Friday Fascination

The Funeral Singer and Writing Tips a la Disney

Before my regular blog post, help me celebrate with my Swoon Romance sister Linda Budzinski and the cover reveal for her book The Funeral Singer, available September 24.  Check out the fanflippintastic cover:

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Being a funeral singer was a dead-end job until it led her to him …
Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martin has witnessed her share of lame eulogies and uninspired epitaphs while singing part-time at her dad’s funeral home. She’s determined to be more than a funeral singer, more than just someone’s “beloved wife” or “loving mother.” 
When Mel’s impromptu rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a local rock star’s graveside service goes viral on YouTube, she becomes an Internet sensation, gains thousands of fans and followers, and snags a hot rock star boyfriend–Zed Logan, bass player for The Grime. 

But instant fame isn’t easy—and neither is love. Especially when Mel realizes she’s falling for another guy—one who may just want her heart more than her voice …

Mark it on your calendar – don’t forget – SEPTEMBER 24!

And now onto Friday Fascination…

I loved this post from The Passive Voice so much, I’m reposting it.

From BuzzFeed:

Why wast money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?

1. Theme


Definition: A common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work.

Example: “True love conquers all” is the main theme of Sleeping Beauty.

. . . .

3. Dramatic Irony


Definition: Irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the literary work.

Example: Throughout most of The Lion King, Simba mopes around feeling guilty for his father’s death, unaware (as the audience is) that Scar actually killed Mufasa.

. . . .

10. Exposition


Definition: The portion of a story that introduces important background information to the audience — for example, information about the setting, events occurring before the main plot, characters’ backstories, etc.

Example: At the beginning of Robin Hood, the rooster Alan-a-Dale describes how Robin Hood has been robbing from the rich to give to Nottingham’s poor.

Admit it, you love Disney movies, and now you have a great reason to watch them (with your rugrats or not.  I won’t tell).  Stay in school kids.  And for those of you who’ve been there done that, keep learning.  It’s a never-ending experience, right?


So what’s your favorite Disney movie?  Mine is Sleeping Beauty – Maleficent used to scare the socks right off me.  Big terrifying dragon. Lots of sharp teeth. Poor, misunderstood woman.  I’m sure she merely had some deep-seated rejection issues.  Love those tormented characters.


  1. Wow! What an original book idea! Very clever.

    1. coleenjb says:

      Isn’t it gorgeous? And Linda helped create it, which is so cool.

  2. Hung Low DoJo says:

    I loved the name of this book:) A funeral singer gave me such an idea of maybe a future career, me being an 80s rock expert. Shot through the heart, or she got the looks that kill etc. I then started forecasting as a woman who would want to marry, would it be possible she may indeed marry one of the men she was singing about? He would agree at all times, not interrupt her singing or quiet time. She would have ultimate authority of the remote, (ouch) Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, the possibility’s:):)

    1. coleenjb says:

      Nice to hear from you, H.L. Perhaps this book will be a life-changer for you. You better be sure to grab it when it comes out – don’t forget: September 24. Although, I’m not really sure how she could fall for one of the people she’s singing about, as they would be presumably dead. I’m pretty sure this isn’t a paranormal novel. 🙂

  3. Oh I love this post! But then again, I love almost anything Disney.

    My favorite movie is probably Mary Poppins. And The Little Mermaid. Love those movies.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. coleenjb says:

      Hi Patricia! I know, I’m a Disney fan too, and not ashamed to admit I’ve memorized more than a few songs from The Little Mermaid. Thanks for dropping by!

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