t minus 23

By October 9, 2016Blog, The Phantom Pen

With twenty-three days to go until the start of The Phantom Pen, today has seen the novelling action move into a higher gear.  I’ve not only done some online shopping (essential books, five reams of paper and a jumbo box of ink cartridges) but have also produced my novelling playlists.  I’ve created six – a T Minus list for the build-up and then a different one for each week of the actual writing.  I suspect the day might have been more profitable if I’d been thinking about the plot, characters and setting… but there’s always tomorrow for that.

The T Minus list

  • Miles is a Cigarette – Chris Rea (more to do with anticipated stress levels than the actual novel)
  • Because it’s There – Haken
  • Time for a Change – Pendragon
  • New Horizons – The Moody Blues
  • In for a Penny – Slade
  • Que Sera – Chris Rea
  • Lady Writer – Dire Straits
  • Invisible Ink – Marillion
  • Sandwriting – Chris Rea
  • Pretty Paper – Roy Orbison (I now realise this is about Christmas wrapping paper and not exciting stationery to inspire the budding novelist, it might get deleted)
  • Jane Austen’s Door – Steve Hackett (any crumbs from the Austen table are welcome)
  • An Occasional Dream – David Bowie
  • Daydream Believer – The Monkees
  • Daydream Believer – Robson & Jerome
  • I have a Dream – Abba
  • All I have to do is Dream – Roy Orbison
  • More than a Dream – The Pet Shop Boys
  • If I can Dream – Robson & Jerome
  • Elusive Dreams – Nancy Sinatra
  • Dreamer – Supertramp
  • Dreaming – Blondie
  • Looking for Fantasy – Steve Hackett (as in the dream, not the genre)
  • Castles in the Air – Don McLean
  • Clueless – Knight Area
  • Rebel without a Clue – Bonnie Tyler
  • The Pretender – Jackson Browne
  • The Great Pretender – Roy Orbison
  • No Qualifications – Chris Rea
  • Why Don’t You Write Me – Simon & Garfunkel
  • What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  • Madness – Elton John
  • Believe – Pendragon
  • I’m not Afraid – Black
  • The Pleasure of Hope – Pendragon
  • High Hopes – Pink Floyd
  • Fearless – Clepsydra
  • Perfect Tense – Kino (Let’s hope so)
  • Nothing’s Forever – Asia
  • Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • It ain’t gonna be Easy – Elton John