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Still super into Bebe Rexha's voice. Fuse's embed code did not play nicely with LJ, so you can watch the acoustic performance here.
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Today I'm thankful for the person who made this:



I've been thinking that The Carlton is the perfect dance move to go with Lady Gaga's "Applause," and I'm delighted that I'm not the only one.
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For today, have three of my favorite holiday songs. First, Dido's "Christmas Day":



Next, The Lonely Island featuring Justin Timberlake, "Dick In A Box," which only gets funnier over time:



Thirdly, the Muppets Chickens' rendition of "Joy to the World":

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I watched the video for Nicki Minaj's "Va Va Voom" partly because I wanted to listen to the song again after hearing it on the radio and partly because I was hoping for a lot of dancing (last time I went looking for such things, I was very disappointed to find that the only person belly dancing to Nicki Minaj was Nicki Minaj, and then only briefly). Instead, the video is entirely composed of imagery from Snow White.

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It's probably no coincidence that I watched a lot of Square One as a child and grew up to be a mathematically inclined adult. (If you did not grow up with Square One, you missed out. It was a sketch comedy show for kids about math. There appear to be whole episodes on YouTube, which I will be watching some of at a later date.) I fell into a YouTube hole of Square One musical numbers this afternoon. This is my all-time favorite. Just try listening without starting to sing along.

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Today I'm thankful for YouTube. Amongst all the other great things about it, if there's a song I have in my head but not my iTunes, I can pretty much always listen to it on YouTube. (This afternoon's song I keep replaying is Fergie's Glamorous featuring Ludacris.)
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Master Post

Mix number two is by [livejournal.com profile] roadmarks.

Oceans Won't Freeze

Download

  1. The Like - Fair Game

  2. Hawksley Workman - Striptease

  3. Garbage - As Heaven Is Wide

  4. Shiny Toy Guns - Frozen Oceans

  5. Pixies - Cactus

  6. Tegan and Sara - Back in Your Head

  7. Mother Mother - Body

  8. Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

  9. City and Colour - Comin' Home

  10. Imogen Heap - First Train Home

  11. Stars - Ageless Beauty

  12. Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
[livejournal.com profile] roadmarks Notes: I had a blast reading and mixing for this fic and I can't wait to read it again! When I was mixing, I started out trying to pick songs that fit with the plot, but then I gave in to the urge to make a mix that was mostly about pining -- I hope you like it nonetheless! :)

Author's Notes: I think this is actually a stealth pining mix. I didn't realize it was the one with the mixer note about pining until I was looking for a title for the story and looked up the lyrics to all the songs in both mixes. This is such an upbeat mix that if you aren't paying attention to the lyrics you won't know how much pining there is in it. You could conceivably have a lively party to this mix. I love how well that fits with Leighton and Victoria being undercover and upbeat while they're missing each other.

A few specific notes: I love "Fair Game," and I'm not sure I'd ever heard anything by The Like before. My brother loves Bassnectar, so I can't wait to tell him someone put a Bassnectar remix on a mix for something I wrote. I love that both mixers put Stars songs on their mixes. I only knew one of their songs before, but now I'll definitely be looking for more. "First Train Home" keeps catching my ear. I love that this ends with "Dog Days Are Over," which is neither a pining nor coming home song, but a keep fighting song (at least in my head).
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Master Post

Mix number one is by [livejournal.com profile] delphinapterus.

Cover Art )

Undercover and Still In Love/It's A Bumpy Road

Download

  1. My Love Follows You Where You Go - Alison Krauss & Union Station

  2. The Night Starts Here - Stars

  3. Air We Breathe - Alisha's Attic

  4. Problem Queen - Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi

  5. Constant Craving - k.d. lang

  6. Moments in Love - The Art of Noise

  7. Lies - Kaki King

  8. The Price We Pay - A Day to Remember

  9. Trouble Sleeping - Corinne Bailey Rae

  10. Code Red - Tori Amos

  11. Prelude to a Kiss - Alicia Keys

  12. I'm All Right - Madeleine Peyroux

  13. Home - David Byrne and Brian Eno
I knew one of the mixes had notes that the mixer had cut from following the plot to just making a pining mix. It's actually the other mix that has that note, but if you listen to this one, you can see why I thought it was this one on first listen. This mix has a lovely melancholy feel. If you are in a long distance relationship or unrequited love situation, you may not want to listen to this. I'm not in either of those situations, and it still almost made me cry on first listen.

