Here you will find my personal blog where I will talk about my artistic projects, things I'm diggin', and whatever other random shenanigans I feel like posting about.

If you are looking for a more informative blog about writing including writing tips, writing exercises, and some of my own personal writing experience, please have a look at my writing blog: 

http://crawfordwritingblog.com




STORYBOARDS, my young adult novella is now available!  

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STORYBOARDS, my young adult contemporary novella is now available as an e-book on Amazon for just $0.99!

Here's the description:

Teenage filmmaker, Paige Lawson--also known as an “unintentional matchmaker”-- is making her first short film for her college admissions portfolio when her ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend starts dating the lead actress in her movie. She is forced to overcome the personal difficulties the relationship brings up for her in an attempt to complete her film, but she's not sure if she is strong enough to do what needs to be done.

Click here to download a copy!

A Letter to Georgia State University regarding WRAS Album 88 



Unless you've been living in a hole (or outside of Atlanta), you probably know that the iconic Georgia State University radio station Album 88 WRAS is in danger. A couple of months ago, it was announced that Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) would be taking over WRAS between the hours of 5:00 AM and 7:00 PM and the college students would broadcast online during those hours. 

Naturally, people all over Atlanta are upset about this, especially given that most of the programming GPB plans to play is either already on the air on WABE 90.1 (Atlanta's NPR station) or available to stream online. This takeover was supposed to happen on June 2nd but was delayed to June 29th. So in a last-ditch effort to stop this, the Save WRAS Facebook page asked people to:

Email the following individuals demanding the GPB contract be canceled in favor of the stronger Album 88 Alumni proposal:
Mark Becker 
GSU President
MBecker@gsu.edu

Douglass Covey
GSU VP Student Affairs
DCovey@gsu.edu

Teya Ryan
GPB CEO
TRyan@gpb.org

Please cc WRAStrong@gmail.com with all your correspondence.

Please Tweet, FB, Instagram and email friends to support the Album 88 Alumni proposal to keep WRAS-Atlanta student-run and over the airwaves. Use #SaveWRAS & #WRAStrong

So I composed a letter, and I thought I would share it with you here. 


Dear Mark Becker, Douglass Covey, and Teya Ryan:
 
My name is Sara Crawford. I am a 29-year-old singer/songwriter and author living in Marietta. I never attended Georgia State University, but Album 88 WRAS was a very big part of my college experience. I remember all of the times I drove to my classes at Kennesaw State University, listening to the exciting new music on Album 88. In a landscape of bland commercial radio stations in Atlanta that play the same 50 songs over and over again, Album 88 is extremely refreshing. It is the only radio station a metro Atlanta resident can turn to to hear new music, a wide variety of music, local music from fellow Georgians, and a student-run iconic radio station that has lasted 40 years. 
 
As someone who has been active in the Atlanta music scene, there is a special place in my heart for Album 88. I will never forget how it felt to turn on the Georgia Music Show and hear my song "Cyclone" on the radio for the very first time. It's getting harder and harder for independent musicians to get their music out there, and without stations like Album 88, it would be so much more difficult. This station has been an integral part of the whole music scene in Atlanta. It has helped launch many different careers throughout the past four decades--both of musicians and radio personalities alike. 
 
I have discovered SO many bands on Album 88. Bands like Stars, Dark Dark Dark, Faces on Film, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, Freelance Whales...I could go on. These bands have meant the world to me. They have been there for me in difficult times. There is a certain kind of magic when you are driving around as an adolescent, having a really horrible day, and you hear that perfect song at the perfect time on the radio. That never happens on 105.7 or 94.1 or 98.5 or any of the other stations in Atlanta because every time I turn them on, it's that same song from 1999 that we've all heard 1800 times and has no meaning anymore.
 
Sure, there are a lot of other outlets for music these days. Spotify, Last FM, Pandora. And I use these sometimes. But there is still a place for analog radio--especially in the car. I can't tell you how many memories I have of driving around listening to Album 88 or driving out of town and listening until it fades away (which usually takes a while). 
 
I understand that this deal would still allow GSU students to play music at night time on Album 88 and stream online. However, this is not enough. The prime radio times are the commute to and from work, and WRAS should be available during those times! The online streaming is great, but when Album 88 is only available online, it is in direct competition with Spotify, Pandora, etc. and will lose listeners. 
 
