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Special Guest: Part 1 of Singer/Songwriter Matt Wertz

By Leslie Lindsay I am thrilled to welcome special guest singer/songwriter, Matt Wertz from Nashville, Tennessee.  While he may not realize it, his music has been very influential in my novel writing.  Feel like there’s a bit of a disconnect between writing a novel and writing music?  I beg to differ.  First, there’s the lyrics which represent a kind of story the musician wants to tell.  Then, the melody—which us writers may liken to the theme of our work.  Add in back-up singers, percussion, and other instruments—we’ll call them the supporting characters.  Finally, there’s the tedious work of orchestrating everything so it’s presented in a neat little package…a song, a book.  Now, let’s hear it from Matt! Leslie Lindsay: In watching some of your YouTube videos (‘Matt Wertz Live at Home’ are some of my favorites), I adore the friendly banter between you and your band mates.  Can you tell us who these guys are and how y’all became a band? Matt Wertz: “Sure! Mark Trussell (guitar), Josh Robinson (drums), and Gabe Scott (hammered dulcimer).  I …

Fiction Friday: Ice-Cream Truck

By Leslie Lindsay  (image from http://www.giantrobot.com/news/typewriters-lasting-in-india/attachment/typewriter/)  Welcome to another addition of Fiction Friday starring my novel-in-progress.  Okay, “star” is a premature descriptor.  How about white dwarf, instead?  This scene takes place at a drive-in ice cream place like Sonic.  It’s a young-love flashback.  Guy wants girl back.  Let me know what you think.  [Remember, this is an original work of fiction.  Not to be borrowed or stolen without proper credit, and in some cases, moolah].             At that moment Steve reached over to me in the cab of his new truck and placed his hand on my left knee.  An electric zing shot through my body, starting at the place where his large, lean, mechanical hand rested on me, reaching all the way down to my toes, making them tingle, back up through my solar plexus to my head making me feel dizzy and all liquid-y inside.  His touch made me melt, like my oatmeal cookie dough ice cream had.             I turned to face him but before I could say anything, his hand clasped my …

In My Brain Today: Random thoughts by Leslie Lindsay

By Leslie Lindsay Most days, I have plently in my brain, but today–well–today there isn’t much.  Okay, maybe I lied: I am sad that my 5 yo has a sunburn because she is just 5 and doesn’t know when or how to reapply sunscreen when she is at day camp, and apparently neither does her counselor.  I am feeling a little like I might be a “bad mom” for sending her to day camp with her older sister in the first place.  This morning when I woke her up, she threw her soft arms around my neck and gave me a big smile.  Her body was warm (from the sunburn?) and cuddly.  I honestly didn’t want to let her go.   My yoga instructor tells us that she is the kind of mom who really likes having her son around…that it’s hard for her to send him to school all day (and he’s a 6th grader)…my mommy guilt is cranking way up.   My dog is still cute.  In fact, I think I am going to enter …

Write On, Wednesday: Keeping Tabs

By Leslie Lindsay At last evening’s writer’s group, we talked a bit about the how’s and why’s of publishing and just a bit about the process of writing.  Those of you who write know there is a distinct difference.  I was hoping for a little on the process as well, for that is what I am in the midst of–at least for a novel I am taking a stab at. Here’s what I probably would have added to the discussion: keep a binder.  Yep, a good ol’ 3-ring vinyl binder will do the trick for keeping tabs on your work-in-progress.  Here’s how it works: Get a binder Throw in some divider tabs Label those tabs:  character studies/sketches/arc, rough outline, scenes that come to mind but you aren’t sure yet where they would best fit “scene ideas”, articles/ideas “found” for inspiration, exerpts of your favorite author passages that somehow relate to your work (read over them when you hit a wall), and any other tabs you feel would be necessary for your writing. Keep referring to that binder throughout …