Monday, May 10, 2010

"Your really listen to that AND write at the same time?"

So there I was, ploughing through Dead Beat with Rob Zombie blaring through the house from my computer speakers, when all of a sudden I made the shocking discovery of having and empty tea mug. In a movement reminiscent of ALL of the slow motion fight scenes in 300, I grabbed the empty beverage receptacle (The cool one with the pirate flag on it) and gracefully vaulted over my desk. The mug still in my hand, I made my final run towards the kitchen. My goal was in sight and victory in my grasp when the fates sent one of their minions to stop me.

"CHIHUAHUA" I screamed

My Ninja Writer reflexes,taught to me by the Writer Ninja monks of Southern New England), instantly took over and I thrust my body in to the air. I looked down on my adversary as I flew overhead. My body was almost at then end of the somersault when I was able to put the mug safely on the counter AND turn on the kettle as momentum drew me forward. Both tasks completed, I landed on the kitchen floor, on both feet, in a pose that has only ever before been accomplished by the love child of Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris.

(Now wasn't that way more interesting than me saying "I got up and made myself a cup of tea"?)

And what response do I get from the other residents of the kitchen?

"Do you really write to that music?" from the mother-in-law

After all that, after all the slow-mo awesomeness that took me a good five minutes to make up you ask me how I can write when listening to Rob Zombie?

I think I replied with some BS about RZ being an artist and needing to immerse myself in another artists work to stimulate my creative...yadda yadda yadda. I mean is it weird to listen to something like Rob Zombie? I don't think so but then I'm hardly subjective. Personally I find the music I listen to will change depending on mood and what I am writing at the time. SO how about you guys? What are your musical preferences when writing?


  1. So...I followed a RT here from Twitter, 'cause I love tea *and* Zombie. Needless to say, you have a new follower both here and on Twitter...

    That said, I typically don't listen to music while writing. I'm usually either trying to tune out the TV, or writing in blissful silence.

    But I may have to try Rob one of these days, you know, because I really would love to be able to copy your ninja-like tea making skills...

    Thanks for the great post on a Monday morning. :-)

  2. Thanks for the follow Jamie. I find Rob is great when I'm trying to write something action orientated. I've tried writing in silence (normally something of an impossibility in my house) and I find my writing suffers.

    It's interesting to learn how people like to set up their writing environments though. You can ask five different writers how they do and get five different answers.