Furthermore, WE ALREADY HAVE an outlet for NEWS and NPR in ATLANTA. 90.1 WABE is a great radio station that I listen to often. It is my understanding that a lot of the programming you are planning to play on GPB/WRAS is ALREADY BEING PLAYED on 90.1. We don't need two radio stations playing the exact same thing in Atlanta! No one wants this. 
 
Lastly, I truly believe that Album 88 WRAS as it stands right now is much more beneficial for students who want to learn about radio, be a part of an iconic radio station, and participate in everything that makes the Atlanta music scene great. Shouldn't you be doing what is best for the students of Georgia State University? If you took a poll, I guarantee you 99.9% of Georgia State Students would not be in favor of this plan. 
 
If you take away WRAS, you are taking away one of the most special things about Atlanta culture. You are taking away the last remaining decent outlet for new music in Atlanta radio. You are depriving Atlanta residents from being able to discover new, independent bands, and you are depriving the musicians of one precious outlet to reach people with their music. Please cancel the contract.
 
The Album 88 Alumni have created a well-written proposal that would be a much better compromise and a much better solution for the future of WRAS. Please read it and re-consider. http://savewras.com/proposal/
 
Thank you,
 
Sara Crawford


Please e-mail, tweet, FB, instagram, all of the above! Use the hashtag #SaveWRAS and #WRAStrong

It's not too late!

My "Last Music Show in this Context" - What That Really Means 



On Friday, I am playing a show at Smith's Olde Bar in the Atlanta Room. Friday is also my 29th birthday. Geoff Goodwin (my former bandmate from Pocket the Moon) and Noah Dennis are joining me on drums and bass, I will have other guests artists joining me, there will be cupcakes, and it will generally be a great time! Juliana Finch is playing before me, and Aaron Edward will close out the night. Come at 8:00 pm for Juliana Finch, I'm playing at 9:00 pm, and stick around for Aaron Edward at 10:00. 

I keep telling people this will be "my last show in this context." What does that mean? 

Last year, around this time, I talked about how I was going to focus on my writing and take the focus off of music. I think this was definitely a wise decision, but I have really struggled with it. Being a "musician" became such a deeply ingrained part of my identity, and when I started saying things like, "well, I used to be a musician" or "I'm not really doing the music thing anymore," that created a lot of pain for me. There was so much sadness in this idea of "giving up" music. I felt like I had given up--like I had been defeated. I was driving to the gym one day, and I randomly turned on the first track of Pocket the Moon, the 2011 album that Geoff and I wrote and performed. I ended up driving around Marietta for an hour, listening to the whole album, and having an emotional breakdown. It was like post-breakup sobbing. And I was weeping for a loss in a way. I was weeping for a lost part of myself. 

I used to have these dreams that one day, I would "make it" as an indie singer/musician. I never wanted to be selling out Phillips Arena or anything, but I thought that maybe one day if I worked hard enough, I could sell out the Variety Playhouse. But show after show to 10 or 12 people at Smith's Olde Bar or The Earl or other random venues in the Atlanta area--it all wore me down. I was having all of this success as a writer and I wasn't seeing much success as a musician. So I decided that I needed to focus on my writing and think of music as sort of a hobby. And there was a lot of pain for me in this decision because it felt like I was giving up. It felt like no one appreciated the sad songs that I wrote so I was just going to stop writing them and singing them. I realized, though, that that is not the way I should be looking at it. "Making it" as any type of artist requires a lot of passion, energy, hard work, and dedication. I was trying to "make it" as a writer and a musician, and I didn't have enough energy to spend on both things. It's like Ron Swanson says on Parks and Recreation: "Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing." And I felt like that's what I needed to do with my writing.

So. I may still sing at Unity or write songs or share covers on YouTube. I may still participate in things like 500 Songs for Kids or play at a friend's wedding. I may even write or put out another album in the future. And I might even play another show at some point if someone just asks me to play a set to a crowd that will already be there and I don't have to do any of my own marketing or expect to "bring a crowd." But this is the last time I will be playing a show like this--in this context. This is the last time I will be playing at Smith's Olde Bar (or a venue like it) in Atlanta--putting together the bill, inviting my friends and family, doing all of my own promotion/marketing, etc. This may be the last time that I play the songs from Unsent Letters and Pocket the Moon live. 

