The girl-child and I headed up to Los Angeles for a dive meet this past weekend – two hours there and almost four to get back, so it goes in Southern California.
She brought her I-pod, of course. She has a pretty eclectic taste in music – and I do too, but I decided listening to Eminem in traffic is asking for trouble. So between my nerves and her falling asleep leaving me at the mercy of whatever played – I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift’s new album, Speak Now.
She’s quite a storyteller – her songs are full of romance and tension and drama. My mind was definitely a-wandering and a-thinking. I felt like I was traveling in time a bit – her songs reminded me of what it was like to be a teen. Makes sense seeing as she’s barely left her teen years behind her (Although I can’t see how she would possibly have had a typical teen experience!)
Her lyrics capture so much in simple distilled lines – they are almost flash fiction. I felt as though each one of these songs could be the start or even the outline shell of a YA novel. Could be a cool writing prompt…
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK