When I began the characterization of Alene, I created a playlist to get me in the mood.
I picked out songs that I liked and songs that I thought would fit her. It ended up being a fairly varied mix. Most of the songs are on the darker, slower side of the spectrum, but there are some happier, more upbeat tracks as well. Alene’s not always a brooding loner. She’s got her passions and her good moments too. They’re just not that common.
It’s been a while since I created the playlist now. Some of the songs on it still fit, while others no longer work at all. Rather than sharing the entire list I’ve picked out a handful of songs that I feel fit her personality especially well.
This is a slow and melancholic song about getting away from it all. In a way, I think Alene’s a lot like that. The world dealt her a bad hand, and she’s playing it as best as she can, but she dreams of finding peace somewhere. She won’t, but a dream’s a dream, and she’ll keep searching for that place where she’ll be free.
Here we have an upbeat pop song. It’s got energy and rhythm and a catchy hook to sing along to. This one’s here for the lyrics. Alene’s the girl sitting in the corner watching her man kiss another girl – metaphorically. It fits though, she lives and works among regular people, but she’ll never be one of them. She’ll always be an outsider – even other therianthropes shun her for what she is.
This is the angry, pissed off, song of the list. It’s about the rage and frustration Alene keeps hiding away from the world – it’s the ghost of who she was and who she could have been, and it rages against the injustice and unfairness of what she’s become. This song symbolizes the madness that seethes under the surface and threatens to take over.
I feel like this song represents the face Alene presents to the world during her travels. She’s a young ambitious woman, traveling the world and seeking fame, fortune, and enlightenment. I also like how there’s a bit of a James Bond feel to the music, and how the lyrics suggests it’s not all fun and games.
This song is about how Alene is lost in the world, and about how she’s longing for some kind of stability. This is largely a subconscious longing. She doesn’t want to admit to herself that she’s lonely, and she definitely doesn’t have any time for love or relationships. Still, she is lonely, and it really would be nice to have someone to talk to once in a while.
Those are Alene’s five songs. They represent how I feel about her – right now. She’ll probably change and evolve before I get the actual novel started, but this should give you a good impression of what I’m going for.
In other news: the story is progressing and I have high hopes of meeting the deadline.
Now, time for a cup of tea and some more writing. I even lit some candles.