This is only barely related to the blog at all. But, as my niece is currently reading through “The Hobbit”, I decided I would do it. So in the spirit of Bilbo Baggins, let us do a game of riddles! So, here are five riddles for the day. Tomorrow at this same time I will answer them. Some are easy. Some… not so much.
Let us begin.
1.What’s smaller than one, greater than five and more than both? (American audiences may get this one faster.)
2. Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?
3. What is always coming but never arrives? (The answer is not your spouse.)
4.Two girls were born to the same mother, on the same day, at the same time, in the same month and year and yet they’re not twins. How can this be?
And now for the strangest one of all. Probably not the hardest, but thes strangest.
5.Two children, who were all tangled up in their reckoning of the days of the week, paused on their way to school to straighten matters out. “When the day after tomorrow is yesterday,” said Priscilla, “then ‘today’ will be as far from Sunday as that day was which was ‘today’ when the day before yesterday was tomorrow!” On which day of the week did this puzzling prattle occur?
So I was challenged for the fourth day of Blogging 101 to make a post that adds some unfamiliar element to the blog while still reaching the main audience. I’ve come up with an idea, and here it goes.
We’re talking about music in fantasy.
If you know Lord of the Rings and Narnia, you know that the music score behind the film is one of the most important parts of the film. This is not on accident, especially not with Lord of the Rings. Think about it.
The song itself has an emotional tinge to it. You probably have feelings of sadness listening even if you haven’t seen the movie. The lyrics and voice just work that way. But if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you can’t help but to have intense feelings suddenly be thrust upon you. The buildup to this scene just adds to the feels. So many feels…
Let’s go on to Narnia.
Did you really need them speaking or the words in the title to know what scene this was? Probably not. Why? Because FEELS, that’s why! Your emotion is so tied to a scene that you automatically remember the scene without seeing it. But why is it so spellbinding? Because music is a story without words. Like all stories, it has a beginning, a lead-up, a climax and an ending. This is why I suggest listening to instrumental music while writing. Like a rhythm, words must flow smoothly. Like a beat, your plot must build in intensity. And like all songs, your characters must change from what they were in the beginning. Thinking of your writing as a form of music tends to help me write, and maybe it’ll help you, too.
As Ashlin of the Dark Veil saga, coming 2016, says, “Everything is moving.” So it must always be.
Now, for my devoted Facebook fans who read this whole thing waiting for a piece of Dark Soldier info, here it is. We are currently working on getting the man who created this song below to write us a piece for the Dark Soldier book trailer. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be legendary.