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Monday, March 12, 2012

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Before I start today's post I must give a quick shout out to my friend Mark Koopmans over at Aloha! He's running 'Got Green?' a blogfest in honour of St Patrick's Day. Sign ups began today but you have until the 16th to join in, before sharing your memories, dreams, or complete fiction about the Emerald Isle on the 17th, the day itself. Full details are here.

The results for the poll I ran a few weeks back are as follows:
Keep Musical Stories – 8 (18%)
Reduce to two songs – 5 (11%)
The 'synopsis' idea – 30  (68%)
I don't visit Fridays – 1     (2%)

Therefore, I'm very pleased (and more than a little nervous) to announce that Musical Stories has been replaced by Musical Impressions. Thank you to Golden Eagle at The Eagle's Aerial Perspective for the name. As soon as she suggested it I knew it was perfect.

Here is how it's going to work. I'd love it if you could email me a pitch, outline, synopsis, blurb, or whatever you prefer for one of your stories. This can be something you're working on, something that's finished or even something you just made up ten minutes ago. Every Friday, I'll take one (in the order they arrive) and select a song that I think matches your plot, theme or mood. They may not be 'exact matches', just something I think your work reminds me of.

You'll have a choice as to whether you would like your work critiqued or not, and whether you would like to remain anonymous, just let me know in the email.

Put Musical Impressions as the title of the email, then your outline either as the body, or an attachment. I'd like it if you can keep it to under 500 words but if you really can't, I'm not going to chuck it out :-)

I'm going to run this for the three Fridays left in March and decide what to do from there (in other words, if it's really really hard, I might have to think of something else!).

I hope this is clear, if not feel free to drop me an email or a comment. Also, this is an idea in progress so if you have any suggestions feel free to voice them. And someone, please send me something or I'm going to feel really silly!

81 comments:

  1. Ok, that sounds awesome. I'll have to pull together my synopsis. Why are they the hardest to write?

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    1. If only I knew! Good luck. I'll look forward to seeing the result :-)

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful idea!

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  3. Awesome idea... okay, going to send you my pitch for my new story:)

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    1. I really hope you like what I picked :-)

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  4. ooohhh exciting!! very good idea! Will be looking forward to this :)

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  5. Oh, I so want to do this! Awesome idea!

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    1. Thank you, hope you can join in :-)

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    2. I am, of course, an idiot. You have joined in - and I already have some ideas as to what I might pick for next week. Sorry Jaycee!

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  6. Hey Missus,

    That sounds like such a neat idea.... it'll be interesting to see what you get and how you pair up the ideas with the music... Good luck :)

    PS.... Ta very much for giving me such an awesome Shout O'ut for me bleedin' blog hop:)

    One does appreciate one's always kind support :)

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    1. You're welcome, sorry the shout out was so late. I forgot about all the guest posts and stuff I had lined up :-)

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  7. What a neat idea! Looking forward to seeing the results!

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  8. This is a really fun idea. I will have to get working on the synopsis anyway - would love to see what it prompts musically.

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    1. It'd be great if you could take part :-)

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  9. I cannot wait for the new project that you will be starting.

    By the way what do you think about "wrapped around your finger" is about? I thought that it was about a servant but a friend of mine thinks that it is about a married person.

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    1. I think it's about an older woman having an affair with a younger man who adores her, but then one day the tables are turned and she realises she cares for him more than he cares for her, as he tells her he will leave her with no more than a beautiful memory.

      As ever though, I firmly believe that lyrics - like stories - mean whatever you want them to mean.

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  10. I can't wait to see what you come up with, Sarah. What a cool idea!

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    1. Thank you Stina. I hope we have fun with it :-)

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  11. Ha ha Sarah. I really can just see you thrashing about writing up synopses to post your musical choices to. I hope it doesn't come to that. Looking forward to reading the first! D.

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    1. Heh, I was so relieved when the first few came in - I was looking up the cost of The Dummies Guide to Synopses :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura! Hope you enjoy the choices too :-)

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  13. This is an awesome idea! Good luck to everyone who submits their stuff. Can't wait for the first entry :)

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  14. Fabulous! I look forward to seeing your new creation unfold. :)

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    1. Thanks Emily, I hope you like what I choose!

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  15. Great idea - i"m going awol soon, but will have a go when I get back.

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    1. Hmm.... *starts checking out songs about elephants*. I think I could have fun with something you sent me :-)

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  16. Just responded to your comment on Leigh's post :)

    (You are hilarious :)... thanks :)

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  17. I'm looking forward to seeing this! It's going to be great.

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  18. That's a really cute idea! And a great name, too!

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    1. I agree. The Eagle did me proud, thinking of that :-)

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  19. I saw your blog link on the A to Z Challenge and stopped over. I'm now following!!
    Giggle, Laugh, Cry

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    1. Welcome to you Kerrie. I'll be by to return the visit later :-)

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  20. man this is going to be cool.
    also, i love that you struck out the empty in your blog header!

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  21. This looks to be a fun twist on your Musical Stories, looking forward to seeing your musical interpretations.

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  22. I'm intrigued. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Have fun with it!

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  23. Sooo cool - can't wait to have a peek at this as it unfolds (brave girl :))
    Lx

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  24. Yeah! This is going to be so fun. I'm excited to see them. :)

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  25. This sounds cool. I'd like to see what kind of music you'd pick out for a scene with some of my characters. It could be either totally awesome or a total surprise as in, "I'd never have picked that!" In either case, I'll get a kick out of it.

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    1. I had a song in my head for yours, but the more I've heard about your story, the less I'm sure about the song. Your book is coming out in May? You should send me a blurb to do for your release :-)

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  26. I'll have my contribution to Mark's bloghop up later this week. And I will be watching this experiment of yours with much interest. :)

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  27. Sounds like fun, I'll be coming bak. To see what you come up with.
    Xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I hope you enjoy the songs :-)

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  28. Sounds like a great idea I can't wait to see them.

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  29. Sarah...thank you so much for your kindness after our loss. Our furry pup is greatly missed but thoughtful friends like you go a long way in healing our hearts.
    Hugs~

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    1. Oh no need to thank me at all Sush. Losing a member of the family is heartbreaking. I hope you're coping okay. Hugs to you.

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  30. This sounds like fun. I'll have a think about something to send your way!

    I've given you the Sunshine Award! Details are at my blog. I see a lot of nice comments from you and that's what this award is about. :)

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    1. Nick, I'd love it if you sent me something :-)

      Thanks for the kind words, and the award. I'm sorry I'm running so behind and am only now responding!

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  31. Fun!! Can I send you the blurb for GUARDIAN? (Mainly because it's the easiest thing for me to send right now (I haven't finished the blurbs for anything else yet), and because I'm very interested to see what you'd come up with!)

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  32. This sounds really fun! I'll have to get my query polished up and sent your way :)

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  33. This sounds like a very unique and fun idea. I'll have to be watching for upcoming submissions.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Voting for A to Z Video Contest Now Open

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    1. Thanks Arlee, hope you find something to enjoy!

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  34. This is a fun idea. I always love your Friday songs but I usually look at work and can't listen to ALL the songs, so this will work out perfect. I can't wait to hear what you come up with.

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    1. Excellent, one song is so much easier to snaek in than three :-)

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  35. Wow, what a GREAT idea! I'm very heavily inspired by music and I would love to see what you think of my synopses. Gotta email you soon!

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I happily answer all comments on my blog, and by email if it's not a 'noreply' address :-)