Giveaway anyone?

Hey y’all! A friend of mine on the OYAN forum is having a giveaway on her jewelry blog. She has a cute pearl choker and an awesome set of steampunk tree earrings. Check it out and enter! The deadline’s midnight on the 29th so don’t wait too long!

~M+W=L

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Music

If any of you have noticed the address of my blog, https://musicpluswritingequalslife.wordpress.com/, then you’ve probably guessed music and writing are both important to me. I’ve talked about both before, but today I talked with a lady at the gym who asked me some different questions about why I like the music I like.

She asked:
1. What kinds of music do you listen to?
2. Why do you listen to them?
3. What do the lyrics mean to you?

Of course, I had just finished an exercise class and my brain was focused on water, not on talking. Needless to say, my answers were a bit jumbled, but it got me thinking. So I’m gonna write out more acceptable answers to those questions and maybe y’all could leave a comment with your answers or thoughts.

 

What kinds of music do you listen to?
This is a hard question for me. In the car, it’s whatever’s on one of two main radio stations I flip between or the four others if there’s nothing good on my main stations. At home, a mix of songs from almost twenty different genres. I don’t have a favorite genre or even a favorite band, but to give you an idea here are my top twenty songs right now. They’re all from different bands or else I’d have to give you my top 100 for you to get an idea of my tastes.

1. Say When – The Fray
2. Demons – Imagine Dragons
3. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
4. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Ray
5. Love Me Again – John Newman
6. Say Something – A Great Big World
7. Glass – Thomson Square
8. Counting Stars – OneRepublic
9. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark(Light ’em Up) – Fall Out Boy
10. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall – Coldplay
11. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
12. Point at You – Justin Moore
13. Pompeii – Bastille
14. Carry On My Wayward Son – Kansas
15. One Man Army – The Classic Crime
16. Sail – AWOLNATION
17. Gold – Wake Owl
18. I’m Still Here(Jim’s theme) – John Rzeznik
19. Let it Go – Idina Menzel
20. Closing Time – Semi Sonic
(Bonus: Applause – Lady Gaga)

They are all awesome and you should listen to them. 😉

 

Why do you listen to them?
At first I answered ‘for the beat’, but then I realized that was about 75% untrue. After a moment, I managed to say ‘for the lyrics’. Sure, on the radio, I listen for the beat cause I’m trying to pay attention to driving. But… In reality, if any of my friends post cool lyrics as a status I google them, read the whole song, and then go listen to it. Some songs, it is because of beat. If a song has a catchy beat then I’ll most likely listen to it. A lot of times though, it’s because of lyrics. Either because they relate to me or my writing in some way.

 

What do the lyrics mean to you?
Well because I’m a writer I like lyrics that mean something to me personally and lyrics that mean something to my stories and characters, or as I call them, charries. Songs like Say When, Demons, and Let it Go are songs that have personal meanings because I relate to them in some way. It’s a little harder to describe how more personal songs relate, but I’m sure you know ’cause you have songs like that. As for writing, I have songs for different charries, for stories themselves, for couples, and ones that have inspired stories. For example, the song It’s Time by Imagine Dragons inspired the first novel I finished, Darkness Before Light, so it will always have a special place in my heart. The songs 22 by Taylor Swift and Summertime Sadness are perfect for my charrie Camryn because they pretty much describe her life and personality. Then there’s ones that I drabble to or write songfics to with my online friends.
And last but not least, don’t forget those fandom songs that you put on replay after seeing a movie or tv show. Carry On My Wayward Son, Stayin’ Alive, Let it Go, or Heat of the Moment anyone?

 

So there you have it. There’s some of the reasons music means so much to me. By the way, I might have an addiction to music, but that’s not a bad thing right?

~M+W=L

The Fault in Our Stars

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This very popular book and soon-to-be movie made me curious. About half of my friends had read it and pretty much all of them liked it. When I asked friends about it, no one could give me a straight answer as to what it was about. So I left it alone, until I saw the movie trailer. After that, I figured it was just another teen romance story, but with cancer kids.

I was wrong.

I knew I was going to see the movie when it came out so I was putting off reading it until after that. (Not to mention I’d just bought 50 books at a new bookstore and I wanted to read all of those while having 3 weeks to edit my book before the OYAN SW.) But… Last Saturday, after seeing 20 commercials for it, having a bad day, and not feeling like I could sleep, I decided to read it. I found the book and sat in my room. I started at about 10:30pm and finished the next day about 7:45pm. All together, minus sleep and snack breaks it took me about 12 hours, the fastest I’d read a book in a long time.

Before I read it this is what I thought it would be:
1. A teenage romance filled with angst and other cliches
2. Lots of ‘questionable content’
3. Characters who weren’t very relatable 

This is what I thought after:
1. A well written book about real life and real love
2. Hardly any ‘questionable content’ and the one scene there was cut away very well.
3. Extremely relatable characters even though they had cancer

Needless to say, when I started reading it, I wasn’t expecting much. But after reading it, I’ll definitely be buying my own copying next time I’m at the bookstore.

The story starts with the main character Hazel, who is narrating. The writing style John Green used took me a little while to get used to, but after that I loved it. It’s unique. He mixed real life places and events into the book which made it more real.
Hazel has a great story telling voice and all of her sarcastic comments and thoughts are similar to what I think after those kinds of situations.
Augustus, or Gus, is another relatable character. He’s witty, funny, serious, etc. Both of them are so real that you’d swear they weren’t fictional characters. 

As for the ‘questionable content’, and I don’t mean cussing… There is one small scene in the beginning of the book and then another later(different kinds of questionable, in case you’re wondering). The second one, which is usually the one everyone talks about was written in such a way that it did feel real, but John Green cut it to where he left almost all of it out. (I’m really hoping the movie does the same.)

If you haven’t read the book, beware. There will be spoilers after this, but nothing more than what you can guess from the commercial.

I’ll start with how Augustus and Hazel were relatable. Aside from their personalities, they’re lives, their decisions, and even the way they both spoke and dressed felt real. A lot of how I think was how Hazel thought and Augustus was a lot like one of my best friends. So for me, it was almost like reading about people who would be my friends if they were real. The side characters had a lot of personality to them as well. Issac, Hazel’s parents, Augustus’ parents, all of them. Even down to Patrick with his almost comedic leading of the support group.

Hazel and Augustus made decisions which effected them both for the better and for the worse, but I can see a real teenager making those same decisions. We don’t always think about what will happen after we do something, until it’s done. That’s something I really appreciated about this book.

I also loved the sub plot with An Imperial Imperfection and all of the quotes from it. They make you think in a way that most books don’t. Well, it doesn’t make you, but it encourages you and it makes some good points. (I.e. The world is not a wish-granting factory.) The book is filled with metaphors, too, and Augustus is there to explain them to us. The metaphors are about everything. Love, life, nostalgia, people, etc. and they all make sense.

Now, the final thing. This book is so full of emotions. And when I say that, I mean it. If you’ve read it, you know. John Green writes about this real fiction couple and then right after you fall in love with them, sends one of them on a downhill. A downhill that leads to death and you get to experience all of it.

In short, this book is emotional, witty, funny, real, and it puts you on a roller coaster that only goes up. So, do me a favor and go read it. Okay? Okay.

~M+W=L

(P.S. Let’s all hope the movie does the book justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVjGbncgQE )