NOTE: HEY KIDS! Speaking of writing, I have an e-book coming out this Friday! The Balance of Light, the third book in the Bridgetown Trilogy, will finally get released in just a few short days! Come on over to Smashwords and check it out!
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Of course, you all know that I almost always have some sort of tunage going during my writing sessions, especially when they’re back here in Spare Oom. Even as I type this, I’m listening to Elbow’s latest album, Little Fictions.
You also know that there have been certain go-to albums that I’ll play, especially if I’m working on something related to the Mendaihu Universe.
But now that that particular project is complete…now what should I listen to? Good question.
Meet the Lidwells! is about a musical family, and once I get to the bulk of the writing of this project, I’m sure I’ll be listening to a lot of 90s alternapop to fit with the band’s sound. I’ve got a lot of that stuff in my collection, thanks to my time at HMV, but I can also let SiriusXM’s Lithium station do the work as well.
Other than that, my project options are wide open. I’m thinking maybe a standalone Mendaihu Universe book or two. And for some reason, I’ve decided that I need to listen to a lot of LOUD music for those. The plot ideas I have for these involve a lot of emotional and societal tension, so something twitchy and irritable would fit quite nicely.
Something like the alt-metal of Caspian for instance:
…or something nice and crunchy from Deftones.
I’m sure I’ll temper it with some quiet moody stuff like I always do.
Either way, it’s time to change up the writing session soundtrack big time. I’m not sure what I’ll be listening to in particular, but I’m keeping my options open. Some of my favorite writing session albums come to me purely by accident — an album I haven’t heard in years that just happens to fit the mood of the scene, or a new release that clicks with me right from the first listen. I still absolutely adore Failure’s Fantastic Planet (it’s still on my gym mp3 player after all these years), but I’ve got to start listening to more than just the same things.