June: In Review

Gosh, June, where on earth did you go? Heck, the first half of 2012, please freaking come back! It is ridiculous how fast time is passing this year. I know I say this every month, but I swear time is listening and challenging me even more with every month that passes. Curse you, Time! *shakes fist angrily*
But enough of my disappointment with time… I’m sure I’m not alone with this lost time thing, so let’s just get on to the review of what was accomplished in the short period of time known as June. 
Writing – It’s not spectacular, but at least there’s a number this month. Total: 822. I should feel ashamed, I know, but I’m just happy to have written anything. It’s summer after all and even though I was struck with the lovely shiny-new Summer Novel idea last month, I wasn’t sure I’d actually achieve anything. But the first half of that number can be applied to Summer Novel (currently being referred to Beyond the Trees), and the second half can be applied to a short story I’m working on. Something, that sadly, might make you cry, but in a good way (hopefully). 
Reading – I didn’t read nearly as many books as I’d hoped to read in June. I started more than I actually finished honestly, but I did finish four, which isn’t a terribly embarrassing number to report. Included in those four, are: The Carrie Diaries, Book 1 by Candace Bushnell, Life as We Knew It (Last Survivors, Book 1) by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan, and Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 1) by Charlaine Harris. *Clicking those titles will take you to my thoughts on each book*

Photography – With June being Gideon’s birthday month, and his 1st birthday no less, there were a lot of opportunities for great pictures. I’ve bundled the pictures via instagram, but clicking on them will take you to their full albums if you’re interested in seeing more. Also, crazy things happened this month in regards to my photography. Things that both excite me and scare the crap out of me. Like, PEOPLE WANT ME TO PHOTOGRAPH THEM! People I hardly even know. They’ve been asking my family and friends and even approaching me about photographing their families or children. I am feeling super honored and scared like you can’t believe. I truly hope I don’t let them down. The other crazy thing is detailed under the first picture so without further ado, June’s notable moments in pictures:
Gideon’s 1st Birthday Photo Shoot
The cupcake used for the shoot was from Cupcake Wars Winner and local bakery, “Flavor Cupcakery.” When I was buying it, I mentioned what I’d be using it for and they asked me to bring in a copy of the picture. When I posted it on their FB page the following day they were so in-love with it that they used the photo to advertise their cupcake flavors for that day! So many total strangers ‘liked’ the photo on FB. It was a really cool feeling for me.
The Huff Family
My sister, Rachel, and brother-in-law, Steve, and their most recent tattoos, and then the both of them, with Gideon, at his 1st birthday party. The last time I shot pictures of them like this was their wedding party. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already.
Gideon’s 1st Birthday Party
It was Pirate Themed, as to be expected based on the birthday invitations I shot last month. He received two of those pirate ship rides and my sister made all the adorable cupcakes and birthday cakes. Overall, it was a successful event! 
Music – As always, music never lets me down. And June was no exception. I wish I could limit this list to a more reasonable number because I know by posting as many as I’m about to post, I’m probably losing readers, but seriously, I just can’t. There were THAT many great bands in June that you MUST know about. If you pass up this list, well, you’ve totally lost out. Just saying.
Artifex Pereo – Liable for Tragedy
It’s always a wonderful thing when one of your favorite bands randomly releases a new track featuring their new singer, for no reason at all, and you love it just the same as all their other tracks with their old singer. It’s even more awesome when they offer you a link to said song for free, even when you’re willing to pay for it, just because you want to listen to it on repeat. Yeah. One of my favorite bands. You get why, right? 😉

Anthony Green – “Get Yours While You Can”

I had wanted his solo album for some time now, but the guilt over the money I’d spend to buy it always got the best of me before. This month, though, I finally let desire win over quilt and Oh, gosh, I wasn’t let down. I had no doubt that Anthony Green was talented. I was well aware of his skill with Saosin and Circa Survive, but this solo record was really something special and I am so happy to finally own it. 

Circa Survive – “Suitcase”

Technically this should probably be the last track listed since it hit me at the end of the month, but since we’re talking about Anthony Green already, I might as well follow up with this gem. Apparently Circa Survive is releasing their next own on their own and it’s coming in in AUGUST! Oh, you don’t even know my excitement over this. Seriously. Expect lots of Circa Survive come August. Just warning you. 

Grouplove – “Tongue Tied”

A friend from high school who actually participates in Music Friday on Facebook suggested I give Grouplove a listen and since their album was on sale, I went ahead and bought it. And I’ll be honest, it’s stellar. If you’re looking for that happy summer sound, Grouplove just might be the band you’re looking for. Check them out, really. 

