I casually mentioned in a staff meeting that I thought we should do a CD of music to write by. Leave it to my husband and collaborator Steve to take that idea and run with it.

We're blessed to have some super-talented friends who were up to the challenge: professional composer Ben Hippen, engineer/producer to the stars Peter Karl and a terrific caricaturist/designer Todd Coats.

The result is the first in our series of music to inspire writing. It's pegged to the young writers who love our book, Be a Better Writer, and aimed at creative writing. But the truth is, we've had it on repeat here in the office for the last month or so and it's definitely driving our brand journalism and content marketing writing, too.

Here's the cover:

Cover of Scenarios: Musical Stories that Inspire Creative Writing (design by Todd Coats, music by Ben Hippen)

We're giving away advance copies at the American Library Association Annual Conference; the official version drops later this summer. Another one of Ben's works is in the final stages of production now, and we kick off a project with another musical friend, Fox Vernon, in July. Stay tuned!

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