Welcome to September! Today, I've decided to take a risk and share the songs that I associate with my WIPs. Hopefully, this won't be too spoilerish. I thought you might find it interesting!
On another note, I just joined a publishing-related blogfest. The badge is on the blog sidebar right now! I'm not sure how it works, but I figured I'd try it out. The possibility of getting looked at by professionals is always good. As part of it, I'm going to post some personal info on Monday. My best writing friend (BWF?) juliathewritergirl is also participating, and you can check out her blog here.
This is the earliest novel I wrote (in sixth grade) that I'm still working on today. It's an MG epic portal fantasy about a gifted young girl who goes on a journey to save her family. The music I associate with this is solely from the classical genre--in fact, it's all from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
"Trepak" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Mother Gigone & the Clowns" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Pas de Deux" Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
"Trepak" and "Mother Gigone & the Clowns" are songs of celebration for the end of the novel. A final balcony scene focuses around "Pas de Deux," which is also my favorite classical piece. It's very lush and romantic in an intense, almost tragic way.
This is the one novel from seventh grade that I am still working on. It's MG speculative fiction about survivors of an apocalypse who make a deal with Time to reverse what happened. It has no musical associations at this time, mostly because I was undergoing a change in musical tastes during my middle school years.
Written in eighth grade, this YA fantasy romance about an underground psychic society that separates two powerful lovers has been connected to a number of songs in my own mind:
"What Hurts the Most" Cascada
"New Divide" Linkin Park
"Leave Out All the Rest" Linkin Park
"Breakeven" The Script
"Got Dynamite" Demi Lovato
"Savin' Me" Nickelback
"Sing" My Chemical Romance
"Flattery" Aly & AJ
"What Hurts the Most" focuses on the loss of a love, as does "New Divide," "Breakeven," and, in a sense, "Leave Out All the Rest." "Got Dynamite" summarizes the story in a pseudo-metaphorical way, whereas "Savin' Me" is a fairly literal interpretation of the story's focus. "Sing" is all about the war involved in the novel. "Flattery" just fits the vibe in terms of sound.
This is, obviously, my current main focus. It's a YA speculative fiction series about a group of teens with psychic powers who get caught up in a government conspiracy. I wrote book one in ninth grade.
"Walk In" Kira Brighton
"Iridescent" Linkin Park
"Castle of Glass" Linkin Park
"Walk In" is a song I wrote myself that's involved in an important scene. A recording of this song is available on the site here. (Editor's Note: Content is no longer available.)* "Iridescent" is connected to a past tragedy, while "Castle of Glass" is the most recent track I've chosen for my imagined movie trailer.
I wrote the second book of the series in ninth grade.
"What I've Done" Linkin Park
"If You Only Knew" Shinedown
"Bring Me to Life" Evanescence
"What I've Done" and "If You Only Knew" are both connected to dialogue centering around an important loss that affects the entire novel. "Bring Me to Life" is also about the loss, more specifically, the effects of it.
The third book was written the summer after ninth grade.
"Sing" My Chemical Romance
"Burn It Down" Linkin Park
"Second Chance" Shinedown
This is where the fight gets real, and these songs fit that well, of course. "Second Chance" is more about the hopes that the Four carry with them even as everything else goes wrong.
The final book was written in tenth grade.
"A Thousand Years (Dance With Me)" Kira Brighton
"A Theme for the Chosen Four" Kira Brighton
"Desperate" David Archuleta
"Waiting for the End" Linkin Park
"Bulletproof" La Roux
"Unidentified Main Titles" Trevor Rabin
The first song is another original one used in a book scene. The second, "A Theme for the Chosen Four," is a partial score track composed by me for the series, though the concept truly comes into play in this last book. It is meant as a sort of love theme and is currently available, as played on solo cello, here. (Editor's Note: Content is no longer available.) This book takes on the larger aftermath of the conflict, and. "Desperate" is the general feeling. "Bulletproof" is for one of the more difficult relationships in the series, while "Waiting for the End" is the full-out trailer song, very ideal for this novel. "Unidentified Main Titles" is a score track that fits more with the science fiction turn this final book takes.
The playlist for this classical hero's journey YA epic fantasy, written in my junior year of high school, revolves around the Tarzan soundtrack. DON'T JUDGE ME. I'd just gotten into this soundtrack when I was writing the book, and emotionally, it connected! These songs made me cry, okay?
"You'll Be in My Heart" Phil Collins
"A Wondrous Place" Mark Mancina
"The Gorillas" Mark Mancina
"One Family" Mark Mancina
In this YA medical spy-fi from twelfth grade, which is all about fibromyalgia, the main character has musical talents that are shown throughout the novel in the form of the music she listens to and in original song lyrics. Though no specific tracks are mentioned, the main character's musical groups of choice are Evanescence, Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Orianthi, and My Chemical Romance. She also indulges in Adele at one point. These are her original songs:
"Shining" Kira Brighton
"Silence" Kira Brighton
"Painlock" Kira Brighton
"Waiting" Kira Brighton
"Trapped" Kira Brighton
"What It Takes to Deal" Kira Brighton
This dystopian tale is the distant YA fantasy romance sequel to #PsychicStory. I originally began writing it in ninth grade, but didn't complete it until close to the end of my twelfth grade. The musical connection for this novel has not been fully perused yet, but it will most likely involve many love songs. These tracks are also relevant:
"Cursum Perficio" Enya
"Pax Deorum" Enya
"Call Me" Shinedown
The collapsed society in the story lends power to the above Enya tracks, which are both nicely dark and intense. "Call Me" is about the turn against society's norms that the central character must take.
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