But the truth is that even if no one else does appreciate my music, I am proud of the songs I have written, and I love them. And I know that there are other people who love them, too. I have had people tell me that certain songs I have written really helped them through difficult periods in their lives. I have had people tell me that they were incredibly touched by songs that I have written. Sometimes, it's just hard to hang onto those comments. When you write quiet or reflective music, it's often the quiet and reflective people that are touched by your songs. Just because you don't see how they affect or inspire people doesn't mean that they aren't.

It's like this poetry exercise I did recently where we were supposed to write an inspiring or uplifting poem and leave it in some random place for a stranger to find. I did so. Now, this poem could have ended up in the trash--read by no one--or it could have stopped someone from committing suicide. I have no way of knowing. But the point was that I put it out into the world, and it was beautiful. And that is how I think of my music these days. And that is what I will be celebrating on Friday--along with my birthday. And I hope that you will join me. 

Not to be pretentious and quote my own lyrics, here, but it really is like the end of "Rooftops."

It's all a dream to me if we just leave it behind.
I hope that you will help me to remember it all.


 

Reaching Out To Musicians Who Inspire Me: Lanterns on the Lake 

Lanterns on the Lake
 
I decided to start reaching out to bands whose songs I have *moments* with while driving around. I sent the following e-mail to Lanterns on the Lake the other day:


Hello,

My name is Sara Crawford. I stumbled across your album somehow. (I think I just saw it on the Metacritic list of new releases and listened to it on Spotify, and then I purchased it on iTunes). First of all, let me just say I have basically been listening to it obsessively since I discovered it in January. 

I love all of the tracks, but "The Buffalo Days," "Until the Colours Run," "You Soon Learn," and "Another Tale from Another English Town" are among my favorites. My absolute favorite song, though, is "Green and Gold." I love the lyrics, I love the somber piano, I love the vocal melody. I love how the emotion is practically dripping onto the notes that are being sung. I love heartbreaking songs, and this is an incredibly emotional song for me.

I really relate to the lyrics on a personal level. This has been my favorite sad song lately. I have been going through a very difficult time recently, and sad music really helps me in times like these. One of the most therapeutic things for me to do is drive around and blast a really emotional song. Over the past few months, "Green and Gold" has been that song for me. I put it on repeat, and when it gets to the "I live along, but I'm still doing the music" line, I almost always tear up. These drives and moments with songs like your's are really important to my emotional process though, and it's the only way I can start to heal. And when I feel all cried out, I let it go to the next song, "You Soon Learn." The guitar that begins that song is brilliant. It's as if you knew some chick would be having an emotional breakdown to "Green and Gold" and really need an uplifting guitar part that said "everything will be okay." 

I am also a musician, and I write a lot of sad and mellow songs. I have gotten really discouraged because it has felt like people don't really appreciate my music. When you write music that doesn't exactly inspire strangers to dance around and party at the local dive bar music venues in Atlanta, it can make you feel like that. But the other day, I was driving around having one of these moments to "Green and Gold" and I thought "these people have no idea that someone in Georgia is driving around listening to their song on repeat and having a moment to their song." And then I thought what if somewhere, someone is driving around having a moment to one of my songs and I just don't know? And that thought made me feel a little better. 

And I really felt compelled to reach out to you and let you know how your album (but especially that song) has affected me. And how I think sad songs are really important, and the people that write them often don't get much appreciation. But I really, really appreciate "Green and Gold." And I appreciate the entire album!

It looks like you're mainly touring in Europe, but I hope that you make it to the US at some point, and I really hope you play a show in Atlanta. I guarantee you I will be in the audience singing along to your songs. 

Thank you for making music. 

Sara



Today, I got a response from them. It was a great way to start my day.


Dear Sara,

Thank you for taking the time out to write to us. It means a great deal to receive your email and hear that there are people out there who find something for themselves/of themselves in our music. 

We hope to play in Atlanta sometime. We have just returned from our first US tour actually and we had a great time. We played New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC. New York was my favourite. We are desperate to go back and play the cities we didn't get to this time around. Hopefully Atlanta will be one of those cities and we can say 'hello' in person.

