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It's a blabber egg!

Speakin’ Gibberish

I’m a sucker for language experiments. So when I read this little article in the New York Times called “How to Speak Gibberish,” I had to seek out the video mentioned. You can watch it below.

In it, Sara Forsberg experiments with the phonetics of languages. By doing so, she manages to replicate the sound fairly accurately, at least to my ear. It’s a fascinating experiment, and I can see why it drew so much attention and why Forsberg was tapped to create a conlang for The Force Awakens.

Since posting this four years ago, Forsberg has gone on to a musical career under the name Saara. She still posts regularly on YouTube, and you can follow her over on Instagram. There’s also a follow-up video with some quick Q&A.


P.S. I’m not sorry for that weird egg in the featured image.

Revisiting the Bell Forging Cycle Playlists

Revisiting the Bell Forging Cycle Playlists

My taste in music is… uh, eclectic. It’s not uncommon for me to be listening to southern gothic country, switch to hip-hop, move to bluegrass, then pivot to classical. I like variety. Often, songs serve as an inspiration for a setting or a character, more often I’ll find a song that captures the mood I am trying to evoke in a difficult scene. Over the years, I’ve created and shared playlists of songs that have inspired the books in the Bell Forging Cycle. I’ve posted them below (with new album artwork!) for your listening pleasure.


The Tunes Were RightThe Tunes Were Right

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Old Broken PlaylistOld Broken Playlist

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Red Litten TracksRed Litten Tracks

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As I’ve begun preparations to write the fourth book (yep, it’s happening), I’ve been going back and listening to each playlist. It’s fascinating how each captures my emotional state while writing the individual novels. Introspection and discovery abound in The Tunes Were Right, there’s a root-inspired personal darkness that’s explored in the Old Broken Playlist, and the songs in Red Litten Tracks carry a frenetic punk-like energy that nails the dread that hangs over Wal. Of course, all of three have an undercurrent of jazz that runs like an artery through the soul of the Bell Forging Cycle.

How does music inspire you in your creative pursuits? Do you enjoy listening to playlists from authors? Which of these three are your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Red Litten Tracks - Music that inspired Red Litten World

Red Litten Tracks

We’re now one week away from the release of Red Litten World, so I figured it’d be fun to share a playlist of songs that inspired me during the writing of the book. If you’re a longtime reader you’ll know I have done this before with the other books in The Bell Forging Cycle. Personally, I always find it fun to see what music influences a writer. So I enjoy sharing these with everyone. You can listen to Red Litten Tracks using the embedded Spotify player, or visiting any of the links below.

Spotify | Rdio | YouTube

Aaaand… here’s the playlist. As with previous playlists, you can click on any of the names below to read about the band on Wikipedia. If you want to listen to the song, the song title links to videos on YouTube.

  1. Man ManLoot My Body
  2. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love
  3. Echo & the BunnymenThe Killing Moon
  4. PixiesSilver
  5. Louis ArmstrongWest End Blues
  6. Dark Dark DarkDaydreaming
  7. Iggy and the StoogesGimme Danger
  8. Coleman HawkinsBody and Soul
  9. WintersleepOblivion
  10. WolfmotherNew Moon Rising
  11. The Temper TrapSoldier On
  12. Crooked StillAin’t No Grave
  13. Jack WhiteThat Black Bat Licorice
  14. Soko — We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow
  15. Bang Camaro — Out On The Streets
  16. The Cramps — What’s Behind the Mask
  17. Marvin Gaye — Inner City Blues
  18. Dave Brubeck — Unsquare Dance
  19. The National — This is the Last Time
  20. Phantogram — Black Out Days
  21. Polk Miller — Old Time Religion
  22. Jace Everett — No Place To Hide
  23. Run the Jewels — Blockbuster Night Part 1 (Explicit) 
  24. Kaiser Chiefs — I Predict A Riot
  25. Marty Robbins — Big Iron
  26. Snooks Eaglin — Saint James Infirmary
  27. Interpol — Evil
  28. The Bastard Fairies — The Earth Died Screaming
    (Note: This was a cover of a Tom Waits song by the same name. However, The Bastard Fairies don’t have a video for this cover. So instead I’ve linked to the original song.)
  29. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Rival
  30. Four TopsSimple Game
  31. Death from Above 1979Black History Month
  32. Agnes ObelPass Them By
  33. Ben NicholsThe Last Pale Light In The West Lyrics

Did you enjoy this playlist? Check out the playlists that inspired the previous two books in The Bell Forging Cycle:

The Tunes Were Right

The playlist for my first book The Stars Were Right, starting off with a smooth jam from Marion Black and mixing in an eclectic mix of jams from Johnny Cash, Scorpions, Andrew Bird, and more.

