And now it’s December, the most musical time of the year

I completed NaNoWriMo with a whopping 74,804 words, past my goal of 70k, just shy of an even 75k.

This marks the completion of the CAUTION quartet. It’s my first quartet. And I haven’t even finished a trilogy before so this is extra special. Bonus: I even like the ending! I thought it was silly and rushed when I did it (feeling silly and rushed), but when I went back I was pleased. This series turned out as fun as it started, and a lot better than I’d ever thought it would be.

Today’s Topic: Favorite novel-ing music

Anime soundtracks: All Kajiura Yuki (Mai-hime, Cosette, .hack, Pandora Hearts, etc.), Shinsekai Yori, Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Natsume Yuujin Chou, Yu-gi-oh Duel Monsters, YuYu Hakusho (symphonic), all Joe Hisaishi (Ghibli)

Movie soundtracks: Amelie, Coraline, Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Hobbit and LoTR, Lion King, How to Train Your Dragon, Chocolat, Brave, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Last of the Mohicans, Lord of the Dance, Star Wars (but then I start singing the Imperial March so success is 50/50)

Game soundtracks: Halo and Final Fantasy.

Artists instrumental: Himekami, Kieko Matsui, David Lanz, David Arkenstone, Cusco, Aine Minogue, John Tesh, Lindsey Stirling, Michele Mclaughlin, Sur Sudha, Yanni

Artists lyrical: Cecile Corbel, Akino Arai, Damh The Bard, Faun, Enya, Gary Stadler, Kalafina, Kokia, Loreena McKennitt, Origa, Rin’, Woodland

Songs I frequently put on repeat: Mountain Wind (Mamer), Transformation (Daine Arkenstone), the Gathering (Aine Minogue), Master of Tides (Lindsey Stirling)

Conclusion: Instrumental music makes it a lot easier to concentrate. But sometimes you need the magic of voices.

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