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Influences and Inspirations
Hey Everybody! Thank you so much for checking out the stories and engaging with the world that I’m making. This has been super fun for me to experiment with writing creatively outside of the music space. After working so hard on these short fantasy stories, I wanted to take a step back and do a more personal exploration of where some of these ideas are coming from, some of my inspirations and some of the stuff that I really like. Some of these things I talk about in this post may not seem like they connect to the fantasy world of Randos I’m creating or my music but these are the things that I enjoy and make me who I am creatively on some level. Hope you guys enjoy this piece and I will get back to more fantasy content soon!
Sorceress Part 1
SUMMER I sat on the top of the bluffs, my legs dangling over the side. I lifted my face up to the sun, enjoying the morning light. I could see for miles up here, and everything seemed peaceful in the early morning sun. I breathed deeply, feeling calm. A scuff off to my right and behind me caught my attention. I turned slightly, to see a man slowly inching his way along a precarious ledge, his eyes on me. Red-blonde hair, blue eyes, he had that cute guy-next-door kind of look. Standing next to me he probably would be a bit taller than I was.
Flipping through the pages of my mind I need something new to find To discover thoughts yet to be written Open up ideas to fit in
Essential Advice on Writing and Life from Maya Angelou
Life is full of joy and happiness, but it's also full of struggles and pain. I'm glad our world has been blessed with wise people like Dr. Maya Angelou, who've come along and left their imprint on the world. When my brain feels as though it will explode into spaghetti noodles at any minute, such wisdom is vital in keeping it all together.
I like looking at you in the dark
hmm, we have been trapped like this before A never ending loop of harsh teachers Giving us grades only based on fear And here we are, looping into a madness
I met the other me today.
Shaking my head did little to relieve the grogginess I felt. A bad combination of late night, poor diet, and other destructive decisions led to an even worse morning. Even so, I still had to force myself awake, using the annoyance of my blaring morning reminder that I would likely be late to work.
Along the hot, white beach, it glistened green, bright among the scallops and periwinkles. Strange and smooth, mother sun shining through it
Why Nasir “Nas” Jones Deserves a Nobel Prize in Literature
A slight rasp and precise diction; the projects become vivid scapes; wisdom becomes a thugged out ticket into the ruggedness of the urban zones of Queensbridge, Queens, New York City. The street poet Nas has shined a light into the dim places of the inner cities for decades now.
Movie Review: Netflix Once Again Cashes in on Marilyn Monroe with 'Blonde'
Blonde (2022) Directed by Andrew Dominik Written by Andrew Dominik Starring Ana De Armas, Adrian Brody Release Date September 23rd, 2022
Review of 'Blonde'
Just watched Blonde on Netflix. I'm sorry to say I found only the acting was excellent. Let's talk about that excellence first. Ana de Armas as Norma Jeane delivered an Oscar worthy performance, conveying the 20% bravado/80% vulnerability that we think we know of Marilyn just perfectly. The voice, the facial expressions, and body language were so good, I could believe I was seeing Marilyn on the screen.
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