Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Build A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul

Bonnie Rose Leigh posted a blog yesterday about how music plays an integral part in her writing. Needless to say, I had to comment on it. After all, music and my writing have a definite love affair going on.

I can't write without music. Worse, it has to be specific music. For instance, Steel Beauty was written to They Might Be Giants (which, I've been told, explains a lot). Very Much Alive was written to Enya. My current WIP, My Heart's Desire, wants to be written to a more eclectic mix, but all the songs MUST be happy ones, like Smash Mouth's remake of I'm a Believer.

If I put the wrong music on (Enya for Heart, for instance) my fingers hit the keyboard but the characters turn their backs on me. Yup, the picky little so-and-so's want their music. Travis, of Eye of the Beholder? Refused to work to anyone other than Joe Satriani. Another character from True Destiny whose book isn't coming for quite some time already let me know he wants to be written to Japanese pop star Namie Amuro (sorry, I couldn't find it on Amazon. The intro to the video is WoW music, but it is still pretty damn cool. Trust me, it's worth waiting the thirty or so seconds for Ms. Namie to come on.)

Now I've known people who have to write in absolute silence. Take my friend RR. He needs total quiet, a pot of coffee, soft lighting and about five minutes to get in the zone. This means that, since he has two beautiful kids, he's writing at o'dark hundred. At a silent o'dark hundred anything I write looks a lot like "Red sorceress needs sleep badly." Either that or I freak myself out over the last Ghost Hunters episode, then I need to wake people up and turn lights on... it's not pretty.

So thank whatever deity you pray to for iTunes, because without it and my lovely instant music download I couldn't write.

P.S.: Ever heard Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield? LOVE LOVE LOVE! I just have to figure out which book loves it too!

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Favorite Quotes

"I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability." Ron White

"So let me get this straight. You want me to kill the little guys, kill the big guys, crowd control those I can't, buff the team, debuff the boss, keep myself alive, AND keep you alive, all while waving a stick and dressed in a towel?" - Anonymous Role Playing Gamer

"I think that statue over there is a statement on modern life. The statement is, "Well, shit." - Varric, Dragon Age II

"Why is it all claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, but hey. Bunnies." - Joker, Mass Effect

"Last night, I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and thought to myself, "Where the heck is the ceiling?" - Dilbert

"Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success." - Annie Oakley

"It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly." - Flemeth, aka The Witch of the Wilds, Dragon Age 2

"The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.'” - George Carlin

"I hear there's a wild bridge tournament down the street. And you know Bridge. It's a lot like sex. If you don't have a great partner, you'd better have a good hand." Barry Weiss, Storage Wars

"You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe." - Marcus Cole, Babylon 5, "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

“If you think you can or think you cannot, you are correct.” - Henry Ford