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I was tagged @libertymints

1. How old are you? 
22, gonna be 23 in December. 

2. Current job?
 Grocery clerk at a food store/axe shredder in a band. 

3. Dream job?
 PROFESSIONAL axe shredder in a band 

4. what are you talented at?
 Music and SOMETIMES photography. 

5. What is a big goal you are working towards/ have already achieved?
Working on releasing an EP for my band. 

6. What’s your aesthetic? Jeans, sk8 hi’s, and a t-shirt lmao. 

7. Do you collect anything?
 I own 162 records but I’m eventually going to collect every offset guitar in the world. Trust me, I’ll do this. 

8. What is a topic you always bring up in conversation? Probably seeing Youth of Today at TIHC ahahha. 

9. What’s a pet peeve of yours? When people won’t let you pet their dog!!

10. Good advice to give?
 Curb stomp your local nazi. 

11. Recommend three songs!

Fury- Danse 

Sleep On It- Burning At Both Ends 

Balance and Composure- Spinning

I tag @lostaltos, @crucialnudes, @fightsoftly, and @crippledy0uth

🍒 I was tagged by @rockstars-and-otherloves and @angiemars to answer these questions, thanks!! 🍒

1. What was your favorite movie as a kid? A Bugs Life if we’re going way back..The Breakfast Club & Stand By Me were watched a lot too
2. Do you collect anything? If so, what is it? Records, CDs, 80s movies
3. What was the last dream you remember having? Can’t remember!
4. What was the last record you bought? Found Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon for 99 cents!
5. Do you have an album you put on when you’re not feeling well? Use Your Illusion I & II is good for any emotion
6. Are you a cat or dog person? Cats 
7. Do you watch anyone on youtube? Not specific Youtubers, mainly just interviews, concerts, and music vids
8. What’s your favorite dessert? Cheesecake of any kind
9. Is there a word you always misspell? Not sure?
10. Do you prefer baking or cooking? Both
11. When you have a favorite band member, do you fall for them before you learn about the band or after? Before
12. Favorite live performance? Guns N Roses Ritz, it never gets old and my baby looked so good
13. Best year for music? A specific year? Or could I just say early 70s/80s
14. You’re about to fucking die but you have enough time to listen to only one album, which album would it be? Led Zeppelin IV, let me die to Going To California
15. Who would you have dinner with if you could choose anyone? Axl Rose, John Paul Jones (he’s such a reserved person), or River Phoenix
16. Could you live without internet for a year? No
17. Do you think the Beatles are overrated? I’m not a huge fan of them but they have made an impact on music

I’m not sure whose done this or not so I won’t tag anyone 💘

Mikkelsen x Mikkelsen

There be some sibling rivalry going on…

1. Look dapper in suits…

2. Own a fancy house…

3. Drink fancy drinks…

4. Keep meticulous records of potential targets people…

 5. Play super villain to curly haired crime-solving protagonists who are absolutely fond of uttering four-worded self-concocted taglines…

and are people-shy but often mistaken for being psychos.

ON PEOPLE SKILLS

6. Establish intimate connections,

7. Pay visit to friends

8. Share a meal or two

9. Talk dirty once in a while

10. And be given endearing nicknames

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Guess who’s hit 500+ followers? As celebration I’m going to do a giveaway!

There will only be one winner, and you will win:
One (1) Azura Necklace
AND
Your choice of *either* a Nohr or Hoshido small pack of cards

⭐️RULES⭐️
1. You must be following me, this is kinda for my followers anyhow. ;3

2. If you live outside of the US I would need help with the shipping. If you’re not willing to do that, then please do not enter.

3. You must be ok with giving me either an address or PO Box I can send your prize to!

4. Entries are recorded via reblogs and the winner shall be chosen through a random number generator!

5. GIVEAWAY ENDS AUGUST 1

"I am Lexa" Project

I know I asked a lot from this fandom by asking for your stories and names. I’m making a video about how Lexa’s death has impacted me, not because she’s just some fictional character but because I see parts of myself in Lexa. Seeing her die felt like a part of me was dying with her. I’m NOT FORCING anyone to join. This project will happen even if it’s just me in the video but if anyone wants to help, please feel free.

