Music To Write By – Guardians II

I’m sitting on my deck this lovely spring afternoon, wondering where April went. Tempus fugit.

A few weeks ago, I found myself completely stuck on my latest WIP. Guardians is a young adult fantasy romance, and it’s only in the beginning stages. I mean, I’m 40,000 words in, and I have no idea how it ends. So after taking a week or two to work on other things, I came back to Guardians with fresh eyes, and a refreshed playlist.

Sometimes all it takes is a song.

In this latest installment of Music to Write By, I’m sharing an artist whose work could pretty much be the soundtrack to Guardians. Ruelle is a singer-songwriter whose music has been used all over the shop. Her work is sweeping, cinematic, and dramatic. Perfect for writing young adult romance. Here I’m sharing “The Other Side.”

I just love it. I listen to it so often my kids have the words memorized.

My musical sources are often soundtracks from films. The Marvel Universe is an excellent place to find inspiring tracks. Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s called “Bridge and Love’s Burning” from the Spider-Man Far From Home Soundtrack. I mean, is this not just fun and sweet? Perfection. Thank you very much, Michael Giacchino.

That’s it from my corner of the woods. Back soon with more music.

Take care, lovely readers.

Interrupted Plans – Publication Day!

The picture is of the cover of Brigid Huey's new book, Interrupted Plans. A painting of a lady in a long pink and green gown sitting on a bench is set on a peach background. The lady is looking out onto some trees with a pensive look.

Can we just take a moment to adore this cover art? Thank you so very much to Janet Taylor who designed the cover for Interrupted Plans! This painting is by Armand Point, the gentleman who painted Reminiscing by the Pond, the painting that serves as the cover for A Chance Encounter in Pemberley Woods.

Interrupted Plans is now available on Amazon in ebook or paperback format!

Let’s have a look at the back cover, too!

The picture is of the full spread of the book jacket for Interrupted Plans. The front cover has a woman in a pink and green dress with the author's name and book title. The back of the cover includes a few paragraphs about the book and a picture of an old-fashioned carriage.

Suppose Elizabeth Bennet never visited Pemberley…

It is October of 1812. Elizabeth Bennet and her family have seen dramatic changes in the past few months—none of them welcome. Her sister Jane needs a fresh start, and Elizabeth is no less eager to leave behind the pain and confusion of not accepting Mr. Darcy’s proposal.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has not seen Elizabeth since he offered for her—and she adamantly refused him. When she appears in London, he is determined to gain her friendship and make amends. When a carriage mishap throws them together, Darcy does all he can to demonstrate his changed behavior.

Though their renewed acquaintance seems to be growing into a genuine friendship, a family secret constrains Elizabeth. As she falls deeper in love with the man she rejected, does she dare tell him the truth?

Thank you to everyone who helped make this book possible. I hope you all enjoy!

Hello, Archer.

I’ve been researching quantum physics for my current WIP. It’s a little story I’m calling Archer. It’s a romance, of course, but it also has some science-y science stuff going on, and that requires a fair bit of research from me.

So I’m listening to Carlo Rovelli’s The Order of Time. Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist from Italy who works primarily on quantum gravity. He is one of the creators of this theory called loop quantum gravity. They are trying to reconcile Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with quantum physics. (My apologies to Carlo and all physicists for butchering that.)

I have to tell you, it’s both fascinating and mind-boggling. If you don’t understand any of this, no worries. His books are actually super accessible for the average reader. If you’re interested, his website lists some of his publications.

Also, the audiobook is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. So…yeah. Go ahead and pretend that Dr. Strange is explaining time to you while you avidly take notes.

Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You!!

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Interrupted Plans will be released NEXT MONTH! I am so excited to finally be able to share this full-length novel with you all. I love this story. It’s got snow storms, carriage accidents, new rivals, and a touch of scandal. Plus, lots of zinging, romantic scenes between my all-time favorite couple, Darcy and Elizabeth.

More updates to come!

Unexpected Roadblock

An anime woman with blue jean shorts and a red tank top eats a pasty while leaning against a windowsill. The character is Ursula from Studio Ghibli's Kiki's Delivery Service.

You might remember me writing about Guardians sometime last year. It’s my latest WIP, and so far I’ve really enjoyed crafting the story. It’s got guardian angel-like beings, magical overlords, and romance. Or at least, I thought it had romance.

My two main characters were supposed to fall in love and save each other. But they’re just not cooperating. Their romance is so…meh. I can’t seem to make their attraction believable or rewarding to read about. It’s a mess.

Meanwhile, two sets of other characters are hellbent on making their romances the center of the story. This is a new problem for me. Usually, I dream up an interaction between two characters and the rest comes from there.

