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March: In Review

So March was full of unexpected stresses that I handled oddly well, but it bit into my typical goals a great deal and in that manner I didn’t handle it well. I know that life sneaks up on you at times and you have to just accept it for what it is, but this month it made me sad that I wasn’t able to juggle it all.

Reading

I started several books this month, but my desire to read died as my stress level increased. Any time I tried to pick up and finish any of the books I’d started, I’d quickly put them back down feeling meh about them as a whole. I’m not sure if it just says they’re not good books or whether my mood just made them feel that way. Hopefully my urge to finish them will return in April and they won’t still have that boring feel to them.

Anyway, since it’d look too lonely being photographed alone, I’ll just link to the review for the only book I did manage to complete this month: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce.

Writing

Considering how successful I was writing last month, this is the most disappointing thing to report this month. I’d like to say that I tried hard and failed, but in most cases when I should have been trying, my brain was too fried with stress to even open my books documents. As a result my official word count for March is only 1669, and I’m pretty positive that almost 1000 of those words are total crap, likely to be deleted. I really, really hope I can come out of April with something more worthy of reporting because this month’s number is making me feel pretty pathetic right now.

Music: On Repeat

Since everything else hasn’t really been worth mentioning, I will let music get a little more shine because it certainly didn’t let me down this month!

The Black Keys – “Hell of a Season”

I kept forgetting to buy this album and finally caved at the start of March. Overall, it is a fantastic record. Every bit of it is easy to listen to; it’s music that feels like summer. I highly suggest giving it a shot.

Alex Clare – “Too Close”

I’m still not sure how I feel about dubstep. Sometimes I think I like it because it makes me want to dance and you must know how much I love to dance, but overall I can’t really see myself just listening to it to listen to it. This song isn’t completely dubstep though so I was able to just listen to it without feeling the urge to pop wherever I was. I blame Internet Explorer’s recent commercial for this song being purchased and played so many times this month. 

White Rabbits – “Danny Come Inside”

The much anticipated “Milk Famous” came out at the beginning of the month and previous posts should have made you guess I’d be snatching that up right away. The album definitely has a different feel than its predecessors, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. My favorite track so far is one I’d heard them perform back in December at the show I attended. I’m still feeling the album out for other favorites.

Chantal Claret – “Bite Your Tongue”

While I’m sad to discover that Chantal’s previous band Morningwood is officially dead, I’m excited that she’s making music on her own now, music that’s being released on an EP in April and a full album in June! As a way to lure listeners in, two songs from the upcoming album have been released, one of which, “Bite Your Tongue,” was released for free download. Because I can’t find an actual video to show you, “Bite Your Tongue,” I’m going to share the video for the other released track, which is equally as awesome anyway (I just have no way of recording how many times I've watched it – ha!).

“Pop Pop Bang Bang” *Warning: Video is a little morbid.

Alice Anna – “Standing in the Rain”

This is a local Baltimore band I stumbled upon this month and part of me wanted to love them solely for being from my home town, but even if they hadn't been I couldn’t deny their amazing talent. I bought every bit of music they’ve released and have been telling anyone I can to check them out. It’s a piano based rock band, with a lead singer with such a smooth voice. What’s not to love?

Blouse – “Time Travel”

A track that somehow slipped in at the very end of the month, suggested by a friend from tumblr. I’m not sure how much I’ll love the entire album, but there’s this great 80’s feel to this track that’s impossible not to bob your head to and step back into time with.

Photography

As always, Gideon is a nearly perfect subject for our photo shoots. I think I've trained him pretty well. There were lots of great shots this month, but I think this one is the sweetest because it captured both his dimple and bottom teeth! He is such a happy baby.

Hopefully life is finished toying with me and April will be a little more rewarding. It is my birthday month after all. That means the universe must play nice with me, right? *fingers crossed*

How successful (or not) was your March?

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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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2011 In Review: Music (Part 1)

2011 was an extremely musically charged year for me. In fact, when it comes to these year end lists, music had so much influence on me that it makes the other “reviews” I’ll do seem lackluster. I have added 9.12 GB worth of music to my iTunes this year (that’s approximately 1400 new songs) and that’s not even all of the music I’ve acquired this year. I’m scared to do the math and see what my Amazon MP3 bill looks like.

