“Music expresses that which cannot be said, and upon which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
I believe that one of the greatest gifts God has given to man is the beauty of music.
A melody can move hearts and stir emotions like nothing else can. Memories of growing up. An Oldies favorite mom would sing when she was making breakfast on Saturday mornings. Sixteen years old and driving solo for the first time, with the windows down and the radio cranking. The hymn that was played at grandma’s funeral. A special tune from that first date with your soulmate. Times of unspeakable loss, of supreme joy and pleasure, the subtle sweetness of quiet ordinary days we used to know…can all be mysteriously carried in a simple song.
Some of you are probably aware by now (at least, if you follow me on social media), that I have a big announcement to share with you all. Well, today’s the day! (And I’m freaking out. Because, like, you know—it’s huge.)
If you’ve been keeping up with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ve probably heard me whispering mysteriously for the last few months about a major project I’ve been working on. I’ve kept it under wraps until now, but today, I want to share it with you. I’m so excited!
Brainstorm Buddies are to writers what teammates are to athletes. They are the people who stick with us, who encourage us, who support us, and who root for us. They’re our friends, the voice of hope when doubt creeps in; for many of us, our Brainstorm Buddies are our muse. If you don’t have one, you should find one. If you do, make sure to tell them how much you appreciate them.
Just like it’s important to have a good Brainstorm Buddy, however, it’s important to be one. I’ve noticed that when you make an effort to do something for someone else, they often return the favor. The best sorts of Brainstorm Buddy relationships are the mutual ones, so today I want to talk a little bit about what it takes to be the best Brainstorm Buddy you can be.
Over the course of the month of April, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs. It’s really something I’m trying to get better at, as I’m so busy keeping up my own writing. It’s easy to forget how much you can glean from reading others’ work, so as April draws to a close, I’d like to share with you some of the best posts I read this month. I hope they will inspire and encourage you all as much as they did me.
Also, as I’m guessing most of you know, today I will be announcing the three winners of my recent Five Page Critique Giveaway, so stay tuned for that! I’m excited to see what you guys have to share!
For those of you who don’t know, I do some freelance editing alongside my own blogging and writing. It’s something I really enjoy. I love to help people make their writing look and sound great. If you have a story to tell, it deserves to be the absolute best it can be, right? Your voice deserves to be heard.
I’ve been talking a lot about fine-tuning the techniques in your stories lately, and since I like you guys a lot, today I want to offer you a chance for some personal feedback on your work. That’s right—I want to help you, so I’m offering three five-page critiques for free!
I’m excited to announce that I will be hosting another giveaway sponsored by Amaila Miller at Second Breakfast and Amy Young Miller at Vomiting Chicken. Last Wednesday, they released their new e-book, Recipes from a Halfling’s Pantry, based on the foods of hobbits from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –Tolkien
Greetings, everyone! Guess what day it is? That’s right—today is the end of my Christmas giveaway, and so you get to find out who the lucky winner is! But before I reveal that, I’d like to thank everybody for participating in the contest. You are all fantastic, and I wish you each a Merry Christmas!