Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Day 30 - 30 Day Music Challenge

Wow! I've managed to blog EVERY DAY for 30 days. I don't think I've ever done that in the 4+ years I've been blogging.
Today's the last day of the music challenge (cue collective sigh of relief) and it's:

Your favourite song this time last year...

Hmmm. Not the most exciting challenge of the lot but I'll give it a go. This time last year was 30th March 2010 and according to this blog I...well...I didn't blog on 30th March last year but I think I'd just got back from my first ever skiing trip.

What was I listening to back then? Loads of stuff knowing me. But I was definitely still giving 'Black Gives Way to Blue' by Alice in Chains lots of listens and this was my favourite song. The memories it invokes still makes me smile.

Any idea what you were listening to this time last year?

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Day 29 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song from your childhood...

When I think about songs from my childhood the first thing I think about is my parents' record collection. They weren't huge fans of music - still aren't - but they did have Blondie's Parallel Lines, an early Beatles album and a few 60s/70s compilations so, when I was old enough to be allowed near the record player, that's what I'd listen to.

Songs from my childhood also makes me think about TV theme tunes. I must have watched a hell of a lot of Saturday morning TV (it was the highlight of my week!) because I'm having a tough time choosing just one song. I had loads of favourite programmes as a kid but my top five would have to be Blue Peter, The Adventure Game, Number 73, Why Don't You and this programme...

Love it!

How about you?

Monday, 28 March 2011

Day 28 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that makes you feel guilty...

I've ummed and ahhed over this challenge for DAYS now and I still can't think of a song that makes me feel guilty. Who has a song like that?! Murderers who listen to their ipod whilst on a killing spree?

I can't answer this challenge. Sorry! Music FAIL!

And, to make matters worse, this song is now stuck in my head. Aarrrgh!

Am I alone in not having a song that makes me feel guilty. Have you got one?

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Day 27 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that you wish you could play.

I'm going to change this to 'a song I wish I could sing' instead. In fact I'd just like to be able to sing full stop but if I could be in a band for just one day - and be an amazing lead singer - I'd love to get up and sing this...

'Hallelujah' - KD Lang singing Leonard Cohen (was tempted to play the Jeff Buckley version but everyone know that version and KD Lang does have a magnificent voice and this version gives me goosebumps!)

How about you? What would you love to sing if you could?

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Day 26 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you can play on an instrument...

Considering I haven't really played an instrument for 20 years I'm really going to be pushing it on this one. That said I did get a Yamaha keyboard for Christmas and I've played is probably not the right word..banged the keys?... a couple of times since then.

I've got a fairly easy book called 'Pop go the Classics' (not that 'easy' makes me any more likely to be able to play it!) which features music that has been used in films and adverts. My current favourite way to torture the neighbours is to attempt this...

Air on the G String by JS Bach (otherwise known as 'Hamlet Cigars')

What song can/could you play?

Friday, 25 March 2011

Day 25 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that makes you laugh...

This is an oldie but a goodie. A contestant on Bulgaria's equivalent of the X-Factor singing Mariah Carey's well known song 'Ken Lee'...

What song makes you laugh?

The Brazilian version of Heaven Can Wait

Woo hoo! A new cover!

Huge thanks to @giuufernandes on Twitter for sending me a link to this photo of the Brazilian (Portuguese) version of Heaven Can Wait! It's called 'O Céu vai ter que esperar'.

I love how they've included the elevator from Limbo and, if you look closely, the fateful ladder to the attic!

Here's a bigger version that I found on Bertrand Brasil's Facebook page:

That's 7/10 foreign covers that I've seen now (you can see the other six here or larger resolution on my Facebook page). Just Taiwan, Hungary and Russia yet to publish!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Day 24 - 30 Day Music Challenge

Ha! The challenge actually says 'a song that you want to play at your funeral'. Considering I won't be capable of playing anything at my funeral I'd quite like someone else to stick this one on...

'What a Wonderful World' - Louis Armstrong

How about you?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Day 23 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that you want to play at your wedding...




Despite spending HOURS making a play list for a friend's wedding last year I've never really spent much - any - time thinking about what I'd want played at my wedding. I mean, I'd probably have a mix of cheesy floor fillers, disco, rock and songs I absolutely love but I haven't thought about specific songs, particularly not the first dance song!

(Interestingly, I was able to answer tomorrow's challenge 'song you want played at your funeral' straight away! Does that make me morbid? Don't answer that!)

