music for Friday
October 12, 2012
I’ve talked before about the nineteen or thirty or so story ideas I have tucked away, for when I finally have time to work on them. It’s like I have mental folders, and I’ll just keep slipping ideas into those various story folders until they get so full that I have to start working on them. Ever hear of a memory palace? A method of remembering in which you imagine the things you want to remember as having a physical location, and to recall those things, you imagine yourself physically accessing that location? How I keep track of all my story ideas isn’t quite like that, but it’s close. What’s really cool, though, is I’ll often have a song or set of songs that I start associating with a particular story folder. Then, whenever I hear that song, I think of the story, the story’s folder opens, and all the ideas start tumbling around in my mind. I get excited about the story all over again. I know that when I’m ready to start writing, I can play the music and be right there, inside the story, ready to go.
The song that opens my subversive epic fantasy folder:
I have a whole playlist for the space opera. Here’s one of the songs:
If I’m driving late at night, I love putting on my space opera playlist and dreaming about big, industrial spaceships, and characters confronting the vastness of everything.