Thursday, November 14, 2013

Getting It Together

I realize that it's been awhile since my last update and for those who actually read this (someone?...anyone?..haha!) I apologize.

Life has been a little crazy lately but I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. I'm not sure how much I will be able to update this month as it seems my Intro To Creative Writing class & NaNo ( are consuming nearly all of the part of my brain that actually wants to think.

But in December I will be back!

I will be posting some of my writing from school (papers, discussion board posts, poems, stories etc...) on here so that I'll have a way to keep track of what I've been writing, how much I suck or how much I've grown. Also for anyone who is considering attending school for a Creative Writing degree can see what sorts of goodies can be expected.

I have also recently gotten my hands on some new books and I am going to start doing book reviews, which should be exciting! My first review will be posted in the next few days and will be about Stephen King's "Joyland"

I am still working on some new art and I am still playing a few MMOs so I will be updating those sections with fun new stuff also.

Hope everyone has happy holidays. See you soon.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Random Nineties Nostalgia

So I was sitting here thinking about music. One of the rare times I'm not actually listening to it, I know...

 Yes. Yes, I am an addict. My name is Jess. Hi
-raises hand- 

I've always liked music but I don't think it ever really hit me just how powerful it can be until I was in high-school. Or to date myself even further, until Collective Soul hit the airwaves along with Bush, No Doubt, 311, Live, Nirvana, Candlebox, Third Eye Blind, Silverchair... Shall I go on? ;-)

Music saved my life. I was nothing but a geeky girl in 9th grade who wore her hair in a side ponytail with bangs and wore Duckhead clothing,, seriously. It was bad.
I listened to Prince, Madonna & Janet Jackson (don't get me wrong I mean no offense to these obviously talented artists. I'll still get down on "When Doves Cry", "Material Girl" & "Black Cat" in a heartbeat.)

Then suddenly I heard Collective Soul's "Shine" on the radio one day and my whole world changed. That guitar riff rocked my socks and I was in love! My tastes changed, expanded and my world suddenly started to open up, even if only slightly. I was still a geek but a marginally cooler geek who rocked flannel, wide leg jeans and neon green Sketchers. That's when I really started paying attention to music. I would usually end up having the latest album by a band before my friends and I know they got sick of me talking about it constantly. "Oh! Have you heard the new -insert 90s Grunge/Alt band here- song? You gotta hear this!!"

I can even proudly say that I was the first girl in my school to rock the Angela Chase hairstyle and color from "My So-Called Life"

Music has made me the weird, quirky, random, open minded, tolerant, hippie, goth dancing, peaceful punk rocking psycho ever. And i'm happy about who I am.

So music can be a powerful force in a person's life. It can inspire change and creativity, it gives hope and comfort when nothing else can, and it can dredge up long lost emotions and moments
from our past that we love or love to hate. Music is indeed the most powerful force in my life and I'm thankful everyday that I am able to enjoy it.

What song changed your life?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Contest Alert! Win The Clash's Sound System Box Set!

Sweet Mother Country!! is giving away The Clash's "Sound System" Box set...

It's truly one of the most beautiful things I think I've ever laid eyes on.

Not only does this mega collection include their five studio albums, it also offers up three discs packed full of rarities, demos and B-sides! But wait, it gets better! It also includes a dvd of never before seen footage along with a lot more extra goodies for your punky pleasure!

The contest ends on September 9th.
Go here to enter!  Win the "Sound System" box set from the iconic band The Clash!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lady GaGa's New Single "Applause" - LEAKED!

As if every Little Monster on the face of the planet wasn't already aware of it, thanks to Mother Monster posting on her Facebook Page... Due to some naughty (AWESOME!) hackers, her new single was leaked today!

She posted this morning to her page
I actually had forgotten all about it & have only just now (well half an hour ago - I've been listening to it over & over) remembered the wonderful news. And I must say...I love it! It gives a little nod to the 80s with it's opening line "I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong." Not to mention the synths give it a very retro feel, at least in my humble opinion. I'll gladly applaud this new single from ARTPOP any day! My daughter is very excited about it as well :-)

I can't wait until the ARTPOP App is released, not to mention the entire album! I think we're going to be in for a truly wonderful new experience in music & art!

