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Self Doubt and Writing the Other

In interest of full disclosure, I am a straight, white female with a lower-middle class background. By the time I hit my teens, that background went from lower-middle to middle class – meaning my parents made more money and I stopped wearing hand-me-downs.

I was a very straight-laced kid. Probably my biggest bout of rebellion was being so incredibly straight-laced it was annoying. For a long time I only really had friends that were in my religion or who had formerly been in my religion or who were in some way religious – even if it was a different religion. Basically, they were all really straight-laced kids.

This is a drawing of me when I was six. Pretty freakin' cute, right??

This is a drawing of me when I was six. Pretty freakin’ cute, right??

Then, one day, my doctor’s daughter (who was about three years older than me) committed suicide. Then another girl who I admired stopped volunteering at church and started hanging out with “bad kids.”  Then I found out a family member (who was younger than me) had a drug problem. Then…then…then.

People started showing their flaws.  They started showing that they were human beings.  I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I wrote things down and I read books and I hoped to find answers.

Fast forward to now.  I am still writing, still reading, and still hoping to find answers.  Writing through my teens and early twenties was always a process of self-discovery.  That may sound weird since I write Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror.  But these are the themes and backdrops I have used to work through my love life, failing to accomplish my dreams, getting through the daily grind, and more. I needed these stories to explain life to me and to record the lessons I’ve learned over time.  I can’t imagine when I won’t need them.

The most recent evolution of this process has been purposefully moving out of my own little bubble into the big bright world of character. Here’s what I mean:

1. My main character is a straight, white, upper-middle class girl – it’s true.  But she also wears her flaws on her sleeve.  She is addicted to cocaine and has an eating disorder.

Now, I felt this character would be a huge “OTHER” for me because of her drug and body image issues.  While I’ve never had either issue, I have had friends with eating disorders and who abused drugs. I’ve had friends go to rehab and come out.  Additionally, having moved from my home town (Los Angeles) to another city (Portland), I find these problems are universal.

2. I have two male characters who identify as gay. This is a big departure for me as I am neither male nor gay. In fact, most of the people I know who identify as gay are women. Honestly, this is where the self doubt creeps in.

First of all, who am I to represent an entire, underrepresented community? I mean, sexual identification is not the thrust of my book and I could have chosen to give my main character two more female friends or a male best friend or something like that.  But I didn’t. I chose to cast two gay characters because sexual identification isn’t the thrust of the book and I, honestly, would like to show that sexual identification doesn’t define your life.  I think that’s a message teens and adults need.  We’re so obsessed with this “boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after” Disney-esque narrative that when it’s more like “boy meets boy and they fall in love” we feel we have to use that one little aspect of their lives to define a whole person.

Second, as I submit the book, I feel SUPER self conscious bringing up the sexual identification of these two characters.  I am submitting the book all over the place right now and I see a TON of places that want works that have to do with LGBTQ.  But the entire point of my making these two young men gay (which sounds weird, I know, they were birthed from my mind that way, okay?)… but the whole point was to make their sexual identification no big deal.  That’s NOT what defines them.  Heck, one is sucked into something he can’t overcome and the other slowly turns into… ah!… I can’t say without major spoilers.  ANYWAY, the point is that they aren’t defined by that one aspect of themselves.  They are defined by what they do and how they are a whole human

So, I’m feel really weird about saying “and these two guys are gay! Just so you know… so buy my book!” because I feel like I am selling these characters short.  I feel like I’m not able to show the depth and breadth of their character by throwing that in there just to get a sale.

That’s why, as it stands, I don’t mention their sexual identification in my query letter.  But I do want to sell my book.  So, it’s a conundrum.

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This adorable relationship is part of who they are – not the whole of who they are.

3. The character that is most like me is the one that gets the least screen time.  And, I think I like it that way.  Writing about myself in different iterations has been what I did in previous works, but it’s been interesting to take me out of the equation.  Yes, there are bits of me in the main character and probably in other characters too.  But it has been kind of fascinating to write about people who are not me for a change.  Not only have I learned a lot about other people, I think I’ve begun to look outward instead of inward for character ideas, quirks in other people, and more.  I have always been a people watcher, but I think this has helped me be more willing to talk with others, find out about their lives, and collect stories.

