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RANKING: Favorite "The Legend of Zelda" Themes

The Legend of Zelda series has birthed some of the most amazing music of any game series in history.
This is my ranking for the 30 best musical tracks to come out of this magnificent story ~   The Legend of Zelda (1986)
A Link to the Past (1991)
Ocarina of Time (1998)
The Wind Waker (2002)
 Twilight Princess (2006)
Skyward Sword (2011)
A Link Between Worlds (2013)
Breath of the Wild (2017)     30 – 26     25 – 20     20 – 16     15 – 11     10 – 6     5 – 1    



My Top 100 Least Favorite Idioms

100. Happy now? (if someone else is saying it)
99. Word to the wise
98. Above and beyond
97. On pins and needles
96. Keep your chin up
95. Son of a gun
94. As good as done
93. When God closes a door, he opens a window
92. May lightning strike me
91. Lose your marbles
90. Crafty as a fox
89. Says you!
88. To the ends of the Earth
87. Wine and dine
86. Twenty three skidoo
85. Shooting fish in a barrel
84. Bob's your uncle
83. Where did I go wrong?
82. Hit the road
81. Pardon my French
80. A walk down memory lane
79. There's no such thing as a free lunch
78. In his/her heyday
77. Show them the ropes
76. Need I say more?
75. Are we having fun yet?
74. You can't take it with you
73. Lightning in a bottle
72. Find your feet
71. Sleep like a baby
70. Weather the storm
69. Walk a mile in my shoes
68. All's fair in love and war
67. Crocodile tears
66. Knock my socks off
65. Shoot for the moon
64. Bust my hump
63. When it rains, it pours
62. Throw like a girl
61. Long in the tooth
60. Use your loaf
59. What's the scoop?
58. The bigger they are, the harder they fall
57. Dead on my feet
56. Level with me
54. Writer's block
55. Hit the books
56. In the buff
55. Act a fool
54. Blood is thicker than water
53. Change your tune
52. This is how we do
51. Broaden your horizons
50. On fleek (unironically)
49. Early bird gets the worm
48. Indian giving
47. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
46. Off their rocker
45. Flash in the pan
44. Bite off more than you can chew
43. Chow down
42. Eating out of my hand
41. You can't judge a book by its cover
40. Straight from the horse's mouth
39. Done dirty
38. Break a leg
37. Sell yourself short
36. Bring home the bacon
35. Home is where the heart is
34. Pig in a poke
33. Caught my fancy
32. Make mincemeat of
31. Raining cats and dogs
30. Wouldn't hurt a fly
29. No room to swing a cat
28. Waste of breath
27. I'll drink to that!
26. Haste makes waste
25. Hit the sack
24. Crying over spilt milk
23. Get it out of your system
22. Grind my gears
21. My cup runneth over
20. From rags to riches
19. A feast for the eyes
18. Down to brass tacks
17. Stick and stones
16. Cutting his/her teeth
15. Sick as a dog
14. Who's to say?
13. A blessing in disguise
12. On the reg
11. Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed
10. Third time's the charm
9. A little hard work never killed anybody
8. On the way
7. Hold your horses
6. A blessing in disguise
5. You can't have your cake and eat it too
4. I'm rubber, you're glue
3. It's a small world
2. Takes one to know one
1. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Dennis Reynolds


