Books, Music

Clair de Lune: Music From “All the Light We Cannot See”


This is the piece a starving Marie-Laure blasted from the attic to draw Von Rumpel to her.  Imagine yourself as Marie-Laure, listening to this music and waiting for the murderer to find you with a knife in your hand.  Imagine yourself as Von Rumpel, hallucinatory, sick, and dying, following Continue reading “Clair de Lune: Music From “All the Light We Cannot See””

Songs For Every Book

Songs For Every Book: Macbeth

Shakespeare headphones

I was jamming to some music this morning but when this song came on it transported me straight into Macbeth:

About Lady Macbeth:

“I was a loner
I was just waiting by myself
When you, warped temptress
Rose to bring me happiness and wealth”

About Macbeth:

“You convince yourself that you want it, but you don’t know
You keep trying to wash the blood from your hands, but it won’t go”


If you liked this post, you might also enjoy Songs for Every Book: Romeo and Juliet, Funniest Macbeth Quote Ever, and Songs For Every Book: Ophelia From Hamlet.


7 Ways to Put a Robot in Your Fantasy Story


It isn’t easy putting tech into a fantasy setting. Yet it can be done! Sometimes even correctly. Here are 7 methods that might or might not work. Though looking at the ‘humor’ tag on this post, it’s probably a lot of tongue and cheek. Time travel! Nothing goes wrong with having a robot time travel […]

via 7 Ways to Put a Robot in Your Fantasy Story — Legends of Windemere


Who Would Win In a Fight: Gandalf or Sherlock Holmes?

Sherlock fighting

It’s a tough call.

On the one hand, Gandalf has magic.  On the other hand, Sherlock Holmes is a mastermind who understands situations and people better than anyone else.  He might be able to outsmart Gandalf.

On yet another hand, Gandalf was able to see the big picture and notice the threat Saruman posed as well as Bilbo Baggins’s potential in the dwarves’ party, so perhaps he is Sherlock’s equal or better.

What do you think? Vote and share!

Classical Music Stories

Classical Music Stories: A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes)


“Classical Music Stories” is a series where classical music is listened to as though it were a movie score to one of your favorite books.  

Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Quartet

Jefferson Hope comes back to the camp after hunting only to Continue reading “Classical Music Stories: A Study In Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes)”


Bilbo Baggins in Rapunzel’s Tower (And Other Rapunzel Character Swaps)

Rapunzel who

“Every world in fiction is a mentality – a way of understanding, a means of making judgements, a catalogue of right and wrong. To build a world, we must build our characters.”  —Neil MacDonald

I read this on author Neil MacDonald’s blog the other day and was struck by it.  Between the two of us, we wondered what would happen if you put a literary character in another book’s setting.  How would the setting itself be changed?

What if, for example, someone other than Rapunzel was trapped in that tower?

Here’s how I think the story and setting would change for five characters:

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The Other Stuff

Quirky Ballet

Viktorina Kapitonova Викторина Капитонова (Ballett Zürich) and Alexander Jones (Stuttgarter Ballett), “Le Grand Pas De Deux” choreography by Christian Spuck, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2016 Dance Open Ballet Festival (April 25) Source and more info at: Photographer Stas Levshin on Facebook Photographer Stas Levshin on Instagram Dance Open Ballet Festival Website Dance Open Ballet […]

via Viktorina Kapitonova and Alexander Jones — Ballet: The Best Photographs

Books, Classical Music Stories, Music

How To Actually Enjoy Classical Music (For Book Lovers): The Story I Imagined

octopus-1235006_1280In the first part of this post, I revealed a way to imagine your favorite literary characters and stories in classical music.  (Read about the idea here.)

As promised, here’s the story I imagined when I listened to the brief, one-minute long piece at the end of that post.  (I put it in this post, too.)

Based on The Picture of Dorian Gray

Continue reading “How To Actually Enjoy Classical Music (For Book Lovers): The Story I Imagined”