Writing Wednesday: Playlist II

Ok, so I’m working on a new project, which calls for a Brand New Playlist. It’s part historical fiction, part contemporary women’s fiction. It’s the story of the bad-ass female samurai, Tomoe Gozen, who was either the wife or concubine of Yoshinaka Minamoto, a samurai who lived in the late 12th century. His story is absolutely Shakespearean in content (family betrayals! Cousin against cousin!)and basically, her story inspires a pair of contemporary half-Japanese sisters to confront their own problems. Yes, I’m sort of being deliberately vague, because the story is in its nascent stage and I don’t want to scare it away by talking about it too much.

This time around, I’ve been slightly obsessed with The Airborne Toxic Event since we saw them in concert at the Del Mar racetrack, and their music has been perfect for the mood of what I’m working on. Besides, what other band can you name who wrote a song based on a short story? (All I Ever Wanted is “loosely based on the short story, “The Hitchhiking Game,” by Milan Kundera.) Of course I love them.

These all link to YouTube.

This is Nowhere(The Airborne Toxic Event)


Numb (The Airborne Toxic Event)

Numb by The Airborne Toxic Event

Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)


Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)


This Modern Love (Bloc Party)


All I Ever Wanted (The Airborne Toxic Event)


Dirty Girl (The Eels)


Changing (The Airborne Toxic Event)


A word of caution: “Changing” stuck in my head for like 35 hours.

Falling (Florence and the Machine)

Addicted to Love (Florence and the Machine)

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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