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No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

No More Song Lyrics In My Books — Ever

When a writer wants to add a feeling of time and place that resonates with readers, one technique is to include a few words or lines of a popular song from that period. This works even better when the lyrics themselves tie into the scene action.

My final draft of When Red Is Blue included about 10 words from Harper Valley P.T.A. and four lines from Down In It by Nine Inch Nails. I had grown attached to these lyrics, having spent hours contemplating which songs to use and then becoming thrilled to discover NIN lyrics that tied in beautifully with the scene I wanted to use them in.

When I mentioned to Brion (my designer) that I was working on getting licenses to use them, he “strongly recommended” that I save myself time, money and pain and pull both sets of lyrics out of the book. Of course, being stubborn, optimistic and in love with the words that were now part of my work, I ignored him and proceeded to try to get permission.

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Dear PayPal: You’re Just a Tool, So Quit Acting Like One

I’ve recently given in and started using PayPal. I say “given in” because I used to do everything I could possibly think of to avoid using it, after my partner Gareth was forced to invest multiple hours fighting with them to get back the $400 he spent on a camera he purchased but never received. In an effort to avoid that kind of pain in the future, I decided it was best to not include them in my repertoire of online payment tools.PayPal has since cornered the market in this area, making it a hassle for me in terms of paying editors, designers and so forth, so I reluctantly set up an account last year. And so far, I’ve been quite happy with their service.

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