1970s Culture “To The Max”

In my research supporting the 1970s flashback sections of Rhythms & Muse, I made “far out” cultural notes. These “rad” tidbits about the 70s “totally” helped me add a realistic sense of time to the novel.

“Yowsers!” what memories these notes bring back…

Culture
Charm holders
Elvis passes
Environmentalism
First test-tube baby born
John Paul II becomes Pope
Jonestown Massacre
Slime
South African anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko tortured to death

Entertainment
A Star is Born

Dallas
Olga Korbet
Roots
miniseries
Saturday Night Fever
Star Wars
Welcome Back, Kotter

Music
Abba
Barbra Streisand
Billy Joel
Blondie
Bread
BTO
Cat Stevens
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Destroyer
Elton John
Fleetwood Mac
John Denver
Kiss
Meatloaf
Pablo Cruz
Peter Frampton
Phil Collins
Queen
Roberta Flack
Rod Stewart
The BeeGees
The Eagles
The Guess Who
The Pointer Sisters
Toys in the Attic

Slang
Babe
Bogus
Cho-oice!
Copasetic
Cosmic
Decent!
Drool buckets
Fur sure
Gag me!
Munching out
Oh my God
Rap session
Sock it to me
Stoked
To the max!
Totally
Tubular
Yowsers!

Style
Candies (shoes)
Cherokees (rubber wavy soles)
Cowl necks
Dorothy Hamil haircut
Espedrils (canvas shoes)
Feathered hair
Gauchos
Gloria Vanderbilt design
Izod
Jordache
Knee socks
Lettermen’s jackets
O.P.
Overalls
Platform shoes
Ralph Lauren
Sassoon
Satin disco pants

What other cultural phenomenon got you “stoked” in the 1970s?

How to Catch Your Dream: Immediate Ideas

Recap of the “Catch Your Dreams” writing workshop and brainstorm for the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, Jan. 26, 2011
By Ann Narcisian Videan

©2010 ANVidean

Do you have a life dream you want to catch and live, but can’t get past everyday reality? Need a jump-start to move you toward your goal?

In our January brainstorming session, we talked about how – by listening to intuitions, using available resources and taking action – you can find true fulfillment, just as I have, and also as my heroine does in my novel Rhythms & Muse.

I asked participants to express their life dream and, with input from everyone in the room, we shared the ideas, resources and support recorded in this blog post.

Expect to gain at least one, but probably many, positive action items to help you take the next step with your writing, or life goal.

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Writing Goal #1: Publish a historical fiction book for young adults.
Next step: Get started.

Ideas Resources/Action Items
Research how it’s done. • Read books on the topic.
• Attend professional meetings. Scottsdale Society of Women Writers is a good start.
Take a writing class. Check out Gotham online writing workshops.
Contact Stella Pope Duarte, author of If I Die in Juarez. Duarte teaches classes at Paradise Valley and Phoenix community colleges.
Contact Jessica McCann. (Glendale, AZ writer) McCann‘s book All Different Kinds of Free releases April.

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Writing Goal #2: Publish My Book(s)
Next step
: Get out of overwhelm.

Ideas Resources/Action Items
Hang out with others who will support and encourage your efforts. Start with the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers.
Set up one next step and do only that. Then, set one more step and do that.
Listen, and ask for what you want. Interview authors, get to know others who already do what you want to do.
Protect your rights. If you wrote it, you own it. You may also copyright works legally, using online forms.
Find an illustrator. Ask other writers, visit illustrators’ association meetings, and participate in pertinent blogs.
Never give up! Example: Misty Hyman, Mesa-born swimmer who swam 22,000 miles to earn Olympic gold.

