Jan 22, 2012

update from the cave

Hello loves! Since it is Sunday, I'm taking a break from my usual 4-5 hours of revising every day, which means I can pop in and give another update.

I'm through about 4.5 pages of my 6.5 pages of notes. Not bad. Not bad. Let's just hope that what I'm doing works!

Today I thought I would share with you some of the things that are helping me through the process of editing and revising. One of the really major things right now is MUSIC. It's almost impossible for me to work without it. I love finding music that suits the mood of each scene I'm working on and playing it into the ground. The songs I've recently acquired (and loved) are as follows:

Imogen Heap - Minds Without Fear

I love Imogen Heap so much. And I love Asian infused music (see Yoshida Brothers), so this new release is pretty perfect for me. 

Snow Patrol- Lightning Strike

This song is all sorts of awesome. It breaks my heart and makes me want to cry every time I hear it (which, when you're trying to write a scene about longing and grief, is a really good thing).

The Books ft Jose Gonzalez - Cello Song

Jose Gonzalez has been a staple for a lot of scenes I've worked on. This song is a good example of his tone, contemplative and brooding (but good).

This is just a sampling of the songs I've been playing (and replaying) for the past few weeks. If you have any music suggestions I would LOVE to hear them. I'm always looking for good new music.

But music hasn't been the only thing I've relied on while revising. I've also been reading. I got some amazing books for Christmas:

All of these have been pushing me and inspiring me to up the ante with my writing--creating atmosphere with language both poetic and beautiful.

I've also been snacking. Butter Rum Lifesavers and lots of Earl Gray Tea (which is important in my story actually. One day you'll read why!)


  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone changed the way I look at story. Incredible. I loaned my copy to my sister, and have yet to get it back. She read it twice. I should have just bought a copy for her...

  2. I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It's that rare combination of phenomenal/lyrical writing, amazing plot and perfect otherworldliness that makes it a 5 star in my rating book. So good.

  3. Ryan, that's crazy, those were the last few books I read! I loved them all, especially SCORPIO RACES and DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. MISS PEREGRINE was great too. Great presents to get!

  4. Reading great books really does fuel my writing. I'm always on the lookout for more!