I’m on a Reblogging Spree

From Hank Green, a musical video about how great/crazy Tumblr is:

So…I still want to say it “gif” with a hard g. As in “reblog.”

At the January SCBWI conference, lots of people asked what Tumblr was and if they needed to be on there for their writerly platform. I don’t think you need to use any social media platform you don’t feel comfortable using, but I will argue that Tumblr is filled with Doctor Who and kittens and coffee and pretty pictures–aka, it’s a good time.

Feel free to scope out my Tumblr too!

The Music of District 12

If you’re like me, you’re unreasonably excited about the upcoming Hunger Games movie. The soundtrack was recently revealed, and I’m happy to see some favorite artists on the list, including:

  • Neko Case “Nothing To Remember”
  • The Decemberists “One Engine”
  • Glen Hansard “Take The Heartland”

It looks like the overall vibe is folk with an edge, which I think is perfect. (Frankly, I wish Neko Case could write the whole album; her sound matches the books perfectly.) Even though I don’t listen to much Taylor Swift, I actually like her song for the movie. You can see the video here:

Not as bouncy as a lot of her hits, and it has a nice mountain feel. So I’m very hopeful going into the movie. Any artists you like/dislike on the soundtrack, or anyone you wish were on the list?

Hold Your Courage

Another cool book trailer, this one for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Ana Juan

The song in the trailer creates such a fantastic eerie vibe, and the illustrations look gorgeous. Very excited to pick this one up!

Create Your Own Literary Soundtrack

In grad school, I used to work in the same building that housed the college radio station. Whenever I entered or exited the building, I could hear whatever the station was playing, which made me feel like I was living in a movie. Everything works better with a soundtrack–including writing projects.

For most novels, I put together a playlist of songs that I associate with the characters and story. Most of the time it’s just a tone I’m looking for. I’ll set it to shuffle when writing and let the music fade into background inspiration.

One song that worked particularly well for Queen of the Air was Arcade Fire’s “Keep the Car Running.” It has a great momentum and touches on themes of wanting to escape. Check out the video below to hear the whole song.

What are your favorite writing songs?