“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”
“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”
Hello, everyone! Today I would like to share with you my latest discovery and obsession with soundscapes. While writing I often listen to movie soundtracks or instrumental pieces to get me focused on my story. However, this last week when I was browsing YouTube I came across some amazing and wonderful soundscapes! Now for those who aren’t sure what soundscapes are, they are basically the multiple sounds of a particular environment or location. For example, some of the most popular ones are the crackling fireplace and the sound of falling rain.
Here are the YouTube channels and their specific videos I have had fun listening to while writing, reading, and relaxing!
The Guild of Ambience-This channel really is great at creating a realistic and immersive ambience for various exotic outdoor and indoor environments. Some of its soundscapes include:
Fantasy Medieval Town–such a relaxing video featuring sounds of nature along with the faint strum of musical notes and the occasional clip-clop of a passing horse-drawn wagon
Fireplace Sounds-Medieval Tavern–incorporates the crackling of a fireplace accompanied by the low hum of people’s laughter and voices while the trickle of a drink being poured into a mug immediately makes any listener’s mouth start watering
Pirate Ship–the creak of a ship, the sound of crashing waves. What more do I have to say?
Waterfall Sounds-Garden Pond, Bird Life–Listen to the soft and steady flow of water accompanied by birds’ songs and other sounds of nature
Potion Shop Sounds–imagine yourself in Professor Snape’s classroom and this is exactly what your ears will hear!
Check out more here!
Yet another great channel for specifically fantasy-based soundscapes is Sword Coast Soundscapes. Some of its videos include:
Small Marketplace–features more distinct voices bartering and chatting as well as the sound of footsteps walking down a cobblestone street
Underwater–how it would sound if you were 20,000 leagues under the sea
Some of the less-relaxing but still fun videos on this channel are:
Jungles of Chult–the sounds of the jungle mixed with frequent roars of human-eating monsters!
Docks at Night–the sound of waves, the cawing of crows, the howl of the wind, and of course, in the background the rumble of thunder
Explore more from Sword Coast Soundscapes here!
Lastly, there is The ASMR Geek channel that has a lot of cool and eerie urban soundscapes, some of which include:
A theme park, an abandoned arcade, food court ambience
This channel also has plenty of awesome dystopian soundscapes of:
underground cities, spaceship cockpit, futuristic asian tea room in the city
As well as ones from movies and TV shows such as:
Supernatural, Star Wars, and Harry Potter
Listen to more from this channel here!
Thanks for checking in, and I hope these soundscapes transport you to adventures of your choosing!
“Lilac and star and
bird twined with
the chant of my soul.
There in the fragrant
pines and the cedars
dusk and dim.”
Lately, some of the major inspirations and influences on my writing have stemmed from anime, especially movies by the famous Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. The stunning visuals of his films combined with his trademark unique and touching storytelling not only stretches the imagination but the accompanying soundtracks also provide great music to write to. Below, I thought I would list some of my favorite songs among Miyazaki’s well-known films you might like to use in your own writing. Hope you enjoy!
“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Hello, everyone! I hope your holidays were well and relaxing! To start off this new year of 2018, I decided to create a writing-centered series called Ingredients for Storytelling! In each of these posts, I will discuss an element I find makes a story all the more intriguing and why.
As you can see from the title, today’s spotlight will be on tension and how creating this between characters can further enrich an already great plot.
First of all, what exactly does tension mean in literary and storytelling terms? According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, tension may be defined as “A strained state or condition resulting from forces acting in opposition to each another”. In the context of storytelling, this comes about as a result of two or more characters being forced to interact, and many times, even cooperate while maintaining opposing goals. Because of this, nearly every conversation or action shared between these characters is laced with mental or emotional strain that we label “tension”. Another way we can think of tension is a “potential for conflict”. This isn’t to say the presence of tension always necessarily leads to conflict, but rather, that the potential for conflict constantly remains just beneath the surface of the characters’ interactions, influencing their dynamic and chemistry until their opposing goals are either met or adjusted to lessen the already existing tension.
A prime example of tension can be seen in the classical hate-to-love trope—one of the most notable cases being acted out by Han and Leia from George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. As a princess and politician, Leia is the exact opposite of Han, who is a smuggler and relative loner, in nearly every way. While initially their personality differences cause a certain level of discomfort and strain, what ultimately creates tension and eventually conflict between them is the fact they retain not only different but opposing goals. Leia wants to save people’s lives and freedom by fighting against the oppressive empire. In other words, she believes in a greater cause. Han only wants to preserve his own life and freedom, and thus, has no interest in joining any cause at all…initially. However, circumstances force them to work together in order to survive, and thus, their encounters, while not violent, are rife with simultaneous conflict as well as attraction, and therein tension.
Why I love it: Like in life, in literature, TV, and movies, you can’t ever physically see tension, but you can feel it. If tension is written into a novel or script and written well, we, the audience and readers, can practically feel the strained dynamic between characters oozing off the screen and page as vividly as if we were standing next to them. And isn’t one of the main purposes of stories to draw you into the characters’ lives—to see what they see and feel what they feel—in the first place? While incorporating tension isn’t a requirement for every story, as a viewer and reader as well as a writer, I find this element often makes the characters and the world they inhabit infinitely more life-like and relatable.
What do you think? Do you like tension in the stories you read and watch? If so, what are some of your favorite examples? Please feel free to leave your comments below!
Hello, everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as frequently for awhile, but this will serve as both a Christmas aesthetic and announcement that I will be a taking a hiatus until the new year. In the meantime have a wonderful holiday, and I wish you all an awesome incoming year full of reading and writing!
Synopsis in a sentence: A half-human, half-fae woman must solve the murder of a fae countess and in doing so, is pulled back into the very world of dark magic and danger she has been trying to avoid for most of her life.
As a fan of Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series, I have been looking for another good urban fantasy world to delve into and after hearing so many interesting things about the October Daye books, I was excited to try Rosemary and Rue. The plot was relatively straightforward enough and the world building was as intriguing as it was gritty. With that being said, I struggled to connect with Toby throughout the novel. While I liked how this protagonist for once isn’t a stereotypical “chosen one” character with amazing superpowers far above those of everyone else, I couldn’t help but find her almost not capable enough. In other words, throughout especially the last half of the novel, she can’t seem solve any helpful pieces of the case and in the end her constant series of mistakes leads to innocent side characters’ deaths—characters that barely receive any development in the first place, but whose deaths seemed unnecessary to the overarching plot as well. As a result, by the end of the first book, I found myself feeling detached and disappointed by the ending rather than excited to read more about Toby’s other adventures in the following novels. With that being said, Rosemary and Rue was a fast and easy urban fantasy read for anyone looking for just that.
📚✔︎ Would recommend for fans of urban fantasy.
This book reads like a…modern fantasy noir
Check out the official summary of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire on goodreads.
My rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★