Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'm Tricky Like That & Guys
GOOD NEWS! We just heard that D100D is going for a second printing already! THANK YOU!! Keep spreading the word and let's aim for a third. I've been getting great response to my admittance, last week, on Writer Unboxed, that The Dust of 100 Dogs was inspired and influenced by the music and lyrics of Bob Marley. And here, I will go one step further. Pretty much everything I do is inspired and influenced by Bob Marley. His message of peace, love and POSITIVITY is something that has served me well throughout my life. And so, for readers who read the first quote in the book--Live it up, live it up, live it up, live it up-- and wondered, "What on earth does that mean?" I am writing this blog post to tell you. It's a hint--very like a map to buried treasure. If you were to follow it and find the song it comes from, Bob Marley's "Crisis," you would find lyrics that echo the book, some of its deeper meanings and its characters. I'm tricky like that. Because I'm feeling sentimental (or maybe just mental) today, here are the full lyrics to the song and the best vid I could find on Youtube, which has a decent recording, but no video. Does anyone want to guess which lyrics might go with which characters? CRISIS They say the sun an-a shines for all, But, in some people world, it never shine at all. They say love is a stream that will find its course; I mean - some-a people think life is a dream So they making matters worse. But no matter what the crisis is; No matter what the crisis is: Doin' it, doin' it, doin' your thing! (Give Jah all the thanks and praises!) Givin' it, givin' it, givin' it, givin' it! (Give Jah all the thanks and praises!) So - so - so much have been said, so little been done They still killin' - killin' the people And they - and they havin' - havin'-a - havin'-a lots of fun - Killin' the people, havin' their fun! They just want to be the leader In the house of the risin' sun. But no matter what the crisis is; Oh, no, oh, no no - no what the crisis is: Do your - live it up, live it up, live it up, live it up! (Give Jah all the thanks and praises!) Live it up, live it up, live it up, live it up! (Give Jah all the thanks and praises!) They say the sun-un-un-un shines for all, But- in some people world, it never shine at all! They say love is a stream, That will find its course, and every river runs to sea; Some people still think life is a dream, So they - so they makin' - makin' it worse. No matter what the crisis is; No matter what the crisis is: Do it: live it up, live it up, live it up, live it up! (Give Jah all the thanks and praises!) Live it up, live it up, live it up, live it up! Now...about Guys. I got a really great letter yesterday from a fan who told me to somehow get the word out to young men that this book is for them, too. So let me say this here first. The Dust of 100 Dogs is a gender-equal book. I get as much fan mail from men as I do from women. In fact, this week, I've got more from men. A great male friend of mine said, when I asked him how to reach out to young men with this book, "Make it clear that the protagonist is equally ready to carve out a guy's eyeball as she is to explore a new sexual position. And that she finds herself consistently having to be more adult than her own parents are." And it's true. All of it. Also, there are humping dogs, torture, and sea battles. (There are no periods, sleepover parties or shoe shopping adventures.) So please - tell your brothers and boyfriends! The Dust of 100 Dogs is not just for women! It's for everyone! And here's an awesome blog about D100D by Greg Leitich Smith (a super-cool guy) to point them to, if they're doubtful.