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ARADIA'S THEME

on 04 August 2012. Posted in 2012

First, you certainly should have noticed it by now, but in case you haven’t, there is music on the Home Page of this site. The controls to turn it up or down or off are just to the right of LATEST UPDATES box, but I think it is quite haunting (a little eerie and a little sad and a little uplifting, too), and I once listened to it for more than thirty-six hours continuously (I fell asleep writing , as I often do, and slept on the keyboard so it was even in my dreams). It’s helping me finish STRANGE FATE. The tenth and last book in the NIGHT WORLD series is about Sarah Strange, who lives up to her name by having some pretty weird dreams. Poor Aradia, the blind seeress of the Night World, predicted the Apocalypse a long, long time ago. The epic STRANGE FATE cuts that long time down to a year, so that you’ll see all the soulmated couples as they are after about a year of living, learning, and loving. Some even get married—and one couple ends up expecting the patter of tiny footsteps. Don’t even ask who, because it’s a deep, dark secret.

So, anyway, the music. I feel a little eerie and haunted and so does Aradia and this music helps me write. It’s really called “Arcadia” but anyone who has read BLACK DAWN knows that this was Aradia’s pseudonym in the book so clearly it is Aradia’s Theme. It comes free from a fabulously talented guy named Kevin MacLeod who has about a thousand little musical pieces, including a number of his own works, like Arcadia, all completely free to anyone for anything. Royalty free. All he asks is credit. Here is his site, Incompetech: http://incompetech.com.  He has also worked on:

  • Hugo (2011)
  • Zakumi: The      Animated Series (2010)
  • Simon and      Emily
  • Dr. Who      (original series) DVD extras
  • Colonial      Radio Theatre "King Solomon’s Mines" audio drama
  • programming      for the BBC, CBC, ABC, A&E, and others.
  • Ads for      Coke, GM, Subaru, and... many, many others.

You can search for the kind of music you want by the genre or the “feel” of it. I chose the feelings Mystical, Eerie, Unnerving, and Uplifting and got Aradia—I mean Arcadia. The word Arcadia, according to Wikipedia, “refers to a vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature.” That’s good, too. Kevin MacLeod will also score your YouTube video or your film or project . . . but that does cost money.  Hey, maybe I’ll offer a composition for a prize someday. Would anyone like that?

In any case, it’s been far too long since I said hello. Hello. More things than merely writing have been afoot in my fractured world, and if I can I’ll tell you about some of them in the next blog.

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Michelle
+5 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMEMichelle 2012-08-04 19:38
I am glad to hear of the plans to show all the soulmates a year after "living"! I can't wait to see who got married and who has a little bundle on the way!! Thank you :-)
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Maja
+9 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMEMaja 2012-08-05 05:25
A soulmate couple is going to have a baby?!? Oh my gosh!!! Ill have to make a little notebook guide for myself to keep up with all the little clues. Now, who could it be.......???? Gotta go. Strange Fate plot-revealing awaits me.
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Jennifer Collins
+2 # Say wha?Jennifer Collins 2012-08-05 06:49
HI Lisa,
So happy to hear from you on the site. Glad writing is going well and you are inspired by the music.

I love babies! Can't wait to find out who the lucky couple will be. I am going to give a listen to the music to see what you mean. I love Aradia and I hope to see more of her in Strange Fate.

Love and Hugs
JLCollins
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Emily Merrell
+4 # Love It!Emily Merrell 2012-08-05 22:22
I'm even more excited now (if that's even possible) for Strange Fate! I can't wait to find out who is going to have a child, and who is married. Thanks for giving us these tidbits, it makes the waiting easier!
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Lourdes
0 # Re: ARADIA'S THEMELourdes 2012-08-06 13:37
So interesting, I think your suggestion to offer a composition for a prize is really amazing. And knowing what inspired you is even better. :-)
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Beccy
+3 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMEBeccy 2012-08-07 12:34
So so so exciting! Poppy, Quinn and Thierry are all made vampires, so the baby can't be any of theirs. I guess we'll just have to wait and see beyond that!
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Tayler Clements
0 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMETayler Clements 2012-08-08 09:46
Wow! Those hints are both wonderful and antogonizing! Wonderful because, well hello! you've told us there is marriage and a baby in the book!!! That makes all the waiting mire fun because we can ponder the who's in each situation. It's antagonizing because I've got a sample but I still need to wait for the while product!! But, we've waited this long for the perfect ending, we can wait longer without it killing us.