And isn’t that what writing is all about?

Taking my own Halftime

I didn’t watch the Superbowl. I don’t really care about football and usually I just Google “best Superbowl commercials” and I’m done. I don’t even usually pay attention to the Halftime shows – except when Prince did one with a guitar that looked like a giant… ahem… anyways… I heard Katy Perry did the show and I thought, “Meh, I’ve heard her music, I’m good.” Then I heard that Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz performed with her and now I’m just listening to Missy, the music of my childhood, over and over again.

So, in case you’re like me, here’s the performance. Missy Elliot is amazing.


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Synopsisizing

I know that’s not a word. But, I have to share an accomplishment and a new dread. Creativity - copyright 123rf profile Veeranat Suwangulrut

First, the accomplishment: The never ending novel is edited! I decided to take some time and just work my little buttocks off and finish it up and I did! It actually wasn’t quite as much work as I was anticipating. So… bully for me! Yay!

Second, the dread: I have to write a synopsis. Everywhere I turn says this is a tough prospect. It actually wouldn’t be all that hard – heck, I’d be done already – if there were more clear-cut rules on writing a synopsis. Apparently, there are two schools of thought on this subject:

A. Write a synopsis that is cliff-hangery and exciting and shows off your mad writing skillz (with a z.)

B. Write a synopsis that is a dry list of all the major plot points and character arcs.

Honestly, I can do “B” because I already have that. It’s what I’ve been working off of as I write. I’m not a big drafter, so that’s pretty much all I lay out before I write a book. But, come on. Boooooring to read. Like super boring. Mega boring. don’t even want to read that again.

So, here I am, trying to take a super dry list of what happens in my book and shove it into two pages, while keeping it interesting and indicative of my writing style. Wait, did you hear screaming in despair? No… that didn’t come from me… did it?

Just kidding folks. It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s just a new skill that I have yet to master. Like my exercise instructor says, it’s a new challenge. So far, I have found these links the most useful:

The Editors Blog

MarissaMeyer.com

I’m still trying to find some good examples of completed synopses. There are a lot out there or movies and TV shows, but it appears that they are a bit harder to find when it comes to books. Does anyone have advice here? I’m sure I just haven’t searched deeply enough, but I’m being lazy. Any advice or ideas are welcome.

Okay, back to the salt mines with me! Cheerio, friends and writers!

02/02/15 Update: I asked for some advice from the good folks at Ditch Diggers and the hosts, Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace gave great advice and the guests Kameron Hurley and Chuck Wendig also gave some fantastic advice. This is NOT a clean podcast, but I really appreciated the tips and info they shared. Here’s the link.  (They synopsis tips start at around 1 hr 10 mins – right around when Chuck Wendig says “The synopsis is always a cruel lie.”)

Thinking about YA

The novel I’ve been working on for the past year is a young adult novel. The main character is a teenager and she goes to school, lives with her parents, etc, etc.

I have always shied away from writing for young adults. Not because I am so ancient I don’t remember what it was like to be a teenager (although I will be 30 this year. Oh the humanity!!) I have shied away from this topic because I had a pretty unique upbringing so I don’t really know a lot of stuff I should know. For example, my school didn’t have grades, so I have no clue how old someone in 9th grade is. I always have to ask my husband about the differences between a sophomore, senior, and a junior. My high school also consisted of about 30-40 other kids… total. We had no bells or homeroom. The biggest thing I remember about high school was that I was constantly worried that someone would discover how deeply uncool I am. Fortunately, I think that’s a feeling shared by most teenagers.

Anyway, I realized at some point that I didn’t have to have the same personal school experiences as the rest of the world. In fact, I don’t really want to talk about school in my books – so I mostly don’t. My confidence in this has grown as I’ve been reading more and more YA. Here are a few of the books I’ve read over the past year to get myself in the YA groove:

YA-In the Shadow of Blackbirds

 In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters is what I read most recently. It’s about a girl finding her place in a dark and dismal world during the Spanish flu and World War I. I definitely recommend this one to YA readers and writers. The main character is resourceful, lovable, and realistic. The setting is incredibly grim and the book is set in a time we don’t often read about. The book was so well-written that I learned quite a bit from reading it. I think the main takeaway was that I need to keep focused on how my book is constructed – not only on the story.

