Pavlov’s writer

Like a Pavlovian dog (without the drooling), I condition myself into various states for various pieces of fiction. Usually, one or two albums playing over and over again while working on a story. The programming for the upcoming stories in 2013 went something like this -

“Sing” – Tor.com sometime during the first half of 2013
This Mortal Coil: Filigree and Shadow and Blood

“A Fine Show on the Abyssal Plain” – Lightspeed Magazine, first half of 2013
Björk: Homogenic and the Carnivale soundtrack by Jeff Beal

“I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You” – Strange Horizons, March 2013
I wrote this one more than a year ago, so honestly can’t remember. A year ago it would have been a lot of Florence & the Machine, Rachid Taha or Kate Bush. I binged on Kate Bush until I couldn’t stand her voice anymore.

“Culte des Goules”The Starry Wisdom Library, second half of 2013
Jarboe: Sacrificial Cake and Anna von Hausswolff’s Ceremony

Of course I ruin these albums for myself for a while afterward. Collateral damage. Right now, I’m working on a longer project that requires Fever Ray.

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4 Responses to Pavlov’s writer

  1. Kate Bush would be inspiring for any work that needs a touch of “strangeness” added. She’s one of my favorites.
    Something without lyrics works for me. Background music to drown out the distracting background noises.

    • Karin says:

      Any background music you can recommend – soundtracks, classical, etc?

      • I’m using a CD called “Water Journey” right now, which is a blend of nature sounds and instrumentals, mostly piano and acoustic guitar. I don’t listen to much classical when I write. I also like some of the early Rick Wakeman (Journey to the Centre of the Earth, No Earthly Connection, Myths and Legends of King Arthur,) and Roxy Music. “Avalon” is my favorite, but I wore it out a long time ago. Mostly stuff that isn’t too overbearing.

  2. Stephen says:

    No drooling? I’m outta here.

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