Black Star Shine

NaNoWriMo mode for the next month. bring it on.

jaybjay:

I received my personal hardback copy of The Openers today. My edition includes, of course, a hard cover that’s black with silver writing on the spine. The back flap has two extra big photos on it with one of my favorite quotes from the book. I’m in love with this look and if people are interested, I will make this hardback version available for purchase (but it will be much more expensive than the paperback version). 

When I first told my parents that I was quitting my job at the gas station to travel around the country with my band as an opening act for Octopus Pie, my mom cried. She turned away from me and into Dad’s embrace and sobbed, “Our baby is growing up so fast!”

            Granted, not everyone’s parents reacted the same way mine did. As soon as I had been assured by my parents that it was going to be the time of my life, and had them help me make a list of things to pack, they had gone off to a concert of one of their old rock friends who was still able to take the stage without breaking a hip. I called up the twins, Bronte and Steg Lexington, to see how their talk had gone. It was apparently the typical rant from their parents. “We want you successful, not gay and not with a pregnant girlfriend and a band. Successful.” I’m sure their parents hadn’t said those exact words, but that was the paraphrase the boys had given me.

            Mom helped me pack a duffle bag of my clothes and toiletries and Dad bought me a few extra pairs of my favorite drum sticks. Throughout packing and even up until now—the last few hours before heading out—they keep falling into a reminiscent state of when they had been in bands and played shows as openers for a few big names. I’ll mention something about needing to remember toothpaste and Dad will jump into a story about someone using denture cream to fix a broken mic stand or Mom will tear up remembering the many wonderful moments with her band members sharing the same toothbrush for two months.

            I love them. I love that they’re supporting me when I know Bronte, Steg, and Pierce aren’t being supported, but I want to get away from them. I want to get on the road and start playing shows. I want to live in the music and let the music live off me.

You can purchase your paperback copy of The Openers on lulu.com right now for $14.50!

tennants-hair:

yesterday i heard somewhere that shakespeare invented the word swag so i googled ”shakespeare swag” and

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thesushiowl:

An immortal being has the ability to share their power with one soul and make them immortal too, so they can have a companion for all the years if they choose. Only one though. This being has had countless lovers and friends, and they have seen them all fade away as time passes. The being tells one of their lovers, whom they’ve been with for ten years or so, about their ability, and the lover begs to have the energy shared with them so they can be together for eternity.

"I can’t," the immortal says.

"Why not?" the lover asks.

"I’m already sharing my power."

"With who?"

The immortal looks down. “My cat.”

(via glenumbra)

jaybjay:

Quin, drummer of rock quartet Smudge, has known nothing but music in her life. She’s excited to go on her first tour as an opening act for Octopus Pie and see life as her parents saw it for so many years. She never considered when she heard all of the amazing stories from them that her first encounter of tour life would include a long distance relationship that’s falling apart, an alcoholic band leader, and a pair of leather pants that she thinks would be better off destroyed. 
Shirk has waited a long time to be able to tour with his best friend and band, Flip Spit. Music is the only thing that’s gotten him through the last handful of years and he’s determined to try and make this the best tour ever. When he realizes that he doesn’t exactly want to make the same music as his band anymore, he’s tossed into a loop of arguments. Quin is his best distraction and he makes it his number one priority to meet her every morning to make music worth fighting for.
The Openers is published! Currently available from Lulu.com for $14.50. Soon, very soon, this book will be available on Barnes and Amazon as well. The eBook will eventually be made and put out there for purchase as well. Check it out!

jaybjay:

Quin, drummer of rock quartet Smudge, has known nothing but music in her life. She’s excited to go on her first tour as an opening act for Octopus Pie and see life as her parents saw it for so many years. She never considered when she heard all of the amazing stories from them that her first encounter of tour life would include a long distance relationship that’s falling apart, an alcoholic band leader, and a pair of leather pants that she thinks would be better off destroyed.

Shirk has waited a long time to be able to tour with his best friend and band, Flip Spit. Music is the only thing that’s gotten him through the last handful of years and he’s determined to try and make this the best tour ever. When he realizes that he doesn’t exactly want to make the same music as his band anymore, he’s tossed into a loop of arguments. Quin is his best distraction and he makes it his number one priority to meet her every morning to make music worth fighting for.

The Openers is published! Currently available from Lulu.com for $14.50. Soon, very soon, this book will be available on Barnes and Amazon as well. The eBook will eventually be made and put out there for purchase as well. Check it out!

frustratedpen06:

lyslian:

xhikaruchanx:

thisgrrlwithhands:

Answer all these questions and you should have a fully-developed character for your audience to connect with. A strong character can carry a weak plot; but a strong plot can’t carry weak characters

oh
my
god
yes

I didn’t know I needed this.

*Rubbing this all over my face*

frustratedpen06:

lyslian:

xhikaruchanx:

thisgrrlwithhands:

Answer all these questions and you should have a fully-developed character for your audience to connect with.
A strong character can carry a weak plot; but a strong plot can’t carry weak characters

oh

my

god

yes

I didn’t know I needed this.

*Rubbing this all over my face*

(via hugnbug)

curlicuecal:

Games with English: insert the word “only” anywhere into the above sentence and consider how the placement changes meaning.

curlicuecal:

Games with English: insert the word “only” anywhere into the above sentence and consider how the placement changes meaning.

(via froth)

Reading well and reading often is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

—Harold Bloom (via soldierofink)

(via the-masked-writer)

wickedclothes:

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