Muse Music: Sex & Candy–Maroon 5

So, after much pussyfooting around, I have FINALLY dived in my new wip.

(YES, the one that is due in to my editor in another month. ¬†NO, I don’t need your judgement ūüôā

So, as things tend to go, I pulled out my trusty playlist to me channel¬†my characters and bring some soul to the plot. ¬†First song that rolled up what Maroon 5’s take on Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy”.

Something about the slow, soulful sexiness Adam brings to the table makes this the PERFECT fit for my hero.  So much so this is now his personal theme song.

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, 2016, today’s Muse Inspiration come from one of my favorite¬†quotes of his.

I am currently working on the outline for a new paranormal short story and this quote speaks¬†to the heart of both my characters’ arcs and the journeys they must see their way through. Though the¬†fire will test them both, the question is will they be able to accept each other when¬†the glimmer has been dulled¬†and flash¬†has burned away.

Muse Inspiration: David Bowie, RIP

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring”
~David Bowie

I wasn’t planning on doing a Muse Music post today, but I woke up to the news that David Bowie passed away last night. ¬†While not the huge-est David Bowie fan, I did enjoy his music– Let’s Dance, Fame, and Golden Years being my 3 fav songs by him– his courage to pursue his own lane, and, of course, Labyrinth!

I was going to feature this song later in the year, but decided to move it up in the schedule a bit. So here’s another of my fav songs, “Under Pressure” by Queen, featuring David Bowie.

 

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Muse Inspiration: The Bridge

While music speaks to my soul and my creativity, images remain my number one source of inspiration. I’m a visual person, either an actual image or one I’ve created in my mind is usually enough get my muse¬†going. So this year, I will branch out and share not only music that inspires me, but images and quotes as well.

Aurora Bridge, Seattle

 

First up, the Aurora Bridge. I snapped this shot while on vacay in Seattle last year. This trip actually sparked an entirely new story I will be working on this year.  I found Seattle to be a huge source of inspiration without it even trying.  Every little nook and cranny I explored, the good food and beer, and its friendly and accepting citizens really stoked my author fires.

For me, this image marks a significant turning point in this story, which¬†currently resides solely in my mind. ¬†I don’t have many concrete details about it this particular moment, just a feeling. ¬†One of angst, confusion, a little bit of anger, and a spark of light. ¬†Yeah, yeah, I doubt this makes any sense to you, but this is how I translate images. ¬†I take the feelings they give me and work to impart them on the story as they fit.

What, if anything, does this image say to you?

 

Image: © La-Tessa Montgomery, 2015