Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge on My Pet Blog!

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My theme this month is Soundtrack Songs. Through out April, I will be sharing with you selections from the playlists I create to accompany my novels, the lyrics that landed the song on the list.

And today, there will even be one of those excerpts I talked about using at the beginning of the month!


Song #1—(Dancing) Queen by ABBA

Okay, so here's the thing: I am, perhaps, unhealthily obsessed with this song. I don't know why; I just am. If you catch me in the right mood, I could and would totally sing the entire thing from you because I know all the words. That's brain space I could have used for math, but no, I used it to memorize the ABBA songbook. Go figure.

Anyway, I love it to the point where I decided to reference it in every novel I have ever written. And I have—with one exception (the fantasy novel where no one knows who ABBA is. It's a very sad world.) So today, in place of the key lyrics (because c'mon—this song is not on any playlist because of its lyrics), I shall share instead a short snippet of a scene in which the Dancing Queen reference occurs. It comes from Second Nature, my upcoming release.

But first, the video...



And now, an excerpt from Second Nature (Just to briefly set it up, this is a conversation between two characters—one from this modern world where ABBA exists, and the other from this aforementioned disco-less world)

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Cate pointed. "Why are people bowing and kneeling in the street?"

James looked over his shoulder to see some of the townsfolk indeed bowing and kneeling. He dropped his hands.

"They think you are your sister," he said.

Her eyes snapped back to him, looking as though she meant to attack him again. He brought his hands up once more.

"The woman who is not your sister," he said. "They think you are her."

"Oh," Cate said, sounding slightly mollified. "But why should that matter? Who is she to them?"

It seemed safe enough to lower his hands, and he slowly brought them to his sides. "Their queen."

"Queen?" Cate took another look at the people. "As in 'of all the land'?"

"Is there another kind?"

She shrugged. "Beauty, drama, dairy, homecoming, ice, prom, of hearts, dancing—"

"Dancing queen?"

"Young and sweet, only seventeen."

"What?"

"Nothing," Cate said. "So, she's the queen?"

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Thanks for coming by today!

21 comments:

  1. Love the way you included that reference! I was wondering what your Q would be :-)

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    1. I've been looking forward to Q Day for a while now. I love this song.

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  2. Great song! Love that you connected the two.

    Donna
    AtoZ Challenge
    http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com

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  3. There is something about that song. And I, too, have given over a lot of my little gray cells for song lyrics over the years.


    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. The people who have to tolerate my singing along with the radio often wonder if there are songs to which I don't know the lyrics.

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  4. I'm a huge Abba fan and I love this song. It lifts my mood and makes me dance.

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    1. Me too! I can't say I dance very well, but I do dance. :)

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  5. Doesn't everyone love ABBA? I think you're inhuman if you don't. And yes, if I could clear all the song lyrics from my brain, I'd have a lot more room for everything else.

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  6. Oh, yeah. There's an old favorite. Go Dancing Queen.

    Susan Says

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    1. Great to hear that I'm not alone in counting this song as a favorite!

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  7. Finally, an excerpt! How cute that you managed to work that in there. :)

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    1. I know, I kind of dropped the ball on that whole excerpt thing. I had such high aspirations when I started this challenge.

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  8. Hey I know that song. Yay!

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. It was bound to happen one of these days. :)

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  9. OK, that reference is brilliant. I'm dying.

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  10. Thanks for the Abba moment today as an accompaniment to your prose. Lovely.

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  11. Kate is clueless? Loved the last few lines the most... "So, she s the queen?" :p

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