As I write, I like to listen to music. I have a playlist set up on my iTunes titled “Writing pony books” that has 45 tracks that put me in a pony-book-writing mood. The tracks cover several genres, and although folk and country are the most represented, there’s a bit of regular pop and the odd rock song in there too.
Anyone who has read Flying Changes won’t be surprised to know that this track is included in the list:
Yesterday I was working on plotting out the sequel to Cruise Control (I know, I can’t keep up with myself!) and opened the playlist, starting it at random on The Finn Brothers’ Won’t Give In. iTunes was on random, but of the 44 remaining options, it selected the one song that for me, most represents the story being told in Dare to Dream (the Cruise Control sequel) – I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz. It definitely gave me one of those ‘wow’ moments…how did iTunes know that was the song I needed to listen to, right at that moment?