Caffeinated Convo: What is Your Favorite Travel Music?

Finally! Another Caffeinated Convo! Did you miss me? *wink, wink* If you haven’t guessed, my family is still. homeless. *Sigh…* But, the good news is, we just got final approval yesterday for the loan on our house! As of May 5, I might–just might–be able to get back into my regular schedule! *crosses fingers and wishes on a star* Our family has been traveling all over the country, as we’ve been patiently (or not-so-patiently) awaiting the day we would move in to our new home. We’ve visited exciting destinations like: Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Capital of the Cherokee Nation!); Kannapolis, North Carolina (birthplace of Dale Earnhardt Sr.–and our new home! *cartwheel*); Camden, Delaware (neighbor to the Dover NASCAR track!); Yardley, Pennsylvania (home of my sister and a really good Starbucks!); and Lititz, Pennsylvania (our home-away-from-home, and where Wilbur Chocolate and Tomato Pie Cafe are located–enough said!) Aren’t you jealous you’re not on this road-trip with us? (Actually…don’t answer that. *winkie face*)

Sooo, all this traveling has included lots of music. Which brings me to this week’s question:

What is your favorite travel music? 


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Flash Fiction Friday: The Music Room

“That’s the last of them.” Dylan wiped sweat from his brow as he fell into a chair.

The new Music Room overflowed with boxes, just like the rest of the historic building that would hold the fifty-two students from the extraordinarily small Dunbath Private School. His sixth-grade class had volunteered to help with the move.

“I heard this place was a plantation back during the Civil War,” Maggie said, popping open one of the boxes to peer inside.

Dylan nodded. “Yeah. Some rich guy owned it, had slaves and everything. Until slavery was abolished, anyway.”

“One little slave girl never left.” Maggie bit her lip to keep her smile hidden.

“Huh? What d’ya mean?” Dylan squinted his eyes and straightened up.

“Oh, just a rumor that she drowned in the pond out back. I heard her ghost tried to communicate with the family here.”

Dylan frowned. “Stop it, Maggie. You’re just trying to scare me.”

“Maybe. Maybe not.” She gave him a wink and turned to leave.

A sound stopped them. Music, electronic and muffled, came from one of the boxes in the corner. Maggie gasped.

“What the…?” Dylan said, as he pushed boxes aside.

They worked together and were finally able to find the right one. Dylan flipped open the lid and peered in. The sound grew louder. Inside, the box was filled with small electronic keyboards meant for young children.

At the very bottom, a keyboard was in the ‘on’ position and played a pre-recorded melody.

Maggie’s eyes grew wide. “Ummm….”

Dylan turned the keyboard off, plunging the room into silence. “I think we know where she is.”

Then the music started to play again.


©Laura L. Zimmerman 2017


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NaNo2016: What’s on your playlist?

It is here!! Finally! I’ve seriously been thinking about all things WriMo for well over a month now. And yes, I did indeed have the proverbial nightmare-where-I-missed-writing-any-words-on-day-one dream, the night before it all started. But thank God, it wasn’t reality! I actually got almost 4000 words written yesterday! *happy dance, happy dance, happy dance, and jazz hands*


What has been a great motivator for me? Music, of course!! There’s nothing like a steady beat to keep those fingers tapping the keys! Tee-hee!

So, what’s on my playlist? Well, I need to warn you first: I’m a bit of a freak, when it comes to music! Most people prefer soft, slow melodies that inspire and relax. Not me! Send me the upbeat, fast-paced fighting music! I love the adrenaline rush from music that evokes images of battle scenes or heroic pursuits! Bring. It. On, people! The faster the music, the faster my fingers type. My brain just seems to connect with those characters and that dialogue and it flies from my hands. Woo-hoo!!

Here is a list of what I have in my NaNo2016 Playlist:

Battle music from The Gladiator

Sailing music and Irish dance songs from Titanic

All 3 theme songs from the Indiana Jones movies

Game of Thrones theme song (Come on! How can you NOT have this one?)

Battle music from the Harry Potter movies

Battle music from Game of Thrones

Dance music from The Princess Bride

Music from Lord of the Rings

And finally, Lost Boy by Ruth B. (The only song with words, but for some reason, the thing gets my brain in the ‘fantasy’ mood and I can think straight!)

What am I very obviously missing? Star Wars music! Yes, I know. I found that weird, too, but couldn’t seem to make it fit with this mix. Also, I really wanted Doctor Who, but again, it didn’t work. And yes, I did spent many hours listening to these songs–switching the order around over and over again–to get the perfect balance of encouragement for my writing!

What about you?? Do you have a playlist for NaNo? Please, share below what you have on yours! I’d love to add a few more songs to my vault of inspirational music!!

Happy writing (and listening!), friends!