While working on Advantage, first in the Metatron’s Army series I stumbled on the magick of having a playlist for the books I was working on. Auspiciously, I simultaneously stumbled on music that fit the series in its entirety – for me.
Though I continued to create playlists for books in the ensuing years it wasn’t until I was inspired to introduce a new series that I circled back around to creating a playlist for it.
New is a misnomer. The idea for this series was born alongside Metatron’s Army back in 1984. Not having bandwidth to do much with it I focused on MA and set it aside.
I suppose setting it aside is a misnomer too because I never fully let go of the idea.
I guess I’m peeling the onion here because beneath the idea was the image – a character.
And beneath that? The look in his eyes.
So much emotion – so much said – but in that moment I just didn’t have the cycles.
I never forgot his expression, nor his body language as he stood in a doorway staring at me as if daring me to – what?
It took decades to comprehend what it was he was communicating and in that time I wrote multiple opening scenes for the story only to curl my lip and set them aside indefinitely.
I wrote an opening scene for Metatron’s Army the summer before my junior year in high school but tossed it twenty years later while sorting through a box of writing that had crisscrossed the country with me for decades; writing that included my very first novel – handwritten in a spiral bound notebook in 8th grade – along with short stories, poetry and other novels typed on bond paper. Needless to say, it was a large heavy box.
I tossed almost the entirety of that box seven years later – five years before sitting down to start Advantage.
From there to Here. As I write this post I am populating a series playlist with music that, like the Metatron’s Army series playlist, is mostly instrumental.
Lots of stuff by Twelve Titans Music.
I spent the day working on the various tasks that go into a project of this magnitude, managing to tackle most of the big stuff.
Including the playlist.
I will be posting updates in the near future.