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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Writing Playlist

It is funny that I can't read when music is playing because I end up singing the song and getting distracted. But I have realized that it is different when I'm writing. Music actually helps in setting the tone of whatever scenario I'm concocting. With that said, here are some songs that do the trick.

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Sad-tragic scenes
  • Tears of an angel by Ryan Dan
  • See you again by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth
  • Down by Jason Walker
  • Rust or gold by Jill Andrews
  • A team by Ed Sheeran
  • Need by Hana Pestle
Missing you-breakup-reconciliation
  • Find my way back by Cody Fry
  • Come back for me by Jaymes Young
  • Waiting game by Banks
  • Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin
  • Incomplete by Backstreet Boys
  • I can't make you love me by Adele

Happy-bubbly scenes
  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Uptown funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
  • I just haven't met you yet by Michael Buble
  • Tonight we are young by Glee
  • I wanna dance with somebody by Whitney Houston
  • Party rock anthem by LMFAO

Love-attraction-shy scenes
  • Falling in love in a coffee shop by Landon Pigg
  • Un giorno per noi by Josh Groban
  • god damn you're beautiful by Chester See
  • Little things by One Direction
  • Impossible by James Arthur
  • If you're not the one by Daniel Bedingfield

Kinky-sexy scenes
  • We don't have to take our clothes off by Ella Eyre
  • Love and light by ATB ft Amurai
  • Insatiable by  Darren Hayes
  • Avalanche by David Cook
  • Never let me go by Florence + The Machine
  • The first time ever I saw your face by Celine Dion

Uneasy-spooky scenes
  • The howling by Within Temptation  
  • Mad world by  Adam Lambert
  • O' death by Jen Titus
  • Echo by Jason Walker
  • Losing your memory by Ryan Star
  • Everybody wants to rule the world by Lorde

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Janus?

Not the book cover

The sequel of Facade is titled, Janus. The name came about the same way I chose the title of the first book. If you have read Facade, you'll find out that the name was as a result of an occurrence that took place near the ending of the book. Janus is a wilder book that tells of how Emma embarks onward from the journey that started in book one. She'll meet new people, and try to stand firm in a world that enjoys tripping people, and laughing at them when they fall.

I won't give away too much, but I'll share lines from book two as it progresses. The publishing goal for Janus is 2016. Meanwhile, you can order Facade on:

Amazon (available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle);


Barnes and Noble;


Books A Million etc.


Happy Reading and look out for lines that I'll post from my exciting writing projects on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, Z & S www.ukoemem.com, and my website, www.ememuko.com

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Elba in Action

Idris Elba is a wonderful actor, no doubt about it. He has proven himself with several movie roles and satisfactory acting results time and time again. On the James Bond issue that has gotten many people riled up, Anthony Horowitz's comment was plain and simple, yet silly. It seems to me that Mr. Horowitz has forgotten that James Bond is a fictional character and Idris Elba can act like him if he knows how to embody the character. Idris Elba doesn't have to be a suave womanizer/ cool secret service agent in real life and I haven't heard anything concerning a James Bond audition that he did badly.

I understand that it might be odd to picture a black man doing that role. It's just like picturing a white man acting as Madea. But I don't doubt one bit that Idris Elba will be a great British Secret Service agent in a movie. Although, I don't see why it has to be James Bond. My reason is that when there is an iconic role that has featured actors with similar resemblance, it is difficult for change to be accepted. Let's not forget that when a writer describes a character, he or she paints a certain look. It's like writing a character and saying he's from Ghana and then a Hollywood casting department chooses a well-known light skinned American to play the role. It wouldn't make sense.

If you ask me about casting, I'll say that the original description for characters in the books or movies should be stuck with unless they are far-fetched and a better actor is found for the role. If there are complaints that there aren't enough roles for other races, well, this is an opportunity for writers to pick up their pens and deliver the service. Movie-making shouldn't be a political issue; movie-making should be a cinematic craft that should continue to grow and make us movie lovers scream in excitement. 

(ukoemem - Author; Ola Y - Editor)

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