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Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis are both great novels about a post-apocalyptic lack of water. Both books were great and I felt like they looked at a unique and even possible apocalypse that very few authors approach. Again, the setting was very grim – which I clearly like – and the characters were well written and realistic. The biggest thing I learned from these books was to keep my setting and supporting characters realistic. Even though that’s pretty obvious, it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass is totally what I would have read when I was a young teenager. There’s some post-apocalyptic stuff, but it’s mostly bubble-gum romance and chick lit. Sometimes a girl needs a break, and I felt this book was a fun break from my usually more dour picks. I think what I learned most from this book is that I need to remember to try and bring a little bit of romance into my story. Even if it’s not at all the main purpose of the story.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is more of an American classic. I’m actually ashamed that I’d never read it before. It was one of my husband’s favorite books in high school and now I’ve read it twice and seen the movie and it’s one of my faves too. I think what I learned from reading this is that complicated characters are the best characters.

YA-Hollowland

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking is a zombie book. Yes, it is. And I love zombie stories. Deal with it. I think what I learned from this story is that there are leaps of faith a reader will be willing to take – and there are leaps that they simply won’t be willing to take. Like I was totally chill with accepting the zombies and the Mad Max-esque, end of the world people. But I really wasn’t able to believe in a couple of the coincidences that happened.

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Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson is about a girl who’s highly logical mind gets her in trouble after her parents are murdered. I liked this because it gets you deeper and deeper into a crazy world, but I kind of messed up and started on book 2 before book 1, so I knew too much about what was going to happen. That mistake did teach me something though: if I end up with a series, I need to make sure I don’t give so much away in the second book that the first book becomes an academic read.

YA-Asylum

Asylum by Madeleine Roux wasn’t really what I expected. However, it was a fun read. I liked that there was a mystery that kept getting bigger the more the main character dug. That helped me think about suspense in a new and interesting way.

I read a few other books that I honestly found pretty flawed, so I’m not going to get into them here. I know how much work goes into writing a book and I don’t want to make any author feel they did an imperfect job telling their story. The fact is that no matter how many tools we learn and how much we learn from reading the work of others, your story is your story and nothing will change that.

A Little Interlude

I discovered this today on The Drabblecast and I feel it needs to be shared with the world.

Enjoy

Also, the episode I found it on was pretty awesome. I love James Patrick Kelly and I discovered him on Audible, so I was pleased as punch to hear two of his marvelous stories on one of my favorite podcasts. If you haven’t read his book “Think Like a Dinosaur: and Other Stories,” you need to change that about yourself.

G’night!

Return to Writing

Happy New Year and all that jazz! Last year was pretty great, this year will hopefully be even better.Dahli Clock

I’m back to working on my novel. I thought I was done editing it, I really did. I read the whole thing aloud and changed words around, added sentences, deleted and rewrote paragraphs. But the ending was unsatisfying to me. It felt like a short story ending. I also felt like it was the end of that particular story, so I let it go.

Since then I have sent the story out to a few agents. I got a couple of form rejections and one really great letter that humbled and instructed me. The agent said that my novel didn’t “grab” her. Since I was able to send her actual pages of the book instead of just a letter with a short blurb about the book, this hit home for me. I re-looked at the beginning, which I had done some last minute editing on before I sent it to her. I had also submitted this beginning to an agent contest earlier last year-which I did not win. So, even though only a couple of people rejected the story, those people are two professionals that I would really like to work with.

So here I am, back to pounding away at the story with a hammer and chisel. I feel like I have the beginning set up better. I think it’s one that will grab and entice readers. While doing this complete re-write of the beginning of my novel, I realized I needed to edit the whole book.

Again.

I’m going to have to up the story tension and… this is what really freaks me out… I’m going to have to change the ending.

This all means I’ll need to do another read-through when I’m done with the story edits. This is what I hate, hate, hate about editing. I wish I could just barf my story onto a page and have it be all bright, shiny and perfect. I wish someone would just swoop it up and publish it. I wish I was a child prodigy with billionaire parents too… so… yeah.

One great thing that has come out of all of this is that I’ve never had the patience to go through and keep editing in spite of set backs. I have two other novels that went nowhere in the editing process. So, maybe I’m learning some great lessons here. Maybe it’s only taken me ten years or so to learn how to finish a writing project.

Speaking of endings, I’m not sure how to end this post. So, here’s Jack Kerouac:

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

NanoWriMo Break

I was going to do NanoWriMo this year. I really was. I had my story all picked out. I had time set aside. Then I got three new clients and had to fit in their work instead of my work. So, I’m going to make February my NanoWriMo.

My point is, sometimes life happens. Sometimes a month can get reeeeeaaallllyyyy stressful. So, for all of you participating in NanoWriMo… first of all, WELL DONE for participating!!! You are amazing.

Second of all, if you need a little break, here’s something fun that put a smile on my face:

Watch the whole thing. The last song is hilarious.

Just remember, ultimately, all you do is win. Happy NanoWriMo!

Ten Things I Have Learned from Horror Movies

Happy Halloween!! Any holiday the celebrates things I love – like horror and candy – is a great holiday in my book.  It struck me while I was singing The Beatles “Sexy Sadie” in the shower today that I never sing in the shower, because I assume that’s when people get murdered. Let me back up.

Right now I’m reading the book Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi, with Curt Gentry. I have never really known much about the Manson murders – they were waaaaayyy before my time.  But in this book, I found out (among many other things) that A) Charles Mason was obsessed with The Beatles White Album and B) that one of the first informants on Manson was a girl named Sadie. Sexy Sadie is from the White Album, and the song is referred to in the book. I have a healthy admiration for The Beatles, so I know the song and I know the White Album well. It’s not my fave, but it’s a good album.

Anyway, this all got me thinking about how pop culture has informed my thinking. So, since it is Halloween, I thought I’d go into the paranoid advice horror movies, scary stories, murder mysteries, and more have given me – and probably you – over the years.

*Warning that some of these links and clips have explicit language.

1. Don’t sing in the shower. Stay alert in the shower. In fact, just don’t take showers. Or baths. Don’t bathe – only use the bathroom as an escape route from your recently-turned zombie husband. Do not, under any circumstances, use the bathroom for bathing. You will die.

2. Stay away from clowns. They have nothing but pure hate for all things living, and they are really evil aliens come to eat you anyway. Also, don’t read the book It by Stephen King in the middle of the night. It makes sleeping super hard.

3. Don’t tempt fate. I know it seems like saying Bloody Mary a bunch of times in front of a mirror would be fun at a sleepover with your friends or when you’re bored at gym class with your friends or in the school bathroom… with your friends. But, as some movies have taught us, tempting fate and testing urban legends is a bad idea, mmkay?

4. Don’t play with twin girls. They’re creepy. At least they are when they talk at the same time. I mean my cousin’s kids are twins and they are super cute. But they also don’t echo each other or say the same things at the same time.

5. Speaking of playing, don’t play hide and seek. In fact, don’t play any games at all ever. You never know who you’re playing with…

6. If you’re in a place that seems dangerous, get the hell out of there. Don’t go up the stairs, lock yourself in a room, record yourself sleeping, or generally do anything stupid. Take a hint from The Amityville Horror and just leave – but do it earlier than they did.

7. Never, ever look for missing friends. How many times have you heard people say “Guys, where are you guys? This isn’t funny? Guuuuuuuyyyyysssss?????” and then get stabbed right in the face?

8. Don’t believe ghosts. In fact, don’t talk to them. Don’t hang out with them. Just stay away from them. Ghosts are bad company and they mean you nothing but trouble at the very best. At the worst they want to possess you and take over  your life – or kill you.

9. You can and might be murdered or eaten by the ones you love. So, if they get sick, get the hell away from them. Zombie plague anyone?

10. Trust no one and nothing. Children, tornadoes, houses, doctors, your mind – even tomatoes may be plotting your demise.

I love horror movies – especially B-Movies, which is probably why much of this advice is completely ridiculous. But hey, it’s pretty fun. What have you learned from horror movies/books?

