I've always found it strange that Valentine's Day is in February, by far the coldest month of the year. Right now hailstones are drilling my windows and my hand hurts like hell (I hurt it, ten years ago, when I broke my arm, and it's a nightmare every time it's too cold and too dry, or too humid, because why not.) It is, however, a nice occasion to do something a bit special for your other half, even if your other half, like mine, is a bit of a pain in the backside sometimes. Lockdown is not easy for married life either.
As for my next story, I thought I'd have finished with the first draft by now. I'm not far off it, though and hoping to finish soon. I'm also looking for some new Beta Readers and I thought you would be the best group of people to ask. If any of you would like to receive a early copy of the book as to provide me with some feedback on the story, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be looking for an extra four people, since I already have two at this stage. If more people apply I will select some and keep the rest of the names for the next book.
Once I finish the first draft, I'll start editing and will embark into the next story straight away. My goal is to publish them all three this year, so I can't really pause between manuscripts, but I like to work under pressure and I like a challenge, so I'm motivated.
When the book comes out (isn't it mad I don't even have a working title other than Amador Sisters #1 by now?) I will be providing a playlist with key chapters where particular songs have inspired me or accompanied me to write it but I'd like to share with you two of them today.
Loosing You by Wonho
90% of the time my choice in music is purely dependent on beat and tune, the lyrics often coming as a far second, but not in this case. I love the softness of the tune and the vocals, but the lyrics are quite accurate to the journey of one of the main characters.
Movement by Hozier
This is one of those where the beat and tune come first for me, even if I still like the lyrics.
I have a very visual imagination when I write and I tend to do see a lot of my scenes as if they were from a movie, so this was the soundtrack to the Liz's and Koushi's first intimate encounter.
As a bit of trivia, and if you didn't know, the dancer in the video is Sergei Polunin, probably the best ballet dancer of his generation, as well as the most controversial. Upon deciding to retire, he participated in a documentary about his career and life, and ended it with a very moving and very powerful piece. The song he danced to was Hozier's Bring me to Church. You can listen to the song and see the magnificent talent of this dancer here.
For more trivia, it's... eh, interesting? to mention that Polunin now sports a tattoo of Putin's face on his chest, which can't possibly be good for his game... Just saying, the guy is 6 feet tall. Most women will be lying there, with Putin's face coming at them... The thought alone makes me nauseous.
And this is the end of this month's Insight. Please remember to let me know if you're interested in an early copy of my next book in exchange for some honest feedback. You can e-mail me at email@example.com about this or anything else.
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Good reading and see you in March!
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