A few months ago, I described a dream I had of mapping several of my magical-realism shorts together to create a world and a short-story collection. This post is an update of my progress.
Since the stories are fantastic folktales — magic-realism shorts, I decided to title the book The Edge of Magic and the land Tals. Yeah, Tals ranks right up there with Fantasia, Wonderland, Faerie and similarly trivial names, but for now I like it.
Obviously, many of the tales are complete. A few need polishing to make them publishable. Consistency and unity are concerns, since the stories were never written to fit together. I am undecided whether I want to rewrite them for consistency or publish them as is.
However, I have outlined a few connector and origin stories and am currently writing one of these. This story, Glint and Bite, will serve as the origin story of two of my already complete ones, A Pril of the Thirst and A Giant or a Nack?. It is coming along well.
I even mapped the landscape where this short is set. The map is not necessary, but I wanted to materialize the Stair that I visualize for the story.
I also created a soundtrack for the story, something new for me that was actually quite revealing. This is what I wanted to share with you today.
Glint and Bite: The Soundtrack
The music in the soundtrack captures the tonal flow of the story, rather than the events and characters. The lyrics in some fit the story, but those of others do not. Some work well on their own; others interact. Some juxtapositions are creepy. They will definitely pull you in and raise the hairs on your neck. The songs mirror the mood I want you to feel when you read the story.
Several of the songs go together to stimulate an overarching mood. I rarely listen to music, so I made the best selections I could from dozens of YouTube searches. No doubt other songs would capture the mood I want you to feel better than these. If you have suggestions, by the way, I’d be willing to consider them over some of these songs.
I compiled the songs on a playlist on my Youtube channel. Here I categorize and describe them in more depth.
Glint and Bite Soundtrack
© Compiled by Shawn Urban, June 29, 2017
This is the setting of the story as viewed from one of the characters who live in the valley. The songs, except the last one, reflect this character’s love of the valley. The last song is actually a playlist of ice-thawing sounds.
Here the viewpoint character is rejoicing in the life of a loved one, who also lives in the valley.
Proud, Happy, Serene : Happy — Marina and the Diamonds
Nostalgia : Childhood Nostalgia — Emotional Film Soundtracks
Owe : I Am — Nichole Nordeman
Gratitude : Gratitude — Nichole Nordeman
Care : Lullaby — Libera
Two young teens intrude in the valley as the viewpoint character watches Glint. Here I wanted to capture the spirit of adolescence and all the freedom, potential, hope, dreams and audacity of this age.
Ah, flirting. The boy’s efforts to woo the girl and her aloof teasing causes him through the next three sections to up his game toward recklessness.
Boy Hitting On Girl (Part 1)
Girl Admiring Boy
Boy Hitting On Girl (Part 2)
Want Me : I Want You to Want Me — KSM
Pay Attention : Attention to Me — Nolan Sisters
Together Strong : We Can Move the World — Alessandro Fortin
Entice, Exhilarate : Everything is Happening, the Clouds Have Parted, I’m Free — City of the Sun
Glint Dying (Part 1, Placeholder)
The killing of Glint is sudden and surprises everyone. The story skips from the recklessness of Everything is Happening, the Clouds Have Parted, I’m Free to the anguish of Wait. In the story the transition is abrupt, but the soundtrack makes more sense with this expository placeholder. What do you think? Do you like the soundtrack with or without this song?
These next two sections are my favourite in the story and soundtrack.
Bite Angry (Part 1)
Glint’s death is the inciting incident. It pivots the story which quickly turns dark. So obviously in the soundtrack I want to build Bite’s loss and anger.
This is where the action peaks. This is also where the soundtrack reveals a surprising (to me) twist and dramatic irony in the story. Notice the change in tone from the last song to the next one. I hope the story is just as creepy.
In the story a lot of events occur quickly and simultaneously. So while Bite is overwhelmed with loss and rage then attacks the confused teens, Glint tries to calm Bite, and the girl begs for forgiveness and peace.
Kids in Danger
Glint Dying (Part 2)
Forgive, Accept : Daddy, You Can Let Go Now — Crystal Shawanda
Love, Goodbye : My Heart Will Go On — Celine Dion
Always With You : I Will Always Be With You — Sheena Easton and Jesse Corti
Girl — Sorrow, Forgiveness and Peace
Glint Dying (Part 3) — Girl Dying
Both the girl and Glint die here. This section bridges Glint and Bite and A Pril of the Thirst.
Glint’s Gift : Live Your Life — Yuna
Transcend to Pril : Music to Help You Uplift to Higher Frequency (0-282 [4:42] sec) — AwakenByArchangels
Boy — Sorrow
After Glint and the girl die, shock and regret overwhelm the boy.
Epilogue — Bite Angry (Part 2)
The story ends with this bridge between Glint and Bite and A Giant or a Nack?.
Boy Anger : Evil In Me (Requiem for a Dream Remix) — Thomas Edwards
Descend to Nack : Footsteps — Pop Evil
Dream Grammar : Elan — Nightwish