KEXP 12 Top Artists of All Time | What does your list look like?

Vote for your favorite 12 Top Artists of All Time. Join KEXP and cast your vote by Friday, September 19th. While

they mostly play alternative music and indie rock, they have everything on their list from Beethoven to Zola Jesus.


My list looks like a soundtrack to an 80’s high school movie, combined with a few new artists.  There were so many that I couldn’t put on the list.  Remember this is not what artists you think are most successful or talented, but simply your favorite.  I realize this may even change from day to day.  It’s hard to pick.  What does your list look like?

Thank You For Voting!

Dear Sonya,

Thank you for voting in the KEXP Top 12 Artist Poll. Below are your recorded selections!

  1. Cyndi Lauper
  2. Broken Bells
  3. Elvis Costello
  4. Joe Jackson
  5. Elvis Presley
  6. Kate Bush
  7. Ramones
  8. Blondie
  9. X
  10. Daft Punk
  11. David Bowie
  12. Tom Petty

Be sure to listen to KEXP starting Sept 27th to hear the results!

Best Regards
KEXP 90.3

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Meet My Characters Blog Hop – Lix of the Shredded Orphans

Much thanks go to Liz Fountain who tagged me on this blog hop.  You can read about her character, Samuel Clement Carver, on her “Meet My Characters Blog” here –  Also take the time to read more of her blogs, which are often heartfelt and inspiring.  Samuel Clement Carver is from her new book You, Jane and she has a humorous science fiction novel, An Alien’s Guide to World Domination.
Meet My Character – Lix
  • What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Lix’s full name is Felix Eugene Adams.  He goes by “Lix”, but is also known to some by the nickname “Gene”.  He is a fictional character created from my head with elements I found intersting.  Although he is a completely fictional character, he often thinks the same way I do.  He is from my science fiction novel Space Tripping With the Shredded Orphans and will continue on in other Shredded Orphan series books.

  • When and where is the story set?

Lix is from the fiction series about the seismic rock band, the Shredded Orphans.  He is often cruising around space in their transport vessel, the Verity Aquinas, with the rest of the band and occasional visitors.  Their world is in another universe where workers are slaves to the corporate class.  Mostly people are treated well, but if Lix and the band find a case where they’re not, he has made it his personal mission to save them.

  • What should we know about him/her?

Lix used to be a very successful advertising slave.  When he managed to free himself from his manager, Baebeli Brand, he reinvents himself by getting a space worm tattoo on his arm and sporting a bright pink mohawk.  He is very loyal to his band and that’s what keeps him going.

  • What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

In the current book I’m working on Lix has an argument with the drummer Mac and he thinks this might be the end.

“What? Do you want out now? Well, it’s a little too late for that!” Lix’s head was spinning. He hadn’t meant to say that, but the momentum of his emotions carried it out and he couldn’t take it back. He had dreaded this moment. He knew they couldn’t continue like they had been. They had barely been hanging on and now the thread that held them together was broken.

However, what seems like the end is just the beginning of their troubles.

  • What is the personal goal of the character?

Lix’s work is the band and he enjoys the creative spirit of making music together.  What really drives him, though, is a strong need to make himself a better person.  His past haunts him and he does his best to save others from bad owners the likes of Beabeli Brand.

  • Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The title of this new book is The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates.  You might have guessed that this book will have space pirates in it.  Right now I don’t have anything more about this book, but I promise to write more tidbits here in the coming future and you can also  check my profile on Goodreads.

  •  When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m working on edits for this book now.  I had planned to have the book out by this summer, but since summer seems to be over…  Anyhow, the new release date is for Christmas 2014.

Thanks for reading about my character, Lix.  Thanks again go to Liz Fountain for including me in this blog hop.  I’m coming back from vacation and getting kids off to their first week in school, so I don’t have any tag for this blog hop.  If you would like to tag yourself, then I encourage you to put a link to your blog in the comments.  I’d love to read about your characters!


National Buy A Book Day – September 7th

By a smattering of info on the internet, I have found that tomorrow is National Buy A Book Day.  While this is not an official national holiday, what a good excuse to go out and buy a book.  If for some crazy unknowable reason you don’t need a book, then what a great excuse to go out and buy one for someone else.  So invade your bookstores in person or on-line and buy a book on September 7th.

See you there!