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Innerscape Music Competition for Episode 1 – The Winners!

Good evening World – the music competition for Innerscape Episode 1 is now closed, and the free download period is over as well. But the best is yet to come. 🙂

My thanks to everyone who entered the competition and helped spread the word on social media. The answer, of course, was Charles McGragh. 🙂

And now to the winners. The two winning entries belong to:

David Prosser, and

Honie Briggs

I tossed a coin and David will be receiving a digital copy of Elysium, by Jo Blankenburg. That means Honie will receive Vendetta, also by Jo Blankenburg.

My congratulations to you both! Please email me at:

meekasmind at gmail dot com

and let me know whether you prefer to receive your prize via iTunes or Amazon.

And finally, a big thank you to the readers who downloaded Innerscape, Episode 1. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you come back for more.

Massive hugs,



Innerscape – Music competition for Episode 1 begins!

reworked-cover-final-1Good evening, good afternoon and good morning. 🙂

Innerscape Episode 1 is live on Amazon, and from November 14, 2016 to November 18, 2016, you will be able to download Episode 1 for free, and enter the Music Competition to win free music.

The Music Competition, which runs in lockstep with the free downloads, will give two lucky winners one of the following digital albums:

  • Elysium, by Jo Blankenburg, and
  • Vendetta, also by Jo Blankenburg.

This is a video clip of one of my favourite tracks from Elysium.

And this one is a making-of type video clip that features snippets from Vendetta.

If you don’t like these albums, or miss out for some reason, don’t worry – there will be two new albums up for grabs with Episode 2.

To enter the Music Competition, all you have to do is answer a simple question based on the excerpt from Innerscape, found in the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ for Episode 1.

You can find the excerpt here:


Hint: if you read as far as the chapter entitled ‘Takh Ahn’, you’ve gone too far. But don’t let me stop you from reading further. 😉

And now for the all-important, multiple choice question:

Who is the Head of Patient Care at Innerscape?

  1. Kenneth Wu?
  2. Charles McGragh?
  3. Emily Watson?

Once you know the answer, type the correct name, or simply 1, 2 or 3, in the comments section at the end of this post, and that’s it.

[Sorry, only 1 entry per person]

Both the Music Competition and the free download days for Episode 1 will end on November 18, 2016. Yes, I know I’ve said that before but I don’t want anyone to get the dates wrong and end up disappointed.

On November 19, 2016, I will pick two correct answers, at random, from a big mixing bowl, and the names of the winners will be announced in a post on this blog. The winners will also be announced via Twitter so please check back to see if you’ve won.

To find out how you can claim your free digital music album, please read the Innerscape FAQ here:


Thank you for joining me today, and may the Party begin!

If only novels could come with soundtracks!

3 4 time in musicI have forgotten most of the music theory I learned as a child, but I’ve never forgotten the meaning of 3-4 time because that is waltz time, and waltzes have made me want to dance for decades. Oddly enough, 3-4 time is also synonymous with lullabies, where the music is as soothing as a heart-beat.

But what does any of this have to do with novels and soundtracks?

Back in November of last year [2012], I wrote a post about using Jo Blankenburg’s music as the inspiration for my Nanowrimo novel writing. The story I began writing is tentatively called Innerscape, and is the closest I have ever come to writing something romantic. The climax [excuse the pun] to the early section was a scene at a ball where my two star crossed lovers-to-be are seduced by a waltz.

Now why did I pick the music of a waltz to symbolize sensuality?

It’s true that I love waltzes, but there are other sensual images/feelings I could have used – such as water. The feel of water sliding over the skin has always been a very sensual feeling for me, yet I did not use a beach scene, or a scene in a swimming pool, or a bath, or a shower. Instead my mind automatically reached for a waltz. Why?

The answer did not hit me until I went looking for my Nanowrimo writing music again last night. I started playing Jo Blankenburg’s album Elysium, and suddenly I was swaying from side to side. Not bopping up and down, or tapping my foot, or jiggling in my seat – swaying.

I was not yet into the story, so without meaning to, I allowed myself to be distracted, and began counting the beats. One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three… Oh my god, it’s a waltz!

Once my conscious brain recognized that distinctive beat, I began recognizing it in song after song. And somewhere between ‘Arion’…

… and ‘Theogony’ …

… I realized the music was the reason I’d written a waltz into my story!

