WIP: Progress To Music


Though I spent the day with daughter as usual, I actually managed to get some work done. In the afternoon, we went to my weekly marketing meeting, which was productive as always, and I was able to get some good work done on the train on the way over. In the evening I was exhausted, but I went to bed early and woke up at midnight to get some more work done.

Spring Rains

 [Cover of Spring Rains: A Victor Storm Novel by T.F. Torrey] I will be so happy when this book is done. At every step I’m having to do the slow, cumbersome work of resolving the differences between when I wrote the first snippets of the scene and the thing the book has turned into. Also, some days I am plagued by the feeling that the book is cheesy, obvious, and bad. Today was one of those days.

Sonic Pi

A few weeks ago, I saw a post on BoingBoing about a musician who had worked with The Velvet Underground creating something called “minimal drone” music, a style was not familiar with. When I looked into it, I found it was kind of a simplified form of electronic techno music, not extremely dissimilar to the “lounge” and “house” and “night whatever” music that I like, particularly for working to. That led to me finding and enjoying minimal techno music on YouTube.

A few days ago, I remembered the Sonic Pi software on the Raspberry Pi I got for my daughter, and I thought it might be good for creating minimal techno music. It turns out that it is. It’s reasonably easy and very cool. Now I’m using it as a source for mood music for writing, and I’m thinking of creating my own tracks with moods that match the structure and flow of my books. It isn’t as much work as it sounds like, but it probably is as much of a distraction as it sounds like.

Anyway, it’s a great program with lots of musical possibilities. If any of that interests you, you should check it out.

Daily Results

  • New fiction words: 550
  • Scenes completed: 0
  • Chapters completed: 0
  • Covers completed: 0
  • New weblog words: 375

Getting there.