How to Create the Perfect Writing Soundtrack

writing soundtrack

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Before I became a full-time writer, I thought music was too distracting to play while I was writing.

I thought I needed absolute silence.

Then I got a job as a staff writer, and suddenly I couldn’t hear myself think.

Stuck in the middle of a bustling open-plan office, I quickly discovered that if I wanted to focus and meet my tight writing deadlines, I needed music.

But not just any music. If it’s too slow, your mind can wander. Too fast, and you can’t concentrate. Too personally meaningful, and you’ll experience the emotion in the music instead of putting it down on the page.

The right writing playlist takes a little planning.

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“This book has everything.” –Book Riot

Book Riot

“This is good.”

Some book review websites have a definite attitude, and you can either like it or get out of the way.

I love that.

Book Riot is one of those. Here’s what they said about It Happened One Doomsday:

“A reluctant sorceress. Her Kesha-esque shapeshifting warrior BFF. Her wisecracking employee. A hunky mechanic who is being transformed into one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Possessed cars. Oh, and a dentist. This book has pretty much everything in it.”

Now, the unstoppable Book Riot has put together a list of the top 11 new sci-fi and fantasy books for your summer reading pleasure.

Guess whose book made the cut? Exactly. You can read it here.

One more thing: I’m giving away another signed book!

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“This book totally sucked me in.” –Gooding

Michael Edward GoodingHoly guacamole! I’m just stunned by this amazing book review from science fiction writer Michael Edward Gooding:

“This book totally sucked me in. It cost me some sleep because I couldn’t stop reading it… Good story, interesting characters, a satisfying ending that begs a sequel… The author walks on water in his spare time. Seriously though, the book really is that good.”

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Picked by The Science Fiction Book Club!

SFBC Science Fiction Book Club

Featured selection of The Science Fiction Book Club

The original Science Fiction Book Club was founded in 1953.

63 years later, they’re featuring my book.

Jeez. Took ‘em long enough.

Just kidding. Seriously, this is a tremendous honor!

If you didn’t know, the book experts at SFBC wade through thousands and thousands of new books every year. They hand-pick only the very best science fiction and fantasy to feature in their book club.

I can’t tell you how excited I am that IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY has been chosen as a featured selection by this amazing institution of science fiction and fantasy readers.

If you’re an SFBC member, be sure to check your catalog when it arrives. (And if you aren’t a member yet, you can join here.)

Just look for the big red book with my name on it. And happy reading!

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August 13 signing at Barnes and Noble in Boulder

Book signing with crystals

Book signing + “magic” crystals = awesome!

Generally, Friday the 13th is not considered a warm-fuzzy day.

However, Saturday the 13th is awesome!

Especially when you get to meet an author (such as Yours Truly) . . . pick up a new autographed book . . . and get a chance to see all the real-life crystals described in It Happened One Doomsday!

If you’re in the Boulder area, come on down this Saturday. Here are the details:

Saturday, August 13 at 12:00 PM

Barnes & Noble – Boulder
Crossroads Commons
2999 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80301

See you there!

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“Light, quirky and entertaining.” –All Things Urban Fantasy

All Things Urban Fantasy

Formerly known as “Most Things Urban Fantasy” and “Pretty Much Everything Urban Fantasy”

Make no mistake, All Things Urban Fantasy is big.

It’s one of the most popular and influential blogs in the paranormal and speculative genres.

Since they have “All Things” right there in the name, and my book is an urban fantasy thing, of course I figured I’d better send it to them. Just to keep everything 100% accurate.

Here’s what they said:

“Light, quirky, and entertaining urban fantasy. A quick read, IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY has a heroine more comfortable surrounded by books than doing magic, and a hero (anti-hero?) who drives a muscle car. It is not your typical urban fantasy, and that’s one of the things I loved about it!”

Thumbs up!

Personally, I’m just glad I helped keep the “All” in All Things Urban Fantasy.

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“You need to read this book!” –Bloodthirsty Muses

Free ebooks 5 stars

Holy cow, that’s a lot of stars.

This review is just chock-full of mind-blowingly amazing praise.

I can’t even begin to do it justice.

You’ll just have to read it yourself:

“My heart belongs to a good urban fantasy, and this particular book is so completely enthralling and so original that I couldn’t put it down.”

One more thing: I’m doing a new giveaway this month!

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Functional Nerds podcast: now featuring Yours Truly

Functional Nerds podcast Laurence MacNaughton _ It Happened One DoomsdaySF Signal will be missed.

But the science fiction/fantasy world has always been chock-full of innovation.

The vacuum left by SF Signal creates more room in the spotlight for fresh, entertaining podcasts like Functional Nerds.

Listen in for free as I chat with the ever-entertaining and informative John Anealio and Patrick Hester about:

Functional Nerds podcast

“Wait, wait, JJ Abrams said WHAT?!”

• Fantastic new movies (and possibly some bad ones) including 10 Cloverfield Lane…

• The free & easy mind-mapping software that you absolutely need right now…

• The new Neil Gaiman book you can’t miss…

• Why you need to check out Humble Bundles right now…

• A secret look behind the scenes in my new book…

And oh, so much more.
Check it out on Functional Nerds now. >

Oh, and one more thing:

Don’t forget to join my author newsletter for bonus free stuff, including the new short story MAGIC CARPET RIDE, a prequel to my new book! >

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You could win your own demon-fighting crystal. Seriously!

Galena crystals

Science: galena is a natural mineral form of lead sulfide. Magic: galena fights demons. Nuff said!

In my new book, Dru uses all sorts of magic crystals to fight the forces of darkness.

Take galena, for example. Scientifically speaking, it’s a lead ore with a low melting point. It also contains up to 2% silver.

But from a spiritual standpoint, it was used in ancient Egypt to line the eyes of the pharaohs. Possibly it was intended to give them second sight, possibly to protect against evil curses.

In my book, Dru uses it to fight demons.

Most galena crystals in the U.S. are mined in Missouri (galena ore has mostly industrial applications). I was recently talking to a guy who had retrieved some great crystals from a Missouri mine.

Apparently, there was so much groundwater in the rock that it dripped everywhere, constantly. They had to rig up corrugated steel on scaffolding inside the mine shaft to form a roof for the workers and equipment. Like it was raining underground.


Anyway, I have only a few of these galena crystals to give away. But one of them could be yours!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter here. >

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July 30 signing at Barnes and Noble in Glendale

Selenite is naturally fiberoptic. See? There's science in my book, too!

Selenite is naturally fiberoptic. See? There’s science in my book, too!

This Saturday, come meet me at Barnes & Noble in Glendale. Then stay for all the Harry Potter excitement!

Besides signing books, I’ll also have a live demo of the actual crystals Dru uses in the book to fight demons and other creatures of darkness. Galena, pyrite, selenite, amethyst, and tons more.

Here are the details:

Saturday, July 30 at 3:00 PM

Barnes & Noble – Colo. Blvd II
960 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO 80246

See you there!

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