Music That Inspired Another Place on the Planet

Many writers write to music. I can’t do that. I need quiet or coffeehouse sounds to focus my thoughts. But that doesn’t mean that music doesn’t inspire my writing. It’s pretty amazing how the perfect album comes along just when I need. Read below about the music that inspired the story and characters of Another Place on the Planet.

All the way at the bottom is information about a giveaway of yummy caramels Whitney’s Goodies! Visit each author for another chance to win.

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I happened upon X & Y by Coldplay about the time I was developing Charlie’s character. White Shadows sounded like the journey he was on and remains on for most of the trilogy. He has an idea of what he wants but doesn’t know what he has to give up to get it.

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Maybe you get what you wanted
Maybe you stumbled upon it
Everything you ever wanted
In a permanent state

Maybe you’ll know when you see it
Maybe if you say it, you’ll mean it
And when you find it, you keep it
In a permanent state
A permanent state

He tried, but when he lost what he couldn’t replace, he gave up on himself.

Which is where Lily and “Fix You” come in because that’s what Lily wants to do for Charlie.

The whole album inspired Another Place on the Planet and really, all of Lilyland. I sang song after song on the way to and from work for I don’t know how many months. (When I find an album I love, I wear it out.) What If, Low, Swallowed in the Sea…well, here’s the whole thing, Coldplay’s X & Y for your listening enjoyment…

In Chapter 17, Lily’s relationship with Charlie suffers a setback at the swankiest of dinner parties. She finds an understanding ear in the person of Adrien Fulbert, a friend of Charlie’s and the foremost European director. He woos her into playing the piano, which she does well. As she plays and sings, she attracts a crowd of mostly men and an old dream of hers is fulfilled. I have her singing a song from the mid- 1950’s Now At Last, which was originally recorded by Blossom Dearie and more recently by Fiest. Both versions are lovely and perfectly captures Lily’s heartbreat at the moment.

Visit my writer friends and see what inspires them as they create their characters and worlds for our enjoyment.

 Laura Kenyon           Gina Henning           Lauren Clark

Laura Chapman           Jennifer Farwell           Bethany Turner

Clodagh Murphy           Stacey Wiedower           Tracy Krimmer

Jillianne Hamilton           Kristina Knight           Jennifer Collin

Whitney Dineen             Maggie Le Page            Karen M. Cox

Rachel L. Hamm            K.J. Farnham           Heather Balog

Serena Clarke

As promised, the…

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GRAND PRIZE: A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney’s Goodies http://whitneysgoodies.com/  Winner can choose their flavor from those listed below. Visit all the authors for 37 chances to win.

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

The Girl Next Door (Crème Caramels): A scrumptious, full-bodied caramel. Old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth bliss!

The Charmer (Chocolate Crème Caramels): This smooth, chocolate cream caramel will add panache to your day. An exquisite and elegant morsel, simply irresistible.

The Movie Star (Orange Crème Caramels): A timeless treat that will satisfy caramel fans of all ages. “The stuff that dreams are made of!”

The Bombshell (Lemon Crème Caramels): A bodacious bit of heaven with a bold citrus pallet. They will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Caramels are a girl’s best friend!

Always a Lady (Rose Caramels): A delicate bouquet of rose essence infuses this lovely caramel: alluring, tantalizing and reminiscent of another era. They are perfect for weddings and bridal showers. A definite for ladies who lunch or breakfast at Tiffany’s.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below. “What’s you’re favorite song from my playlist or the album X & Y?”

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address (so we can contact the winner.) A winner will be chosen via Random.org on Wednesday, May 20th.

What’s on Page 45…Another Place on the Planet

I’m the serious girl in our troupe of ChickLit writers. When I started writing, I thought I would use my sense of humor more, or write fantasy. Applying fingers to keyboard, I have found neither to be true. Yet.

All the way at the bottom is information about a giveaway of yummy caramels Whitney’s Goodies! Visit each author for another chance to win.

