Sunday Playlist

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Hi My Loves,

Have you ever had a dream about doing what you’re actually doing and wake up in the same place, I did last night, it was weird and then you think – Have i actually been asleep or just lying here. Did I pass out? Did I black out? Did the little green men take me and wipe my memory. Welcome to my last night. No wonder I didn’t want to get out of bed until eleven. I’m hoping that music fixes everything. It normally does

  1. Who Will Comfort Me by Melody Gardot
  2. Please by Bette
  3. Turning Tables by Adele
  4. Turn On The Radio And Dance by Kellie Pickler
  5. What I Really Meant To Say by Cyndi Thomson
  6. I’d Come For You by Nickleback
  7. Down by Miranda Lambert
  8. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bon Iver
  9. Imagine by John Lennon
  10. Somewhere Out There by Linda Ronstadt
  11. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
  12. Fire and Rain by James
  13. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King
  14. Wedding Bell Blues by Laura Nyro
  15. River by Joni Mitchell 

xxLayla

Well…..Maybe…..Not Quite

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Yes, we are going to talk about it – here we go – the most anticipated movie of 2015 (well, mine is Child 44 but that’s another post for another day) – Mr Grey will see you now

Sooo here’s the thing about movie adaptations of books and I’ve found this with my manuscript too – everyone who reads the book has their own version of who the character is. Even if some things don’t match up. I have to admit I didn’t finish the shades trilogy – I actually skipped parts so I could get to the end of the second book faster and then didn’t even start the third because I was over it by that point – but that’s me.

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The premiere of the 50 shades of grey trailer happened Friday morning and as soon as it did my Facebook newsfeed was littered with people sharing the trailer. I was going to wait until I got home but my friend quickly played it on her phone for me at morning tea – the wonders of modern technology. It’s not what I was picturing but that’s not to say I wont go and see it. Here’s the thing – when a story says  (insert name here) was good looking – each reader pictures their version on good looking and no one has the same version of good looking, trust me. Mine tends to be left of center. So what are casting directors suppose to do.

Jamie Dornan is my Grey and even reading I wasn’t sure who I pictured as Ana. Robert Pattinson wasn’t my Edward.Danila Kozlovsky wasn’t my Dimitri Belikov but I could deal and appreciative and well, Michael Fassbender was my Mr. Rochester but I had seen the movie before I read Jane Eyre but then again. I saw the movie before reading the book.

Readers visualized  they own version and it can sometimes be different to what the author has written. I know with my stuff  I once asked my test readers who they would cast as my heroine. One saw Gin as Zooey Deschanel. I saw Gin as Hayley Atwell

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It took that question and those answers to realize that it was okay that the audience sees something different, whether it be novel or movie. If you enjoy and it entertains – the story has served its purpose

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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Hi My Loves,

Well after my first week back at work, I am ready to spend some time sleep and drinking wine or maybe drinking wine then pass out – I mean sleep. Thank god its Friday and thank god for cool links

Newly Single?

Something To Make You Look Fabulous, Darling

I Would Mind Blurring Some Lines With These Three 

What Did Your Face Just Say To Me

Maybe You’re Just Not “Boyfriend” Material

Get Your Creative On

How Cute Are These

My Recent Obsession 

Why It Made Me Cry Like A Child

For All You College/University  Gals

xxlayla

 

 

Till Kingdom Come 2015

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Friendships fade, life moves on, the opportunity for love escapes us but when Det. Lyanna Marsh investigates a murder of an old friend. The only thing identifying him being dental records and an journal and letters belonging to her younger self. Lyanna vows to find whoever is responsible. Lyanna will need her fresh eyes and her partners years of experience to get through and *try* and keep emotions at bay ‪#‎TillKingdomCome2015‬

 

Sunday Playlist

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Hi My Loves,

The sun is shining and the birds are singing, calling you out of your beds and into the world. Well, actually it is freezing, I am sitting next to my wood fire, with a blanket and reading I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones and I have plans in changing this picture. Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy your day

  • Come Back To Bed by John Mayer
  • Song of the Day: Lead Me On By Gloriana
  • Drop On By by Laura Bell Bundy
  • Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
  • Revofev by Kid Cudi
  • Get To Me by Lady Antebellum
  • Try by Colbie Caillat
  • LA Woman by The Doors
  • Run by to Matt Nathanson  ft Sugarland
  • I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone
  • Leave My Body by Florence + The Machine
  • Message to My Girl by Split Enz
  • Dancing On The Ceiling by Lionel Richie
  • Just Keep Walking by INXS
  • Beautiful Day by U2

xxLayla

Cool Links For Cool People

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Hi My Loves,

It has been a might big week off for me and the weekend only looks bigger. Lunches and breakfasts with my girls. Shopping, a new hair color and my cousin’s 30th birthday party. There is no stopping now. Well, maybe to look at these links I will

