Welcome to my new followers and all the visitors from the A to Z blogging challenge who are stopping in to say ‘hello’. I appreciate it!

For those of you new to my blog, I post in the late evenings US Central time. This is in part due to my crazy, busy & wonderful life as a full-time working, married, mother of three boys. But it is also partially due to my being an English major who always managed to do my best work in college under a deadline. It’s been a long time since I got my degree, but old habits die hard, I suppose. 🙂

A is for “Alibi”, which is an incredibly beautiful song by one of my favorite bands, 30 Seconds to Mars. Their songs are in heavy rotation on my work playlist, which keeps me sane during the long and sometimes stressful days. I frequently find myself just closing my eyes while listening to the end of that song. Toward the end, the lyric repeats ‘I fell apart’ over and over and then, ‘But got back up again’.

The music is so beautiful, but I also really respond to the idea that even if you’ve fallen apart, you get back up again.

30 Seconds to Mars makes my work day better, but also is really spectacular for my writing playlist. ‘Alibi’ and ‘Hurricane’ from their This is War cd are especially good for writing times. ‘City of Angels’ is another favorite from their newer Love Lust Faith + Dreams cd. As a writer, I love how their songs tell a story, and there are some achingly beautiful ones.

On a final note, as we go through this month, you’ll see that I find a lot of inspiration in music, movies and books, so a lot of my posts will be a collection of my favorites. Hopefully some will be your favorites, too. Feel free to post a comment and share how you love whatever has inspired me, too. I love to hear from you and I will do my best to reply.

See you tomorrow (hopefully) for “B” which will be: