Announcement: 30 Day Song Challenge!

Credits go to LoveToTheMusic1

Credits go to LoveToTheMusic1

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Bob Marley

Hi everyone!

So it’s that time of the year when my challenges start coming out once more. Last year I did a 30 Day Book Challenge and then a 30 Day Movie Challenge, and some time further down a(n unlisted) 30 Days of the Doctor Challenge. This time round me, and my fellow blogger friend, Rhey of Sunshine will be tackling the 30 Day Song Challenge in March. So, starting next month, on the first, we’ll be answering the following song-related questions:

1. The last song you listened to
2. Last song you purchased
3. Favourite song at the moment
4. Favourite youtube artist
5. Favourite male artist
6. Favourite female artist
7. Favourite band
8. Favourite album
9. Live gig OR act you want to see
10. Guilty pleasure song
11. Favourite song from a video game
12. Favourite song from an advert
13. Favourite song from a TV show
14. Favourite song from a film
15. Favourite song from a musical
16. Theme song of your childhood
17. First song/album you ever bought
18. Album you found accidentally and love
19. Group you wish had never split
20. Song you want to play at your wedding
21. Song you want to play at your funeral
22. Song that reminds you of a specific event
23. Favourite mainstream song
24. Favourite funny song
25. Favourite foreign language song
26. Favourite sad song
27. Favourite pick-me-up song
28. Favourite song to dance to
29. Song you would recommend to everyone
30. All time favourite song

Giving credit where credit is due, these challenges, once more come from/are adapted from Heck Yeah Tumblr Challenges. And the questions, lists, and ideas come from that Tumblr site. Once again, if anyone is considering taking this challenge, let me know because I’d love to read your side of the challenge.

I’ll see you then!

cumuloq <3

Poem: the wires worn

6 inklings - saturday

what are wires for
hello hello
they form a halo around
my chest
white-hot and searing
they pierce my wrists
form a knot at the other end
and pull pull tighter now

what are wires for
they stick me up
back straight, legs apart
don’t scream
you scream you die
you smile you’re hired
and wired along
look at my collection of perfectly formed
mannequin family there

they do everything i say
aren’t they
everything we need?
no excuses nothing slackening
pull it taut
do what you’ve learned
in school
the wiring
tiring
tightening
machine.

what are wires for?
stick em up for sale
hanging there for everyone to see
check the price tag
made in china
and more than i’m willing to pay
a visit to the secondhand store
the wires all jagged and sticking out
you’ll get hepatitis
a story your mother says.

in comes a woman
tattooed arm sleeves
different. too different.
a blowtorch – a halo
of orange red and blue
hello hello
these wires take shapes
never known before
dna strands of copper
weaving angel wings in
her backyard

what are wires for?
we wear ourselves in coloured strands
along a backyard alley
there we wear away
stare at the wired frames
and wonder.

– cumuloq <3

A Voice Vs. An Echo

It’s easy to call yourself a “geek” and to throw yourself into episode after episode of a TV show, go catch a movie with a friend, or glance over wiki posts. It’s easy to reblog something or read something in passing on Buzzfeed or Hypable. Read a tweet that’s less than 140 characters. It’s easy to watch videos on video games and listen to people talk about the things they like and claim those thoughts as your own. It’s easy to Google search when you don’t understand. It’s easy to mimicry.

It’s harder to dedicate time to reading novels and to get lost in characters and plots and words. It’s harder to reflect on what content you’re consuming. It’s harder to look at something you love with a grain of salt and love it in spite of its evident flaws. It’s harder to get to know a community. It’s harder to make your own content and step away from the crowd. It’s harder to store information in your brain and be able to recall it on the spot. It’s harder to ask questions and have more questions to ask because of it. It’s harder to have a voice.

Stories were different, though: they came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant, hoping for the chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. They could take root in the imagination, and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read. – John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

– cumuloq <3

On Stress, Emotions and Hurdles

Hey guys!

It’s been a stressful and emotional past few days. Last night I was up at 3am finishing off assignments that were due earlier today. Less than three hours ago I submitted four different assignments to three different professors. I wrote a total of four thousand words of essays. Submitted a 22-page assignment. And prepared for two presentations. I have two essays more to go by the end of this week – but now I’m taking a breather.

This past month has also been emotionally-loaded for other reasons as well. For one, it came to me as a huge shock to find rwby-01-large-02out that Monty Oum, creator of RWBY, passed on. I read about him falling into a coma earlier that week and I thought to myself, “No way is it that serious, he’ll be alright.” But, I guess sometimes things don’t work out the way we hope. RWBY has been one of the few animes that I’ve watched since I was a kid. And it was kind of surreal reading how he had impacted other people from the RoosterTeeth Community’s lives through his various works with the company. I don’t know what else to say. Thinking back on the event still leaves me pretty speechless. I was in such a pensive mood for the rest of the day when the news came out.

Maybe on a more positive side, although just as emotional, over the past weeks I feel like I’m growing more and more attached to the vlogs of the SacconeJoly family. Especially because their last ten days or so have been spent in Disney – and I want to go to Disney so badly as well. I admit watching the below video had me in happy tears because of how magical it was for Emilia to go to Disneyland at such an appropriate age and meeting all the Disney princesses and characters.

