Category: Media

Music That Inspires My Poetry

Spotify Music is the single greatest invention in all of human history. I’m serious.

I’m one of those people who creates playlists for EVERYTHING: exercise, friends, job interviews, novels, that recurring dream, every age I’ve ever been, favorites TV shows, fictional characters, self-insert fanfiction, love interests, break-ups, business ventures, etc. I have “pump up” playlists for pretty much everything (thanks, anxiety), including writing.

This is just a small look at my writing folder on Spotify. 

I take my playlists seriously, y’all.

All of those are playlists I listen to while I’m writing, hence the sheer amount of instrumental lists. But like I said, I gotta get myself pumped up. Gotta get that inspiration flowing. In poetry especially I think you need to fill up with inspiration each morning.

So, I put on a playlist of lyrical inspiration while I click around twitter and tumblr for todays reading material. The majority of the music on my personal poetry pump up playlist are soft enough to have on while I’m reading (but not writing). 

It’s not about taking or copying anything from the lyrics, it’s just about “oh wow, this is my kind of stuff, I wish I could write a line as good as that.”

Mine isn’t full of the classic great song writers, I’ll admit. Only a few songs I’ve picked relate to the images or themes I write about. I don’t really know why these songs tickle my brain the way they do. I don’t know if they’ll resonate with anyone other than myself.

But I wanted to share my playlist because it was such a huge factor in my ability to finish my big poetry project. Like, I’m this close to thanking Erica Freas in the acknowledgments. I also wanted to share it because I feel like there’s this weird disconnect between music and modern poetry, when historically that has definitely not been the case. Like, go ahead and say you’ve been influenced by Beyonce, that’s more than okay!

Take a look at my playlist and then go ahead and make your own to get yourself in the zone!

                    

Thanks for reading! Comment and tell me what songs you include in your lyrical inspo playlist! You can tweet me your spotify link, too!

 
Fiddlin’ – July

Fiddlin’ – July

What I’m currently fiddling with:
-This painting that actually looks better as a WIP than what the finished product will look like I’m sure. I’m trying to push myself to be less loyal to my references and making more experimental work so at this point I’m like, hey this WIP is like MODERN ART just by its self! It basically just went down hill from here anyway.

-Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein! Two wildly complex murder boys. Separate projects, a series of articles and a screenplay respectfully, but IMAGINE.

Toggl.com since I’m really focusing on the whole time management aspect of freelancing. You can organize different projects for different clients and record individual actions within those projects and then it tracks everything with graphs which are always nice. I’m this close to buying a pro membership because I’m really enjoying it and would love to be able to automate my hourly wages. Just excited about getting properly organized, not sponsored! 

-On the same note I finally tried out Evernote to keep all my smaller freelance projects organized which is nice. I’ll have to read up and all it’s features because right now it does seems unnecessarily tedious.

-The words to review or even talk about the utter perfection that is Dear Zindagi (2016) directed by Gauri Shinde. It is, in my opinion, the most progressive film dealing with mental health out today. Frankly it is not in my lane to talk about how being made in Indian contributes to the artful nature of the narrative but it is so hard to talk about when trying to dissect the culture from the story, since they are obviously so intertwined. So if I never find the proper words to review this film, let me say this: watch it, it’s great, it’s on Netflix.

-Scrivener for things that aren’t novels/novellas. I love Scrivener, like literally all writers who own it…but just like literally every writer I know, I do not utilize everything it could be. That’s not to say that I’m working with advanced features or anything, but whew boy is the screenplay format good. I also compiled my poetry chapbook, with an index and everything, last month which was exhilarating. I’m really doing so much that I just wouldn’t have tried or even imagined in Word or Google docs.

 

What I’m being inspired by:

 

-The Chronicle script, Matt Johnson movies,  and music mockumentaries, oh my! I’m not a fan of the writer of Chronicle but because it’s not improvised like a majority of found footage film, the formatting is super interesting. Also did y’all know that the ending of the script is super weird and not at all like the movie? Operation Avalanche by Matt Johnson inspired me to get my butt in gear and make movies, with which my recent viewing of both This is Spinal Tap and Popstar: Never Stop Stopping has really got me thinking about the strict technical aspect combined with the casual dialog.

