I seem to be collecting instruments. Through the course of my life, I have picked up one instrument after another. Some I have taken formal lessons for, others I have attempted to learn on my own. I have tried about six instruments (worth mentioning) and I have at least two more I'd like to learn. Though I don't have great proficiency with any of them, I still know enough to play a little here and there.
You see, without music, I would probably go crazy. I like having melodies surround me almost all the time. If there isn't a radio or CD player handy, I am my own mp3 player around the house, in the store, and wherever else I go. I like to make music as much as I like to hear it. And every now and then I hear something that tickles or soothes my heart and I decide I have to at least try to learn the instrument that was used. I know I wouldn't mind getting a chance to play with uilleann pipes.
When the world is too silent, music is often my answer. Even in a book. And that's why Makani, who lives in a town empty of happy noises, or even most noises, takes delight in the idea of music. She longs for something to fill the oppressive silence.
Which of your characteristics, quirks, or lifelong habits have you used to make your story world and characters come to life? Can you think of others you'd like to try?