All the best with your songwriting, even if it doesn't inspire people to sing and dance in mindless fun it will connect with someone somewhere on a different level. Charles Baudelaire once said "I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no melancholy".

Keep the faith,
Hazel


Check out their tunes below and go buy their album:





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Singing "Rooftops" in My Spiritual Home... I'm Excited! 

This Sunday, I am going to be the featured musician at my spiritual home, Unity North Atlanta. This may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but it's a big deal to me, and I couldn't be more excited.

The first time I came to Unity was in 2003 when a friend of mine was singing. I grew up Southern Baptist so let's just say I had a very different idea of what church was supposed to be. I remember thinking what the hell is this? about most of the church service. There was hand holding, there was hugging, there were happy people talking about love. Where was the guilt and judgment? Where were all of the people telling me I needed to be saved? Where were the people judging me for breaking the rules?

I was maybe a little weirded out by the "new age" vibe, but I went back in 2006, and I had to admit, I really loved the sense of acceptance I got as soon as I walked in the door. I liked their way of looking at things. I liked their saying, "One God, many paths." I liked the idea of visualizing and manifesting and attracting positive people and situations into your life. I liked the idea of appreciating everything and making gratitude lists. Every time I went there, the spiritual leaders gave inspiring talks, the singers sang uplifting and moving songs, and it just felt like a place I wanted to be. I liked the idea of church being a celebration, a love fest. I liked the idea that everyone there could have their own unique experience of spirituality and God, and there wasn't a "wrong" way to worship.

I attended on and off and I joined a few groups here and there in an attempt to get to know people, but I didn't really get involved until I was cast in their production of Godspell last year. That led to me singing in the choir, the worship team, ensembles, and generally being a very active volunteer in the music ministry. I even started hosting an open mic night in January to give other people the opportunity to express themselves. 

Of course, I always wanted to be the featured musician--it seemed like something I would do, right? But I always felt that I had to keep my own music separate for some reason. How could I be both the Sara that sang uplifting positive songs on Sunday mornings and the Sara that poured all of the sadness and anger in the world out into unrequited love songs in music venues? How could I sing "I Am So Blessed," and "Peter's Lament"? It felt like two different aspects of myself that I needed to keep separate. I was also insecure about whether or not anyone at Unity would want to hear my mellow indie folk songs or whatever.

Then I realized that living the Unity principles does not mean I have to be happy all of the time. It doesn't mean I can't sing sad songs. And it sure doesn't mean that I shouldn't share that side of myself with the people I have come to know and love there. If I've learned one thing from my time at Unity, it's that all of the emotions and experiences in this life--both positive and negative--are beautiful. And having a spiritual experience doesn't mean we should completely ignore everything that makes us human. If anything we should celebrate it. And the Unity principles have taught me that I need to accept myself--sad songs and all.

This also is a big deal for me because not only am I singing an original song, but I'm singing "Rooftops." In 2010, I was going through a horrible breakup, and I was depressed. I mean, collapsing and screaming at the moon depressed. I got to go to Mexico that summer to start grad school, and it was coming together with all of the other writers there and celebrating our creativity that got me to the point where I knew things were going to be okay--where I could start to see the beauty in life again. When I got home, I wrote "Rooftops" largely about this experience--especially how we would sit on the rooftop of our hostel and all read our writing out loud to each other--but it has come to represent something larger.



"Rooftops" is a song about taking fear and sadness and using them to create something beautiful. It's about how we can create something new when we come together. It's about how when we see that we are all connected, we become infinite. And then we never die because we all live inside of each other. We are all one.

It means a lot to me that I get to sing this song at Unity because it almost mirrors everything I have learned on my spiritual journey. And Unity has played a major role in that journey. 

Not only that, but Geoff Goodwin will be joining me along with the Unity band and even some of my favorite singers doing background vocals! We're even going to have an organ. Pocket the Moon and then some! It's going to be the most epic version of "Rooftops" ever. (I get to sing another song, too, which is a cover that I won't give away, but let's just say you will probably need to clap along.)

For those of you who are in the Atlanta area, I hope you will join us at 11:15 AM this Sunday. If you don't live in the area, they actually broadcast the service live on the internet so check it out at http://unitynorth.org

Last Day of the 30 Day Challenge! 

