Music & Writing – A reply

Well hailing frequencies are open again,

Well Admiral Jespah in her bunny suit, it’s apparently it’s in the new admirals uniform code, has issue new orders and wants answer to these questions, The orders can be reviewed here: –

So without further a do here we go, be warned thou you not in danger of entering the chaotic space region of my music taste, so set your deflectors and shields to full intensity. However thanks to the admiral I’m going to add some pretty pictures to this blog to try and liven it up, fingers crossed then.


There is no need for that face yet Carol!

Q1 Does music inspire you in your writing?

A1. Yes, I regularly have music on when I write, or when I’ve got writers block, I find it helps when I’m seeking for the clue to seek the way forward or the feel the heart of the moment of the current scene. Indeed I’ve music on now and *laughs* at self currently up on Itunes DJ is “The way I feel” by Mary Chapin Carpenter. This can be found for listening to on you-tube here: –

Q2 Do any characters have a song that just clicks for you?

Q2. So far the only character that has a song that does clicks for me is Lily Fitzroy. When I want to write her personnel down period during her punishment time teaching at the academy after the Centauran prime minister incident, I make a point of listening to Doug Supernaw singing ‘Carousel’ which can be heard on you-tube here: –

Shall we leave the comments about a British person, who listens to county music to one side for the moment? I don’t quite know why this songs connect, other that the sad feeling that something of past glories is missing and it seems to match the tone of those stories.

Actually know that I think of it Captain Douglas Gorrim Bug hunt in the WFW had the unofficial theme of Dougie MacLean Marching Mystery for the early part, which can be heard on you-tube here: –

(Apologizes this was the best clip I could find and the first 30 seconds or so on this youtube clip is a news article on the Lewis chessman ( that inspired the song). Again I can’t quite draw the direct link but that my eccentrics mind for you.

Q3 Do any character relationships have songs (e. g. they’re playing our song)?

A3. Not yet, but somehow I feel when I get to review and write the key relationship in more depth, they will gain a song. Actually I’ve the feeling that Emmylou and Scott song will be Perfect 10 by the Beautiful South, which can be heard on youtube here: –

Though I know somehow that Scott did a very bad karaoke version of Dr. Hook & the medicine Men ‘When she cries” to Emmylou, yes it is also findable at you-tube here, well the proper version at any rate: –


Though as you can see I’ve got a top team work on a item relationship song.

Q4 Do lyrics inspire you?

A4. Yes, the Titan story in WFW #017, I was inspired by the lyrics from Queen the invisible me, you can find the story here: –

For those who read that one, here’s Vic, showing even on DS9 songs matter!


Q5 Do rhythm, beats and instruments inspire? Is one genre preferred to another?

A5. O yes, all music inspires me, if you’ve not guess already from the ecliptically music choices covers so far, it doesn’t need words it just needs to speak to me, so no one genre is my preferred dominant one, you should see the fit my itunes has trying to organize my music taste into categories for genius mixes, and I write to them all.

Q6 Do any of your characters sing or play instruments?

Um I don’t honestly know, I’ve not written any of them doing either, my laws of averages one of them must, but I guess sucking at both myself, it not something I ever thoughts about my characters doings, perhaps I should start a ships band on the Argonaut and see which characters turn up? That is one for me to think about.

Q7 Do any of your stories or characters have play lists?

Q7.  Not yet bar the songs mention above, however I get the feeling a play list will develop for them in time.

Bonus questions!

Q8 Have you ever used music to set a scene or a mood?

Strangely no, which does surprise me, perhaps as side effect of my eclectic music taste, I’ve kind of assume no-one would recognize the songs, I guess in the current multi-media age that going to changes, as you only every a you-tube link away from most songs.

Q9 Do you feel it was successful?

Q9. Not applicable yet.

Since I’ve got no answer here a picture of Picard trying to play his alien pipe.


Q10 Have you read others’ musical connections to fan fiction?

Q10. Yes I’ve read the music links that turn up on Ad Astra Forums for the Multiverse II round robin.

Q11 Did the music help in your enjoyment of the piece(s), or did it detract?

Q11. Usually yes but occasional no. When the music fits the piece then I believe it greatly add to the story, but when it doesn’t fit my mood mind-set for the piece it can be a little jarring, which can sadly distract but then I suppose that true of professionally written and musically scored TV episodes as well.

Well that’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, or at least enjoying the pretty pictures.
I hope you enjoy the ride; you may lower your shields and deflectors now.

Till next time.