My Top 100 Favorite Idioms

100. Happy now? (if I'm saying it)
99. Call the shots
98. Rome wasn't built in a day
97. On the fence
96. Cream of the crop
95. Up and running
94. A shot in the dark
93. Steal my thunder
92. Not playing with a full deck
91. Without batting an eye
90. Come hell or high water
89. Game, set, match
88. Method to his/her madness
87. Keys to the kingdom
86. Chip off the old block
85. Can't cut the mustard
84. Bite your tongue
83. Take it with a grain of salt
82. My word is my bond
81. The devil is in the details
80. New York Minute
79. Make no bones about
78. Damning with faint praise
77. I'm gonna go out on a limb
76. Balls to the wall
75. Go for broke
74. Lay it on me
73. Got it going on
72. Elvis has left the building
71. Cock and bull story
70. Ball is in your court
69. Imagine that
68. Out of your element
67. Drives me up the wall
66. You can say that again!
65. Fresh as a daisy
64. Putting your eggs in one basket
63. Hell to pay
62. Back seat driver
61. Hit the bull's eye
60. Dead on arrival
59. Bite the bullet
58. At the drop of a hat
57. The benefit of the doubt
56. Tried and true
54. Cut to the chase
55. Penny for your thoughts
56. Missing the boat
55. A snail's pace
54. Eyes bigger than your stomach
53. Go down the rabbit hole
52. Slam dunk
51. Wild goose chase
50. On fleek (ironically)
49. Go down in flames
48. The whole nine yards
47. He who laughs last laughs best
46. Drawing a blank
45. Take to the grave
44. Rain check
43. Playing fast and loose
42. No rest for the wicked
41. His/her true colors
40. That old chestnut
39. Adding insult to injury
38. Bigger fish to fry
37. Elephant in the room
36. Don't count your chickens before they hatch
35. Up your alley
34. You're putting me on
33. Bigger fish to fry
32. It's the thought that counts
31. The last straw
30. So much for that
29. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it
28. Speak of the devil
27. You live and you learn
26. Calling the shots
25. Not rocket science
24. I couldn't care less (if stated correctly)
23. The cold shoulder
22. Tip of the iceberg
21. Wild goose chase
20. Up shit creek without a paddle
19. Piece of cake
18. The best of both worlds
17. Cost me an arm and a leg
16. Put the kibosh on
15. Smooth move
14. Damn your eyes
13. That ship has sailed
12. Let the cat out of the bag
11. A fool and his money are soon parted
10. Let's blow this popsicle stand
9. Beating a dead horse
8. Dig your own grave
7. Two birds with one stone
6. Cut off the nose to spite the face
5. Better off dead
4. Speak of the devil
3. I've got a bad feeling about this
2. Long story short
1. It's your funeral

Dennis Reynolds


album review I: K-12.

melanie martinez - k-12 (album review). following her 2015 debut, k-12 is melanie's first album in 4 long years, which have all been spent on this project. the album is 13 tracks long, representing kindergarten through 12th grade. i'll be reviwing this album track by track, and i hope you enjoy and please request albums you'd like for me to review!   track I: wheels on the bus. this album begins with this happy, groovy tune, very reminiscent of the cry baby era, narrating melanie's bus ride to school. the highlight of this track, for me, is the second verse where melanie sings about passing around a blunt as the fellow kids on the bus go crazy around her. overall this is a very nice opener, setting a happy, campy beginning to the album, with a dreamy underrtone.  rate: 9.5/10.    track II: class fight.  this track is darker than the previous one, describing a physical altercation between cry baby and a classmate. the production is very airy and child-ish until the chorus, bringing out a dark, downtempo narration of a fight with a class mare the repetition of the chorus is too much, but i do enjoy the verses a lot.  rate: 8.5/10.   track III: the principal. the listener's attention is immediately grabbed with the ringing of a phone, proceeding melanie singing about her principal over a very dramatic beat, changing at the chorus into an airy catchy, chorus, shaming the principal for every bad thing melanie write him to do. this one has grown on me a lot.  rate: 9.5/10.    track IV: show & tell.  this track is eerie, dark perfection. melanie's voices glides across an instrumental i'd describe as a down-tempo carousel, singing about being used for another's self-gain and the down sides of fame. "show and tell. i'm on display for all you fuckers to see," melanie sings angrily. this is one of my favorites on the album.  rate: 10/10.    track V: nurse's office. my anticipation for this track, which was one of the first snippets released, was through the roof, and it didn't disappoint. if i had to choose any 'lead single', this would be it. this track is an instant classic, fitting in perfectly with melanie's music catalog.  rate: 10/10.    track VI: drama club. if i had to choose a least favorite track, this would be one of them. it feels like she just searched up 'melanie martinez type beat' on youtube and just sang over it. i think the lyrics are good, but them neither the production were strong enough to elevate this song to the same level of the others.  rate: 7/10.   track VII: strawberry shortcake: this pop banger is definitely an album standout. it's strong message and catchy synth-pop chorus make strawberry shortcake an essential listen for everyone, not just melanie lovers.  rate: 10/10.   track VIII: lunchbox friends.  if you liked soap, off cry baby, you'll love this... but more. melanie sadly sings over a dark trap beat about fake friends, with a voice-deepener effect on the chorus, bringing together one of my favorite tracks on the record.  rate: 10/10.    track IX: orange juice.  i have the same problem with this as i have with drama club, but this track is better. melanie sings about the topic bulimia and compares it to oranges being juiced. the house-ish piano production is an interesting touch. i don't have a huge problem with this track, but it's nothing special. rate: 8.5/10.    track X: detention. i would describe this track is a spooky shape of you, but really good. this xylophone-like synth-led song is one of my favorites for so many reasons. one being, the creepy beats perfect, smooth transition into the sexy, slow chorus. rate: 10/10.    track XI: teacher's pet:  out of all tracks, this became my overall favorite. melanie usual. creepy alternative sound is met with a dark rock-ish bass, paired with lyrics describing melanie's friend's relationship with a teacher. i would describe this as a slower mad hatter or cake. the production on this one, as on all the tracks is amazing.  rate: 10/10.    track XII: high school sweethearts.  this track starts with a slow, synth-accompanied intro, leading into a upbeat pop song, about a significant other during high school. melanie sings about what is required in a relationship with her and what she wants.  rate: 9/10.    track XIII: recess:  recess is a weak closer for me because although it feels like the perfect closer, it's a bit enjoyable to me because of how child-ish and forcibly over-peppy it is. it pairs a happy instrumental with lyrics about not-letting bad things get to you.  rate: 7/10.    favorites: show & tell, lunchbox friends, detention, & teachers pet.  least favorites: drama club & recess.    overall review:  .-12 is an enjoyable alternative pop album. it has a strong story and sense of cohesion but gets lost sometimes in it's cohesiveness, which starts to become just similarity. i'm talking about how similar the instrumentals sound in some tracks. despite this, i find myself enjoying the album a lot and excited for cry baby's next endeavor.  overall rate:  92/100.       




