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Monday Meditations: Night’s Sorrow

Before we get to today’s programming, some clarifications are in order. My last update promised an issue of Notes Of A Storyteller. Events conspired against me. Starting today, I am preparing a doubleheader edition for this Friday for your entertainment. In case you’re wondering about progress for The Stand, things were rough the last few days, but it’s a new week and I’m writing some critical chapters for Arman’s character.

Now to the real fun. Enjoy some melancholy guitar pluckingand the longings of Ivan from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Night’s Sorrow” by Becoming the Archetype

Despite what the album cover in the video may lead to think, this is actually an instrumental for acoustic guitar. It is dark and beautiful. If Peter Jackson ever puts The Silmarillion to screen, I want this song in the soundtrack.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“With my pitiful, earthly, Euclidean understanding, all I know is that there is suffering and that there are none guilty; the cause follows effect, simply and directly; that everything flows and finds its level- but that’s only Euclidean nonsense, I know that, and I can’t consent to live by it…

I must have justice, or I will destroy myself. And not justice in some remote infinite time and space, but here on earth, and that I could see myself. I have believed in it. I want to see it, and if I am dead by then, then let me rise again, for if it all happens without me, it will be too unfair… I want to see with my own eyes the hind lie down with the lion and the victim rise up and embrace his murderer. I want to be there when everyone suddenly understands what it has all been for.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Monday Meditations: What Church In The Wild?

Everybody likes an ambitious, grand musical number about religion and civilization. Both of these songs have inspired my brainstorming about stories.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Dichotomy” by Becoming the Archetype

Grand, bombastic, and brutal- like a good metal song. Jason Wisdom roars like a lion. “In this hour / The tower / Shall fall!”

“No Church In The Wild” by Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean

First off, this is a tense, brooding beat, and sets the perfect mood for a writer wrting about a moody character. Second off, the chorus is hypnotic and leaves a message behind. “What’s God to a non-believer / Who don’t believe in / Anything?”

WARNING: Kanye’s raps are well-done but they don’t have anything to do with the rest of the song and they objectify women horribly. I skipped his part of the song and I recommend you do the same.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“What’s a mob to a king?
What’s a king to a god?
What’s a god to a non-believer?
Who don’t believe in anything?”

Frank Ocean

Monday Meditations: Epoch Of War

From Gilgamesh to Batman, the world of fiction has adored someone who’s willing to fight for something worth fighting for. Write your own story about good vs. evil today. Listen to this song while you do it.

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Epoch of War” by Becoming the Archetype

Come on. Admit it. If you have ever dreamed of writing a swords-and-sandals epic, you have imagined your hero (or heroine) charging into battle to the tune of an awesome guitar riff like this one.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“You are soldiers of Gondor! No matter what comes through that gate, you will stand your ground!”

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)