Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Countdown to NaNoWriMo (T-3)

It's here. The final stretch of that exciting and often panic-filled week leading up to the start of NaNoWriMo. As November 1st nears I am once again afflicted with what I like to call "NaNo Nesting" in which I desperately try to clean my house, plan a workable schedule, make sure all my notes are in one pile, and double check that the tea stash is well stocked. Since I land somewhere in between a planner and a pantser, my NaNo prep doesn't usually involve a lot of outlining and mostly consists of lots of boring, non-noveling housework. So today, I wanted to share a couple of fun things I've done in between buying new Sharpie pens and organizing my kids' closet.

NaNo Playlist
While I have a definite appreciation for silence (I'm a mother of two young children. Need I say more?) I'm the type of person who connects strongly with music. These songs don't necessarily have anything to do with my story lyrically. Instead I tend to choose songs that drive me creatively and carry a certain emotional feel. My soundtrack varies from year to year, depending on what type of novel I'm working on. Here's this year's playlist:

1. Pure Imagination - Fiona Apple
2. Introduction - Noah and The Whale
3. Static Waves - Andrew Belle ft. Katie Herzig
4. Your Head and Your Heart - The Saint Johns
5. Fall Asleep - Jars of Clay
6. Follow Suit - Trent Dabbs
7. The Ladder - Andrew Belle
8. I Had Me a Girl - The Civil Wars
9. Amsterdam - Imagine Dragons
10. Whisper Something - Aaron Sprinkle
11. Trees - Twenty-One Pilots
12. King and Lionheart - Of Monsters and Men
13. Pioneers - The Lighthouse and the Whaler
14. Devil's Backbone - The Civil Wars
15. Youth - Daughter
16. Alright - Aaron Sprinkle
17. Stuck - Canopy Climbers
18. Shuffle - Bombay Bicycle Club
19. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Give it a listen on Spotify. Like what you hear? Follow the playlist to be notified of any updates to the track list.

Pinterest
Instead of downloading a bunch of images to my computer, I decided to create a Pinterest board for inspirational/reference images for my novel. You can check out the board called "Follow Me" (the tentative title for my book) and if it piques your interest, tune in tomorrow. I might just be sharing a summary of what I'll be working on this November...

So, do you also suffer from NaNo Nesting? How are you prepping for Friday?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things




Journals App

This Journals app is a great way to organize and jot down notes and ideas. With four different styles of journals and dozens of fonts, it's fun and easy to customize. I love the fact that each journal can be split into chapters and pages because I can keep multiple writings separate, but under one common heading. Plus, you can attach photos, videos, and even draw and record audio right there in the app. My only word of caution is to make sure you remember your password if you choose to create a locked journal, because as far as I can tell there's no recovery option. The app gets a 4.5 star rating in the app store and is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
NOTE: Since I originally posted, Journals has updated their app to allow for password reset.  



Some people need complete silence to write, others enjoy creating a writing playlist. I'm in the latter group. I love music and I love having a soundtrack attached to my stories (though admittedly the songs don't always have anything to do with what I'm writing about). English alternative rock band, A Silent Film (think sounds similar to Snow Patrol and The Killers) is one of my go-to bands to rock out to and get the creative juices flowing. I love lyrics that tell a story, and with tracks like "Danny, Dakota and the Wishing Well" and "Anastasia" Sand and Snow is one of my favorite albums to put on shuffle as I write.

 


When people ask what my favorite book is, this is the answer I give them. (Yes, I know it's not just one book, but who can really pick just one?). This series is about seven siblings who choose to adopt each other after leaving the orphanage where they grew up. As adults, each one has taken an intense job: Chicago PD hostage negotiator, US Marshall, forensic pathologist, firefighter, children's trauma psychologist, paramedic, and pediatric physician, respectively. Each of the six books center around one individual's story (with one sister's story being told across the books). The novels are filled with suspense, romance and incredible details about each sibling's chosen field. The result is a story you can't put down and characters that seem incredibly real. I've read through the entire series four times, and individual books several times more. The Protector (Jack the firefighter's story) is my favorite. Since I'd just finished reading it when I met my husband--who was a volunteer firefighter at the time--the book was practically his wingman.

Feel free to share some of your favorites (current or all-time) in the comments below!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Name That Novel

Music is a huge inspiration to me as a writer. But it's always nice to see a great work of fiction become another artist's muse. I fell in love with this music video from the moment I saw it. And not just because it's a great song. Before you scroll down to read the rest of this post, watch the video and tell me if you get the literary reference...



If, like me, you grew up reading the L.M. Montgomery books, (or even just watched the movies), and fell in love with the spunky, red-haired Anne-with-an-e, chances are you got it within the first 30 seconds. If not, go grab yourself a copy of Anne of Green Gables.

Bonus tidbit: Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shallot was also the inspiration for the title of Alan Bradley's I Am Half-Sick of Shadows, the fourth book in the Flavia de Luce mysteries.