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The Music of Our Words

14 Jul

 

What do you listen to when you write? Do you listen to music? Or to white noise? The sea or windchimes or birdsong? Or to nothing at all?

This morning mine is Tartanic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2HMKpOYel4&feature=share&list=PL16EFDDBDFDFC7E2B) and Cast in Bronze (http://www.youtube.com/user/CarillonBellsMan)

Have you ever thought of changing up what you listen to? How would it change your writing? The tempo? The message?

This morning I’ve been playing around with music and creating my own mix to listen to over the next few weeks, and I’ve found that I can create in myself differnt moods even within my writing that kind of go along with what I’m listening to. I know it plays a role in how the words flow and how I lose myself in the writing, but I hadn’t realized that I can influence myself with what I’m listening to.

I’ve started taking one minute videos every (okay, almost every) day of something that strikes me. Some mornings it is the birds at sunrise, sometimes the cicadas at sunset. Others a moment caught when I’m out doing something with my family. I have my phone with me always and I capture moments in time that I think maybe I would like to be able to call back to mind easily later. I use these videos much like music on my iPod or on YouTube, to call a certain mood or frame of mind back to now.

How do you use the tools that you have at hand? How could you? I know in my life, I’m busy enough that I may not take the time at any given moment to capture the words that I maybe could capture but I capture a few words (sometimes on audio on my phone, sometimes as a note, sometimes just as a picture stolen in a second) and call back the memory later, when I have just a little more time.

There are shortcuts and tools all around us, what music can you capture today?  How can you make your words dance?

 

On Using What You Have

4 May

Let me preface this with the fact that I’m a geek. I love technology and use it to help me whenever I can.
So, I was helping my son last night with the first day of his new job. He has started working for a company that puts those annoying fliers on the door of your house. Apparently there are a lot of people who work at doing this, part time. They hire on a daily rate. But when they don’t send you out until lunch time, you start to run into the evening hours trying to get done. So, last night, I helped him finish up his last housing area.
As I walked, I lost myself in soaking up the atmosphere of the housing area we were in. It was incredibly rich with sensory input. The houses lent themselves to places a character might find himself or where one might find herself at some point in the plot. There were sounds and smells and colors and textures that were too fresh and concrete to miss out on. But I had an arm load of fliers in one hand and my purse doubling as a tote bag for the rest of the fliers on my back. I didn’t have time to really stop to take notes, even if I had been carrying my journal and my pen with me (which I wasn’t).
I realized I had my phone. It’s a smart phone. I remembered that people say that there is no excuse for not taking pictures on the spur of the moment when you are out because all phones, now, have a camera built right in. And I remembered that mine also has notepad built right in (that synchs to the cloud so even if I got hit by a truck I would have the notes on another device) and a voice recorder. So as I went, I took pictures. I recorded voice notes. I stopped under trees to catch my breath and took quick notes in text format. I used what I had at hand to capture the moment.
Sometimes it isn’t about being in the perfect place to write, but writing in the place that you find yourself.
I also have come to realize that, given the fact that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and that there are days that I don’t feel up to carrying my journal with me everywhere, I always have my phone. I always have my apps. And it is the perfect tool to allow me to get in a little extra writing when I’m out and about and have some time to take some time. I can be gentle with myself and still feel productive and in touch with myself by using what I can use in ways to fit my life. And I don’t have to spend a small fortune, I can use the apps that are built in or that are free to make do.
It’s important to come to terms with where you are in your writing adventure and make use of the tools that help you with your walk

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