This is not my awake face. In fact, the expression currently in use could be described a sleepy, squinty, and quite possibly a little pissed off (due to the fact I’m not smiling; my coffee has not kicked in), which is the result of thinking I could combine an active social life with the opening shift.
Silly Rabbit, life is for kids who don’t need eight hours of sleep to function.
Anywho, as I was walking back into my apartment last night, the church choir across the street was practicing. Sometimes—if my windows are open—when I’m lying on the couch reading, the choir will burst into song, mysteriously coinciding with some high point or revelation in the book. The first time it happened, it surprised me so much that I almost fell off the couch. I think someone was being murdered, and just as the knife raised to make the killing blow…Latin in three part harmony! Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I leave off the radio and open my windows when I want to read. Somehow whatever they’re singing fits, whether it’s my mood or the book’s.
I know that many writers have soundtracks that they listen to constantly in the process of writing a story, and it’s a fascinating process (how do you know what to pick? Do listen on repeat to one song per scene, or the whole grouping?). I often wonder if there is a reader equivalent, some sort of CD you always listen to (low and in the background) when you want to read? Does this change depending on the book or your mood? Or is silence the best (or only) option?
What hits the right reading (or writing) note for you?