Good luck on the continued writing process!!! And don't get too stressed over it, the book will be awesome no matter what!

Also, the theme is truly eerie, but mesmorizing as well. A composition as a prize would be really interesting and different, therefore, a great idea!!
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Anoni Mos
+5 # MysteriousAnoni Mos 2012-08-08 18:22
Is it bad that when I read that there will be a child, that I thought of Ash and Mare? I mean, it came right after she said that some would get married, and we already know that Ash and Mare are getting married...So, yeah...thats my thoughts...
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Christina Crowley
0 # Hi Anoni,Christina Crowley 2012-08-10 11:42
I don't think I've seen you around. You should join the Forum. We have lots of fun discussing the books and playing games. Lisa even comes by and answers fan questions whenever she has the time.

I hope you decide to join. :-)

If you do, be sure to visit this poll about everyone's guesses for who the new parents will be.
http://www.ljanesmith.net/www/forum/polls-polls-and-more-polls/72172-new-nw-parents--lj-blog
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Maja
0 # RE: MysteriousMaja 2012-09-05 11:48
I doubt it will be their baby. Because they are getting married and... Somehow I think that's gonna be near the end of the book, or in the middle of the action.
Someone else should have a baby. I want it to be the 'shifters, Rashel and Quinn (although that would be a little hard) or my fave, Jez and Morgead. It would be fun to see them as parents, being that they're both tough fighters. That baby would learn to fight before learning to walk, guaranteed. :D
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Guest
0 # RE: MajaGuest 2012-11-18 00:51
I have to agree with you, I'd love it if Jez & Morgead were the parents it's definitely hard to imagine them like that though, being that the two are so bad a** :lol:
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Julia
+1 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMEJulia 2012-08-27 14:30
Hmm... I have a feeling it'll be one of the Wildpowers who'll have a child. Then there's something else the Night World can use for leverage. Can't wait, obviously ^_^
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Jess
0 # Patter of tiny footstepsJess 2012-09-04 06:13
How come I get the feeling it's Quinn and Rashel's or Keller and Galen's baby?
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Guest
0 # RE: JessGuest 2012-09-05 08:08
Becky's right--can't be Quinn and Rashel because Quinn's a 'made' vamp. Could be Keller and Galen, though.
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Maja
0 # RE: Patter of tiny footstepsMaja 2012-09-05 11:39
I thought of a baby shapeshifter first too. That would be so cute! I doubt it CAN be Rashel and Quinn's baby cause Quinn's a made vampire, but with the awesome mind of L.J. Smith who can tell? Maybe there will be some spell that made Quinn human again or WHO KNOWS???
I kinda wish it's Rashel and Quinn. They are my second fave couple (Jez and Morgead #1, Keller and Galen #3). And, come on. Hasn't Quinn been alive long enough to have a child of his own?
Well, whoever it is, I want a little girl!
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Lissa
0 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMELissa 2012-09-06 10:02
This makes me want the book even more. I've already made a list to narrow it down, but that still leaves 7 possible couples.
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maddy
0 # RE: ARADIA'S THEMEmaddy 2012-09-10 21:38
Soooooo awesome!!!!! Sooooo when can we expect it to be released????
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trisha
0 # strange fatetrisha 2012-10-24 02:49
I have got mine pre ordered on amazon for January 2014 but I keep checking here for updates.
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Guest
0 # Music FeelGuest 2012-10-13 08:09
Dear Lisa, I totally understand the music thing,
I listen to this singer named Ellie Goulding, it
Just feels as if the music is pouring in and out of
me. And it reminds me of Night World. You
should hear it some time.
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Guest
0 # Re: Music FeelGuest 2012-11-18 00:56
Ha! It's so funny how you mentioned Ellie Goulding, I re-read the books last night and I was listening to her as I read & at the moment I'm listen to her as I'm typing this, coincidence much? :D
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