Rock of Love…or, my eyes bled but I couldn’t stop watching…

Okay, who watched the horror show last night? Come on, fess up – I know there are more of you out there then just me and Angie-la and Jill.

Frenchie woman stripping was just so frightening that I could only watch from between my fingers and even that didn’t provide enough coverage. And I love the excuse Brett gave for letting her go at the eliminations, which makes me realize that I know way too many random rock star facts and if there was ever a show called useless random rock star facts, you would totally want me on your team. Like, I know that Brett Michaels dated a stripper who broke his heart and the song, Every Rose Has Its Thorn is totally about her and that’s what he was referencing. Although I have serious doubts that scary Frenchie woman brought out that same kind of feeling.

Or like, did you know that Aerosmith’s, Dude (Looks like a Lady) was written about Vince Neil, or that Money For Nothing was written about Motely Crue because Dire Straits disliked the band?

So yes, pick me if that show ever happens.

Anyway, the kid and I are still feeling slightly crappy, but better than we were over the weekend. I’ve got to motor on Nick’s book, since I know this weekend will be a total bust because of the Gus pick-up and superbowl (we’re having people over – not that I actually watch the game or anything – I just stay for the food :)

Oh, and head over to Larissa’s to read the awesome review JERR gave Sydney’s Riding The Storm!!!!

Steph T.

Angel (aka music meme)

Directions:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, iPod etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS

1. IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
Still Remains (Stone Temple Pilots)

2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
Away From The Sun (3 Doors Down)

3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Shakin’ (Eddie Money) – no, I’m not making this up

4. HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead)

5. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
Turn on your Love Light (Grateful Dead)

6. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
The Night is Still Young (Billy Joel)

7. WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Rock The Casbah (The Clash)

8. WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Leo Sayer)

9. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Inside Out (Eve 6)

10. WHAT IS 2 + 2?
Work That (Mary J. Blige)

11. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR EX?
Headstrong (Trapt)

12. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Criminal (Fiona Apple)

13. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Shine (Collective Soul)

14. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Mama Said Knock You out (LL Cool J)

15. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Wonderwall (Oasis)

16. WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Paralyzer (Finger Eleven)

17. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Promiscuous (Nelly Furtado & Timbaland)

18. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Far behind (Candlebox)

19. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Slow Ride (Foghat)

20. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
3AM (Matchbox Twenty)

Now press Next one more time and use it as your title.
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)

This was fun…Larissa, you do it now!!! And Alison too!!

Steph T.

songs for heroines

I always use sountracks for my WIP. I usually have to have the songs set up before I can start writing, and then I play them in a continous loop that seems to drive everyone but me insane. (probably because I am already insane.) But there are some songs that are universal for my heroines that I use to get me in the mood to create a new one, like this:

When I’ve shown you that I just don’t care
When I’m throwing punches in the air
When I’m broken down and I can’t stand
Will you be strong enough to be my man?
(Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow)

Or this one:

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way
So take me as I am
This may mean
You’ll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that
When I start to make you nervous
And I’m going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change
And today won’t mean a thing
(Bitch by Meredith Brooks)

I kind of imagine the heroes lining up to read the requirements the heroines have set up for them based on the lyrics. Some of them will shake their heads sadly and just walk away, knowing they are no match. Some look intrigued but aren’t ready for that kind of commitment, but assure me they’ll be back to try at a later date. And there’s always one who looks determined. And smirky, like, she’s met her match and lets see her handle this:

I would walk two miles on my, hands and knees
ain’t no doubt about it, baby, it’s you I aim to please
I’d wrestle with a lion and a, grizzly bear
it’s my life baby but, I don’t care
ain’t that tuff enough?
for you baby I would, swim the sea
nothin’ I’d do for you that’s too, tough for me
I’d put out a burnin’ building with a, shovel and dirt
and not even worry about, getting hurt
(Tuff Enough by the Fabulous Thunderbirds)

And once that hero steps into the book, there’s no turning back for them. I warned them and I can’t help it if they don’t listen well.

Steph T.

80′s madness

You have to take this quiz if you like 80′s music – what a fun way to waste some time. (Not that I am wasting time – I am writing. Really.) Thanks to Julie, who did better than I did. But I was close with a score of 126.5. Go forth. Procrastinate. And then you too will have some of the lyrics playing over and over in your head.

If you liked that, continue on and find out if You’re an Eighties Child. Go on – I dare you to tell me you didn’t wear leg warmers like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. Besides, you might learn interesting information, like what Axel Rose’s name is an anagram of.

Steph T.

music

This started with Maili and Emma and I’m going to jump on board.

Like Suzanne, I think I’m stuck in my music youth. I also think I might have been born in the wrong generation, music-wise, although if pointed out to me, I do like a lot of music that’s around today. But when I’m writing a particular book, I’ve got to come up with a theme song for the characters and then I get a whole soundtrack together that I can listen to when writing. It tends to focus me. (stop laughing- I didn’t say it helps me plot.) Anyway, an example of that is here.

So, for Sin and Tori, (their story’s called Flying Blind), here’s what I’m listening to so far, although my soundtrack is far from complete and very, very random: (Emma, you might not want to look at this. Your husband definitely shouldn’t)

Back in Black & You Shook Me All Night Long/ AC/DC
Here Without You & Let Me Go/Three Doors Down
Up For Breakfast & Running with the Devil/ VanHalen
Authority Song/John Mellencamp
I’m No Angel/Gregg Allman
Box of Rain/Grateful Dead
Welcome to the Jungle/Guns N’ Roses
Battleflag/LoFidelity AllStars
Try and Love Again/Eagles
Good-Bye & The Homecoming/The Pretenders
The Game of Love/Michelle Branch & Santana
Fighter/Christina Aguilera
Bad to the Bone: George Thorogood
How You Remind Me/Nickelback
Ready for Love/Bad Company
Waterfalls/TLC
Crazy in Love/Beyonce
Vertigo/U2
Mama Told Me (Not To Come)/Three Dog Night
I’m a Bitch/Meredith Brooks
Photograph & Bringing on the Heartache/DefLepard

*looks back and forth between the lists and love scene*

Off to hunt for some more ‘romantic’ songs to set the mood for the second love scene.

Steph T.