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January: In Review

It’s February already? How the heck did that happen? I guess 2012 will be no different than 2011 in the way that time slips by far too fast for my taste. Because of its quick nature, it doesn’t really feel like I did anything very notable in January, but according to my “lists” (I am forever making lists), I have a few things worth reporting.

Reading

I read six books in the first two weeks of January. Six! I don’t think I was really trying to; I just got lucky that the books I chose to read were so good it made them easy to blow through quickly. 

Starstruck by Cyn Balog, Winter Town by Stephen Emond, Dull Boy by Sarah Cross, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)

*The titles of the books above are links to my ratings & thoughts on each over at Goodreads.

Writing

I took a break from reading after the first two weeks of January and tried to channel my Crack the Sky cast to catch up on some much overdue writing. That, however, did not happen. What did happen was the attack of a new plot bunny (oh, joy, right?). 

While I was intrigued by the plot idea and cast (who, oddly enough, came toting names already which almost never happens for me), I was not interested in giving this book a shot at the moment because I do not write multiple books at the same time and I really want to finish Crack the Sky. New plot bunny didn’t care about what I wanted though and by the end of January I found myself listening to the first song(s) to make the playlist on repeat and writing a little over 2,000 words of what I’m currently calling, Dreamsters.

So I guess I am going to be working on two books side by side this year? Lord, help me.

Music: On Repeat

Music was on and off for me this month. Some days I couldn’t get enough of it, others I never even turned it on. The few songs that currently hold play counts wildly higher than the other songs that graced my ears this month include:

White Rabbits – “Heavy Metal”

Back in December I got a chance to see White Rabbits live and it was extra awesome because they played a bunch of new, unreleased tracks, all slated to be released this March on their next album, Milk Famous. This month they offered one of those new songs as a free download and not only was I quick to snatch it up, I loved it enough to let it live on repeat more than 100 times. Can’t wait for March!

*I find it sort of funny that my “on repeat” list for both this year and last starts with a White Rabbits track.

Closure in Moscow – “The Impeccable Beast”

Closure in Moscow is a band I just recently fell in-love with in the end of 2011. While I’m still enjoying their previous albums tons, I will be blessed with a new album this year too! In anticipation of the next album, they released a new single this month for free download and like the White Rabbits freebie, I just had to take advantage of this opportunity. And good thing, too, because I loved it so much I listened to nothing else but it for several days! So pumped for more!

Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tornado”

The only song of this bunch that’s definitely not new (to me or otherwise). This is the first song the Dreamsters cast claimed as their own and with claiming it, they became impossible to avoid. I have loved this song since I first heard it over 8 years ago now, but outside of my enjoyment it never had a purpose. Now it belongs to an intense and action packed scene that I can’t wait to write!

*In addition to this song, “Diabolical” from the same album was also played ad nauseam.

Photography

This isn’t usually something I boast about because Lord knows I’m no professional photographer, but I do have a fancy camera and I practice lots with it, especially on my nephew Gideon. Every week since his birth I’ve done little photo sessions with him and because of this regularity he is already very aware of the camera, almost as if he knows to pose for it. This month we had one of the best photo sessions in the seven months of his life. Not only is he such an adorable ham for the camera, the lighting and coloring were really good too making the pictures extra crisp. I’ve been researching shooting babies in particular and watching little tutorials. I think I’m getting better as a result! :)

*Click the image above to see more photos from this session

That’s pretty much it on the excitement factor for my month. I realize this is the first post of the 2012 here and I apologize for that. I’m still in that deciding phase, not sure where I should be blogging full time. I will say that I’ve been super active on Tumblr if you’re interested in more day-to-day updates from me until I figure out where I’ll blog like this more frequently. I’ll try to pop in here more often this month too.

What notable things do you have to report for January? 

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October: On Repeat

So it’s that time of the month again and October brought some new and some old bands (most of which Steve turned me on to). I guess we’ll start with bands you’ve seen me give shine to before first….

States

As I mentioned last month, their latest album came out this month and so you should have expected to see them pop up again On Repeat. In addition to buying “Room to Run” on its release date, I also bought their EP “Line ‘Em Up” and between the two albums the following tracks got a lot of love: Generation, Falling For, Can’t Explain, and Timebomb.

Another Chapter

He Is Legend

He Is Legend popped back up on my radar this month because while plotting for my NanoWrimo project I realized their sound overall fits the tone of my book so perfectly I could virtually listen to any song whether it directly related to the story or not and write to it. I imagine He Is Legend will get a lot of shine in November as well while I’m in writer-mania mode so I apologize in advance for being repetitive come November: On Repeat. Songs that got the most listens include: Stranger Danger, Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, Martini, and The Fool.

Cult of She

Now for some new additions….

Thrice
 
I’m no newbie to Thrice, but for some reason like a lot of great bands I grew up with, I owned very little of their music prior to a few months ago. With their latest album release “Major/Minor” all of their music has been living on repeat this month. Thrice is another of those bands I can see myself listening to a lot next month while I work on my NanoWrimo novel because their overall sound just fits the tone of my story. Some of the most played tracks this month include: The Messenger, The Sky Is Falling, Silhouette, Stare at the Sun, and Promises.

Blinded

Closure in Moscow
 
This band is new to me and so very easy to listen to (in my opinion)! Like the few bands I’ve already mentioned being NanoWrimo inspiration, Closure in Moscow also makes the cut. Songs that were played ad nauseam include: A Night at the Spleen, Deluge, and Vanguard.

Sweetheart

Artifex Pereo
 
This band just might be my favorite band at the moment. Whenever I made attempts to listen to something else this month, I just kept drifting back to them. Even though only one song actually fits the story I’m working on for NanoWrimo, their sound as a whole is very easy to write to and therefore they too will likely be abused just as much next month as they were this month. In an attempt to save the “featured” book song for next months On Repeat I won’t point it out and just tell you that the following can all be considered favorites: Mrs. D (Oh, the piano!), The Pendulum (especially how it changes up after 2:15 minutes!), Fool’s Errands, Devil & Water, and Edgar Suit.

Granulated Eyelids

Tides of Man
 
Sadly, I’m getting into this band after the fact and the singer has since left them, but I’ve got two albums to keep me occupied for now and that makes me happy because they’re rather awesome. It might just be me, but the singer reminds me so much of the singer from the band RUSH that whenever I’m listening to Tides of Man I feel like seeing if my dad would jam to them with me just like we jammed together to RUSH growing up. Anyway, lots of tracks got a lot of play, but the following got the most:  Descent, Only Human, and Knowing.

Statues

A Lot Like Birds
 
As much as I love Jonny Craig’s voice in Dance Gavin Dance, I also really enjoyed the time Kurt Travis spent singing for them so when I found out he released an album of his own with a fancy new band it was sort of a no brainer to give it a shot and I wasn’t let down. My current favorites include:  Truly Random Code and Orange Time Machines Care.

Sesame Street Is No Place for Me

Well that concludes this month’s On Repeat. With NanoWrimo under foot, I’m planning a sort of “Special Edition” post for November’s On Repeat. Keep an eye out for it! 😉
 
Peace – Sarah

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