The Annual Thank Yous, Pt. 1

5 Jan

So good stuff happened for me this year, and I feel like I accomplished–well, the occasional thing, writing-wise. I mean, I sold a book! A book that, if I could’ve chosen one, just one to put out there to give people an idea of what I love to do, that’d be it! I started an online magazine! A magazine that–okay, you get the idea. Rather than make a list of that stuff, I’m going to do what I did last year, and say thank you to the rock stars that made it all possible.

I cited The Fratellis and Oasis last year as “mad inspiration for the weird crap I’m working on now”. That weird crap turned into Plaguebringer, and the continued presence of both bands on my last.fm top artists (last 12 months tab, especially) is pretty much all because that was the first thing I wrote. Throw in some Hot Chip, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club–who I saw live this year for the 3rd time since I fell hard for them in the yearly part of the decade–and I’ve got myself a novel the size of–

Two novels. Not looking forward to that edit, but it’s nice that I have a massive soundtrack to which I can return for support.

Oh golly, look how I set up this segue! Speaking of returning to a soundtrack for editorial support, last year I mentioned Paul Banks/Interpol and Kasabian as food for The Resurrectionists. This year, my return to 1820s Philadelphia for the Historical Romance That Is Not Actually A Romance Novel* got a leg up when Interpol decided to release their 4th album. The first song, Success? Turned out to be one of my characters’ long lost theme songs. Oh, and look, the first time I ever heard this song, which was a few months before the album’s release at Mr. Small’s Theater in Pittsburgh, is immortalized on YouTube. (Also, Paul Banks in a Pittsburgh Pirates hat. Fuck yeah.) But since no video can capture the energy of a live show, try the album version.

And then I saw them again here in DC just when I was wrapping up the edit and the album had been out a while. So hey, thanks again, guys.

There was also an increase in my Mendelssohn intake–both Felix and Fanny–which served as a soundtrack for both of these big projects. Throw in Schoenberg, who was responsible for my Cthulhurotica offering. A sudden demand by a certain character for more Ravel in his diet that spurred my new (and ultimately satisfying) edit–and submission–of the vampire project. And, okay, I admit it, I listen to Bach when I can’t get into an editing mode because it’s like listening to math and makes me feel… reasonable. Or it just puts all the voices to sleep. Either way, it works, and I did a lot of editing this year.

And there’s my classical inspiration, too.

Okay, this is getting really long, but I still have more to say that gets a touch more personal. So this is part one!

Who did it for you, this year?

*You have to have a Happily Ever After or Happy For Now ending to call it a “romance novel”. Let’s just say a haywire reanimation gets in the way.

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Now playing: The Tossers – Whiskey Makes Me Crazy
via FoxyTunes

3 Responses to “The Annual Thank Yous, Pt. 1”

  1. Cate Gardner January 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Thanking the rock stars – love it.

    • Katey January 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      Credit where it’s due, right? :D

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