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A New Playlist

Published October 24, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

Here’s a playlist I put together for my next big project. Don’t forget that starting next month, you can get a free, two-story bundle featuring the main characters if you’re subscribed to my newsletter!

#LifeBooksWriting: Music I Love/Book Playlists

Published July 22, 2016 by Jennifer Loring

Once upon a time, in another life, I was a DJ. Music has always been a huge part of my world; I can’t really work without it. I will listen to almost anything except contemporary country, but my favorite genres (in no particular order) are industrial, goth, dark ambient, neoclassical, trap, house, trance, and video game soundtracks.

I love making soundtracks and playlists for my books. Or, if not for a specific book, then centered around a theme. I did make a playlist for Firebird, which can be applied to most of the trilogy. Here it is:

To Die For–The Birthday Massacre

Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)

Shoom–Trust

Into My Arms–Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Song to the Siren–Brendan Perry

Satellite–Guster

Baby When the Lights Go Out–David Guetta

In & Out (DJ Shah Rework)–Sunlounger

Here With Me–Dido

We Found Love (feat. Rihanna)–Calvin Harris

Гори, гори, моя звезда–The Misailov Neapolitan Ensemble

Let’s Dance–BBC Big Band Orchestra

The Last Time I Left–Soul Whirling Somewhere

Let It Go–Fauxliage

Better Off–Razed in Black

Lovesong–The Cure

RAMelia–Tenishia

Illusion–VNV Nation

Believe in You (feat. Sarah Howells & Secede)–Dash Berlin

Shelter (Photographer Remix)–Dash Berlin feat. Roxanne Emery

Ja pomnju chudnoe mgnovenie–Vladimir Bykov

Precious Little–Hiatus

Canon in D–Per-Olov Kindgren

Someone (Original Mix)–Ascension

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Those of My Kind Playlist

Published April 7, 2015 by Jennifer Loring

If you know me, you know I love music. I was a DJ for quite a while, and music is still a huge source of inspiration for me. One thing I like to do is create my dream soundtrack for the books I write. So, with Those of My Kind out in just about a month, I present to you the soundtrack I came up with. Give it a listen at 8tracks Radio, and enjoy!

Video Games and Inspiration

Published January 22, 2013 by Jennifer Loring

Since returning from grad school residency a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been playing a lot of video games. Blame Steam, to whom I have given many dollars thanks to their holiday sales. I’ve played Dead Island, dabbled in Portal, and when I want something simple and silly, I fire up Plants vs Zombies. For the Xbox 360, I picked up Mass Effect 2 (yeah, I’m usually a couple of years behind everyone else). But I find myself, more often than not, turning back to certain games over and over. Given the current stress levels of my life, games into which I can completely immerse myself and shut out the rest of the world are my go-to entertainment.

I’m writing this while listening to Jeremy Soule’s Skyrim soundtrack. This is, hands-down, one of the most beautiful albums you could ever hope to own, which makes it quite fitting for the game it accompanies. Skyrim is a game I pop into the Xbox when I’m feeling overwhelmed by life. I’ve played through it before, but back in October I decided to start a new character and make another go at it. Bethesda has sucked me into this before, with Fallout 3 and, to a lesser extent, Fallout: New Vegas. And while you may be tempted to ask why I would “waste” hundreds of hours playing RPGs instead of writing, I will tell you that these games have been huge inspirations and influences on my work. The Lord of the Rings made me want to write an epic fantasy novel someday, but Skyrim made me want to do it, like, now. And I do in fact have one outlined.

I have a point here, and it’s similar to the one I tried to make in my teaching module at residency. You can find inspiration just about anywhere. For me, it’s very often in video games (and their soundtracks). I assure you, not one of those hours has been wasted. More often than not, I come away with an even greater desire to write. Do whatever it takes to recharge your creativity. Your story will be all the better for it.

Electronic Saviors update

Published February 9, 2012 by Jennifer Loring

Last year I posted that I would be taking part in the second edition of the massive compilation Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music to Cure Cancer. I’m excited to tell you that the time for pre-orders has arrived! My track, under my DJ name (DJ Lollidrop) appears only on the premium edition, but no matter which edition you purchase, your money goes toward fighting a disease that has touched nearly everyone’s lives in some way.

Bottom line: help fight cancer and get a ton of great music at an insane price! Order here.

No Wonder My Nose Keeps Bleeding…

Published October 7, 2011 by Jennifer Loring

A long weekend is nearly upon me (hooray for a day job that follows the federal holiday schedule), to be filled with thesis revisions and progress on the five short stories currently brewing. (One is for a dieselpunk anthology put out by the fine folks at Twit Publishing, but that’s not due until the end of April. Whew.) I’ve got “The Bombay Trash Service” out to reprint anthology Best New Zombie Tales, so fingers are crossed. I plan to squeeze some art in over the weekend, too. Hopefully that section of the blog will be updated soon. Lots of collage work going on, but I really want to get back to my pinup girls.

Some of you already know that last month I started working for Musa Publishing as one of the three editors for their YA imprint, Euterpe. I’m currently editing two manuscripts, and I have no doubt that Musa will do great things, given the quality of the work they’re putting out. They also run a spec-fic webzine, Penumbra, so what are you waiting for? Go submit something.

And finally…my alter ego, DJ Lollidrop, wrote a track that was selected to appear on the digital portion of the upcoming Electronic Saviors Vol. 2 compilation. It’s an amazing comp for a great cause–the fight against cancer. My dear friend Jim Semonik, whom I have known for over 11 years, with whom I have promoted shows and DJ’d, and who is truly the brother I never had, lost a substantial portion of his digestive tract to colon cancer at the age of 32. He’s been cancer-free for three years now, and from his experience the Electronic Saviors concept was born. Entitled “The Waiting Game,” my track is a fairly minimalist reflection of the simple terror in waiting for test results. DJ Lollidrop is trying to find time to put up a new podcast, too.

In reference to the title of this post, I had nosebleeds for five days straight, was given a two-day respite, and woke up this morning to a schnoz full of blood. Allergies? Sinuses? High blood pressure strikes back? We’ll see what happens this weekend, and then off to the doctor. 

So, what’s new with you?

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