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Tuesday Meditations: Beautiful Darkside

Hello! Back from my week’s hiatus, which became a week-and-a-day because my life has not yet coalesced into some semblance of order. My laptop is temporarily down for the count, so I’m gonna make this short and get back to work. We’re gonna talk later. For now, enjoy this song and some thoughts from a guy named Shaw.


“Beautiful Darkside” by The Classic Crime

The introspection of this band’s songwriting is terrifying.


“And yet, what is there to say except that war puts a strain on human nature that breaks down the better half of it, and makes the worse half a diabolical virtue? Better, for us if it broke it down altogether, for then the warlike way out of our difficulties would be barred to us, and we should take greater care not to get into them. In truth, it is, as Byron said, “not difficult to die,” and enormously difficult to live: that explains why, at bottom, peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous. Did any hero of the war face the glorious risk of death more bravely than the traitor Bolo faced the ignominious certainty of it? Bolo taught us all how to die: can we say that he taught us all how to live?… Does it not seem as if, after all, the glory of death were cheaper than the glory of life? If it is not easier to attain, why do so many more men attain it?”

George Bernard Shaw


Monday Meditations: A Very Belated Halloween

As promised, I’m back! It’s about time we smiled and had some music around here, don’t you think? One of you fans made a special request, and to honor that request, I’m celebrating Halloween a week late.


“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

You can’t get through this song without grinning, can you?

“Lovesick Zombie” by House of Heroes

The lyrics are catchy and almost as goofy as Zevo’s… and then you hit 1:40, and you realize that this song needs to become a permanent member of the American Halloween Playlist.


“To them, you’re just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”

The Dark Knight, 2008


The Monday Muse: Contest Update… And Clint Eastwood

If you missed yesterday’s announcement, the deadline for the Monday Muse Contest have been extended. You now have until August 2nd to enter!

If you’re new here, and feeling shy, I’ll tell you how it works…

– Come up with a new name for the Monday Muse feature. Every week I post music and a quote in order to inspire writers and anyone else who needs a creative boost. I can’t keep using the Monday Muse because it turns out someone already got that name first. You come up with something brilliant and catchy to replace it.

– Comment below with your brilliant and catchy new title. Or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #greatestcontestintheworld

– Tell everybody in the world about this contest

– Check back here on August 1. That’s a week from now. I’ll pick the winner then.

– The winner gets a shout-out he/she will never forget.

– The winner also gets a PDF of an exclusive excerpt from The Kingdom: The Quest, never before released.

Come on. You know you want to do it. Eventually, you’re going to give in and think of something. I can hear your imagination roaring to life. Go for it!

In the meantime, I’m still posting songs and quotes to stoke your creativity. As if you need any help.


“The Switch and The Spur” by the Raconteurs

Warning: if you press play, this song is going to shove itself into your head and haunt you for weeks to come. The music is catchy and chilling. The songwriting, even more so. “Any poor souls who trespass against us / Whether it be beast or man…”

“Theme Song” from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Yes. I’m writing an epic fantasy. But that doesn’t mean I can’t find inspiration from western soundtracks. Especially this one. A raw, pulsing, piercing piece of music that will make you squint like Clint Eastwood for the rest of the day.


“You see, in this world, there are two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.”

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly