Sunday, March 30, 2014

Creative Writing Playlists

I'm sure I am not the only person who listens to music when writing my stories or working on my Fictional Milieu. I have two basic playlists that I listen to when writing or mapping. 

The first is entirely Orchestral Scores/Symphony type stuff. I use it primarily when writing action or battles. As one can imagine, given my last post, John Williams figures big on this list. But so does John Powell. I love his work. He is the natural successor to Lord Williams in my humble opinion.

The Lone Wolves Playlist #1:

Our Last Hope- Two Steps From Hell*
El Dorado- Two Steps From Hell
All is Hell that Ends Well- Two Steps From Hell
Lacrimosa Dominae- Trailerhead*
The Slave Children's Crusade (from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)- John Williams
Coming Back Around (from How to Train Your Dragon)- John Powell
Goa (from The Bourne Supremacy)- John Powell
Raider's March (from Raiders of the Lost Arc)- John Williams
The Asteroid Field (from The Empire Strikes Back)- John Williams
Willow (from Willow)- James Horner
Battle in the Mutara Nebula (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)- James Horner
Imagine the Fire (from The Dark Knight Rises)- Hans Zimmer

Playlist número dos is a completely different animal. It's kind of a little bit over everything. I mean, it's really all over the damn place. As much as I love the first playlist, well, sometimes you just need to take a break.

The Lone Wolves Playlist #2:

Making Love Out of Nothing At All- Air Supply
The Heat of the Moment- Asia
Dr. Feelgood- Motley Crüe
Just Like Paradise- David Lee Roth
Love Will Turn You Around- Kenny Rogers
Islands in the Stream- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Bawitaba- Kid Rock
Sing- My Chemical Romance
Careless Whisper- George Michael
Blaze of Glory- Bon Jovi
I Don't Care- Fallout Boy
The Heat is On- Glenn Frey
Right Round- Flo Rida
Country Girl (Shake it for me)- Luke Bryan
Glory of Love- Peter Cetera
Sweater Weather- The Neighborhood
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight- England Dan & John Ford Coley
Hysteria- Muse
Sleeping With a Friend- Neon Trees
Witch Hunt- MDMFK
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)- Big & Rich
After the Rain- Nelson
Emotion- Samantha Sang
Lay All Your Love On Me- ABBA
Ready to Take a Chance Again- Barry Manilow
Living After Midnight- Judas Priest
Burning Love- Elvis Presley
The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
Girlfriend- Matthew Sweet

I usually set Playlist #1 on Repeat for a few hours while only taking one turn around #2 every time I listen.

*Two Steps From Hell & Trailerhead are two groups that produce music for Hollywood to use in movie trailers and have began to get followings for their stuff amongst some pretty loyal fans. You may not recognize their names but if you watch movie trailers or commercials, it's almost certain you've heard them.

Monday, March 17, 2014


So, at one time, roughly two years ago, I was listening to Pandora Radio quite a bit. I stopped after a while because, for some reason, Pandora can't get it through its stupid algorithm the fact that I can't stand The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Can't stand it. I hate the damn movies and I hate the damn score.

I typically listened to my John Williams station and would up vote anything by him, Hans Zimmer (especially The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises),Basil Polidouris, James Horner (Khan!!!!) Of course this means I would get a lot of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and The Wrath of Khan (which is great writing music, by the way). And I am more than OK with all of that. They're like the symphonic score to my childhood. 

But I would down vote Howard Shore's music at every turn. 

It got to the point where I would put Pandora on so that I could listen to music while doing the dishes every night and I was continuously taking a break to dry my hands and then scramble for the little 'Thumbs Down' icon whenever it tried to float the score form that turd of a movie trilogy past me. So, I took a break from Pandora and eventually just made a couple of great playlists of my own on iTunes.

Fast forward to about three weeks ago, I finally joined the 21st century and got a Smart Phone that had Pandora already installed. I thought, "What the heck? I'll give it another try."

 And you know what?

 Effing Pandora still insists on trying to make me like this craptastic music by pushing it on my every other effing song!!!!

Ugh. Back to iTunes. Which is too bad, because Pandora has introduced me to a few gems, most notably Lindsey Stirling's Legend of Zelda Medley. It's awesome. But I spent too much on this phone to chuck it through a window when it really isn't the phones fault at all. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pandemonia: The Filthsea

Far below the city of Darkstar, below even the labrynthine sewers of the known world's largest city is the Filthsea.

The Filthsea fills the bottom of a cavern so wide you can't see the far side from the shore near the falls that pour into the water from the sewers above it. The Filthsea was once crystal clear, pure and filled with subterranean marine life; collossal jelly fish glowing blue and purple, blind albino cave whales, and other more alien creatures. 

And then the sewers above eroded a hole through the ceiling of the Filthsea's cavern. The waterfall of sewage that cascades into the Filthsea dwarfs even the Drammenstorm Falls of the Redwood Reach. All manner of garbage and waste falls into the Filthsea and it has long since been a nauseous green and brown water of mutated marine giants and other more terrifying entities.

The Sewer Infantry rarely goes there as the Salmoraxii have made the shores of the Filthsea into one of their bigger settlements and footholds on this side of the Gate from their home world. One day, the more forward thinking, competent commanders of the Sewer Infantry hope to mount an offensive and take the fight straight to the Salmoraxii.