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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The urge to write on my book comes and goes. I've had so much other stuff occupying my time that I just haven't had the motivation to write. I'm not sure what changed, but all the sudden, it was like OMG MUST WRITE. So, there has been progress there. It's slow progress, owing to the fact that I'm starting the entire premise over, but still.

For now, I have the soundtrack of the moment for this book. It's music that inspires me, and it's also music that shows the mood of the book in different stages.

1. In This Life--Delta Goodrem
This is a generally upbeat and happy song that somehow captures the essence of Lili...

I was nurtured, I was sheltered
I was curious and young
I was searching for that something
Trying to find it on the run

...and, at the same time, sort of gives you a glimpse into her relationship with T.

You give me love, you give me light
Show me everything's been happening
I've opened up my eyes
I'm following
Three steps, fight an honest fight
Two hears that can start a fire
One love is all I need in this life

2. Mad World--Michael Andrews and Gary Jules
Just a creepy and desperate song. It just seems so hopeless, and that is how Lili feels for a good part of the story.

I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very very, mad world, mad world

3. Kings and Queens--Aerosmith
I don't know how this ended up on the list. Something about the nature of it fits so perfectly. The book is a story of war--war between vampires and fairies, war between New Lili and Old Lili. It's a very war song. And it mentions vikings. Rock.

Oh, I know
I lived this life before
Somehow I know now
Truths I must be sure
Tossin' turnin', nightmares burnin'
Dreams of swords in hand
Sailing ships, the viking spits
The blood of father's land

4. Big Love (Live)--Lindsey Buckingham
It's the music more than the lyrics of this one that put it on the list. It's very manic, and I love it. But, of course, some of the words fit. It sort of speaks to the way that T feels. He's torn between his duty and his desire to just flat out take care of and protect Lili, who doesn't want or need to be protected.

Looking out for love
In the night so still
Oh I'll build you a kingdom
In that house on the hill
Looking out for love
Big, big love

5. Taking Over Me--Evanescence
Of course. The perennial soundtrack favorite. This song truly illuminates the way T feels about Lili, and, in some ways, the way she feels about him right back.

You don't remember me, but I remember you
I lie awake and try so hard not to think of you
But who can decide what they dream, and dream I do
I believe in you
I'll give up everything just to find you
I have to be with you
To live, to breathe
You're taking over me

6. Believe--Staind
This is another song that is a back and forth between Lili and T. In actuality, he has waited forever for her, and in the chorus, she's asking him to believe in her because she doesn't believe in herself.

I sit alone and watch the clock
Trying to collect my thoughts
All I think about is you
And so I cry myself to sleep
and hope the devil I don’t meet
In the dreams that I live through

Believe in me
I know you’ve waited for so long
Believe in me
Sometimes the weak become the strong
Believe in me
This life’s not always what it seems...

7. Cold Ground--Rusty Truck
This is a vampire song, naturally inspired by D. The words aren't specific to anything in the story, but the overall feel of the song is straight up D.

Close the door and turn the key
I lock the door and it's time to sleep
And all those pretty treasures are deep
Once revealed inside a dream
Diamonds shine on a water's edge
Never make it back from sea
To pray for nothing short of breath
Oh, no, never do we breathe

8. Where I Stood--Missy Higgins
The words to the first part of this song describe Lili's state of mind in the middle of the madness that her life becomes, and a part of it describes her confusion over T and her feelings for him.

I dont know what I've done
Or if I like what I've begun
But something told me to run
And, honey, you know me, it's all or none
There were sounds in my head
Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

9. Snow White Queen--Evanescence
This is another Lili song at the first part, but it's more from D's POV somewhat, and considering the dark subject matter of the song, it's obvious that his view of her is not a nice thing.

You'll never know the way your words have haunted me
I can't believe you'd ask these things of me
You don't know me
Now or ever

You belong to me, my snow white queen
There's nowhere to run, so let's just get it over
Soon I know you'll see, you're just like me
Don't scream anymore, my love, 'cause all I want is you

10. Hangman Jury--Aerosmith
Again, I have no idea how this song got in here. It's my subconscious working overtime. It's a completely bizarre song, and none of the words really fit. It's more the feel of the music.

