The signs by how they pronounce Reese’s Pieces

“Reese’s Pieces”: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Pisces, Capricorn, Sagittarius

“Reesee’s Piecees”: Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Aquarius

The signs by how they like to sit
  • Chair people:Pisces, Cancer, Virgo
  • The Stool Crew:Aquarius, Capricorn, Gemini
  • On the Floor Folks:Scorpio, Sagittarius, Leo
  • On haunches/hunkers:Taurus, Libra, Aries
The Calm

Just a short story inspired by oliviajoytaylor‘s drawing of Pearl and Amethyst braiding hair.


Amethyst felt content with the constant feel of Pearl’s slim fingers intertwining through her long, full locks.

They rarely had done anything like this in a long time, just hanging around with each other in the living room and chilling. And it was a perfect day too, considering there were no mission to attend to, and Steven and Garnet were out for the day doing who knows what. Probably playing Beat Meat Mania at the Arcade.

Amethyst was perched upon one of the bar stools in the kitchen, with Pearl behind her and intricately braiding her hair into one long braid. Earlier they had decided to go flower picking and came home with a bundle of flora in their arms. They used a few of the flowers to make flower crowns for each of them while the others were placed together in a vase for the coffee table in the living room.

“This is nice,” the young one mumbled and followed with a content sigh. Pearl gave a lighthearted giggle.

“It is, isn’t it? I never knew braiding hair could be so peaceful. If mine were any longer, maybe you could have done it.”

“Don’t worry, I can probably work something out for you.”

“Oh really,” Pearl paused in between braiding and placed a hand on her hip, looking towards Amethyst with a small smile on her face.

The younger one turned her face a ways around to meet Pearl’s gaze, “Yep, I’z gots the magic touch.” Amethyst followed with a simple wink.

Another giggle from Pearl as she resumed her work on Amethyst’s hair.  “You really are a wonder, you know that?”

“Hmm, I try my best.”

I was inspired by that one post about mermaids. I wanted to draw a monstrous mermaid. They do not have hair (since it is inconvenient while swimming) but they do have fin-like structures around their head that is floaty and mane-like.

Their bodies are thick and blubbery, and they possess many sharp teeth designed for ripping apart flesh. They will eat just about anything they can kill, and do feed upon humans from time to time.

Their arms are very strong and muscular, as are their pectorals and tails.

They are dangerous hunters.

Showcase: I Was Afraid

I Was Afraid is dark, brooding, and everything a shoegaze band should be. Oozing guitars, spacey vocals, and an overarching sense of despair bring everything together for this alt/emo outfit from Little Rock. Stream the title track off their latest release Endless Ecstasy below and stream the entire LP on I Was Afraid’s Bandcamp page.

For Fans Of: Hum, Smashing Pumpkins, Failure

Social Sites: Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp

By Ashley Aron

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Darby Johnson – Vocals/Guitar (answering)
Ty McCuin – Guitar
Evan Grove - Bass
Champy Gahagan - Drums

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re from around the Little Rock, Arkansas, area. Two of us live inside Little Rock and two live outside of Little Rock.

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Ty and I (Darby) started I Was Afraid in 2011 but we’ve gone through so many member changes
that this version of the band is a completely separate band than from when it started. This version of the band started in 2013.

How have you grown since you started?
I don’t think we’ve gotten much taller but in the past two and a half years we’ve done an EP, a split, and two albums. We’ve worked hard on improving our songwriting as well as the tones and sounds we’re getting from our gear. 

What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re short and we don’t have beards.

What’s the best part about being in your band?
We all really enjoy the music we’re playing!  We’re trying to make the music we want to hear rather than what’s super popular right now. As a band we get along really well and just generally like spending time together whether it’s touring or just hanging out together.

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