Winter is here. Lots of snow. Lots of fear and anger. Show someone that you care about them however you can. Perform a little act to kindness. If Gandalf says it keeps the darkness at bay, then I think it's worth a try.
I've been trying out other new inputs as well. I go through phases where I listen to music while I'm writing. Other times I need it quiet. Right now is definitely a music kinda mood for me.
The big trends for me right now are epic sounding instrumental stuff like the Mad Max Fury Road soundtrack, Archangel by Two Steps from Hell, the Darkest Dungeon soundtrack, and many others. I will also admit that I'm fond of some non-screamy metal these days. I've been digging some classic Iron Maiden and another band I'll specifically call out in recommendation corner below.
If you have any epic instrumental music that you like and want to recommend, feel free to let me know.
New Players of the Game Release
The Brigands: The Favor is now available on Kindle for just 99 cents. The novella focuses on ViRauni.
You can't go home again, especially when it's infested by a brain-hacked horde.
I'll preface this with the admission that metal is not for everyone. This German group transcends the genre in my reckoning. The leader singer channels powerful operatic melodies akin to Tarja, with a lot of cool riffs and drums from the rest of the band. Wikipedia says that the band is inactive after the lead singer left the group. If the band is done, then they left on literal and figurative a high note.
Thin Air by Richard K Morgan
I do enjoy dystopian cyber punk when it's done right. This novel definitely falls in that category. Hakan Veil is an enhanced human enforcer called an Over Rider who is stuck in the urban sprawl of the Mars colony. He gets drafted by a local cop to babysit a colonial auditor, and conflicting agendas from multiple sources quickly raise the stakes. Colin Mace reads the audio book version with world-weary grit. Very compelling stuff.