Every Work of Art has a Story.

Every Story is an Inspiration.


One for Sharon and Alex

Today at our usual coffee porn/ shinanigans/ TRC meeting, we were talking about how we use music and images to inspire us when we write and how that differs for each of us, though we all agreed that when stuck, music is the thing that can jar the writing loose. Often, when I am channeling my Sharon and Alex characters, I put on Foo Fighters Deadmau5 remix of "Rope." The song just seems to embody these two characters. With all the crazy going on in their lives, they hang on, often to each other. Friday is always the day Sharon and Alex's story posts on The Ravens Crossing. Today, of all days, Alex might "choke on a kiss." So, my man, this one's for you! 


Happy Couples Kissing 

Inspiration for my stories often hits me when I see images of happy couples kissing. I don't care what sexual orientation they are, and I'm not talking the whole porn, hot, tongueing thing. I'm talking love and happiness and an obvious sharing of that joy. It's what makes me want to keep writing stories about relationships. So, today, as I walked into my local gas station to see the new Time Magazine cover, which alternates on the rack between a female and a male same-sex couple kissing, and shows the bold title "Gay Marriage Already Won: The Supreme Court Hasn't Made up it's Mind - but America Has," I can't seem to stop smiling. I now sit at my computer with a ton of fresh ideas just clammoring to get out. The Time article, "How Gay Marriage Won," by David Von Drehle traces the evolution of the same sex marriage argument. You should go give it a read if you havn't already.  Anyway, it's been a while since I posted some of the photos of kissing that have inspired me, and today seemed like a good day to do it. Because love is for everyone, and I'm thrilled that the majority of Americans agree with me. 



The Only One. John Barrowman! 

Don't you just love it when older vids pop up randomly on youtube and you go, "Oh yeah! I forgot all about that one. Well, here's a random pop up. The one and only John Barrowman. I love that guy! A little birdy tells me he'll be making an appearance in the 50th anniversary Dr. Who as the fabulous Captain Jack Harkness, which began filming yesterday, but you probably already know that. I'm all aflutter. David Tennant is returning, too. Frankly, he's the best of the best of all the Doctors. Sorry Matt. Anyway, here's a litte John to brighten your day.



One Way, One D, True Colorz, Free Books, and Me

This week, True Colorz is featuring all three authors of The Ravens Crossing, and there will be free books given away! 

Yes, you heard that right. Free books!

All you have to do is head over to the True Colorz website starting Monday, March 25th, 2013. Any time next week you can post a comment. That will make you eligible to win The Ravens Crossing, Book One and The Ravens Crossing, Book Two for free.

Plus, you can get to know a little more about me, Andi Lea, and West Thronhill, our characters, and our collaborative project. On a side note, both The Ravens Crossing books have both been getting some great reviews, so thanks to those who read, enjoyed, and commented. You peeps are the best! 

And "One Way or Another" I had to share a little One D and Miss Piggy. Here is their recently posted video in support of Red Nose Day, the British version of Comic Relief. Gotta love Harry and the boys!


Monarchs, Mraz, and Me!

So, life has been hectic around Casa Corlies. Anyone who thinks the business of writing is easy has not been paying attention. But, this is not a complaint. I love my job, and I love staying busy. Why else would I add the creative process on top of running my own pet sitting business? By day, dogs greet me enthusiastically all over town, by night I make up my own worlds. Life is good. The only thing I ask for is a little pick me up now and then when I get tired. And nothing picks me up better than Jason Mraz. He makes me happy. So, I thought I'd share my favorite Mraz video. It's not just the message of the song, but the monarch butterfly that sold me on this one. I have a long standing love of that little insect. In fact, I actually followed them all the way to Mexico and hiked up the side of a mountain at Del Rosario Monarch Sanctuary in thin oxygen just to see their wintering grounds. If you have not seen this natural wonder, it's well worth the trek. Picture, if you will, a blanket of monarchs covering the whole forest. I kid you not! Anyway, here's a little Monarch and Mraz to pick you up. And if you fancy a good read, don't miss out on The Ravens Crossing. It's a wild, wild ride. If you're already a fan and following our stories here's a little insider news: this post might give you a glimpse into what's coming in the next few weeks.  Happy weekending!