Yes, I’ve been absent for quite a while. But I have a really great excuse. And I’m returning with music. 😉
I won MCRW’s Melody of Love Contest in the Paranormal category, and with that win I received a FULL manuscript request from an editor. SQUEE! So now I’m on an oh so damn tight deadline. So I’ll most likely continue to be in and out online for another few weeks.
The American Music Awards were this past Sunday night, and Katy Perry had the honor of opening the show with her new single, Unconditionally. The set, the dancers, the lyrics, her voice … all of it was fantastically top notch.
LOVE Kady, and every time I see her perform, she gives me hope and leaves me looking forward to what she’ll do next. And this video? Amazing. 😉
I’m just now realizing how long it’s been since I’ve posted. *head desk* When the muse hits and demands you edit, edit, edit one project and write, write, write another project, you listen. And sometimes when we listen and obey we get so caught up in that work that everything else falls through the cracks. Agree?
Cool. Now onto today’s music. 😉
I’ve been loving on the band Imagine Dragons lately. As in, I’m listening to their album both on the way to work, and on the way home. And maybe a little in between around the office when it’s quiet. 🙂
So for today I’ve picked their song Demons. The moment I heard this song, I instantly thought of the hero and heroine in my novel, Retribution.
We’re taking it back this week on Tune-In Tuesday to an old favorite by Boston: Peace of Mind.
The good thing about writing playlists is you can have such a variety of music–from Boston to Thirty Seconds to Mars, from The Beatles to Muse, from Madonna to Evanescence. I, for one, really enjoy the good vibes and inability to sit still when bands such as Boston, AC/DC, and Foreigner come on the radio.
What about you? Are there any old tunes that you just have to have in your writing playlist? What are some of your favorite bands from “back in the day”?
Welcome back to another installment of Tune-In Tuesday!
This week, we’re visited the world of my current work-in-progress, RETRIBUTION, with a song from Muse called “Isolated System”.
For those of us who’ve seen the movie World War Z, this song is going to sound eerily familiar. This song is not only the opening music for the zombie-flick, but it played throughout the film, mostly during transitional scenes.
I’ve been in a writing funk for the past few months. While I tried and tried and tried to get out of this funk, it just didn’t work … at least not until I attended another Immersion Master Class with Margie Lawson. Turns out, being around other writers and talking about the funk I’d fallen into was exactly what I needed. *smiles*
So for my first Tune-In Tuesday post back from my dreaded writing funk, I’d like to share a song from a band who’s released a new album this summer: Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ’em Up).
This week’s song, from Florence + The Machines, is courtesy of New York Times Bestselling Author Deborah Harkness and her YouTube playlist for the heroine of her All Souls Trilogy, Diana Bishop.
Many writers have a time in their lives when they’ve unintentionally walked away from writing. For some it’s school, for others it’s family, and for a few it’s simply the need to walk away and refill their creativity well. Ten years ago, I stopped writing due to the overwhelming workload at college. Then when I left school, I never went back to the writing. I was in my early twenties and simply forgot about all the fun I had with creating characters, worlds and stories. But when A Discovery of Witches was released, everything changed and I rediscovered my love of the writing craft. The creativity well was full, and way too many characters were ready to have their stories told. 🙂
Here’s a blurb for the book that will forever be known, in my heart, as my “reawakening”:
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well
Here’s a cool factoid about Diana: Her power as a witch extends to abilities such as Witch Fire, Witch Wind, and Witch Water (this last one is most likely why this song is on Diana’s playlist). Most witches in the All Souls Trilogy world are gifted with only one of these abilities. So having all three in a witch who’s denied her legacy her entire life? Yeah, there’s bound to be magical “accidents” that make for a intriguing and unforgettable story.
What about you? Is there a book that inspired you to write? Or maybe a book that inspired you in other facets of your life? Have you ever taken a “writing break”? What brought you back to your love of the craft?