Monday, June 23, 2008

Music to Quiver to

Ok, anyone who knows me knows that music drives me. It's an integral part of what makes me who I am. And in a lot of cases, music is what inspires a lot of my writing. Especially my erotica.

Anyone who's read some of my older stories can see the influence of music in them. I often picture the action timed with the soundtrack before I can write the words. The trouble is being able to be descriptive enough without being redundant, or long winded. It's not easy walking that fine line. You don't want to lose the reader, but you want to be able to do the scene, and your characters, justice.

Sometimes it's not the whole song that makes my knees turn to jelly, or gets me hot. Sometimes it's just one or two lines. Example - I'm sitting here, listening to music and praying that I win the lottery so I don't have to come back to this soul-sucking-life-killing day job that I can't fucking stand, and Hysteria by those long haired gods of rock comes on. And yes - I mean Def Leppard. The song plays, and while it registers with my brain, nothing happens until these lyrics send my body quivering.

I've gotta know tonight
If you're alone tonight
Can't stop this feeling now
Can't stop this fight

Suddenly I'm seeing two bodies, standing an inch apart, barely touching, and the heat between them could melt an ice cap in the South Pole. Putting myself in one of the bodies, I can feel the others breath on my neck...can feel their pulse through their fingers, which aren't even touching skin...can see the moisture beading up in the hollow of their throat...

Ummm, sorry. Where was I?

Yep, this happens often.

It's not always a hot scene either. I mean, well, it can be. But there's another one that goes through my head on a constant basis. It involves a past lover, and all we'd gone through. When I hear Chasing Cars, from Snow Patrol, suddenly I go back in time, and all the good times we had play out, like in a music video. And I feel like I'm a ghost or a spirit, standing, watching, but not seen. I keep thinking that it would be a great video if I knew anyone who did that sort of thing, and then I would have to convince the ex to go for it. So it's the sort of thing that's better left either in my head or on paper. Unfortunately, without listening to the song, I doubt it would hold a lot of poignency for the reader. So in my head it shall remain.

Enough schmaltz. I hate when I get that way. I spend so many moments crying over stupid shit, I don't want to relive it and cry some more.

So some songs that really inspire me *wink wink*? Let's see what Mr Ipod can cough up.

*Moonlight Desires - Lawrence Gowan
*Another - Glen Burtnick
*Blue Monday - remake by Fluke
*Closer - NIN
*Animal - Def Leppard
*Lips of An Angel - Hinder
*Love In An Elevator - Aerosmith
*Wicked Games - Chris Issac
*One Night Love Affair - Bryan Adams
*Cry Little Sister - Sisters of Mercy
*Bring me To Life - Evanessence
*Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
*Master & Servant - Depeche Mode
*Sunrise - Simply Red
*Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
*Broken - Seether
*almost anything by Nickleback
*Your Song - Ewan McGregors version
*When You Were Young- The Killers

And those are just a brief sampling of the over three thousand tunes I have on my iPod. They don't count the ones that make my knees weak for personal reasons...otherwise I'd have to list over a thousand songs. Maybe I'll do another post in the future.

Not like I ever get a lot of responses, but I'll ask anyway - does music inspire your writing? And if so, is there a particular band (Dayle, I know the answer to this one for you LOL), or one song in particular that has been uber-inspiring?

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Shouting it from the rooftops

I have received notification (and the contract) that I am OFFICIALLY going to be published in FRENZY, from Cleis Press, which will hit shelves sometime in October!!! (But can be pre-ordered now by following the link *wink wink*)

This is my first story being published in actual print (ever) and it's my first erotic story that's been submitted for publication. Of course it was requested by the wonderful Trollop with a Laptop, the amazing and talented Alison Tyler - who now has a page in Wikipedia (and I say it's about damn time).

I posted about the book about a month and a half ago, but it turns out it was a little premature. It was also titled Flash Fucking back then. So the title has changed and I am so proud to be a part of it with talented authors like Jeremy Edwards and Andrea Dale, both of whom are names to be reckoned with in the genre.


Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got.
-Sophia Loren