Only the Good: It’s Only Rock and Roll


Ever notice how life sometimes seems to run on a pendulum? Lately, it seems that my pendulum is swinging back toward the whole music thing.

For you who don’t know, I came THIS close to going to work in the music business, for a record label. I made the very difficult, heart-wrenching decision to seriously pursue my fiction at the last minute. And while I still regret having to MAKE that decision, I have never regretted choosing fiction over music.

My goal in life has always been to meld the two things. My fiction and music. Thus, Trevor and the rest of the ShapeShifter gang.

I’m glad I did. I’ve got more freedom this way. Freedom to do things like a post about books I covet. Anyone remember this one? When I said I totally wanted to read Do the Devil’s Work For Him?

Look for an interview — maybe a multi-part one — with author Rick Florino here sooner or later.

And then there’s my entire history with legendary guitarist Alex Skolnick. I’ll be turning the tables on this man I interviewed a few times in my old radio station days. Or he’ll be turning them… I don’t know. Take your pick. Suffice it to say that I’ve got the interview questions here and that yes, Alex Skolnick is enough to make me break my no-pictures-of-Susan rule. He’s got a series on his blog (which might find its way to its own blog) about Everybody Metal. How us metal heads have grown up and saved the world.

Or something scarily similar to that.

Enough music yet?


One more for ya.

Thanks to Lindsay and the Devilish Southern Belle, I’ve found a group of women I might actually, sort of, in my own way fit in with. The blog is called Music Savvy Mom. When we get closer to the release of The Demo Tapes: Year 2, look for me to do a shuffle of my own there. And nope, ShapeShifter won’t be on my playlist. After all, they’re not real — hard as THAT can be to remember at times.

So. That’s my very metal, very upcoming Only the Good this week. Got good of your own? Why not join me in joining Shelly in celebrating the good? Lord knows, this week, I need a dose of the good.

But more on THAT later.

Rock on, boys and girls. Rock hard. And Rock Loud.



  1. Florinda

    July 17, 2009 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up on Music Savvy Mom – I think I’ve found another place to hang out!

    Florinda’s last blog post..TBIF: Thank book/blog it’s Friday!

  2. Ri, The Music Savvy Mom

    July 17, 2009 6:16 pm

    So, I rushed over here to thank you for sending Florinda our way, and lo and behold – we got a SHOUT OUT?!?!

    I love you, Susan Helene Gottfried. *mwah* And, dude – you fit in. Come and hang with us – I’m seriously thinking about throwing a forum up for general yakking and merriment.

    Still discovering all the different treasures on your blog, and now really looking forward to your shuffle. Rock on. 🙂

    Ri, The Music Savvy Mom’s last blog post..Guest DJ: Kim from Devilish Southern Belle

  3. Petula

    July 17, 2009 9:38 pm

    You are a creative genius! 🙂 I’m always amazed at how creative types (myself included if I may say so) have such a varied experiences and talents.

    BTW: Thanks for your sweet words about me getting hired. I’ll be sure to let you know.

    Petula’s last blog post..Little worker, talker bee

  4. Devilish Southern Belle

    July 17, 2009 10:43 pm

    Horns up to you, lady! I can’t wait for your interview with Alex! How did I not know any metal blogs existed?

    And thanks so much for the shoutout, not only for me but for Music Savvy Mom. Can’t wait to see you there!

    Devilish Southern Belle’s last blog post..Happy Friday!

  5. Devilish Southern Belle

    July 17, 2009 10:52 pm

    P.S. I was just able to get the Demo Tapes – Year 1, and can’t wait to get started on it!

    Devilish Southern Belle’s last blog post..Happy Friday!

  6. Jeeves

    July 18, 2009 3:59 am

    Nice blog…Like your layout

    Jeeves’s last blog post..Drips

  7. Tiffani

    July 18, 2009 12:04 pm

    Hey, Susan! Looking forward to your shuffle on Music Savvy Mom, and, of course, checking out your work. I’m a writer, too, but I’ve never tried fiction. Someday I will. 🙂

    Anyway, come on over to MSM and hang out. You’re always welcome!

    Let it rock!

    Tiffani’s last blog post..Oh, Aleve, how I have missed you

  8. stan

    July 18, 2009 8:44 pm

    Change of plan doesn’t have to mean regret – best of luck!

    stan’s last blog post..It’s all foreign to me

  9. Nara Malone

    July 19, 2009 8:17 am

    I am glad I found your blog. I enjoy the ShapeShifter story and the way you meld music with your writing.

    Nara Malone’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: The Plan

  10. AD

    July 19, 2009 9:34 am

    this has to be a well done prompt 🙂

    The Bigger Plan

  11. ThomG

    July 19, 2009 4:13 pm

    I, too, like the music and the stories. Will not be my first and last visit here.

    The Plan

    ThomG’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings, "The Plan"

  12. Steve

    July 19, 2009 4:23 pm

    I love the blog design. First time here, but I’ll be back.

    Steve’s last blog post..Obama Gaffe Machine In High Gear

  13. Tumblewords

    July 19, 2009 6:41 pm

    A good plan – and some wonderful synchronicity along the way…

    Tumblewords’s last blog post..Tanka for Sunday Scribblings

  14. Carol

    July 20, 2009 9:01 pm

    I had to go over and check out Music Savvy Mom. Great site.

    Carol’s last blog post..Don’t Call Me a Crook! by Bob Moore

  15. Thomma Lyn

    July 21, 2009 1:36 am

    Wow, it’s only rock and roll but I like it! 😀 And I like the looks of Music Savvy Mom.

    Thomma Lyn’s last blog post..Review: Jannie Funster “I Need A Man”

  16. Dee

    July 21, 2009 10:50 pm

    two cool new places to visit! I subscribed to number one novels too – awesome links and I already like visiting here 🙂

    Dee’s last blog post..Two coins

  17. Robin

    July 22, 2009 3:57 pm

    Funny what can happen when the counter-culture grows up, isn’t it…

    I haven’t been here in a while, I think WoM fell off my reader (must fix that). I hope things are looking up for you again my friend.


  18. Rock and Roll Mama

    August 1, 2009 3:40 am

    Hey Miss Susan, you fit in any day! In fact, you stand out, because you’re amazing. I’m really, really glad to know you and Kim and Ri and T who still love ,usic and aren’t afraid to shout it out. And, while I’m sure that the music industry is the poorer for not having you, I know that the writing community is richer.

    Thank you for being you.:) Have a great weekend! L

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