Well, there you go. 30 consecutive days of blogging!

This 30-day blog challenge was a lot of fun for me, and there were definitely days that it was a *real challenge*. I wrote about a number of things--lots of literary topics and music posts. I even got a little bit personal with my posts about being awkward and sometimes feeling like crap as an artist. I even revealed to the world which 5 fictional characters whose fictional babies I would have. (Fictional babies: the only kind of babies I will EVER be having!)

Most importantly, though, this challenge kept me blogging for 30 days and it kept me thinking about what kind of content I want to post on my blogs. I acquired some new readers (hi!) because of some of these posts, I was more engaged with the online community as a whole, and it gave me a chance to practice what I preach, which is important to me--especially when I just released an e-book asking participants to write for 30 days

So thank you for following along with my 30 days of blogging! Below, I have included a list of all 30 days and links to the post for each day. (I split up my posts between this blog and my writing blog.) I have even bolded the best posts so for those of you who didn't get to read all of them, those are the best ones! 

Day 1 - Reconnecting with Music
Day 2 - Is There a Wrong Way to Cover a Song? 
Day 3 - Go Experience Some ART!
Day 4 - Empathy and Point of View – Stepping Outside of Your Cultural Identity as a Writer 
Day 5 - Being Comfortable With Being Awkward 
Day 6 - 5 Places That Make Marietta, Georgia Awesome
Day 7 - Celebrating Our Social Progress on MLK Day
Day 8 - To Self-Promote or Not To Self-Promote? Marketing Tips For Writers and Artists
Day 9 - Four Ways an English Degree Will Help You In Any Job
Day 10 - The Art of Doing Nothing
Day 11 - Thoughts on Self-Publishing: Where Do You Stand?
Day 12 - It's Effing Cold Mixy
Day 13 - Enthusiasm for Young Adult Literature
Day 14 - 5 of My Favorite Well-Written TV Shows
Day 15 - Things I Learned From My Parents
Day 16 - SnowJam 2014 - Grateful For All The Helpers
Day 17 - Cabin Fever Writing Prompts
Day 18 - 10 Signs You Are Meant To Be a Writer 
Day 19 - 5 Young Adult Books I Want To Read in 2014
Day 20 - stream of consciousness
Day 21 - Being an Artist Even When It Makes You Feel Like Crap 
Day 22 - Open Mic Night: Finding Your Voice
Day 23 - A List of Things I Could Write About
Day 24 - Why Do You Write?
Day 25 - My New E-book: The 30-Day Writing Challenge
Day 26 - My Top 5 Literary Crushes
Day 27 - 4 Blogs You Should Check Out
Day 28 - My 10 Favorite Songs (Currently)
Day 29 - The Ultimate Self-Promotional List of Art I Have Created So Far
Day 30 - Last Day of the 30 Day Challenge!

 

The Ultimate Self-Promotional List of Art I Have Created (So Far) 

30 day blog challenge - day 29

Alright, here is the ultimate self-promotional blog.

I tend to get a lot of comments like "I didn't know you had a poetry book!" and "Wait, you have a CD?" so I figured I'd talk about all of my projects to date on one blog post. And I needed something to blog about today. Why not make an artistic resume blog post?

Painted (play) - 2007
 

The Story: In 2006, I wrote a play for my undergraduate playwriting class at Kennesaw State University. In spite of MANY obstacles, I produced and directed a production of the play at The Art Place with the help of The KSU Underground  Theatre and Film Movement. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I created the characters, Vincent and Izabella, who I am still writing about today.

Synopsis: In Los Angeles, California, the famous actor, Matthew Morris, lives with his sister, Amber Morris, a famous painter. Amber has been in the same room for ten years painting portraits of the muses she has created, Izabella and Vincent. Matthew brings over his friends Brandon Thompson, the beer-guzzling drummer of a famous pop-punk band, and a coke-sniffing stripper named Mercedes. When Brandon invites his lead singer, Ian Mason, over to Matthew's, Ian sneaks into Amber's room, and her world is completely shaken.

The Status Now: All in All Productions filmed the original production along with a short documentary about our experience putting it on. You can watch the documentary here, and I believe All in All Productions still has DVDs featuring the play, the documentary, and even commentary from myself and Rachel Marshall (which is pretty ridiculous and funny). 