Alongside this I saw a video that made me tear up even more and that was the fanmade video of Jonathan and Emilia. You guys may not know this but I’m just such a sucker for father-daughter relationships and stories. Heck, even father and son ones. There’s something about them that just stabs a soft coushy spot in my heart. Plus seeing Emilia when she’s so young with those fat cheeks makes me all gooey inside.

Last but not least, in my series of emotionally exhausting videos is one of Markiplier reacting to a fanmade video celebrating him reaching 6 million subscribers. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Markiplier is honestly one of the most humble youtube Let’s Players I’ve ever watched. And him in this video is no different. Plus the song that the fans use, Everything’s Alright, from the “To The Moon” soundtrack just instantly gets to me. It’s such a sad song.

So, I guess the past few days have been emotional for so many different reasons. The funny thing is that the next ten weeks for me are supposed to be the most taxing and emotional time in my last year studying. I wonder how in the world I can muster the strength for it after having exhausted myself through these assignments. All I can hope for is strong support systems that can help me make the tough times easier.

And, to all readers out there, if you’re having tough times too, hang on! Count the tasks off one by one, and before you know it they’ll all be gone. Maybe sometimes the best thing to know is that time goes on whether you like it or not, and whether you like it or not, things will come – but that will also mean they’ll pass.

Till next time!

cumuloq <3

Poem: a pain in the side

6 inklings - saturday

it’s easy to be jaded
when you’re not made out of gold
or feel criticised for being unoriginal
when you break out of a mould
you know they call it a stereotype
because it’s a solid plate of text
words that are repeated and repeated
only serve to make one perplexed
as to whether the word even existed
before we came and gave it form
and after years in society
it just becomes the norm
and after years in society
we replicate and reproduce
you know a vulgar latin word
for “backwards” forms the word “ruse”
and since we’re deceptively retrogressive
then where are all our funky shades?
the only thing that’s “retro” now
is the art that slowly fades
as words become 140
characters with no qualities of definition
and in class, to explain a word
is like being beaten into submission
so yes, it’s easy to be jaded
when we’re not made out of gold

Ranking the Songs from Taylor Swift’s Album “1989”

Forbes.com

Forbes.com

Hey everyone!

I realise I usually never post anything related to music on Thursdays – even though I have an entire day reserved for it. So today I thought I’d go ahead and rank my favourite songs off of Taylor Swift’s Deluxe Album “1989”. So here they are:

16. Wonderland
15. Wildest Dreams
14. Shake It Off
13. Bad Blood
12. New Romantics
11. How You Get the Girl
10. I Know Places
9. Style
8. Welcome to New York
7. I Wish You Would
6. Out of the Woods
5. Blank Space
4. You Are In Love
3. All You Had to Do Was Stay
2. This Love
1. Clean

“Clean” was kind of an instant favourite. I remember only listening to 10 seconds of it on iTunes and immediately loving it. Click here to listen to Ingrid Michaelson performing a cover of it. <3

“This Love” kind of slowly crawled its way up as a favourite and took me by surprise. It’s just soothing to listen to on the bus ride at 9pm to my hall dorm. “You Are In Love” is more experimental is better in a quiet room where you can really think of the negative spaces in the song (can negative spaces apply to music? I just did ..)

Till next time!

cumuloq <3

What Career Would You Want? For Real?

1 silver lining - monday

Sometimes normal everyday conversation is just boring. So this week I decided to ask a question to my circle of friends that I was genuinely interested in knowing what their answer was: If you could have any career in the world, what would it be? You don’t have to care about money at all, just do something for the rest of your life, what would you do?

get-a-jobI was interested to see what they would answer because they are currently in a position I was in four years ago. They are starting college in a course of their choice and they would one day have to actually decided what job they want to take and, supposedly, according to the course they have taken.

One of my friends answered that she wanted to stay at home and write for a living, if she could. She would write young adult fiction novels. Another friend said he would be a professional gamer (League of Legends preferred) – but on second thought he said he’d rather be a food critic who awards Michelin stars to restaurants all over the world. Another friend said she wanted to be a marine biologist and dive underwater and take photos of strange and wonderful sea creatures. This was two days ago. They’re currently in communication studies and english courses respectively (the last two from english).

Yesterday I asked two more friends. One guy said he wanted to be an architecture and that he was fascinated with buildings old and new – and that’s why he attempted to take a course in architecture during his first semester. That, or a painter. The other one said he wanted to be an engineer or he wanted to programme simulation video games. One of them was studying business and the other economics.

Today I asked a few more folks. One girl wanted to be a social worker or she wanted to do something related to history. She was studying accounting. Another guy said he wanted to do something related to foreign policy – or be a stripper (though I think he was joking with the latter). His degree was in public policy.

After hearing all the answers, I feel (even more so) that it’s silly to ask someone what they’re studying, or what they’re degree is and assume that that is what they aspire to be. Not all english students want to be english teachers or writers, not all engineers want to be engineers in the future. It’s so much richer and fun to ask someone what they want to be if they are just given the choice to pick a career, just any career. It’s interesting to see whether they choose straightforward, politically correct answers, or ambitious ones.

Myself? I love stories. And I always wanted to be a writer, but if I could honestly just choose a career to do that would possibly be amazing, it would either be a video game story writer, scriptwriter or a Disney/Pixar animator.

So, I pose this question to you, to think long and hard, or not long at all, if you had no monetary restraints, if you could just do anything, what career would you choose?

The answer might surprise you. :)

Till next time,

cumuloq <3