Monday, 22 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Twenty-Two

Ooooh, we're closing in on Christmas! So exciting ^_^ But do you need a bit of a breather? Is it all getting a bit crazy where you are? Well, may I offer a nice, soothing piece of music for today?

I have a playlist on my iPod called "Cole's Dreamy Mix", and this is one of my favourite pieces on there. I would love to hear this performed live, too. I have my fingers crossed for the next Distant Worlds concert ;)

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There we go. Feeling a bit more relaxed? I sure hope so! NOW BACK TO CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Twenty-One

While putting this calendar together, I've tried hard to post music I may not have shared before, which is tricky when I'm always sharing my favourites with you. But I'm fairly certain I've never posted this song before, and it's a great one to write with.

Much Two Steps From Hell, Epic Score is another company whose music you will definitely recognise from trailers. This piece aired on the Planet Earth trailer back when I lived in the US, and it's perfect for those huge final battle scenes your story may have. I mean, listen to that drumbeat. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to save the world.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Twenty

The last weekend before Christmas, how exciting! Anyone doing some last minute shopping? You are brave! Good luck. I'm officially avoiding shops as best I can until the new year... unless it's a bookshop. You might still find me in one of those :P

Today's music is another of my favourite classical pieces, and frequently makes me wish I could play the piano. Maybe once I've got the hang of the violin, I'll add piano to my list of things to learn :P

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See you tomorrow with more music :D Not long now 'til the big day!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Nineteen

With Christmas so close, it's about time I put some music on here that's actually festive, don't you think? ;)

Tchaikovsky is one of my favourite composers, and one day I'd love to do his music justice with my violin. For now, though, I shall simply bask in marvellous performances of his most iconic music. And what could be more festive than something from The Nutcracker?

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Now I feel festive ;)

Who are your favourite classical composers?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Eighteen

Today's music comes from one of the greatest games ever made, and if you're writing science-fiction, especially science-fiction with a darker edge, you owe it to yourself to explore the Portal soundtracks beyond Still Alive (which is great to sing along with in the car ^_^)

There are some great, brooding pieces on these soundtracks, and some truly haunting pieces, too. I decided to go with a favourite from early on in Portal 2, when you first find yourself walking around the abandoned and derelict testing centre...

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Music like this is an essential part of my writer's kit, because as I listen I immediately feel isolated in a strange, unsettling place. Handy, when your characters are exploring places they probably shouldn't be venturing into...

What music do you use to create a sense of location?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

What's Up Wednesday and Musical Advent Calendar Day Seventeen!

Welcome to the final What's Up Wednesday of 2014, hosted as always, by delightful sisters Jaime and Erin :D

What I'm Reading

Had to put the book I'm reading down because of the next section :P

What I'm Writing (+1 Goal)

Paper edit is complete! Now I'm reading the story through and making notes on what needs work in each chapter. After removing something like 12,000 words and at least one unnecessary subplot, I had to dive in and find what's running smoothly, what needs work, and what else needs deleting.

My goal, which will have to carry on all the way through to January, is to finish this round of edits.

What Works For Me

A little bit of pre-Christmas time off from the day job. It's really enabled me to get to grips with this editing malarkey ;)

Plus this cake, which my boss' very kindly gave me, has gone down an absolute treat. How spoiled (and unbelievably grateful!) am I? ^_^


What Else I'm Up To

I finished playing Uncharted 3 last week and honestly? That's one series of games that really grew on me. I still don't like the first one, the second one is a step in the right direction, but the third one is brilliant. Like, all the pieces they set out in the other two finally came together to create a really solid game. It just has such beautiful locations, especially the French Chateau level. I want to go there in real life, dammit!

And now, for day seventeen of my musical advent calendar! Thank you all for your comments so far. I'm loving putting this together every day, and it's great to know you're getting something out of it ^_^

So, given the gaming binge I've been on lately, there's really only one piece of music I can share today.

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Not only is this a great piece of music, like a call to adventure, it comes from an amazing album, which you should all buy right now. Actually, there's two of them, and if you're not into videogames but like your writing music epic, you can't go wrong with these.

I will inevitably share more from the various Uncharted OSTs in the future. There's some great music to be found on them :D

So, everyone, have a wonderful festive season, a happy new year, and I'll see you in 2015 for the next What's Up Wednesday!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Miss Cole's Musical Advent Calendar! Day Sixteen

Welcome to Day Sixteen of my musical advent calendar. I really hope some of the music this month has proven inspirational.

Today's piece of music comes from Kingdom Hearts, performed by a group of super talented fans know as Project Destati. Their albums are available on iTunes and I highly recommend them, whether you've played the games or not.

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I love this piece. In the game, this is a fairly upbeat piece of music (kneel, loser!), but I love the darker edge in Project Destati's arrangement. Makes this song so much more epic!