The rules are simple:
1) Be sure you’re comfortable with going public about your identity and struggle
2) Record a video of yourself talking about:
WHO IS LEXA to you?
3) Incorporate any variation of the following lines:
—“You didn’t just kill Lexa, you killed a part of me too”
—“I didn’t just lose a character, I lost another image of me”
4) End the video with the line
“I am Lexa”

5) You can speak in your native tongue but do send a text translation.

Send all videos to iamlexaproject@gmail.com by MARCH 26 SATURDAY, 11:59pm EST.
I’ll release the video March 31 when the show comes back. Tweet the link to the video and use the #IAmLexa.

Updates are tagged under: /tagged/iamlexa


FAQ:

1) You can do this in groups or solo

2) You can wear a mask or a cap or anything that would hide your identity if you are not comfortable (you aren’t out, etc)

3) You may send me the “I am Lexa” part only

Interesting Facts about Pi.

1. Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics.

2. Pi has about 6.4 billion known digits which would take a person roughly 133 years to recite without stopping.  The world record holder for the most memorized digits of Pi took nine hours to recite over 44,000 digits of Pi.

3. We can never truly measure the circumference or the area of a circle because we can never truly know the value of Pi. Pi is an irrational number, meaning its digits go on forever in a seemingly random sequence.

4. The “squaring the circle” method of understanding pi has fascinated mathematicians because traditionally the circle represents the infinite, immeasurable, and even spiritual world while the square represents the manifest, measurable, and comprehensive world.

5. Egyptologists and followers of mysticism have been fascinated for centuries by the fact that the Great Pyramid at Giza seems to approximate pi. The vertical height of the pyramid has the same relationship to the perimeter of its base as the radius of a circle has to its circumference.

6. One of the earliest known records of pi was written by an Egyptian scribe named Ahmes (c. 1650 B.C.) on what is now known as the Rhind Papyrus. He was off by less than 1% of the modern approximation of pi (3.141592).

7. In 2002, a Japanese scientist found 1.24 trillion digits of pi using a powerful computer called the Hitachi SR 8000, breaking all previous records.

8. There are people who believe that Pi contains the answer to the universe, or that information is held in the digits. It has even been suggested it contains the Voice of God. In Carl Sagan’s book ‘Contact’ the places of Pi are found to contain a message from the beings that built the universe.

2013 Resources for Writers

Last week I posted about the best books I found this year. Today, I’m listing all of the valuable resources I’ve found for writers, including a site where you can create your own audiobooks, references for writing tips, and a word processing plugin that will actually teach you to write better.

(Sidenote: Thanks for participating in our giveaway! You can see the winners here!)

ACX.com

If you hold the rights, you can go to ACX.com and turn your book into an audiobook. You can either read the book yourself, or hire an actor. Here’s how it works for the latter: 1. You upload an excerpt of your book 2. Actors audition for it. 3. Judging from the auditions, you pick who you want to read it. 4. Once it’s all recorded, you’re set to sell it. ACX can get it up on major retail sites. Watch this (fun) video about the process.



Check it out for yourself at ACX.com

The Emotion Thesaurus

One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by exploring seventy-five emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment, including situations where a character is trying to hide their feelings from others. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them.

This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project.


This book is an excellent resource. I wish I had bought it sooner.
Here is an example entry:

Amusement

Physical Signals
A shiny or rosy face
Chuckling or cackling
Holding onto a chair or walls for support
Plucking clothing to cool down

Internal Sensations
Pain in the ribs or stomach
Wheezy breath

Mental Responses
A need to sit down
Replaying the humourous event

Cues of acute or long term amusement
Uncontrollable laughter
Body quaking
Begging people to stop
Breathlessness
Needing to leave the room

May Escalate to: Happiness, Satisfaction

Cues of Suppressed Amusement
Clamping the lips together
Shaking the head
Swallowing laughter

(Thanks to this blog for posting a sample so I didn’t have to retype it.)


