Okay, after about a 20-hour door-to-door trip (thanks, German train system!) I have finally managed to have a shower and get ready for bed.
However, before I do, I wanted to post Chapter 36 of Arctic Gale. It turns out that the last “scene” will be at least a three-parter. The first is up now (Chapter 36) and about 1/2-3/4 of Chapter 37 is already written. Then one last duel and it’s done.
I managed to write pretty much all of what I got down today on the plane. I upgraded myself to business, hoping to get some sleep, but after a short nap I found myself with a full laptop and not much to do. It was kind of fun to be in my JAL-sponsored capsule hotel, breathing low-density air and bashing some keys. I have been thinking about this finale for a bit now (almost 10 freaking years… well, not really. The finale only really came to me after some discussions with some of you guys), so it came easily. I haven’t read it over yet as I was really just excited to have come within touching distance of a finished first draft.
One thing that I wanted to post when I landed was the recent inspirational music to which I’ve been listening. (Sorry if some of these links don’t work in your country; such is the pain of international music…)
Porter Robinson’s Worlds came out earlier this year. I was a fan of his track with Matt Zo, Easy, and then someone posted Sad Machine, which uses Miku for the lyrics. That was enough to make me buy the album. Surprisingly, I found a couple of tracks that I had heard somewhere but didn’t know the names of; Years of War and, more specifically, Lionhearted. The album is great and now I have some kind of weird Man Crush on the music. In the same way every love-struck teenager says the name of their sweetheart in the dead of the night, I imagine epic fight scenes with E-type with Porter Robinson tracks in the background.
(Less inspirational but still kind of fun is Flicker, which uses samples from Ano Natsu Ni Matteiru. I also like that although it isn’t really appropriate for a fight scene unless you’re going for some kind of Kill Bill vibe.).
Lionhearted is great, and the lyrics really work well with smashing walls and fighting and such, so that and Year of War are my unofficial theme songs for the closing scenes of Arctic Gale.
Of course, I still think that Chronicles of a Fallen Love by the Bloody Beetroots is the unofficial theme song for AG, but I think it was used in a TV show or something, so that kind of taints it.
There have been many other tracks that have inspired me over the course of this story, but I wanted to share these tonight. I know that you shouldn’t listen to music and write, but I like the two practices and I don’t get enough time for both so I need to economise. It’s an open secret that almost all of my scene names for KS were named after the first track that played as I was writing, much to everyone’s chagrin. I believe that a few of these have remained (this little anecdote reminds me of another song that I have listened to a little too much: Kagerou Days).
I’ve also used this sleepless/jetlaggy haze to consider some points for editing the story. There are a few things that need fixing, like the correct spelling of ‘link, and also some other points that I’ve made, like making Dani younger and a little more relatable (I’ve already taken this to heart in this closing act – watch out for that). There are also some larger fixes that I won’t spoil for you yet. Noting earth-shattering but hopefully it will bring a little more sense to the story, which, due to is meandering genesis, has taken a few wild turns throughout the last 9 years.
So, if you want to know what I was listening to as you read Chapter 36, open up any of those links above and you’ll be inside my head.