11. The Beginning is the End is the Beginning--Smashing Pumpkins
Ooh, one of my favorite creepy songs. It's a nice bleak view of the world, and it's something Lili comes to realize over time. Her world is changed forever, and it's not pretty anymore.

Send a heartbeat to
The void that cries through you
Relive the pictures that have come to pass
For now we stand alone
The world is lost and blown
And we are flesh and blood disintegrate
With no more to hate

12. Together--The Kin
A Lili and T song, naturally. Due to reasons integral to the plot, I can't say why, but take it from me, it is.

Now that we see the signs
Can we walk this line together?
Now that we know it's time
Cane we walk this line together?

13. Bones--Little Big Town
Another sorta vampirey song, but it's more about the way that SOMEthing in T's past comes back to bite him in the ass in a big way. More that than, the book has a lot of people with a lot of secrets, and in the end, they always come out.

It's a long and hard row to hoe
When seeds that you sow
Grow by the wicked moon
Be sure your sins will find you out
The past will hunt you down
And return to tell on you

You've got bones in your closet
You've got ghosts in your town
Ain't no doubt, dear,
They're gonna come out
They're waiting for the sun to go down

14. This Woman's Work--Kate Bush
This is probably the most random song when you look at it in the context of the other songs on the list, but it perfectly illustrates the way that Lili has suddenly become this thing that is so important to so many people, and her work is what suddenly defines her.

I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left

I should be crying, but I just can't let it show.
I should be hoping, but I can't stop thinking
Of all the things I should've said that I never said
All the things we should've done, though we never did
All the things I should've given, but I didn't.
Oh, darling, make it go
Make it go away

15. Show Me What I'm Looking For--Carolina Liar
I'm actually surprised that I like this song. It has mucho religious overtones, but at the same time, the words just fit so perfectly that it couldn't be ignored.

Wait, I’m wrong
Should have done better than this
Please, I’ll be strong
I’m finding it hard to resist
So show me what I’m looking for

Save me, I’m lost
Oh lord, I’ve been waiting for you
I’ll pay any cost
Save me from being confused
Show me what I’m looking for
Show me what I’m looking for

16. Still Alive--Lisa Miskovsky
I love this song. It fits my book in that Lili has all this stuff coming down on her, and somehow she makes it through. It's a celebration of that.

You have changed
I have changed
Just like you, just like you
For how long, for how long
Must I wait
I know there's something wrong
Your concrete heart isn't beating
And you tried to make it come alive
No shadows, just red lights
Now I'm here to rescue you
I'm still alive
I'm still alive
I can't apologize, no
I'm still alive
I'm still alive
I can't apologize, no

17. Because the Night--10,000 Maniacs
Another tone more than words, but again, the words fit somehow. I really love this song, and when I hear it, I think of my story.

Take me now, baby, here as I am
Hold me close, and try and understand
Desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed

Come on now, try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand, as the sun descends
They can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now

So, there it is. This is the music that gets me going, the music that I'd hope people would listen to as they read the book. Just thought I'd share, and post for prosperity's sake.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Huzzah, back at it.

So I'm restarting my word counter now that I'm using Liquid Story Binder (FOR FREE BWUAHAH), it should be a lot easier to keep track of my word count.

In other news, I'm re-writing nearly the entire first chunk of my book. I've decided that orphans raised by the church are much more attractive than girls with murdered grandmothers. So, now I must redo everything, and I am very happy about that. I realized that I know nothing about grief because I've not lost any family members close to me, and I also realized that it's too close of a parallel of the Sookie Stackhouse books wherein her grandmother is murdered.

