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Runaway Road Soundtrack

If you follow me on Facebook or read any past blog posts, you know my love for music. It’s wrapped around my arm in a memorial tattoo I had done for my dad. My boyfriend plays every instrument under the sun and don’t even get me started on my love for karaoke!

For Playing House, I made a small list of 5 songs that just stood out to me for its own little soundtrack. You’ll find that list here.

So, naturally, I did it for Runaway Road too.  So sit back and listen as these songs take you through the story of Brett and Mia.

Much Love!

I own no rights to these songs. If you enjoy an artist, make sure to show them by buying their music! <3

O is for…#AtoZChallenge

O is for the Outsiders.

Nothing Stay Forever”
“Nature’s first green is gold,
“Her hardest hue to hold.
“Her early leaf’s a flower;
“But only so an hour.
“Then leaf subsides to leaf.
“So Eden sank to grief,
“So dawn goes down today.
“Nothing gold can stay’’.

— Robert Frost

Man, I LOVE this book!

So here’s a quick, little, way overdue, book review.

First off, if you don’t know what it’s about, the Outsiders follows the life of Ponyboy Curtis. He’s the youngest Curtis and lives with his brothers Sodapop and Darry.

They run with a group known as Greasers- the underclass group of street youths. Their rivals, the Socs (or Socials) are the preppy kids who have it all.

The_OutsidersAt first glance, you wouldn’t know how serious this story gets. One night, a fight breaks out between the two gangs and someone is killed, sending Pony and his best friend, Johnny, on the run.

Now, I know this is a young adult book, forced into middle school kid’s hands. Actually, I’m pretty sure I read it in elementary. Anywho, the situations in this book are all too real. The Outsiders deal with death, homelessness, and the fact that every social economic class has problems.

And sometimes, when we look at something or someone from a different angle, we realize we’re not so different from one another.

Take the character Cherry. She’s a Soc by association, in a sense. Ponyboy meets her at the drive in and they hit it off.  She’s kind and talks to him, even though he’s dressed as a Greaser. She doesn’t laugh at the fact that he reads and studies hard. She looks past the fact that he’s poor. She just looks at him.

I think the world has forgotten how to really look at each other. To not judge based on appearance. But to know a person by their heart.

Must be why they have kids read the book to this day. I just hope that they get the lessons in the Outsiders and grow on them.

Much Love

PS- Can I also point out that this was S.E Hinton’s first novel and she wrote it at 16?! If that doesn’t motivate some of you writers to get your work published, I don’t know what will!

Added bonus! Wonder where they got the idea from 😉

*I don't own the rights to this video*

 

K is for… #AtoZChallenge

Yeah, this is going to be another music related post followed by a little personal stuff. 🙂

K is for the Killers and Killing myself for others…

I’m obsessed with the Killers. Heard of them? Mr. Brightside? Somebody Told Me? When You Were Young?

Every one of their songs contains a story. Stories of love, loss, fights, and even murder. As a writer, how could you not listen to them? They provide some of the best mind-churning ideas!

I have a project I’m working on based on the stories in these songs. Once I have the first draft done, I plan on contacting the song’s rights owner to publish.

It’s a bit different direction than the other things I’ve written. I’m super excited about taking a chance on something new 🙂

Now- onto the personal. I’ve been killing myself to keep others happy and, to be honest, I’m done. No one should have to sacrifice their selves for the sake of making others happy. I like being happy. I like being enthusiastic over projects and hobbies and I like doing this challenge. I missed yesterday’s post and I wanted to kick myself.  I know this isn’t my usual mind frame, but I just needed to get it off my chest.

Thank you guys for listening.

(And thank you Corrissa James for calling me out and holding me accountable! :D)

Alright, I’m not going to focus on that negative crap tonight. Today was too good of a day to do so.

Much Love!!

 

Playing House soundtrack

I love music.

It drives a lot of what I do in life. It makes me happy, brings me to tears, motivates me.

So of course I made a soundtrack to go along with Playing House 🙂 Right now, it’s 5 songs that fit in with certain scenes throughout the book.

I don't own the rights to these songs. If you enjoy a song- please support the artist by buying their tune :)