Sunday, July 22, 2012

Playlist Monday with Meagan Spooner plus G!veaway


It's Monday again so here's another edition of Playlist Monday! Today I'm feature a playlist of a debut author. None other than Meagan Spooner; author of Skylark which comes out August 1st. Make sure to mark your calendars and check out Skylark when it hit the shelves!

So without further ado here is Skylark's Playlist!

I’m not one of those writers who gets inspiration from listening to music while they work. I need silence when I write—I even invested in noise-cancelling headphones and white noise tracks so that I can write in noisy environments if I have to. If I try to listen to music while I write, I end up getting utterly distracted by the lyrics and unable to focus on my own words—and if I listen to movie soundtracks, my brain starts replaying the movies in my head, instead of focusing on what I’m doing. Even if I listen to straight-up classical that has no story associations whatsoever, I end up inventing stories to go with them—and they’re never the stories I’m supposed to be working on!

Still, even though I can’t listen to music while I write, I still get huge amounts of inspiration from music. I almost always listen to story-specific playlists when I’m driving home in my car, because my mind is free to wander and brainstorm and come up with new ideas. So I thought that for this Playlist Monday, I’d share some of my go-to songs that I listened to while working on SKYLARK!

Most of these are instrumental, but a few have lyrics and vocals. For this particular project, soundtrack scores worked better for me than more contemporary/popular music. Lark being so alone meant that I wanted songs that evoked that for me, and vocals tend to disrupt that.


Untitled by Interpol

This song has such a dreamy quality, and I love the repetitive nature of the theme. It’s almost hypnotic, which is one thing I look for in music to inspire me. I like music I can get lost in, music I can hear and react to without thinking about the song itself. It makes me think of wandering, and abandoned things, and melancholy.


Lullaby from Pan’s Labyrinth

Again, an absolutely dreamlike song. When I hear it I’m instantly walking through a dark, beautiful forest all alone. I can imagine Lark humming to herself as she crosses the wilderness, not because she’s musically inclined, but simply to break the silence.


Soundtrack from Mononoke Hime
This is one of the few soundtracks I’d listen to in its entirety while thinking about SKYLARK. Because I’ve seen the movie so many times (it’s one of my favorites) it instantly conjures up this ancient, tangled forest filled with monsters and demons and beauty. I don’t think anyone who’s read SKYLARK will be surprised that this movie is a favorite of mine!


Suite from Hush, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
 Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Whedonite. So it’s unsurprising that something from one of his projects found its way into mine. I’ve always loved the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer called Hush. It’s an almost entirely silent episode, because these creatures steal everyone’s voices so no one can scream when they rip out their hearts. Yeah. YEAH. Anyway, it was watching this episode years and years ago that made me realize how terrifying silence can be. And while Lark always has her voice, when she’s in the wilderness there’s no one there to help her—no one to hear her scream.


Stay With Me Bright Eyes by Something With Numbers

This isn’t actually a song I listened to while writing SKYLARK. I heard it for the first time after I’d already finished it. A friend of mine, who had read the book, heard this song and was reminded so strongly of SKYLARK that he came and found me and made me listen to it. I think if I’d heard it independently, it wouldn’t have appealed to me quite so much… but the association with the book is SO strong now that I love it!

About the Book

Skylark
by Meagan Spooner
Series: Skylark #1
Published: August 1st 2012
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Synopsis:
Vis in magia, in vita vi. In magic there is power, and in power, life.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley waited for the day when her Resource would be harvested and she would finally be an adult. After the harvest she expected a small role in the regular, orderly operation of the City within the Wall. She expected to do her part to maintain the refuge for the last survivors of the Wars. She expected to be a tiny cog in the larger clockwork of the city.

Lark did not expect to become the City's power supply.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley believed in a lie. Now she must escape the only world she's ever known...or face a fate more unimaginable than death.

About the Author 


Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Northern Virginia, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she'll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

She is the author of SKYLARK, coming out August 1 from Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Books. She is also the co-author of THESE BROKEN STARS, forthcoming from Disney-Hyperion in Fall 2013.
Connect with Meagan on her: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway

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46 comments:

  1. I'm very excited for the book. As for the playlist, I have never heard of any of those songs, so I don't know.

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  2. I am very much excited to read Skylark!