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Another Place on the Planet

Lily met Charlie just over a year ago at a fundraising gala. She was trying to recover from the horrifying end of her first marriage. Charlie was a bad boy film director just trying to score. There was a magical connection between the two that Charlie respected. In return, Lily is clued into a deep sadness that he carries. After many provocative dances, they exchanged contact information and went their separate ways. But by chance, they meet up again a year later in a film course Charlie is teaching at the community college in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Now they are getting to know one another. After what looks like to Lily could have been a date, she invites Charlie in for coffee.On page 45, Lily learns the cause of that sadness that she has glimpsed again in their time together.

“Oh, Charlie, your son died? I’m so sorry! I didn’t know…I’m so sorry.” That was his sadness, and it sunk my heart…“And you’re being sued? That’s awful. That’s so sick.”

He nodded quickly, his eyes and hands pleading with me to hush so he could continue. “Welcome to Hollywood, baby,” he muttered. “Our little boy, Matty, was in my care when he died. It was the nanny’s night off. Alex, my wife at the time, Matty’s mother, was on location in New York and had to leave because… and well, the movie flopped, and they say it was because of her emotional state when she returned to work.”

“And they’re suing you? I don’t understand.”

“Rational people wouldn’t. They say his death was caused by my neglect.”

Lily finds out Matty was only fourteen months old. They also find out, on page 45, that they are both Christians, even though living out their faith hasn’t always been a priority, especially for Charlie, embroiled in the Hollywood lifestyle as he is. 

That being said, this isn’t “Christian” or “Inspirational” fiction. Their faith is a factor of their lives that helps but also hinders them throughout the Lilyland trilogy.

Another Place on the Planet is happily–ever–maybe. Book 2, Places Bright and Dark is darker. If they’re too intense, you can read some lighter fare by one of these fine chicklit authors in between. 

Both another Place on the Planet and Places Bright and Dark are available as Kindle ebooks for 99 cents. Book 3, tentatively titled Places Like Home is being written. Paperback editions will be available shortly.

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Pippa Franks – http://pippafranks.blogspot.com/2015/05/whats-on-page-45.html

Laura Kenyon – http://wp.me/p28QA1-1JR

Jayne Denker: http://wp.me/p2yU7r-gy

Amy Gettinger – http://amygettinger.com

Gina Henning – http://www.ginahenning.com/blog/2015/5/4/whats-on-page-45

Cat Lavoie – http://www.catlavoie.com

Jennifer Ammoscato – http://jenniferammoscato.com/blog

Lauren Clark – http://www.laurenclarkbooks.com/2015/05/12/pie-girls-whats-on-page-45/

Laura Chapman – http://www.change-the-word.com/2015/05/chicklitmay-whats-on-page-45.html

Celia Kennedy – http://womanreinventsself.blogspot.com/2015/05/whats-on-page-45.html

Jennifer Farwell – http://jenniferfarwell.com/2015/05/12/whats-on-page-45/

Glynis Astie – http://blog.glynisastie.com/2015/05/whats-on-page-45.html

Clodagh Murphy http://www.clodaghmurphy.com/blog

Stacey Wiedower – http://staceywiedower.com/blog/

Bethany Turner – www.abbyphelps.com/musings-from-abby-and-friends

Franky Brown – http://frankybrown.com

Tracy Krimmer –  http://www.tracykrimmer.com/2015/05/11/page45

Jillianne Hamilton – http://jillianne-hamilton.com/whats-on-page-45/

Catherine L. Hensley – www.catherinehensley.com

Becky Monson – http://www.beckymonson.com/#!blog/c1vi7

Georgina Troy – http://georginatroy.blogspot.com/2015/05/chicklitmay-whats-on-page-45.html

Zanna Mackenzie – http://www.zannamackenzie/blogspot.co.uk

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Sky Greene – http://livinglifewithjoy.com/2015/05/11/chicklitmay-whats-on-page-45/

Whitney Dineen – http://whitneydineen.com/2015/05/04/page-45/

Maggie Le Page – http://hellopreciousbliss.com/

Kathryn Biel – http://kathrynbiel.blogspot.com/2015/05/whats-on-page-45.html

Meredith Schorr – http://wp.me/p2PJqp-xV

Karen M. Cox – http://wp.me/p3IgXQ-nH

Rachel L. Hamm – http://rlhammauthor.com/2015/05/03/whats-on-page-45/

T. A. Munroe –  http://tamunroe.com/2015/05/04/whats-on-page-…-on-the-planet/

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CARAMEL GIVEAWAY!  