I swear, until that moment I had no idea the music had had such a powerful affect on me. Now though, it’s obvious, and may explain why I have to have Elysium playing [on repeat] as I start work on Innerscape again. The music is the soul of the story.

As all this stream of consciousness stuff was going through my head, I suddenly had this idea – wouldn’t it be amazing if books could have soundtracks? By that I mean, having the music as an integral part of the reading experience in the same way that music is a vital part of movies.

Just as an aside, as soon as I saw the cinematic trailer that accompanied Theogony I knew it had to be for a game, and I kind of suspected it was for Assassins Creed, but I wasn’t sure so I did some searching and yes, I was right – Assassins Creed III is the game. I’m tempted to buy it just for that promotional trailer! -cough- moving on -cough-

As an Indie I know I could never afford to pay Jo Blankenburg for his music, but if I could, and if e-readers were capable of integrating the music that inspires me, I would do it in a heartbeat!

The only thing I’m not sure of is whether readers would appreciate hearing that music as they read. Would you? Or would it be too distracting? Or would it depend on whether you liked the music or not?

I know this kind of tech may never happen, but I’d love to know what you think.



p.s. Thanks for all your comments and extraordinary suggestions on the ‘evil corporation’ post. I’ll be writing an update shortly. 🙂

Elysium, by Jo Blankenburg – my new nanowrimo music

Today dawned cold, wet and miserable, but it’s getting better because I now have a great new CD to listen to! The CD is Elysium by an ex-pat German composer called Jo Blankenburg.

Never heard of him? Neither had I until about half an hour ago when I went looking for some new, epic music to listen to while I write nano. Nano starts in five days [Australian time] and I didn’t want to use my Two Steps from Hell music because those songs belong to Vokhtah somehow. Perhaps it’s just the way my odd little brain works, but the Two Steps from Hell tracks make me feel that harsh planet and its alien inhabitants better than anything else I have ever listened to before. There are moments of soft-ish music but the general mood is strong, determined and angry, attributes that fit the Vokh, and to a lesser extent the iVokh, very well. For nano however, I will be writing about humans for a change and so I needed music with contrasts of tenderness and the other, softer emotions we humans feel with such abandon. And Elysium gives me that.

Unfortunately buying Elysium in time for nano proved to be a bit trickier than finding it. I generally prefer buying actual, physical music CDs because I’m a bit slack when it comes to backups, and with physical CDs I know I will never lose precious music. This time, however, I just didn’t have the time to wait around for Amazon to send me a CD by snail mail. Instead I took the radical [for me] step of signing up with iTunes and buying Elysium through Apple.

Now I know that most of you will have been on iTunes since its inception, but I have always hated the incestuous nature of Apple products and the restrictions placed on their use. I understand the business model, and it has certainly worked for Apple, but I like the freedom of being able burn my CDs so I can listen to them in the car while I’m driving, and I’m pretty sure iTunes won’t let me do that. It’s been a while since The Daughter tried, so apologies if I’m maligning Apple without cause.

Anyway, my point was simply to show that I am a dinosaur forced into the 21st century by need. So, I signed up for iTunes. I downloaded the client side software, installed it, did all the verification protocols and finally managed to reach the part where I could actually get my music. And then I came face to face with the reality of living in Australia. When I was searching for a CD online, Elysium was touted as costing $9.99. Given the relative standing of the Australian dollar at the moment I was expecting to pay just under $9.99 but no, on iTunes, Elysium was going to cost me $16.00.

I’ll be honest, I did think about giving iTunes the finger and going elsewhere, but by then I had already downloaded and installed all the crap. In a very real sense I was primed for gratification NOW. So I gave in and bought the music, blowing my new, self-imposed budget in the process. -sigh-

Needless to say I will be a lot more organized, and self-disciplined, the next time I decide to buy music online because $16.00 is a bit rich when I could buy the mp3 version of the CD for $5.99 from Amazon… if Amazon would only let Australians buy mp3s.  I don’t know why we are not allowed to buy mp3s but that’s the sad reality. Talk about feeling like a 3rd class world citizen. 😦

I don’t wish to end this post on a sour note however, so I’ve included the Youtube video clip of Elysium for your listening enjoyment. Be warned though – it goes for 30 minutes!



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