Anyway, back to today's challenge. The last wedding I went to was on a Friday and The Cure's 'Friday I'm in Love' played as they walked back down the aisle after exchanging vows. I thought that song choice was just perfect!

I'd probably want a bit of old style crooning at some point - maybe some Nat King Cole, Louise Armstrong, Dinah Washington or Ella Fitzgerald. But who better to croon than...

Frank Sinatra singing 'My One and Only Love'

What song would you want played at your wedding or, if you're already married/divorced, you had played?

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Day 22 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that you listen to when you’re sad...

Hmm, what was it I was saying yesterday about this challenge repeating itself?!

Funnily enough, a couple of days ago I remembered a song that I think might just be one of the saddest songs EVER! While yesterday's song ('Once in my life' - Stevie Wonder) was all about having love in your life this song is about the pain of unrequited love. I think it's brilliantly painful (if that makes sense) and if a film was ever made of Novel 2 this song would SO feature on the soundtrack...

'I Can't Make You Love Me' - Bonnie Raitt.

Is there a sad bit in your novel? What song would you choose for the soundtrack?

Monday, 21 March 2011

Day 21 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you listen to when you're happy...

Okay rubbish music challenge I think you're starting to repeat yourself here! But I'll answer anyway.

Yesterday was absolutely GLORIOUS so, after completing my edits (well, nearly. My editor sent me 16 minor edits and I've done 13/16 of them. The other 3 have gone back to her asking for clarification) I decided to go for a stroll. A fairly hefty FIVE MILE stroll as it turned out - to Brighton Marina and back!

I set my mp3 player to 'random' and when this song came on I couldn't help but grin. Sunshine and Stevie Wonder. What more could a girl want?!*

*chocolate and wine obviously but it's hard to swig from a bottle while you're walking!

Your turn - what was the last song you heard that put a spring in your step?

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Day 20 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you listen to when you're angry...

Out of all the challenges this is probably the easiest one for me to answer! I've loved this song since I was at Uni in the early 90s. The second I heard the first couple of chords I'd charge, full of cider and black, onto the dance floor of Newcastle's finest grotty indie/grunge clubs. Then I'd stomp from side to side in my para boots, my hands clasped behind my back and headbang until my neck could take it no more.

(I mentioned that I can't dance didn't didn't I?!)

I still absolutely love this album, find it brilliant to run to and if I'm angry it definitely gets played.

Here's 'Killing in the Name' by Rage Against the Machine

What song do you listen to when you're angry?

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Day 19 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song from your favourite album...

I haven't got one favourite album I've got several so, to make it easy on myself and because I've listened to it most recently, I'm going to choose 'OK Computer' by Radiohead.

I've been trying to track it down on vinyl for a few weeks now (vinyl is the new black!) and finally got my grubby hands on a copy last weekend. It's an absolute masterpiece of an album and this is my favourite track...

'Paranoid Android' by Radiohead (playing live on Jools Holland)

(Annoyingly I can't embed the video, which is brilliant. Go here if you want to see it).

In other news... reviews of my second novel - Himmelsküsse, the German edition - are starting to appear on the web. I've found 3 so far and they've all been 5/5 star reviews!

As you've probably figured, if you're a regular reader of this blog, writing the second novel (both versions!) has been somewhat of a trial and I couldn't be more delighted (and relieved) with the response it's getting. I just hope the UK version is as well received when it comes out later this year.

There's a link to a 5/5 star review on a German chicklit review website on my Facebook page if you want a peek!

Your turn! A song from your favourite album please...

Friday, 18 March 2011

Day 18 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you wish you heard on the radio...

In many ways being an author is like being a singer or being in a band. Unless you get exposure in the form of promotion - either in a 3 for 2 deal, nationwide advertising or being stocked in a well known supermarket - the chances of your novel becoming a bestseller or touching the national consciousness is very slim indeed.

I've been to quite a few gigs of singer-songwriter Tom McRae and, at one of them, he said that the holy grail for him was to...

Hang on, what do you mean you've never heard of Tom McRae?

No, that's not what he said. But it proves my point. Despite being a Mercury Prize nominated artist (for his self-titled debut album) Tom McRae isn't well known in the UK. And you know why? Because of radio play. He hasn't had any. Or he's had very, very little. At the gig I went to he said how there was a huge discussion between him and his record company about his new album and whether any of the songs was a 'Radio 2 single'. He told the audience that while he didn't actively write songs thinking 'Ooh, this one is radio friendly' there was a pressure to deliver the song that would crack the market for him.

