I'm now three days behind. This isn't entirely a surprise to me--what really is a surprise is that it's only three days. I'm currently rocking a grand total of 35,191 words spread over 16 chapters, so I'm probably doing a little better than I thought I would, even if I am still disappointed in myself for those three days.
Hopefully by the end of today it'll resume being two days.
When I write, I tend to have specific 'soundtracks'--collections of songs that remind me of certain stories. Radial has one, Unravel has one (which in fact proved awkward when trying to narrow it down to average CD length for a challenge). Even stories I've not mentioned here such as Arkadian and Chime have them: they both share The Killers' Day & Age between them, along with tracks by Muse and Fair To Midland.
This Alternate Universe doesn't have one. A lot of the ones I associate with Alex and Milos are too contemporary to move across, and after I removed those I found I had very little left on the playlist. So I added in music from Sonata Arctica (somewhat a mistake: I associate a few of those with another story too), Orgy and Our Lady Peace in the hope some of those would stick.
I'm enjoying the music, don't get me wrong, but there's nothing that's firing off random ideas. Sixteen is having the occasional Mood over which songs he does and doesn't want to play--there's a few that if I didn't see them on the playlist I'd think I'd forgotten to put in--and I can't find anything in my folders that is giving me the right 'feeling' for a fantasy story about an arse of a knight and his long-suffering slave (although it's odd how much does work for an arse of a government agent and his long-suffering genetically-modified subordinate).
So... if anyone has any suggestions, I'd be incredibly happy to hear them! And if not... well, I'll be over here staring mournfully at Sixteen's screen and wondering why I can no longer string together a coherent sentence. And with this post, I think I've proved that...!