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  3. Skylark sounds very interesting, i cant wait to read it. The songs sound cool aswell.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to read it.

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  5. The playlist is interesting. Never heard of some of the songs/movies/shows posted. Pan's Labyrith was just creepy.

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  6. I am so excited to read Skylark! It sounds amazing! I love the Interpol song, so intense yet magical! Exactly what Skylark sounds like :)

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  7. I can't wait to read Skylark. It sounds very good. I haven't heard of all the songs. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. I am very much excited to read Skylark! The story is very interesting and great songs.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  9. It sounds like such a great book!! So excited for it!

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  10. I am very excited to read Skylark!!! The song from Hush is so creepy, I can't wait to read the book that goes with these songs : )

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  11. The book seems so intereting and I am pretty excited to read it! The playlist looks great too. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. super excited!!! thanks for the giveaway

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  13. Awesome playlist! thanks for the chance to win :D

    -Dannielle

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  14. Skylark sounds like an interesting book! I've never heard any of the songs, thanks for sharing!

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  15. This book seems awesome, so I cant wait to read it. The playlist seems great, I´ve heard a couple of things and the rest I´ll give a shot.

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  16. I'm very excited about Skylark!It sounds amazing :)

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  17. I can't wait to read Skylark. The more I read about meagan Spooner the more excited I am. She is an inspirational woman.

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  18. This looks really interesting. Super excited to read it!

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  19. Oh my GOD, am I ever excited for SKYLARK! And can I just say, that is one FANTASTIC playlist.

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  20. It sounds pretty amazing and i would love to get my hands at this cool swag pack. Hopefully i win ^^

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  21. Love the playlist and can't wait to get to read this great book.

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  22. I think I've just become of Interpol. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I'm really excited to read it. I liked the Hush suite from Buffy.

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  24. I can't wait to read Skylark! I haven't heard much of your playlist before, but I'll give it a try :)

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  25. I really like this playlist. I've been into anime lately, and your description of Monoke Hime has me interested. I really liked all the songs :]

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  26. yup, I'm excited to read Skylark, sounds interesting. About Playlist, I like song no.1 Untitled by Interpol :)
    thanks for giveaway^^

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  27. excited for Skylark! I love dystopic novels. :)

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  28. Great song choice! I really can't wait to read Skylark, it sounds amazing. :)

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  29. I'm so excited! The cover is beautiful and it just sounds wonderful :D
    Thanks for the great giveaway <3

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  30. The playlist is awesome and Im really excited to read Skylark. Ive my copy pre ordered :)

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  31. Beautiful cover & I'm very eager to read Skylark!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  32. Skylark sounds like my sort of read! :-) Can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Loving the playlist. Especially anything Buffy related!!

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  33. Skylark has been on my TBR list for a while now and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  34. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I can't WAIT to read Skylark– it sounds absolutely fabulous. And I totally agree– Lullaby from Pan's Labyrinth is amazing and sounds so dreamlike :D

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  35. I'm very excited about Skylark, it sounds interesting. I like the song from Buffy :)

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  36. On my to read list. Love playlists for books.

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  37. Getting Skylark after hearing such wonderful things. Thanks for the playlist -love it! It's going on my i-tunes wish list. Thanks for the great post and giveaway.:)

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  38. I'm not very productive while listening to music either, I always get distracted by all the thoughts and feelings it creates.
    By the way, I just got my postcard from the The Sky's The Limit Contest, and it's beautiful.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your playlist. :)

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  39. Yup I'm stoked to read Skylark!

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  40. I am excited about this book from what I've heard. The playlist songs are all new to me but fitting! Thanks!

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  41. I am very excited about the book! I think "Stay With Me Bright Eyes" and the Buffy song are nice picks! :D
    Penny Pe

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  42. It sounds like a super good book, Skylark. I'm really looking forward to read it!

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  43. I can't wait to read the book!! My favorite song was Lullaby from Pan’s Labyrinth, it's really nice +.+

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