A few specific notes: My dad is a big Alison Krauss fan, and I'm looking forward to telling him that I have one of her songs on a mix for something I wrote. I love that both mixers put Stars songs on their mixes. I did know this song, and I will have to go looking for more of their music. I was absolutely delighted to see Alisha's Attic on here. I haven't thought of them in years, but I remember loving one of their songs way back in the day. "Moments in Love" catches my ear every time I listen to this mix. "Home" is a lovely ending to this mix.
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Reduced Information Intake
I'm greatly reducing the things I read. I pruned my friends list, stopped reading fueledbygossip and Bandom TFLN (to the extent that I deleted them from my history so they wouldn't show up and tempt me when I start typing into the location bar), and stopped following Nathan Fillion and the majority of TAI's hangers-on and ex-bandmembers on Twitter. I was annoyed with Facebook's declining usefulness, but I guess it'll keep me from spending too much time there. Delicious has been similarly helpful. I'm only reading Sociological Images sporadically (I think I'm going to try once a week). I'm not clicking on every link that appears in my Twitter feed or email. (This is hard for me. I never want to miss anything, but I just need to remind myself that it's okay. I don't have to read/watch/listen to everything.) I'm trying to step away from the internet and go read a paper book when I'm feeling overwhelmed. This all sounds more dramatic than it actually is. I go through this kind of media pruning every once in a while when I'm either feeling like the internet is too much (which I have been for most of this month) or when I'm trying to cut out things that aren't my core priorities (which I'm starting to do since it's starting to be fall, which is when I have a lot more energy).

Movies
The last two movies I saw in theaters (unless there was something else in there I'm forgetting) were Colombiana, which I wanted to like more than I did, and Attack The Block, which I very much liked. Attack The Block was fun and funny, and the experience had the bonus points of (a) introducing [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 to our local art house theater and (b) running into a friend I'd just been thinking about but hadn't seen in years. A win all around!

I've had my Netflix account on hold for a while (and will probably keep it that way into the foreseeable future - again with technology helping me stay productive by being less and less useful), so I've been checking out DVDs from the library. I've seen some very bad movies. Two of those are Diane Keaton movies. I was looking to see what else Gabriel Macht had been in, and one of the things is Because I Said So, which was already on my Netflix queue (because Piper Perabo is in it; she's beautiful as always but the movie gives her nothing to do), and which my library owns. It's not a good movie, and yet I still cried. I'm so easily emotionally manipulated. But because the movie is all about a mother-daughter relationship (Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore), it reminded me of another movie that also has an interesting mother-daughter relationship: The Family Stone. It's possible that The Family Stone is even worse than Because I Said So, and I'd seen it before so I really should have known better. It does have one absolutely lovely moment between the mother and one of her daughters (Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams) when they open presents.

I also watched The Edge of Love. Wikipedia quotes a review that says, "tonally it's all over the map," and isn't that the truth. I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be good when it was a Keira Knightley movie I'd never even heard of, but I didn't quite expect the part where it didn't know what kind of movie it was trying to be. Fun fact: my library actually owns two copies. According the catalog, there's a third one at another branch. Now I'm very curious about who makes DVD purchasing decisions for the system.

YA Unrec
I read Jennifer Hubbard's The Secret Year last week. It's not horrible, but it's very flat and it doesn't seem to have much purpose. It also has a surprising amount of talk about sex and people having sex (off screen) without ever actually being sexy. The best parts are the family parts. She should have stuck to that story.

Music
I heard Patrick Stump's "This City" (featuring Lupe Fiasco) on the radio yesterday. The radio! I had no idea it had made it off the internet.

New TV Shows I Have Watched One or More Episodes Of
It's not a coincidence that all of these have female protagonists.

Revenge: Ohhhh, I like this one. Soapy but not in a particularly ridiculous way, more in a way that draws you in. This is the new show I'm most impatient to watch the next episode of.

