I haven’t been here long enough to take a blogcation, so this is a brand-new, sparkling post. But I have been reflecting on past writing, trying to remember when I first started “for real.” I wish I’d kept some kind of diary, but for a writer, I never seem to write anything down, LOL.
But then I recalled my first forays into historical romance, the genre in which I started. We lived down a camp road at Sebec Lake in a very peculiar cottage. There were two small bedrooms upstairs, a half-bath, an unheated sunroom overlooking the water, and my “writing loft.” The previous owner had used it as a sewing area, with little cubbies to hold thread and cabinets for fabric. I plunked my computer down on the broad flat surface where the sewing machine used to be and stared at the lake now and then, teaching myself Microsoft Word. (A word count program? Who knew? So the first book I thought I’d written turned out to be a 20,000 word novella.)
Our stereo system was up in the loft too, and I listened and sang along to a Tim McGraw album on repeat, kind of incongruous as I was writing that 20,000 word novella in the Regency era. I should have been listening to Viennese waltzes. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors was released in November 2002. I think I got it for Christmas. So, I guess it’s safe to say I’ve been pecking away for nearly 20 years, 11 of them published.
And that Tim McGraw cassette (!) was the very last time I wrote to music. Some authors have playlists for the books they write, but I’ve discovered I need quiet. Not even lyric-free classical music works for me; I get too distracted.
I don’t have much music in my life anymore. I used to play the cello (that’s not me above), but was seriously hampered by pencil skirts and lack of talent. Loved the Beatles. Listened to a country station when I drove back and forth to work. But now I’m retired, and the car radio is turned to the news. I’d probably be much better off with Tim McGraw.
Are you a music maven? What do you listen to? Strangely enough, all of the Lady Adelaide Mysteries are named for popular songs of the 1920s, and the lyrics have informed the plots. Farewell Blues, the final farewell to the series, releases September 14. And just like this post, it’s been called “sparkling” by Publishers Weekly.
“Music is love in search of a word.” ~Sidney Lanier