“I don’t love you but I always will”

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The Civil Wars are best known for their hit Barton Hollow, and deservedly so. But I also really like Poison & Wine. Probably because Johnny Depp is in the video.* They do a pretty mean version of Billie Jean as well. *No he isn’t. [“I don’t love you but I always will” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 30th April 2014]

“Heavy is the cost”

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I’m not a hardcore fan of Stars (the band, not the celestial bodies – I have nothing but good things to say about those) but I do have some of their albums and I throw them on in the car if I’m in the mood. There’s a bit of a The Smiths/Morrissey vibe to their lyrics that appeals to the sad old goth in me. This song, Personal, is one of my favourites and I usually skip back and listen to it a couple of times when it comes on. As far as I know, there isn’t an official video but here’s an unofficial one created by a film student. I agree with one of the YouTube comments that the actress seems too young, but otherwise its pretty good.   [“Heavy is the cost” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 23rd April 2014]

Five Things I Learned Last Week

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Happy March. Here’s some things I learned last week. I’m doing revision wrong. One of my favourite sessions at last weekend’s WANACon virtual writing conference was Gabriela Periera and Julie Duffy’s Simple System to Rock Your Revisions. It made me realise I’ve been mixing up character, structural and line edits. That’s not a smart thing to do because the the broad edits will change so much that the lines you’re editing may well change. Do character and structural edits first. Shero is a word. People use it. Where to get images for this blog. WANACommons is a collection of photos that can be safely used on blogs as long as you give credit. There are some really nice photos, like this Squirrel from tdthread. Posting a Gratuitous Kitten Picture gets hits. I like Meg Myers’ Music. Thanks to John Scalzi I bought both of Meg Myers albums and I really like them. Particularly these songs : When I first heard Tennessee I labelled it as one I was likely to skip over but then I listened to it in the car on the way to work and fell in love with the lyrics. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset … Read More