Frost Sings: Twinkle Twinkle, The Chocolate Song & More!!

My daughter loves to sing, dance, play any kind of musical instrument she can think of & generally entertain & "put on shows" for everyone. Of course I 110% strongly encourage her in her love of entertaining & such. I've always wanted to be in a band but I don't think that'll ever happen. She also loves to draw & make things, as well as make up her own stories. Again both art & story-telling are obviously something I also fully support. 

If she decides that the arts in any form aren't right for her however & she grows up to become a monster truck driver, a butcher or a carny...I won't care. I'll love her all the same :-)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Carousel Horse

This is my first ever Flash Fiction Photo-Promt Writer Wednesday Challenge.

I must admit... I'm a little nervous. And a little intimidated by some of the work I've read from of the other amazing writers from prompts gone by... :-)

My lovely & awesome host for the prompt is Nicole at World Of My Imagination. Here's the prompt.

The rules are simple. I have to use the 5 words provided in the story as well as the picture. 500 words or less. (I am unable to insert pictures in my blog posts currently. Something to do with my browsers. They keep crashing on me. So if you'd like to see the picture please check out Nicole's blog from the link above!)

Word Count: 498
The Words: passport, sunrise, carousel, travel, school

The Carousel Horse

Iza was finally going to get out of the sleepy seaside town of Port Haring when she left for school tomorrow. No more boring days working at her Dad’s shop, The Tin Shed, while everyone else got to have fun. Sometimes it felt like she was in prison the way he kept her on lockdown, but soon it would be her turn. She would travel to Paris and study under some of the worlds most reknowned Chefs. Her passport had arrived, everything was packed and she was ready to go. All that remained was for her to say goodbye to her best friend Luca.
It was after dark and the store was closed. Tourists didn’t go antique shopping after sunset, it was just too creepy. She disagreed. Even though she lacked enthuisaism for the job, there were many pieces in her dad’s collection that she loved. The old carousel horse was her favorite. She prayed everyday that no one would buy it. No one ever did. She suspected that it was because it looked as if it had been through utter hell, but those dull black eyes, scuffed hooves and peeling paint only added to it’s charm.

She and Luca had made a special trip, nearly four hours away, to a town inland to retrieve it from an old abandoned amusement park. Her dad hadn’t been happy about them sneaking away. Luca also harbored reservations about going, but Iza had insisted. It was her dad’s birthday after all and he deserved something unique. Despite it’s creepiness, the horse always seemed to be the center of conversation.

Resting her head on the counter she watched the horse, it’s unblinking eyes looked back in sadness and for a moment she felt sorry for it. Iza frowned letting her eyes slip shut and her thoughts drift. When she opened them again it was sunrise.

Turning to look at the horse, her smile twisted and her mouth opened. It’s eyes burned red with fire, and an angry accusing glare. Her scream shattered the stillness.

“Thorazine, now.” Someone shouted. Her arm stung. The liquid felt like lava in her veins. A tear rolled down her cheek and her eyelids drooped. Her hand was grasped and Iza strained to see who it was.

“Daddy?” Her voice was hoarse. She willed her gaze to stay on him. “Where am I, where’s Luca?”

“Oh sweety,” He held her hand and leaned down to kiss her forehead. His voice cracked as he looked away. “You and Luca were drinking. You were driving and there was an accident. You and that damn horse were thrown out of the truck.”

“I want to see him, where is he?” Her lip trembled.

“I’m sorry, he didn’t make it...”

The chemicals were winning, pushing her eyes closed. Her body was heavy and the voices in the room were distored. She heard her dad. He sounded miles away speaking to the doctor.

“It’s been five years, she’s never getting out of here...”

I've got new products on Zazzle

I am currently working on some skateboard specific designs for Zazzle. No, I don't skate, but skater's are cool. ;-)

I do have new products on Zazzle already though. You can purchase my artwork on pillows, stamps, watches, phone cases, mousepads, binders, playing cards, note cards, mugs, posters, buttons, bags & more!

If there is something you'd like to purchase that doesn't feature my work just let me know & I'll be glad to add it for you.

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