I don't know who of you will read this. I am posting this on another forum too, where some people of this forum go too, and it would seem fair that I share my story here too.
Maybe this is also a little bit for myself? I have been in a really bad place these past few weeks and maybe writing this off will help me with my healing process? I am also sorry to all of my friends on here, especially to the royal squad. I'm sorry that I was never able to tell you guys. But I just can't.    Trigger warning! Do not read this if you are sensitive to explicit stuff. So yeah, I'm really REALLY REALLY REALLY sorry for putting up this facade.  What I want now, is that you don't treat me differently, like I'm some kind of doll or something. Because I am not. I just needed a place to write this down I guess. 


My Dedicated Tour experience! Philly 7/20 ❤️

It finally happened! I saw my queen last night. After years of stanning and months of planning, I took a weekend trip to Philadelphia with one of my best friends, the only other person I know in real life who loves Carly nearly as much as I do. My journey began in Cape Cod, where I was on a family vacation. I drove my own car separately from everyone else, because saying bye and leaving them early was the only way I could make it to one of the northeast tour stops. I drove for four hours back to Albany by myself on Friday, where I was reunited with my pets and did some last-minute trip shopping at Target. I was so excited for the next day that I got four hours of sleep at most, but it didn’t even matter. Despite being the furthest thing from a morning person, I woke up at 5:00 AM. I fed my pets, assembled my outfit (also from Target), did my beauty routine, and loaded up on caffeine and sugar. This was a recurring theme throughout the day: unless I’m forgetting something, I had two cups of coffee, an extra-large cherry Slurpee, a grande Frappuccino, a tall glass of sweetened iced green tea, and a venti iced chai latte. This was probably overkill, but I don’t drink alcohol or do drugs and wanted to get high on something so this was the safest bet. When I was walking into the train station from the parking lot, I realized my heels were bleeding because I was wearing brand new shoes that hadn’t yet been broken into. They looked cute, but they were agonizing. I sat alone on the train with bloody feet until my friend joined me at the Hudson stop, and once we got to Penn Station in NYC (where we were to get off our first train and board another one to Philly) I limped into a Duane Reade and got Band-Aids. After that, my shoes weren’t an issue and we didn’t have any problems. We also had Shake Shack for lunch, and then we were off to Philly. Once we got there, we took an Uber to the Airbnb I ordered. It was this cute condo with two beds, a bathroom, and a kitchen, and we probably had one of the best views in the entire city. We could see the whole skyline right in front of us, and it was such a sunny glorious day. There wasn’t even a screen on the windows and we could just open it up and scream out into the city. I’ll never forget what it looked like. We hung out there for a little while, did multiple drink runs from various places, and then got ready for the concert. We couldn’t stop dancing and singing Carly songs on the streets and in the stores, and we were probably really annoying but we just had to reenact the Run Away With Me music video. Sorry Philadelphia, I don’t make the rules. We had sushi for dinner at this Japanese restaurant on the way to the venue, and I was embarrassingly bad at using chopsticks but the food was amazing.  Once we were done, it was concert time! We ordered another Uber, this one with a driver who referred to Philadelphia as “Filth-adelphia,” and then we were off to see our queen! It was probably about 6:30 PM when we got to the Fillmore, half an hour before the doors opened. The line was insanely long and went all the way around the block, which I was super surprised about for some reason. Even as one of Carly’s biggest fans she’s so much more popular than I thought she was, and I realized how many people truly follow her or listen to her. The crowd was mostly people in their 20s and early 30s, but there were a few older people. It was mostly gay men and girls obviously, but there were also a lot more straight guys than I thought there would be. Good for them that they’re secure enough to recognize good music, even if it’s not considered cool for people like them. Most people were dressed super stylishly and clearly put tons of thought into what they were going to wear when witnessing their queen, as did I. There were so many cute guys there but I told myself not to get distracted by them, because this night was about Carly