4/15/2021

2021 M : Music For the Soul and Inspiration

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I admit I don't always have music on when writing. Jotting notes in a doctor's office while waiting for your appointment or during an ICU bedside vigil isn't conducive to playing tunes. But that doesn't mean that music is not part of my writing life. Although each book tends to have its own playlist, certain songs trigger a mood or emotion so that the tunes transfer from book to book.


Celtic flute and harp always send my mind to a fantasy world where magic rules and dragon fly. On the player now is "Celtic Twilight" by Gabrielle Angelique.

Music for a quest, hopelessness, and loneliness is conveyed by the haunting piano solo played at the end of each episode of The Incredible Hulk.

Roger Whitaker's "The Last Farewell" sets the tone for the night before the battle; while "Ireland's Call" by Celtic Thunder takes me into the fight. The cost of duty and honor is covered by songs from my younger days. I acknowledge that it dates me,  I know them from the original time of release.

  • "Twelve O'Clock High" -- a little haunting, a little thunder, battle fever is quickened by this theme from a television series of the same name
  • When combined with "The Last Farewell, "Lullaby" by Sgt. Barry Sadler emphasizes that the cost of duty is not just between lovers, but can also involve children.
Sometimes just a few notes can take you to another place and time or focus a character in your mind. For Hatchling's Mate and Hatchling's Vengeance, "Desperado" from the Eagles set the title characters, Lord Talann Fitheach and Glynnes firmly in my mind. I couldn't decide on what song to use for Gynnes as her own. One was "Brothers In Arms" chosen because she was as much as warrior as any man... and paid the price. 

If the songs or the story they've inspired sound intriguing, click on the covers in the banner for excerpts of what the music helped create.

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~till next time, Helen

4/14/2021

2021 L : Life

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In the course of living, you may be called upon to wear many hats. As a caregiver, I've needed to be a physical therapist, medication manager, speech therapist, chauffeur and practical duty nurse. Among the more mundane tasks are cooking, cleaning, and laundry.

With all those many hats, life often interrupts writing. The tales my characters have demanded told have been captured during late-night bedside vigils, in doctor offices, and while sitting on hard, plastic chairs in emergency rooms.

There are other ways that life can affect writing and its associated activities. COVID-enforced isolation severely impacted meeting other writers. Yes some events went virtual and the lectures could theoretically be listened to, the events were generally smaller with fewer speakers which reduced the possibility of giving one. The caregiving function added even more problems. Conflicting appointments and calls for help (a bathroom run was always needed just as an interesting program started) always seemed to haunt when I tried to attend meetings, workshops, or conventions.

Here's to hoping that 2021 is a better run than 2020.




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~ till next time, Helen

4/13/2021

2021 K : Kia


 

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Introducing Lady Kiansel of the Temple of Givneh. Her family has served the Temple for generations--and they have the ability to wield magic in service of others. Kia's father helped hold the barrier during the countering of Bashim's geas on Dal the archmage.

 

Her brother is the current head of the temple. But he wasn't always. For a time, an imposter, Bashim, used the devotion of the Oracle's followers to boost his magic. He transformed the community of service to a cult whose primary tenet was magic is evil. Except his of course, which was not used to help people but was based on banned black magic. It was during this time Kia received the scar on her forehead that her bangs cover. A scar received from one of the mercenaries who fulfilled Bashim's orders. 

The dichotomy of Kiansel's life is illustrated in the pendant she inherited from her ancestress. Embossed with the symbol of the Oracle as her personal talisman it represents her attachment to the Temple. However, like her mother before her, Kia also feels the pull of magic. But to answer the call means having to turn her back on her family and the temple.

To learn Kia's decision, read Windmaster Golem. One click to estores.

If you're following other blogs in the challenge, here's the master list of the other participants.

To make following the hop easier, here is the link to all my posts. Just remember, the next day's post isn't live until midnight.

~ till next time, Helen