Quick updates, current favorite writing music, and an entry from my dream journal

I have completed recording the kids book I was working on! YAY! I immediately celebrated by dropping a cup of water in my sound booth and on me…as one does.

I have no plans to edit the audio for that one anytime soon, because I am officially burned out on that book. I don’t think I could stand to listen to it or read it without developing some kind of nervous twitch.

Now that the weather is warmer, I’m having trouble getting booth time in which no lawn mowers, etc. are running. I live in a subdivision, so I should expect such things, but I’m still annoyed. I would really love it if they would establish an official mowing day, and everyone does it then. That would be much better than the constant (CONSTANT!!) barrage of motor sounds.

I do have a lot of sound dampening stuff in the booth, but it’s not 100% soundproof, unfortunately.

What else?

Oh, I should finish the last novelette for the first year of my upcoming short fiction series by Monday. Then, only 2 stories left to write! And all of them left to edit. That will be quick, though. I’m going to set an official launch date once I have the first 3 or 4 pieces proofread. If I had to venture a guess right now, I’d say…Julyish? I think I said May before? Sorry. I was not efficient.

Current favorite writing music: Where’s the Drop by DeadMau5

If you don’t know who DeadMau5 is, he’s an EDM guy. BUT this album is a collection of orchestral (?) versions of some of his songs. I love it very much, and I hope he makes more. Here’s a stream of it on youtube if you’d like to give it a listen.

 

 

On to the dream journal! I started keeping one about a month ago. I’ve never done this before, and it’s been an interesting experience. I don’t remember as many of my dreams as I thought I did. Some days I can’t remember them at all. I try, but it’s kind of like having a thought that you can’t quite grab. I’ve found that if I can land on a word that corresponds with something in the dream, I can get a lot of it to come back to me. Today’s word was zombie.

I don’t have zombie dreams very often, but when I do, I always get bitten right before I wake up. ¬† ūüė¶

Here’s today’s entry:

5/9/2019: zombie dream. I was holed up in a hotel with some other people. We made a trap for the zombies that found their way in. It worked for a while, but eventually, we had to leave. I wanted to go to the country. Before I could get out, I was confronted by vampires who wanted to turn me and then force me to attend a vampire wedding as a guest. We only got as far as the car, though, and I remember driving past a couple of tourist attractions that other people in the car seemed pleased to see.

 

Vampire wedding!!! The ridiculousness of that did not hit me until I thought about it while awake. That might end up in one of my short stories in the future. It’s almost too ridiculous not to. Anyone care to analyze?

 

 

 

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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.

writing music

 

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.