Tie Dye of the Day


I’ve always found it amazing how much the music I listen to effects the mood of the story I’m writing and my character’s personalities. It’s really difficult to describe how the music makes you feel. Putting it into words is nearly impossible, but the music always seemed to be the lynch pin that pushes my creativity forward and brings me to all different emotional heights, heights that force me to run as fast as I can to find my notebook and get to work immediately. So, I thought I’d share just a few musical pieces that helped me to shape my novel, The God Machine.

First off, I’d like to explain the way I use music in my novels. The songs I use are my characters. Every time that character’s song plays, I brain goes to that character and I, in a sense, become that character. My mind will reset, and all my thoughts will go to that character, how they feel, who they are, how that song describes them perfectly. The song will put me in a mindset that helps me to see how that one person will react to certain situations. In my mind, it keeps their personalities separate because no one wants to read a book where every character is a cookie cutter of the last. That would be no fun.

So, what songs did I pick to represent my characters? Sometimes the song picks the character. For me, it happens when I’m walking along listening to my IPod. All the sudden it hits me. I gasp, and then I realize… This song is Salamander! Holy Crap!

I’ll start off with Salamander’s song. It’s “The Voice” by The Moody Blues. I also was quite fond of Steppin’ in a Slide Zone. Those two songs came to me when I was trying to write the Gauntlet of Fire scene. The great thing about fantasy writing is that you get to make things up completely, world build, but that is also the bad thing about it. I had no clue what the Gauntlet of Fire looked like until that song, The Voice, sneaked its way onto my IPod. When that song played I went from knowing absolutely nothing to absolutely everything about the Gauntlet in a matter of hours. When I heard the music, I saw Salamander get up off the ground and he was running. I could see his wand broken in half and each piece was in his hand. Like Spider Man, he flew into the air and attached himself to this terrible machine, and he had to climb up it by sinking the pointy ends of his wand into it and pulling himself up. Then I realized the machine was alive and evil and it bled acid blood, but Salamander was determined to get inside and defeat the monster. This song is so full of determination, and heart. It speaks of the future and the past and love and finding your dreams. This song is such a beautiful masterpiece, and it’s all Salamander.

Zolton’s song had been a favorite of mine when I was a teen and I hadn’t listened to it for over ten years when I found it again. It is called “The Everlasting Gaze” by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was also where I came up with the title The God Machine. This song spoke to me because when I listened to it, I heard a tale of lost love, and of a man who wanted his love to know that he was still here, still waiting for a chance to get her back, “forever waiting on the ways of your desire.” He still had his duty, yet he was still in love.

Ferret has two songs, but I say that’s okay. The first one is “The Changeling” by the Doors. You’ll know why if you read the book. The second one is “Like a Stone” by Audio Slave. Before I had to slash and burn song lyrics from my book for copyright reasons, this is one song out of many that Ferret would sing to Amanda to get her to remember him(for the sake of not giving the plot away I’m just going to say that Amanda has amnesia). There was a beautiful scene where Ferret and Amanda were on the beach and he’d been trying to get her to forget about Zolton for a century and he finally wooed her by singing this song to her. “In your house I long to be, room by room patiently. I’ll wait for you there like a stone. I’ll wait for you there alone.” Sadly, I didn’t want to get sued so I had to cut it, but that song does very well to describe Ferret’s heartache, and desperation of chasing after this woman who doesn’t remember the lifetime of love they shared, and she is now in love with another man.

Merlin’s song is really more prominent in the next book because the next book is going to be all about Merlin. His song is “Snow (Hey Oh)” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This just happens to be one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, and It’s difficult to explain exactly how this became Merlin’s song. Well, here goes, I heard lyrics that were not the real lyrics to the song and it gave me the book idea. I can’t go into too much detail because it’s a storyline I’ve never seen done before, but for the sake of the song, Merlin is referred to as “The Perfect Wonder” and his love interest is the “Soul White as Snow.” The real lyrics are “SO white as snow,” but the damage is done.

Bernie’s song is “Once Upon a Time in your Wildest Dreams” by the Moody Blues, but only the intro.

As you can see, I am back from the dead! Yea! After two and a half months of migraines and last week with the Austrailian Norovirus, you can bet that I’m soooo ready to get back to my writing. Actually, today is the first time I’ve actually felt GOOD since the beginning of November. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking while I’ve been incapacitated, and I’ve decided that I would like to put The God Machine on my blog for free for all my WordPress friends. I noticed that my book is exactly 28 chapters long and tomorrow is the first day of February, so starting tomorrow, I will be presenting 28 days of The God Machine! I’ve been enjoying The Redemption of Erath by my blog friend Satis for a long time, and think he might be onto something. Also I don’t really care if I make money on my books. I just want to entertain people, so be prepared!!!! Here comes the entertainment!!! Tomorrow I will be putting up chapter 1 of The God Machine!


