Thursday, April 30, 2009

Going Away

This weekend I am going away. I will be staying at my brother-in-law's holiday house down at Phillip Island (South of Melbourne) So yeah, I have been knee deep in the editing of my latest completed work and thinking of the holiday so I totally forgot about writing an article for this blog. Doh!

So a quick post is what you'll get this week.

Do you listen to music when you write/read?

If you do, what sort?

Me? I must have music, it drowns out any other noise that may distract me, you know, fire alarms, neighbour's screaming blue murder, S.W.A.T team breaking down my front door, etc, I listen to new age, mood music mostly as I find music with words sometimes pulls me out of my train of thought.

Anyway...gotta go. I promise I'll post a better effort next week :-)


Carrie said...

Hi Mark,

If I was planning a trip to Phillip Island, I think I'd be distracted too!

I listen to music, but what I listen to depends upon what I want to write about. I prefer the type of music that you can find in compilation CDs and such in gaming stores. Most times though, I'll just put in a movie that has a great sound track like the Conan movies, Jurassic Park, Star Wars IV,V,VI, or Fifth Element. If I am really desperate and under a time crunch, I might just pop in Mother or Finding Forester.

As for music, I like Live, Eve 6, Fallout Boys, Meg and Dia (spelling?), Paramore, Plain White T's, Reliant K, Enya, and sometimes I just need to listen to Gaelic Storm or The McNally Boys (Liver Dance)


Mark Alders said...

Thank you for your comment, Carrie! Some great music there. I never thought of movie themes. Wow! I may have to try that. The 5th Element is one of my favs :-)


Sierra Wolfe said...

I listen to musick occasionally while I write, but not often. Usually the tv is on in the background, but I don't pay attention to it either. I'm pretty good at blocking out everthing except what I'm thinking about. My family sometimes complains that I don't even listen to them. When I'm in a good writing mode, I generally don't hear anything that's going on around me.

I do spend a lot of my writing time in a chatroom doing writing challenges. That's where we all write for 20 minutes and then after the challenge we tell how much we got done and sometimes share little snippets with each other. I find I'm more productive doing that than anything else. Plus, it's fun. :D

Alisha Paige said...

I wish I could listen to music because I think it really helps put us into the mood and adds to our creative process. But more often than naught, I'm listening to Barney or Elmo's squeaky voice in the background. I've learned to block it out....thank goodness...ha ha. I burn incense though and I think it really helps get me in the mood to write.

Have a safe trip, Mark! I'm so jealous!!!!! Please tell us all about it and share photos when you return. Fat hug to you!

Tierney O'Malley said...


Instead of music, I have Pride and Prejudice movie playing in my drive while I am writing. Am not really watching the movie since I've seen it gazillion times. *Shrug* the movie inspires me. Love it. Today though I have Kiki's Delivery Service playing.:-D

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