I admit, I have an obsessive personality. When I find new tv shows I really like, I obsess over them (just a few of which include: Stargate, Star Trek, Criminal Minds, In Plain Sight, and Fringe). When I find new foods I like, I get addictive pretty quickly (like my grilled ham-n-cheese with havarti, grilled onion, and green apple – I can’t get enough of it!). And when I find new music I love, I sometimes can’t stop listening for days. It gets pretty bad sometimes.
For instance, last week I discovered Irish alt-rock band Snow Patrol. I’d heard of them before, but I’d never actually listened to any of their music until last week. Their album A Hundred Million Suns is fantastic. And I have literally had the album on repeat on my itunes non-stop since last Thursday. Yes, LAST THURSDAY. NON-STOP. I told you I got it bad. However, it was their song “The Lightning Strike” that really got me (it’s now one of my new favorite songs). It’s a 3-part song, like 3 different songs strung together, making it almost 17 minutes long. However, my favorite is Part 1: What If This Storm Ends?, which is the part I’ve included here:
As I was listening, I discovered that “The Lightning Strike” was also a near-perfect song for my WIP Midnight’s Knife. That was the only song I listened to as I wrote the last chapter last Saturday. Over, and over, and over again. And now, though I’m currently taking a little break from that WIP before beginning the long process of revisions, I still can’t stop listening to this album. I keep wondering what will happen if I keep listening to this. Another part of me wonders what’s going to happen when I start revising. Maybe my head will explode? Maybe I should find something new to listen to? Or maybe it’ll keep me moving through the revision process? Or all of the above?
‘Cause seriously, I listen to it while doing EVERYTHING – cleaning house, writing, reading, sleeping. And it has kept me moving through quite a busy week. And it HAS been busy, despite the fact that I haven’t written as much this week.
So, what HAVE I been up to this week? Well, as I mentioned, I’ve started a new short story. I haven’t put much energy into a short story in a very long time – I’m definitely more of a novel-writing person, every idea I have generally turns into a huge, long, involved story. But I think I can keep this one down to short story, or at least novelette length. It’s about a woman whose best friend has disappeared off the face of the earth without a single physical trace – except that people keep reporting seeing her in random places all over the country: on the side of the road, in parking lots, standing on the shore of a lake. So the woman begins to dig through her friend’s possessions – letters, journals, photographs, etc – in hopes of discovering what might have happened (though she fears her friend may have committed suicide, as she’d always had problems with depression). My thinking is that this story will probably classify as magical realism. However, it is a very internal story, mainly focusing on the woman’s attempts to deal with her friend’s disappearance. I just hope it isn’t SO internal as to be too slow. I suppose we shall see.
I have also been recruited to edit my friend Angela Kulig’s manuscript: Pigments of My Imagination (which has an AWESOME cover, by the way). The story is a YA fantasy/paranormal romance dealing with magical paintings and past lives, and Angela is preparing to release it as in ebook at the end of the month. Unfortunately, the pro editor she hired bailed on her at the last second (and I think she should release his name so the rest of us know to avoid him), so I agreed to do the final edit for her. And let me tell you, I am SO GLAD I DID! Because the story is WONDERFUL so far. I’m about a third of the way through it, and impatiently waiting for Angela to send me the next section. I want to know what happens next! Seriously, I highly recommend this book and I will keep you updated when Angela has actually released it. In the mean time, you should definitely go check out her blog: Angela Write Now.
(I wonder if I can count an unpublished, but completed, manuscript as one of my #ToBeReMo books…?)
I’ve also been crazy-busy with family and personal stuff. But you know, that stuff is boring to talk about unless you’re prepared for my whining, so I’ll just move on.
So here’s something I’m curious about: does anyone else ever get completely obsessed with an album and play it non-stop for days or weeks? Or is that just me? What songs or albums stick in your head like that? And which ones keep you moving throughout the day? Also, is an obsessive personality common among writers? I’ve met a couple who are similar to me in that way, but was that just a coincidence?
Oh! And because I was dumb and posted a couple questions in a blog that was otherwise devoted to a book review, I didn’t many answers, so I’ll ask again: 1) Would anyone be interested in me posting some excerpts from my WIP Midnight’s Knife, or would I just be shooting myself in the foot? 2) Can anyone suggest any books or articles about writing summaries/synopses, and queries? ‘Cause I know NOTHING on the subject.