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Carnival of Lost Souls

This is NOT my personal work http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carnival-Lost-Souls-Nox-Arcana/dp/B000FOT9EE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1436560945&sr=8-4&keywords=Nox+Arcana

A lot of my work comes about because of the thoughts that come to my mind when I listen to certain music; my inspiration changes with each kind of music I listen to, this is why I love instrumental music, particularly that from Nox Arcana.
I have all of their albums, they are essential for me to work effectively. Never before has a band affected me in such a way as Nox Arcana. Their music is exactly the kind of atmosphere I need to set my brain into for my work in fantasy and horror writing and art.

I might very well review each album or song separately someday, but the most listened to album for me is this one – Carnival of Lost Souls.

The amount of fantasy horror I’ve thought of. I have even thought about a comic series because of this music, this along with (sorry, something not Nox Arcana related) = The Honky Tonk Merry-go-round by Patsy Cline. Oh the things I have dreamt, thank you Nox Arcana, very much for this one. Johnny Depp is going to love you all the more if he ever reads my stuff and found out his new nightmares were inspired by you. *insert evil laugh here*.

Since I lost Cubase many moons ago, my computer isn’t hooked up with music composing software anymore (and I can’t read or write music, but I can play by ear and compose – with the software). My music was similar to Nox Arcana, that’s why I love it so much. I think the band must be within my soul group or something? Anyway, once I figured out how to configure my old Microsoft XP files onto my new computer (perhaps in Neverwhere) I will load up my old music and share it. Otherwise, if I really am in Neverwhere with that then my old music has been lost in the ethers of time forever. *Insert forlorn pierrot here*.

My creativity really is controlled by the type of music that’s around me at the time. In the times of no music, I tend to write flatly and that’s only suitable when I am writing non-fiction or essays.

Now being deaf, I rely heavily on vibrations, lip-reading and my two hearing aids and I am not looking forward to the day that my consultant said is in the near future, that I will lose my hearing altogether. Unfortunately at the time this was said to me, the consultant in question told me that there is nothing they can do to repair my hearing if the worst case scenario crops up, thankfully I know someone in the ENT department abroad who says that’s utter tosh. So fingers crossed that I will never lose my hearing completely.

I don’t know what I would do without my Nox Arcana!

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I read this about a week ago, it was the last novel I had the pleasure of finishing and I rated it 5 stars on goodreads.com

The story is a modern and westernized version of a Russian fairytale called Snegurochka where an elderly couple, alone in the Alaskan wilderness longs for a child of their own and it seems as though by magic one appears from the snow, but they were not allowed to be too close to her.

It is a strange and compelling relationship and a very endearing powerfully emotional tale.  The characters are strong and wonderful, the type of people that make me smile and seem very real, in fact sometimes this novel can bring home some horrendous realities based on human survival and the harshness of our economy.  This novel was based in the 1920s and you can definitely see that the author has done her homework on that era.

I suggest this as a must read for anybody who loves reading about descriptive landscapes, stories based on snow, hunting, childless couples, innocence and magic.  This will also suit people who are interested in the Baba Yaga as she is mentioned a few times, this also has some Russian characters which can also feel enchanting to some too.

This story does not suit people who cannot take gory details, particularly of hunting, this is a definite no-no for those who cannot bear to hear of any animal being killed, though these hunting descriptions were mostly based on survival and food as opposed to pleasure or the fur trade, I understand it can offend some.

Generally I loved the story, it was magical in every sense and unlike other stories it went in the direction I wanted it to all the way until the end, then the end left me speechless.  Let’s hope it does the same for you.

Tell me what you thought of this story.

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