Sabaa Tahir

YA Author, Musichead, Book Junkie

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Baa Mix 80: Fall 2014 (Part II)

Here’s a Fall present for you. Baa Mix 80.  Julian! Lupe! Andrew! Cold War Kids! Theophilus! IT’S TOO MUCH GREATNESS. *Swoons* If you’re going to listen to one song on here, let it be the spectacular musical chaos of “Where No Eagles Fly” because WOW. (Oh, and “Tribe”. For the love of God, listen to “Tribe.” That’s two. I know, I’m cheating.) P.S. The video for “Where No ...
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Wednesday Morning Beats

After the disappointing (also, free) U2 album, I needed something to put my faith back in rock. Knew I could count on the Kooks. “Bad Habit.”  P.S. This is a precursor to Baa Mix 80, which should be up later today or tomorrow.
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On Writing, Sept. 2014

Soul paces unsatisfied Bound in this body. Mind rages Beats fists against the doubt. Heart bucks, thrashes, fights To cast off ties and tethers. My head is loud. Loud with Shadows that menace and Drifting dunes of truth. Below above inside outside always A bass beat deep like war drums. A storm that never quiets.
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Music for Fall: Baa Mix 79

Huzzah for the music of late summer/fall! I still have my summer and spring mixes on heavy rotation, but the fall mix is starting to take over, just in time for Sept. The new mix is up on my music page. Favorites include Thousand Eyes, I Don’t Wanna Be Here and Shut In. I’m also very happy to add a song sung by fellow author and Fearless 15er David Arnold (The song is Kids of Appetite by Cinema Cycle)!  Enjoy!
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Adventures at Comic Con!

The fantastic Nerdist.com hosts an article and short video about my trip to Comic Con. We play “This or That?” and much geeking out occurs. Also Optimus Prime gives AN EMBER IN THE ASHES a thumbs up, which might be one of the greater moments of my life. Here’s the article: http://www.nerdist.com/2014/08/exclusive-an-ember-in-the-ashes-author-sabaa-tahir-at-sdcc/ And here’s the video! Enjoy! 
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Friday Morning Beats

If you, like me, have been listening to a lot of what Jack Black once deemed Old Sad Bastard* music, then here’s something to shake it up. “Let it Burn” by the Orwells. *From “High Fidelity”, when Barry is trying to play his mix tape and Rob nixes it.
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AN EMBER IN THE ASHES Cover Reveal!

The cover for AN EMBER IN THE ASHES  was revealed this morning on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy Blog!!!!! Here’s the link to the reveal and the interview. Much appreciation to Penguin’s designer Emily Osborne, as well as design shop Art Machine. Their vision and skill and general radness led to this sick cover and I’m SO excited about it!
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Monday Morning Beats

This’ll get the week off to the right start. Overdose by Little Daylight. Love the bass. Video is ok. Song is better.
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Thursday Morning Beats

I’m supposed to be working on edits but I figured someone out there might need a good song this morning as much as I did. This is Grouplove, “Let me in” off TFIOS soundtrack. If the music is any indication of the movie’s awesomeness, I’m going to be a mess by the end.
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Writing Process Blog Tour

The spectacularly rad Kelly Loy Gilbert (here’s her Twitter) tagged me on her My Writing Process Blog Hop. Kelly and I met after a group of Bay Area writers got together a few months back and I can honestly say that her kindness and practicality have restored my faith in humanity. Kelly’s book Conviction comes out in Summer 2015 from Disney Hyperion and it’s going to be amazing. Now to the blog hop questions: 1.   What am I working on? I am ...