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Artifact writer a star!

Our very own Cvalin made an appearance on an episode of X-Files title “Release.” Here is that clip.


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The Sound of Writing

I don’t always listen to music while I write, but I often get inspiration from it. I’ll be sitting in my car listening to the radio or a CD, and either the music or the lyrics or both will give me an idea that I’ll start to work on in my mind, and by the time I sit down at my computer, it’s ready to flow straight from my fingers. Once I figured out that my chapter for this book was going to be dark, I put together a CD of songs I had that fit the mood. I listened to the CD at least once a day, and it gave me all the ideas I needed to fill out my chapter. I called the CD “Cool Darkness.”

Here’s a sample of some of the songs that gave me my inspiration:

  • Veteran of the Psychic Wars – Blue Oyster Cult
  • All Along the Watchtower – Bear McCreary/written by Bob Dylan (from the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack)
  • Disciples of the Watch – Testament
  • On the Dark Side – John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band (from Eddie and the Cruisers)
  • Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
  • Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford
  • Holy Diver – Ronnie James Dio
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC
  • Joey –  Concrete Blonde (acoustic version)
  • The World I Know – Collective Soul
  • Put Your Lights On – Santana with Everlast
  • Daughter (Live Version) – Pearl Jam
  • Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

It’s a pretty eclectic mix, but they have a certain darkness about them that served me well when trying to come up with ideas for my story. If you’ve never done it, try it sometime.



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Welcome to the Artifact Project blog!

About a month ago, nine of us, who have only met via the internet, began a project…a really big project! We decided to take our love, writing, and turn it into something tangible…a novel!

So, we picked a theme, decided who would write what chapter, and began writing our little hearts out!

The working title is “Artifact”.

Currently, we have begun the third chapter (out of nine), and excitement is in the air! We will be using this blog as a journal to pass along the ups and downs of this experience…

Also, we will often post blurbs and bits of the book…teasers, if you will, to get you as excited about this as we are!

So, please join us on this incredibly journey (what is this…a Disney film?), and follow us as we toil on and complete “Artifact”.


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