From now until Christmas, I’ll be doing a guest post at the Story Reading Ape every second Sunday of the month.

11th SEPTEMBER: Using the Seasons in Writing (and keeping track of time in your story)
9th OCTOBER: Working with Other Authors (since there’s a BookElves Anthology Vol 1 giveaway in October)
13th NOVEMBER: Doing a Goodreads Giveaway (tied in with a BookElves Anthology Vol 2 giveaway in November)
11th DECEMBER: The Trouble with Series (hopefully I’ll have a date or cover for Willoughby the Narrator by then)

Put them in your diary, or just follow TSRA by email for lots of excellent posts and reposted information.  There have already been some splendid guest posts including one on food in fiction.  I’m an enthusiast for food as a character indication, or just as world-building, as you may have noticed!

Question of the Month Unicorns badgeIt’s also the Question of the Month today

“What kind of music best speaks to you?”

Well, it depends on my mood.  I like lots of classical music, and most times I prefer light classical on our Classic FM radio when I’m around the house or driving.  But when I’m driving further I prefer my iPod collection, which includes rock, musicals, funk, folk, pop, (sometimes even cheesy pop), and Celtic Rock.  Now that’s a genre not many people have heard of!  Favourite groups I’ve found in that line include Enter the Haggis and Dan Ar Braz.  If you try somewhere like iTunes, it’ll come up with people like Runrig, the Corrs and the Pogues, and you may need to hunt under ‘World’ to find them – which is tough because the world is huge.  And I like a lot of that, too.

But for dental work I recommend My Sweet Lord.  Very soothing. 😀

Now see how other people answered it!

I’m Guesting with the Story Reading Ape #TSRA & #QOTM

10 thoughts on “I’m Guesting with the Story Reading Ape #TSRA & #QOTM

  • 5 September, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Celtic Rock is a genre we don’t hear enough. Good stuff! Although I’m not a fan of cheesy pop, I can understand it’s appeal. Soothing music at the dentist’s office would be so much nicer than the blaring TV news mine currently uses.

    • 5 September, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      I wonder if he does requests? Mine asked if the local smooth radio channel was okay – it was!

  • 5 September, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Mood is entering into a lot of the Question answers including mine. It makes total sense. To me music is often the aural representation of emotion. Music can reflect mood or set it.

    My dentist office plays some kind of hip-hop station which is music I find to be rather jarring when I’m in a situation like that. Much rather have something calming and relaxing.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • 5 September, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      I think the best thing about music is how you like something, tell someone, and they lead you on into other things you wouldn’t otherwise have found. Mind you, I suppose the same can be said of books 🙂

  • 5 September, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Would Flogging Molly count as Celtic Rock? They are a bit punkish.
    You’re right, My Sweet Lord is very soothing.

    • 5 September, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      I had a listen to some snatches of their playlist… I think I’d put them in the folk-punk or electric-folk bracket. Celtic tends to have pipes and skirls, or at least the type I like most does. Musicbox by Enter the Haggis and Green Lands by Dan Ar Braz would give you a good idea.

  • 5 September, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I like the old Celtic music (read: pipes and drums), myself; haven’t heard much Celtic rock.

  • 5 September, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Great news about the guesting!

    I have to say, I prefer classic Celtic, myself. Also what we around here call “folk,” mostly but not exclusively acoustic (in fact, I prefer acoustic in general). But the truth is I don’t listen to music so much since I discovered recorded books.

  • 6 September, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I’m a rock and roller, 70s and 80s! Congrats on getting a slot with our friend Chris. I wanted to do it, but couldn’t get my head around the guest posts in time.

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