City and Colour – “Weightless”
So many times I’d heard of this artist, but it wasn’t until this past month that I finally gave them a listen. And of the two albums I now own, I can confirm their absolute awesomeness. If you haven’t check out this artist, you’re missing out. Period. 

Imagine Dragons – “Round and Round”
After expressing my interest in City and Colour my sister exposed me to Imagine Dragons and while there’s only an EP’s worth of tracks to love, OMG, I love them all. If you like indie, and also love a little beat, this might be a band for you. I can’t wait for an entire albums worth of tracks. I’m pretty sure they won’t let me down. 

Letter Kills – “Brand New Man”
If you’ve followed me long enough you know that 1) I steal music from whoever is advertising it, and 2) rarely like a band enough to enjoy every song by them. Well, this band was stolen from the drummer of Artifex Pereo, and were they still around, they may just qualify as one of the bands I like every song by. Too bad they didn’t last. 

Of Mice & Men – “The Depths”
Of Mice & Men announced the re-issue of their album, “The Flood,” and while I already own it and have no intentions of buying the whole album all over again, I am definitely anticipating the new tracks that are slated to accompany it, especially if they’re anywhere as awesome as this one.

Chantal Claret – “Light it Up”

It really sucks that I have no youtube link for this track because I promise you it’s so worth listening to and I fear you won’t follow THIS link to actually check it out. But you really, really should. While Chantal’s solo sound will never be in league with her Morningwood sound (IMO), the modern soul thing she’s doing now is really great, and I have no regrets over buying her new album this month!
In case you missed that link above, click HERE to HEAR “Light it Up”

And so, I guess that’s all I have to report this month. It feels like I had more to say, but this is already ridiculously long, so I’m guessing I probably covered it all. What were all of you up to in June?! Please sound off in the comments. I’d love to hear all about it! 

Peace & Love – Sarah


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  1. edgyauthor

    July 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    *shakes fist at time with you* It does go by far too fast! I’m still wondering where the first half of 2012 went….

    822 words is nothing to be ashamed of, especially since it’s easier for you to write in the fall! Hopefully progress has been continuing this month, be it for a book or short story. (BTW, in regards to the short story, I’m always game for something that’ll make me cry! :P)

    I read the first Sookie Stackhouse book back in high school, along with what I believe is the fourth book, long before the TV adaptation existed. I had a friend who LOVED this series and always recommended it, so I finally gave it a shot. I liked it, but didn’t love it, which is why I’ve never bothered to read more in the series. (The killer in the first book was far too predictable, IMO.) They’re enjoyable, for the most part, but nothing about them got me invested with the characters, if that makes sense. I’ll stick to the many other series begging for my attention!

    Aww, so many adorable pics of Gideon! The one of his parents kissing him is too cute for words! Looks like he had a fun first birthday. :)

    And whoa, people want you to photograph for them?! That’s AMAZING! (And also unsurprising, since you take such great pictures. It was inevitable that others would be noticing your talent!) I can relate to the fear of people wanting this of you, since I was definitely jittery the first time someone wanted to pay me for art, but as long as you don’t let it control you, you’re bound to take countless awesome photos for these people and develop more confidence in your abilities as a result! (Also, SQUEE @ all the love your cupcake pic got! :D)

    • SarahWhisted

      August 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      As you know, the short story is complete, edited, and ready for posting — thanks to you, of course! :)

      It’s a shame you didn’t love the Sookie Stackhouse books you read, but I can understand not loving them. I still haven’t read more than the one even though I intended to. I think I might like the show more than the books, which is rare to say since the book always wins in my mind.

      Gideon did have a fun first birthday! It’s hard to believe it’s already been two months since then — there Time goes again, being a total ass and speeding by. :/

      Even though people expressed interest in having their photos done by me, no one’s bitten since. I think it goes back to the post about editing software. Eh. I am planning on taking a trip to Chesapeake City for my sister’s 1st Wedding Anniversary in September to sort of recreate the moment for her since she was so dissatisfied with the pictures the wedding photographer shot. Hopefully my shots won’t let her down too.

      • edgyauthor

        August 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        I haven’t seen the show, since I don’t have cable, but perhaps you like it more because you get to see more than just Sookie’s side of things? As much as I love singular perspectives in books, it’s always fun to see what other characters are up to, too!

        Aw, that’s awesome of you to recreate your sister’s wedding pictures, especially since the original ones from the other photographer let her down. I have no doubt she’ll love them, since your pictures always seem to turn out amazingly! (BOO to all those other people who haven’t jumped at the chance for you to take pictures for them yet!)

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