Anyway, because music was so prominent this year, I plan to break my music review into two parts for you. What you’re seeing now are the Top Ten Most Played Songs. Keep an eye out for Part 2 – featuring the Best *New Bands of 2011 and the corruptors who made it possible! :)

*New to me, not necessarily new to the world

Top Ten Most Played Songs

Every month this year, I’ve done an “On Repeat” post of the music currently getting a lot of love that month. If you’ve been paying attention all year, most of the songs in this top ten should seem a little familiar to you.

10. Sixx: A.M. – "Pray for Me"

I was a fan of Motley Crue growing up so when Heather turned me onto Sixx: A.M. and I realized the band featured Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue it was pretty easy to give them a shot. Clearly, the fact that this song makes this top-ten list is evidence that I ended up loving them. (Warning: The video is explicit)

9. Three Days Grace – “Scared”

So badly I've wanted a character to own this song, but nope, no ones stepped up to the plate for it yet. That didn’t mean I couldn’t love it though, and play it ad nauseam just because I wanted to. That does happen sometimes, after all. 😉

8. Tides of Man – “Chemical Fires”

It surprises me a little that this song got so many plays so quickly considering the band itself is still fairly new to me, but once a certain character of mine heard it, he demanded I listen to it over and over again while working on his book in November. Also, it doesn’t hurt that overall this band flat out rocks and reminds me of a band I grew up loving.

7. The Kills – “U.R.A. Fever”

Imagine two wayward teens, one of which used to be popular. They share a common trait, a special ability, but no one else knows that. Now picture them walking onto campus in one of those slow motion walk sequences like you’ve seen in movies like Road Trip. Suddenly, they seem cool. This is the imagery that belongs to this song for me. Two characters from a companion novel to my first book own this song for this reason and when I received the song, I just knew whenever I return to writing their book that this track will be played so-so many more times than it already has been.

6. Artifex Pereo – “The Lantern & the Firefly”

Everything by this band is so easy to write too, especially for Crack the Sky because their sound overall just fits the tone of that book so perfectly. It’s the kind of music I imagine the lead male listening to so it’s easy to just have it on in the background when I’m writing. This song in particular, though, will actually represent a major turning point in the book and writing that scene will be so much fun! I imagine, as I aim to complete Crack the Sky in 2012, that this track will bleed into the New Year and get heaps more plays.

5. Emarosa – “Breather”

I didn’t even get into Emarosa until late in the year, but this song became the backdrop of the intro to my NanoWrimo novel and as a result was played over 285 times! I love when bands I like release wordless music, especially when it’s as epic as this track. Sometimes it’s the best stuff to write to!

4. Prom Kings – “Angels”

When I first heard this song I loved it right away and I was grateful for the way it seemed to wake up characters I’d long given up on. It became representation of the way the story will end, something I had no idea of when the story had first come to me, and partly the reason I thought it was a dead story. At the time I had no idea this story would be a book I’d actually start working on, but it became my NanoWrimo novel and this song got even more plays than I could have expected!

3. White Rabbits – “Midnight & I”

White Rabbits is a band I really got into last year honestly, but for some reason in the beginning of 2011 I couldn’t get enough of them again and this song in particular. Again, this is a song that was used for a book and it is largely the reason for its repetitive nature. Even if it hadn’t been used for a book though, I would have still loved its moody piano based sound.

2. Sick Puppies – “I Hate You”

I can’t even remember what the first Sick Puppies song I heard was at this point because once I acquired all of their music this song completely dominated my ears. While I will say that everything by this group is extremely easy to listen to, this song in particular got the most plays not just because I liked it, but also because characters from a four book series I plan to write claimed it as theirs. Characters, as you’ve already seen, have a lot of power over me when it comes to my music selection.

1. The Left Rights – “I’m on Crack”

Certifiably the strangest song in this list, I know. I listened to this song ad nauseam last January when they first released it. It’s a side project from Mindless Self Indulgence singer, Jimmy Urine (whom I love), and I just couldn’t help myself.  It’s also a short song so its play count quickly climbed higher than the others because of this.

What lived on repeat for you in 2011?

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January: On Repeat

I know I’ve been absent (like a lot), but I have been up to other things like writing and reading so please forgive me. I’ve also been addicted to a few tracks this month, which should be no surprise to anyone who’s been following my blog over the last year because I’m incapable of living without it and I frequently run a track into the ground until I’ve gotten my “fix.”

So, without further ado, these are the three most played songs this month so far. Yes, they are completely different from each other. Yes, my love for music is that strangely scattered. Don’t question it. I don’t.