and nothing could get in the way of that. Once we got into the venue and the security guards searched my hip new Stranger Things fanny pack, it was showtime. Although I didn’t buy anything, the merch was really cute, and songs by the likes of Lizzo, Robyn, and Charli XCX were playing in the lobby. I’m not really a partier or a club person, so this whole experience is the closest thing I’ve ever really gotten to something like that. There were so many people in such a small space, half of whom were drinking, most of whom were gay, so I guess I’ve unofficially popped my gay club cherry. It was standing room only, and extremely hot. It was 99 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and probably somewhere around there inside too, despite the air conditioning which wasn’t really doing anything. The body heat definitely made it worse, and every single person there was sweating so bad but we all managed to brave the potentially triple digit heat wave for our queen. Anyway, there was a giant shiny disco ball hanging front center stage, and we were pretty close, probably a quarter of the way back from the front to the back. My friend left to get water and she was gone for about 10 minutes, and I stayed where we were to save our good spot. I was feeling really lonely since everyone else had their friends with them and I was all by myself, but then this guy near me must have seen how sad I looked because he asked me what my favorite Carly songs were and we talked for a minute. It made me feel so much better and completely turned my mood around, and I was happy again and then my friend was back. For the most part, people were extremely friendly and I felt so safe and supported. I challenge you to find a concert with a sweeter audience. The opening act was Phoebe Ryan. She came on at 8:00 and she was really good. I didn’t know any of her music, but she succeeded in piquing my interest and now I want to check her out. The crowd was into it and it seemed like she gained lots of new fans, so good for her! Once Phoebe was done, there were about 20 minutes of excruciating waiting as the crew got things ready for Carly. Everyone was getting really antsy, but honestly I would have waited hours for her without complaining. Finally, at exactly 9:00 sharp, her band and backup singers came on stage to the opening of No Drug Like Me. She was going to pop up anywhere at any second and this was when all the emotions hit me and I was about to cry. I was about to see and hear her in the flesh with my own eyes and ears, and not through a screen or earbuds. Then, there she was. Her voice, her costume, and her energy were all perfect. Everyone went wild and I was totally wiping away my happy tears about the fact that this was actually happening. It was everything I had hoped for in my daydreams about this night going back years, and even though I had sky-high expectations that easily could have been let down by anyone else, she easily met and surpassed all of them. Her vocals were even better than the studio version and she didn’t hesitate to reach the more challenging parts, which really impressed me since a lot of her peers tend to chicken out and take the easy route when performing live. Her band and backup singers were all so good and beyond worthy of sharing a stage with her, and there wasn’t a single weak link. She had the cutest jokes and anecdotes, such as the origins of Julien, and her band played along with her so well. You could tell they were all having fun, especially her guitarist Tavish. Every single thing Carly did all night was completely adorable without even trying, and that’s exactly why I love her. I must have said “OMG she’s so cute!” to my friend at least 20 times throughout the night, half of them with tears in my eyes like a proud dad. After No Drug Like Me it was Emotion, and then Run Away With Me and so on. It kept getting better and better every minute as Carly soaked up the energy from the crowd. She just radiated all things pure and positive, and it was beautiful. Speaking of her stage presence, besides how huge the crowd was and how many straight guys there were, the next biggest surprise for me was how confident she was. I think I expected her to be more shy and awkward, but she was neither and I was so proud of her! She’s really grown so much and she made putting on such a great show look effortless. She wielded a sword, she had her band wear Carly wigs during Too Much to mimic the music video, she changed from one cute costume to the next as she let her band and backup singers shine during a trippy extended outro to For Sure, and she really just pulled out all the stops. I adored every song she played and wouldn’t have changed a single thing on the setlist. It flowed so