Ringer: This is not a great show, but it gets a few more episodes. If I decide I'm watching too much TV, this will probably be on the chopping block. I do appreciate that Sarah Michelle Gellar is managing to make Bridget, Siobhan, and Bridget-as-Siobhan three separate characters. Minor spoilers if you haven't watched to the end of the pilot. )

Charlie's Angels: Do not watch this show. It's terrible in nearly every way. You know how the Drew Barrymore-Lucy Liu-Cameron Diaz movies were fun? This is not. It's also not really a drama. They seem to be stuck somewhere in a middle ground where they don't know what tone to take, so it all falls a little flat. They don't even manage to make the fight scenes look good. Charlie being a voice on a speaker phone is creepy instead of the joke it probably should be. And then there's the race fail. I was going to leave the entirety of this warning outside of a cut, but once I wrote it all out, I realized how terrible and offensive it really is, so the description is behind the cut in case you'd rather not deal with it. Spoilers and race fail. )

Prime Suspect: I wasn't necessarily going to watch this, but then [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 said I should let her know if I made it past the first fifteen minutes, so I watched it so I could talk to her about it. The sexism is pretty outrageous, and neither one of us or my mother (who I also talked to about it) believed the blatant nature of it. I'm hoping that was just a setup and that now that they have the attitude established, it can be more realistic and subtle. What's most interesting about the show, and what I didn't know from the one ad I kept seeing at the movie theater, is that she's partnered. (It's probably not a good thing that I can't remember the names of either Maria Bello's character or the partner.) Before you get too excited by my choice of terminology, the partner is male. Their relationship is very interesting, and it's what's going to make me watch at least one more episode. What I really want is for someone on YouTube to cut together reels of just those interactions for each episode. I would watch all of those. As it is, this is likely to be one of those shows where I watch an episode here and there when I'm in the mood for a cop show.

The Secret Circle: I wasn't sure about this show. [livejournal.com profile] siryn99 suggested it, and [livejournal.com profile] eleanor_lavish didn't think much of it. I gave it two episodes because the first one was painfully establishing, but two episodes is all it's getting. I might remember to read some brief recaps in a couple of months to see what happens, but it's not worth watching. A few miscellaneous thoughts: Never before have I so clearly seen the use of magic as a metaphor for sex. It's suffering in the transition from page to screen, particularly in the pilot where I could practically see the inner monologue. Somewhere there is a problem in the logic of there being six people to complete the circle when all twelve of the current six's parents seem to have been in the previous one. I would much rather watch a whole show about Faye than Cassie. It really makes me want to watch The Craft, which is an urge I get often enough that I might just buy it.

Returning and Ongoing Shows I'm Watching
In addition to the things below, I'll also be watching Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles when we get to the second half of their split seasons.

Haven: I was looking for things to watch, and [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 sent me a link to a thread of shows to catch up on over the summer that have strong female characters. This was on it, so I watched my way through the first season. What surprised me most were how many people I know replied to me when I tweeted about watching it. Who else is watching this show I'd never even heard of but love? (I have more to say about Haven, but it's going in a separate entry.)

Hawaii Five-0: This show continues to be absolutely ridiculous, and yet fun. Minor Spoilers )

Nikita: I love this show. I'm completely captivated by the story and the relationships. Spoilers )
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If Melissa Ferrick's "Drive" (listen/download at box.net) is the ultimate song about sex, then Melissa Etheridge's "Sleep" (listen/download at box.net) is the ultimate song about afterglow.

This post has been brought to you by lesbian singers named Melissa and that time a record label retweeted me.
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I've been thinking recently that Empires' lyrics are interesting in how few of them are gender specific. "Hayley" is about a girl, and "My Poor Lover" uses "she," but the pronouns in pretty much everything else stick to first and second person. Then, recently, there's "Darko" which is possibly (but probably not) about kinky bisexual exhibitionist sex with strangers: "Mystery man, will you watch my back / while I breathe her deep through the evening cracks" and "Man, oh man, if you watch my back / I will breathe you deep through the evening cracks." And now there's "Hell's Heroes," which starts with "My first love / he went away." Even though I liked their gender neutrality, I'm surprised by an actual male first love.