Scrivener

Scrivener is a word processor for novelists. Again, I wish I had known about it sooner, because it has exactly what I was looking for. It basically makes an outline automatically as you write your novel. You can put all the documents, research, character profiles, pictures, reference websites, everything, into one super document. Everything you need is right there! Before Scrivener, I had basically 15 word documents, 3 pinterest boards, tons of 3X5 cards and scrap paper, in all different files and places. Now I can put it all in one place. Its even linked to my pinterest.

I found it easy to use, and it’s only $40 (worth it). Watch this video to get the run down of the most important features.


Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses is an award-winning podcast with four professional writers as hosts–Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Each episode is only 15 minutes long and the hosts cover virtually every writing topic in the fiction world. You can also send in questions to them. Who doesn’t love getting professional advice for free? I’ve heard of Writing Excuses before, but this year I finally gave them a listen. You can too at WritingExcuses.com.

David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants

Along the same lines, though not necessarily new to me, is David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants–free writing tips from best-selling author David Farland. You can read them at DavidFarland.com or get them delivered to your email by signing up here. And they actually don’t come daily. There is a new tip about two or three times a week.

Grammarly

Grammarly is an automated proofreader that corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than popular word processors. Not only does it catch what you misspell and misuse, but it catches problems with parallelism, redundancy, wordiness, and offers other word choices. Its suggestions and explanations can help you learn to write better. They have a specific mode for creative writing.

How effective is it? If you’re already a Queen of English, you don’t need it. But if you’re a beginning writer or one that missed out on thorough English courses, you might want to try the free trial.

You can either use Grammarly on their site, or, download the plugin for major word processors.

Check it out at Grammarly.com

 Glipho

Glipho is a new social media blogging platform. I won’t give the rundown here, since I already did in an older post.  Did you discover any writerly resources this year that I should know about?

Sleeping With Sirens are set to release “Madness”  in February through their new label, Epitaph Records! They are set to announce the album along with a new single “Go Go Go” on the 23rd

Tracklist :

1. Kick Me

2. Go Go Go

3. Gold

4. Save Me a Spark

5. Fly

6. The Strays

7. Left Alone

8. Better Off Dead

9. We Like it Loud

10. Heroine

11. November

12. Madness

13. Don’t Say Anything

14. Parasites (Bonus Track)

15. 2 Chord (Bonus Track)

Reasons Classic Rock Teens Don't Like People

1.) “Why are you obsessed with old people?”

2.) “I’ve heard of them. I think my mom listens to them.”

3.) “You’re so weird. I’ve never even seen a record.”

4.) “Why would you want to go watch old people in concert? Aren’t they all in wheel chairs?”

5.) “How have you not heard *insert popular artist*’s new song!? Are you living under a rock?”

6.) “Oh, I just figured everyone you listened to were dead.”

TIPS IF YOU’RE GOING TO A CONCERT

1) ***STAY HYDRATED PLEASE!! FOR YOUR OWN GOOD***

2) If you’re recording the show with your phone, please turn it horizontally. It turns out way better and the quality will be A+++

3) Make sure your phone (or whatever device you’re bringing) is charged, seriously, try to leave it off beforehand but if you can’t, try not to use it that much.

4) If you have long hair and you’re planning on tying it up, make sure its tied tight so it won’t loosen or fall.

5) Wear light weight clothing! It’s quite obvious because you’re gonna be sitting/standing/jumping around having a gr8 time for a good 2 and a half hours, so wear something you won’t overheat in

6) Don’t be rude please! If someone is in your way, just tell them politely to scooch or move over.

7) Make sure you pee beforehand! And if you get periods, change your pad/tampon! No matter how much blood is on it, please.

8) Have a good time and enjoy yourself! You might even meet a new friend too! Just jam out and have no worries c:

1. Billboard is shit lately and couldn’t even get a rep confirmation before publishing this “exclusive” news.

2. I highly doubt an Azoff or anyone in the know would be giving Billboard this exclusive all things considered (ie. Irving hates Billboard).

