Good Cliques Never Die!

I’ve always heard authors say it took years to complete a novel and assumed they were lazy. I mean, I wrote 31 books in ten years and I wrote them quickly!

Well, call me Judy because I was super judgy.

I have written half of The Dirty Book Club about nine times in the past four years. It’s an ambitious project that spans generations, includes secret rituals, funny conversations about dirty books, and great characters in their early 30s with lives that need some serious fixing. And it’s HARD!

My latest start-over was this January. Among other things I changed it from a novel with multiple points of view to a novel with one main voice. Now, seven months later I am on page 175 of a very crappy first draft. Some days are fun. Most suck. But I truly believe in this more than anything I’ve ever done. But those damn voices in my head!! They won’t stop yammering.

Lisi, you’re writing for grown-ups now. Lisi, your friends are going to read this. Lisi, your kids’ teachers are going to read it.

Oprah might. Your parents will for sure. So will the neighbors. And what about those opinionated book club members? You better not mess this up!!

Massie Block

This morning I wondered why I never went through this anxiety with the Clique. Sure, there were uninspired days and major burnout, but for the most part writing that series was pure joy. It’s not that I didn’t care about what you thought. It’s just that, well, I didn’t let myself care. I wrote what I wanted to write. Critics be damned! I let myself show up on those pages like some freak at a cheerleader’s party intent on dominating the dance floor.

The Clique

It’s been twelve years since the first Clique came out. You’re older now. Old enough to read The Dirty Book Club, that’s for sure. So I have named you my muses. The girls I’ve felt safe with since 2003. The ones who accepted me for the flawed and fabulous person that I am. I will think of you as I struggle to complete this first draft. Because you always understood me and you always supported me–way more than Oprah!

Long live My Clique!!!



My Musical Muses

Yes, I’ve mentioned T. Swift a lot in recent posts. Guilty as charged. And so I set off to find a new clique of musical muses and now I will share them with you. Check out these ah-mazing ladies. They all address the issues we struggle with and they sound good doing it. Here are my picks for your 2015 Spring Playlist. Feel free to name it Lisi’s Musical Muses 2015 and then blast it like you mean it!

1) Marina and the Diamonds

The Welsh-born singer made waves on the music scene back in 2012 with her album Electra Heart. She’s back and at it again in her latest full-length Froot. A good one to listen to while putting on makeup.

2. The Tuts

This English band is somewhere between a DIY garage rock/punk trio and a pop girl group. Swoon. Their songs are all about issues girls deal with everyday, along with catchy anthems about love. The premier of their music video for “Do I Have to Look for Love?” is below.

Perfect for driving with the girls and head-banging during the chorus at a red light.

3. Nadine Shah 

Nadine’s might be the most beautiful “big” voice you’ve heard in years. This fearless UK singer openly discusses her battle with anxiety and mental health in her song “Stealing Cars” off her upcoming album Fast Food.Perfect for journaling or lying on your bed, staring at the ceiling, and wondering where it all went wrong.

Watch the official video trailer for “Stealing Cars” below.

For the full video click through this link: “Stealing Cars

4. Dalal

I had never heard about European pop star Dalal before this week, but I have a feeling she’ll be making appearances on the US top 40 countdown very soon. Her empowering track “Superman” has lyrics on it like: “I’m not a victim, Baby, I’m Superman, Yeah I can save myself, and never take off my cape,” and that’s just the kind of girl power anthem we love. Watch her official lyric video for “Superman” below.

Sing it in front of the mirror, scream it to the memory of an ex-boyfriend, or shout it from the rooftops. Just let it rip!

5. Gal Pals

I can’t get enough of Gal Pals. They’re definitely taking over my springtime mix. Rookie Mag said it best: “Gal Pals create music that makes me want to grab my best friend’s hand and sneak out of the house.”

Who have you had on repeat this season? Let me know in the comments below.