Looking Back!

The other day, I was looking for blog topic ideas.  I visited Molly Greene’s website and she had a post called 101 Fabulous Blog Topic Ideas.  She suggested that we add a song playlist for parts or all of a book.  I thought I would try it for one ongoing emotion.  Trey looks back with regret.

In my novella, A Golden Leaf in Time Revised, Trey is involved in a stressful relationship with Flora. She is an insecure woman who constantly accuses him of being with other women.  From the looks of things, he will be  with her for a while because she is now with child.

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The present moment is too excruciating so Trey reminisces about his former girlfriend.  She is the one who got away.  Here are two excerpts where he is reflecting on what they had when he they were together.  I chose Willie Nelson’s song, You Were Always on My Mind to play as Trey is looking back.  If this was a movie, this song would be perfect for these two scenes:

From:  Chapter 12- Trey’s Imagination

 She (Flora) was far from his college girlfriend who challenged him on many levels—she let it be known that she was neither his servant nor cook, and they usually ate out, played chess or Scrabble, and there was a lot of mental sparing. “Again, taking folks for granted,” he heard himself say. Now he really missed her.

“Trey,” he heard the voice from the other room, “Are you on the phone?” 

“No, Flora,” he said flatly. But I heard you say something,” she continued. 

From:  Chapter 16- Trey’s Will

“A huge tractor-trailer blew at him, and he swerved back into his lane, realizing that he needed to focus on driving and on his own grim situation with Flora. But the present seemed too difficult to face, so he reflected on the days with his former girlfriend for a while. He had let her slip away and had heard that she had married well to a stand-up guy. She had called him before her wedding and expressed her condolences in regard to his mother.

She also told him that she’d always have a special place in her heart for him. She said that she realized that their lives had to take different paths and that she asked for his blessings for her upcoming marriage. During the conversation, he basically listened and said little. Afterward, he went to what was then a local pub and drank too much. He later heard through the grapevine that she was doing fine and had given birth to a beautiful little girl.  

*Click here and enjoy Willie Nelson as he pines for someone he once knew.

Lynn                                                                                                                            January 18, 2015


4 thoughts on “Looking Back!

  1. Lynn, this was a great idea to add music to your blog! The lyrics from Willie Nelson’s song were so appropriate for Trey’s thoughts about his former girlfriend. I enjoyed really listening to the lyrics of this song.

    1. Thanks, Kay. I am glad that it worked. I might work with a few other songs to pin to book excerpts. This Willie Nelson song is so touching. I just found out yesterday that Elvis did it first. Check it out on U-tube. Lynn

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