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Life Goal #1: Buy cottage in Maine
Next step:
Find the money

Ideas How to apply the ideas to a writing goal
Visualize yourself in the place you want to be, in clear detail, and write it down. Visualize your writing goal, in clear detail, and write it down.
Create a picture board or three-ring binder with magazine cutouts showing what you want. Create a picture board or three-ring binder with magazine cutouts showing samples of other’s works or ideas representing what you want to create.
Never say never. Indeed!
Make a list of ways to obtain your cottage without money. Make a list of ways you can accomplish your writing goal, elements and resources you might need.
Rent a cabin/become part of the community. Immerse yourself in the community, connect with other industry people associated with what you want to do. Ask for input and ideas!
See what trades are available. See if you could create a mutual support system with someone else. You help them, they help you. Perhaps a critique partner.
Find a realtor/private person and switch places for a summer. Find a critique partner, agent, editor, publisher, writer’s group, or others with whom to swap information and skills.
Develop a pen pal in the area. Find a mentor who’s done what you want to do, and meet consistently.
Create a blog with entries about making the cottage purchase happen. Create a blog with entries about making your writing dream come true.
Start a savings account and fill it with change or any extra money. Divide the work into small, reasonable steps so you don’t get overwhelmed. Or collect needed notes or tools as you work forward.
Explore the costs and set a budget. Explore what’s involved in your next step and set aside the resources (time, money, people) to make it happen.
Keep the mindset, “I have enough.” (use play money) KNOW you can obtain anything you need to meet your goal.
Keep in mind what it represents to you. Picture yourself after accomplishing the goal and hold that image.

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Life Goal #2 Manifest a Civics Program for inmates.
Next step:
Bring Sandra Day O’Conner into the movement.

Ideas How to apply the ideas to a writing goal
Contact Sandra Day O’Conner. Get to know other successful writers.
Tie in your contact to your book, or maybe the book she wrote with her granddaughter. Existing work can open doors. Think about how you can leverage what you’ve already done.
Andrea Beaulieu (http://www.yourauthenticvoice.com/) knows Dick Snell, who went to college with Sandra Day O’Conner. Ask others if they would be willing to make introductions with others in their network (an editor, agent, publisher, mentor etc.).
Just ask!
• Sandra Day O’Conner to participate
• Everyone around you to help
(What’s the worst thing that could happen?)
Just ask!
(What’s the worst thing that could happen?) 😀
Sandra Day O’Conner may simply be a stepping stone for you to get to the person who can’t wait to help you reach your goal. (Supreme Court Judge Rebecca Burch? Or someone else!) Keep your options open and listen for ideas to move you in the right direction with your writing.

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Do you have other ideas or resources to share? Please comment.

Do you have a goal for which you’d like others’ help? Ask here and let’s see if we can’t get you moving forward with help from our “village.”

Media signing, Feb. 4, Chandler Coffee Bean

Ann Narcisian Videan announces a
media signing for her debut novel and music CD.

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
2 p.m.– 7 p.m.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Chandler
2560 West Chandler Boulevard
(just east of I-101)

Novel ($16.50) , CD ($6.50), or both ($23) available for sale on-site
with cash or check.

Win a free signed and numbered CD.

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Praise for Rhythms & Muse

“One of the best ‘chick flicks’ I have ever read. Rhythms & Muse, Ann Videan’s freshman release, engages your heart and spirit with the same lilting energy as a romantic soft rock ballad. If ever a dream was meant to be realized, this book is that dream, and you will gladly enfold yourself in its verbal magic.”
– JM de Biasi, literary critic, bibliophile

“Definitely a page-turner! I loved the great dialogue, flashbacks and dreams, and the juxtaposition between the ’70s and current day. Plus, a lovely ending.”
– Laurie Fagen, writer, publisher SanTan Sun News

“Love your writing! What a pro, the way you wove the past and the present together seamlessly.”
— Andrea Beaulieu, author Finding Your Authentic Voice and Ah Ha!: 100 Flashes of Insight and Inspiration From Your Authentic Voice (www.yourauthenticvoice.com)

“Wonderful. I love the way you took us from the present back to the past to weave the storyline for each of the main characters. I am recommending the book to my daughters and granddaughters who are searching for their life rhythms.”
—Margaret Jacoby, SPHR, the Goddess of Compliance with MJ Management Solutions (www.mjms.net)

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About The Novel

Witnessing a horrific car accident seen many times before in her dreams spurs award-winning singer Alexandra Lauren to reevaluate her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. With her lofty musical goal now tarnished by reality, and her unfulfilled memories from her senior year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, haunting her, Alex takes a bold step to change the rhythms of her life. Leveraging her newly acknowledged intuitions, she makes a plan to reconnect not only with her musical touchstone and high-school sweetheart Matthew Roberts, but with her desire to impact lives for the good through the innocence and beauty of music.