The month started with a song that lived on repeat a lot in 2010 as well, but for some reason wormed itself back into my brain and needed to be played another 200 or so more times in the first week of 2011.

White Rabbits – “Midnight & I”

The next song to live on repeat was even a surprise to me. I used to be really into this band Mindless Self Indulgence, but it’s been a while since they’ve put out a track that I really loved. I think the last song I truly enjoyed was “Shut Me Up” and that was a few years ago now. Anyway, Jimmy Urine also records songs under the pseudo band name “The Left Rights” and finally something MSI related has won me over.

The Left Rights – “I’m on Crack”

And lastly, a band that I definitely need to find more music by showed up on my FB wall via another friend who frequently exposes me to stuff I’d never find on my own and is still on repeat from last week.

The Hush Sound – “Medicine Man”

Well, that wraps my music addictions for January. I doubt another one will sneak in there, but if it does I will be sure to let you know. Have I corrupted you into liking any of these? I sure hope so. There’s something very exciting about being a bad music influence. *snickers*

Until Next Time,
Sarah

P.S. I hope to really devote some time to LJ catch up this weekend. Again, sorry for my absence.

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Today… was a Good Day

… But it was long. And exhausting.

I woke up at 6:30am after only 4 1/2 hours of sleep. It was rough waking up with so little sleep, but I had plans to meet my mom to have my truck worked on and finally go clothes shopping (for my birthday, which is seriously late).

I showed up at my moms around 7:30am with laundry in tow, half awake and shaky. I flopped down on the couch and covered my eyes with my forearm while she finished her make up. She said, “You’re not looking very chipper this morning.”

I mumbled, “I’m not entirely convinced I’m not still drunk from last night.” Which I wasn’t. I had stumbled the entire time getting ready. I domed an entire bottle of water in that first hour alone to rehydrate, but I wasn’t sure it was working. I wondered if I got pulled over if I’d even pass a test.

My dad, who was sitting at the PC, laughed breathlessly and said, “Wow…. nice,” sarcastically.

I mumbled some more to my dad about White Rabbits and the youtube link I sent him of “Lionesse” and how the pianist reminded me of my Uncle Bob. He said he’d check it out today since his fishing window was already lost for the day. When I finally returned home for the day I had an email that said he agreed they reminded him of my Uncle Bob and that he’d watched all of their videos and would see them live. Both my parents really have great taste in music sometimes. I love it.

Anyway, Mom and I headed out to have all 4 tires replaced on my truck by my to-be Brother-in-law at Mr. Tire. He gave us a seriously awesome discount which had me feeling ultra grateful considering it was coming out my Mom’s pocket. Plus he clarified for me the other things I need done on my truck to make it last which gives me a better feeling about the longevity of my dying machine.

Mom and I hit up a series of stores, mostly stores like TJ Max and Ross because you get more for your money for the same good products. And we stopped by the Verizon Wireless store for blue tooth upgrades since Maryland law enacted Oct. 1st requires hands free while driving and since my Mom is the only person I ever use my phone for and it’s while I’m on the way home from work every day hands free was kind of necessary. I also was at my 2 every 2 with new phones so I got a fancy new phone as well for free. Free is always nice.

We had Panera Bread Asiago Bagels for breakfast and I consumed more water throughout the morning than I normally do to subdue the lasting effects of last nights festivities. It worked, but by almost 3pm I was spent. My feet hurt so bad I could barely keep my shoes on so we finally called it a day.

I made out with several new awesome shirts, sweaters, and those cool long sweater vests I’ve been wanting. As well as a wickedly cool jacket (because you all should know by now that I love jackets like most women like shoes) and 2 new pairs of shoes (that are exactly the same except one is brown and one is black because I’m a creature of habit that way).

When I got home it took me an hour to remove all of the tags and “clean out” my closet of summer clothes, replacing them with my new additions (because it is officially colder here now (despite my Mom’s constant “I’m HOT!” comments all day. She’s clearly in the early stages of menopause.)) I took a 2 hour nap after that to make up for the all the lost sleep and have since been re-reading what I wrote last night for my book (which is a scene I’ve re-written six different ways, but *think* I may have finally written the one I want to keep) and reading THE REPLACEMENT (which BTW is sickeningly fabulous!).

I hope everyone’s enjoying their Saturday as much as I did, despite my poor state at it’s beginning and the exhausting nature of it. I made out like a winner today and I have my awesome Mom to thank for that (love you, Mom!).

Peace – Sarah

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