Heart is Now Available

Heart is available to listen to on Youtube and Instagram! The artwork for this project was created by my lovely sister @nuggiedraws. You can find her on Instagram!

There are three songs in total: Heart, Artist and Juliet’s Song.

I wrote Heart and Juliet’s Song back when I was in the 10th Grade.

I wrote Juliet’s Song for an animated project I made for my English class at the time. Initially it was played on the piano and yes, it is based on the play Romeo and Juliet. I re-recorded and used the song again in university for one of my Shakespeare course finals…and then decided to return to it again to create an acoustic version on the guitar.

Heart, the title track I wrote the same year. If I’m being honest, it isn’t the most emo song I’ve ever written. It’s pretty sad though. It was one of the first songs I wrote with my guitar. The song kept resurfacing over the years at different points in my life. At times I wish the song were longer, but at the same time I don’t think it needs to be. It always just felt right. It’s definitely the most personal song I’ve released. I actually shared the song when I entered the Zepeto Idol competition on Instagram a while back.

Artist I wrote initially as a poem this year and ended up putting music to it on a whim. I actually wrote the song while procrastinating a chapter edit for my debut. Whenever I get stuck on a scene, I try writing something else, like a poem to inspire me. In this case it worked but then I ended up with this recording hanging out on my laptop…and then, I decided that for once I’d actually share the music I’d written versus a cover song.

I hope you enjoy listening to Heart and that you’ll check out @nuggiedraws (I have her gif on my blogs homepage! Cute right?)

A Rose by Any Other Name…

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

I’ve always loved Anne’s comment on Shakespeare’s line from Romeo and Juliet.

I almost always look up what names mean before using them. I also have a deep love for flower symbolism and floral names, which stems from back when I was in high school. My niece was born and I went to look through all sorts of names and learn their meaning…which later became a bit of an obsession of mine. I ended up looking up the names of every character I’d ever written, plus the meaning behind my own name, the names of my family members and the names of my friends.

My Nana’s birth name is floral but she hates it. She goes by her middle name instead. I love it though, I think it’s a really beautiful name. I had a doll with that name when I was little but I ended up changing her name to Erika, after the Princess and the Pauper Barbie movie. My sister had the same doll but with blonde hair, so hers was named Anika. I think if I have a daughter someday in the future, I’ll name her after my Nana. My Nana gave me permission to use the name. Her mother also had a very floral themed name that I think is pretty, but my Nana thinks it’s too frilly and over the top.

One of my main character’s in my debut novel, is named after a flower. Her uncle even calls her “Flower” at times to tease her, which he’s done since she was a baby. Sometimes it annoys her, but she doesn’t completely hate it either.

Unless you’ve seen the upcoming novels page on my publishers website, you probably don’t know any of my character’s names. I haven’t posted them anywhere yet, since we’re only on the deep dive edits, but I’ve decided to drop little hints here and there in the meantime.

Can you guess what her name is?