Archive for March, 2013

Music

Posted in The Creepers on March 25, 2013 by normandixon

I’ve been scouring the entirety of my music collection while working on book 2. Though there is one song that comes into the rotation more than any others, a song that pretty much defines what I’m going to address in the Creepers sequel. That song is Pearl Jam’s Garden it so clearly sums up a lot of the material. Give it a listen. Though it’s highly important it’s not the only song. There is another that I’d venture to say is more important, but to the Creepers as a whole not just book 2. It’s the song that will play over the trailer if it ever gets made into a film. That song is Nine Inch Nails The Day The World Went Away

Those are just two of the thousands of songs I’ve been listening to. I’m not one of those people who stay within genres. My taste runs from Meshuggah to Coheed and Cambira to Billy Joel and Johnny Cash to Maiden and Opeth to Gza and Aesop Rock to Morcheeba and damn near everything in between. I love Sam Cooke and Sarah Mclachlan. There is only one theme all the songs I like share. . . they tell stories. One could argue all songs do, but I’d say you’re crazy, some stuff is just noise.

All this thinking about music got me thinking. What do you write to? I know some of you don’t listen to anything when you write and I do not envy you, it must be maddening. I need noise to find direction. I need noise to draw up some of those emotions. Which is really what I’m using the music for when I write. Songs help me tap specific emotions. I need sad, I know I can drum up Flogging Molly’s Us of Lesser Gods One of my favorite songs ever, just saying.

Sometimes I find myself listening to word bending hip hop like Atmosphere, Gza, and Aesop Rock to help knock my brain loose. They help me find better sentence structure. And if I need to feel fucking bleak I listen to Pearl Jam’s Indiffernce a song that helped give Bobby’s story life. Kind of funny that two Pearl Jam songs played a big part in the Creepers cycle. I’d put PJ in my top 20 but they are not my favorite. But those two songs are just amazing.

So hit me up on Twitter @normandixonjr and let me know what songs you create to and why. I’m always on the look out for new music.

Big Things

Posted in The Creepers on March 12, 2013 by normandixon

As I sit down to type this I realize I’ve become what 99% of all bloggers become, and that is, one who stops blogging. I only had one post in February. This is my first post in a month. I should feel like a slacker, lazy, and uninspired. I don’t. Behind the scenes a lot of things have been going on, big things, life changing things, and a lot of solid writing on top of that.

The Creepers was picked up by Permuted Press for publication. You read that last sentence right. It’s official, legit, whatever you want to call it. The ebook will still be available but the paperback will go through another edit and be released early next year. But that’s not all. As many of you know I’ve been working on book 2 and book 3, well they’re coming by of Permuted Press as well. More details to follow as they come about.

I’m not really sure how I feel. I mean I’m excited and happy, but now that what I’ve dreamed about, worked towards, now that the moment is here I don’t know how to feel. All I want to do is keep writing, keep telling stories, and now that the Creepers is part of Permuted Press I can do just that. Book 2 is a third of the way through and is shaping up to be about the same length as book 1. Bobby’s story picks up right where it left off, but there are whole new cast of characters as well. Their stories run along side Bobby’s and they lend some insight into things only hinted about in book 1. A lot of this I’ve touched on in previous blogs but now it takes on a whole new dimension.

I have deadlines now. Still hasn’t sunken in yet but it’s an amazing thing. For so long it was that rung I couldn’t reach and now that that burden is lifted I feel it has opened up a lot of creative avenues. So expect to see a lot of things, big things coming down the pipeline over the next couple of years. First The Creepers trilogy, the reworked Sage and Jorah series, and Argyle City which is looking to be a 68 page graphic novel.

I can’t thank all of you enough. All the support, the retweets, the reviews. Writers keep writing.