Writing is very similar. If you're a published author you have to walk a fine line between being true to yourself and being commercial. Book outlets have a lot of power these days and it isn't unusual for a book cover to be redesigned, or a title to be changed, because a supermarket doesn't approve.

So... back to the challenge. Who would I like to hear on the radio? I'm choosing Scott Matthews, and not just because I feel guilty about something I once said to him at one of his gigs.

He was signing a CD for me bemoaning the that fact his record label had dropped him. "I wouldn't worry," I joked. "You just need to die like Nick Drake or Elliot Smith and you'll be HUGE'!"



Here's Passing Strangers by Scott Matthews.

How about you? Who would you like to hear on the radio?

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Day 17 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you often hear on the radio...

Hooray! I get the chance to mention a song I've already pimped on my Facebook page.

It's 'Someone Like You' by the glorious Adele. I heard it on Jools Holland months ago and I've been waiting for the album to come out ever since. I wasn't disappointed. '21' is a brilliant album - not a duff song on it.

What's the song you keep catching on the radio?

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Day 16 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song you used to love but now hate...

Back when I lived in London in my early twenties I shared a flat with my mate, Matt*, from uni. I had the downstairs bedroom, on the same level as the living room and kitchen and Matt had the bedroom in the attic.

I was sitting in my room one day, door open, when Matt stumbled across the landing and dragged himself up the stairs towards his room.

"You okay?" I called.

"No," he said, pausing only briefly before continuing his slow trudge upstairs. "Time to ruin another album. Bye bye Nine Inch Nails."

He didn't need to say another word - I knew exactly why he was upset, he'd just got dumped!

I'm not sure if it the was third, or possibly fourth, album that Matt had 'ruined' in as many years but he always followed the same pattern:

  • got dumped
  • retired to room with pack of fags (and optional six pack of beer)
  • listen to maudlin album on repeat until utterly sick of it
  • bin album
  • go out with the boys and get (more) drunk
Because of Matt's post break-up modus operandi I've always been very careful about what music I'll listen to when a relationship ends. There's NO WAY I want to ruin any of my all time favourites with horrible memories. Instead I seem to seek out brand new sources of miserable melody, use them to get me through the 'god, I'll miss you' or, in the case of my last break-up 'thank god, I'm free of that terrible cheating, lying *******!' stage and THEN I bin them.

So... Polly Scattergood. I'm sorry. It's nothing personal. But I can't STAND your squeaky, moany, high-pitched, tormented wails any more. **

Please share! What song did you used to love and now hate? And what's the story about the change of heart?

* Name changed to protect his innocence!
** Apologies to Nik P who's a huge fan!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Day 15 - 30 Day Music Challenge

We're halfway through! (Phew, I hear you say!)

Stumbling on...

Today's challenge is to name a song that describes you

Oh I was spoilt for choice today. Should I go for 'Foxy Lady' by Jimi Hendrix, 'You're Beautiful' by James Blunt or 'Angels' by Robbie Williams.


Ick. Particularly to the mention of James Blunt on my blog. I'm so sorry about that.

I decided to go for this instead. A fantastic cover version by Muse.

What song best describes you?

IMPORTANT: Authors for Japan

I interrupt our regular '30 Day Music Challenge' blog posts with some very important news...

Dozens of fabulous authors, artists and publishers have been brought together by Keris Stainton to form 'Authors for Japan' - a fabulous fundraising auction for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

There are some absolutely amazing auction items waiting for your bids:

  • signed books
  • critiques of chapters/stories/synopses/covering letters
  • one-to-one mentoring
  • book dedication
  • website design
  • characters named after you in future books
  • artwork
  • cover design
to name just a few.

I missed out on offering some of my books/characters but I'm helping out by bidding instead. Please hurry along here:

and join in the fun!

You've only got until Sunday 20th March to bid.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Day 14 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song no one would expect you to love...

Hmmmm...what kind of genre would people be suprised at? It's fairly obvious that I like rock and indie. And grunge and some metal. I've mentioned chilled stuff like Craig Armstrong and Max Richter, I've admitted to liking a bit of cheesy Beyonce R&B and I've mentioned a Dinah Washington song so that's jazz included. about a bit of blues/rockabilly fusion with a modern twist? Ladies and gentleman I present the Irish superstar songstress - Imelda May! I saw her at the Cambridge folk festival in 2009 and she was fabulous!

