Recs and music and writing stuff
+ The latest chat over on spnroundtable is still open for anyone to jump in – about point of view, chosing it, reading and writing it. There are some good points being made in the comments (and some good advice for newbie writers).
+ Story research is normally my bugbear. It's all fiddly details that no one else is going to notice, but that I have to get right, petty little stuff that makes google give me wtf messages. Times I've told myself I ought to stick to writing Harry Potter or Doctor Who, or better yet Green Wing – I mean, I just have to go to work and keep my eyes and ears open and I've got Green Wing stories right there! But right now, research is simply the best FUN. I'm taking a bit of myth from here and a bit of religion from there, mixing in a Chinese legend or two, adding a dash of science, cooking it until done, and I think I might just have a fabulous Supernatural plot. The world is my puppet!
+ Music for you: here's who I'm listening to this week [in one handy zip file if you want the lot or don't like YSI]
Brad Sucks – I Think I Started a Trend | Overreacting Sometimes he sounds sexy, sometimes he makes me laugh, especially when he's being all gently self-mocking. I like that in a guy, and it doesn't hurt in a musician too.
Andrew Bird – Skin Is, My Amazing song, layer upon layer of rhythm.
Ani DeFranco – Both Hands When it starts, I always think this is the score to a Peter Greenaway movie. It's a mixture that shouldn't really work – soaring orchestrals sliding into intimate voice and guitar and then blending all together – but somehow she pulls it together.
Bird York – In the Deep The theme to Crash - something soothing for the end of the day, sung by Toby's ex (West Wing fans).
Beck – Lost Cause Sea Change is actually my favourite Beck album – I love the delicacy of the acoustic guitar and down-beat lyrics.
And finally, ice_crystal sent me this link earlier in the week, because she knows how much I love Sigur Ros, and I was enthralled: Sad Song Video (even if you download the song, do watch the video as well). Fredo Viola – The Turn | Sad Song
+ It hasn't rained at all today, and my house isn't flooded. Good times, friends, good times!