Five original members of Fleetwood Mac band

Music Monday: Dreams, Fleetwood Mac

Music Monday

This week’s Music Monday is all about “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Memphis idolizes Stevie Nicks and challenges her abusive husband early on in the story to sing this very song. I’m a huge fan of this legendary band and especially Stevie Nicks herself. This song is one of their mainstream hit songs and one of my personal favorites.

Lyrics

Now here you go again
You say you want your freedom
Well, who am I to keep you down
It’s only right that you should
Play the way you feel it
But listen carefully
To the sound of your lonelinessLike a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost
And what you had
And what you lostThunder only happens when it’s rainin’
Players only love you when they’re playin’
Say women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know
You’ll knowNow here I go again
I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
It’s only me who wants to wrap around your dreams
And have you any dreams you’d like to sell?
Dreams of lonelinessLike a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost
And what you had
Ooh, what you lostThunder only happens when it’s rainin’
Players only love you when they’re playin’
Women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know
Oh, thunder only happens when it’s rainin’
Players only love you when they’re playin’
Say women, they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know
You’ll know
You will know
Oh, you’ll know

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Stephanie Nicks | Dreams lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.


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The book cover for "Never Let You Go" by author Chevy Stevens

Book Review: Never let you go by Chevy Stevens

Book Review

This is a first Chevy Stevens read for me and it won’t be my last. I found her writing original and loved the different points of view and switches from past to present entailed in the story. WARNING: Spoilers throughout!

If you haven’t read it, here’s the 411 from www.goodreads.com

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought? 

My Favorite Character
I like the villain in the story. Andrew Nash is without a doubt, a very damaged person not to mention an abusive husband but really just madly in love and eager to be apart of his kids life. Maybe prison did change him for the better, but we will never know because (sigh) he gets caught in the crossfire trying to protect the very people he drove away with his own violent temper.

Setting
I look forward to a rich setting and ‘Never Let you go’ delivers for the most part. Many scenes describe the rainy weather reminiscent of beautiful British Columbia -where Chevy herself lives. The majority of the book takes place in Lions Lake and Dogwood Bay which are fictitious places as outlined in an Author’s Note at the beginning of the novel. All other places such as Vancouver Island are real.

The Ending
I have to say I knew all along it had to be either Marcus or Jared -they were both missing a few screws as far as I’m concerned. Marcus; no-ones that perfect and Jared; the scene of him coming out of the backyard to relieve himself, set alarms off inside my head. Wish there was more of bang or a ‘scratching my head’ type of moment but the adrenaline of anticipation I felt leading up to this semi-predicable ending still made it worth my read.

In a Nutshell
I couldn’t put the book down and read it cover to cover within a week. Before you comment; “that’s a long stretch for a book read (yea, I know we are in the midst of a global pandemic quarantine and have all the time in the world…), but I’m homeschooling my daughters as a single parent and working full time from home -desperately salvaging ad campaign cancellations as well….but I’ll save this rant for my Twitter feed.

Have you read this or another book of Chevy Stevens? If so, which one do you recommend should be my next read?

Much love,

Holly May.


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3 Ways Covid-19 is Great for our Creativity

Memphis Novel, Parenting

It’s been some time since I wrote my first blog post here back in November 2019. I’ve been busy; between my full time job, moonlighting as a writer (second draft is complete) and parenting my two princesses, it’s been hard to find time for anything else. Until recently.

On March 11th, Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. That was on a Wednesday. By Monday of the following week, my workplace ordered us all to pack up our computers and work from home until further notice to help slow the spread of this deadly respiratory virus. A wave of emotions ran through me; worry, fear, anxiety and a tiny bit of relief during this highly stressful time. The bright side of this situation was that I could get a rest period of sorts.

With this quarantine order, I would get a few weeks to work on my own schedule; to not have to worry about packing three lunches each night after cooking dinner or obsessing over how my hair looked, no need to apply makeup every morning either, I could bask in my natural beauty and let my skin breath! Coordinating my business attire would also go out the window. I always left this task for the morning of, even though I knew it would be better to do it the night before but I had to pack all those lunches and needed a minute to decompress before bedtime.

Don’t forget dropping my two daughters off at two different schools every morning and then commuting to my office to find a parking space and fetch my lunch, laptop and purse through the parking garage was yet another task I was happy to dismiss from my new routine. All these things out the window -at least for the time being has got me thinking -how have I been able to write the second draft of my book “Memphis” effortlessly without taking time away from my full time job? I’ve compiled a list below explaining how my mind has gotten clearer while my priorities are still being met.

Here’s 3 ways Covid-19 is Great for our Creativity

  1. Boredom breeds Introspection. With global stay at home orders or strict lockdowns in place across the world, we have time on our hands we didn’t have before -allowing us some introspection.

  2. Time. We simply have more time to explore our passions -subconsciously releasing our creative juices. With more time and bricks and mortar shops closed, I have been partaking in online shopping -my newest purchase? A Keyboard Piano and a Bluetooth microphone for me and my youngest daughter to learn to play -my eldest just wants to sing.

  3. Less disruption. Sure having two kids home with me constantly can bring more disruption but I’m lucky that they are well behaved (most of the time), at an age where their self sufficient and have each other to play with. If I was in an office setting -I’d have catch ups with colleagues around the office. And if it was typical work from home day -before all this happened, I’d have to stop whatever I was doing and pick up the girls from school. I don’t have to go anywhere nowadays.

Creativity is a Wild Mind and a Disciplined Eye

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Nice to Meet you! My First Post.

Book Excerpt, Book Review, Holly Dolly, Memphis Novel, Music Monday, Parenting, Seventies, Womens Issues

Hi there, I’m so happy to write my first blog post for my brand new author website! I think this is the best opportunity to lay the groundwork for what types (genres) of posts you can expect from me on here. This platform serves mostly to educate and promote my third child -my novel “Memphis”, HOWEVER it will be a secondary writing outlet for me to discuss women’s issues that I care about deeply.

Not just the sad stuff, but some RAD stuff as well! Expect posts on women’s issues, parenting, single motherhood, following your dreams and the power of visualization and intent. Finally, in my true style and fashion, expect some pretty sweet posts about the 70’s and 80’s era’s including flashbacks along with mentions of my favorite band ever -Fleetwood Mac.

So yea, it will be all over the place in terms of topics but if you like what you’re reading so far, you’ll love my book “Memphis” that includes all of the above. Please comment and offer feedback of any sort as I’m just starting out and value your opinion and individual requests.

Much love,

Holly May.