Thursday, July 31, 2008

Please Welcome Guest Author...Linda Mooney

Music is My Life and My Books

Melodies weave through my bloodstream. All my life, music has consumed me and filled me to the point where I was in the choir and band all through-out my school years. Then into college where I got both my bachelor and master’s degrees. Following that, I spent 25+ years teaching music in elementary and junior high schools.

When the iPod came out, I was delirious with joy. I could take my music with me anywhere (which was a godsend for the hours I spent in the hospital while hubby waited for a heart transplant.)

But where I became the most dependent on my music was when I was writing. I discovered that soaring love themes put me in a frame of mind for passionate romance, the same way big, bold, brassy, triumphant soundtracks gave me a reference to write heroic scenes, saving the heroine/hero scenes. And those long walks I took to clear my head also gave me ample time to listen to what I’d downloaded, and work out those threads I was weaving together in my plots.

I recently started a new book, but at the time my iPod was at the Apple doctor. I couldn’t get my motivation going, couldn’t get my Muse to answer, could barely scratch out a page a day. Got the sad news from the doctor that they had to put my iPod down. So off I went to Best Buy for a new one. Re-filled it via iTunes. Added another soundtrack.

Lo And Behold! My groove was back. The ideas were flowing. The love scene was coming together. I’m off and running, and once again I am happily pounding away on my keyboard.

Never again will I take my music for granted. I may even had my iPod buried with me when I die, ala the pharaohs of Egypt.

At least, I’m thinking about it.

Linda Mooney
Sensuous Romance with a Sci-Fi or Fantasy Flair! ( for the video book trailers)

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Disclaimer (because we don't have a choice): The views expressed by the guest blogger do not necessarily reflect those of The Deadly Vixens.

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Sarah Mäkelä said...

Great post, Linda! I'm glad to find another music addict! =) I don't think I could function with it. I've also noticed that if I don't listen to music for a while that I get grumpy. Thanks for blogging with us!

Gracen Miller said...

Hi, Linda! Thanks for blogging with us today. It's such a great honor!

Your RIP picture had me laughing. I love my music and iPod too, can hardly imagine life without it. And to think less than a year ago, I did not have one. It's been the best birthday present I have ever received. Burying it with've said that a time or two about objects as well. If you do, make sure you have the ear pieces in your ears and the music blarring even after you go into the ground. Then you can jam out in the afterlife too. ;-)

Thanks again for blogging with us. I really enjoyed your witty blog.

Molly Daniels said...

Music is in my blood too. i cannot live without it, and hope to one day be able to download my entire musical library onto an iPod (yes, I still don't own one...yet!)

It's funny what music gets our muse back, isn't it? For me, one day it will be Prince; the next, Celine Dion. Four weeks ago, it was Night Ranger (remember them?). And the other day it was Bon Jovi. Go figure...

hahaha...word verify is Carl.sez u! Okay...fess up. Who's Carl?

Linda Mooney said...

Thanks, girls! I was amazed by how much I'd become attached to that iPod until I no longer had it.

I also create "soundtracks" of each of my books, so that I can keep myself in the mood of that story.

Lord bless Gates! :D

Ciara Gold said...

Wow, too fun to learn we have this in common as well. I took 4 periods of choir my senior year in high school. Those were the days. I stay more focused on writing when I'm listening to music also and I tend to listen to a strange mix. I usually just open my playlist up on my myspace and listen to that. Great post