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Music Monday-Secret of the Master Gearsman

Need some new tunes for the new week? Look no further.

Today Einar Mercier is sharing his musical inspiration for Secret of the Master Gearsman with us!

 

These songs from my Secret of the Master Gearsman playlist were common tunes while I sat at my laptop, envisioning the fantastic Gears & Gunfighters world and the people in it!

1. “Roundtable Rival,” by Lindsay Sterling. In truth, all of her music is amazing to play in the background while writing, but this song fits my steampunk material well. The pace keeps the keys clacking away while the melody fills you with a sense of adventure and opportunity that makes whatever comes next in the novel seem eager to break out onto the page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=jvipPYFebWc

2.  “Jesse James,“ by Clay Walker. Steampunk Westerns combine two of the most common guy-stereotypes, the need to tinker and fix things, and the desire to wear a low-slung gun belt and walk into a saloon with your spurs jangling. This song does a great job capturing that ineffable quality, that glimmer in the hearts of good and ordinary folks to rob a train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlpwKxd2s4

3. “Steampunk Pixie,” by Frenchy and the Punk. This is a great rockabilly-saloon song. The bounce in the beat and the charm of the tune is great for when I’m writing wry humor or sarcastic dialogue strips. It can be easy to get lost in the Western feel or the grit and noir of this book’s ongoing conflict, and this reminds me to have fun with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ixbKm2JQx2w

4. “Glory and Gore,” by Lorde. This is a bit of a departure from the theme, but half of my world is populated by Vikings and this encapsulates the different worldview and behaviors of the Union’s northern border. The simple, direct savagery of the lyrics speaks to the way my Northmen behave in a beautiful and elegant way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOks2HArHf0

5. “Hungry Eyes,” by Eric Carmen. Not only a timeless classic and a great pace to write to, but it is a perfect representation of when Coline (the main character) encounters Guthvormyr, leader of a mystical race that lives within the Aether. That’s all I can say about it without giving away key plot points, but when you read the novel it will make sense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKUTOLSeMM

I never experienced Writer’s Block but instead have what I have termed Writer’s Diffusion, an inability to focus on just one writing project at a time. As such, I am amidst all of the following projects:

Einherjar, the Viking afterlife of a US Soldier, in edit and review for release in 2016.

Everlasting, a Slavic-horror tale, 30% complete.

Ransomed Dreams, a sci-fi pulp/noir adventure, 30% complete.

Seventy-Nine, a tarot-inspired adventure in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, 20% complete.

Gunfighter: The Midnight Line, a modern action-novel, 20% complete.

 

Where can your readers find you?

My website: www.einarmercier.com

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/einarmercierauthor

My Steampunk Gunfighter Advice Column: www.gearsandgunfighters.com

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Weekly Word Count #39

Word Count: 6,738

What story I’m working on: Scrying for Summer—and the status is…..*drumroll* FINISHED!!!!! Yep, that’s right, folks. The Hunting for Spring sequel is finito, and I’ll be sending it off to beta-readers ASAP and then diving into edits.

What I’m editing/marketing: Speaking of edits, I also finished EDITING The Iron Legacy this week! So now it’s all query and synopsis time…my least favorite time.

Line of the week:

“You spent so long it makes me want to mess it all up.” She winked as she started down the stairwell ahead of him.

“Keep talking like that and I’ll let you,” he dared, the heat in his voice.