Music Monday: Spotlight – Bring Me The Horizon

Ever been to a concert? Remember how excited you were the first few times you went? You took the time to pick out what you were going to wear, down to your jewelry. You wanted to make sure your hair was in a stylish, yet functional style. You planned your day so that you’d get there early. You basically vibrated with excitement.

So, it’s been a very long time since I’ve felt that intensely about a concert or a band. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited when I go to concerts. I’m still bouncing up and down, ready to dance to my favorite songs. But the intensity I feel…the positive anxiety I have towards seeing Bring Me The Horizon live is very reminiscent to the first concert I went to. The thought of seeing Oliver Sykes on stage at the Tabernacle totes makes me want to tear my face off.

I’m obsessed. I can admit that.

I’m so obsessed that I’ve asked my boyfriend to not only go with me, but to stay behind with me in the hopes of meeting the band. And should that happen, I’m definitely going to try to get Oliver to sign my arm, which I will LITERALLY get tattooed on me the next day if I can…and ask him if I can touch his throat (don’t ask, really).

I’m so obsessed that today I srsly thought about getting his face tatted on my leg. Yeah. I know. I need to slow the fuck down.

And so, for this Music Monday, I had to choose BMTH, because I’ve been listening to them nonstop for almost two months now. Nonstop. Nonstop. Nonstop. I’m listening to them as I’m typing this.

I have a problem.

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Music Monday on a Tuesday: Hello, Phantogram!

This is late. I should have posted this yesterday, but Monday somehow turned out to be all about homework and actual work, and so this got put on the back burner. However, late is better than nothing at all, and well, here we are.

I feel like I haven’t done a Music Monday in a while, but I’m really excited about today because it is not often that I find new music that I listen to on repeat constantly. I was going through Vevo the other day (because for some reason I can’t get Youtube on my Roku) and I was listening to Ellie Goulding (can’t wait to see her live this year!) and the song the played next was by this band called Phantogram. I don’t remember the exact song that was playing, but I do remember liking it. My search through their discography yielded fantastic results, such as The Day You Died…which is below.

I really like the chick’s voice, and I also like how the music is sort of whimsical and dream-like. I really hope they tour soon. I’d like to see them live.

My Extremely Late, Yet Still Kind of Relevant Christmas/New Years Post

Well here we are, it’s 2014. What? When did that happen? Do you guys remember when it was 2012 and we thought the world was going to end? I remember because this one couple in Florida sold their house and all their possessions, as well as rid themselves of all their money in preparation to be Raptured. I’m a Christian and a believer, but that seems kind of ridiculous.

However, as I sit here with copious amounts of Greek yogurt, honey, and olive oil coating my hair, I can’t help but think about the summation of 2013 for myself, as well as the “resolutions” I’m making for 2014. I put “resolutions” in quotes because half of the stuff I say I’m going to do won’t happen. I like to be honest with myself.

I did a lot of stuff in 2013 that I’m super happy about. I mean, there were some bad part….the beginning of the year wasn’t so hot. But all in all, I’ll say the positives outweigh the negatives. Let’s see…well, I saw two of my favorite bands live twice (Paramore and Say Anything). I got to see The Weeknd live at the Fox. Wow….what a show. I saw Ellie Goulding live. Eh, that concert wasn’t the best as it was a festival type deal, and I was not prepared. But still, Ellie Goulding.

I went natural in 2013 (natural hair, just in case you were confused). That’s been a lot of fun. I’m kind of obsessed with my hair now.

Uhm, I think the event that sort of topped off the year was moving into my own place. You can’t see right now, but I’m raising the roof and taking a bow. Just a huge deal seeing as how I’m 25 and I’ve been living with my mother. Now, while moving out of your parent’s place is kind of iconic, It’s even better when you win the roommate lottery. I have won the roommate lottery. Just could not have asked for a better person than Jasen to live with. I’m not meaning to gush, but he’s kind of the best person ever. I need to do something huge to thank him for being awesome.

Looking forward, 2014 is looking bright and shiny, and doable. Then again…today is the 5th of January. When I was younger I spent a lot of time making a list of new year resolutions, and it wasn’t a short list. I sort of wish I had kept one just so I could compare it to my “resolutions” list this year…cause I have one…but I also do not have one. I didn’t even take the time to try and write one out. It’s more like a mental checklist. However, for the sake of this post, I’m going to write the list out right now.

#1: Tis the year to be more selfish. I spent a lot of 2013 helping almost everyone. I spent a lot of money on other people, and I didn’t utilize the word “no” effectively. So, this year it’s going to be all about me. I’m going to pamper the shit outta myself, and I’m going to enjoy it. 🙂

#2: If you love it, let it go. My book is done, you guys. It’s done. What? Can we just take a moment to revel in that?! I keep editing it and going over it and trying to make it perfect, but I’ve decided that, come March, I’m going to leave it as it is and just send it out into the world to be it’s own person. Fingers crossed.

#3: Dude, I’mma get healthy. I’ve already started back at the gym. Very exciting. Also, I’m busting my ass with TurboFire because Chalene Johnson has a new program coming out and I want to be able to tackle that without feeling like I’m dying. Also, I’m going to cook more….and maybe lay off of the sweets….even though they’re so tasty.

Alrighty, well those were my big three, I’ll run through the rest real quick. #4: write more.  #5: take a real vacation.   #6: Go to twice as many concerts.   #7: Get all A’s.   #8: Make a new friend.

And like I said before, most of those won’t happen.

