Video I Love: Can’t Stop the Feeling

We are better together!

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Don’t Miss the Musical Allegiance

Broadway musical Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide

“Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new Broadway musical: Allegiance.”
—allegiancemusical.com

After a record-breaking premiere, Allegiance returns to theaters in the U.S. on February 19th. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking out this theatrical release of the Broadway musical. I absolutely loved it. Wonderful performances by the entire cast and such an important story that we must never forget.

Allegiance returns to cinemas nationwide for an encore on Sunday, February 19 at 12:55 p.m. local time. This date is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.” —allegiancemusical.com

One Day: Video I Love

I just adore this video. I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this one before, so I apologize if it’s a repeat for some of you. This family and their singing never fail to make me smile. So much love and happiness and hope in one song.

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To Love Somebody

Here’s my latest pick for my “video I love” series. A beautiful montage from several movies and TV shows.

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For Writers: Keep on Singing Your Song

Impossible

Sharing this today for all my fellow writers out there, or for anyone who’s having a bad day.

Writing for publication is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, but it does come with a few crappy days here and there. This business can really be tough at times. Choosing to put your work out into the world and share the results of your creativity and passion with others is hard enough. Add in all the criticism, the submission (and rejection) process, the unending business decisions that always seem to greatly affect your career, the pressure to produce more and more, the need to make every book better than the last, the struggles of everyday life (family obligations and responsibilities, depression, grief, the seemingly unending horrible news in the world)… it can all be very draining on the creative process.

The list below includes some of the songs I listen to on those bad days. I love them for their lyrics, their message, or even just the beat that doesn’t let a bad mood linger. These songs make me smile and remind me to focus on what I love about writing and not what others have to say about the result. They also remind me that no matter what, I just need to keep on singing my song and always write for myself first and foremost. That is the only way I know to continue telling the stories I want to share with others.

So if you’re feeling those pressures building, hang in there. You’re not alone in how you feel. We all have those days at one time or another, and sometimes they seem to snowball into more than a single day. Just focus on why you love to write and keep on singing your song.

Sloan’s Pick-Me-Up Playlist

Don’t give up! Keep on singing your song and living your dream.