I have no idea how I got to #1 on Kindle’s Military Sci-Fi list. Or how I’ve been so lucky as to bounce around on Amazon’s top ten in sci-fi for over a week. Or how I’ve seen Good Intentions jump back into the top 100 for erotica… but thank you. So much. I hate to lead off a blog post for the second time with a big “thank you,” but it certainly seems appropriate.
On to another topic:
This probably won’t come as a shock to anyone, but music plays a big component of getting into the mood and mindset for what I write. I’ve got playlists for things I write. Hell, I sometimes have playlists for specific characters.
I can’t have the music on very loud when I write. It messes with my head and disrupts the flow of actual words until all I get are repeating images that I can’t type out. I’ve also found that music without lyrics is much easier to write with… but I’m simply not into much classical (and basically no jazz), so my selections in that regard are a little thin.
I wanted to share what I’ve used as playlists for my two novels. I would absolutely be interested in hearing if anyone has music they have tended to listen to while reading my stories! Comment below!
Poor Man’s Fight has on an iTunes playlist I have quite literally labeled “Iiiin Spaaaace!”
1. Tomorrow Never Knows as performed by Carla Azar & Alison Mosshart
2. Second Chance by Shinedown
3. Storming New Caprica off the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack (Season 3)
4. Indestructible by Disturbed
5. Walk by Foo Fighters
6. Sing by My Chemical Romance
7. Hold On by Sarah MacLachlan
8. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah MacLachlan
9. Diamond Eyes by Shinedown
10. The Farthest Star by VNV Nation
11. Legion by VNV Nation
12. A Good Lighter off the BSG soundtrack (Season 1)
The first two songs off this list completely captured the mood of the story for me. Each time I heard them, I felt like it was time to go write… and so I played them over and over again when I felt like I should be writing. As an aside, “Storming New Caprica” went on repeat for me during the pirate raid on Qal’at Khalil. Merciless, pounding drums, right?
Good Intentions… well, that one has some songs for specific characters:
Joan Jett -- Do You Wanna Touch
My Darkest Days -- Porn Star Dancing
Theory of a Dead Man -- Bad Girlfriend
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Substitute for Love -- Madonna
Orianthi – According to You
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
P!nk -- Trouble
P!nk -- Raise Your Glass
AC/DC -- Highway to Hell
Jimmy Eat World -- In the Middle
Rev Theory -- Hell Yeah
Michelle Branch -- All You Wanted
Nelly -- Just a Dream (flashbacks)
Social Distortion -- Bad Luck
Katy Perry -- Teenage Dream
Jason Derulo -- In My Head
Delhi 2 Dublin -- Dil Nachide (This is, by the way, the greatest band you've never heard of.)
Asia -- Don't Cry
Lady Gaga – The Edge of GlorySympathy for the Devil – Guns ‘n’ Roses cover
That's it for tonight. However, I want to give notice: the next blog post (or perhaps the one after it) will likely feature the prologue to my next book, the sequel to Good Intentions. I'm currently working with the title of "Natural Consequences," 'cause, well... you just can't wreak that much havoc without it coming back to haunt you one way or another. :)