Old Broken Playlist

You’ll feel the dust on your skin and the hard pan beneath your boots in this playlist for Old Broken Road. Featuring tracks from folks like Future Island, BRMC, Woodkid, and Louis Armstrong.


So there you go! The latest playlist for my soon-to-be-released novel, Red Litten World. I’d love to hear what you think, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email with your thoughts.

Remember, you can still preorder Red Litten World on eBook for Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Kobo devices. Pre-order copies will arrive on your reader on launch day. There’s also still five days left to enter for a chance to win a free signed trade paperback of Red Litten World during the Red Litten World Giveaway. Super easy to enter, winner will be selected this Friday!

Seven days!

Middle Earth and The Perils of Worldbuilding

Middle Earth And The Perils Of Worldbuilding

I’ve long been a fan of Evan Puschak’s YouTube channel, The Nerd Writer. I like to be challenged, and I appreciate his scholarly approach to all manner of topics. So when I saw he did his most recent episode on world building—something near and dear to my own heart—I knew it’d be something I shared. Give it a watch below:

The comments on the video are really good (yeah, I know!) and I recommend reading some of the discussion happening over on YouTube. Also, I highly encourage you to read M. John Harrison’s essay on worldbuilding as it serves as a basis for a lot of Pucschak’s argument.

So, what do you think? Is world building the “the great clomping foot of nerdism” as Harrison alleges? Do you agree with Puschak’s assessment; is world building potentially dangerous? Or do you have a different take? Leave a comment below, or, better yet, join in the discussion on YouTube →

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Road launches next Tuesday! We’re officially only one week away! So, to tide you over until it’s launch I have assembled a playlist of songs that helped inspire the book. It available to listen for free everywhere:

Check out the full playlist on Rdio ≫
Spotify | YouTube

Below is the full tracklist. Click on an artist name to find out more about that specific musician/band or click the song title to listen to that particular song on YouTube. I’ve tried to link to Wikipedia articles, but my taste is eclectic so if a band doesn’t have a Wiki page I tried to find the next best link.

  1. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devils Tattoo
  3. Future Islands – Spirit
  4. Family Wagon – Hard Times
  5. The Avett Brothers – Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise
  6. Steve Earle – I Feel Alright
  7. Shearwater – Breaking the Yearlings
  8. Dead Man’s Bones – Lose Your Soul
  9. The Black Angels – Evil Things
  10. Papa Mali – Sugarland
  11. Mourning Ritual – Bad Moon Rising
  12. Woodkid – Stabat Mater
  13. Royal Blood – Out of the Black
  14. The Cave Singers – Dancing on our Graves
  15. Okkervil River – The Valley
  16. Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’
  17. Matthew and the Atlas – I Followed Fires
  18. Karen Elson – Stolen Roses
  19. The Mountain Goats – Psalms 40:2
  20. Mark Lanegan – Gray Goes Black
  21. Buck 65 – Who By Fire
  22. Louis Armstrong – Life is so Peculiar
  23. Bruce Peninsula – Crabapples
  24. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
  25. Johnnyswim –  Don’t Let It Get You Down
  26. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  27. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  28. The Eels – Fresh Blood
  29. The Dead Weather – So Far From Your Weapons
  30. Jace Everett – Burn for You
  31. The Stray BirdsHeavy Hands

As with the playlist for The Stars Were Right, I had a blast putting this together. It is interesting for me to listen to them side by side. I think each does a good job in carrying the tone of the book. You don’t have to take my word for it. You can find out what I mean when Old Broken Road drops next week. ;-)

What do you think? Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know. I would love the feedback!