Things have gotten all heavy and busy up in here, so today I thought I’d stop waxing philosophical on female authors and YA, and being inspired by the Olympics, and strange book comparisons, and just have some fun. This, of course, means music, but I’ve also been reading some good stuff recently when I needed to relax and not write (or, in one case, when I had The Plague and could do little more than whine and sniffle.)
Magical Bird Book does not so much have a playlist as it has the entire Decemberists catalogue on repeat, especially the song linked below, The Infanta, and Shankill Butchers, with a few other things thrown in for fun. Some Mumford & Sons, some Johnny Flynn, a ballet which will for now remain nameless so as to keep Magical Bird Book shrouded in mystery, the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack, one specific piece from a Harry Potter movie.
All credit to my agent for finding this, which is the coolest thing ever done to a completely ridiculous song:
The original music from this, which (the video) was Magical Bird Book’s original inspiration, in its way:
When not writing and/or listening to music, or watching YouTube videos, I’ve been reading this summer. Some highlights:
Absolutely the best book I’ve read this year was The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. It’s adult, not YA, and a gorgeous, sweeping, epic love story set against the Battle of Troy. It was one of those books that left me bereft when it was over, just because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.
On Writing, by Stephen King. I’m not a particular Stephen King fan–nothing against him, and there are a few books of his I like–but this memoir is wonderful. Well told, full of advice without being preachy, and entertaining.
I was also lucky enough to get my greedy hands on an advance copy of The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, a middle grade gothic-steampunk-faery story. Read it when it comes out in September. DO IT. It’s amazing, and the prologue will slap you in the face. In that good way.