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Musical Interludes: Writing a Bounty Hunter Bar Scene

When I’m working on stories, I need a proper soundtrack to get the juices flowing. That’s one of my key tools in fighting Blank Page Syndrome. The other happens to be copious amounts of coffee and tea. So yesterday I was plunging into a gritty bar scene for the latest Airship story. I love, love, love writing about dicey, dirty bars rife with tension and danger. This was one such. But when I was flipping through my playlist, a lot of the songs just weren’t resonating with the scene. After all, it was a reckless, tense, yet still fun scene to write.

What solution did I come across?

Tarantella from This Way to the Egress’s latest release. The jaunty melody with interspersed serious sections fit the scene to a T, and the words started flowing. If you get the chance to give them a listen, I highly recommend.


I split my time writing and working my day job as a massage therapist. If it’s a creative pursuit though, chances are I’ve dabbled in it. Hell, I’ve played around with soapmaking, beer brewing, cupcake baking, tea blending and everything else under the midday sun. At the end of the day, my constant is always reading, writing and editing. I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp–which to any astrology buffs should tell you plenty. I hit the East Coast convention circuit pretty hard and chances are, you can find me vending for Solstice Brews while simultaneously promoting my books.

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