Author Archives: kristikay13

September 07

Be a super special snowflake. Or not.

Happy Labor Day everyone! If you’re lucky enough to have a long weekend, my hope is that you’ll find some time today to stop, take a deep breath, relax, and BELIEVE. That’s right. Today I’m talking about The LEGO Movie. My son and his friend chose this movie during a recent sleepover, to which my husband […]

June 15

New York bound: Conferences & Musicals

Fellow ATWN contributor Erin Fletcher and I are heading to the Big Apple at the end of July for the 2015 Writers Digest Annual Conference. And what better way to combine our love of writing and music than to also take in a Broadway musical while we’re there? As a huge fan of GLEE, I may […]

April 09

BUSH: The Live Show

For those of you that are new to ATWN, or yet unaware–my love for the band BUSH is much like fellow ATWN contributor Erica Chapman’s love for the Foo Fighters…it’s very much an epic, life-long, music-of-my-soul kind of thing. I own every album (sometimes several copies), tons of singles, B-sides, know almost every word to every song. […]

February 09

The Voice (for writers)

So we all know the show I’m referring to, right? And we’re all ready for the newest season that starts Feb 23rd? Because I’ll admit it…I was clueless until I watched the show last season when Gwen Stefani joined. (I KNOW! The shame!) Not to worry…I’m fully addicted now and can’t wait for the new season. There’s something […]

December 15

SOUNDFUEL: Music you can’t write without

Ever been writing a scene and find yourself in need of the perfect writing mood music…something that will help you get in just the right mindset? Check out the cool, new (to me) site, SOUNDFUEL! (Shout out to Erin for sharing the link!) The directory tab is full of playlists that are presorted into categories based on what type of scene […]

October 16

You guys have heard of Pledge Music, right?

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which brings artists and fans together to share in the experience of music as it happens. (You can learn more about them here.) It’s kind of like Kickstarter for music, but with more of a fan forum feel. And you guys, I LOVE it. I first stumbled upon the […]

September 01

Labor Day!?

Not going to lie. Sometimes holidays confuse me. Like Easter. With the bunny and the eggs. But Labor Day? That one, after a bit of research, is just as straight-forward as it sounds: it was organized in 1882 as a day of celebration, tribute, and rest for working men and women, and it happens on the first Monday in September for […]

July 17

the Rebel Beat

“Can you hear that noise? It’s a rebel sound. We got nowhere else to go. And when the sun goes down, and we fill the streets, You’re gonna dance ‘til the morning to the rebel’s beat.” ~Rebel Beat by The Goo Goo Dolls Guys! Live music! Am I right? Because you know what? I’ll admit […]

June 02

Music to move…

It’s that time of the year… The days are brighter, the weather warmer, there’s a breeze in the air and the heat hasn’t YET ramped up to totally unbearable and uncomfortable levels. It’s AMAZING to be outdoors. A necessity even. Which is why one of my favorite activities happens to be grabbing my headphones/iPod and heading out to the […]

April 17

10 Questions With… Author Kristin Rae

By far the best thing about social media (in my opinion) has GOT to be the people you meet and the resulting relationships. If not for the blogging world, I would’ve never come across Texas writer Kristin Rae many years ago. And that, my friends, would be a travesty. Not only is Kristin the author […]

March 03

Music Memory

Music memory is a strange, inspiring phenomenon. It’s that thing that occurs when you hear a song from your past~not just any song, but the one that for whatever reason left an impact~and you find yourself transported by it to another place in time, the memory of that moment so vivid, so real that you’re no longer just listening to a […]

January 20

The Intersection of Words & Music

My sister was diagnosed with two rare types of cancer while she was still in high school. I was a senior in college at the time, and though she’s now in full remission, married, and has a sweet little miracle baby of her own to celebrate, from time to time I remember those dark days, […]

December 12

Publishing & Pitbull

So how exactly is publishing like Pitbull you ask? I offer up the following video:   If you guessed that, as writers, we will one day be swimming in money, and that time will have no value because we can easily jet-set across the country at a moment’s notice…err…well, yeah, no. No, that’s not it at […]

October 28

10 Questions with… Dusty Hundley

A few weeks ago I was in Nashville for a work conference when a co-worker and I, hoping to experience some of the city’s best live music on Broadway, passed by a bar called The Wheel. For those of you who don’t know or have never been (it was my first time too, lest you […]

October 04

Exclusive ATWN post by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater, author of several of my most favorite YA novels, stops by the blog today on her #DreamThievesBlogTour to talk about games, music, and playlists. Back when I was a kid, I had a couple of games that I used to play with myself. They didn’t really have names — or need them — because […]

September 12

When Lyrics Speak: the Singer/Songwriter connection

When Spence first asked me to become a contributor here at ATWN, I was both honored and excited. And in that moment, I knew without a doubt that my first post would have to be about one band—my favorite of all-time, the one that’s held my heart through the years, the one who earned the […]