17 September 2013

Let's Dance!


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 Last night was the first show of the new season for "Dancing With the Stars" in the US. I'm not sure I'll be watching it much this fall despite the inclusion of some talented celebrities. I wasn't impressed with the new set or the new format, and to be honest, the involvement of that person from The Jersey Shore absolutely puts me off. But I like the girl from "Glee" dancing with Derek Hough as well as the obligatory Disney featured teen. He was amazing.

Dance is a fabulous way of storytelling, from ballet to hip hop to ballroom. I'm amazed at the way a flick of the hand or the extension of a leg can convey emotion. That's one of the reasons I started my new Save the Last Dance series from Champagne Books. The other is that my good friend in Australia began taking competition ballroom lessons and shared her experiences with me. (Thanks, Wombat!)

The first novella in the series is A Dangerous Dance.  Part of it was inspired by the experience I had attending the New York premiere of King Arthur back in 2004--the set-up process, the photographers, security, crowd...everything was a fascinating circus. Then the celebrities showed up and the craziness cranked up ten notches.

But part of this story of two people who meet and realize they have a magical connection but bad choices have trapped them in unhappy relationships was also inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie's song, "Let's Dance" from the 1980s.
Let's dance Put on your red shoes and dance the blues
Let's dance to the song they're playin' on the radio
If you say run, I'll run with you
If you say hide, we'll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall  Into my arms
And tremble like a flower

Let's dance for fear your grace should fall
Let's dance for fear tonight is all
 [My husband and I used to kid around and sing, "Put on your red shoes and eat prime rib," ha ha]
  The song has now been remixed to even more incredible awesomeness for a Kia commercial:

                                Published on Jun 9, 2013  humanACOUSTICS™ | united by music / You Tube 
A couple could most definitely do one hell of a passionate paso doblĂ© to this version. 
Hear that DWTS? But please, oh please, don't give it to that undeserving mess from The Jersey Shore.

08 September 2013

It's Always Something...

Photo courtesy of Daylight's Dauphin blog: http://dignandaylightdauphin.blogspot.com/
Gilda Radner. Hard to believe she's been gone long enough for an entire generation not to know who she was. "It just goes to show ya, it's always something," was her character Rosanne Rosannadanna's signature line."If it's not one thing, it's another."

And it's true. There's always something else to contend with, to do, to learn. It's what keeps us alive and cognizant as humans, this constant stimulation to develop new skills.

Especially for writers. Oh. Mah. Gawd. There are fluctuations in punctuation rules. Publishers each have their own formatting preferences. (Do any still take paper manuscript submissions?) My own personal bugaboo: characters overusing certain gestures. How can I convey a head-shaking moment without having them shake their head so much? The little nuances of facial expressions must be described in many different ways.

Then there's the marketing aspect every published author must face. How can I get more people to read my stuff? I'm on Goodreads--and need to update my page. Amazon--I need to update my page with every new release. My website must constantly be updated. Blog posts--well, you've seen how sporadic I am about those. Social media that seemingly changes with every tick of the clock. Keeping up is exhausting--but it's good for brain stimulation.

I taught myself some HTML code way back in the early days. It has come in handy many times. I also played around with photo manipulation and learning to format images for bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. One should also create Q-R codes (Quick Response) for smart phones to zip someone right to your Amazon page or website. Now I'll conquer learning how to use The Square to accept credit card payments at signing events. Once I learn how to use my tablet, of course.

There is no limit to how much we can learn because there is no limit of how much there is to learn. What's truly in short supply is time.

 It just goes to show ya...