AMBER HARTWELL costars in my manuscript THE PARTIAL GARDEN with Dustin. She learned the hard way what can result from risk-taking, and now she’s stuck in a wheelchair, but she remains upbeat and can’t wait for a new adventure. She loves songs with catchy melodies she can sing along to.
MARK PUMPHREY appears in my manuscript SNALE’S SLIMY TALE, which is about a young woman’s attempt to make sense of her life and save her small town Snale at the same time. He’s independent and doesn’t like to be told what to do. Mark listens to music he can scream to and loves angry guitar solos.
Today Amber and Mark are discussing the music I make them listen to while I write. (This post has some mild language.)
AMBER: In general, I enjoy the music she listens to.
MARK: You do? –I do, of course. I was made in her music image. But you seem more of a pop fan.
A: I like pop because it’s popular—therefore catchy—and you were not made in “her music image.” You may represent her angry side, but from what I’ve heard she has much broader tastes than what you break your speakers with.
M: Okay, whatever. What’d she listen to when she was writing your book?
A: A lot of Incubus, and Panic! at the Disco. The majority of it is very catchy.
M: For mine it was mostly AFI and Avril—and some classical.
A: See—there’s a spectrum.
M: I’m just glad she was done with Evanescence for mine. It would have made my book depressing.
A: You think the music inspires the book’s style?
M: Hell, yeah. That’s why my scenes were so rockin’ awesome.
A: True—you do act like an immature teenage boy instead of an adult man—just like the so-called musicians in those whiny punk bands.
A: The music helps her write with more energy, but I wish she’d lay off the screaming and the punk she’s been listening to lately. It gives me a headache.
M: Maybe she should—then maybe you wouldn’t be such a bitch.
A: I’d rather be a bitch than return to my teenage years any day.
M: Yeah—I can tell you really enjoy it.
A: Anyway, she can listen to whatever works. I’m sure your immaturity was an excellent character trait.
M: Of course—I was the best character in the book.
A: Let’s move on. So, of all the songs she listened to this year, which one was your favorite?
M: Hmm, I’d have to go with “Re-Education (Through Labor)” by Rise Against with AFI’s “Medicate” a close second. How about you?
A: “Open Happiness” by Brendon Urie, Cee-Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Patrick Stump & Travis McCoy.
M: The song from the Coke commercials? That doesn’t count.
A: It does count—she listens to it. But I’ll still pick another. “Admiration” by Incubus, then.
M: I guess your taste in music isn’t all bad.
A: Thanks, though I’m afraid I can’t say the same about yours. That’s all for now—enjoy your music, whatever type it is!