Monday, February 22, 2016

The Hymn Enthusiast

     When I was a kid, I thought hymns were stuffy and boring, difficult to understand and somewhat pretentious. I cringe over that sentiment now, because I’ve come to truly appreciate the beauty of hymns and their deep, profound meaning. Often, I find that modern worship music and contemporary Christian songs pale in comparison to the emotion and doctrine found in old hymns and spirituals. (Not that there aren’t modern worship songs that I like, I just find myself in general preferring hymns)

     My favorite, favorite hymn is “Be Thou My Vison.” This is what I want played at my wedding, my funeral, and any and every event in between.


     And while it usually frustrates me when modern worship leaders “update” hymns, I actually don’t mind this version done by Rend Collective Experiment. Would I like the original words a bit more intact? Yes. But while I love the softly elegant and reverent style that’s normally used for this hymn, I also really like this upbeat, folksy version.


     My second favorite hymn is actually a modern one—Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “In Christ Alone.”


    "It Is Well With My Soul" is another favorite.


 I also love "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Victory in Jesus,” Just As I Am,” “Bringing in the Sheaves,” “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

     And despite the fact that “Amazing Grace” has become the default hymn that’s now overused to the point where it’s almost lost its meaning, the words themselves are beautiful.

     So, yep. This was basically a hymns appreciation post. Now it's back to school for me.

Friday, February 12, 2016

And the Winner Is....

*drumroll*


I've put the comments on moderation for the time being, so just leave me your email address and I'll send you your e-book copy of For Elise!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Elise's Playlist

     Vintage photos of female starlets and musical icons chilling with their turntables | Dangerous Minds:

     I've always been a little jealous of those authors who can write while listening to music. I, unfortunately, cannot. (I'm currently trying to write this post while listening to Mumford & Sons...as a result, ya'll will be lucky if this is even coherent) I simply cannot focus with background noise :(

     However, that doesn't mean music isn't an important part of my writing process- there have been several songs that have actually inspired stories (or specific scenes) and often I'll put together playlists that I'll listen to before my writing time just to get me in the mood for the story.

     Thus, For Elise definitely has a playlist...and here it is. :)

In the Mood//Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sing, Sing, Sing//Benny Goodman Orchestra
The Last Time I Saw Paris//Johnny Desmond
The Way You Look Tonight//Frank Sinatra
Take the “A” Train//Duke Ellington Band
Bei Mer Bist Du Schoen//The Andrews Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy//The Andrew Sisters
It’s Only a Paper Moon//Glenn Miller Orchestra
Beyond the Sea//Bobby Darin
Come Fly With Me//Frank Sinatra
Swinging on a Star//Bing Crosby
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive//The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby
L-O-V-E// Nat King Cole
Haven’t Met You Yet//Michael BublĂ©

And don't forget: the giveaway for For Elise is open until this Friday! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

For Elise is now available!


     Almost four months after I'd first planned to release it, For Elise is finally available! Yay!

The aspiring author bought the "haunted" house to stoke his morbid imagination.
Unfortunately, the house is having none of it.

a novelette, roughly 12,500 words


(You can also take a look my pinterest inspiration board here, which I've just made public)

You can find For Elise on Kindle for $0.99


BUT ALSO...

     I'm also going to give away a free ebook copy! To enter, just leave a comment on the following topic:

     The idea for For Elise was sparked by some of the first lines in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe. What is your opinion on Edgar Allan Poe? Have you read any of his short stories or poems?

The drawing will be open until February 12, 2016.
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