Each year we hop in the car and head north to Oregon. We have relatives in several cities, and get to take in the breathtaking landscapes and partake in all sorts of outdoor activities. All of these photos were taken within a 20 minute drive of Florence, Oregon. This town is a favorite for those that live in Oregon. It offers an adorable downtown to hang out in, as well as, beaches, dunes, rivers, lakes, and forest. We try to fit in a couple of trips to the dunes on ATV’s, where several of these pictures are taken.
I was organizing a few photos and ran across this one from last summer. In addition to writing, I am passionate about photography. I just wish I had a little more time to practice. Anyway, this was captured in an animal park not far from the coast of Oregon.
Yes! I am usually listening to music when I write. I have playlists for certain types of scenes, as well as, specific characters.
Bowen’s theme music is easy, “Hysteria” by Muse. I listen to this song almost every time I begin to write a Bowen heavy scene. “Hysteria” on Spotify or “Hysteria” on Youtube (the video itself is no inspiration)
My theme music for Rosemond and George is “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra. I probably listened to this song 150 times while writing Allure. The yearning tone in this is perfect for the novel. To listen on Spotify: click here.
For both The Fallen Part 1 & 2 I have been listening to a lot of Hozier. Spotify.
I also have playlists for some of my books. The Nexus Playlist on Spotify: click here. (more…)
Forget finding recipes, advertising my books, and procrastinating from writing (gulp), I really use Pinterest as a research tool. I am a very visual person and I can never seem to remember what I bookmarked where. It’s kinda funny since I can plot an entire novel in my head and keep track of all the threads without really writing anything down. Maybe my brain is too full of plots and dialog to smoosh in anything else, but I digress.
1. I can use a secret board to research a novel; and after I publish the book, make it public.
This is an instant extra for my fans. They can look at the actual content I used to create my book and pictures that helped inspire me. Examples: The Watcher Series and Allure.
2. Beautiful pictures inspire me. Simple, but true.
3. I can create an ongoing list of reference tools that can be used over and over again.
I have these boards so far, but I am adding new pins on an almost daily basis.
Writing Reference: Characters
Information for character looks, descriptions, word lists, fashion, and more. (Pretty much everything having to do with the external appearance of characters, including facial expression).
Writing Reference: Weapons & Weaponry
This not only has references to knives, guns, and axes; but how to stand when throwing a knife or shooting a gun. I want my characters to be as realistic as possible, so I look up information like blood splatter patterns.
Writing Reference: This and That
A growing list of random resources like the “Psychology of Color”, “How to Write a Magic Spell,” and “Offbeat Nature Names.” So, basically, it is my miscellaneous board until I have enough pins to copy a group of pins to a new board.
Eras: Victorian Age 1837-1901
I have started keeping boards on different historical era’s for the future. My two most deveoped boards are for the Victorian Era and the 1920s (see Allure above).