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My Swan Song by Marilyn Meredith

Swan song definition, the last act or manifestation of someone or something; farewell appearance: 

Yes, this will be my last scheduled appearance on The Stiletto Gang blog. I’ve been a member since it was first created, but now I find that I need to cut back on a few things and this is one of them.

I’ve had a great time writing posts for this great group of women writers, and loved getting to know each one. 

I have my own blog, and am a regular on two other blogs, and when I forgot my regular time on The Stiletto Gang and neglected to write a post, I knew it was time to cut back.

For those who don’t really know me, I’m much older than anyone who contributes to this blog–and I’m even a great-great grandmother!

Great-granddaughter and her little-one.

This baby was a surprise to the whole family, including her mom. Docs told her she had something wrong with her spleen. If I wrote something like this in a novel, no one would believe it.

My family is way bigger than most–and many of them live nearby, including another granddaughter and hubby and two little girls and a great-grandson and his wife all share are big roomy house. As the years pass, I want to spend as much time enjoying everyone as I can.

Yes, I’m still writing–I have a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Seldom Traveled, and I’m working on a new Rocky Bluff P.D. 

I’ll be popping in from time to time to see what these gals are up to. And that’s my Swan Song.

Marilyn Meredith

How Music Affects My Writing by Marilyn Meredith

This was a suggested topic and I decided to go with it, since my answer will probably be different than anyone else’s.

The quick and simple answer is, music doesn’t affect my writing at all–because I don’t play any while I’m writing.

Long ago because I read about so many writers who did, I searched for scary music when writing scary scenes, romantic songs when writing romantic scenes and so on. I played a lot of piano music because that’s what I like best. But I soon realized I was spending a lot of time trying to find just the right music instead of writing and it wasn’t helping.

In fact the music distracted me from what I was working on.

It can get pretty noisy around here at times because we have so many people living in our house including a couple of little girls. It’s always been like that, just different people. I have no trouble tuning them out when I’m writing.

When I’m busy with a scene, I’m in that place and time, visualizing and experiencing it through the eyes of my Point of View characters, whoever that might be. I don’t want distracting music, I need to hear what my heroine is hearing and translate that into words so my reader will be able to experience (imagine) hearing the same sound(s).

For me, this is the best way for me to write and I hope it translates into a good reading experience.

I’ll be anxious to hear what readers think about my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery making its appearance in August. I love the cover because it depicts so much that’s in the story.

No music for me, but I’m sure others will have different experiences to share.