Yikes. This turned out to be long. I was going to say something about Christmas. Something about how it was really nice to get together with family even though not a single one of us had monies for gifties. Something about the reason for the season. I was even going to talk about my Santa fetish and pick apart The Santa Clause (with Tim Allen) because it’s kind of my favorite Christmas movie (I love the second one because he plays football and I really want that 25 jersey/shirt he had on). But I’m tired and under the influence. And this To-Do List is staring me down. Instead, I’m going to leave you with a really cute Christmas pic I found on Deviant Art, and I’m going to say Happy belated Christmas/New Years to you. And let’s make a pact to, at bare minimum, not get pregnant this year.

Books Be Tiny, Yo.

I don’t blog enough. I really don’t. My schedule just doesn’t permit the time for it. And that is so sucky because blogging just feels good. I don’t know why I ever thought I could start a podcast if I can’t even manage a blog.

…..no but really I want to do a podcast.

I’m getting off topic.

Now, while I should be doing homework, I am instead making this sweet ass post because I stumbled across something that I thought was adorable, and I had to share it because it gave me some ideas (that will one day hopefully come to fruition). My findings, per usual, come from Tumblr. Cause I’m addicted to Tumblr. But I stumbled across the picture below and thought it was just a cute usb…I was wrong. Delightfully wrong.

tiny books

 

Innovations has this super cool idea of a usb that contains more than 3000 classic novels. How friggin’ awesome is that?! The book nerd in me is quite pleased with this. The usb is supposed to cost around $29.95-$39.95 which I think is a pretty fair price for 3000 books. What they don’t say is how the usb will be compatible with different devices. I’m really hoping I’m not the only one who has tried to read the same book on 3 different devices and found that the version you had was only compatible with only Kindle or some bull like that. It’s maddening. Let’s hope they’ve taken that into account when coming with this whole idea.

The idea I had was to sell things like this in local comic book stores (shout out to CRIMINAL RECORDS) and little shops like that, but instead of a usb full of classic novels, I’d much rather have a usb full of pieces from local artists. And that could range any where from short stories to comics to full novels.

 

I would pay money for that. 🙂

Music Monday: PAPA

Right so, it’s Monday…and that means a new music post. So the band above is called PAPA and what drew me to them was the lead singer’s, Darren Weiss, beard. You guys may not know how I feel about beards…but I love them. Like a lot. I think every man should have one. They are the essence of all things male. They’re just great! So imagine how pleased I was when I was perusing Vevo and saw this dude who was super attractive and had a beard. I was ecstatic. I expected Indie or Folkish music. That’s not what I got. I got something better. I am super pleased with this band, and the only drawback is that they’re not coming to Georgia anytime soon. Anywho, check them out. They’re album, Tender Madness, is already on sale. It’s great. Also, the lead singer is the drummer as well. 😀

Music Monday: Panic! At The Disco.

It’s always nice when a band that you listened to in grade school makes a comeback.

When I started listening to Panic! At The Disco, I think I was in either 9th or 10th grade. I’m leaning more towards 10th because there was this super cute dude who I had a crush on, and he also like the band…and now you know how I relate things to other things. But, moving on, their first album was A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, and the minute I heard it, I was in love. In my opinion, every single song was a hit, even the Intermission. And so, understandably, when their second album came out I was pretty excited. Well, I was until I heard it. It just wasn’t for me. And for some reason, the same went for Vices and Vultures, but that could have been because I just didn’t give that album too much of my attention, other than that really eye popping video for “The Ballad of Mona Lisa.” That was just really pretty to watch.

Anyways, you can imagine how pleased I was when my friend Lisa told me about their new album. To be honest, I didn’t even know they had produced a new album. Taking her advice, I went ahead and listen to “Miss Jackson” and “Girls/Girls/Boys,’ and WHAM-O, I was hooked. Really hooked. So hooked that I immediately bought the album, concert tickets for their concert, and then followed Brendon Urie on Twitter. I would have followed him on Vine but my phone is outdated. L Very sad.

I have been listening to a lot of new artists, and I was considering a few others when I started working on Music Monday, but I don’t feel as passionately about them as I do about “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die.” So there you have it.

 

Happy Monday.

#FridayFlashFic Week 15 – Don’t Fear The Reaper….?

I missed #ThursThreads yesterday and I am kicking myself for it. 😦 Oh well, that was yesterday and today is Friday, which means I get to try my hand at some more yummy flash fiction. I really liked the picture for this weeks. Also, once again, the rules are below. 🙂

 

Word limit150 word story exactly (no grace this week. Be brutal!) based on the photo prompt.

How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (which had better be 150 or face the wrath of the Disqualification Dragon) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one.

Deadline11:59pm ET tonight

Winners: will post tomorrow (Saturday)

Prize: A most emphatically dragonish e-trophy badge, your own clever winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and UNIVERSAL ADORATION (or as close as we can get you to it). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for inclusion in Monday’s Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/latest dragon fashions (shockingly, silk is OUT once again).  And now for your prompt:

The Monks--Leonora Carrington--photo by Ardelfin

 

Black suit and tie, he strolled to me with his hands in his pocket, his grey eyes glued on me.

“Thought you didn’t want to see me anymore?”

He frowned. “Can’t and don’t are two different things.”

I hugged myself. “So why here? Why by this statue?” We turned to stare at the three hooded figures carved out of stone, darkening the park and the fountain.

“This is what happens to a Reaper when they blow their cover. We are imprisoned in stone for eternity.” He turned me to him, and my guilt wouldn’t let me look at him. “I can only tell you once, because after this you’ll have no memory of me at all…but I do love you, Shoshanna.”

I was crying and I hated it. “I love you too.”

And then he was gone. Blinking, I turned to the statues, frowned. Something about them made me sad…

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