One Sentence Book Reviews

I’ve been doing a lot of editing, which isn’t conducive to my usual posts about writing… except to say that I really dislike editing.  It makes me question myself, my intention with my story, and whether or not I’m beating all the life out of it. Capn-with-Hunted-5

That said, I really love reading/listening to other books to help my own writing and just for the joy of it.  I have an Audible subscription and a Kindle, so I end up reading a lot. On top of that I’ve been working on query letters for my book Hunting Annabelle. Part of that process is trying to squish my book down into a really short description – which is something I’m not great at.  I thought I’d do some quick, one-line reviews of the best books I’ve read/listened to in the last few months to give me a little perspective.  Here’s the result (note that these aren’t a summary of the book or anything, just what I have to say to recommend them):

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson: A haunting horror story that has a slow build and a spookily unsatisfactory ending.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: Masterfully written story about the love/hate reality of friendship – will make you cry.

Closure, Limited and other Zombie Tales by Max Brooks: If you loved World War Z (the book – not the movie), you will love this book.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: Ever wondered what happened to the kid from The Shining?  Ever wondered what would happen if Joe Hill’s worlds and Stephen King’s mad skillz came together? This is that book.

(Sorry – that was longer than one sentence.)

Dreadnought by Cherie Priest: A Rebel girl travels through the Civil War to Seattle – with steampunk and zombies.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs: The true (and SUPER messed-up) story of one man’s attempt to get/stay sober in New York City.

I am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells: John Cleaver is a young sociopath trying to get along in the world, but as murders follow his every step he begins to wonder if he’s really a psychopathic serial killer.

Ironskin by Tina Connolly: Basically Jayne Eyre with magic, faeries, and plastic surgery that corrodes one’s very soul.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: A kid finds himself in a strange world with no memory, trying to get along with other kids and a noticeable lack of adults.

Rip Off! by a variety of authors: A bunch of short stories which start with the first line of different of classic tales. My fave was the noir version of Moby Dick.

The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty: A New Yorker looking for a job in the tooth and claw publishing industry finds herself in the underworld of zombies, vampires, demons, sprites, and other so-called “coterie” living in NYC.

Under the Skin by Michel Faber: (SPOILERS) An alien modified to look like a human picks off hitchhikers for a menacing corporation which sells human meat to upper class aliens as a delicacy.  CREEPY AS HELL.

Wool by Hugh Howey: A well-written FREE series about a group of people living in a silo. As time passes the confined world becomes more and more mysterious – to the reader and to the characters.

The End is Nigh edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey: An amazing collection of stories which all run on the same theme: what is the world like right before an apocalypse?

So… how did I do?  If you’ve read any of the above, give me your take.  Just try to keep it between one and three sentences.

 

The Wonder and Struggle of Being a Girl at a Concert

*Warning: I don’t hold back on my language here.

Last night I went to a Dropkick Murphys show, which was amazing.  My experience at the show reminded me of a number of things I’ve noted over the years, but have never thought about except as a way to improve my own concert-going behavior.

Let me preface my thoughts by saying that women are trained throughout life to be quiet, not pushy, not “bossy,” etc.  I guess the expectation is that we will grow into a delicate little flower who doesn’t want her petals mussed. This behavior might be successful – I wouldn’t know as I tend to try to balance my native outspokenness with my equally native shyness and I’m sure polite behavior enters in there somewhere, since I don’t seem to offend an inordinate amount of people. However, staying in the background does NOT work in a concert.

Correction – it doesn’t work if you’re on the floor of a concert.  It works in the mezzanine because you have a seat and you don’t have to be pushy or anything.

Dropkick Murphys tearing it up!

Dropkick Murphys tearing it up!

Anyway, I was on the floor of the Roseland Theater.  The opening act was rocking our socks and I noticed something very interesting.  Girls were hanging back, letting larger guys or girls with guys leading them into the crowd go ahead.  Not only that, the girls hanging back would take a step away from people who jostled them.  I say this is the wrong way to approach a concert when you’re on the main floor.  So, here’s how I attend a concert – along with the pros/cons of each step:

1. Wear comfy shoes.  This is pre-concert prep, but it’s important.  I don’t care if you’re going on a date, trying to pick up guys, or just want to look sexy – you can’t wear heals to a show – even if you’re sitting in the mezzanine.

