In this video, I’ll talk about the books I bought last week, how A SHINY FOR TRICK is doing now that it’s free, show off the hardcover proof of THE BLOOD OF NERYS, and talk about all of the work I’ve accomplished on ACHILLEA.
S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print) and short fantasy A SHINY FOR TRICK (forever free for your entertainment!).
OK, normally I’m not one for shameless plugs. I mean, I know I’m supposed to try to market my book, but I’ve been pretty lazy about it. I figure it will be easier to market if I have more variety to offer.
Disclaimer aside…can we talk about this AMAZING OFFER?!?
Our print publisher, Blurb, is offering 50% off its books. Yes, the ad says “photo books,” but I’ve found that any time they run an ad, it applies to my book at checkout as well. So if you go to purchase either (or BOTH?!) of our books, MALEVOLENCE by F.R. Donaldson or THE BLOOD OF NERYS by S.K. Balk, you can get it for 50% off between now and November 29…INCLUDING SHIPPING!!!
I know there are over a hundred of you followers out there. Maybe you’re following because you find us entertaining (love you!), or maybe you’re waiting for the right book.
But…HALF OFF?! And that INCLUDES SHIPPING. Seriously!
Like, this would be a fantastic time for me to stock up on hardcopies (because I also get half off, and the more I buy, the cheaper it gets as it is). But, let’s be real…in two days, it’s going to be Black Friday. And this is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.
If you’ve got a friend who loves to read and might be interested in the stories we’ve written, there hasn’t been a better time to give it a whirl.
Blurb runs these discounts quite often, I find, but 50% off is about as deep a discount as I’ve seen. I’m excited to tell you about this. I hope you’re excited to hear it!
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–Sam and Frankie (penned by Sam)
A lot of my friends have a writing playlist. Some claim that they cannot write without music. I’m in a sort of…in-between category? There is certain music that inspires me. There are other songs I can and will listen to while I’m writing. But then there are also times that I just need the quiet.
Music that Inspires
What I listen to for this category kind of depends on what I am writing. Often, I am writing stories where bratty, bold women are the leading characters. For most of those, I listen to some fantastic female vocalists. Examples of this: Halestorm, Barlow Girl, Evanescence, Fireflight, Digital Daggers, Plumb, Halsey, Banks, The Pretty Reckless, Lana Del Rey. Of these, I often listen to Halestorm’s “Familiar Taste of Poison,” Banks’ “Beggin’ for Thread,” and Fireflight’s “Forever” on repeat. If this is something you like, try plugging “Familiar Taste of Poison” into Pandora.
(Note, this next one may not be safe for work)
If I am writing something emotional, I drift towards songs that have affected me in some way. I have a whole bunch of these that I’ve gathered throughout the years. Artists include Over the Ocean (“I Will Be Silent”), X Ambassadors (“Unsteady”), Anberlin (“Fin”), Avicii “Waiting for Love”), Starsailor (“Way to Fall”), Great Big World (“Say Something”), Imagine Dragons (“It’s Time”), Nate Ruess/Fun. (pretty much everything).
(Not gonna lie…75% of the reason I love this next song is because of this video)
Bonus: I loved all of the music of the early 2000s, and I have found that the magical formula to get Pandora to give you what you want is to make a Collective Soul radio station. Magic.
Usually for the actual act of writing, I need something that either doesn’t have words or has words I cannot understand. Otherwise, my mind focuses on the words and I end up wanting to sing instead of write. Either I listen to piano and instrumentals or I listen to music in a foreign language.
For the instrumentals, I love Frederik Chopin on the piano. Chopin also kicks out a KILLER Pandora station if you like that kind of thing. The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit soundracks are awesome. There is also Audiomachine, Balmorhea, Thomas Bergerson Two Steps from Hell.
My absolute favorites in this category, though, are the songs from basically the entire soundtrack of Fairy Tail. It’s Celtic inspired, heavy on the violin and electric guitar. SO AWESOME.
In the category of words I don’t understand, I listen to a LOT of Japanese music. Some I have found from watching anime and just thinking “That’s cool!” while some I found just by clicking round the internet. Among my favorites are Kalafina, Flow, and Wagakkiband.
And this one, which was on constant repeat while I was writing Achillea:
These two are on CONSTANT repeat,
The theme song for Attack on Titan
and one of the opening theme songs for Naruto Shippuden
Since my silver Mac died, I lost 600 songs. Luckily, I have amazing friends who stepped up to offer help. One is sending me a flash drive from California. My mother-in-law offered to let me try her Slacker radio app, my boss gave my flash drive to his wife to load up for me, and my sister’s boyfriend offered to transfer songs from his computer to mine.
I had to reload up the iTunes on the backup laptop, but unfortunately attaining the same magnitude of musical worldliness is going to take a long time, and, well…
NaNo is only a few weeks away.
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