“I’m Your Huckleberry”

I love that line. I’m a sucker for a good western. I blame it on my dad. We’d watch John Wayne movies when I was a kid. Tombstone is a personal favorite of mine, and in my humble opinion, Val Kilmer steals the film. His portrayal of Doc Holliday is one of his best roles, and if he weren’t in the film, it wouldn’t be the same. (Kinda like Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire or Harrison Ford in Star Wars.) Those are characters who steal the show, so to speak. Just think, would these films be the same if those characters had not been in the film? No, no they wouldn’t.

Character development is important to me – when I’m watching a film or reading a book. Right now, I’m reading The Law Of Moses by Amy Harmon. Man, can this woman write! I read Making Faces by her and loved it, and I am punching myself for taking so long to read TLOM. The characters in this story are so rich, so real, so 3-dimensional. She weaves a unique tale, and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. I’m sure I’ll finish it in the next couple of days, and I can already tell, it will be a book I think about for days after I’ve finished reading it. I did that with Making Faces, and I recently gifted it to my mom. It was fun talking about the characters and storyline with her. Like visiting old friends.

I’m like that with music. If I find a musician I love, I want everyone to know about him/her. Thanks to Pandora, I found Gregory Alan Isakov. He is a musical genius! Once I heard his soft, somber voice, I had to buy, buy, buy. The lyrics to his songs are touching, and “Second Chances,” in particular, provided me with inspiration while I wrote This Is Where We Begin. Even though This Is Where We Begin is set in the 70s, the tone, lyrics, and theme of Isakov’s music fits the story and helped provide inspiration as I wrote. He is a muse. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

What are you listening to, watching, or reading?