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English: The "Made for iPod" emblem ...

English: The “Made for iPod” emblem appearing on Apple-approved iPod accesories. Latina: Insigne Apple Inc., quod in Anglice dicit “Aedificatus ob iPod”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


So I caved in and bought a new iPod Saturday.  It’s a real nice 5th Generation one.  Of course, since I work Saturdays, I did have to wait until I got home before I started to set it up.  In that, I learned a few things.


First, Apple’s iCloud, or whatever they call it, had a back up of my old iPod, one that was fairly up to date since I had synced it that night prior to it taking a dive… literally.  Thus, a lot of the apps I had on the old one were put onto the new one.


The second thing I learned is that I have a lot of music on my computer, and since I want to have all that music on my iPod, it takes a while to put all of that music on there.  I’ve already had it running all last night and most of the day, and again tonight (I had to stop the sync because we were going out and I did not want it running then — call me paranoid about that).  As I’m writing this, there are still 700 tracks to move on, and that was after I cut down on what was being copied (no radio shows, podcasts, television shows).



Saturday Songs – August 25, 2012

For a lot of people, they know Mike Oldfield either from his performance during the opening ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics or from Tubular Bells, which was used as the theme to The Exorcist, not even realizing the vast scope of his music.  This is mostly because not too many people stray into the New Age section of their record stores where he is often categorized.

My first exposure to Mike Oldfield came when I was back in high school with the song Magic Touch.

The song itself was just the right mix of pop sound and trippy visuals (I saw the video first) to pull me into his music.  I bought the cassette, Islands, and loved not only the songs that followed the more traditional style of music, but the longer form Wind Chimes Part 1 & 2 as well.  Soon I was searching the bins for his CDs, finding a lot of what he composed inspirational, creatively, that is.  When I created sound tracks for some of my earliest writings, I used his songs to help set the mood, and still do.

Mike Oldfield’s music is available on iTunes and

Saturday Songs – July 14, 2012

Many times, writers will have a song in mind when they are writing.  There are times when this happens for me as well.

Then there are times when you find the right song for a character well after that character has come to life.  In this case, it is almost like the character is getting their voice after being mute for so long.

I have already discussed Duplicator, a character from one of my NaNoWriMo projects on this blog, as well a the song that managed to get me writing on that project.  Now, as I get ready to work on the rewrite, I feel that I have found the song that best fits this character.

I have mentioned After Forever on this blog as well as part of my Women Rock playlist.  But, considering that Duplicator is empowered by other superhumans, it seemed more and more appropriate for a song called Energize Me to apply to him.

This song, as well as other songs by After Forever, is available on iTunes,, and your local record store.

Friday Sounds – NaNoWriMo Edition

"Writing", 22 November 2008

“Writing”, 22 November 2008 (Photo credit: dr_ed_needs_a_bicycle)

Sometimes, I have a soundtrack for what I’m writing.  This was certainly the case for my first NaNoWriMo.  In that case, the soundtrack was pulled from the songs that the main character quoted, or was performed by the female main character.  That playlist had been on iTunes once, though it is now lost with their switch to Ping.

Most times, I usually just put iTunes on mix and let it play.  Either that or I have Coast to Coast AM on since I write late at night/early in the morning.  The odd mix of conspiracy, aliens, ghosts, and whatever George Noory was talking about helped with my second NaNoWriMo which tended to hit on almost all of those topics… except the aliens.

I ran into a problem with the fourth NaNoWriMo.  This one was based on an idea that I had for a comic series.  This is also the one that I am looking to rewrite.  To be honest, a problem is a bit of an understatement.  I ran into a lot of problems.  The original idea began to fall short early, requiring me to start adding more and more scenes.  These scenes actually worked out fairly well for the story, but helped add to the character bloat, something which I need to work on before I tackle the rewrite.

But, the real problem came from the music.  Nothing I had really inspired me.  I had some (actually a lot) of superhero music, but most of those songs were from the movies.  it is hard to draw inspiration for your own characters when Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard’s Molossus kept making me think Batman.  My writing started to drag.  I just was not finding the right song.

At least, I had not found it just yet.

I’m not sure how I first heard Skillet’s Hero.  I think it was after I heard Monster, another song from them from the album Awake.  I think that came from an iTunes sample, which led me to Youtube to find the full video/song.  From there I found Hero.  This became the sound I was looking for.

After hearing that song, I had to pick it up.  I ended up getting the entire album.  And while I wrote, both Hero and Monster moved into heavy rotation.  My writing picked up after that, finding the right song for the book.  Even the lyrics “A hero’s not afraid to give his life” moved me to add not one, but two scenes in which a couple of the heroes in my book risked their lives to protect innocent lives.

I still listen to this song, especially when I need the motivation to work on the rewrites for that NaNoWriMo.  Hopefully someday I will be able to assemble a soundtrack for that project like I did with the first one.  There is absolutely no question that this song will be on it.

Skillet’s album Awake is available on Amazon, iTunes, and at your local record shop.

Cell Phone – Do I really Need It?

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I have a Verizon cell phone.  I got my latest contract just before they got rid of the unlimited data plan option, so I was grandfathered in.


Well, I thought I was.


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Women Rock Playlist – Addenda

A while ago, I posted my Women Rock playlist.  Since then, I have found a few more in my collection that definitely would fall on this playlist, as well as a few suggestions from readers.

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Women Rock – The Playlist

A while ago, I mentioned I was creating a Women Rock playlist for my iPod.  After careful analysis, I have created the preliminary list.  I call it preliminary because, like any list, it is open to being appended.

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Suggestions Wanted

Thoughts on Terra Nova

Now that I have watched the first episode of Terra Nova (thanks to iTunes), I have a few thoughts about what I saw.


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Today's Technology

I personally love it that I can carry almost all of my CDs on one device so that I do not have to worry about listening to crummy music on the radio ever again… unless I choose to listen to it.

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