Thursday, June 28, 2018

June News

Happy Summer everyone!

Two poems, "Fondant" and "Sidekick" appeared in Sheila-Na-Gig's summer edition. "Fondant" is about my mother's old cake-baking side business. "Sidekick" is a poem I wrote after someone once said to me that I could never be the hot girl in a movie, but only the sidekick. At the time, it really hurt my feelings, but I think there's something to be said for the Willow Rosenbergs of the world, yeah?

You can read both poems here.

I also wanted to share that I got a lovely review on Our Miss Engel, my vampire novella:

Thanks, Debra! I'm always thrilled to get feedback of any kind. Our Miss Engel is very near and dear to my heart, and I still toy with the idea of writing a sequel to it. With the impending conclusion of the O4S series, who knows?

As always, thanks to all of you for reading! Stay cool out there.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Sacred Heart Soundtrack

It’s been almost two years since I posted the Book III soundtrack. Man, how time flies. I had promised that I would do Book IV’s sometime after it was published. (Technically, I have held to that.) But then I thought I’d wait until after Book V was done. That took longer than anticipated.

But we’re here now—Book V is basically done! Which means cover art in the works! And The Sacred Heart soundtrack. Hooray!

This part of the story is even more character-driven than the previous entries. As such, I didn’t really focus on soundtracking individual scenes as much as I did assigning the various characters a song.

Without further ado… thar be spoilers! Proceed with caution.

1. Christophe - Non, je ne regrette rien, Edith Piaf

Christophe is probably our favorite character in the whole series. Among his many virtues, he lives life at full throttle. Even as an eight-year-old kid, he says, of his exploits, “No regrets.” I can’t think of anything more Christophe than that.

2. Madeline– Lady Marmalade, Patti LaBelle

Murphy and Bill jokingly refer to Christophe as “Lady Marmalade,” but the song itself is more fitting for his lady love, Madeline, an ex-courtesan who has managed to emerge from her poor start in life to become a woman of refinement, grace, courage and wisdom.

3. Jack – I Will Possess Your Heart, Deathcab for Cutie

“You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart.”

This song is actually really creepy, which means it is totally Jack. He is determined to possess hearts… and other organs.

4. Janus – Bad Businessman, Squirrel Nut Zippers

“…every time he deals a round 
It's just a bad hand 
What a bad man. 
Beware of what he sells 
Surely go straight to hell. 
T' ain't no bottom in that wishing well
Bad businessman…”

Janus is one of those characters that we feel very sorry for—he was born to two people trapped in a loveless marriage, and it pretty much goes downhill from there. We hope reincarnation exists for his sake because he has the potential to be a very fine human being. But not in this timeline.

5. Nicole – Missing, Evanescence

“Please, please forgive me,
But I won't be home again.
Maybe someday you'll have woke up,
And, barely conscious, you'll say to no one:
‘Isn't something missing?’”

Janus’ misery spills over and drowns his poor wife, Nicole. She’s not a major character, but the ripples caused by her life and death factor heavily into the story’s events.

6. Leto – Off to the Races, Lana del Rey

“My old man is a bad man
But I can't deny the way he holds my hand
And he grabs me, he has me by my heart
He doesn't mind I have a Las Vegas past
He doesn't mind I have a L.A. crass way about me
He loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart…”

Let’s just say, Leto’s dad is the grossest. Thank God she takes after her mother.

7. The Blue Room– Black Black Heart, David Usher

Oh God, this song. This scene. Leo and Alyssa bonding the way they do best: over sex and trauma.

8. Dreamfast – Goodnight, Irene

Kate finds out who she is. It’s a lot to unpack. Homegirl’s gonna need some time, is what I’m sayin’.

9. Riots/Mauvais Sang – Get Free, Whissell

I’m cheating a bit here. I didn’t hear this song until about a year ago, well after Book IV was done. But the minute I heard it, it took me right to Lady Lamprise sitting astride her horse. The gals all get tossed in the slammer. And of course, the whole damn planet is under occupation, so there's that too.  

10. The Proposal - Time is Running Out, Muse

Leo proposes, with predictable results.

11. Liberation – Club Foot, Kasabian

This is one of those songs where it’s not so much about the lyrics for me, but the way the song sounds. It’s a frantic song, and an uprising is definitely a frantic time.

12. The King – Follow the Sun, Xavier Rudd

I mean, it was either this, or “Here Comes the Sun.” 

13. 1,000 – Trigger-Happy Jack, Poe

Jack again, playing his dirtiest trick of all.

14. The Funeral - The Sisters of Mercy, Leonard Cohen

There’s nothing to say here but *sniff.*

15. Exeunt - There’s No Home for You Here, The White Stripes

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Goodbye, Corbenic. Hello, Cerulean. Our last stop in the O4S-verse. 

Like my jam? Check out the rest of the series soundtracks here: