Monthly Archives: February 2016

Writing Playlist-Mental Health pt 2

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The Kids Aren’t Alright by Fall Out Boy

Don’t you know that the kids aren’t al-, aren’t alright?/Sometimes I just want to sit around and gaze at my shoes/And let your dirty sadness fill me up just like a balloon.

Afraid by The Neighbourhood

All my friends always lie to me/I know they’re thinking/You’re too mean/I don’t like you/Fuck you anyway

Control by Halsey

And all the kids cry out/Please stop you’re scaring me/I can’t help this awful energy/Goddamn right, you should be scared of me/Who is in control?

Picture Perfect by Soil

Picture perfect/It’s not worth it/Nothing rules forever/Too late/The damage is done/Helpless, I was too young

I’m Afraid of Everyone by The National

I’m afraid of everyone/With my kid on my shoulders I try/Not to hurt anyone I like/But I don’t have the drugs to sort it out

Mad Hatter by Melanie Martinez

Tell you a secret/I’m not alarmed/So what if I’m crazy?/The best people are

Gasoline by Halsey

You can’t wake up/This is not a dream/You are part of a machine/You are not a human being

Welcome to My Life by Simple Plan

To be on the edge of breaking down/And no one’s there to save you/No, you don’t know what it’s like/Welcome to my life

The Taste of Ink by The Used

This could be my chance to say goodbye/At last it’s finally over/Couldn’t take this town much longer/Being half dead wasn’t what I planned to be/Now I’m ready to be free

27 by Fall Out Boy

I can’t remember/And I want it so bad/I’d shoot the sunshine into my veins/I can’t remember the good old days

I am Machine by Three Days Grace

There’s beauty in the bleeding/At least you feel something/I wish I knew what it was like/To care enough to carry on

Lost by Saliva

Can’t be the damage I’ve done/Endless fight and I am the enemy/Save me from what I’ve become

Alone I Break by Korn

I will make it go away/Can’t be here no more/Seems this is the only way/I will soon be gone

Missing You by All Time Low

It only takes a little push to pull on through/With so much left to do/You’ll be missing out/And we’ll be missing you

The Kids Are Sick Again by Maximo Park

The Kids are sick again/Nothing to look forward to/They jumped the cliff again/Future sinks beneath the blue

Innocent by Our Lady Peace

I remember losin’ hope/And I remember all the feelin’s/And the day they stopped

TV Show Spotlight

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Name: Bates Motel

Seasons: 3 (4th season starts 3/07/16)

What It’s About: This show is essentially the prequel to the novel and film Psycho. It’s the story of Norma Bates, a loving, overprotective mother, and her son, Norman, who is one psychotic individual. There’s a lot of crime  going on in the small town of White Pine Bay, most of which is repeatedly swept under a rug. Norman falls right in the middle of everything.

My Thoughts: I’ve read the book, and I’ve seen the film. Needless to say, I am quite obsessed with this story and its characters. The show adds so much depth to both Norma and Norman, and it’s so hard not to love their twisted minds. Another factor I love about this adaptation is the addition of Dylan, Norman’s brother. I completely adore him, and I think he brings some sanity into the family. I devoured season 3 in a few days, especially because each season is only 10 episodes long. This show is packed with action, murder, intrigue, and wonderful characters that keep you guessing. It is purely addictive.

Rating: 9/10

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Book Review

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My first encounter with Dorian Gray was in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I saw the film with my mom when I was younger, and so that is the memory I’ve always kept of the character. Last year, I brought up the character from the movie to my mom, and we discussed how charming he was. Then on my birthday, she surprised me with a beautiful leather-bound edition of this novel, so I’m glad to say I’ve finally read it.

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The original Dorian Gray, however, is totally different. Dorian is a young, attractive, wealthy man who becomes influenced by two close friends of his, Lord Henry and Basil. These two men are like the devil and angel propped on Dorian’s shoulders, trying to guide Dorian through life. Basil paints a portrait of Dorian, marking forever his remarkable youth.

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing…”

The writing of this story is thought-provoking, and extremely philosophical. I enjoyed Lord Henry more than anyone else. Everything he said made either absolute sense, or no sense at all. I really loved Basil as well. Dorian was my least favorite, although his actions were incredibly fascinating at times. Dorian tried time and time again to hide his evil deeds, wanting to be worthy of good things, but knowing he did not deserve them. I loved the complexity of his character, but I still did not love him.

There were so many wonderful turns in this story, and it made for an exciting reading experience. I wasn’t expecting so many things that happened. There’s nothing better than when a book takes me by surprise, especially a well-known classic.

“There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.”

The prose was beautifully composed. This is the first work I read from Oscar Wilde. I read up on Wilde’s life, and I was shocked by what I discovered. He was a truly talented individual, and did not deserve what happened to him due to being gay. I want to read all of his plays, and help keep his work alive. He was a wonderful storyteller.

Ten Favorite Fictional Couples

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Mulder and Scully from the X-Files

Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter

Jim and Pam from The Office

Lorelei and Luke from Gilmore Girls

Lito and Hernando from Sense8

Ely and Bruce from Noami and Ely’s No Kiss List

Juliette and Warner from Shatter Me

Sarah and David from Married with Zombies 

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor and Park

Henry and Pike from Big Eden

TV Show Spotlight

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Name: Dexter

Seasons: 8

What it’s About: Dexter is a psychopath serial killer who works as a blood splatter analyst for Miami Metro Homicide. Throughout the seasons, he struggles with work, family, his love life along with his urges to kill, and his efforts to keep that a secret from everyone. He is a different kind of serial killer one that only kills other murderers.

My Thoughts: The basis for the show is very interesting, and they had a lot to work with. The writers were good at keeping me on the edge of my seat, and making me want to keep watching until late into the night. The first seasons were definitely better than the later seasons. The finale was particularly awful. However, I still think the early seasons were good enough to make the effort to watch regardless. I heard they might make a reboot which I am a little iffy about, but I would still check it out anyway.

Rating: 7 out of 10