On muses and musings

I have decided what to write about for my next project and am super excited about it. It’s an old project I set aside when I decided to start writing David and Murdo and very different from my historicals – a UF I suppose.

I was in two minds about even looking at the project again. I’d done a lot of work on it pre “Murvid”, but my lingering memory of it was that the characters felt kind of… dead. So, my first job was to re-cast. Step one was to change it from a M/F to a M/M, which wasn’t too taxing. The trickier bit came next though – creating personalities, goals, obstacles, dreams – stuff I realised my original characters didn’t have very much of (I’ve been learning by doing, people…)

For reasons that aren’t easy to put into words, this song was part of that process. This is The Killers’ annual Christmas song (although I don’t think it’s a Christmas song at all). It has a particular tone and feel that I find very beautiful and very poignant.

My book isn’t about Christmas or LA and doesn’t feature a character that looks anything like Owen Wilson. It doesn’t do anything, really, that in any way relates to this video or song except this: this song is how my guy feels.

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2 Comments

January 11, 2014 · 5:24 pm

2 responses to “On muses and musings

  1. helenajust

    I haven’t heard that intro before – my copy of the song just starts with the music (probably just as well). Harry Dean sounds wasted… and I don’t know who he is, besides that he’s that chap our guy wants to talk to.

    Good luck with the new project!

  2. He’s Harry Dean Stanton, an actor. Though maybe sort of someone else, here.

    Thanks for the good wishes. I’m in draft 1 happy mode at the moment. Am sure this wip will be kicking my arse before long tho’

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