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Guest Post: Scott Seldon

Guest Post: Scott Seldon

      Good morning world! Welcome to Week Two of the Tasha Turner Coaching/MasterKoda VBT!
      This week’s scheduled guest is a rockin’ sci-fi writer and the author of two books available at his Smashwords page, “Well of Dreams”, a novel, and “Edge of Hyperspace”, a collection of short stories.
      Check out his musings about music and writing below and try not to miss your usual “Tuesday’s Tunes” post too much. Hah!
      Without further ado… Scott Seldon!

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      When I was editing my book, Well of Dreams, a year ago, I found the perfect music that set the mood, Daft Punk’s score for Tron: Legacy. It is dark, energetic, and beautiful. I played it while I read and edited and it just felt perfect.

      I’ve been using existing music to accompany my book reading for most of my life. I find certain albums that I feel perfectly fit the book and then I put them on repeat as I read. Vangelis’ Direct for Asimov’s Robin/Foundation series is a particular favorite. I find that like the musical score for a movie, having music when I read just sets the mood perfect.

      However it is a different story when I’m writing. What I enjoy listening to while reading makes for horrible writing music. I have to turn up the energy a few notches. While I prefer instrumental music to accompany my reading, my writing music mostly has lyrics. When I read I turn to Vangelis, Delerium, John Williams, James Horner, Enya, David Arkenstone, and Keiko Matsui, but when I write, it is usually Lady Gaga, Madonna, Nadia Ali, Slade, Gregorian, or Comcast’s Music Choice Jazz. To write to it, it has to have energy, power, and never be something I could fall asleep to. For one thing, I need it to drown out the outside world. I use it as a wall to block out things and go into my writing space.

      For Well of Dreams, there really wasn’t any particular piece of music that stood out when I was writing. When I was reading it, the tracks Overture and Rinzler really seems to hit a chord. Rinzler really seemed to nail my main character, Ven Zaran. It is especially appropriate when you consider who Rinzler is in Tron: Legacy and Ven Zaran’s troubled past. Rinzler’s story is pretty straight forward. I prefer more complex characters and Ven is definitely that. I’m still discovering more about him and I’ve been writing about him for nearly 10 years. That track just seems to fit him musically. It starts simple and the music grows in complexity and builds, similar to the way Ven’s background grows more complex and as Well of Dreams progresses until in the end, the story climaxes and resolves.

I have Ven’s next tale penned and will almost certainly be putting on the Tron: Legacy as it pull it out again to do the final proof edits. I wonder which track will fit with Ven’s encounter with the Pirates of I’ab. I’d challenge the readers and writers out there who listen to music in conjunction with their novels, to think of what music they connect with different books and characters.

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Scott SeldonScott Seldon lives with his family in Colorado and works as an IT administrator. Visit his website for the latest updates and to find where his books are sold.

Snippet Sunday: [redacted]

Snippet Sunday: [redacted]

      Today’s excerpt comes from … uh…. *ahem**
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      Well, I had hoped to have Part Two of “Pirate Booty: The Legend of Mim” ready for you all today, but alas… I missed my own deadline. Sometimes, a girl just bites off a little more than she can chew and this week (what, with Camp NaNoWriMo beginning, finishing the editing of “Incandescence” and starting “Inferno”, plus work, home life, it being a gaming week, and a multitude of other things popping into my brain) was one of those weeks.
      That said, I am off to sprint my way through the opening chapters of “Inferno” this afternoon. I promise to have a new Snippet for you all next Sunday — and a music-themed guest post for the VBT in the next few days!
      Until then, just keep swimming.
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      What would you like to see next week on Snippet Sunday? More “PB: TLoM”? Something from the first draft of “Inferno”? Something new from “Incandescence”? Something else entirely? Comments, questions, suggestions appreciated – let me hear about it below!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

[PPNote: Oh, by the by, you can catch my post “More Than Words” at Natalie Star’s blog this week! I’m so honored to be hosted by her!]

Hot like Fire

Hot like Fire

      Aaaaaaand we’re off!
      Camp NaNoWriMo officially began today, June 1st, and with it, I put the first words to page on “Inferno”, the sequel to my WIP “Incandescence”. The chapter I began with is not chronologically the first one in the outline (which is still incomplete…oy vey, too many irons in the fire!) but I could not wait to get back into OLDLADYNAME’s head again and find out what has happened in the interim.
      Er… yeah. I was waiting for her to tell me.
      I started with her because she is not (generally) in the middle of the action. She’s on the periphry, sharing her knowledge and experience, relating things about the world and plot that other characters (especially those who ARE directly in the fray) cannot. And she spends a lot of time thinking or telling stories rather than being out there, doing the deeds, so maybe readers would think to skip her POV chapters. I don’t know.
      But I love them. I love writing them, I love re-reading them, I love her. I love discovering things she knows that I did not even realize she knew until it came out on the page. OLDLADYNAME is an enigma cocooned in a conundrum swathed in perplexity wrapped in bacon (because everything is better with bacon). She’s such a strange little old thing with such a big heart, this iron-clad faith, and great anecdotes about peeing the woods.
      I know, I know. I’m babbling.
      I’m just very excited to be (temporarily) back to composing rather than editing. I’ve really been struggling with some stuff in “Incandescence” – though mostly its just insecurity – and I’m ready to lay it aside for a few days so I can really concentrate on “Inferno”.
      So. Show of hands – who out there is participating in Camp NaNo this year? I’m hoping to do both June and August, myself! I love the challenge and daily impetus to JUST WRITE that comes from NaNo. What’s your favorite part of NaNo?

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.