Nights In White Satin (Or Perhaps Black Leather, If That Floats your Boat)


Well, “De Profundis” is currently still in review and should be going live on Amazon soon, so in the meantime I decided I’d would post a little something…

Most people that have known me for any length of time, even if it is just casually through Facebook or Twitter, will probably conclude a couple of things about me:

I remember everything… good and bad…

I’m interested in a very diverse array of things… sports, music, film, TV, books (of course), and I’m always interested in learning about new things.

I have a pretty open mind, within reason… I wore that Catholic school girl uniform, it didn’t wear me. 😉

And, if something weird or funny or ridiculous can happen, it will most likely happen to me.

That being said, I have to tell you a story… But before I tell you this story, I must tell you another story…

Picture it… St. Petersburg, Florida… 2001… I had just turned 22 and was living with my mom while she traveled for work. My theater studies had proved frustrating (an understatement) and I was taking time away to figure things out. Mom always worked nights, so I usually was home alone.

The apartment complex we were living in had very thin walls. It wasn’t unusual for the sounds of the amorous couple next door to wake me with the pounding of their headboard on the wall right near my head. And the moaning, of course.

So, one night… well, morning really, ’cause it was nearly 4AM, I was laying in bed listening to the radio, headphones on. It was an oldies station and I was enjoying Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin”. The song concluded, or at least I thought it had, but the music continued on, swelling in a violin crescendo and then dissolving into an eerie, space sounding quiet.

So, I’m listening… and suddenly there’s a male voice talking. I freeze, every bones in my body locking up, every muscle frozen. I’m holding my breath as this deep, melodious voice speaks… And I don’t know where it’s coming from! Now, anyone with any knowledge of this particular Moody Blues song knows that the full length of the track includes the spoken word… But I, raised by my grandparents and more familiar with Lawrence Welk than Led Zeppelin, had no idea that was how it was supposed to end. I was terrified. All I could think of was that somehow the guy next door was talking to me. My mind was frozen… Jesus, what was he saying? Then I realized… It was on the radio! Ugh, I was so relieved… But I still didn’t get that it was part of the song! I started to panic, thinking it was some kind of War of The Worlds scenario, and Oh my God what had he been saying? Was it important?

Then the DJ came on, identifying the song and whatnot… And I proceeded to laugh at myself and my dorkiness…

Fast forward to two nights ago…

I often am awake to all hours, either reading or watching YouTube videos… Music, movie clips, sometimes entire shows or films… I get some of my best writing ideas at night…

I also often check out the videos of authors I’m friends with here on Facebook. Book trailers, chapter reads, music, poetry… I think it’s a great way to get to know you all a little better, to get to know your writing…

So, a couple of nights ago I’m watching and listening to YouTube videos… And I start searching around for author videos. I watched some Cambria Hebert chapter reads and the amazing trailer for #Nerd… After a few twists and turns, I stumbled upon videos made by one of my newest author friends, Elias Raven. I listened to a couple, music and poetry, and then I clicked on one that had a lot of kittens in the preview. Now, even in the brief time I’ve been acquainted with Elias, I know that cats are favorite subject of his… He often post memes with them and such… so I wasn’t surprised at this. I started watching… saw the writing come up on the screen and think, oh, cool, more poems, and then I freeze.


Now I know you’re thinking, “Silly girl,” and yes, I can be rather silly at times, but it was four o’clock in the morning and I’m currently very single and there was a guy suddenly talking in my ears… Okay, you remember those Warner Bros. cartoons when Sylvester the cat would get startled and he’d end up on the ceiling, his nails dug into the plaster?

That was me.

Of course, this all transpired during the course of handful of seconds, and I realized very quickly that it must be Elias’ voice reading his own writing, but Good Lord! Scared. Me. To. Death. LMAO

Anyway… that was my funny story to pass the time until “De Profundis” goes live. And now to relax and recover from the ordeal-by-insanity that is publishing. ‘Night all!


The Countdown to Publishing Day (and Other Flerpty Flooplin’ Flerp)

Yes, yes… I have been running silent and deep for several weeks, but trust me good people, I have a legit reason. I have been writing and this coming Tuesday, May 24th, book 2 of the Kate Gardener Mysteries will be live on Amazon. (SIGH) Finishing a book is a happy/ sad time… You’ve finished something that you’ve been working on for weeks, months even, and you’re ready to share it with the world and you just feel… ECSTATIC! But at the same time, something has ended… A part of your writing life, your characters’ lives, has been finalized… I don’t know, hard to explain… Anyway, it will be coming out next Tuesday, and I’ll be posting more info about that probably over the weekend.

As an author, of course, finishing one book means your are looking forward to the next one, or more, that need to be written. Which is exciting, to be sure.  I’ve had an outline for the next chapter of my contemporary werewolf fantasy written up for a while now, and the next KGM book will need to be outlined soon as well… And I have a couple of ideas for new stories that are developing in my brain at an alarming rate… I may be forced to starting writing stuff on these ones sooner than I anticipated. 😉

Anyway… what’s new with me… let’s see… Ah, well, you may have seen that I did my first Author Takeover earlier this month which was wildly successful. I had a super time meeting a bunch of authors and readers, making some great friends… It’s really amazing how you can jump into a group and find people with the same likes and dislikes, same sense of humor (ERMAHGERD!!!!)… It’s kind of like college, when you go to the rec center or the cafeteria one day and walk out with the best friends you’ll ever have in life. I have to say, I’ve had more fun in the past month, chatting about books and music and LIFE with so many new people than I’ve had in a while… Quite a while. I find I can’t wait to see what’s new every day.

I’ve managed to amass a rather large collection of new books over the past month that I’m either reading or need to read, and then review. I put that on the back-burner until the book was out ’cause I wanted to stay on schedule with getting the book out in May, and time and opportunity are so rarely on my side when it comes to writing. After Tuesday, though, I’m taking a block of time that, other than writing paid assignments, will be occupied with reading and reviewing the many books I have waiting for me. Lots of books by authors I’ve met through book groups, as well as friends of those friends, and I’m looking forward to perusing some great stories. So stay tuned in coming days/ weeks for lots of reviews popping up here, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads.

So… Yeah. Okay, I’m off to finish the blurb for the book… I hate writing these things, they are so difficult for me… I know part of it is my own fault ’cause I’m kind of a perfectionist when it comes to my writing and my brain wants it to be almost perfect when I first write it down. Unreasonable, I know, but it’s the way my brain works… Great when you’re looking at the editing stage and realize you essentially have to do nothing to make it ready for publication, but really shite when you’re trying to do quickie things like blurbs and synopsis and such.

This was a rambling post, wasn’t it? Oh well… just splinters in the windmills of my mind… A parting thought for the night…


Later, darlings!!!