The play has only been produced once so far. There was supposed to be a second production in Augusta a few years ago, but that didn't end up happening. The script is still available for productions.


Leapfrog (film) - 2009

The Story: I wrote a screenplay for a short film. Michael Tillman directed it, and we pulled together a tiny cast and crew. (Everyone was involved. I was the screenwriter, and I held lights in some scenes. We all helped where we could.) We had a blast making this film in the summer of 2008. It ended up being screened at a few film festivals, including the Macon Film and Video Festival, and it was featured on Atlanta Shorts on PBS. 

Synopsis: 
Cameron, a young man who has just graduated from high school, ditches a job interview his Dad set up for him to climb a mountain and write. While there, Lacey, his old best friend, calls him and they decide to spend the day together. Much to his dismay, he learns that she has drastically changed during her time away at college. They spend the afternoon catching up and things start to turn out okay, but then she takes him to a college party and his world comes crashing down around him. Leapfrog is a poignant look at the bittersweet pain of growing up, asking just how much we have to leave behind and what we can take with us.

The Status: I am no longer officially selling this film. (There is a bunch of music in the film that we never legally obtained the rights to. I was the Music Supervisor so I will take the fall for that one!) So I don't think it's a good idea to sell it. However, if anyone is interested in seeing it, I have a ton of copies. A scene from the film is also available here.

Unsent Letters (solo album) - 2009

 The Story: I had been writing and playing songs since 2004. In 2009, I decided it was finally time to record some of them. So I busted out my lap top, got my best microphones, and I made an album. It's very low fi, obviously, but I am still proud of it in many ways. It features songs like "Cyclone," "Rainwater," and of course the title track, "Unsent Letters." It has been featured on many internet radio stations and college radio stations. 

The Status: Well, I used a company to produce these CDs that has since gone out of business. Which means that it is only available in digital form on my website for now. (And I still have a few copies left.) I am hoping to re-release a re-mastered (or... you know, mastered for the first time!) version of this album that will then be available on Spotify and iTunes. For now, though, you can listen to it/download it on my music page.






Coiled and Swallowed (poetry book) - 2010

The Story: In 2009, I assembled a collection of my best poems, and submitted it to Virgogray Press. They decided to release it as a chapbook in 2010. It has since been reviewed by Black Heart Magazine.

Synopsis: Though Coiled and Swallowed by Sara Crawford begins with a poem anxious and questioning in “Spinning,” readers will find this collection of poetry by Sara Crawford to be honest and even light-hearted, a contrast represented dutifully by the second poem in the book, “Ode to Carpet.” As the book progresses we begin to see the personal and personable experiences whether in regards to love or excesses, adorations or musings; these poems seem to be questions and answers within themselves. 

The Status: I only have a few copies left of the original printing. I don't seem to be able to get anymore copies from Virgogray Press and the owner of that small publishing house has not been in touch with me when I have tried to contact him. I also didn't sign any contracts or anything so I am planning on doing a re-release of this one as well with photographs to accompany some of the poems. I will hopefully release this in print and e-book formats.





Pocket the Moon (album w/band) - 2011

 The Story: In 2010, I was in a project called Sara Crawford and the Cult Following. It was basically a backing band for my solo songs. When two of the members of that project left, it left Geoff and I to re-group and Pocket the Moon was formed. We collaborated to produce the self-titled album in summer of 2011. Geoff and I wrote all of the songs, played all of the instruments, and he recorded and mixed the album. This was an indie release to the max. With songs like "Rooftops," "Victoria," "Tangled," and "August," this album easily represents my best work as a musician and as a songwriter.

The album has since been played by many internet and college radio stations, and it has been featured in a few indie films. Geoff and I played all of my favorite Atlanta venues, and we even went on tour. We also made a music video for "Rooftops."

The Status: Pocket the Moon is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Spotify. You can hear it in its entirety and download it (you name the price) at Bandcamp.





