The Book of Souls – Iron Maiden World Tour

My husband (boyfriend at the time) introduced me to Iron Maiden my senior year in high school. They were a gateway band for me, opening my eyes to an entire world of heavy metal. Then, and now, I was astounded by every aspect of Iron Maiden’s music, from the three-dimensional feel to their instrumentals to… Read more »

Heavy Metal History

I’ve written a lot about how music inspires me. I listen to it while I’m writing, planning, and even editing. The right playlist helps set the tone for creative work. But outside that, it also inspired me to read several classic novels. To the long list of things music (especially heavy metal) has inspired me… Read more »

The Liebster Award

(Better late than never?) I was nominated by the fabulous A.R. Rivera. Unfortunately my blog has been on autopilot while I prepared for the Crossroads of Frozen Eternity release. But no matter. I’m here now and ready to go. *cracks knuckles* Step 1: Post 11 random facts about yourself 1. My husband and I had… Read more »

Fun with Playlist Synergy

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I have playlists for everything. I have playlists to get me in the mood to write, lists for while I’m writing and epic music to listen to while I’m editing (because I need particular inspiration during that part of the process). I have play lists for when I need… Read more »

A Meat Loaf for Every Moment

Music has always played an important role in my life. In high school, I participated in both the chorus and the band, and that participation resulted in some of the most stressful and most memorable moments of my life. I’m almost always listening to music. I listen to music when I travel, when I relax,… Read more »

Back in the Day

I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of the Internet. How amazing is it that we can connect instantly with someone living on another continent and speak face to face? When I was a kid, our only connection with people overseas came in the form of pen pal letters our teachers forced… Read more »

Heavy Metal Literature

Some time ago an article circulated on Twitter about a university professor basing a course on the music of Iron Maiden. I instantly shared it with my husband, who is both a huge Iron Maiden fan and an English teacher. Ten years ago, if someone handed me a similar article, I would have rolled my… Read more »

Go to the Band Room

I still remember the most uplifting, empowering experience I’ve ever had. Back in high school, I was a member of the band. In the town where I grew up, you didn’t have to audition. Everyone who wanted to, everyone who could play an instrument, was allowed to be in the band. Some might say that’s… Read more »

Sounds of the Soul

I’ve always needed noise in the background. There are rare occasions when I prefer silence, if I can get it, but I’ve always found music best way to block out the buzz of life. Not only does music sharpen my focus, it inspires me. Random song lyrics trigger character or plot ideas. Epic background music… Read more »

Here to Stay

I’m probably treading dangerous water with this topic, but I’m going to dive in anyway. Internet piracy is a hot-button topic. It has been for a long time. It probably will be forever. Because it’s not going anywhere. As the Internet seeps deeper into every aspect of our lives, more services crop up which allow… Read more »