Writin’ Music

Hey, there! If I didn’t have a cold that’s affecting my voice, I would probably be recording another audiobook chapter because I am officially caught up on editing! WOO!!! 4 chapters down. 20-something to go, I think.

When I write, I’m almost always listening to music. It makes my brain go. The music needs to be mostly instrumental unless it’s Radiohead. Thom Yorke’s voice is magic, what can I say?

I’ve listened to a wide range of music for quite some time. There’s the yoga/spa music, monk chanting (which I acknowledge is not instrumental but I can’t understand what the heck they’re saying), ambient electronica, and some random titles like Beastie Boys’ The Mix-up. Sometimes I listened to classical, but if you’re sticking to the old stuff like I was, it can get a little intrusive, especially the more common songs that pop up in movies and cartoons.

The husband got Apple Music, and he added me to his account, so now I have this wide-open field of music that I can just grab whenever I want.  Here are a few albums I’ve been listening to lately while I’m writing/proofreading.

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Starting at the top left.

Game of Thrones soundtracks. My favorites are seasons 2, 4, and 5. It’s basically classical music but more modern.

Assassin’s Creed Unity soundtrack. This is a 2-album set of upbeat, adventurous sounding music, if that makes sense.

The Lazarus Effect soundtrack. Ah, yes. I’ve actually only listened to this one a couple of times, but I included it because it has great, creepy atmosphere.

Bruno Sanfilippo. He’s an Argentian pianist/composer. OMG, I just love his work. Claroscuro is my favorite of his albums but I also really like Lost and Found.

Splendid Labyrinths is kind of a weird one. It’s basically ambient electronica.  I have a couple of Max Corbacho’s albums on my list.

Gaia by Fractal. I originally found this one on Soundcloud. This is also electronica. It’s just nice, mellow background music.

I should also include the soundtrack for the movie The Mountain Between Us. It’s by the same guy that did the Game of Thrones soundtracks: Ramin Djawadi.







I’m feeling Attention-Deficiteriffic, so this post is a hodge podge of almost complete randomness.

First some photos from this weekend.

As for writing, I am still working on the remix project. I’ve decided to take six months between editing and actually publishing this time to get some pre-release reviews set up, which will likely put the release some time in 2012 but hopefully before we’re all scheduled to die in the December apocalypse.

As for AnnaBeth 2, I don’t plan to work too hard at getting prerelease reviews because it is a sequel. I still hope to get that out by the end of this year. I left that word count at around 30000, so rough draft shouldn’t take too long to complete once I get back to it.

A completely other novel, which was actually supposed to be my second project this year, may get written in the fall. Maybe. I really haven’t been as productive as I would like to be lately. I am SO easily distracted and I really haven’t been able to write unless I’m “feeling it”. I don’t think it’s writer’s block. It’s more like laziness.


Here is a totally awesome promo video for the Beastie Boys album, which may actually come out next month. Fingers crossed! The video features Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and some other very funny guys and of course, the Beastie Boys, who are also funny.




Hey, want some free reading?

Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog! There you shall find links to two free ebooks on Smashwords and novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1

so little to say and yet, still here

I’m starting to think the blog is like an addiction for me. I didn’t have anything to share, really, and yet I’m still hanging out in my cyberhome.

I am working on a bunch of stuff, mostly word stuff, mostly obsessing about the novella release that’s coming up. I probably will have read it no less than 4 times by the end of this week. I think Brain is stuck in psycho edit mode.

Anyway husband showed me this video the other day. I thought it was really cool so I’m showing it to you too.

It’s a redo of Jay-Z’s 99 problems but in a style similar to that of the Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree song. The band is called ‘Hugo’. I have no idea what else they sing.

Hey, want some free reading? Check out the fiction freebie page on this very blog!
There you shall find a download of three short stories (free ebook) and links to my novel excerpts on Scribd.

Other places to find me:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LeaRyan1