Here she is singing my favourite song - Big Bad Handsome Man - from her debut album:

What song (or genre of music) would people not expect you to like?

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Day 13 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that's a guilty pleasure.

I actually feel quite embarrassed admitting this but I really like this song. It's the lyrics. They're all *cough* empowering and stuff, kind of like 'I Will Survive' but for the naughties.

Oh God. I just admitted to liking a Beyonce song. There goes my rock/indie chick credibility!

*hangs head*

Here it is - 'Listen':

Put me out of my misery and share your guilty pleasure too!


Saturday, 12 March 2011

Day 12 - 30 Day Challenge

A song by a band you hate.

Apologies to anyone who's a fan but any band that writes songs about lady lumps and humps can't be taken seriously. And they've absolutely desecrated the Dirty Dancing original in this song....

*shakes head sadly*

What band can't you bear? And which of their songs is the most odorous?

Friday, 11 March 2011

Day 11 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song from your favourite band...

Another difficult one. My favourite band changes from year to to year and sometimes month to month (yes, I'm that fickle! ;)).

Last year I fell in love with The Dead Weather, The Black Keys and The Decemberists. The year before it was The Swell Season, The Gossip and Fleet Foxes. Then there are my perennial favourites - The Smiths and The Cure but I have to be in a certain mood to listen to their albums.

Oh! I know. I bought this band's album in 2009 and, despite repeated plays, I still absolutely love it. Here's one of my favourite song from 'Lungs':

'Falling' - Florence and the Machine

How about you? Share a song from your favourite band with me!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Day 10 - 30 Days Music Challenge

A song that makes you fall asleep...

Now this one is really tricky. I don't have an album I put on to help me fall asleep. I don't really listen to music in my bedroom either - unless you count a bit of Janice Long on the radio on the rare occasion I read in bed!

Right, I'm going to choose a song that strikes me as a bit of an adult lullaby instead.

'Into my Arms' by Nick Cave. Just beautiful!

What song makes you fall asleep?

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A Delivery! and 30 Day Music Challenge - Day 9

Today I took delivery of something I've been waiting for for a while - the Czech version of 'Heaven Can Wait'.

It's been out since last year but copies have only just winged their way to me (huge thanks to Clare, the Foreign Rights Manager, for chasing them up for me).

It means that, as soon as I get copies of Macedonia's version, I'll be up-to-date and have copies of all the versions that have been published so far!

The Czech version is a hardback and comes with a little inbuilt cloth bookmark - love that!

While I'm sharing images here's one of the books I've managed to collect so far. Sorry it's a bit tricky to make out but it's impossibly dark in my hallway!

From l to r: HCW Croatia, Himmelskusse Germany (novel 2), HCW Germany, HCW UK Proof, HCW UK, HCW Czech Republic, HCW China , HCW Spain.

Now back to the Music Challenge! Big thanks to Bernadette, Womag, Nik, Elaine, Karen, Colene, Captain Black and Samantha for joining in in the comments. I'm loving reading about your songs!

So, today's challenge is...

To name a song you can dance to.

That I can dance to?

*cue hysterical laughter*

Er...I can't dance to anything. I mean, I can wave my arms/hips/legs around in a vaguely rhythmical manner but that not exactly a dance routine is it! I used to know the Birdy Song moves when I was a kid - does that count?


Okay then. In that case I'm going to go for the last song that had me charging - drunkenly - towards the dance floor (you won't catch me anywhere near the dance floor unless alcohol, and lots of it, is involved).

The event was a mate's wedding last September and the song in question was 'Poison' by Alice Cooper! Last summer I went to a metal festival - Sonisphere - with a mate. On the way up there we listened to albums by some of the bands that were going to be playing - Iron Maiden, Placebo, Skunk Anansie, Alice in Chains etc and when my friend threw on an Alice Cooper CD I started laughing. The guy was a joke - wasn't he? Funny how I knew a lot of his songs though...

When he played live he was just BRILLIANT and the whole crowd shouted along to Poison. In fact the only other song that came close to uniting the entire field that weekend was when Europe sang 'The Final Countdown' - a moment that makes me grin inanely whenever I remember it!

Anyway, when Poison was played at my friend's wedding last year I was on the dance floor like a shot, despite the fact that I was the only person dancing other than one friend and the bride!*

Your turn! Which song can always charm you out of your seat and onto your feet?