Driving Downtown to the Show (poetry book) - 2012

 The Story: Driving Downtown to the Show is a project that came out of a poetry writing workshop I took in my MFA Low Residency program at the University of New Orleans. Our professor, Bill Lavender, had us come up with a poetry writing procedure, consisting of rules that we would set for ourselves which would determine our writing schedules and content. We were to decide on a title before writing any poems, and the goal was to have a cohesive collection of poems by the time the semester was over. Because I was taking this class at a time when my main creative focus was my music career, I decided to use music as an inspiration for my procedure, particularly the Atlanta music scene.

The Status: This book is available for sale on my website and Lulu. I am hoping to release an e-book version soon.








The Snow Globe (play) - 2013

The Story: 
I started working on The Snow Globe, the play that would eventually become my thesis play, in Scotland the summer of 2012. I worked really hard on it all fall semester 2012 to make it good enough to argue that I deserved a Master's degree as a playwright. Luckily, I succeeded and finished my MFA in December 2012, thanks to this play. I then submitted it to YouthPlays, and it was published in 2013. 

The Synopsis: When a young girl, Tabatha, finds a snow globe in the woods, she soon discovers that a witch named Lavetta has enchanted the snow globe, created her own world inside with talking dolls, her snarky Cat, and an honorable crow. Tabatha enters the snow globe to find a neighborhood boy, Ethan, trapped inside. Together, they have to overcome obstacles to find a way out of the snow globe.

The Status: Although this play has not yet been produced, I am hoping that I will be able to self-produce it this year or next year. I am also hoping it will be picked up by other theatres. It is available via YouthPlays. I also made a video where I talked about my writing process with the play.




The 30-Day Writing Challenge: Begin or Enhance Your Daily Writing Habit (creative writing e-book) - 2014
 
 The Story: I literally just released this last week! It came out of some of the writing exercises and prompts I was writing for my writing blog. I was getting a lot of traffic from those, and people seemed to be enjoying them. People are also frequently asking me writing questions. So I have answered a number of them in this book. :-)

The Synopsis: The 30-Day Writing Challenge encourages beginner and advanced writers alike to stretch their writing muscles and create or enhance a daily writing habit. Each day, a new writing exercise/prompt is presented in an inventive collection that focuses on technique, inspiration, and craft by taking a comprehensive look across multiple forms and genres of writing.

The Status: The 30-Day Writing Challenge is available on e-book for $2.99 from Amazon










The Muses (young adult novel, part 1 of a trilogy) - 2015?

The Story: The Muses is a young adult novel I have been working on since fall 2012. In August 2013, the novel landed me a literary agent, who is in the long, arduous process of trying to secure me a book deal. The Muses is essentially a Painted spin-off, including Vincent, Izabella, and a few other characters from my original play. I have written a longer blog entry on my journey with The Muses if you are interested.

The Synopsis: 16-year-old musician, Sylvia Baker, has always been able to see Muses—mysterious beings who give artists inspiration—though they seem to be invisible to everyone else. After a near suicide attempt, Sylvia manages to climb out of the darkness of her mind by exploring her own musical abilities with the help of Travis, inspirational guitarist and classmate, and Vincent, the alluring British Muse who becomes Sylvia’s obsession. As she travels further into the world of these immortal beings that influence art, she finds herself in the middle of an epic battle between the modern Earthly Muses and the Original Greek Muses—some of which want her life. 

Set in suburban Atlanta in present day, Sylvia’s story is a journey of self-discovery told through the lens of a teenage girl finding herself through music and love. This Twilight meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower novel includes thought-provoking themes such as the purpose of art, the negative effects of alcohol and drugs, and crippling depression all while remaining true to the teenage experience with tales of love triangles, high school chorus concerts, and anxiety over driving.

The Status: I'm going to go ahead and be optimistic and say you can look for my book to be released by Scholastic in the fall of 2015! ;-)

My 10 Favorite Songs (Currently) 

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It's been a while since I've done a post like this.

Most of the time, I'm listening to new music these days. I try to keep new albums in the rotation. I like to listen to music that doesn't remind me of anything. But there are still songs that stick with me and have an affect on me - songs I can't shake. Here they are. 

(The majority of them would be considered "sad" by most of you. But I don't think they are.)