Holy cats, these sound good!

1poundcaramelsforchicklitmay

GRAND PRIZE: A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney’s Goodies http://whitneysgoodies.com/  Winner can choose their flavor from those listed below. Visit all the authors for 37 chances to win.

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

The Girl Next Door (Crème Caramels): A scrumptious, full-bodied caramel. Old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth bliss!

The Charmer (Chocolate Crème Caramels): This smooth, chocolate cream caramel will add panache to your day. An exquisite and elegant morsel, simply irresistible.

The Movie Star (Orange Crème Caramels): A timeless treat that will satisfy caramel fans of all ages. “The stuff that dreams are made of!”

The Bombshell (Lemon Crème Caramels): A bodacious bit of heaven with a bold citrus pallet. They will leave you satisfied and refreshed. Caramels are a girl’s best friend!

Always a Lady (Rose Caramels): A delicate bouquet of rose essence infuses this lovely caramel: alluring, tantalizing and reminiscent of another era. They are perfect for weddings and bridal showers. A definite for ladies who lunch or breakfast at Tiffany’s.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below. “In 4 or 5 words, why do you think Another Place on the Planet would be a good read?”

Entrants must leave their full name, along with an e-mail address (so we can contact the winner.) A winner will be chosen via Random.org on Tuesday, May 19th.

A Poem A Day #6 The 37th Anniversary of My 21st birthday.

Please excuse this indulgent piece of my past. It makes me feel old to write it, but I am grateful. Not everyone in my high school class had made it this far.

Source: imgarcade

Source: imgarcade

Back In the Day (on the occasion of my 58th birthday)

Party line

Single ring for the other party, double ring for us.

Or was it the other way around?

I didn’t know who the other party was but I think I answered

Her phone for her once or twice.

Not much of a party, really.

Record players. (And records.)

Small—move the switch to 45

Medium—move the switch to 78

Large—move the switch to 33.

Little Toot gave way to American Pie.

The nuns called the record player a school the Victrola. Seriously.

 The TV lived in a piece of furniture.

Black and white, sometimes snowy.

Get up and change the channel for your dad, wouldja?

Turn the knob on the antenna box, wouldja?

You make a better door than a window.

Humph! The neighbors have a color TV.

Going to the movies was an event!

Driving downtown in the afternoon.

The red velvet ropes and red velvet seats—

Like Hollywood itself.

Snow White. The Jungle Book. The Sound of Music.

Larger than life stories I imagined myself in for weeks.

Flip up the lid of the brown box camera to view the scene.

Press a button and the flash kills your eyes.

Turn the knob to advance the film

Replace the flashbulb, but not until it cooled down.

Send the film away and wait and wait and wait.

Now, I take out my phone out of my pocket

And make a call

Listen to music

Watch a TV show

Watch a movie

Make a movie

Take a picture

Send it to someone

Send a message

Find out where I am and how to get there

Read a book

Write a book.

Look up when all this stuff was invented and what was the number one song on the day I was born. (Perry Como was my mom’s favorite crooner.)

Dang, I feel old.

A Poem A Day #5 85…90…95

85…90…95…

The snowbirds are roasting on the golfcourses

Featherless turkeys in the Sonoran sun

As cactus bloom from the precipitation

Of winter that wasn’t snow

With temperatures not 20 below.