3. It’s still Sony??? If I actually believed he was going to record a solo album, I sure as shit think he’d sign with an entirely different label that’s for damn sure. His supposed manager Jeff is way too chummy with Republic for this deal to make any sense.

4. The whole article sounds like pure gossip - no timeline, no idea what the plans are, random sources, blah blah - and they cite Ascap songs that had him listed as a performer but have since been revised to remove him as performer as a basis for thinking he will be signing a solo deal.

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Busy Afternoon!

So many exciting things going on this week!!!!
#1 Recorded my first single. Like in a real studio…. #omg
# 2 Had a photo shoot in Midtown with Barry Brandon.
# 3 My friend Michael Robinson, a SCAD Fashion Graduate has offered to begin sketching designs for #GENDERFLUX for after the campaign!
#4 I am taking the stage again on Thursday (TOMORROW) with the season 3 contestants of #SFYL! Plus the team is coming out to support genderflux and will be selling t-shirts for $20!!!
#5 Another photo shoot on Saturday!
#6 Back to the studio on Sunday night!
#7 Catching a plane on Monday to Orlando for business training.

I am so busy, and I love it.
-Elliott Alexzander

Summary for Zetsubou-hen's 2nd Radio

I recommend you to listen to this after watching Zetsubou-hen’s 10th episode.


Before the Episode

1. Ogata complains that this is the third live broadcast for her this week.
2. It was Ueda-san(producer) who suggested Ogata to do the radio twice a week.
3. Ogata really didn’t want to do the broadcast tonight. She was refusing to go into the recording booth until 5 minutes before the actual broadcast. She especially dreaded doing After Talk sessions
4. While she was grumbling around the studio she noticed someone and picked that person up as a guest for the radio. She seems excited about who she managed to get.
5. The person appears, saying “Whey! I’m Kodaka!!” It’s Hikasa Yoko, the voice actress for Kirigiri. (Her voice is really cute when she says that, so I strongly recommend you to listen to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVoUGUix3Y from 5:30) Ogata screams, telling her not to lie.
6. Hikasa was at the recording studio for another business. She noticed Ogata-san and went to say hi, and Ogata suddenly invited her to the radio 5 minutes before it went live. Both of them agreed that it was such a sudden invitation.
7. The word ‘Kirigiri’ was on Japanese twitter’s trend from Monday night to Tuesday morning after 10th episode’s broadcast.
8. Kirigiri had been mostly breathing throughout the Future Arc, so Hikasa was actually excited to receive some nice long lines in episode 9. It reminded of her times when Kirigiri was deducting and concluding back in DR1, calling it ‘Kirigiri-san Mode!’
9. Hikasa learned Kirigiri’s NG code after the first episode’s recording session. So she had that in her mind all along when she acted Kirigiri. She tried to sound as if Kirigiri was acting for everyone else rather than acting to save herself.
10. Kirigiri’s line “No matter what happens, don’t give up on hope,” kind of pained Ogata a lot. 
11. In contrast, it was painful for Hikasa to watch Naegi in pain after Kirigiri’s death.

Aftermath Talk Session
1. The recording session was divided into three for this episode. One had Junko’s VA and other people in it. One had Nanami’s VA in it. The other had 77th class’s VAs.
2. When Hanazawa (Nanami’s VA) was screaming for Nanami’s punishment scene, everyone else in the studio had to stay quiet to not make a sound at all. All the VA’s for 77th class were gathered up in one booth, watching Hanazawa’s live screaming for more than 10 minutes in silence. Just like how actual 77th class watched Nanami scream in agony through the screen. Ogata comments that the actors and actresses looked like actual people slowly falling in despair.
3. Ogata was asked to laugh in this episode as well, so she laughed for 8 cuts, and it was really hard for her.
4. When Ogata was laughing maniacally to act out Komaeda in this episode. Kishi Seiji (DR anime’s head director) was like laughing and clapping loudly over the booth at this. Hikasa is freaked out by this.
5. Saito Chiwa (Asahina’s VA) commented on the bit where “Kirigiri entrusts hope to Naegi and Naegi says he’ll be glad to see Kirigiri again anways” that the relationship where you can have exchanges like Naegi and Kirigiri did is actually nice and she cried tears. Hikasa comments that she’s IRL Asahina Aoi. Ogata says that she’s been saved thanks to Saito and Hikasa agrees.
6. This bit is important so I’ll just transcribe the whole thing:

