Music I listen to when writing

I’ve discussed writing and music with many other authors, including Jacob Cooper and Jonathan Renshaw, both of whom have a background in music. All of us have our own approaches to external stimuli when writing, but for me, I have to have music when I write. It’s like it fires up my mind and gets my imagination going or at least always me to focus on my writing. Without the music, I don’t feel the words. Right now, I’ve been getting into modern bluegrass. I’ve been binge-watching Hart of Dixie, a show I never watched when it aired and wish I had (another post on that some other time). Anyway, they have some great bluegrass-country bands on that show and wonderful music. I’m slowly collecting the songs from the show on iTunes.

But during the writing of The Castes and the OutCastes, when I’m in a rut i.e. having trouble getting the writing going-surfing the web is such a time waster, but it’s also so much easier than writing-I keep swinging back to Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains. I liked that album when it first came out, but it was a ‘meh’ kind of like. Now, it’s probably my favorite album from that era. Well, that and Superunknown by Soundgarden.

Working on an audiobook for A Warrior’s Path

The other day, I got the first 15 minutes of narration back on A Warrior’s Path. The voice actor is Nick Podehl, the narrator of Patrick’ Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles (Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear). Those first 15 minutes…wow. Can’t describe how wonderful it sounded.

Hopefully, it will be ready to go sometime in August or early September. Or sooner depending on how long it takes me to figure out how to publish it.

Happy Fourth of July!

Even though it’s a holiday, I’m trying to get some writing done. The hard part of the first 1/3 of book 3 is past me, and while I like it, thanks to Bill, one of my awesome beta readers, I’ve got some ideas on what to do to make it better. It means adding a chapter and a few scenes, but that’s ok. I’ll get to it after I push into the second 1/3, which is where I am right now.

I just wrote what I think is a scary scene. I don’t know if I’ve ever managed that, but it gave me a little chill. But then, I’m easily frightened for my characters (I know how odd that sounds given my propensity for killing some of them).

Anyway, hope everyone in America has a wonderful Independence Day!

A Warrior’s Penance

Five heavily edited drafts later, the first 1/3 of A Warrior’s Penance is off to the beta readers. Finally! For various reasons, this has been a remarkably difficult section for me to write, and at this point, I simply don’t have perspective anymore to figure out the flaws. Here’s a figurative toast to the beta readers who will likely point out a whole bunch of problems that I’m simply unable to see at this time. BTW  by way of referral, the first two books went to beta readers at draft 3 with three more polishing drafts after that.

Now, off to the rest of the book!