Over the past ten years, I’ve been concentrating on writing scripts. When it came to complete my unfinished novel, I realised that I was having more trouble than I originally thought.
This baffled me for several months. I had plenty of plot ideas for stories/novels so I couldn’t be suffering from writer’s block – at least not that sort. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the characters to bring the story forward. In fact, I had the dialogue pretty much down pat. Then I hit me. My main problem was my inability to write detailed descriptions of certain scenes and characters which make up the bulk of a novel.
It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve written any substantial as I’ve been attempting to work my way through severe writer’s block. Then the other day, I found myself thinking – I started writing since high school – much longer than any other interests I have picked up over the years. Why should I stop now?
So here you have it. My first post since my return. I’m in the process of planning a fantasy novel where east meets west. It’s still in its infancy until I flesh out the actual plot. I’ll keep you updated.
These days, we are surrounded by loud noises – especially for those of us living in the city. As such, I’m in the process of putting together a relaxation album for those wanting to just get back in touch with Mother Nature.
The album, simply called Ambient Gaia, will be approximately 60 minutes long and will contain 6 different ambient nature tracks (each about 10 minutes).
Additionally, my husband Paul Danger McLean will provide soothing background music in accompaniment. This might take a few days to complete but I’ll definitely keep you posted when we finish it!
Today, I completed reading one of my favourite childhood classics, Wind in the Willows, and it got me thinking; What would the world of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad have actually sounded like?
The novel with its 12 chapters gives the reader plenty to visualise and any sound designer a challenge to work with. For instance, the very first scene of the book gives a brief description of Mole’s burrow. It then moves onto the river, the Wild Woods and Toad Hall as well as the “big, wide world” which includes a Victorian prison of sorts.
So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to set myself a challenge – to recreate the scenes in Wind in the Willows using sound effects alone. Wish me luck!
No, it’s not what you think, I’m not trying to learn how to breathe. I’ve pretty much worked that one out. What I’ve been trying to achieve is something far more interesting – how to slow your breathing down by listening to sound alone. I believe I might have achieved it to an extent. By gradually decreasing the frequency of an ambient soundscape (in this case, an airport), I think I’ve managed to create a sound that will literally take your breath away.
So, put on a set of headphones, take a deep breath and listen.