2014 is Coming!!!! #Louisiana

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Now, I’ve lived through a lot of snowstorms in my life time but none as severe and life threatening as the one that is upon Southern Louisiana at this very moment. A state of emergency has been issued, curfew instated, schools and roads are closing down and it hasn’t even begun yet. Walmart closely resembled that of 1999 when people were preparing for Y2K. Like my fellow Louisianans, I flocked to the computer to see what the accumulation was going to be. What I got was the following:

Another Round of Winter Weather!
*Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the entire WAFB viewing area from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night.*

We’re starting off on this Monday with “mild” January weather throughout the area – light/moderate rainfall this morning on Titan 9 Doppler radar. Currently, temperatures are in the 50s and that will likely be rather consistent for a “high” today. However, due to the passage of a very strong cold front, temperatures will drop dramatically … and it looks as if THIS time, the wintry weather will also include accumulations of snow/freezing rain/sleet. Temperatures will not make it above freezing Tuesday … meaning we will have issues on area roadways again … possibly lasting through early Thursday morning! Overall, accumulation totals remains very uncertain, but could be wind up in the range of an inch of snow; sleet, freezing rain up to a quarter/third of an inch. Finally, temperatures will push into the 50s Thursday/only falling into the lower 40s Friday morning … then a rapid warm up occurs as we move into the weekend!! – Diane Deaton, WAFB Storm Team

I know if I was reading this, I wouldn’t have read all that so allow me to recap…Southern Louisiana is expecting up to 1 inch of snow and up to 1 quarter/third of an inch of ice. What???? Maybe I read that incorrectly. Hold for a minute while I re-read……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Nope, I was correct. The entirety of Southern Louisiana has been brought to a halt under the threat of 1 inch of snow and a quarter to a third inch of ice. Remember, these are the people who survived Hurricane Katrina. There’s really not much else I can say at this point…I…just…can’t…  I suppose that if you don’t hear from me for a day or two it’s because I’m without power (which I really can’t fathom) and I’m toughing it out in the Antarctic like conditions of Snowpocalypse 2014
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Roping the Wind…The Writing Tools That Work for my Scattered Brain

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I am very, very ADD and so, my writing process is most easily likened to roping the wind. It really is a beautiful thing because most of my writing occurs in the brain and by the time I actually set down to compose a story, the words just kind of fall out of me. Sometimes, it takes a while for me to write because, on my bad days, I spend most of my mind trying to reign in my myriad of thoughts and trying to stay away from my social media pages. I can describe my writing process in a two step process: “Creating The Thought” and “Organizing The Thought”.

I am also a self trained author so I’m not sure what tools authors are “supposed” to use to write. All I know is my own process and the tools that make it all necessary for me. That’s all I have to offer and I’m going to give it to you. I hope, by the end of this post, you have gained some sort of understanding about writing tools but if you don’t, you’re probably a normal minded and well adjusted author. Congratulations on that…you’ll probably find writing a lot easier than I do sometimes.

Creating the Thought

This is not an exact science. My brain is seriously dangerous territory and sometimes I’m not even sure that I really understand how this happens. What I have learned is the method and tools that allow it to happen more freely.

1. Headphones and Music

It’s not that I want to block out the world while I write (okay, maybe a little bit)…but I find that creating playlists for my novels helps to maintain rhythm in my writing (something that I struggle with a lot). It also helps because music invokes deep emotion for me and so when I’m having issues with “feeling” a scene, I find a song that communicates the needed feeling and drown myself in it like a break up mix. I just have to be careful not to loose myself in it too much. My current soundtrack go to for Willow Moon? Monster by Imagine Dragons.

2. Pen and Paper

You know that creepy double-speak thing that demons do? Well, my brain does that…a lot. So, I have to keep a pen and paper handy so that I can quickly jot down my second thoughts, shopping lists, cures for cancer…really, just whatever “extra” ideas jump up in my mind while I’m working desperately to finish the scene at hand. I know I could just open a new project and make a note there but opening multiple windows is a seriously dangerous game for me. I  might end up lost in cyber land while my MC is trying to talk their best friend off a cliff. Because I can’t have characters dying while I’m playing Candy Crush, I opt to do it the old fashion way: with pen and paper. Besides, the voices in my head like it this way. It’s much easier for their voices to slide down my fingers and onto a piece of paper than onto a keyboard.

3. Distraction

Confused yet? Yeah, me too. What you need to understand is that the one thing my brain really needs to work properly is distraction…lots and lots of distraction. This distraction can come in many forms. I think more thoughts come to me while I’m reaching for a drink of my soda, lighting a cigarette, or doodling smiley faces on my notebook than the entire time I spend with my hands perched safely on my keyboard and my face staring intently at the computer screen. If I’m really stuck, I will take a bathroom break (making sure I have my trusty dusty notebook) and the ideas will begin to flow again. I know it’s TMI but a lot of my material has been written on the john…that’s just the bleak truth of it. If I’m really desperate, I will get up and do the dishes. By the time I’m finished, my plotholes will be fixed and my characters will be moving, happily along again. To keep myself from derailing, I try to refrain from the big distractions (like Facebook). They are tucked securely inside a glass box with a sign that reads: “Break glass in case of Writer’s Block”.

Organizing the Thought

There is really just one tool that I use these days for organizing my thoughts: Scrivener. It was the single greatest investment that I have ever made in my entire life because it helps me to tame the monsters in my head. Here is how I use Scrivener (and whatever supporting tools I use).

1. Taking Notes

Having a little insight into my writing process, you can imagine the notes and scribbles that collect directly to the left of my laptop as I’m writing….well, it’s much worst than you can ever imagine. I have gotten to the point where I have to organize my notes every day because if I don’t I wont remember what is relevant to which project. It’s insane to remember what this process was like before I got Scrivener…I’m sure a lot of trees died just to maintain it. Even then, I’m certain that some of my best ideas ended up in the garbage or as housing for discarded bubble gum. With Scrivener, I can simply open the project I have created for the 10 novels I’m working on at the moment and insert the day’s one liner’s, notes and research leads before I shut off the computer and crawl into bed.

2. Doing Research

Because when I’m free on the internet, I’m a vagabond. With Scrivener, I can import the research specific to multiple projects as it happens and all is not lost when I, inevitably, ,wander into the depths of irrelevant philosophies. I can easily research multiple projects at once without ending up with unnamed Word files with random and scattered research notes. The demons in my brain are very happy about this because they are free to use their double speak to remind me that I ALSO need to research ancient tribes of lost cities which has nothing to do with the research I’m currently doing.

3. Turning Thoughts Into Written Words

The mechanics of it are always the same…the thoughts become words which ebb and flow with the overall story. To accomplish this, I use the usual tools: dictionaries and thesauruses. With Scrivener, I can highlight a word, double click it and be taken to a thesaurus or dictionary. This helps me work with the wording of my novel without having to wander around to find it. It’s my favorite Scrivener “easy button” and the ADD brain’s best friend.

4. And the parts become a whole…

After a while, my individual words become sentences and these sentences become paragraphs. Once I have a bulk of work, I can begin to order it. When I’m working on a project, I create a folder for a chapter and safely tuck the individual scenes within it. These chapters and scenes can be reordered by the click and drag so I don’t have to have 50 different Word files or worry about copy and pasting to achieve the order that I want for a novel. It’s freeing, really, to know that I can write in whatever mish-mashed order that I want and then I can wrap it all together with a pretty little bow.

I hope you’ve gotten something from all this (even if it is just that I write on the toilet and allow the voices in my head to guide my writing). It may seem like this is just a big Scrivener testimonial but it really is not. Scrivener works for me. It works because I’m a scattered and unfocused writer…it works because I don’t always have the time to manually organize like I should…because my brain is not normal. What is really important in all the text above is that you realize how differently our brains work and you try to find the tools that work for you.

“Within A Mile From Home”…#SoundtrackSunday

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I grew up in the Mountains of West Virginia. My hometown was just a blip on the map but it was warm and comfortable. I was raised in the arms of Mother Nature and the songs of my summers were rooted in my Irish heritage. In those days, I yearned for change. Instead of appreciation, I stared, in spite, at the steady streams and felt smothered by the hills. My hometown was so small and I felt so big. I, somehow, wanted to be more than the place I came from.

So, I traveled. With every new beginning, I became something more than myself but I never became something new. Instead, I found myself clinging more tightly to my everything I had run from. I searched for the faces of my hometown in the moon, stars and above. I listened for the sweet sounds of my grandmother singing; her Irish voice ringing clear in the wind.

The further I am from my beginnings, the harder I search for them. Eventually, it has become a reminder of everything I have lost…and gained. No matter where I go in life, or how many new beginnings I may have, I am always “Within A Mile of Home.”

The grittiness of my Irish Heritage, the soft blow of the mountain wind, and the rhythm of my Uncle’s guitar…these are all things that are so ingrained within my soul that they can never be removed. Yet, I have removed myself from them. In doing this, I have become a hybrid of the world. The rhythms of all the places I have been and every person I have loved adds to the foundation that was built during my childhood. I replace my bluegrass roots with the punk rock of my rebellious spirit. It’s the same rhythm but at a different pitch. I am the same soul but with a  different song. I’m “Within a Mile From Home” but still so far from it.

Flogging Molly is a perfect example of this…they are so traditionally Irish with a punk rock twist. It is impossible to limit their music to just one genre. Like me, they are hybrids of the world. Still, they remain true to their roots. I love this band, and this song because it reminds me that in all my twists and turns in life, that I am never far from being the person I was at the beginning…it reminds me to stay true to myself and never turn my back on the place from which I came….

“Don’t turn your back on me, don’t ever let me down.” 

I hope this is a promise that I always keep.

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Week 1: Beginnings

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Welcome to the Soundtrack Sunday Blog Challenge

This week is all about beginnings. Using music, describe where or what you came from. It can be a song from the year you were born, a song that reminds you of your hometown, your parents, or your heritage. You can make this post about new beginnings or beginnings not yet to come…whatever come to mind when you think about your own beginnings.

Write: Write a post that explains your connection with the song to the prompt. WHY does this song signify beginning for you?

Don’t forget to schedule your post for Sunday and tag it with Soundtrack Sunday.

Tips:

 Don’t worry too much about choosing the “right” song; just choose a song that you really connect with…after all, it’s your life and your soundtrack…have fun with it!

If you don’t want to explain your connection with the song, don’t. The writing isn’t a requirement, it’s a suggestion. In the end, it’s up to you whether you want to really elaborate on it or not.

Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post (by posting a link to it in your blog) and return to post your own link in the comments so we can all read your post.

You can check out my response by clicking on the My Sunday Soundtrack link in the menu or by following the permalink here (wont be visible until Sunday):

Feel free to use any of the buttons on this post in your own post or on your blog.

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