This week — music news only for Inside.com!

I feel like a kid at Christmas unwrapping that Red Rider BB Gun. I’m writing music news — and only music news — all this week for Inside.com (and the Inside app for Android, iOs, and Blackberry). Follow the news feed here.

A couple of the stories I curated today -- Miley getting tracks readied with the Flaming Lips and good old CB getting in trouble again. Also, Iggy Azalea responds to Spears song leak; George R.R. Martin is a Deadhead; Joni Mitchell lands court-appointed conservator; and Vegas pool party brawl for Ludacris (whom I have met and he's really short btw)

A couple of the stories I curated today — Miley getting tracks readied with the Flaming Lips and good old CB getting in trouble again. Also, Iggy Azalea responds to Spears song leak; George R.R. Martin is a Deadhead; Joni Mitchell lands court-appointed conservator; and Vegas pool party brawl for Ludacris (whom I have met and he’s really short btw). 

I have found myself in a music journalism position over and over again in life. If I hadn’t found one, I created one. I remember being on the air for mornings at KZZP — well before the Internet got all fancy and we had Facebook, social media, even video. I didn’t even know what a CMS was back then. I probably only had five things online to log into and one was Hotmail… So things weren’t very far advanced. But I decided I would somehow create a “celebrity guestbook” feature on our website since we had so many famous people coming through our studios. I was met with resistance so it never came to be. I remember my morning show host bitching at me, “You’re wasting your time with this web stuff! It’s not going anywhere!” Now it’s 2015 and we can add that to the list of “I told you so’s” I’ve given him over the years. He also thought “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” would be a flop and wouldn’t let me play my interview with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett on the air! Ha!

Times have changed and I am happy to change with the times. It’s 2015 and I have 16 years of radio under my belt, a liberal arts degree from Boston University, a journalism certificate from Paradise Valley Community College, actual print/web/online journalism experience, and just basic life experience. (Yes, I have been blessed with much life experience most wish they never have to have). I think I’m just so happy to keep my journalism skills going right now. I’m also happy to be back in love with writing again.

Thanks for checking out my blog and progress this year. I have a freelance writing career as well as a creative writing practice that involves three novels in progress as well as much poetry… There is a lot more to come!

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12 Random Facts About Me

This was going around on Facebook and then my friend and fellow KWA member Brian Johnson pointed out that, “You should use that for your writer platform.” And he is correct! Do check out his site for his horror books here

So how about learning some random stuff about me just for stopping by my blog? Amusement is assured! 

1. Spent six years learning Krav Maga. 
2. I have a BLS degree from BU. 
3. I Love the smell of fresh cut celery. 
4. If my parents had never moved from the house in which I was born, I would have gone to high school with James Franco. Thanks a lot dad for that move to Arizona! 
5. My favorite class in school was always a language class. I even took Arabic for two semesters. 
6. My best Arabic sentence is “I live in a car.” 
7. #6 amuses me to this day. 
8. I lost count of the amount of times I dropped out of college –but, see #2. 
9. There was a solid 2 years of hardcore veganism back there somewhere…sorry veg friends but mamma tried. 
10. Ben Orr from The Cars was the nicest musician I ever met in this business and lives fondly in my memory for it to this day. 
11. My favorite places to drive in are the Mogollon Rim from Phoenix to Winslow and Niles Canyon from Fremont to Pleasanton, California. 
12. I do not remember the weekend my cousin got married in Vegas. The photos prove I had fun!