Saturday, 29 May 2010

"Wake up, open the door, and escape to the sea"

My new song obsession is Blaqk Audio's 'Wake Up, Open the Door, and Escape to the Sea'. The song does not at any point use those words, but it's a lovely, lovely song anyway. Any fellow fans out there? 

I've been listening to it so much, I'm probably going to hate the very mention of it in a few days. I hope not, though, because it's done such an amazing job of inspiring me! The moment I started listening to it, about a thousand images from Book Two of ECHOES leapt into my head, and my characters started talking to each other, and it was just wonderful to sit there and listen.

What song can't you stop playing today? How has it inspired or moved you?

I read Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver for the first time this week. If you haven't read it, do. It's amazing. I read like a maniac, but even I haven't read a book I've loved this much in a while. I've also been reading some retellings of 'Beauty and the Beast', like Robin McKinley's Beauty and Alex Flinn's Beastly, both of which I really liked.

I'm going to stay at Steve's for a couple of weeks on Monday, so my blogging might be a little erratic, but odds are it shouldn't change.

I've created a new page for the blog, where I describe each of my present and ongoing writing projects. I thought this would be nice to have, but also useful for any of you who are new to the blog or who lose track of what I'm referring to when I mention a certain book. The link's at the top, right beneath the header, next to the 'Home' page. Hopefully it's bright and noticeable, and I do hope you'll take a peek sometime!

To any aspiring writers who are daunted by the finding-an-agent process, Roland has a great post about how to get yourself out of the slushpile over here.

Finally, just a reminder about the Character Interview Blogfest on the 15th of June. Do join in, I'm sure we'll all have lots of fun getting our characters to be cooperative! The signup sheet's in the sidebar, below my little greeting. If you're interested, pop your details in the linky stuff and you're good to go!


  1. yay - coming to see meeee!

    and i am in love with rick astley, never gonna give you up atm. its mint.

    and good to hear that you've got all your writing inspiration for E2 back... gonna write some for me to read yet ?!?

  2. Hmmm... I've had Bonobo's latest album "Black Sands" on a loop for a while now. In fact, I paused it to listen to "Wake up, open the door, and escape to the sea". I'm coming to the conclusion that we have fairly different tastes... but similar values.
    It makes for interesting conversation, well at least it does for me. : j

  3. Ah, so in other words, you hated the song? Fair enough, I've often found that my tastes differ from most other people's! And I agree, it does make for interesting conversation :)

  4. I wouldn't go so far as say I hated it... It just doesn't inspire much anything in me.
    I heard it, I analyzed it, and came away shrugging with a handful of identified component pieces that didn't move me.