*You couldn't get me off after that!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Propp's 31 Functions & 30 Day Music Challenge - Day 8

A quick writing aside before I get to the music challenge...

Am I the only writer who'd never heard of Propp's 31 Functions?

I was talking to the boyfriend about the Hero's journey the other day and mentioned how Star Wars is a classic example of a film that uses the same structure.

"Oh yeah," he said, "Star Wars pretty much includes all 31 of Propp's functions too."

*cue confused face from me and a spot of googling*

It turns out that, some time ago, a Russian scholar called Vladimir Propp decided to analyse the structure of fairytales and came up with a list of 31 functions of the 'typical' fairytale or a 'typology of narrative structure'.

As someone who used the Hero's Journey as a rough basis for my first novel ('Heaven Can Wait') I was fascinated by this new discovery and I'm mulling over whether it's something I might be able to use or modify in the future.

Take a look if you're curious!

Now back to the 30 Day Music Challenge.

Day 8 is all about:

A song you know all the words to...

Like a lot of women who were teenagers in the 80s I was a HUGE Madonna fan (and when I saw her in Desperately Seeking Susan I desperately wanted to be her).

Pocket money was tight and I didn't have a huge selection of albums to play in my Sony Walkman. As a result I used to listen to the albums that I did own over and over and over and over again. Sod listing a song I know all the words to, there are probably several ALBUMS I could quote verbatim.

But the challenge says 'a song' so here's one. From the album of the same name it's 'Like a Virgin' by Madonna!

Your go! What song(s) do you know know all the words to?

Monday, 7 March 2011

Day 7 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that reminds you of a certain event...

Back in August 1997 I was living in Tooting in South London, scratching out a living as an admin assistant at a medical publishers and seeing a guy called Tony.

Tony and I were still in that 'Oh my god you're so fascinating' stage of our relationship (i.e. very early on!) and we'd stay up for hours, lying on the single bed in his studio flat in North London, listening to music and putting the world to rights.

This particular night we were listening to The Smiths - album after album after album - as Tony and I were both huge fans. I'm not sure why we decided to turn the CD player off and listen to the radio instead, but we did, and somewhere around 2am we heard that Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed had been in a car accident in Paris. Diana had a wound to her thigh, the report said, while Dodi had died.

"Oh God that's awful," I said to Tony. "And just as she'd found love again too. Poor woman."

We continued to listen to the radio as the news unfolded that Princess Diana wasn't just injured, she'd died too. We listened, utterly transfixed, to report after commentary after report until finally the sun came up and birds started to sing. When I travelled back to my own flat on the Tube I was in a daze. It all felt so surreal.

So yes, this song reminds me of that night.

'How Soon is Now?' by The Smiths

What song reminds you of a certain event?

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Day 6 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that reminds you of somewhere.


When I left school at 17, with my requisite 3 A-Levels and handful of GCSEs, I was desperate to have a gap year rather than go straight onto University. Unfortunately my Mum wasn't so keen and said I could only have a gap year if I did something 'useful'.

She talked me into doing a secretarial/admin diploma at the local college, telling me I'd be able to earn money as a student by using the skills I'd gained (I waited tables and worked behind a bar like the other students instead!) so I signed up.

I also moved into my first flatshare - an eccentric, wonderful house in Worcester with 2 blokes, 1 girl, a 'housecat' (a flatmate who unofficially lived there too - on the sofa) and a tramp who occasionally kipped in our cellar (one of the flatmates lined it, floor to ceiling, with silver bubble wrap that he'd nicked from the factory where he worked).

Although the course was boring and I had to take a bar job at a local hotel to be able to afford my rent it was probably one of the best years of my life. I learnt to feed myself (wouldn't really call it cooking), had adventures, met wonderful people of all different ages and backgrounds and had my heart broken for the very first time. Basically I grew up and you can't get much better preparation for Uni than that!

This song reminds me of the tiny, little, single-bed room I had in that house:

What song remind you of somewhere special?

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Day 5 - 30 Day Music Challenge

A song that reminds me of someone...


So many people, so many songs!

In the end I decided to go with this because it's off an album I've been listening to a lot recently.

This song is the very short title track on the album 'The Blue Notebooks' by Max Richter. It reminds me of my boyfriend who introduced me to it. If you're thinking 'I know that voice! about the voiceover on the track that's because it's Tilda Swinton!