In no particular order:

Mayonaise - The Smashing Pumpkins



747 - Kent



Wait - M83



Sing for Absolution - Muse



No Surprises - Radiohead



Silver Soul - Beach House



There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths



Hyperballad - Bjork




Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in space - Spiritualized



When the Sun Hits - Slowdive

My new e-book: The 30-Day Writing Challenge 

30 day blog challenge - day 25

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The 30-Day Writing Challenge: Begin or Enhance Your Daily Writing Habit, my new creative writing e-book is now live on Amazon for only $2.99! If you are a writer or have ever wanted to try writing, this book is for you! Please check it out and share with friends.

The 30-Day Writing Challenge: Begin or Enhance Your Daily Writing Habit on Amazon

More info on the book: The 30-Day Writing Challenge encourages beginner and advanced writers alike to stretch their writing muscles and create or enhance a daily writing habit. Each day, a new writing exercise/prompt is presented in an inventive collection that focuses on technique, inspiration, and craft by taking a comprehensive look across multiple forms and genres of writing.

I use everything I have learned while getting my BA in English, my MFA in Creative Writing, my playwriting apprenticeship at Horizon Theatre, and my years of experience with writing, publishing, and producing my work. At the end of 30 days, you will have a much better idea of the type of writing you should be doing and how to write better than you've ever written before. :-)

Special thanks to Shaunnon Drake, Arlen Crawford, and Melanie Stephens for editing help and A.D. Sams for designing the cover.

A List of Things I Could Write About & Summing Up 30-Day Blog Challenge So Far 

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Alright, I have to admit that I am struggling with the blog challenge today. Coming up with an interesting blog topic 30 days in a row? Tough.

While I was trying to figure out what to write about today, here's a list of ideas I came up with:
1. Why do actors keep overdosing on heroin? (RIP PSH)
2. E-books or paper?
3. February is my least favorite month.
4. Dealing with change and how I think I've gotten better at it since I was a teenager, but probably not.
5. Are we all hypochondriacs in America?
6. I can't really spell without spell check.
7. Working out at the gym always makes me feel better.
8. The Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure teeny bopper show. (It's like Dawson's Creek with vampires. I mean, come on!)
9. Who are these people who are constantly saying ridiculously stupid things on Twitter? I don't know them. Do you?
10. My obsessive list-making habit: OCD or quirky?
11. Getting nostalgic for things that happened, like, two months ago.
12. I wish all of winter would be a snowpocalypse and Atlanta would remain shut down for the whole winter and then when the snow melted and it got warm outside we could all emerge and get back to real life.
13. Who are these guys that hit on girls at the gas station? When has that ever worked? "Oh, let me tell you kids about when I met your grandfather at the Chevron. It was love at first sight!"
14. I thought I might make a list of all of the blogs I've done so far and maybe that would count as an entry.
15. I have seen all of the episodes of Friends so many time that I have an appropriate Friends quote for nearly every situation.

Alright, well. I may as well make a list of the blog entries I've done so far.

Day 1 - Reconnecting with Music
Day 2 - Is There a Wrong Way to Cover a Song? *
Day 3 - Go Experience Some ART!
Day 4 - Empathy and Point of View – Stepping Outside of Your Cultural Identity as a Writer 
Day 5 - Being Comfortable With Being Awkward *
Day 6 - 5 Places That Make Marietta, Georgia Awesome
Day 7 - Celebrating Our Social Progress on MLK Day
Day 8 - To Self-Promote or Not To Self-Promote? Marketing Tips For Writers and Artists
Day 9 - Four Ways an English Degree Will Help You In Any Job
Day 10 - The Art of Doing Nothing
Day 11 - Thoughts on Self-Publishing: Where Do You Stand?
Day 12 - It's Effing Cold Mixy
Day 13 - Enthusiasm for Young Adult Literature
Day 14 - 5 of My Favorite Well-Written TV Shows
Day 15 - Things I Learned From My Parents
Day 16 - SnowJam 2014 - Grateful For All The Helpers
Day 17 - Cabin Fever Writing Prompts
Day 18 - 10 Signs You Are Meant To Be a Writer *
Day 19 - 5 Young Adult Books I Want To Read in 2014
Day 20 - stream of consciousness
Day 21 - Being an Artist Even When It Makes You Feel Like Crap *
Day 22 - Open Mic Night: Finding Your Voice
Day 23 - A List of Things I Could Write About

* These are my favorites so far.
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