9 Simple Activities To Inspire Your Writing – Writer’s Edit

As a writer, it’s easy to feel like you’ve completely exhausted all your ideas when you need to be creative all the time. The good news is, you can never run out of creativity! As John Steinbeck once said, “Ideas are like rabbits, you get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen”. If you’ve lost inspiration for a project you’re working on, or you’re looking for some tips to get motivated to write, here are some activities you can try that will help you out of that creative rut. 1. Read, read, read Perhaps the most obvious of these tips, reading is a great way to reignite your creativity. Sometimes, the best ideas are sparked from a story someone else has already written. If you plan on writing novels, reading is a great way to help you remember what you’re working towards: getting your own book on the…

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#LifeBooksWriting: Music I Love/Book Playlists

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)


Into My Arms–Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Song to the Siren–Brendan Perry


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


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


Those of My Kind Playlist

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!

Long Time, No Update

Hey kids, so it’s been a few months since the last post. I’ve been insanely busy and rather lazy about updating, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of exciting things going on. First off, May marked the release of Electronic Saviors 2 and my CD debut. If you want to hear my track but didn’t get the premium edition, you’re out of luck. However, at some point in the future I am going to resurrect my musical project and give my material a proper release. I’m hoping to relaunch my podcast as well.

In June I began my 4th term as a grad student, and I’ve got 11 months to go. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is both gratifying and frightening, as this term and the next promise a great deal of hard work. As you may or may not know, I decided in March to embark on a major rewrite of my thesis project, which involved introducing a new antihero to the cast of characters. Now I’m weaving together the fairytale “Donkeyskin” with Chinese myth and mysticism, African and Roma folklore, Gnosticism, witchcraft, Jungian psychology, Nietzschean philosophy, the Kensington Strangler, and female genital mutilation. I finally like where this is going and I’m having fun working on it.

In addition, I’ve got one short story making the rounds and should have two more submitted by next weekend. I have more ideas than I have time to write, but I’m trying to get as many stories written as possible (especially since I just lost what was a major source of income for the past couple of months). Somehow I have found time to read for pleasure again as well–at least until my teaching class starts. Since my last post I’ve finished House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, The Passage by Justin Cronin, and Eyes Everywhere by Matthew Warner. That book deserves its own post; maybe another time.

I think that covers everything for now. More updates soon…