I Finished The God Machine and Lived To Tell About It!

Happy Black Friday, Bloggers. At the end of September I told you I would do nothing else until my novel, The God Machine, was completed. I am happy to report that all 180,000 words have been safely published on Smashwords and the Amazon Kindle store. Yea, Me!
I must say it has been a harrowing month for me. I almost quit my job twice. I had a very painful bout with some unruly ovarian cysts (both sides), several migraines, and a cold that I am still dealing with. I also rescued a poor sick hamster named Shaggy Don King. So, needless to say, I had a lot of hurtles to jump over.
Let me tell you a little bit about my process for this book. I know I’ve said this before, but I am going to say it again with bunches of exclamation points behind it. The very first thing I did was write out every page in a notebook!!!! The closer I got to the end of editing The God Machine, the more I realized how much the notebook actually helped me.
Reason number 1 to use notebooks: You can scribble, you can draw pictures. You can draw a line and write something completely off the wall to see if it works or not. You can write your notes right there in front of you. You can free write, and you don’t have to commit to any of it. Which leads to…
Reason number 2 to use notebooks: So, the notebook draft was my first draft. The type out draft is the second draft. This is where the work comes in. Yes, you do have to type the whole thing out again, but this helps you easily hop over a psychological hurdle you may not realize is there.
First, you are seeing the book with a fresh pair of eyes. That helps. Depending on how often you type out, it may have been weeks or months since you’ve seen the front have of your MS. You can go along freely and self edit, not by deleting words but by simply leaving them out. Here is the kicker. If you write your book out completely on your computer a weird thing happens. You become attached to those words. It becomes agony to erase such large paragraphs, and words that you’ve spent countless months slaving over. I’ve likened it to cutting off arms, but if you have those words tucked safely away in notebooks, they are not truly gone. Instead of deleting and sending your words out into oblivion, you simply omitted them. If you decide you need them later, they are still safely inside your notebook.
So my point here is…deleting parts of your manuscript hurts you psychologically. Omitting parts of your manuscript makes it a little less agonizing to do what you need to do. If you leave those extra things out that weren’t needed anyway, by the time you get the thing typed out it’s like they were never there.
Reason number 3 to write your manuscript out in notebooks, and this is a new one: When you reread your manuscript for the first time after typing it out…HOLY CRAP, IT’S VIRTUALLY PERFECT! Yes, I know, I know it’s hard to believe, but think about this. You did most, if not all, of the heavy lifting in the type out draft. There is virtually no cutting and pasting involved in the type out draft. You do the cutting and pasting in your head. If you want something from five (written) pages later where you’re typing it in now, you just go ahead and put that section in the right spot and make a notation in the paper copy. If you start getting redundant in your sentences, you can type one of the sentences out and leave the other one in your notebook. If you get adjective happy, you just leave them out. You forget tag lines, add them in. You forgot to say something in the notebook draft, come up with an awesome line, add that sucker in. It’s also a good time to fill in holes. I am famous for things that look like this (Add fight scene here…it’s a blood bath.) It’s been a while since I thought about this scene. A fresh pair of eyes and a fresh perspective and boom! It’s in there. And then you continue typing.
Yes, I do admit there were I scant few things I needed to move around. I did have to fix a bunch of typo’s, and had to make sure someone’s eyes stayed blue throughout the whole novel, but it read like a book. It felt like a book, and I got through the final editing process so much faster.
In other Bflyzone news, I didn’t get to do NaNoWriMo this year. In fact, I didn’t get to do it last year either because the entire month of November is a breeding ground for migraines. Plus, I was still working on The God Machine. I am planning on doing my own migraine free version of NaNoWriMo in June or July when the headaches are less likely to strike. I call it NaNoJulyMo. Any of you migraine people are welcome to join me. I know the name is wonky, but NaJulyWriMo just sounds weird.
I would like to do is give a huge thanks to MS Fowl. MS is the cover artist for The God Machine. She was an absolute blast to work with, and I absolutely love the cover. Actually, I think I might make my book cover my avatar. So, if any of you would like to have a high quality ebook cover at an affordable price, you should consider Melchelle Designs at Melchelle Designes also has their very own blog page here on wordpress. Check them out!

Finally, and I am very proud to do this, I would like to invite all of you to check out my new novel, The God Machine by Teri Harvey. or It is a very cool paranormal romance novel featuring wizards, time travel, inter-dimensional beings,  doppelgangers, and dragons. I had such a good time writing it. I hope you have a great time reading it.

Have a great Thanksgiving!