***

Even though Matt holds Alex in his heart as his only muse, he resolves to ignore her existence. He cannot stay in control with her powerful presence in his life. Besides, how can he ever forgive her? In alliance with their charismatic friend Daniel, her betrayal demolished Matt’s joy in creating their hit single, not to mention their future lives, together.

***

Can anything in this world shift Matt’s resolve to distance himself from Alex? And, with Daniel still pursuing Alex even as his wife Kathy looks on, can Alex actually find fulfillment? Will music draw the estranged soul mates together again and guide them to realize their dreams?

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About the Music CD

A solid 1970s folk and rock-ballad influence on five original tunes inspired by songs “written” by characters in the Rhythms & Muse novel. The author composed and sang all the vocals, played piano and guitar on select compositions, and mixed the tracks in GarageBand software.

Where To Buy

Bookcreatespace.com/3485275 [CreateSpace E-Store]

Book and music MP3 fileswww.tinyurl.com/ANVamazon [Amazon]

Limited Edition Music CD: I’m offering 50 numbered and signed hand-pressed music CDs upon personal request at avidean@videanunlimited.com, until my CDs are available online (within a couple of weeks).

What’s In You? Lyrics

Rhythms & Muse Music CD
Track 1 (5:07) – Audio Sample

What’s in You?

Intro

Verse 1
At once when I saw you, I felt our full connection,
My mind whirled ’round with tangible inflection.
One look, music poured.
Unbidden, ballads scored.
Forewarned. How to learn, harmonious direction?

Intro reprise 1

Chorus
What’s in your look, that sets the music flowing?
What’s in your pose, that tells me you’re worth knowing?
What’s in your mind, that says it’s worth exploring?
What’s in your heart, that brings me thoughts adoring…

Bridge

Verse 2

The next time I saw you, my own life fell away.
Mystic joys and pleasure, came with you to stay.
One word, warming spread.
One touch, glimpsing red.
Create. Connection, never found astray.

Chorus

Bridge reprise

Intro reprise

Verse 2 (partial)
One look, music poured.
Unbidden, ballads scored.
Forewarned. How to learn, harmonious direction?

Chorus

Bridge reprise, ending

©2010 Ann Narcisian Videan

My Dreams, My Own: Lyrics

Rhythms & Muse Music CD
Track 3 (2:44) – Audio Sample

My Dreams, My Own

 

Verse 1
Dreams of tomorrow
I just can’t borrow.
Dreams, not surreal,
I truly feel.
My dreams, I find
Can’t be intertwined…
With dreams of another
Who’d cling and smother…

Verse 2
I need to call my dreams my own.
I want to own the dreams I’ve sown.
I’ll strive to own my future.
No other’s goal can fill my soul.

Bridge

Chorus
I am torn by swift, engulfing passion.
I must focus, in my solo fashion,
To stay true to my seclusion,
Not to follow your illusion.

Instrumental
(partial Verse 1 reprise)

Chorus

©2010 Ann Narcisian Videan

Not Far Away: Lyrics

Rhythms & Muse Music CD
Track 4 (3:55) – Audio Sample

Not Far Away

Verse 1
Oh, my friend,
I have a gift to give you.
Not something you can buy or touch,
But one to live within you.
There are many things I could give you,
To show you that I care,
But nothing you can touch,
Can show you what is really there.
And whether we’re friends or lovers,
We’ll often think the same,
We’ll hold the land close to our hearts,
And try to seek the way,
On the wings of air,
Not far away,
A friend is there.

Verse 2
Oh, my friend,
So many things we’ve shared
Since I first saw your face
I have always cared
So I am giving you
A thing you can’t feel or see
But, something you can listen for
Yes, listen when you feel the need
I am giving you my friendship
To last throughout your life
So you’ll remember that I care
And seek the way,
On the wings of air,
Not far a-way,
A friend is there.

Verse 3
Oh, my friend,
Our memories are treasures
The innocence of love and fun
The times just can’t be measured
The world is a circle
And some feelings that you feel
Go ’round in the circle
To show you what is really real.
They say, “If you let someone go,
and he returns to you,
Then you always had his love.”
And, you’ll find,
How to seek the way
On the wings of air,
Not far a-way,
A friend is there.