Several of my friends are into Hawaii Five-0. I watched two eps and got why fangirls like it but didn't care. [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 keeps telling me about the fic, though, and then she sent me some links, so I read some fic. And then I read some more fic. And then I started to run out of easily findable fic that was good. (There's a lot, but some of it, even some of the high hit count things at AO3, is not good.) So then I started watching the show from the beginning, and now I care about it. The thing is that I'm used to fan fic, where we take tiny things and blow them up into something much bigger. This is not a fandom where that's happening. All the things I assumed were tiny things that happened once or were fannish invention are, instead, actual plot points from the show. Steve and Danny are basically dating from the first ep. People involved in their cases start asking them how long they've been married in episode four. I expected them to hold hands and the end of episode eight. Danny starts calling Steve "babe" in episode ten. I'm also finding it fascinating in how it's not so much homoerotic as homodomestic - Steve and Danny's interaction is less sexual and more domestically familiar.
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In case you missed it, I spent a long weekend visiting friends in New York. This involved a movie premiere, a concert (the reason I went this particular weekend instead of some other), other fannish delights, and food. Plus a lot of just hanging about with some of my favorite people in the world.

Talihina Sky

Thursday night was adventure number one: Talihina Sky. In case you have never heard of it, it is a documentary about the Kings of Leon. We did not just see this movie; we attended the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Premiere adventures. )

My Chemical Romance

On Friday night, we went to see MCR. You can read an actual review of the show here. My thoughts on the experience. )

Other Fannish Viewing

We watched a bunch of fannish things, as you do when spending a long weekend with fangirls.

Panic!, AAR, MCR, Community )

Food

One of the promises about this trip was that we would go to BabyCakes, which is a vegan, gluten-free bakery, so on Saturday night we did just that. I bought a cupcake and an apple crumble thing (kind of like a coffee cake). The cake part of the cupcake was fine. The frosting was amazing. It tastes like a cream cheese frosting, but it's vegan. I had the apple crumble as part of my breakfast on Sunday morning, and then promptly started googling vegan, gluten-free apple cake recipes. I may have to buy one of their cookbooks. We also went to Risotteria, a gluten-free Italian place, where we each had a different kind of risotto. I may also have to learn how to make risotto now.

Concluding Note

Fangirl weekends are the best. You should have them if you don't already. ♥
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Remember that time I expressed the unpopular opinion that I liked the (New Regrets) version of "Spotlight" better than the (Oh Nostalgia) version? Patrick agrees with me.
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A couple of weeks ago, I read this Alternative Press article about how bands don't make any money. They mention that the best thing you can do to financially support a band is to go to a show and buy a t-shirt while you're there. The article made me feel horribly guilty for not spending money on music. I don't really go to shows and I don't want band t-shirts (so not my style to wear things with designs, plus I only wear v-necks) or other merch (I'm not into buying stuff these days). And yet, I really want to financially support bands I support in other ways. [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl pointed out that Empires has a donate button on this page of their website (it's hidden waaaaay at the bottom under the Twitter box, and the layout breaks and hides it in Chrome), so I gave them some money. This resulted in not one but two thank-you notes (possibly from a template, but definitely not auto-generated as they came one and two days after I donated), one from management and one from Tom. This is part of why I adore this band; they are truly that sweet and that dedicated to being close to their fans. If you want more than just a thank you for your money, you can buy some of their merch or one of Tom's prints. (If you like Tom's style but not any of the specific prints there, he does rotate them - as soon as one sells out, he puts up something new. You can follow him on Twitter or his blog/[livejournal.com profile] tomconradsyn to see when he puts up something new.) You should also read [livejournal.com profile] lakeeffectgirl's post which says all this more fervently and more eloquently than I just did.

There is also an easy, non-financial way you can support Empires. They are one of sixteen bands in a contest to be the first unsigned band on the cover of Rolling Stone. However you feel about Rolling Stone as a publication, this is awesome exposure for Empires. Go here and give them five stars. If you have access to multiple computers with different IP addresses, vote from all of them!

And if Empires isn't your speed, then take this opportunity to support whatever bands or artists are your speed. As Tom's header says, "Buy art, even if it's not from here." ♥
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Christian Kane is at the top of a new list: bands I would go to Sacramento to see again. The concert was fucking awesome, and the experience was tons of fun.

The Stoney Inn is a funky place: you come into the small front bar, which has karaoke, stairs to a tiny upstairs area, bathrooms, and the door to the back bar/performance space. In the back bar, there are tables and bar-height seating around the dance floor that's right in front of the stage. (If you paid for either level of expensive tickets, you got a reserved seat. The rest of us stood, which was fine with me and [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 hung around the edges and sat when someone either didn't show up or vacated their reserved seat.)

