Sharing Playlists: Two Minor Characters

Sorry for the late post—I’m experiencing one of those cold viruses that makes your head feel like a balloon on a string and I’m currently trying to type this with my fingers on the keyboard and what’s left of my brain floating near the ceiling.

Let me know how it goes. . .


In my current WIP are two characters who aren’t supposed to be alive.

One of them wasn’t supposed to be on-page at all—he was supposed to die before chapter four. But I delayed the execution for logical reasons (I hope) and then put it off until I decided whether it should be he or another minor character who would take one for the team.

To my surprise, they appeared to take this personally and began circling each other like territorial cats or a couple of immortals from Highlander,* determined to be the last one standing.

The potential death sentence was the only thing they had in common. One was a grifter and one was a retrieval expert. One made a living being noticed and one was a professional ghost. One was gregarious, the other laconic.  One had a record and a reputation and the other one . . . was a mystery (especially to me). One of them demanded a POV, while the other leaned back and smirked, above such petty ploys.

They annoyed each other, goaded each other, and oh, man, the snark:

But somewhere along the line,they both became indispensable to the story . . . and maybe to each other.**

I kept switching between their playlists to the point where I finally shuffled them together.  Again, this isn’t a complete list, but it’s a good approximation and roughly in the order they were added (click the pop-out player to listen):

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I honestly don’t know if anything traditionally romantic will happen between these two—it doesn’t seem like any of my business, really.  In the words of another character, “Maybe it won’t; [he] isn’t a man I understand . . . But he’s pretty protective of [her], whether she likes it or not.  You didn’t notice?”

I suppose it’s enough that she does.

*Or, continuing the musical theme in an unexpected and slightly embarrassing direction, NSYNC.

**Which doesn’t mean that I won’t have my death.   In fact . . . hmmm.

Sharing Playlists: Adrenaline

(Please note the bassoonist—this is my dream gig)

A couple of you wanted to know what my adrenaline playlist is like, and I needed a blog post, so here we go.

It’s really . . . long.  And even more schizo than the Longing Playlist:  Techno and pop, classic and  metal, Charlie Daniels and no apologies.

But all of these songs get me moving, which is no mean feat, let me tell you.  And yes, I write to these, too, though sometimes my fingers don’t move fast enough.

There are a handful of songs I couldn’t get from—like Metallica’s S&M album (see above) and the Clayton and Mullen arrangement of the Mission Impossible theme—and some things I didn’t bother to find, like a couple ‘eighties tunes and far more Linkin’ Park and Depeche Mode than is probably good for me.

Click on the Pop-out player in the center and tell me what you think.  And as always, don’t miss the Apocalyptica.

What do you play to get your heart pumping?

Sharing Playlists: Longing

As I’ve mentioned here before, I listen to music while I’m writing.

It’s not only a way to shut out the real world—or at least the part that’s under-ten years old—but a way to help me visualize the world or the people I’m trying to create.

To save time,* I have a ton of playlists. When I discover a song** that fits a character or a mood or a place, I add it to the appropriate list or lists.***

Among the moods I have on my laptop right now are rage, despair,  love, strength, lust, death, fear, adrenaline,^ joy, and longing.^^

This one is longing (click the pop-out player):

And this is a song I couldn’t  add to the player—it may be a bit over the top . . .  but sometimes it’s exactly what I need to hear:

Are there any songs you think I’m missing?  Or any songs on this list you think I should be missing?


*That is, to keep myself from fiddling endlessly with this or that tune instead of opening a document and making with the words

**That is, when Lisa has her Music Mondays . . .

***There’s some interesting crossovers when it comes to moods—the fine line between love and hate is mostly made of eminem . . .

^Adrenaline isn’t a mood, exactly, but you know what I mean.

^^ And cleaning, which isn’t a mood at all, but is something I have to be in the mood to do.  Lots of Black-Eyed Peas in that one.

Duck and Cover Songs

In my heart of hearts, I know Luke was listening to John Williams over the cockpit speakers when he was zooming down that trench on the Death Star . . .

I’m ducking into the Internet Dead Zone again, this time to bring three chapters and five characters together to meet at a single point, and then scatter them all again.

So another short post—how lucky can you get?

This moratorium doesn’t include music.   Music doesn’t distract me—just the opposite.  So I thought I’d share some of the stuff I’ve been listening to while I work on my WIP.* 

No snark about my taste (or lack thereof) in music, please—or my age, thank you. There may be cheese on this list, but it isn’t irrelevant cheese.

(hit the pop-out player to play the music — not sure why the list isn’t coming up automatically, but if I can fix it, I will). 

Do you listen to music when you have to concentrate or do you prefer the sounds of silence?  What hones your focus?

*Swiped this idea from Averil Dean — I’m reading her book The Key to the music she posted here.

xkcd is the radiant fallout of Randall Munroe’s imagination.