So I’m more than 30,000 words into a story that I’m starting to not care about. It’s a roadblock, to say the least. I think my creative juices have just stalled a bit. Can juices stall? It’s January in the middle of a pandemic and some people just mobbed the Capital Building (yep, I went there), so maybe creative mind is just feeling a bit stifled.

For now, I’m putting it aside. Just like that wonderful scene in Kiki’s Delivery Service when Ursula says, “Stop trying. Take long walks. Look at the scenery. Doze off at noon. Don’t even think about [writing].”

And so, I’ll practice yoga and martial arts, take my kids to the park when the sun comes out, use my new watercolor pens, and stop trying to make Ella and Robbie work things out.

Maybe they’re just good friends.

Take care, dear readers. Be well.

Happy New Year!

We all know the world’s problems won’t magically disappear when the clock strikes midnight. But perhaps we can use this moment as a mental and emotional reset. We can choose to focus on what is going well, and how lucky we are to be well, if indeed we are.

At least, that’s what I’m going to attempt to do. I know I’ll fail at at, but that’s kind of the point of life, right? Try for something, mess up, keep trying, sometimes succeed, sometimes not.

Take very good care of yourselves. I wish you all a new year filled with warmth, happiness, and health.

Thanksgiving

A wooden table displays a pumpkin pie, challah bread, and a pumpkin roll cake. There are also white flowers, pine cones, and a candle on the table.

Dear Readers,

I find myself being moved to tears by the simplest things lately. My daughter shared a treat with her dad without a second thought, and I cried. My son gave me a sleepy hug as I tucked him in and told me, “I couldn’t ask for a better mama.” You bet I cried at that one.

Life right now is so overwhelming, and one of this things that helps me through each day is knowing that I am not alone. I know many of you have had challenges this year that go well beyond the pandemic. Life keeps moving along, and our other struggles haven’t stopped just because a pandemic is raging.

The world has been through so much this year. Now more than ever, it feels important to pause and give thanks. And so today I give thanks to the Earth, for providing us with a home. I give thanks for the Native Peoples of my country and recognize their continuing contribution to our world and our culture. I give thanks to my family and friends.

And I give thanks for you, dear readers. This past year you have welcomed my posts into your inboxes, my book onto your e-readers, and (I hope) my words into your hearts. I am forever grateful.

xx

Deep Breath

A light orange circle is set inside a picture of trees covered in orange leaves. The text inside the circle reads “breathe.”

This post is a reminder to myself, really. When I get stuck on a writing project, when my day gets sabotaged by a cat (it’s a long story), or when the state of the world has me reeling, I try hard to remember to breathe. It really does make everything just slightly better. Deep breath in, deep breath out.

The first round of edits for Interrupted Plans have been submitted. One of the folks at Meryton Press joked that Interrupted Plans should be the title for all of 2020! I can’t wait for this novel to be released. I do hope you all enjoy it. More details as they come!

Take care, dear readers. Get outside and breathe. Keep your loved ones close, or do air hugs if you have to.

xx

Non-Scary Halloween Favorites

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Those who know me personally understand that I do not like to be scared. I am the type of person that might jump if you call my name too loudly, even though we are in the same room and I saw you coming.

I still manage to enjoy Halloween, focusing on the cute pumpkins, happy children, and yummy treats instead of the gore, thrills, and psychological scariness of the holiday. Maybe it’s because I have kids now, but I feel like Halloween costumes and decorations are getting scarier and gorier each year.

The question of why that is (or even if that is) would need a whole blog post to itself, so we’ll set that aside and focus on what I consider to be the good parts of Halloween. This year, my kids won’t be trick-or-treating, but we can still have fun! Here is a short list of some of our favorites Halloween things.

Pumpkin Carving

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Sadly, I can’t find who created this adorable pumpkin. I love it though!

My kids have always loved carving pumpkins, and my husband is a gem and takes over the messy bits for me. I’m thinking of trying this cute idea. A pumpkin house!

Cute Movies/TV Shows

We have a super-low tolerance for scary. I mean, the old Disney Halloween specials are too spooky for us. But this Curious George special has been a hit with my kids. It’s pretty darn cute. Other good options include the Blue’s Clues Halloween specials and the classic Buffy the Vampire Episode “Fear Itself” (for older kids).

Halloween Treats

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Hot dog mummies. Courtesy of Pilsbury.com

Candy aside, themed treats are just fun. We’re planning on making these cute hot dog mummies this year. There will also be lots of pumpkin flavored things, because I just can’t get enough.

I plan on getting myself a non-scary Halloween themed romance novel, making myself a chai latte, and enjoying Halloween to its non-scary fullest. I hope you and yours can do the same.

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Take care, dear readers.