This is DAY THREE
Welcome to the twelve days of ZAMfest All you have to do is comment to enter the daily drawing and I'll pull a new name from the hat each night. The TWELFTH day will be Christmas, that's when I'll put the name of anyone who leaves me a comment on all twelve blogs, into a drawing and one very lucky person will win the grand prize-- a $50 dollar Amazon Gift Card. If you're new to the ZAMfest, it's not too late to go back and comment on earlier blogs. Good Luck!
DAY TWO's winner is Erika! I'll be contacting you to see which ebook you'd like!
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There is nothing I like more than holiday music. I like the sacred pieces like Handel's Messiah, and secular music like the one above. Today I thought I'd share three musical experiences my holiday would not be complete without!
A little Muppet love...
And of course for Hanukkah, festival of lights!
And my favorite sacred song:
Music plays a rather lively role in my process, even though I don't necessarily listen to music while I write. I am much more likely to use music to put me into a kind of mood, a frame of mind, depending on the scene I'm going to write, and then I'll turn the music off and get to work.
Lately I've been exploring the possibility of making up certain "rituals" around the act of creating, as if by listening to a piece of music, or lighting a candle, I might more easily get down to work.
Someone suggested ritual would be a good way to clear my mind of the minutiae that seems to intrude. I can just picture myself lighting a candle to banish the non-work related malarky that goes on in my house, (if only because I would tell my kids if they see the candle lit, that means I'm not to be disturbed.) I figure the candle would be my signal to put away anything but the words I need in the moment.
So, two questions for today's blog post, what's your favorite holiday music (doesn't matter which holiday) and how do you carve out time for your acts of creation, whatever they are? Readers and writers both, you know what I mean. Everyone needs generative, or regenerative space. Does anyone else beside me have ritual surrounding and protecting the time they use for creative endeavors?