How do you write? In silence? Or with heavy metal blasting out at full blast? I used to be able to write with my favourite music playing (usually on my headphones, especially if the kids were in bed). But in recent times I've found it increasingly hard to concentrate with music, particularly music with lyrics. Quite often now I will play a movie score soundtrack. Batman Begins is a favourite, as is John Carter. Recently, though, I've discovered some even more useful musical accompaniment on YouTube. The video below is a good place to start. Not quite 'ambient', more... 'atmospheric'. Puts me in just the right mood for composing prose. ['Comprosing'? Err, no.] Check it out. And if you don't like this one, there are plenty more to choose from.
Light years from home. Bonded to an alien for survival. A dark secret is about to be revealed . . .
planet Verdana was supposed to be their new home, their new Eden. But
shortly after arriving the human colonists were faced with a dilemma -
join with the alaahi or perish. In the end, they chose the process of
symbiosis, a physical conjoining with the native alaahi.
there are whispers amongst the colonists. The alaahi are not the
benevolent beings they made themselves out to be. Before long a dark
secret is about to be revealed, and young Jena must make a terrible
choice . . .
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