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Doomed Films So Doomed They Spawned Another Film

Doomed Films So Doomed They Spawned Another Film

Cursed vs. Doomed

When you desecrate a sacred tomb while filming, you’re just asking for a curse. If an antisemite is making a movie about Jesus, the set’s going to be cursed and people are going to get struck by lighting. If a movie just can’t get off the ground or if everything goes strangely, hilariously wrong, that’s just good ol’ doom out for a joyride. The Exorcist is a cursed film, Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote is straight-up doomed.

Another difference between cursed films and doomed films seems to be “Can we make a semi-humorous documentary about these film mishaps?” If yes, it’s probably doomed. If no, there’s probably a creepy website that hasn’t been updated since 2002 all about how and why that particular movie is cursed, created by a grown man wearing fingerless gloves.

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Top 10 #52FilmsByWomen2017 So Far – Midpoint Check-In

2017 is the first year I’m participating in 52 Films By Women and the first half seemed to fly by! That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult, because it most definitely has. I mean, I’m still about 2 films behind so obviously it’s a bit of a struggle.

I’ll look at my to-watch list on Netflix or DVR and everything I would assume to be directed by a woman (Vampire Academy or Blue is the Warmest Color, for example) were in fact directed by men. It doesn’t help that Netflix doesn’t even have a dedicated list for female directors when they have one for ‘Time Travel Movies starring William Hartnell.’ You have to physically look through all of the movies and find “feminine sounding” directors (which is NOT a fool-proof method) or find a list online which will almost never be up to date since Netflix plays some strange game of musical chairs every month with their streaming content.

Still, 12 of my 26 films were watched through Netflix. Other than that, 6 were through either Amazon Prime or Hulu, 4 were DVDs from my public library, 2 on cable, 1 rented through the playstation store (thanks Dan!), and 1 at a public screening a friend and I stumbled into at a park while we were in the Twin Cities.

You can see my whole list of what I’ve watched so far right here, but right now I’m going to take you through some of my favorite films I watched because of this challenge, in chronological order.

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THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

THIS ISN’T NORMAL: Trump, Ableism, and History

Last Thursday, during the Morning Joe debacle, Don Lemmon opened his show by saying this:

“I have heard and said the phrase ‘This is not normal’ so many times and I’m sick of hearing it and I’m sick of saying it.”

At least one Donny with a history of lying is actually speaking the truth these days. I wholeheartedly agree with his statement, but it doesn’t make the phrase less importantly urgent.

It seems as if every day there’s another Republican begrudgingly flipping over to the side who agrees that this is not a normal presidency. I’m not talking “of course it’s not normal, it’s better” kind of statements here either. These right-wing politicians are talking about their president like kids at my middle school talked about lil ol’ neurodivergant me, like he’s the weird kid in the back of the room mumbling about other dimensions and eating paper. Now of course when talking about myself I say something along the lines of “of course I’m not normal, I’m better,” but once again that is not what’s happening in Washington. Whether Trump and I share any diagnosis does not matter because when we say “normal” we are not talking about what the more bigoted members of our society perceive as “normal.”

We are talking about history and we are talking about humanity. We’re talking about what is happening to our country, something that could not be happening if we simply had a “mentally ill” person in the white house. This is especially true since his supporters are the aforementioned more bigoted members of our society who voted with ableism in their hearts anyway.

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Don’t Die: The True Dynamic Duo of Kate Bishop and Clint Barton


Hawkeye..s

One lavender scented heiress with perfect form and one ex-carnie slash arrow-slinging Avenger who probably has to google instructions on how to boil water. What could go wrong?

Turns out, a lot

It doesn’t help that Clint Barton (a.k.a Hawkeye) needs a purpose, a direction, an order, in life and it just so happens to be a day he’s not being bossed around by Captain America or S.H.I.E.L.D. It also doesn’t help that trouble seems to constantly be five feet behind, wanting to ask for his help, and the direction his heart takes him is backwards, right to them. His heart is not a terribly good compass. He gets in over his head and ends up falling off of some great precipice, usually both literal and figurative.

It does help, however, that in Clint’s little vacay from this plane of existence (more or less), his trusty bow was entrusted to wildly talented Kate Bishop (also a.k.a Hawkeye) and it didn’t take long after Clint revealed himself to be alive for her to give him that trust back…not the bow, though, she definitely stole that along with Clint’s respect. She’s got his back when it gets bad…and it helps that she has a car.

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