Ogata: So, I can’t talk about many things happening onwards with Hikasa-san anymore, Er, how should I put this, she’s still coming out a little… bit… There’a a scene something like f, flashback so…

Hikasa: Well, yeah!

Ogata: I can’t really talk about that either… Well, in many ways… it’s hard right? Until the last… for now…


7. Hikasa comments that Kirigiri’s a dead character. A character that had just died. She herself doesn’t have any regrets left for Kirigiri. Kirigiri died entrusting everything to Naegi, So it will be excruciatingly painful and distressing for the remaining people.
8. Hikasa says that even so, as long as Naegi lives on, Hope won’t die.
9. She adds that she doesn’t know about Despair Arc. Despair Arc will end in despair anyways.
10. Ogata thinks that since Kirigiri’s last words were very strong, she thinks that Naegi will be able to live on strongly with those words,
11. Ogata asks people to keep on watching what will happen in Future Arc, as Future Arc will be about how the last survivors will live on with despair from Despair arc and some stuffs that Kirigiri left them.

Whew, took several hours to do this. Thanks for reading guys!

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This week we meet with experimental musicians Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, an amazing contemporary art museum in North Adams, Massachusetts. They give us the challenge to FIND YOUR BAND:

1. Go through your day and notice all the sounds around you

2. Choose a group of those sounds to be your band

3. Join the band!

4. Record or document what happens and upload to your social media platform of choice with #theartassignment

5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Hello!! I’m laughing too!! Here let me educate you:

1. One Direction has about 3 million fans

2. Kpop has about 35 million fans

3. The Guinness book of world records’ record for the largest fanbase EVER belongs to none other than TVXQ, a *gasp* kpop group!!

4. Kpop is awesome fuck off :)

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Hello! I had some interest in my comic-drawing process so here’s a timelapse video of creating a recent page of BACK.

1. I forgot that I had wanted to record this until partway in, so the sketch and lettering stages aren’t shown. Luckily they aren’t that interesting!

2. I draw the page in Manga Studio, mostly using vector layers with this erasing technique.

3. Once the lineart is done, I export it as a .PSD file and open it up in Photoshop. I hide the lettering and make a merged copy of the drawing layers (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E).

4. I go through and prep the lineart for flatting. I use the BPelt Multifill and Flatting Plugins. These plugins fill each enclosed area (white completely surrounded by black) with a different color. Prepping the lineart involves joining areas that will be the same color, and separating those that won’t. I do and undo the filter a few times to see what I’ve missed, and even then I still miss a thing or two. No biggie. 

5. I run the plugins, then change the flatted layer to more appropriate colors (picking from swatches and previously-colored pages). Then I select and copy the characters to their own layer. 

6. Rendering! I add multiply/screen layers as clipping masks (perhaps the most undervalued feature of Photoshop). In this page, the moon is lighting the scene, so I have a dark blue screen layer with a black layer mask. Whenever I paint white onto the mask, the blue light will become visible. I use the lasso tool to pick out shapes and the airbrush to add rendering where I want it to go. 

7. When it’s done I send it over to KC (who wrote it) and he gets it up on the website all nice and pretty. 

That’s it! It’s so easy. Now that you know all my secrets, you can draw my comics for me and I can retire to an island and drink from coconuts: the cartoonist’s dream.

The Wonder Years Frontman Launches Sideproject: Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties

Soupy Campbell of The Wonder Years will be releasing a new album called We Don’t Have Each Other under the moniker. Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties. The release will come out on July 8th via Hopeless Records and was produced by Ace Enders of The Early November. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.

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