Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Twofer Tuesday - A Howling Success

I've managed to get a bit more done on the manuscript cleanup. I get distracted quite easily and by the time I get back to it the day is over.
Normally I listen to music when I write and I hadn't been doing that lately. The music I use has nature sounds in it. They relax me and elevate my mood.
The Solitudes (R) series by Dan Gibson is about the best for me with his "Algonquin Suite" CD being my standby. If I'm stuck or can't harness my wandering mind and need to get something done, then that's what goes in the computer's CD drive.
Yesterday I treated myself to "Harmony" with its cloudbursts, loons, and more than five minutes of howling timberwolves. That may not be to everyone's taste, but it sure is to mine.
From the CD's inside:

"Timberwolves atop a lakeside cliff howl inexhaustibly through the night. Their calls filter through the still air of distant hills, leaving a wild and haunting trail."

It helped a great deal. I got several pages corrected in between checking my email, checking Facebook, checking for new LOLcats, and randomly looking things up researching on the Intrawebz.

But what did I do? Can I actually back up the wild claim of getting some work done?
Well, here's a sample from Biting The Dust:

"Night songs filled the air. A snipe laughed and dived as coyotes spread the news."

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12 comments:

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Leah,

These two sentences are lyrical. I hope they can stay as is in the final.

Terrie

Leah J. Utas said...

df Terrie, they will now. I've always hoped for lyrical writing. Thanks.

Clare2e said...

I agree with Terrie. Nature's sounds are leaking into your writing, too.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Clare. I wouldn't have it any other way.

the Bag Lady said...

Hey - what happened to my comment? I'm sure I posted one this morning. Sigh.
I agree with Terrie and Clare, and they know what they are talking about!

Leah J. Utas said...

I wondered why I hadn't heard from you. Blogger must have needed a snack.
Thanks.

"And so our stories go..." said...

Aw the revision. I remember it well.
Mary

Leah J. Utas said...

Mary, I have a feeling I'll remember it, too.

messymimi said...

Your choice of music sounds ideal and beats the daylights out of what I have to listen to around here sometimes -- the noise of sniping teens doing anything they can to get out of doing their work.

You keep whetting my appetite with the peeks into your writing. And making me jealous!

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, I don't think I'd last a day around sniping teens.
I'll take the jealousy as a compliment.

Reb said...

I had a lost day yesterday. I love your lines.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. Sorry about your day.