Monday, February 15, 2010

And Today I Shall Pretend I'm a Full-time Writer

I have great plans for today! Although I see it's already 10:45am and I have yet to actually write anything.... I've got serious revisions to do! The house is clean (mostly) so the only distractions I'll be fighting today are the blogs, my boxers (one is laying at my feet - momma's boy - and the girl is outside in the sunshine), and yes, the sunshine will also be taunting me today. I'm sure I'll take a break at some point and do a little bit of reading out on the deck! Oh and I just remembered I have my piano lesson tomorrow... so practicing for that must be done as well!

I've been watching a bit of the Olympics - recording it and just watching my favorite bits. Watching the pairs figure skating has been a tad hard for me, and I know watching the women's events next week will be even harder. Skating used to be such a huge part of my life, and I haven't been on the ice in probably 3 years. Of course, my mind tells me I can just go right out there and pick up where I left off, but my legs aren't what they used to be (the knee problem is, in fact, skating's fault to begin with), but I can't help thinking that if I could just GET ON THE ICE, I could have my axel back in a few weeks. My brain is that dumb. lol. And it's not even really the jumping I miss, it's the gliding, the spins, the ice dancing... (Now, I didn't get to be some great competitive queen - I was only just working on doubles when I moved off to school and there was no ice rink in town.) When I watch skating now, it zips me back to my life ten years ago, and I am just in shock at how quickly it has gone. How much everything has changed. I just... don't understand when it happened.

Anyway! Today is not a day for packing up the skates and driving 40 minutes to the old rink (though maybe next week???). It's a day for writing! I am armed with my movie scores (I have to listen to instrumentals beacuse if I hear songs with words, I will sing and do nothing else - music was my first love, you see), and I'm READY!

Does anyone else listen to movie musical scores while writing? My current favorites are Pride and Prejudice by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Nicholas Hooper, and Twilight by Carter Burwell. Which ones are your favorites? I'm always up for adding more to the list!

19 comments:

  1. That seems like such hard work.

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  2. Kristin, I absolutely love the soundtrack to Braveheart. It takes my mind to distant cliffs!

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  3. That's a great idea... I never thought to do just movie scores, I could see how you could be more attentive to your writing!

    I'm with you, today is a day of writing, though its already noon and I still haven't accomplished much. Laundry and cleaning have gotten in the way!

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  4. Amy - I just checked out the Braveheart soundtrack on iTunes, just listening to it, you can tell it's James Horner. Reminds me a lot of Titanic. He's quite good. It's funny the composers you can always recognize. Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman... each score a stand out on its own, but there is always that hint, that trademark that's in each one of their pieces.

    Jen - Movie scores are great to set the tone of what you're writing also... If I want to convey the emotion of a particular favorite scene in a movie, that piece of the soundtrack usually helps get me in that mood - and I'm not at risk of copying the words, because I can't hear the dialogue! lol.

    It's a shame it's already noon I've gotten just a little revising done (just got in a very helpful critique, that i'll probably incorporate now), made a pot of chili, practiced the piano a bit... now I must write for at LEAST a solid hour before sitting in the sun. I MUST!

    Also just downloaded the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End by Hans Zimmer. So far so good. (The movie depressed the crap out of me though.) Can't wait for Pirates 4!

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  5. I agree with Jen on the Pirates soundtrack. I also LOVE The Lord of the Rings--Return of the King, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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  6. Catherine - I also have the Return of the King in my Instrumentals playlist on iTunes. It's pretty good.

    I cannot stop listening to Pirates 3... it's SO good, but I'm a little worried I'm going to kill all my characters off in sword fights and wars. haha.

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  7. I don't listen to musical scores while I write but maybe I should!

    I really think you should get out on the ice! I had no idea you were that talented of an ice-skater...what other secrets are you hiding from us? That is just too cool!

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  8. Ha! Kristi, I wouldn't say I'm a talented ice skater anymore. I didn't start until I was 13, and stopped around 20 - those last two years were spent mostly coaching. I jacked up my knee doing a double toe loop (I think), and it's never been the same! Then I r-injured it this past fall training for a 5k... totally ate it. Never finished the training. :( And I've let myself get out of shape... hence the personal trainer!!! lol.

    I should try skating though... just to see what I can still do. sigh.

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  9. it's funny how skating is that emotional a thing to leave. my mom forced me to stop at grade six level b/c i had to have a pro and pay for private lessons and that was just too expensive...and i refused to return to the ice again...so many years later, i await the interest in my daughter to start her own love affair with the sport -- and maybe then I will return to the sport. and maybe my Axel will come back? not likely!

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  10. SB - it might come back! My mom skated when she was young (taught herself from watching Dorothy Hamill on TV), and when I started taking classes, she did too. It was such a fun thing for us to do together. I'll always look back on that time fondly.

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  11. I love listening to movie scores while I work. It's so... relaxing and inspiring. Great minds think alike.

    Okay, now get back to work Missy! ; )

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  12. I listen to a lot of movie scores too. Some of my favorites are The Red Violin, Pan's Labyrinth, all the LOTR and Harry Potters, Jurassic Park, and The Dark Knight. I really liked the music in Sherlock Holmes--I might buy that one here soon.

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  13. Kimberly - Yes ma'am!!

    Summer - Thanks for the suggestions. I have been listening to the snippets of the Sherlock Holmes score for about a month, and I'm torn. I like it, but I wonder if it will distract me too much. I just keep picturing Robert Downey Jr. strumming that violin... might not be a terrible distraction, come to think of it.

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  14. I usually write in silence, because I read aloud a lot. But I can definitely see musical scores creating a good "mood" to write in. :)

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  15. I can get very inspired by music, but like Jennifer, I need to write in silence. :)

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  16. You were a skater?!? Thats so cool.

    I listen to instrumental music when I write, and a great deal of it is from movie soundtracks. Two of my favorites are THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER and LEGENDS OF THE FALL.

    :)

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  17. Last of the Mohicans. I'm old school. I watched that movie constantly in high school and still have the soundtrack.

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  18. I love the 1994 score for Little Women.

    Also many of the others listed above. ;)

    Yay 'Day of Writing'!!

    Corra

    from the desk of a writer

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  19. These are all great ideas. I will look into them! (Especially Little Women! I love that movie - and recently bought the book! Can't believe I've never read it!)

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