Music on a Hot Summer Day

A reprise of the week 7 post for the 2017 Challenge.

Music can stir men into battle or trigger a lost memory. Here’s the top five tunes on the spindle that influenced both published books and those in progress.

 

  • “Ireland’s Call” by Celtic Thunder and “Desperado” by the Eagles are always on the spindle so they count as one.

 

 

  • Celtic flute — takes me to a fantasy land of imagination, and set sail upon the deep blue

 

 

  • “Lonely Man Theme” — a quest, hopelessness, and loneliness conveyed by the haunting piano solo played at the end of each episode of The Incredible Hulk

 

 

  • “Twelve O’Clock High” — a little haunting, a little thunder, battle fever is quickened by this theme from a television from years gone by

 

 

  • “Lullaby” — because all the works in progress feature a final farewell, usually between lovers on the eve of battle, a tune from my younger days

 

If the songs or the story they’ve inspired sound intriguing, click on the covers for excerpts of what the music helped create. Or visit these other posts on music and magic.

Soothe a soul, break a curse
New Book, New Playlist
Readers Want To Know

~till next time, Helen

PS – If you want to see what other authors use as inspiration, the list is at the bottom of the post here.

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Join me on the couch

I had an interesting session on the couch. Stop by and see what secrets were revealed and a snippit from the upcoming release, First Change.

The interview is at:  abbieroads.com/2017/05/author-couch-helen-henderson/

Hope you’ll stop by. Leave a comment and be entered into giveaway of Windmaster Legacy.

~till next time, Helen

I Need A Hero

It’s time to share another post. This time one not quite vintage. It’s from week 19 of the 52 week 2017 challenge

Welcome to week 19 of the challenge. The first thought that came to mind for the topic, the ideal romance hero, was the chorus from “Holding Out For A Hero” by the welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler. I first heard the song when it was used as the theme for the television program, Cover Up, and have found myself humming it as I created a character. Even though my two series, the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels, are fantasy, they also cross the fence into romance.

So what marks an ideal romantic hero? If you’re holding out for a hero, what do you want?

I write fantasies filled with strong women. Ellspeth was a ship captain, respected by her men. The women of the Dragshi Chronicles were of equal strength. Anastasia held her own in a marksmanship competition against three men. Glyn was a strong enough fighter to protect her mate’s back in battle. So a man worth walking alongside my heroine. He has to balance his urge to protect her with the understanding that sometimes she has to fight alone. In Windmaster, Lord Dal proved that when he allowed the woman he cared for to exact her own revenge for the murder of her cabin boy. So the first attribute of the heroes I create are that they have to be worthy of the women they love–or to paraphrase Lois L’Amour, “a man to walk beside a woman, not in front of her.”

Often a hero is described as tall, dark, and handsome. I’m short, so tall isn’t a requirement, as long as he can tuck my head beneath his chin when he holds me. Dark? Well, I’ve known some hero blonds. Which leaves handsome. My heroes don’t need to be drop dead gorgeous. But easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt.

An accent can melt a hardened heart, especially the deep, melodic burr of a Scottish highlander. Or a tanned hunk from Australia. Especially if he’s in jeans, a bush hat, and slicker. Oh, did I forget to say “shirt?”
Not all heros are alpha males bearing the scars of battle. Some are just ordinary men with a sense of duty and honor doing what needs to be done to survive day-to-day. I will also confess that I’ve always had a thing for men who can fix things. Back in the day, the original MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) would have been on my short list. Of course since I always wanted to fly amongst the stars, so Anderson gets an additional point for the Star Gate SG-1 series.

Whether proud or fearless, rugged or sophisticated, there is a special something that makes a man. And our task as a writer is to create such a character for our readers–and ourselves. And my apologies, I took the prompt literally, “romantic hero.” Heroines are a topic for another day, and an attitude shift.

If the topic intrigues you, visit the other authors in the challenge. The master list is at http://mfrw52week.blogspot.com/2017/05/week-19-mfrw-52-week-blog-challenge.html

~till next time, meet the men of the Dragshi Chronicles.  Helen

Social Media

For week 15 I had to share the post by Gemma Snow from the 52-week challenge.

 

networks-1987215_1920Social Media is a buzzword. It evokes some millennial-run silver bullet of marketing that includes terms like stream, feed, content and post – nothing words that have been appropriated to explain a totally inexplicable form of communication that has been boggling our minds for the last two decades. I am 24 and have been working in social media for over seven years and for a variety of companies, museums, websites and, naturally, my author personas, so I should know.

And she does, so check out the rest of the post at Social Freaking Media

No Detail Too Small

Week 12 of the 52-week challenge. As I progress to the next week, I’m posting some of them here.  In case you’re following along, they aren’t necessarily in order.

What I call  my greatest strength is attention to detail. This focus combined with a logical thought process stood me in good stead as a computer programmer and system analyst, as well as an author of history books.

You might ask what does teaching a computer to do what you want have to do with writing fantasy novels. A lot of detail goes into creating a novel. Backstory is the details of a character’s life. Then the world needs to be described. Formatting to production standards may focus on a different set of information than backstory, but still requires attention to detail.

Read the rest of the post at Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination then visit the other authors to see their greatest strength. So far perserverance and refusal to give up are the strengths of several posts.

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer #mfrwauthor

Week 11 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-week Challenge

First stop on this week’s blog hop. The topic is “My writing process.” The answer, whatever works. No labels, no worries. Hope you’ll stop by and read the rest of the tale, then visit the other authors.

One of the first things I get asked when someone learns I am a published author is “Are you a plotter or a pantser?” To avoid the impassioned defense of whatever method the questioner uses or the inevitable proselytizing to change to their side, I’ve developed a response, “Yes.”

How do I justify being both a plotter or pantser? Or anti-plotter, discoverer, or whatever the latest process is.

Read the rest of it on Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer