Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Back to Inspirational Lyrics for Writers
Or…ever had one of these moments?

Considering the insanity I’m spiraling into these days, I can’t imagine why God would put anyone in my path who needed any sort of guidance. Yet I have two friends who are in need of support these days. And they’ve reached out to me. This is almost as crazy as parents letting me take their teens to youth camp a few summers ago… Yeah, picture Sandy Lender in the role of chaperone. Frightening. Strangely enough, no one died (although I taught the girls the term “loser magnet”).

As all you visitors to The Dragon know, I’m supposed to be in all-out marketing mode for my fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods. Every post is supposed to tell you how you can go order it at, how there are great reviews there, how excited I am to be getting book signings lined up and my virtual tour arranged. Then there is a fulltime job and a few odd jobs that I do on the side that pull my energy level away. The house has gone into foreclosure, the divorce is under way (praise God), and I had to buy a pair of size 2 pants because I’m sick and tired of carting around safety pins to keep my clothes from falling off my body…so I’m not exactly a poster child for leading self-help groups. I am a chick with issues, you might say. Yes, I hide my issues well. ***insert cheesy grin here*** But does that mean I’m qualified to help anyone else? I can’t imagine…

But I felt the need to share a song that can inspire one when hit with bizarre situations such as the one I’m in now. It doesn’t completely apply because it’s for a guy to sing to a gal. (And, gee, wouldn’t that be nice some day, hunh?) Billy Swan and The King Elvis Presley himself have performed this one in the past, so it’s a gem. After you read through it, if you’re not in tears, tell me what songs have motivated or inspired you.

I Can Help (Billy’s version)
If you've got a problem, I don't care what it is
If you need a hand, I can assure you this
I can help, I've got two strong arms, I can help
It would sure do me good to do you good,
Let me help
It's a fact that people get lonely, ain't nothing new
But a woman like you baby, should never have the blues
Let me help, I've got two for me, let me help
It would sure do me good to do you good
Let me help
When I go to sleep at night, you're always a part of my dream
Holding me tight and telling me everything I want to hear
Don't forget me baby, all you gotta do is call
You know how I feel about you, if I can do anything at all
Let me help

“Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”

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