Music Monday: Gabriel’s Message

by Jill Kemerer

Today is my final day as a contributor to Thoughts on Plot. I’ve been so blessed by all of the talented authors here as well as you, our dear readers. I recently signed a 4-book contract with Love Inspired which will keep me busy the next eighteen months. But even before the contract, my schedule had been bulging, and I was finding it increasingly difficult to meet my obligations.

I’m honored to have spent the past two years with you. I pray you had a happy and joyous Christmas, and blessings to you in 2017!

Before I say farewell, though, I’m sharing a beautiful and haunting version of Gabriel’s Message, by Sting. I hope you enjoy it!


Thank you again, and have a happy New Year!!

Jill Kemerer


Music Monday: Holiday Romance

I love Christmas and I love holiday romances. Here are a couple of holiday songs that really make me feel like lighting the fire, fixing a cup of cocoa and snuggling with  my man.

Phil Wickham’s rendition of this classic Christmas song is soooo romantic. I just love it.

Francesca’s song is so soft, beautiful, and yes romantic in tone. I actually kept this song on repeat for days as I wrote the ice skating scene in my Christmas novella, Hope Under Mistletoe. It’s available for .99 right now!

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Which Christmas songs make you want to curl up by the fire and watch the lights from the tree twinkle while you sip cocoa or cider?

Music Monday: Autumn Leaves

by Jill Kemerer

Thanksgiving is almost here! I love this American holiday. We eat a ton of yummy food, watch a little football, and hang out with loved ones. Pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream is a must-eat dessert. Seconds? Yes, please!

And since this time of year just fills me with happiness, I’m listening to Vince Guaraldi’s beautiful jazz music. Most of you know Vince Guaraldi’s pieces from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the song I’m sharing below is not as well-known, but lovely all the same. Give “Autumn Leaves” a try. I hope it brings a smile to your face!

What are you listening to lately?


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Music Monday: Evoking Emotion

Morning everyone! I am loving this fall weather. Crisp mornings and warm, but pleasant afternoons. Ah! I’m trying to ignore the fact that winter comes next. I’m not a fan of the cold. Since the weather has been glorious, I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my sunroom. Breeze. Sunshine. It’s motivating.

But what’s really motivating these romantic scenes I’ve been crafting is the following songs. They evoke such emotion. The lyrics. The musical score. Genius!

What do you think? Can you feel the romantic emotions? The angst? Do you like any of them? Have you heard any of these before? Can I ask any more questions? 🙂


Upside Down – Music Monday

by Jill Kemerer

You know how certain songs bring you back to a time in life that made you smile? Lately, I’ve been listening to Jack Johnson’s “Upside Down.” You might remember it from the animated movie, Curious George, based on the popular children’s books by Margaret and H. A. Rey.

My kids were young when the movie came out. I think my youngest was four or five, and we all enjoyed watching it in theaters and on DVD. The books have always been favorites of ours, so it was no surprise we liked the movie, too.

The theme song, “Upside Down,” has a mellow beat that always brings a smile to my face.  I don’t know about you, but I love having a playlist full of songs guaranteed to lift my spirits, and this song is on mine.

When my life is stressful or I’m worried about something, but I have to write a happy scene, I get in a better mood with songs like this.

Here’s the video:

What song is guaranteed to make you smile?

Have a terrific day!

Message In A Bottle To The Younger You – Music Mondays with Author Michelle Lim

Photo by jim daly

Photo by jim daly

As a kid, I was high octane. I woke up at 5 a.m. each day, waiting for the rest of the house to wake up. Ready for adventure was my middle name. There was no limit to my energy.

I’m not sure exactly what happened between then and now, but somewhere along the way some of that boundless energy seeped out. Adventure still excites me, but I am a bit slower to chase after it.

Back then I rushed into everything without the wisdom of years, but I learned much along the way. Still, many moments were wasted on frivolous things.

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self bits of wisdom to help me through, I would say to dream bigger, reach higher, and work harder.

A new song made me think about what I might tell myself about this moment years down the road.

How can I cease this moment and make it all it can be?

Mondays are difficult to get moving. Creativity is stuck in the pudding between my ears. But each moment counts. There is so much that I can do today to chase my dreams.

Imagine you could do anything at all, reach any dream you put your heart into.

If you knew you could reach that dream, what would you do right this moment? Today?

Plot your direction today with that in mind. Think of what you would tell yourself a few years from now about this moment and act on it.

Don’t wait for regret to set in. There is only one today to be lived. Live it with all of your aspirations on your sleeve for all to see. Capture each moment with the dream in mind.

What will you do today to capture the wisdom of your older self, before today is gone?




Music Monday: Back to Reality

Hey everyone! I just spent the better part of last week at ACFW. American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. It was jam-packed with old and new friends, appointments, classes, food, fellowship, worship, and so much more.

Days of someone cleaning my room and washing my towels. Food being placed in front of me. Now that I’m home it’s back to reality. Yes, my sweet husband had the house spotless, sheets, towels, and my kids’ clothes washed. So all I had to do is come home and relax. But this week it’s back to routine. I’m washing clothes, towels, and cleaning…and my inbox is huge.

It’s time to focus and get back to writing after being off-kilter. In order to do that I have a time of prayer and worship to relax and get my mind in a place of submissive posture to the Lord. This song has really  touched my heart and recharged me for routine.


I write for the Great I AM. I am because of the Great I AM. Need to get back to reality and refocus after a busy week? Doesn’t matter if it was a conference, a crisis, unexpected financial burden, or the kids just went sideways a few days. Remember, this life isn’t about us but Him. Rest in the words of this song and recharge!

What songs do you listen to that seem to refocus and recharge you?


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