So, the old cliche orphan raised by the church it is. Huzzah!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Change of Latitude, Change of Attitude

So, I've decided to take a stab at National Novel Writing Month. Mostly to take a break from the book I'm currently writing, but aslo because I want to see if I can do it. It seems really interesting, and I have a few ideas floating around, and why not, really? What do I have to lose?

So starting November 1st, I'll be on hiatus from my current project and be starting on a new one. The word count will reflect that new novel, and we'll just see how it goes. I'm actually kind of excited.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Word about Word Counting

I went ahead and stole the word count meter from Jenny, but I should say that 100,000 is not my goal. I have no idea how long of a book that would be. It just sounded like a nice round number to shoot for. And the count that is displayed is not the actual word count. It's just the amount I've got since I started counting. When I get this stupid flash drive figured out, I'll start typing all the stuff I haven't counted yet and update it. But for now, for the last four days, that is what I've got. Not too bad. Or at least I don't think so.

Broke 1,000 words today. HUZZAH. I was very excited about that. And now I have officially finished an entire chapter. Plot-heavy chapter, but YAY WHOLE CHAPTER DONE WITH NO BREAKS! Go me!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Word count vs. Characterization

So, today was completely wasted in terms of word countage. I spent the usual hour at work writing and only managed to bang out 630 words. Boo at that. However, I did spend a good chunk of that time in character development in the sense that I created seven new characters in about 15 minutes. Granted, most of them will be just names with occasional appearances until their plot-driven deaths, but still. So the day wasn't completely a waste, but I just don't feel productive if I don't have five pages of text to show for it. That's probably stupid, but who said I make sense?

On the flip side of the coin, I'm completely stuck with Antagonist Lite (henceforth to be called AL). I know exactly the kind of character I want him to be, but he's being stubborn. I can't get the voice right at all, and I worry about him turning out like every other character like him that's ever been written. He's massively important, or at least he will be when I get into the meat of the story, so it's important that he's just right. It's just about driving me mad. I thought describing him physically would be the hard part and that the rest would just come easily. Boy, was I wrong.

Either way, it was a slightly productive day. Tomorrow will be better!

Monday, September 10, 2007


Today I worked on teh_book for roughly an hour at work, and BWUAHAHA, I came up with 978 words. w00t! I am very proud of that number, and I'm proud of the fact that the last 1500 words have been all in one continuous chapter. It's sort of a chapter that has no place just yet, but still. OMG! Go me!

All of this word counting is making me crazy to start typing up all the snippets and stuff I have to see just how many words I've written since I started this madness in the wee early morning hours of July 14th. I need to buy a compact flash drive, however, before I start that madness. I refuse to leave this just lying around for any randomite to just read.

Anyway, productive day. Huzzah and w00t again!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Word count madness

So, today I started to keep track of how many words I'm writing, which is probably stupid because when I get around to typing it up, the thing will count it for me, but I'd like to at least get an idea of my progress. I'm hand-writing everything right now, which is slow-going, but I feel like the whole thing is more real if I have something I can touch and feel to prove that I've done it. Plus, I can work on it no matter where I am, and I don't have to worry about being near my computer to do it.

Anyway, I only worked on it for about a half hour today, and in that half hour, I got about 300 words down, which isn't too shabby, I guess, considering I'm writing it all out. I'm not sure how long a chapter should be, or how long the whole thing should be, but I'm not too concerned with that. I'm more worried about getting the chapters to flow right, and right now, I've just got a bunch of little things all spaced out with nothing tying together. At least not really. I need to get things organized somehow.

I have also been toying with this idea of setting this thing a little in the future so I can play with certain elements of the location. It takes place in Louisville, but to make it my own, I've altered the terrain a little in the form of a big ol' flood wall around the city. I need to find a good map of Lville and map out where it all lies just to give myself a better idea of it, if nothing else. It makes the location my own and also gives me a place for all this insanity to play out. The idea of a vampire/fairy war spilling out onto the streets doesn't make much sense to me. But if there was a place within the city where nobody would really notice that sort of thing going on, it just works better. More as that develops.

Anyway, yes. Mildly productive day. Yay me!