It's a beautiful album - perfect for writing/ editing to as well.

What song reminds you of your other half? Or, if you don't have an other half at the moment, your ex?

Friday, 4 March 2011

Day 4 - 30 Day Music Challenge

Today's music question is: Which song makes you sad?

Now this one really IS tricky. I own loads of sad songs (does it say something about me that I own loads of sad songs and not many happy ones? Hmmm...maybe you shouldn't answer that).

Anyway, I have LOTS of songs to choose from. There are songs that remind me of sad moments in the past, songs that have sad lyrics, songs that have sad melodies - songs that have all three!

The following were all on my shortlist: 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want' by The Smiths (beautifully covered by Clayhill), 'Let Go Now' by Nina Kinert, or 'I Wanna Be Around' by Dinah Washington but I think THIS has to be the saddest song I own:

How about you? What's the saddest song in your opinion?

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Day 3 - 30 Day Song Challenge

The question today is: Which song makes you happy?


Most of my music collection is fairly miserable to be honest. No. Not miserable...


Down beat?

Anyway, I don't have much happy happy joy joy stuff (although I did put together 6 hours worth of songs for a mate's wedding reception last year so there's definitely some joyful stuff about) so working out which tune is my favourite 'happy song' is tricky. I listen to the radio a fair bit in the morning and can often be found bouncing about the kitchen, or in my chair, when certain songs come on. The trouble is I've never gone to the trouble of writing them down.

I thought about listing '9-5' by Dolly Parton as my favourite happy song. Or 'Brown Eyed Girl' by Van Morrisson. Or something by Bob Marley.

Instead I decided to go with this which makes me feel happy in a chilled, all is right with the world, kind of way rather than a dancing, bouncing kind of way.

It's called 'This Love' and it's by Craig Armstrong. Enjoy!

Over to you - which song makes you feel happy?

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Day 2 - 30 Day Music Challenge

Day 2 - Name your least favourite song.

Hmmm. So many rubbish songs in the world, which one to choose?

'Itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot' bikini nearly made the cut as did 'Agadoo', 'Is this the way to Amarillo' (can't STAND that song) and the 'Macarena'.

Instead I'm going for '(Everything I do) I do it for You' by Bryan Adams.

I worked behind the record counter in Woolworths when it was released and as soon as it hit number 1 it was played on repeat in the store, at least once an hour. That was fine for the first week. Bearable for the second. And nerve-grating for the third.

By the fourth week of it at number one I was positively GROWLING at customers who dared to bring it to the counter but my torture continued...

It stayed at number one for SIXTEEN WEEKS!

Here's a link because I'm not allowed to embed this one (thank god!). Enjoy! *she said through gritted teeth*

So go on - which song is like fingernails on a blackboard to you?

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 1

Over on Facebook, fellow writer Keris Stainton, linked to the 30 Day Music Challenge. I'm a HUGE music fan so jumped at the chance to join in.

To any blog readers who don't want to read about my music taste/be subjected to day after day of YouTube videos you might want to come back in a month! I will try and include other bits and bobs - maybe even writing-related occasionally - but posting every day is going to be a bit of a stretch for me, Mrs Sporadic Blogger.

Feel free to play along in the comments and tell me which song you'd have chosen.

So, for Day 1 the question is: What is your favourite song?

This is mine. Guaranteed to get me jumping around the living room (despite the slightly dodgy lyrics)

'Pretty in Pink' by the Psychedelic Furs

In other news...I'm nearing the end with the novel 2 edits. Yes! I've finished the timescale/setting tweak that I've been working on for the last few weeks and have until the end of the month to get the 16 (yes I counted!) fairly minor edits/tweaks done that my editor has requested.

As novel 2 is now coming out at Christmas we've decided to change the title to something a bit more festive. There's been lots of discussion over email with my agent and editor and some of my Facebook friends even got involved when I started up a discussion over there. We got THISCLOSE to having the ideal title and then found out that another (more well know) author is using that title for her Christmas book. Damn!

But... I think we have an alternative title. My agent likes it, my editor likes it, the sales team likes it (I never realised how important the opinion of a publishing house sales team is until I got published!) and I like it too. There will always be a little bit of my heart that hankers over 'Happiness Ever After' but hey-ho, maybe I can use that for another novel.

No-one steal it or I'll send Molly Ringwald after you! ;)

So tell me - what's your favourite song?