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Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday's Muse~Elmore's Red Dragon

This painting by the fabulous Larry Elmore has inspired me since before I reached my teen years. Larry had a huge hand in defining the way I see dragons. I chose this picture for last week because I'm working on the climax chapter of my young adult fantasy novel in which my main character has to battle a dragon. While the battle ends up looking nothing like this, the metaphor worked perfectly. It's hard to believe I'm only a chapter away from finishing the first draft of this baby! It has been a fun book to write and I look forward to editing it!

I'm still reading Shadow Hills though I'm starting to zip through it now. I love the mystery and suspense in this novel, and the character development is very compelling! Click on the picture of it on my right sidebar to learn more about it.

I don't have a song link for you today because I've been listening to pretty much anything and everything, a lot of Manowar, the Braveheart soundtrack, LOTR soundtrack, and much more. I tend to do that when I get to the end of a work in progress. How about you? Do the needs of your muse change when you approach the end of a novel?

12 comments:

  1. What a great painting! I can see how it would inspire you. Good luck with the end of your novel, Heather! :-)

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  2. Isn't it amazing Shannon?! Thanks for the good luck. It's cruising along and at this rate I'll be finished with the first draft before the end of the week!

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  3. Oh, definitely. I'm always looking for different music to suit my mood. That's why I have a million (just as my husband) CD's in the car.

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  4. LOL! That sounds like me Elana! My tastes seem to change with every book I write and alter slightly with each chapter!

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  5. I agree. I haven't listened to the same CDs since I finished my novel. Hmm. Maybe that's my problem. I haven't found anything new to inspire me for my new project. Maybe that's why it is progressing so s-l-o-w-l-y! Congrats on getting to the end of yours!

    I am paying forward a blog award. I hope you will accept it! You can find it here http://lynneawest.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-little-blog-time.html

    Christy

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  6. Sounds like it's time to look for some new music Christy. An award, thank you so much! I'm off to check it out now!

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  7. Heather, I'm so excited you're almost done with your first draft of your wip! I've only finished one other novel, so this is all a bit new to me. I can't even listen to music when I write, since I can't seem to focus on more than typing. Pathetic!

    I'll share a cyber margarita toast with you when you're all done. Good luck!

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  8. One chapter away? Wow!!! Way to go Heather. I love the muse! Have a good time with the climax...and keep enjoying the process! You're knocking at the door.

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  9. Isn't this the picture from the Dungeons and Dragons Basic Set from the late 70s / early 80s? That was my first recollection as soon as I saw it. If you ever find some great coffee table fantasy art books, post a link. I love great fantasy art!

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  10. It gets easier with each novel Julie, don't worry! This makes number eight for me! It sounds like a lot but I have two trilogies in there.

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  11. It is Corey! I'm so excited that someone recognized it! Another fantasy art lover, sweet! I'll defintely post any great links I find for you.

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