Dead in the water (but still afloat)

Well alright. The blog has been dead in the water for nearly a year. I’m attempting to revive it with, ironically, a post about burnout.

Yep. Burnout.

The good news is, I finished The Midnight Hour and it is now with my crit readers and I am not-so-patiently waiting for their feedback.

But since I finished it, I haven’t felt able to write. I’ve had the ideas and I’ve made notes. I’ve been listening to music that makes me think “Hmmmm”. But in terms of actual writing I’ve been feeling pretty burned out over the past couple months. Life keeps on happening and sucking my will to write as I try to stay afloat.

                 Long live The Princess Bride

The fact that I work from home may also be part of the issue. Once I’ve stared at my computer for hours on paying projects, I don’t feel like staring at it again. And it feels more like I can’t. I can’t be in that same space again.

I have no clue how to fix burnout. I think taking a break and not stressing about it helps. And I’m changing up the medium, at least to start: new fountain pen and ink and notepad, that I can bring with me anywhere. Which is the third thing: changing up the space. Gonna try scribbling in a coffee shop (or something). And since I’ll be starting a new job that will be out of the house, here’s hoping I’ll be able to work in my home space on the writing again.

So we’ll see. It may take a while. But better to start with baby steps than no steps at all. Because there are so many stories I want to tell. Because this book needs to get out and the rest of the story needs to be told, dammit.

Watch this space.

And while you wait, have some good music (because Jamie N Commons is always a good idea):

 

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If music be the food of love, play on

On the list of things I’m supposed to be doing…blogging is probably not one of them.

Pfft.

Oh captain, my captain!
Oh captain, my captain!

 

*cough*

 

As I’m getting ready to revise and submit IN SECRET KEPT I’m revisiting some of the musical inspiration for the novel. Because I write with a soundtrack. Sometimes it might be only a few songs that I have on continuous loop*. Sometimes it might be a playlist hours long. For SECRET I wanted lots of piano music since the piano is key to both main characters. I also looked for Celtic-style music since the world is very Saxon/Celtic/Norse inspired**. And the funny thing I learned in the early revisions is that music is literally embedded in the bones of this world, from its inception to its eventual end.

Stories have a way of surprising me that way.

So to that end, I’m sharing two tracks that are…central.

If I had to sum up IN SECRET KEPT in one piece of music, it would be this:

 

 

 

The other piece is this one (esp. the 2:16 mark):

 

This one was a late-comer to the party, but when it arrived it was one of those moments I just knew. And I wrote the scene in one go and it’s one of my favourite scenes in the book. (Some of you know may what I’m talking about…)

 

Aaaaaand….because why not? The following is the main theme for RHEDA, set several hundred years previously in the same world as SECRET.

 

And on that note***…

 

Waes hal!

 

 

*Don’t give me that look. Pbbt. 😛

**OLD NORSE FTW. *coughresearchbiascough*

***Pun maybe intended?

Bump in the Night: Thoughts on the new novel

New project time!

Well, it’s been that time for a while now, but whatever.

This is a project that was, I kid you not, inspired by a single image I saw on Pinterest. This one:

Originally found on http://haufsbeautifulcreatures.tumblr.com/
Originally found on    http://haufsbeautifulcreatures.tumblr.com/

And once I started thinking about it I couldn’t stop and it just snowballed from there. In fact, it snowballed so much it’s grown to be two books because there’s too much story. Its working title is The Midnight Hour and is…as different from In Secret Kept as it’s possible to be. And I love it. I knew I wanted to write something completely opposite and so I find myself writing “penny dreadful meets steampunk” (always for adults). It’s dark and twisted and my characters are seriously messed up*: thieves and assassins and smugglers. Anti-heros all.

I love them so.

 

Ok. Maybe my characters should start running....
Ok. Maybe my characters should start running….

 

And by “penny dreadful” I’m not referring to the TV series (I haven’t seen it yet but I want to, because Timothy Dalton, hello), but the 19th century serial publications that were, in many cases, horror. Think Dracula, Dorian Gray, etc. And the thing with Victorian horror is it was never (or not usually) just about the horror – much of it was their way of exploring the taboo. If you’ve read Dracula** it’s fairly obvious what major themes are going on in there: sex and death. Frankenstein*** deals with life and death and the relationship of science and God.

So I’m thinking about all this as I’m writing. And the writing is coming, though it’s painfully slow. Academia is taking up much of my time, but the characters and the story are straining, trying to break free. It’s time to tell their story.

On that note, I’m going to go and heed their voices. But first, here’s some of the musical inspiration:

 

SINISTER KID by The Black Keys

 

WHO WILL SAVE YOU NOW? by Les Friction

 

 

Ciao!

 

 

*They also really, really, really hate me.

** Which is amazing and Mina Harker FTW.

***Also excellent. And recognized as the first science fiction novel. Mary Shelley FTW.

And then there was music…

Imma blame Bethany Morrow for this one since she just did a post about music. (And really, check out her blog too. Seriously.)

I write to music. And if I don’t have at least one piece for a project, I feel like I’m missing something. I have a playlist for IN SECRET KEPT, I have one for the still-to-be-written trilogy, and now, at last, I am beginning one for the steampunk novel. While the following track doesn’t exactly scream “fantasy steampunk”, it does, I feel, fit the relationship between my two MCs.

I may or may not be listening to this on loop. Just sayin’.

Can’t wait to see where this goes musically.

Stay tuned 😉