Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fell On Black Days

I'm heartbroken today.

My husband called at seven this morning to tell me Chris Cornell had passed away. I was still asleep and tried to wrap my groggy mind around the news. As I got my children ready for school, my thoughts raced. I'd actually had "All Night Thing" stuck in my head since five a.m. because I think I had a dream with the song in it.

Now that the children are off to school, it's sinking in. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those who loved him.

I don't usually do posts like this, but anyone who knows me understands how much I love Chris Cornell and his music. For me, this isn't just another celebrity passing away, it's like losing a friend. I've been a fan since Soundgarden's early days. Fell On Black Days was my high school theme song (even though it didn't come out until my second last year of high school). When I'm having a rough day, I often put on Cornell's music--Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog, solo, it doesn't matter--the music helps bring me back to centre. His music has helped bring me back from the edge more than once. I've found inspiration in some of his interviews, especially ones where he's talked about his own creative struggles. I've used many of his songs as soundtracks for my writing.

He's touched my life in many ways and his music has always been there when I've needed it. I'm upset that there will be no more and I won't get to see him perform again.

I saw him with my husband over a year and a half ago. It the the first concert we saw when we decided that we'd go to a concert every year for our anniversary. I was so excited that I didn't sleep for over a week before the show. It was ridiculous how excited I was. I'd blogged about my experience (here) and still wasn't able to fully capture what his show meant to me. And when I woke up to this tweet:


my mind was blown that he'd possibly took the time to read what I'd written. 

He was an amazingly talented singer and songwriter. His words and music helped so many people (I've been reading the Twitter feed all morning). No matter what I write here, it doesn't seem to do justice to the loss I feel.

I hope the initial reports are wrong with the talk of suicide. It's a good reminder to be kind to people. Everyone is struggling with something that you don't know. Sometimes a kind word or gesture is all it takes to lift someone's spirits. Depression is a very dark place, and those who haven't struggled with it will never understand what that pit is like. We all smile and put on our happy faces for the world, but behind those masks some people are having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other.

Thank you, Chris, for the amazing memories and music you left us.


Monday, May 1, 2017

#RWWChallenge - Week 5

This will be the end of the #RWWChallenge I took part in during April. I'd like to thank Round The World Writers for hosting it.

This past week was a little crazy again so I missed posting my answers on Twitter at the end of the week. You can see my other answers for week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4. Below are my answers for this past week.



Day 25 - The best thing about my work in progress (WIP) is that it's fun. I've written a lot of darker stories but this one is a little lighter and fun.

Day 26 - The minor character I love the most is the main character's teenage daughter. She's sassy and allows me to explore the mother-daughter relationship.

Day 27 - This is one I missed on Twitter because my notebook computer wasn't turned on. My opening line at the moment: "Magic sizzled in the tips of my fingers."

Day 28 - My main characters' names weren't inspired by anything. I choose names based on the feel I have for the characters.

Day 29 - Honestly I haven't had much help as far as edits or they story goes yet since no one sees my first draft because it wouldn't make sense to anyone. As always Dea Poirier is my go to person for feedback on ideas. Tamara was helpful with some brainstorming my ending. I also want to give a shout out to the Pitch Wars '16 class for their encouragement and many writing sprints. Writing is not a solitary act.

Day 30 - Pitch my WIP...I'm not quite ready to share that one :)

I hope you've enjoyed the bits I've shared about my latest project. Hopefully it will be ready to pitch soon!

What are you working on right now?