Tag Archive: Music

Using What You Can

I’ve had the most creative day in a long time. I’ve drawn, I’ve done development work on a book. I’ve written streams and streams of free writing, stuff that will never see the light of day, but I’m proud of it all the same.

Through it all, I’ve had a Google Play Music channel of 90s Alternative Hits playing. I started the music when I went to work out, kept it going through lunch, and kept it on through all that creative fun.

Trying to gear up for more now, but the hour grows late. Doesn’t mean I won’t try.

Given what I knew was ahead this morning, I wouldn’t have said today would be a worthwhile day. I was committed to not give up but had no expectation for success.

I used what I could and kept the creativity stoked. It roared into a warmer flame than before.


In late 1994, I watched the Hell Freezes Over Eagles concert special with my parents. During the show, me and my Dad would say things we liked about the songs, the ones we liked, the ones we didn’t like. For some reason, they didn’t play “Heartache Tonight.”

Never before had I discussed music with my parents. It was not a short discussion.


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Why “Let It Go” Works

Musicals have never been my thing.  I doubt they ever will.  When these characters pointlessly burst into song, I want to slap them, not cheer for them.

Yet, I saw Frozen and my biggest complaint was, big surprise, there’s too much singing.  I wouldn’t purge all of it, because there’s one piece that must stay.

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Hurling a Book Across the Room

I’ve heard this one a few times.  A friend gets to a shocking scene, a tense moment, something that makes a splash in a book.  Then–WOOSH!–the book flies across the room.

A lot of times, this isn’t actually a bad thing, it’s just a shock, a big shock.  Sometimes, it’s something much worse. Continue reading

Tesseract: Daria Maeda

Continuing the preview of the four lead characters from Tesseract, here’s the character with the most secrets, Daria Maeda.  Unlike Kahlan, whose job it is to solve the plot, Daria complicates it.  She also shows us a lot more of the setting since she’s a mobile character.  She’s capable, determined, and good with messaging.

But that’s not all.

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Musical Influences

I was starting to put together materials to make draft two of Mind & Machine much better detailed and consistent than draft one.  Long ago, when it was a totally different book, the first scene with Commander was dark, moody, and set to a piece of music just because I thought a few lines sounded cool.

Listen as the wind blows

From across the great divide

Voices trapped in yearning

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