©2010 Ann Narcisian Videan

Mind and Time: Lyrics

Rhythms & Muse Music CD
Track 5 (4:52)Audio Sample

Mind & Time

Verse 1
How can I hurt so?
What have I done?
How could I hurt you?
My special one.
In one small week that never was.
I’m sure I dreamed it.
I’m sure because…it was so perfect, so very clear.
My senses sound when you are near.
And then you spoke your thoughts inside.
The dream came real. So much I’ve cried.

Chorus
Time…made us cry
Time, time…makes love die.
Time, time, time…I ask you why
Time…passed us by?

 

Verse 2
It was a script.
I was the star.
I played the part,
but played too far.
I fooled my-self with blinded hope
That in my real life I could cope.
How can typed pages become real life?
It was too perfect, no cares or strife.
We walked in green with the unknown.
In such a world, Love’s seed was sown.

Chorus

Verse 3
Those wondrous days
I can’t explain.
Who’d think such joy
Could bring such pain?
I cannot have you. The world’s unfair.
At least I had you, you once were there.
I want so now to be together,
To feel that spark, that intense pleasure.
Our feelings run so very deep
Yet, timing says that we must weep.

Chorus

©2010 Ann Narcisian Videan

Spot the differences between these two pictures.

Rhythms & Muse cover model

Rhythms & Muse author Ann Narcisian Videan

Um, yeah. It is a trick question. Just about everything is different in these two pictures, except maybe the curly hair. So, why the query?

Almost everyone who knows me and looks at the cover of my novel  immediately points to the woman in the photo and asks, “Is that you?” This cracks me up, and flatters me greatly. I WISH I had that polished blonde, flowing, Hollywood coiffure!

Alas, my cover model is purely and simply fabricated. Her image was positioned in a Photoshop’d image to represent my fictional heroine’s search for fulfillment in the story. She was a top pick. So, I’m totally taking this question from my peers as a compliment!

So, do you want to read the book now?  😀  It’s available at the CreateSpace eStore (best value to author), and Amazon.com (convenient). And, watch in January for my CD of original tunes inspired by the novel.

– Ann

P.S. On the other hand…perhaps, I should go blonde. Or, go for a wholly different look, like this complete Chiquita-esque silliness…

Rhythms & Muse, by Ann Videan

About the Novel

Witnessing a horrific car accident seen many times before in her dreams spurs award-winning singer Alexandra Lauren to reevaluate her glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. With her lofty musical goal now tarnished by reality, and her unfulfilled memories from her senior year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, haunting her, Alex takes a bold step to change the rhythms of her life. Leveraging her newly acknowledged intuitions, she makes a plan to reconnect not only with her musical touchstone and high-school sweetheart Matthew Roberts, but with her desire to impact lives for the good through the innocence and beauty of music.

Even though Matt holds Alex in his heart as his only muse, he resolves to ignore her existence. He cannot stay in control with her powerful presence in his life. Besides, how can he ever forgive her? In alliance with their charismatic friend Daniel, her betrayal demolished Matt’s joy in creating their hit single, not to mention their future lives, together.

Can anything in this world shift Matt’s resolve to distance himself from Alex? And, with Daniel still pursuing Alex even as his wife Kathy looks on, can Alex actually find fulfillment? Will music draw the estranged soul mates together again and guide them to realize their dreams?

Available at the CreateSpace eStore (best value to author), and Amazon.com (convenient).

Reviews

“One of the best ‘chick flicks’ I have ever read. Rhythms & Muse, Ann Videan’s freshman release, engages your heart and spirit with the same lilting energy as a romantic soft rock ballad. If ever a dream was meant to be realized, this book is that dream, and you will gladly enfold yourself in its verbal magic.”
– JM de Biasi, literary critic, bibliophile

“Definitely a page-turner! I loved the great dialogue, flashbacks and dreams, and the juxtaposition between the ’70s and current day. Plus, a lovely ending.”
– Laurie Fagen, writer, publisher SanTan Sun News

Can you provide feedback for me about Rhythms & Muse? Your comments are most welcome.