Category: State of Love & Trust (page 1 of 2)

Character Drawings

Wednesday evening, 63° and clear
Listening to My Morning Jacket, Grab a Body

This morning my daughter Charlotte, who is away studying entomology at Michigan State University, texted some images to me. She’s currently reading  State of Love & Trust and was inspired to draw the characters.

A little backstory: I have always written, and Charlotte has always drawn. I still have the first person she ever drew, which looked like a smiling potato with stick arms and legs. That was impressive detail for a two-year-old.

Throughout much her childhood I’ve been working on one novel or another, and the roots of State of Love & Trust go back to when she was still in elementary school. She always asked if she could read my story, and I always said yes … when you’re 18. But as it happened, I put that manuscript away for a lot of years and began polishing it for publication shortly after she’d left for college. Continue reading

A Banner Day

in my Pearl Jam universe

Thursday night, 70°F
Listening to The Rolling Stones, Let It Loose

On August 17, 2016, I made a post explaining why the words of Saint Wozniak’s tattoo were left out of my novel, State of Love & Trust. In short, his tattoo is the first stanza of the Pearl Jam song, Whipping, and therefore protected by copyright.  At the time I wrote that post, I was well into the process of attempting to  obtain permission from music publisher Hal Leonard. Based on everything I’d read while researching copyright issues, I fully expected it to be too expensive. But I had to at least ask. Those lyrics fit Saint’s reckless, hardheaded character too perfectly for me to not at least try to get them included. Continue reading

Ellie’s “Religion”

Tuesday evening, 75°F and mostly sunny
Listening to Pearl Jam Unplugged, Rockin’ in the Free World

Ellie’s story was predicated in part on the question, What would happen if a character took Pearl Jam as seriously as a religion? Pearl Jam as a religion is a funny concept, and something Eddie Vedder has even  joked around about it. Continue reading

A Novel Playlist

Sunday afternoon, 75°F and cloudy
Listening to Steppenwolf, The Pusher

One of my most treasured writing tools is the playlist I build specifically for each novel I’m working on. It helps me get back into the characterizations, moods, situations and settings for a particular story. Because I worked on State of Love & Trust off and on over the course of several years, its playlist grew, changed and shifted significantly over that time. Continue reading

Saint’s Whipping Tattoo

Wednesday afternoon, 81°F and partly sunny
Listening to CSNY The Loner/Cinnamon Girl/Down by the River

[UPDATE: Happily, I’ve now obtained permission to include these lyrics in the novel. Thank you, Pearl Jam and Hal Leonard.]

In the first chapter of my novel State of Love & Trust, the character Saint Wozniak peels up his Mother Love Bone tank shirt to reveal the entire first stanza of Whipping inked in a neat typewriter font on his shoulder blade. Those lyrics, which he says are his favorite, matter to the novel. Yet they are not included in anywhere in the text, and for good reason. Continue reading

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