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About two years ago I picked up, on a whim, an erhu. For those unfamiliar with the instrument, it’s most easily described as the Chinese two-string violin. The mechanics behind how the instrument works is pretty different than a violin, but the actual method of playing it is pretty much the same. I didn’t know
In about one hour it will be November 1st. In the writing world, that means it’s National Novel Writing Month! If you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a non-profit organization that promotes writing by challenging people to write a whole novel in a single month. To be more specific, the challenge is to write 50,000 words
Two Steps from Hell is one of my go-to places for great writing music, and the opening track to Skyworld is one of their best. All’s Hell that Ends Well is one of the first pieces of Epic Classical that really nails the use of dubstep style techno, mixed will mass choral and full orchestra.
Going around social media right now is the news that Airbnb is sponsoring a contest that will allow two people to sleep in Bran Castle, home to the infamous Vlad the Impaler, on Halloween night. Winner will arrive at the castle in horse-drawn carriages, and after dinner, the pair will be shown to their coffins
I know a lot of people who, when they think “classical music,” they think of floaty, soft music that just kind of drifts around the air. Flutes and violins, maybe a piano or the occasional oboe. It’s hard to blame them for that perception, since it seems that’s mostly what NPR and other classical music
Welcome to the next Music Monday. Today I want to share with you something fun and silly. I mean, have you read my book yet? It’s not exactly a “serious” book. So while I love my badass music and my action-y music, sometimes I just have to grin like an idiot while I write (full
If you haven’t heard the good news, io9 reported Tuesday that The Tick has received the greenlight from Amazon to produce a full season of the show. I’m excited because The Tick was one of the key inspirations for The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle (if you hadn’t guessed). The pilot episode was released on
I’m thrilled to bring you today’s episode of poorly written legislation in the USA, complements of California, the same state that brought you cancer warnings on bread and other fun and well-meaning laws. The subject of today’s legislation is bill “AB-1570: Collectibles: sale of autographed memorabilia” which was passed earlier this month. As Teleread reports,
From today until October 3rd, my book The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle will be on sale for $8.99 via my publisher’s website. If you’ve been putting off getting a copy, now is the perfect time! Click here to purchase it direct from Fantastic Journyes Publishing.
For this second installment of Music Mondays, I want to throw at you guys something a little happier. One of the genres I rely on the most when I’m writing is Epic Classical, which is an emerging genre that sometimes gets called “movie trailer music” and is essentially a split off Orchestrated Rock. Which is