well, the order made perfect sense, and she really chose the best possible blend of bops, bangers, and ballads. There wasn’t a single breather song where people zoned out or got bored, which is pretty impressive considering she did over 20 songs. She even performed the “men ain’t shit” trifecta, aka Boy Problems, When I Needed You, and Party For One, which made me completely stop caring about the guys that were there. Afterwards I realized there were a few songs I really wanted to hear that I didn’t (Your Type and I Didn’t Just Come Here To Dance), but it didn’t change my enjoyment of the concert at all. It was truly magical; every single person in the crowd knew every single word to every single song, even the deep cuts and B-sides, and I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where that happened. Some artists are artists where people will go to their concerts just to party or hang out without even caring that much about the actual music, but literally everyone there was a complete die-hard stan of her and everything she’s ever done whether that’s her singing and songwriting or just breathing and having a pulse. How crazy is it that someone with her interesting (for lack of a better word) chart and sales history can still have hundreds of people completely obsessed with her every move at each venue? The proof is in the pudding; she’s one of a kind. I sang, cried, and danced my heart out, and nobody judged me because everyone else in the place was doing the same exact thing. I found my people, and it felt so good. She dedicated Too Much to everyone who feels too much and loves too much, and considering how sensitive and emotional I am myself, it was like she was speaking directly to me. The cute little “Ooh whoa 🥰” thing she does before the chorus gave me so much life every time, and the little moments like that made every song she did so much more special. Even if you’re just a casual fan, please consider going. You have to see it to believe how good it actually is. Once she was done there was obviously going to be an encore, because what type of blasphemous heathens would come to a Carly Rae Jepsen concert and not demand an encore? People were chanting “CAR-LY, CAR-LY” from all directions and she came back out to do my friend’s favorite album track (Let’s Get Lost), my favorite album track (Real Love), and Cut To The Feeling as the grand finale. We both lost our shit at such an iconic 1-2-3 punch, because we had been waiting for those ones and finally got them. I tried not to be on my phone too much during the concert because I wanted to live in the moment, but I got the perfect video of the bridge and final chorus of Cut To The Feeling. The timing and angle were just right, no tall guys were in my way, you could see her clearly, and it captured the best part of the song and pretty much the whole night. When she did her final “And take me all the way...oh whoa,” the confetti canons turned on and it was just raining confetti while everyone was jumping around and my all-time fave was playing one of my favorite songs right in front of me. I’ve never been happier...for real. I’ve watched it dozens of times since then, and am showing it to pretty much everyone I know. If we have each other added on anything, ask me and I can send it to you! I had already decided to stan forever long ago, but I’m going to say it again for meme’s sake: we have decided to stan forever. We’ll never get sick of her ass. My friend and I both declared it was the best concert we’ve ever been to and we now love Carly more than we already did, if that’s even possible at this point. I’m now home again, and still coming off of the high and cried a few times again while writing this up. She’s never let me down and she gave me everything I could ever possibly want and more. I didn’t meet her because I thought that would be too overwhelming for my first time, but there’s always next time. I don’t really get out much honestly, mostly for dumb anxiety-related reasons, but since this went so well I’m thinking about going to other concerts once I get my money back up. Lizzo and Kacey Musgraves could be fun, and I have a few others on my list too. Traveling by train was pretty exhausting but I’m not opposed to going to Philly again; it was such a great city and the people were wonderful. Maybe I’ll even stay in the same condo again for my next concert here. The main thing I took away from this experience was love. I love Carly, I love my friends, I love music, I love Philly, I love the LGBTQ+ community, I love myself, and I pretty much love everything right now. I hope it sticks. ❤️   Tag-list: @Taylor @Sylk @Dennis Reynolds @#Music @Royale @Kuba @Divine @ajp @Ruthless Love @Madonna @Urbanov @Hylia@Andrew!



