Writing and music inspiration AKA A Love Song in Wonderland after Rigormortis

I was talking to a friend a little while ago and we happened to be talking about music (okay, I’ll admit it, I was trying to get her into k-pop or LIGHTS ^^;) which lead to me telling her how I like to have a theme song for each book in the Outsider Chronicles.

I don’t usually use music to get me into the mood of the story, before it was mostly to hype me up and make me write faster (other than that I like working in silence. . . SHHH!) but with Niko and Harm, music was a great way to get into the mood and essence of the story as a whole. So without further ado, I give you the theme for Niko



I actually love Natalia Kills whole Perfectionist album, and if you listen to it you’ll discover I pay some slight homage to it in Niko. But Wonderland is a song I felt fit Niko perfectly, the mood, the fact that she’s entering a whole new and maybe just a little bit weird place, the slight anti-romance romance, its bright veneer but dark underbelly, and as my friend pointed out it even has roses.




Kendrick Lamar might seem a bit of an odd choice, and while the song doesn’t fit plot-point for plot-point in Harm, it had this fast, slick, sarcastic vibe I wanted to employ. Also since rigor it what happens after death, just before rot and decay, I wanted to use that to hint and old perceptions changing and dying with a rebirth of something new.




For the third book I chose a sadder song, but it’s also a song who’s title hints at what’s gonna go down in book three (:-3) but after reading the lyric translation also sounds a little sad and ominous. Of course since Outsider still isn’t complete yet, I don’t want to get into too much detail and spoil it all. Don’t worry guys, not too many people die >:D


Leather fetish, Foot fetish, Megane fetish, Oh my!


Some people have feet fetishes, some people have leather fetishes, some people love red hair. I have a megane fetish*


 Hi, my name is Kayti and I have a Megane fetish


Megane (Meh-Gah-Neh) is the Japanese word for glasses, it’s also used to describe a certain character archetype, he appears rather cold and ambitious and maybe a little bit cruel but secretly has feelings for the main character and gives her background support. He never gets the girl 😦

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( Ouran Highschool Host Club, Beauty Pop, Bleach)

Now, with that description you may just think I merely like a certain character type but there are other manga characters that I like that aren’t meganes but wear meganes like Grell Sutcliff from Black Butler (well he’s more fun than hot but that’s neither here nor there), or the occasional chapter picture of Renji Abarai from Bleach. :d



Couldn’t find Mr. Abarai with glasses so sunglasses will have to do lol


Glasses also have the power to make most people that much more attractive and change my bias in a k-pop group.


 Taeyang was my original Big Bang bias until a chance encounter with Beautiful Hangover changed all that. Now it’s GD all the way!


Let’s take the humble (lol) hipster glasses for example and attach it to a few celebrities (please excuse my bad cut and paste job)



Exhibit A: Jiyong Kwon AKA G-Dragon of Big Bang (squee, squee)



Exhibit B: Seunghyun Choi AKA T.O.P. Of Big Bang (needs no modification cos the dude knows he looks good with glasses. :D)



Exhibit C: Chris Brown (The struggle to find a picture where he wasn’t all tatted up and looking crazy)


Now, the Megane magic doesn’t just work on guys but also on beautiful women like. . .


Exhibit D: Amanda Seyfreid (BTW has anyone watched the Roommate? It provides round-about inspiration for Snuggles in Niko



Exhibit E: Meagan Good AKA the most beautiful woman in the world though Lupita Nyong’o  is a close second.

Okay, I think I’ve overheated a bit from all the glasses so I shall crawl back into my writing den and figure out who many more of my characters shall I Megane, Malik. . . Ben. . . perhaps Niko will suffer from a sudden and irreversible bout of myopia.


Mwah ha ha

So, what about you guys? Have any weird not so fetish fetishes? Do you fan cast all your book characters as Cillian Murphy? Does the color blue make a person drool-worthy? Am I alone in my glasses fandom?

*yes, I know how fetishes are medically classified but for the sake of fun we’re going to ignore all that