#DANCEBREAK

by sarahenni on January 18, 2013

The main character in my WiP (and pretty much everyone else in the book, too) is in love with a fictional band I made up, formerly known as Idioteque 1 I’ve written so much about the band (describing their sound, nailing down their influences, creating a wildly charismatic frontman, even writing a fake interview with them) that this week I decided to do a Very Nerdy thing and create a playlist that represents the band’s debut album, which I named Behold! The MelonĀ 2.

It started as kind of a lark, but actually I found making the playlist to be 1) fun (perhaps most importantly), but also 2) an interesting new way to engage with my book before I dive into yet another round of revisions and edits.

Anyway, making this playlist has had me dancing at my desk all week. If you enjoy noisy head-nodding rock, I think you might enjoy it, too. Take a listen:

What about you? Have you made up bands, books, or movies in your work? Have you made a poster, flyer, zine or anything IRL to go along with it? If so PLEASE link! I’d love to see it 3!

  1. They are pending another name, after astute beta reader and Much Better At Googling Necessary Stuff For Books Guru Lindsey Roth Culli pointed out that Idioteque is such a genius band name that it is, in fact, a real life band’s name. Grr.
  2. How 90s is that? I love it.
  3. And if not, I really encourage you to try!

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Krispy January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This is so cool! I love you and your nerdy dedication. :) Will be jamming to this tonight!

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

:D Thanks lady. This mix would be GREAT with the windows down on the ride home!

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Megan O'Connor Mershon January 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

OZMA!!!! If I only had a heart! The playlist rocks.

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I knew you’d love that! <3

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Erin January 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Oooh, I can’t wait to listen to this playlist later. And gosh do I love this post, because I can relate 100%…

I have totally dreamed up fictional bands of my own. Proof: In a stand-alone WIP I’m toying with, my MC and his two best guy buddies are all obsessed with a band called Opulence–very 80s hair metal with a bit of a glam rock vibe. I went as far as naming Opulence’s debut album (The Pinnacle of Cynical) and writing lyrics to several tracks (which the characters quote throughout the ms). While drafting I thought I was wasting time, but I think it actually added life to the story. The band feels so realized, that the characters obsessions with it seem entirely natural.

Lastly: I wish “Behold! The Melon” was a real album. That name is killer.

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