The first opener was a girl named Pammie Lowe. Everything she was wearing sparkled. Her bassist and drummer were about as young as she was (I found an article saying she was 21 as of November 2010). Her two guitarists (she was also playing guitar) and the keyboardist were all old enough to be her dad, or possibly even her grandpa. (If you've seen Country Strong, Pammie Lowe reminded me a bit of the first time we see Chiles on stage, only with less stage presence and no stage fright.) There was a woman on the dance floor trying to get people to dance. I assume it was Pammie Lowe's aunt as mom was probably the woman right in front of the stage taking pictures. There were a few truly skilled couples who did some country swing dancing, and the people who seemed to be Stoney Inn regulars eventually started line dancing. After the first one, I joined in even though I didn't know what I was doing - the regulars were used to this and kept pointing us newbies in the right direction - which was tons of fun.

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The second opener was the Brodie Stewart Band. They did a couple of covers that were fun - including Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," which only made us feel more like we were in a J2 AU - but that's really all there is to say about them. The most notable thing about their set is that there is a teeny tiny balcony area up above the stage, and Steve was up there watching for part of it. (I decided not to be ultra creepy and refrained from taking a picture of him up there.)

Between sets, there was line dancing, and I mean serious line dancing. The dance floor cleared enough space for a large group of people to line dance and then the DJ called each dance and counted everyone in. There were two women I couldn't stop watching.

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This is not the best picture of them, but you can get the idea. They spent a lot of time dancing together, which was interesting in that it wasn't quite the girls dancing together for the attention of men thing (although the two drunk guys with cowboy hats - Jared and Jensen in the AU - did come dance with them a bit later, which kind of ruined my enjoyment of them for those brief periods of time), but more that they were just having fun. Both [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 and I hope they're actually lesbians and not just friends out having fun together. (In the AU, they're Danneel and Katy Cassidy. Alternately, I now kind of want to read or write a country novel where there's a lesbian couple and a gay couple and they go to shows together because it's less dangerous/more socially acceptable.)

Kane (at the very end, Chris said, "We're Kane," which was awesome since I thought they'd abandoned that as a band name and were doing everything under Christian Kane) finally came on around ten. They were so fucking awesome. I'm an Original Kaniac (as silly as the term is), so obviously I was going to think they were awesome, but they really were totally awesome. I worked my way up so I was in the thick of the crowd (maybe five or six people deep from the stage), and despite being short, I managed to see both Chris and Steve. People, I don't know how to tell you how much I loved this experience, so let me stick to highlights:

This got long. )

Pictures! Kane on stage and me with Steve. )

Out of order (but complete, I think) set list: The House Rules; Callin' All Country Women; American Made; Let's Take a Drive; Let Me Go (Chris said this is going to be the next single); Thinking of You; Whiskey In Mind; Seven Days; Middle American Saturday Night; Luckenbach, Texas; something of Jason's that I didn't catch the name of (maybe "Faith"? It was the one song none of us knew); Blaze; and Rattlesnake Smile as the encore.
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I correctly guessed that [livejournal.com profile] mayqueen517 wrote "The Fastest Way Back Home" for [livejournal.com profile] no_tags, and as a reward she offered to make a mix for any of my fic. I chose Changes His Coat, Not His Disposition, and she made me this mix. It has a lovely feel, and I love the somewhat spooky beginning. (And I may have then listened to Florence and the Machine's "Howl" on repeat for an afternoon.)
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I started this post early this morning, before I even went to work. Today was a busy - and constantly busy - day, and I loved having this post to come back to at lunch and this evening. So although this is a post of three things that are making me happy, the post itself is a bonus fourth.

Christian Kane's The House Rules
Okay, I know this came out in December, but I just bought it yesterday. I couldn't listen to it and write at the same time because I just wanted to grin and sing along, so I listened to it on my walk this morning. (Thing I don't think I've mentioned here yet: four of my amazing friends went in together and bought me a tiny, red iPod! So now I start my day thinking of them and listening to music on my morning walk.) I'm pretty delighted by it.

Chris's gender politics are interesting as always: he makes a distinction on "Callin' All Country Women" between "uptown girls" and "country women," which is perhaps not the best presentation of "uptown girls," but very interesting in that I read this post, in which the comments discuss the way women aren't referred to as "women" this week. (He himself is a "country boy" in the lyrics.) "American Made" refers to women as everything from "women" to "girls" to "beauties" to "ladies," depending on the fit with the lyric - although he does refer to "my girl."

