Cailin’s Mixed Bag

Music, Like a Declaration of Love, Demands a Response #MFRWauthor
My Precious #MFRWauthor
Dr. K, the Man in My Life #MFRWauthor

Music, Like a Declaration of Love, Demands a Response #MFRWauthor

Many authors listen to music when they write. Some even give you the playlist for the songs that go with a particular book. I am not those writers. I need quiet for the thoughts to flow from my brain to my fingers. Even quiet music sends its soft tendrils into my mind  and draws me inexorably into its melody until I become submerged in listening. Then my toes get involved, followed by interpretive hand movements and eventually full body swaying or dancing depending on the tune. Like a declaration of love, music demands a response. It can’t be background noise for me. It always forces itself front and center.

My taste in music is all over the place. I love Bach, Handel and all things Baroque.  Seventies music with all the falsetto and disco beat turns me into a nostalgic puddle. Everyone’s heard of Led Zepplin, but my heart belongs to Bread. And Mozart, because his music is sublime.

If you’ve never heard the Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald sing, you need to get hold of any of her albums. I especially love listening to her sing the Gershwin song book. If you like that, dip into some Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. YouTube has awesome clips of stars of that era singing on television shows. Oh, and don’t forget Judy Garland. She did more than just sing “Over the Rainbow.” And for singing, nothing can beat Freddy Mercury and Queen.

Here’s my playlist for this post:

  1. Bach
  2. Handel
  3. BeeGees
  4. Donna summer
  5. Led Zepplin
  6. Bread
  7. Mozart
  8. Ella Fitgerald
  9. Sammy Davis, Jr.
  10. Ella & Sammy
  11. Judy Garland
  12. Queen

My Precious #MFRWauthor

When my characters aren’t using their siren call to get me to write their stories, I spend my free time making and collecting jewelry. I’m especially enamored of vintage sixties and seventies pieces made from a kind of Lucite called moonglow. My bead room (Yes, I have my own bead room.) overflows with vintage beads and findings that I use to create my own pieces. I don’t just have one ring I call my precious, but an entire dragon’s horde of jewelry and beads.

With my own designs, I strive to make things that are pretty but with an edge. I like to juxtapose an industrial look with blingy, girlie beads. Stainless steel with gemstones or Swarovski crystal. I paired a strand of pink opals with beads that reminded me of the coiled wire of a doorstop and added a bit of sparkle with some tiny silver night Swarovski bicones.

The images below are sample of pieces I’ve collected and designed myself.

Moonglow Bangles

Vintage moonglow bracelets and necklaces

Close up of moonglow bracelets and necklaces. Not the best pictures to see the true beauty of moonglow pieces.

Vintage carved celluloid bracelets

Guilloche brooch close up. Guilloche is made by a special turning engine that makes the pattern that is then enameled over. The patterns look like those found on paper money.

My own design with pink Peruvian opals, coiled wire beads, crystal and seed beads.

Three necklaces I’ve made. 1) Picasso jasper with vintage brass corrugated beads. I love the patina on these brass beads. 2) Turquoise Hubei rondelles with copper beads and findings and a Clay River Tang Horse pendant. 3) Vintage glass pearl and brass chains, Pendant hand wired from brass filigree and vintage brass rhinestone ball beads.


Dr. K, the Man in My Life #MFRWauthor

No, not Dr. K. Similar, but not as good looking. 😛

Dr. K and I met when I was sixteen-years-old. He earned money during the summer running a jack hammer on highway construction. He was built. He was tan. And he was very fine. Romance blossomed. That was several decades ago. In the intervening years we’ve raised a family, come close to splitting up, and suffered through long military deployments.

We’re stronger than ever because we hold nothing back. He knows my darkest secrets. I know his. He covers my weaknesses, and I cover his. My life, my world, almost my entire history is tightly bound to him. It’s a bondage I hope never to be free of.

That’s the kind of bond I envision for each of my characters. A happily ever after is essential to my romance novels. I have my own happily ever after, a marriage to my best friend for 37 years. I want that for everyone, but I can make it happen only with my characters.

  • Shane & Adrianna – Shane: Marshal of Tallav
  • Maon & Selina – Maon: Marshal of Tallav
  • Rand & ??? – Rand: Son of Tallav is a work in progress.
  • Tyen & Kolya – “The Key” – free when you sign up for my newsletter
  • Matou & Maurelle – Matou & Me – a novella planned to release in late Spring
  • Derek, Siever, & Jane – “Merry Christmas, Santa” – short story

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