When working on a project, I often listen to a selection of songs on repeat, which helps me focus. If a particular section, sentence, or image is giving me pause, I sometimes cue up one song and hit repeat until the issue is resolved. This can mean one listen or 100. By the time a project is done, I’m left with a mixed tape of where I’ve been with the work. This, I suspected, was not unique. And so I’ve asked some writers to share their playlists.Natalie Zina Walschots‘ first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was published by Snare Books in 2007. Her next book, DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains, is forthcoming from Insomniac Press (Spring 2012). Her poetry has recently appeared in Carousel, broken pencil, The Peter F. Yacht Club, dANDelion, ditch, Last Supper, Misunderstandings Magazine, Open Letter, and Rampike, and is forthcoming in Matrix. Natalie completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. She has served as the Managing Editor of both filling Station and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005 to 2008. She recently served on the executive board of the Scream Literary Festival as the Volunteer Coordinator, and she worked as a writer-in-residence through the NOW HEAR THIS!/S.W.A.T. Program, the literacy outreach arm of the Descant Arts & Letters Foundation. Natalie now writes live concert reviews, album reviews, interviews, blog posts, and articles for Hellbound.ca, Alternative Matter, Angry Metal Guy, and About Heavy Metal. She is the Managing Editor of, and contributor to, Canada Arts Connect. She has also begun to dabble in events planning once again, programming a monthly metal series, Doomsayers, at the Trash Palace, and hosting heavy metal/literary hybrid events as under Golden Spruce Entertainment. Her base of operations is located in Toronto.
Music is an absolutely essential part of the writing process for me. I could not imagine working on DOOM successfully without an epic, supervillainous soundtrack.
Natalie’s Doom(ed) Playlist
Iced Earth – Damian
By Your Command – Devin Townsend
Faith No More – Caffeine
Agalloch – Kneel To the Cross
Amorphis – Perkele
Gaza – He Is Never Coming Back
Devin Townsend – Planet Smasher
Gojira – Esoteric Surgery
Graf Orlock – Hauser
Isis – The Beginning And The End
Neurosis – Through Silver In Blood
Vader’s Imperial March – Star Wars Soundtrack