Five for Friday: Music

Another feature I’m thinking about starting is “Five for Friday.” On Fridays without interviews, book reviews, or opinion pieces, I think it would be fun to share some of the stuff I enjoy outside of writing. There’s a ton of great media out there and I love discovering it, so I thought I’d pay that love forward.

For starters, I’ve been listening to a TON of music lately since I’ve gotten back into writing, so it seems like a good place to start.

1. Viva La Vida: Katie Herzig

The Faerie Court Chronicles installment I’m currently working on focuses on Queen Shaylee of the Seelie Court, which has fallen on hard time (I won’t tell you how, though! :P). As a result, she’s in a position of humble reflection. Herzig’s slower, simplistic rendition of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida reminds me of the mindset Shaylee’s probably in at this point in her journey.

2. Old Days: Ingrid Michaelson

Between Portraits of a Faerie Queen and The Tale of the Faerie Knight, Shaylee quite a few questionable choices for noble reasons. I’ve started to sit down and think about how she’d feel about those choices, what drove her to them, and what she might feel before she made them. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I’m excited to find out.

3. What We Were Once Were: The Sweeplings

I’m super excited to explore more of the The Sweeplings’ music, because they’re fantastic! They sort of fit the Civil Wars-sized hole that’s been in my heart for a while now. “What We Were Once Were,” in particular gets stuck in my head when trying to work out Shaylee’s character and motivation. Does she miss who she’s been? Does she want to make future choices based on that person in an attempt to regain some part of her? It’s still a bit of a mystery, even for me.

4. All the King’s Horses: Karmina

Despite her questionable choices and struggles, Shaylee is nothing if not resilient, and I’m starting to really like that about her. That’s not something I realized as much when working with her in the other books. I’m curious how that’s going to manifest itself in her leg of this story.

5. Carousel: John A. Nilson

No real reason behind this one other than I LOVE writing with soundtracks and, with this song along, I would definitely hire John A. Nislon to compose the Faerie Court Chronicles Soundtrack. 😀


Next week, I’m thinking about looking at either five books I’ve enjoyed recently or five books on my to-read list. Any sort of list you’d like to see in the future? Message me here, on social media, or email and let me know! I’d love to hear from you! 😀 ❤


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