This is the Pandora station that I created to go with this book. WRITING RADIO
I included a lot of things that matched the mood of the book, including Southern and alt country, new agey foo-foo, goth and darkwave, world fusion, and anything pagany sounding. There’s a lot of Loreena McKennitt and Led Zeppelin. LOVE THAT! I added Dead Can Dance, but they never come up.. :-
I decided to do this before I read that Yasmine Galenorn does the same thing. When I found out that she did, it was very validating and exciting for me. I wonder, though, sometimes if I’ve put too much effort into the ritual and the trappings of writing time, and if that’s keeping me from actually doing the work.
I have this blog, I have a Twitter account, I have a Pandora station set up. Next to my bed, I have a purple candle for inspiration, and a separate incense to represent each of the 5 parts of the book. I have all the materials to make myself a keychain for every section I complete. (The first keychain is done, and hangs from my laptop bag as a reminder that I’ve accomplished something.)
I’m also planning another trip down to the area where I want to set the town. I need to get back there and get out of my car this time. I need to walk around and listen to the sounds of the birds there in the forest, and imagine where the buildings will go. I need to re-connect with the physicality of the place.
But is that just another way to try to connect with my story and the process without actually doing the work?
I don’t know. I do know that I’ve been happier and more at peace on the days when I write.
Right now, I’m still writing scenes where everything falls to shit. You know, those days when NOTHING goes right. I had one of those myself, so I’m finding it really easy to connect to that. :-