Exciting things are happening.
The week before last, I completely redid the cover for A Heart of Salt & Silver. I’m so happy with how it turned out. I have a few more steps before I can reveal it to you all, but it’s coming.
But last week, something happened that hasn’t happened in a long time.
The sci-fi muses visited me.
The Regonia Chronicles has been sitting on the back burner for a while, like… a long ass time.
But while at work, I was listening to music and came across a song that just… resonated with the story.
It had an epic sound to it, with lots of dips and crescendos.
And I just started picturing the scenes from the book as if they were in a movie trailer.
And now, for the first time in about a year, I want to jump back into writing that one.
It’s insane the effect that music can have on us, especially in creative endeavors. Finding that perfect song to listen to during a scene can really make the writing experience that much better.
It’s part of why I’m trying something new with The Regonia Chronicles. I’ve written a soundtrack into it.
The Regonians of Daen Tribe are very music oriented. it’s deeply rooted into their culture. So, of course, when they hear human music, it’s a big deal. They notice the songs, and check displays for what song is playing.
So, when they check, I put the song title and artist (and year, because in the human society of 3018, songs over 1,000 years old are completely free, songs over 500 years old can be downloaded in batches of 100 for a single credit, over 250 years old cost a credit for 50, etc., so the year is necessary for their pricing.)
I’ve timed them for my reading speed, which I know isn’t universal. I’ll have to look up average reading speeds and go from there later. I’ll also need to make the playlist public on Google Play at some point. But those are tasks for editing.
Of course, the songs aren’t necessary for the reading experience and have no bearing on the plot. The books can be read without ever looking up a single song.
But I kinda like that extra element.
And it’s just one more thing that makes me excited to jump back into that series.
I just need to push through the rest of Second to None, first.
And if i’m being honest, this thriller may well turn into a short story. I’m about halfway through the plot and sitting at about 10,500 words.
So, basically, I just need to keep that song around me, wrap up in it like a blanket, and hammer through the rest of Second to None before the sci-fi muses desert me, again.
Which means I have some fun times ahead of me. Second to None is about to get bloody. Those characters have a lot to deal with.
But compared to the shit going down in book two of The Regonia Chronicles…
Let’s just say those humans and aliens are facing down some serious shit.
For now, I’m going to jump back into Second to None and wreak absolute havoc on some characters that are only just beginning to see how fucked up one of their friends really is.
If you want a peak at just how dark the human soul can get, check out my recent release, World for the Broken. This dark post-apocalyptic romance gets into the nitty gritty of human emotion and resilience.
Check it out here: mybook.to/WorldForTheBroken
Keep reading. Keep writing.