By Mark A. Ciccone

Two presumed-dead genetically augmented soldiers search for the truth of their origins... and discover far more than they ever imagined.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Six Months In

Good day! (Sounds weird saying that on a Monday, but there it is :D)

Since this post effectively marks the six-month point of the Discarded campaign, it seems only fitting to share the song played when I officially began the draft, and during every period set aside for it up to submission here on Unbound: Opening Suite from the Halo Combat Evolved Soundtrack (Usual copyrights apply; I own nothing!). 

I came somewhat late to the Halo Nation--didn't own or regularly play the first two games until I got my first laptop in '07, and didn't get these or any of the rest on Xbox until a couple years later--but the series has always stayed with me, especially the music. I can still remember the first time I heard this particular tune, when I was maybe twelve or thirteen...and how badly I fared on the multiplayer :). Eventually, though, I collected many of the main games (1, 2, 3, ODST, Reach, and 4), and most or all of the music that went with them, which now have a place of honor on my Soundtracks playlist: 131 in all, out of over 400 on the list! Thrilling, somber, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful all at once, this music has become my main listening choice for sci-fi writing of any kind, and helped me power through this super-soldier story whenever blocks arose or imagination seemed to run dry. Thanks to it, and with a little more effort and pledges--and luck :) --you will see Greg and Leah's story on digital and print shelves before too much more time passes. Enjoy, comment and share!

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