Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Soundtracks

I'm working on a new book, something different from the Mirror Images series, and an idea popped into my head. I'm a huge fan of movie soundtracks. I love listening to movie scores when I'm writing. So oftentimes when I'm writing, certain songs come to mind that I think would go great with the story if it were made into a movie.

The book I'm working on now is called Puddles to Oddity and one of the characters has a fascination with music from the late 50s-early 60s. Whenever the reader is inside his head, I mention certain oldies songs that he imagines playing due to the situation. I write out the first few lines of the songs in italics so the reader can imagine what he's hearing as he's dealing with the situation.

This got me thinking. Why hasn't anyone ever tried to pair music with books? Wouldn't it be cool if e-books came with mp3 files that went along with the story? Or if you purchased a book in print, and there in an envelope at the back of the book was a cd with the music that goes along with the story? I think that would be bad ass. If that were the case, as people are reading Puddles to Oddity, they could skip to the next track on the cd and press play whenever my character gets one of those oldies tunes in his head.

Just a thought...maybe I can shoot it up the line to Amazon. I supposed acquiring the rights for each book would be a pain. Maybe it could be combined with Itunes where there's a small extra charge if you want the soundtrack to accompany the book. Hmmm...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A fresh idea

I've been working on my Mirror Images series for a long time. I've completed three screenplays in the story and about half of the fourth (and what I think will be the final) one. I love my characters and the world I've created. However, yesterday morning, the writing bug bit me when I didn't have my Mirrors screenplays around to work on the the novel adaptations, so I started a new, fresh story...and it felt great. 

Writing without an outline is a lot of fun. I think from now on I'm going to set a certain amount of time per day to work on my Mirror Images series, but also set aside some time to play around with new stories. I have so many ideas that I can't keep them all bottled up inside. Hopefully the readers will enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy writing them. 

Thanks for reading.

Chris