Post from: January 2018


If you know me very well, you know I'm not one for small talk. 

Nope, no small talk here. Can we please get straight to the heart of our lives? Can we talk about what matters?

I long for this in my relationships with other human beings. I think we all do, if we let ourselves be vulnerable enough to recognize it. 

And this fact about myself is probably why I fell in LOVE with one of the songs on Andy Grammer's new album. (He's an amazing artist and I resonate with so much of his work.) 

You must go and listen to his song, The Good Parts. 

Here are the lyrics: 

I'm sorry if I seem impatient
I'm not a fan of pleasantries
I get bored with the weather and what's in the news
The topics we all hide beneath
I could not care less about your day job
The gossip or ordinary stress
See, every relationship I've ever loved
It starts when someone says:
Show me where it hurts. Give me something real.
Lead me to the part of you that never really heals.
Say the words that burn when they leave your mouth
Tell me your story ... but don't leave the good parts out.


Tell me all about your failures
The little things that make you cry
Tell me the acts that you preach but cannot seem to practice
That leave you compromised.
Show me where it hurts. Give me something real
Lead me to the part of you that never really heals
Say the words that burn when they leave your mouth
Tell me your story ... but don't leave the good parts out.

The song goes on from there, and it's fantastic. Please go listen to it right now. When I heard it for the first time, it felt like Andy Grammer had gone into my headspace and read my mind.

(He also has another great song on his new album called Civil War ... and I loved 85 as well ...)

I hope the end of January is unfolding beautifully for you!

all my love,

xxheidi



This little grammar book is entertaining me again. How is it possible?

The writing nuggets draw me in, every time. 

Last night, I sat fireside (during an unusually cold, three degree Fahrenheit evening in Arkansas) and read a most helpful reminder, found on page twenty-one: 

"If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the reader's attention is by being specific, definite, and concrete. The greatest writers—Homer, Dante, Shakespeare—are effective largely because they deal in particulars and report the details that matter. Their words call up pictures."

Yes.

When I write, please help me to do this.

Now ... back at it! (Back to my writing, that is...)

Hugs to all, 

xxheidi

P.S. The Mod Code book #3, The Lost Lineage, releases in less than one month! (Feb. 14th, 2018!)

Get ready!!!!