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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Writer's Playlist

Different writers are attracted to all different kinds of music. While the song "Counting Stars" may put a temporary dent in one writer's thinking cap, it may provide huge inspiration to another. With the power of music, writers (and people, in general) are often inspired to go the extra mile, or encouraged by the song's amount of emotion. That is where a writer's playlist comes in.

As I mentioned a little bit ago, different writers react differently to certain styles of music (for me, I find new age and Celtic music the most relaxing to listen to). And many different situations may cause a writer's feelings to change towards a particular song. For example, my friend knew I disliked one of her songs, but would jokingly play it whenever I was near. With time, I began to love the song, because the only times I would listen to it would be when I was spending time with her. And the same goes for writing.

When I was on my first draft of my novel-in-progress, there were certain songs I'd use for inspiration. These songs helped me through a lot, and now, whenever I start the playlist, I find inspiration, sanctuary, and maybe even some encouraging memories.

Here is a list of all the songs I tended to listen to while writing my first draft of When the Sky Cries.

1. "The Hills of Home" by Kevin Braheny and Tim Clark.

2. "What You Never Know" by Hayley Westenra.

3. "Wild Child" by Enya.

4. "Our Farewell" by Within Temptation.

5. "If I Die Young" by the Band Perry.

6. "The Dragon's Breath" by David Arkenstone.

7. "She Moved Through the Fair" by Celtic Thunder.
(Unfortunately, I was unable to find a YouTube video for this one.)

8. "Let Me Lie" by Hayley Westenra.

9. "For Eamonn" by Nightnoise.

10. "May It Be" by Lisa Kelly.

11. "Only Time" by Enya.

12. "You Raise Me Up" by Celtic Woman.

13. "The Journey Home" by John Doan.

Finding your "writer's playlist" may take time (or you may already have one!), but it is certainly worth it to find. I've learned so much from my playlist, and have gained so much inspiration from it! Finding your musical inspiration is most definitely a quest to embark upon!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Events of Nightwind Court -- October 2015

What a crazy start to schooling it has been! It feels as if time has been flying by, but at the same time, simply dragging on. Thank goodness there's this blog to update. :)

Let's look at a few recent happenings around here, shall we?

Five Magic Spindles entry-in-progress.

It seems as my life has been revolving around this contest. Just last month was the September show-and-tell on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog. ...How was it just last month?! And not to mention that I've started my fourth draft of my novella. I must admit, however, that the story is picking up progress, and so far, I am very pleased with it.

Five Magic Spindles research.

Having a good friend entering Five Magic Spindles with me has been so encouraging! So now, I've been loaned a couple of lovely books to read to assist me with my "research".

And they are...

That's right! Five Enchanted Roses from Rooglewood Press and Cold Iron/Clementine/Carabas by Sophie Masson!

The first one I am inexpressibly thrilled about, and the latter I can't wait to read! I've begun Five Enchanted Roses from the last story, The Wulver's Rose by Hayden Wand, and it. Is. Amazing. I read from the prologue all the way to chapter five when I first received it, and am now lingering on chapter ten, attempting to get some homework completed without thinking about the story too much... ;)

First blogiversary.

Did I mention that Tuesday marked my one-year blogiversary? You can check out the celebratory post regarding that over at this link.

And below is a blog button to share, just in case you're interested! You can link it back to: oliviakfisher.blogspot.com.

New bookshelf additions.

Well, the bookshelf nearest to my bed has received a couple of new additions (as of yesterday)! Let's give a warm welcome to Elizabeth Rudnick's A Frozen Heart and Rick Riordan's The Sword of Summer -- both of which I am ecstatic to read!

And look! The Sword of Summer has come with a special edition "Nine Worlds" poster! Isn't it lovely?

...A blurry and rather unprofessional picture, yes, I know. :)

A package from China.

I don't even know why I'm sharing this. Perhaps it's the fact that I've never received a package directly from a foreign country, before. But here it is! And I love it. :D

Audition for The Snow Queen... and callbacks!

My school's new theatre company is doing its first ever play -- The Snow Queen! And, taking a huge step out of my comfort zone, I auditioned on Wednesday. And Thursday were the callbacks.

...Well, now I've received a role! Three to four, in fact! (I even got the one I wanted!!)

What a month! Yes indeed, I shall be incredibly busy! But busy is good, is it not? :)

(I am hoping that after the holidays, I'll be able to spend more quality time with my writing... and less with my homework! :P )

Well, what about you? How are your plans going for this October? What major tasks are you planning to accomplish? :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's My Blogiversary!

Exactly one year ago, back in the days of my small desk by the window, I sat typing away, ecstatic over the fact that I now had a blog to call my very own. I admit that my very first blog post was a bit awkward, and for quite awhile, I am sure that I gave my handful of readers the impression of a crazed psychopath (what with all my posts of points I'd failed to make, rather bizarre images of David Tennant as a sheep, and the issue of my ignorance towards copying and pasting into Blogger).

But what an amazing year of blogging it's been. Let's look at a few "fun facts":

So it's been a great first year of blogging, and thank you all for accompanying me through it! Here's to many more! :)


As of September sixteenth, 2015, this blog has been reformatted. However, all posts before that date have not been updated to fit the new format, and may not be as simple to read.

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