Pros: Comfort during the show and not limping all the following day.

Cons: Not as cute as your cutest pair of shoes (boohoo) and if you are wearing soft toed shoes, you have to be quick on your feet.  Otherwise they will get stepped on.  They’d get stepped on in your uncomfortable shoes too…

2. Be pushy.  It’s time to follow that inner voice which says “just push that asshole out of the way.”  If you want to get through a crowd at a concert, push your way through it.  I promise you, practically noone will get offended.  After all, others push their way past you all the time.

Pros: You can get closer to the front!  Another pro is that being pushy can help you keep any creepsters away.  If someone is being gross and rubbing up against you inappropriately, just push him or her away.  They’ll get the message.

Also, GIRL POWER!!!!!

Cons: Three words: Other People’s Sweat.  You will exchange sweat with others.  It’s gonna happen with that many bodies close together. It’s gross, but not as gross as paying to see a concert and not seeing jack.

3. Stand your ground. Picture this: you’re semi close to the mosh pit and a HUGE dude comes up with his girlfriend behind you and starts pressing up against you.  You’re not going into the mosh pit – it’s not gonna happen – but the guy is making you uncomfortable.  This happened to me.  I could have yelled at my husband to do something or I could have moved and been trapped in some other uncomfortable position.  But screw that. I’m an independent woman, yo.

So I stood my ground, and maneuvered my body so I couldn’t help elbowing him occasionally, pushing into his stomach with my back, and making other contact which was uncomfortable to him.  That’s key.  I just made it super unpleasant for him to stand there.  Guess what, he moved.

Please note I’m not advocating violence.  But I also don’t feel it’s appropriate for some random dude to press his entire body up against mine.  I didn’t consent to that and I was there first.

Pros: You stay in the awesome spot that you found.

Cons: It’s counter-intuitive and might make you feel uncomfortable.  If you really don’t feel comfortable about actively pushing back, you may want to elicit the help of people around you.  Concert goers are generally pretty nice and social people.  So, if the circumstances are very uncomfortable, ask someone next to you to swap spots and/or ask the person smooshing you to back off a little.

Another note: If the person shoving against you is being sexually inappropriate, turn around, get a good picture of his face (turn on your flash if needed – it’ll blind the prick and let you get away that much faster, with a better shot of his face), and go find security.  Do it for the safety of all the women at the show.

My husband and I getting photobombed from some totally random dude at the Dropkick Murphys show

My husband and I getting photobombed from some totally random dude at the Dropkick Murphys show

4. Do Unto Others and all that. Okay, there’s a lot of pushing and shoving that happens at a show. Because of this there are people who need a breather as well as people who want to get in on the action.  If someone is just trying to get to the mosh pit or find a good spot – or if they are trying to get out of the mosh pit, help them out.  Move out of the way for the time it takes the person to pass.  Get your group to make way.  You’re in a huge crowd that is mainly self-governing.  If you are nice to others, it’ll come back to you in good ways.

True story: At the Dropkick Murphy’s show I was pretty near the mosh pit, near enough that people were diving in and diving out pretty consistently.  I helped them move in whichever way they wanted.  Then, later on all the girls were either getting on stage or crowd surfing forward.  This huge teddy bear of a man gave me a leg up without me asking and I had my first crowd surfing experience.  The whole space was really respectful (no one tried to cop a feel) and I had an amazing time.

Pros: Your experience and the experience of those around you will be bettered.

Cons: I can’t think of any.  Unless you don’t like people.  Then you probably shouldn’t go to a concert.

5. Protect yourself. No matter what, if you are uncomfortable, do what you need to do to protect yourself.  I was in a defensive stance the majority of the time, with my fists up and my arms protecting my soft bits.  This isn’t because someone was doing something bad – just I was worried I might get an elbow to the boob on accident and I wasn’t willing to risk it.  I also did a lot of fancy footwork to avoid getting my feet stepped on.

However, I was at a Sleigh Bells show where the “mosh” area was in pretty constant expansion and at one point I decided nay, I am not going to be in this press of people.  It was so tight I was practically hyperventilating.  So, I ducked through the crowd and enjoyed the show from the edge.

So, no matter what, be safe, stay comfortable, and enjoy the show!

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