I love to read fiction. Especially, speculative fiction in the urban fantasy and/or paranormal genre (think Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Dresden, Anita Blake, etc). Unfortunately, time being what it is and my relationship to it being fleeting, I always have chores and such that get in the way of me sitting down and reading. Thankfully, there are services like Audible that allow me to at least listen to novels while I’m moving around getting other things done. Though maybe not as satisfying as reading text (and definitely not necessarily a great way for me to retain any memory of the experience) it at least keeps me exposed to these wonderful worlds of fancy while I get other things I need to do out of the way.
This past week sucked me into the world of the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. At first I wasn’t initially drawn in by the style of writing (or I guess narrating in this case) but the premise was interesting enough that I continued to listen and before you knew it I went through all 4 novels and cannot wait for the fifth one to come out in November next month(it’s available in print right now but not in audiobook form just yet).
Not to reveal any spoilers, even though the fourth book has been around for at least a year now, but an unexpected twist close to the ending of “Hard Bitten” really left me for a loop. It was definitely not something I was accustomed to experiencing in any of my past favorite fiction series and it makes me impatient of what’s to come in the fifth book of this series.
I want to hear what’s in store for the vampire heroine, Merit, and what new disasters await her beloved Cadogan House. Hopefully the wait won’t be that long.
In the past few days, I have been in a pretty good zone. Been posting on this here blog and at the NoF ezine-turned-blog and there is a little secret to it! Well maybe not really, but it’s a little trick that has worked for me. It is a little thing I would do back in my high school days but have seem to forgotten and now I’m using it once again.
In high school, whenever I wanted to get myself in cartooning or writing mode I would listen to some of my favorite tunes, any songs that I was really into and just let the melodies, rhythm and beats take me to another place. Before you know it the day has gone by and I would have a completed piece of work. It was wonderful and awesome and I can’t believe I forgot how music would keep me focused on the things that I needed or wanted to get done. Podcasts have something to do with that.
Since 2006, I discovered and have enjoyed podcasts tremendously. This also happened to coincide with the time that I was falling out of love with some genres of music so listening to something that wasn’t music was quite refreshing. Podcasts also have led me audio-books and Audible.com. Since then I’ve been listening to mostly podcast shows and books. Music was always at the bottom of the things-to-listen-to list. The only times I would really listen to music is if I had a small commute to do or a very small errand that wouldn’t give me enough time to listen to a podcast or audio book while I was doing said action.
This past week however, I was falling behind on too much consumption and I had a lot of thoughts that I wanted to express. With so many thoughts bouncing around in my head I didn’t want to add more ideas in my already cluttered mind. Music became the go to choice. And it paid off! I got many blog ideas out of my mind, got my podcast episode recorded and posted. I even dwindled my in-box down to single digits!!! All that and bucket loads of housework out of the way. I’m still behind on my web-comics and some blogs but hey, Rome wasn’t built overnight. Kudos to listening to music while getting your groove on!