For the next couple weeks, Painless will be making the rounds on a blog tour, thanks to the incredible help of Xpresso Book Tours – http://xpressobooktours.com. If you have a book to promote, I highly recommend them!
What is a blog tour you ask? Each day, a few new sites will be posting reviews, excerpts, and interviews to promote Painless. There is also a giveaway, with a chance to win a $25 Amazon card and a signed copy of… you guessed it… PAINLESS!
Here is the schedule for the tour. Check it out and enter for a chance to win!
I listened to a lot of music while I wrote PAINLESS. Most of the list below was part of that — some of it played many, many times. Other songs have connections to the personal side of this story, which I have yet to fully explain publicly.
For those who have only seen the artwork and brief mentions of the story, all I will say for now is that this is not just a fun horror tale but a very meaningful story for me, with difficult personal and family history intertwined.
Also, as it turns out, a lot my favorite music fit the story well. So I hope you’ll listen and read along. I’ve included links to the full lyrics and excerpts of the bits that meant the most to me.
For those that have read the book, I’d love to hear what it might have added to the experience!
The man said “Why do you think you here?”
I said I got no idea
I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near
He said “I just think you’re depressed”
This me “Yeah, baby, and the rest”
Come on (come on), now
I hear you’re feeling down
Well I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again
I need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts?
Just a little pin prick [ding]
There’ll be no more “AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!”
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on, it’s time to go
I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything
Nirvana – Lithium
I’m so happy ’cause today I found my friends
They’re in my head
I’m so ugly, that’s okay, ’cause so are you
I like it, I’m not gonna crack
I miss you, I’m not gonna crack
I love you, I’m not gonna crack
I killed you, I’m not gonna crack
I’ve given everything I need
I’d give you everything I own
I’d give in if it could at least be ours alone
I’ve given everything I could
To blow it to hell and gone
Burrow down in and
Blow up the outside
Blow up the outside world
Tool does not allow streaming of any kind, so could not make the Spotify Playlist. Please watch…
I am just a worthless liar
I am just an imbecile
I will only complicate you
Trust in me and fall as well
I will find a center in you
I will chew it up and leave
Trust me, trust me, trust me, trust me, trust me!
Why can’t we not be sober?
I just want to start things over
Why can’t we sleep forever?
I just want to start this over
It lets you add a bio, some pictures, answer some “Ask The Author” questions, and Goodreads users can follow you as an author. You might notice in the shot, I have a whole 3 followers! (Okay, one of them is me).
This is at least the 5th relaunching of my web presence. I’m not talking just redesigns of the different sites I’ve had over the years (which were aplenty). I’m talking total rethinking and redoing and rebranding and rewebonizing.
The last couple years have ushered in many changes for me; personally, professionally, and creatively.
So it is time. Time to start anew.
Time to end the beginning of things and start to begin again.