 

The year rounders are waiting impatiently

Put upon hosts of unwelcome guests to

Pack their slow ass American gas guzzlers

And head back to Michigan

Wisconsin Minnesota Montana

And get the hell off our roads

And out of our spots in the parking lots

And our seats in the restaurants.

 

Bye-bye. See you never.

Sigh. Make that October

A Poem a Day #4 In the Wee Hours of Easter Morn

In the wee hours of Easter morn

The Moravian Trumpet Choir roved the town

Playing the horn

The trombone

The tuba

Christ the Lord is Risen Today Aaaa-aa-lay-lu-u-ya.

As welcome as the hyacinths and crocuses

And tulips and daffodils in my garden.

The desert has none of that.

Only the sun and the blue sky,

Almost as sure as

My risen savior.

A Poem a Day #3 Suffer the Little Children

I think this is something I’m going to be messing around with throughout the month because this is not the tone I want.

Suffer the Little Children

Jesus loves me this I know

For God so loved the world he sent his only begotten son

For the Bible tells me so.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Red brown yellow black and white

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost

They are precious in his sight

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not

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This is similar to a counted cross stitch piece I made when my daughter was a baby. Notice all the white kids. Someone didn’t get the red brown yellow black and white memo.

 

A Poem A Day # 2 One Year of CoCo La’Tay

#2   I feel childish writing a poem about my pup.

By Theresa Munroe 4/14

By Theresa Munroe 4/14

CoCo La'Tay the day we brought her home, about 8 weeks old.

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Poem A Day Challenge or NaPoWriMo

I started my “writing career” with NaNoWriMo in 2008. NaNoWriMo is an international event where people accept the challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. I’ve written a rough draft of a novel every year since then.

Deciding I should experience different forms of writing instead of only multi-book sagas, I will endeavor to write one poem every day in April. There are various websites supporting this idea, but I think I’m going with NaPoWriMo.

I am not guaranteeing any type of quality. I’m not even going to be upset if I don’t get a poem out every day. And they sure as heck won’t rhyme of have any kind of standard form.

Here’s #1

#1

#1 T.A. Munroe 4/1/15

 

 

My challenge–expressive adjectives.

And I think I’ll have to use screen shots taken from Word because I can’t seem to get rid of the space between paragraph on WordPress, if that’s even possible.

Congratulations, Mrs. Munroe. It’s a Poet.

Without intending to, I gave birth to a poet or two. Of course, I wouldn’t have known how to go about creating a poet if I intended to.

Sarah is earning her MFA in Creative Writing and West Virginia University while working as a teaching assistant.

In honor of World Poetry Day, here are a few of Sarah’s poems I have access to online.

hands empty

By Sarah Munroe. All rights reserved.

sarah poem

By Sarah Munroe. All rights reserved.

My father leaves notes on napkins

By Sarah Munroe All rights reserved.

These from the former 3rd grader who rebelled against homeschool and wouldn’t write one paragraph about dolphins but as a 4th grader wrote a 16-page story for her public school teacher.

Sarah’s Tumblr blog is here. I think she gave up updating it when she met the love of her life and had other things to do. Plus, she’s not a huge fan of social media.

My son, Pete, is also a poet in the songwriting sense, even though he recently switched over to stand up comedy of the sort he doesn’t really want his parents to experience. Here’s his former band, Quatro Dedos for which he wrote most of the lyrics and did most of the lead vocals. Loud fast punk, not for the faint of heart.

quatro dedos cover

Quatro Dedos CD cover by Pete Munroe

My so-far unappreciated novels are not my only contribution to the literary world and the overall art production of the planet.

For things like World Caber Tossing day, however, I have nothing.

You can lean in. Just don’t call it that.

My new pet peeve: lean in. I just stopped reading an article because the writer used it twice in two paragraphs. Actually, she used lean into. And earlier this evening I saw it in the WalMart employee’s magazine.

What does that even mean? I know there’s a women-supporting-women and career success thing called Lean In, but do we ALL have to use it now?

No, we don’t. Please stop. Now.