Music and my creative process

This was originally posted on my personal blog on February 5, 2016.

Sanctuary Radio is going through a crisis because of U.S. licensing fee hikes.  DJ Rob is threatening to stop if it’s too much of a headache.  I hope it doesn’t come to that, because that’s the best web stream I’ve found so far.

It’s far better than Pandora, because you have a human driving the playlist, throwing in all sorts of brand-new stuff along with the old, and making sure you don’t get Morrissey/The Cure/Siouxsie/The Smiths every single. other. frickin’. song.

Also, Pandora just plain doesn’t have all sorts of awesome bands.  I now find that, even with web streams and Pandora over the years, I still missed all sorts of music, because we don’t have anything like that on the radio or in clubs here in small-town Wisconsin.

But being in a cocoon of industrial, EBM, darkwave and the like, has been driving a furious wave of creativity the past several months, as I work on my rewrite of Unwilling Time-Traveler.  Especially the German music, since Madge is stuck in Nazi Germany for most of it.

I’m rewriting the ending, having gotten a new idea for it after watching a German industrial video the other day.  This happened once already, when I took the last part of the plot in a totally new direction after watching the castle episode of the latest season of Doctor Who.  The subconscious works on this stuff even while I do other things, obviously.  🙂

And while researching and rewriting, I came across this video by Die Krupps:

It’s my new favorite, along with a few other German industrial tunes which came out years ago, but I’m just finding them now:

 

Also this one:

And, of course, this one, which I had to go to the German Amazon to find, but I knew about it thanks to Sanctuary (Pandora doesn’t have Unzucht):

Here’s the original version of “Schweigen,” and its gorgeous video:

This book and all the New German Hardness also have reminded me how I used to be obsessed with all things German back in high school.  My old NVLD/Aspie perseveration is back, and I love it!  🙂

And this was in today’s paper:

Though the German students visiting Wisconsin are in a new environment, both cultures have a surprising amount in common. Germans and Wisconsinites are said to be practical, hard working, family-oriented, not to mention harboring a love for bratwursts, sauerkraut, Oktoberfest and, for a few, polka dances.

So the German students, most of whom spoke English well, weren’t feeling completely displaced.

In the late 1800s, a huge influx of German immigrants chose to settle in Wisconsin, attracted to the wide availability of farmland and the natural landscape that was strikingly similar to their Central European state….

Today, about 45 percent of Wisconsin residents claim German heritage, while the rest of United States citizens claim about 17 percent of German heritage.

The long English vowels Wisconsinites are known for is said to be a byproduct of the German language.

In towns within Fond du Lac County, like Lomira, Calumet, New Holstein and Eldorado, 60 percent of residents claim German roots, according to the 2000 census — a percentage consistent in many counties across the state, especially in southern Wisconsin.

Thirty percent of Green Bay and Madison residents have German blood. —German Students Find Familiarity in Wisconsin

…Some reasons why I moved here 20 years ago.  🙂

 

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Finished with the first draft of my novel about obsession

This was originally posted on my personal blog on January 15, 2016.

I started it in October, and it’s already finished, roughly 87,000 words.  🙂  That’s about three months.  It usually takes me longer to write a draft that size, but the inspiration hit and would not let go till it was done.

I’ve heard that passion like that can translate to the reader passionately reading it, while if the story bores the writer, it’ll bore the reader.  So I hope this novel will turn out well.

Heck, now I feel like I’m addicted to the story and have to wean myself off writing it.  But maybe not: The research should be exciting as well, since WWII was one of my obsessions in high school, and the reason why I took German.  And then there’s tweaks, adding scenes that come to me, and the many revisions.

I’m very pleased with it, though now I have to let it sit while I do some more research into WWII Germany, make sure the background is sound.  I have some websites and books which I can’t wait to delve into more deeply, especially this one about POW camps in Germany.

This is the revision of Unwilling Time-Traveler, transformed from my high school novella into a story of obsessive and narcissistic love.  I took everything I learned about narcissism after a recent experience, and after revisiting abusive relationships from college.

A patriotic, young American girl from 1992 meets a time-traveling mad scientist, her Svengali.  He’s also a wealthy German Junker from 1943, used to getting what he wants by any means necessary.  They become obsessed with each other, but then she discovers he’s a Nazi sympathizer, who’s also obsessed with building a weapon to change the course of the War–and history.  But he will not let her go, and she’s not so sure she wants him to.

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Obsessed with Writing Novel About Obsession

This was originally posted on my personal blog on December 5, 2015.

I just looked at a calendar and figured that in about a month’s time (not sure of the exact start date), I’ve written about 30,000 words of my Unwilling Time-Traveler massive rewrite.  That’s half a standard-size novel.

It’s turning into a story of obsession.  I changed the ages of Madge and Bismarck to entirely change the nature of their relationship.  It’s turned into one of those abusive narc-controller relationships, as Madge discovers her love is a Nazi, and fights to get away–and also rather Gothic as he locks her up.  Sort of a Gothic/Sci-Fi/WWII story.

And meanwhile, I’m obsessed with my story of obsession.

I won’t reveal more, because saying too much about a story before it’s finished, could lead to never finishing it.  I also don’t like to show my writing to anyone before it’s done.

It’s filling my brain constantly.  It’s exhilarating, having all these creative thoughts flooding my mind at all times.

Also a bit inconvenient, because I’m still trying to keep up with household responsibilities and my reading.  🙂  (For years, along with novels, I’ve been feeding my brain every night with historical or theological works, news, the Bible, and learning four different languages.  It prevents brain drain.)

And in only a month, half of the novel is done.  I’m still working on the plot, which was already in my head (the original story) but has morphed quite a bit over the past month.  Filling in characterization and showing (not telling) should take care of the word count once the basic plot is finished.

And while I work, I’ve discovered that Industrial Goth/EBM is wonderful for keeping the inspiration going.  It’s all I want to listen to these days.  Shout-Out to Sanctuary Goth Industrial Radio, which gives me what I crave.  Also these tracks, which are full of the energy and passion this work needs:

Gelöbnis–PAL (Terrorfakt RMX)

Rain–Project Pitchfork

Only Better (Alien6 Mix)–Mesh

Age After Age–Frozen Plasma

Difficult to Kill (Torulsson Remix)–Torul

The entire Digital Infaction Strike 2 album

(all of which I first heard on Sanctuary Radio)

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