Feeling Stressed? Try This

Follow Your Heart 

Have You Been To The Beach? You Look Fabulous

I Left Some Brains Down In Africa

Learn Some Lessons For B.Davis 

Well, What Do You Know

Hit The Road, Jack

Some Tips For Your First Novel

Pink Wine Makes Me Slutty

This Guy Can Write A Song

xxLayla

Nameless

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – at least that is what Shakespeare told us. Admittedly there is a few random names floating out there Ransom, Pistol and Happiness for girls and Hatch, Forever and Subaru for boys were just some of the wacky names from last year  

Character names aren’t any different. I know if I am in a book store and I read the back of a novel and if the names isn’t quite right, I won’t buy the book – okay, I am just going to say it – if the main character has the name of a stripper Destiny,Charity, Utopia – it’s hard to connect with them. That might be ridiculous- it might be short sighted or closed minded but it’s the truth. It could have been the best piece of literature I’ve read since Wuthering Heights and I can’t part with my twenty or thirty bucks for it, if her name is Rio or Soleil.

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Knowing this is how I am there is always a lot of pressure I put on myself to find the right name for my characters but like children, sometimes names suit my characters or my characters tell me their names on very special occasions. My current WIP I was lucky they all told me their names. When I first went to write about Noah – he was Noah – When I first went to write about Will- he was Will but Gin was different.

It won’t surprise you all to know that she was named after a musician Gin Wigmore – I was listening to a lot of her magic at the time and I was singing Stealing Happiness  as I was typing away. The funny thing is musician Gin and character Gin look nothing alike. Although equally as beautiful .Character Gin is brunette and curvaceous and Musician Gin is blonde and petite  but I was certain that Gin was her name – and it was pack your bags and now let’s go on her journey together.

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Unfortunately not all WIP’s work the same way I’ve written have a manuscript and decided I wanted to change the main characters name.

So, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet but if the name doesn’t feel right to you, change it. Even if it is to one of those stripper names but let your character own their name, like they do their traits

xxLayla  

Music Monday: Bob Dylan

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Hi My Loves

With this week’s artist I have been a little different with my approach. I’m a Cancerian and we have a tendency to be a little obsessive. When I find an artist I like or begin to like I normally dive right in the deep end – buy every album I can find and stay in the water of new music until I crave something different – I’ve done the complete opposite with this guy. 

I didn’t grow up with Bob Dylan’s music. It isn’t in my DNA or my psyche like many artist of that time are. Of course I knew who Dylan was – or I thought I did. The only song I knew backwards was Lay Lady Lay because I think it’s the sweetest. It was until I learnt about a lady called Edie Sedgwick that I really started to open that door slowly to his music. It is rumored that Dylan wrote a few songs about Miss Edie – he has routinely denied a relationship with Edie but nevertheless – those rumors are the reason I’m writing to you now.

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I’ve always knew that Jimi Hendrix song ‘Along Came A Watchtower’ was written by Dylan and I love Jimi but you guys also know that I am a sucker for a guitarist. Later I found out that Garth Brooks ‘To Make You Feel My Love’, later covered by Adele, was also written by him. The sound of his voice and his lyrics are in total contrast to one another. As the story goes Sam Cooke played Dylan for Bobby Womack, Womack reply to it was that he didn’t understand it. Cooke explained to Bobby Womack ‘From now on, it’s not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It’s going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth’ – which is what Dylan’s lyrics do wonderfully.

 

In truth it was his lyrics I loved first. They use covers over his song a lot on one of my favorite televisions. It’s one show that when it’s over I am straight on to google and iTunes to D/l and learn all I can. I remember listening to a Spanish guitar instrumental on Time They Are A Changing – It sat with me and bugged me – I listened to it countless times – I knew the song but for the life of me – I couldn’t pick what the song was called but I loved it all the same. I played it for my mum and within five seconds she knew what it was – I guess she has heard more of Bob then I have. 

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As I downloaded these covers I had no idea they were all written by the same man. Every song was arranged in a different way – some were folksy and there was one particular very rock version of The Girl from North Country, I adore. 

I can’t even remember how I figured out it was all Dylan but I was impressed. Maybe it was when I fall in love with his song Simple Twist Of Fate – maybe I went researching – sounds like something I would but for whatever reason I slowly find more song of Bob Dylan’s that I slowly fall in love with. Maybe it’s better that way because that way I keep getting surprised by my discovery 

Maybe you will too.

And My All Time Favorite 

 

xxLayla