Country Music Was Killed By ‘Bros’ As In Brocountry – Day 10

FGL

Country music was great up until about 5 years ago, though honestly, the best for me was the stuff of the 80s. Back when I really learned to like country music. You know, when the Judds were like everywhere.

But then this whole shift in country, thanks to the likes of Luke Bryan, FGL (Florida Georgia Line), Dierks Bently, and oh, Blake Shelton, kind of killed classic country. I mean, it was already starting to go the likes of more pop songs. Oh heck, country has been much more poppy for several years, but it was still doable. Now, well now it’s all about tight jeans, drinking, girls in said tight jeans drinking, summer nights, flatbeds of the truck and various other weird non country references.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the so-called ‘brocountry’. It’s a sexy genre that your daddy doesn’t like and you can feel a little bit sexy listening to, because honestly when a guy is crooning to shake your thang, it’s kind of fun. Besides, FGL inspired a whole novel of mine that I’ve been working on about a country (brocountry) singer. Hey, a girl has to take an idea and run with it, and if it happens to look like Tyler Hubbard, well so much the better.

I have a nice selection of Brocountry music to listen to, and yeah, while I love what I was grown on; Tricia Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Brooks and Dunn, and like I said, the Judds, I still have a semi-guilty pleasure of semi-bad country.

So, where do you stand on ‘brocountry’? Listen to it? Hate it? Secretly enjoy it? Psst, I won’t tell.  Share the details in the comments.

Kate

Current Poetry Reads and Consuming Poetry

My lovely friend Dona has told me I am the poet tender in our writing group, while another person is her poet tender in her other group. I take that as high praise as, while I adore poetry, don’t feel I am that well versed in it. However, I seem to be the one collecting the poetry books and reading the poetry, and currently, reading, writing and consuming poetry. So maybe I am.   I am far from being an expert, which my father says is a has been drip under pressure…. get it? Ex and a spurt?… haha, your joke for the day.  Anyways, I don’t know most forms, though I can give you some basic, and I don’t do meter or metre… whichever one it is…… and I can barely do rhyming schemes. I try, I really do, but I’m best at free verse. I can’t even do blank verse very well, though I have tried. For those who don’t know, blank verse is unrhymed iambic pentameter.

As a poetry writing, reading, consuming whatever, I am currently consuming poetry. I’m reading it daily and hourly and weekly. I went on a poetry ordering binge in my library recently. After receiving those books, I binged again. I can only order ten books at a time. Ten! Who thought that up? Writers need more than the ten books they can order. I need to order at least twenty things at all times. And I only can have twenty things out at one time. Seriously, this library system up here needs to know how writers work! But I seriously digress.  So I have been consuming poetry at every point of the day. I should mention that I am also listening to a lot of music that has marvelous lyrics, which is poetry. The jazz doesn’t count, as it’s all instrumental, but seriously, Miles Davis is a poet with his horn. Oh, gosh I could swoon.

Here is a current list of what I have read and am reading.

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon. I can’t say enough about that book other than I swoon.

 

Patient Zero by Tomas Q. Morin.  This guy has become my newest favorite, not to mention a muse in a poem.

 

Elegy for a Broken Machine : poems by Patrick Phillips.  Quirky, irreverent, spot on.

 

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald.  Strange enough to make me cringe, but I like it.

 

Essential Bukowski : poetry by Charles Bukowski.  This guy is certainly edgy. But I like it. A lot.

 

Catalog ofUunabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay.  Unique and kind of edgy and sing songy and and and…

 

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall.  I haven’t quite decided if I like these or not. Some yes, some no.

 

So these are just a sampling of what I have out. I actually have a couple more, but I don’t like them. At all. So I won’t be mean and list the authors. I also haven’t listed the three Billy Collins books I recently took back, because, well I have raved about the man enough, haven’t I? And I have a stack of more books coming soon, I hope. So, happy reading time. Overwhelming reading sometimes.  I think my writing is changing. For the better I hope.

What are some poetry books you recommend? Or authors you like. I love getting recommendations because, well, I’m consuming it!

Kate

Staying Positive As You Pound It Out – Day No. 19

A Writing Kind of Day

A Writing Kind of Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here we are at day 19 in the Write 31 Days Challenge.  And boy is it a challenge to keep writing every day. In fact, it’s so much of a challenge now, that I’m mixing up posts that I had a specific schedule for because I can’t bear to write something specific on a certain day. I am tired, and losing focus. I don’t want to write anymore. I want to take a nap. (this being said as I woke up this morning) I’m having a harder time staying positive.

This is one of those hazards of being a writer. Staying positive as you write day after day. Honestly, I have never been one to work on my ‘novels’ on a daily basis. I will go through spurts where I write for maybe a week, then put it away, the pull out another and you get the idea.  I do not write day after day on a different topic and try to stay focused. I do not know how writers actually do it. How do they do this as a job? And make their mind work.

12107876_10153589361601291_5046273428782243254_nMaybe because my day job is household management and farming, I can’t understand sitting and writing for three hours each day. And yet at the same time, maybe the reason I’m losing focus is because while having to write every day, I still have to do household management and farming.  It’s not like I’m an actual writer in the sense that it’s my job. So I actually am trying to do three things all at once and not get burned out. Maybe if I could cut farming out completely and cut down on the house, I could write every day.  Granted, staying focused is still an issue for me. Me focused?  Has anyone seen Disney/Pixars ‘Up’?  You know the dog?  “Hi my name is Doug, I would like to be your friend, Squirrel!”  Yeah…. that’s me.  And the internet is a very distracting thing.

I’m trying to stay positive and realize that 1. I do not have to finish this challenge if I can’t, and 2.there are only 12 more days of this challenge.

We are under the two week mark. I can do this.  So I am trying to break up the writing with reading. And writing poetry, and watching shows or movies I like.  I’m listening to music that inspires me. Songs like X Ambassadors “Renegades” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” and more. Those are two current favorites. I’m really starting to like Sam Hunt. He’s like an even cooler, sexier Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan wrapped up into one package, with just a touch of Ben Zorn from the Bachelorette.

Music, books, and movies are always helpful with staying positive. So is painting my nails.

So how do you stay positive as you write? Do you write daily and work on a novel or journalism? Is it you day job?  Or are you in the writing challenges like me?  All I can say is, every woman on the Write 31 Challenge has seemed to have had the same problem as me.  So I get you. I hear you. I can’t believe I’ve held out this long and not cracked.  And I can’t say as I have cracked yet.  But I’m gonna keep plugging away as I want to finish this.

So tell me how you stay positive.  Ironically, I wrote about staying positive at the beginning of the month.

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Kate