Inspirational Music Wednesday

Inspirational Music Wednesday

Hello, Stars! It’s another post with music that has inspired my writing. I would also love it in the comments if you could tell me what music has inspired you. For me, music is such an integral part of my writing, and I think this holds true for a lot of writers out there. If not, then my suggestion is you start to listen to music in genres that you enjoy. You’d be surprised how inspirational music can be for your writing. Let’s begin!

Stars Align by Lindsey Stirling

I really love this, not just for the music, the music video, and the incredible dancing, but also because it inspired the title for the third book in The Stars Trilogy. The title for the third book will be All Stars Align. It’s not just the title either that makes this piece so special to me. It’s the theme of the third book this piece has helped me with. When I finished The Stars Are Infinite, I put my characters in an incredibly difficult situation that I had no clue how I was going to get them out of. Because of this piece and another, I received my answers, so now I have an exciting direction to take the third book.

Gothic Lolita by Emilie Autumn

I think this is the third post this wonderful woman has been in. It’s so sad to say this, but I relate to this song stronger than ever now. This piece right here has inspired the majority of the poems in my tentatively titled chapbook, Pretty Girl, Unravel Me. A lot of the poems in my chapbook are based off personal experiences, like sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide, mental illness, emotional abuse, and so on and so forth. I would do anything to see her live and to meet her and talk to her over a cup of tea (I am a total tea snob!).

When I first listened to her, I listened–or at least tried–to a piece named “Opheliac.” At first, I didn’t like her style of music, but I decided to give it a second chance because I was in desperate need of something new to listen to. I listened to “Opheliac” again, and that’s when I fell in love with her. She is my number one favorite artist. I am so grateful I gave her another chance.

Imaginary by Evanescence

I can’t quite remember in what way this piece has inspired me. All I know is that it was an integral part of When Stars Die’s sequel, The Stars Are Infinite. Originally the sequel was supposed to be the first book, and it was titled Witch Tourniquet back then. Perhaps this piece helped me create Alice, who wished, and still wishes, for a life beyond the nightmare she’s currently living. I wish I could delve into the thoughts of fourteen-year-old me, but this was ten years ago when I first listened to this, and ten years ago when I fell in love with Evanescence. To this day I’m still watching out for new music from Amy Lee, who is now a solo artist. I can’t wait to see what she creates now that she is free to do what she wishes with her music.




Author Updates and Helpful Links and Advice for Writers and Readers

Author Updates and Helpful Links and Advice for Writers and Readers

GoodreadsAs you can see from the picture above, a Goodreads giveaway ended for me about a week ago. I also received more entries for this one, and over 1200 adds on Goodreads. Both these figures are an anomaly. The average entries are about 800 (including other countries added), and the average adds are about 8%. Mine was more like 50%. I do believe the cover alone lured in readers, and probably the description, too, but I’d mostly like to think Viola Estrella for creating such an amazing cover in the first place. The giveaway wasn’t helpful at all in terms of sales (I receive monthly reports), but hopefully all of those people who added the book will eventually get to it. I will be writing a post on conducting a successful Goodreads giveaway campaign on Sunday.

My post on Creating Effective Action Scenes is also still receiving attention on Tumblr. It has 704 notes and might have more by the time you read it. So if you want to learn how to create an effective action scene, this is the post to go to! I am also trying to draw more attention to two recent posts on there. But I believe my action scenes post is very popular because it’s more bite-sized than my two recent ones, although 88 notes and 50 notes isn’t too terrible. Tomorrow’s Tumblr post will be about the correct usage of commas, so that one will be bite-sized. My blog has also gained about 200 more followers because of these posts for a total of 940 followers. I would have much more than that if I had kept diligently posting.

If you are interested in using Tumblr as a platform, read this article, which, from my stats alone, is a very popular article on my blog.

When Stars Die also has 69 ratings on Goodreads, although Goodreads claims I received a review on March 3rd, which would make it 70. However, it hasn’t registered in the filter for some reason. It’s a nice little milestone for me.

I am also on the reading-out-loud phase of The Stars Are Infinite, meaning I am getting close to re-sending it back to my publisher. For now, enjoy When Stars Die. It has 30 reviews with a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

Helpful Articles for Writers

An Anon on Tumblr was having plot problems because this person couldn’t figure out how to interweave varying plot ideas. I simply told Anon to outline and found this article about the various types of outlines you can do. So if you wish to start outlining your novels, here is “Choosing the Best Outline Method for You,” an article at Writer’s Digest.

Here is interesting article I found on Twitter: Emergency Phone Apps to Save Your Heroine’s Life.

If you have a Tumblr, follow thewritingcafe. If you don’t have a Tumblr, I recommend that you get one. I feel like it is a must-have social marketing platform, and it isn’t too difficult to use once you get the hang of it. thewritingcafe exists to re-blog helpful articles found around the internet for writers and authors.

You can follow my author page to receive scores of updates from me. My author page is linked to both my Twitter and Tumblr.

Links for Readers

Readers, if you don’t have a Goodreads account, get one. This is such a great place to discover books your bookstore may otherwise not carry. Not all traditionally published books end up in bookstores, even if they are from the Big 6. There is limited shelf space in bookstores, and all books deserve a chance.

For voracious readers, I encourage you to buy an e-reader device. Not all books are released with print versions, so you could be missing out on some great stories by not having one. You can also get a Nook or a Kobo or some other type of device to suit your comfort levels.

Get on social media to discover new books. Twitter and Tumblr are two places I recommend. You can interact with authors you adore on these websites, and what reader doesn’t want author interaction?

Follow my personal assistant’s blog for poetry.

Friday’s post will involve something in the world of publishing. I wanted to end this with a picture quote from When Stars Die, but WordPress is not allowing me to insert any more pictures for some odd reason. So I will just end it with a regular quote from my novel instead.

“However we die…I will make certain we all die free.”