Richard’s Playlist (61) – Requiem by Karl Jenkins

This section of the book deals with Richard and Rose going to Leicester for his other self’s re-interment. As Richard loves classical music I felt that Karl Jenkins’ Requiem would be ideal for this. The story of Richard going to his own re-interment obviously brings up a few opportunities for humour and emotion. He finds it both weird and moving to see all the white roses for him and experience all the ceremony, music and pomp.


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Richard’s Playlist (60) – Don’t Speak by No Doubt

Rose has blurted out the dreaded question and now wishes she could take it back. She is not sure she wants to know the answer, so the song Don’t Speak by No Doubt seemed perfect as the title.

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Richard’s Playlist (59) – Bad Things by Jace Everett

When Richard finds out that Rose did nothing to stop Lynne using the Ouija board he is very angry and they argue.  Rose says something she regrets but it is too late once it has been said.

I love the theme to True Blood – Bad Things by Jace Everett – so that was the song I chose for the scene’s title and it is very appropriate.

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Richard’s Playlist (58) – Road To Hell by Chris Rea

This scene is called Road to Hell from the song by Chris Rea. I chose it because it deals with Lynne and her friends using the Ouija board to try to get information to hep Richard return to his own time. Richard would definitely have thought this was taking a quick road to hell! Lucky he didn’t know.

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Writers, Prepare to Be Wrong

I agree!

A Writer's Path


by Allison Maruska

I used to never take risks. Never. I was one of those kids who had everything in order, always got straight A’s, and did everything by the book. I figured out quickly what was expected of me and did that, which made my teachers and bosses happy, and sometimes I’d do something that made me stand out a little.

And I mean a little.

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The Meaning of Fiction

Definition of fiction. 1 a : something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically : an invented story b : fictitious literature (as novels or short stories) c : a work of fiction; especially : novel.

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As you may realise if you have been reading this blog for a while, my novels deal with time travel and alternative history.

They have occasionally been criticised for not complying with the laws of physics (‘If you change history, your heroine will not have existed’, ‘You can’t go backwards in time’, ‘You can’t have Richard co-existing with his bones – it breaks the laws of physics’, ‘It would create a paradox’, etc, etc). Well, I’ve got news for you folks: the books are FICTION, products of my own imagination, so actually I can break the laws of physics, the law of the land, the law of gravity or any other law I like. In my books, I am God and I can do whatever I wish. That’s what fiction means (see above) – it doesn’t have to stick to the facts or the rules. And that’s what makes it fun both to write and to read. It gives you the ability to surprise, shock and entertain. It allows for creativity, ingenuity and originality. The ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy didn’t care about the laws of physics as long as the storyline was entertaining and the viewers could follow the plot – and they were great films.

Having said that, I do try to make my fictional world consistent in order to allow the reader to immerse themselves in my world and suspend their disbelief for a while. If everything were completely outlandish the story wouldn’t flow or give the illusion of a ‘real’ situation.

I remember the story of a cartoonist who wrote tales of a hero escaping from all sorts of dire situations – a different one every week. Then he went on holiday and his advance episodes got lost. The hero was tied on a railway track with the train almost upon him. How had the cartoonist got him out of this predicament? They couldn’t work it out. The Editor was beside himself and tried to get an assistant to sort out the ending, but despite wracking his brains, he could think of no way to save the hero. In desperation they sent a telegram to the cartoonist on his holiday and begged him to help them – could he send a reply back telling them how the hero escapes the oncoming train? When the reply arrived they opened it eagerly. The cartoonist had written: ‘In one bound he was free!’

A rather extreme example, but I’m sure you know what I mean!


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Richard’s Playlist (57) – Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

Rose asks the advice of her friend, Lynne, regarding Richard’s strange behaviour and at the same time discusses whether they should use the Ouija Board to find out how to help get Richard back home. Rose knows Richard won’t approve but can see that it might help. Her state of mind is definitely ‘Torn‘, so I chose Natalie Imbruglia’s song for this scene.

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Richard’s Playlist (56) – The Silence by Alexandra Burke

Rose receives an anonymous Valentine card and later she notices that Richard is less communicative and his behaviour is withdrawn. She can’t seem to talk to him the way she did before and there is a tension between them. For this scene I chose the lovely song, ‘The Silence‘ by Alexandra Burke. This is another song whose lyrics also fit the scene.

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Richard’s Playlist (55) – Unfaithful by Rihanna

Richard explains the rebellion of his supposed ally, Harry, Duke of Buckingham. Unfaithful by Rihanna seemed a suitable title for this scene. When I first heard this song I guessed the title was ‘Murderer’ – this would have been just as appropriate for a scene about Buckingham as is revealed later in the novel.

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Richard’s Playlist (54) – The Riddle by Nik Kershaw

Richard, Rose and Lynne try to work out the meaning of Lynne’s puzzling dream. The song for this had to be The Riddle by Nik Kershaw. Apparently the lyrics were meaningless – I can quite believe that!

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