He also does a pretty straight up cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" - the only lyric he changed was from "checkout girl" to "checkout boy," which was jarring the first time I heard it but not the second. (His tweet wondering what Tracy thinks of his cover is what prompted me to finally go buy the album.) It's an interesting choice, and I think it works well.

The most interesting thing about my emotional reaction is that I wish I'd bought the CD + digital download version. I didn't because I thought, "Of course I don't need a CD," but it turns out that when it comes to Chris, that does actually matter to me. Strange! I do have an unused Amazon gift card, so maybe I'll use part of it to get the actual CD.

Rosemary Clement-Moore's The Splendor Falls
The last book I read was bad. Really, really bad. (I'm writing an unrec post for [livejournal.com profile] romoerotic. I require a lot of words to describe how bad it was and why.) Anything else would probably look good in comparison, but The Splendor Falls is genuinely excellent. It has a compelling first-person narrator, an interesting plot, and the word "collarbone." (Those of you who don't follow me on Twitter may not realize that the use of the word "clavicle" has reached epidemic proportions. There are, of course, appropriate situations for the word "clavicle," but next time you write it, think about your intent. Are you providing a clinical listing of body parts for an anatomy test or trying to give your reader a sense of the beauty and sensuality of the human body? If it's the first, by all means do use "clavicle." If it's the second, switch to "collarbone." We'll all be a lot happier. [If you really feel the need to use "clavicle," I would be totally down with a Brendon/Spencer college AU where Spencer's studying anatomy by using the technical terms for all of Brendon's body parts as he touches/kisses them.]) Every time I start reading, I don't want to stop.

My Inspirational Desk
Between yoga and Sean Van Vleet's obsession with Steven Pressfield, which he has then passed on to several of my friends, I can't escape the concept of resistance. I finally bought white index cards so I could write "No resistance. Just let it be easy." on the back of one. It's more a paraphrase of something my yoga teacher said than it is a Pressfield reference (I've tried to read The War of Art twice, but haven't managed to finish it), but it's absolutely helpful writing advice. Monday's reading at yoga was the first four lines of this. I almost didn't catch anything else she said because I found "Empty yourself of everything" to be so powerful. I now have that on an index card on the other side of my monitor. (I didn't estimate well, so it's not centered and the letters squish together at the end. I'm trying to figure out if I can empty myself of the need for it to be right or if I just need to rewrite it.)

I was so pleased with my index cards last night (I'm thinking about doing a whole series of handwritten cards of things I find inspirational so I can shuffle them and let the hand of fate choose what I need in the moment when I need inspiration), and then I looked at the few other things on my desk, and realized that they are also keeping me in touch with good things. I have a heart-shaped petrified wood paperweight that I got from my belly dance class when I quit my last job to write, which reminds me both of my commitment to writing and the support of others. The cable for my iPod, which reminds me of the people who gave it to me, lies in a slight curve to my right. And then there's a small, wooden whale, which I bought at the woodworking place in Ghirardelli Square on a work trip. Something about its puppy dog expression called to me, even though I don't like puppies and have left my dolphin and whale obsession in my past. Part of one of its flippers has broken off, so it lists a bit, but the wood is as smooth as ever.
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If you're in bandom and you haven't already, go to Patrick's website and marvel at the terrible usability download both versions of "Spotlight."

I'll wait. You can come back to my opinion. )
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Today I'm thankful for [livejournal.com profile] airgiodslv's Stripper Music playlist. I was not in the frame of mind to work on my novel, and then I switched to this and wrote three hundred words in no time. Most of the sex scenes in the first novel would not exist if it weren't for this playlist.
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Master Post

Listening to this now, I'm not so sure it holds together as a mix on its own, but it put me right in the mood to work on the story every time I listened to it.

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Must Seem So Strange (spoiler free track listing):

1. Dude Looks Like a Lady - Aerosmith
2. Jesus Doesn't Love Me - Dragonette
3. Mouth (When I Kiss Your Lips) - Merril Bainbridge
4. I'm Yours Tonight - The Academy Is...
5. Fire Door - Ani DiFranco

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