New entertainment centre setup

So I was looking to optimize my entertainment centre, being tired of switching cables and plugs all the time and wanting to have it all hooked up to my TV at once, and after a lot of effort this is how I did it. I took these pictures for my uncle (originally a video of me switching from device to device to prove it was possible, but that was a mess  not to mention that it's a terrible idea to have that many things on at once, even for a demonstration), but I thought some here may appreciate this.   So here's what it took to make this possible (obviously this doesn't include the TV itself or any of the devices): - 5-way HDMI switcher - 8-way AV switcher - 12 outlet power strip (I keep the less important devices on this just to be power efficient) - 7 outlet power strip - HDMI cable for original Xbox   And here's how it's actually set up with my television:   HDMI 1 Blu-ray player   HDMI 2 5-way HDMI switcher - Satellite receiver (also the power source for Super Famicom Classic Edition via USB) - Xbox 360 - Super Famicom Classic Edition - PlayStation Classic - Xbox   AV 8-way AV switcher - VCR (with Atari Flashback 8 running through it) - Retron 2 (NES/SNES) - Nintendo GameCube - Nintendo Wii - Nintendo 64 - Sega Genesis Classic Game Console - Dreamcast - PlayStation 2   Cable Sega Genesis     So that's the whole shebang  maybe some will think it's as cool as I do, or some may have some tips on how to make this better, (although I think it's about as power efficient and convenient as it could be, and I have plans to get rid of the coaxial connection for the real Sega Genesis and do away with the Classic on a regular basis altogether), say a TV that already has a good deal of HDMI and AV ports. And obviously when I inevitably get more HDMI devices, another 5-way switch box is in the card for that first port which is just the Blu-ray player right now).   @Hylia @Dan @Quill @rose @LittleDudeNT5@Jake @PoisonCandy @Saiga

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker – Review

I must have been around ten or eleven when I borrowed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker from a family friend. It was the first Zelda I ever played. I wasn’t very good at video games at that age, and being that it wasn’t mine – and that I didn’t have a memory card for my GameCube – I never got past the first few levels of the game. That didn’t stop it from having a pretty big impression on me. It was my first glimpse into the expansive, thrilling, adventure-filled world of Zelda and I would go on to play many other games in the series – but I always wanted to go back to Wind Waker and play through it fully. Since completing Breath of the Wild, I made it my mission to play through all of the Zelda games I had yet to beat – preferably in chronological order. After completing Ocarina of Time, I was finally able to get my hands on a used GameCube and a copy of Wind Waker.   My replay of Wind Waker was both a familiar and somewhat struggling experience. Unfortunately, I feel as if some of the wonder I had for the game when I was younger had dissipated, and I was treated to a different experience altogether. That being said, Wind Waker is one of a kind and really stands out amongst the other games in the series, and I’d like to lay  out the pros and cons is possesses.   The first thing I’d like to talk about is the style. Personally, I am more of a fan of realistic and older-Link designs, but I can’t deny the appeal of Wind Waker’s cell-shaded, “cartoony” style. It was revolutionary at its time and created a whole new look for the series that became the standard for upcoming games. It still isn’t my favorite style for a series like Zelda, but the game is truly pleasing and wonderful to look at. I applaud how colorful, atmospheric, and stunning the visuals are for the original – and especially the HD remake.   When you load up the game, after the title screen, the first thing you’re introduced to is the prologue. It is simply a text with image affair, but the combination of the old, wood-cut-style artwork, the renaissance-tinted theme, and the tone of the backstory makes for probably the best opening Zelda has pulled off. It truly makes you feel the legend of the story you’re about to play – connecting it with Ocarina of Time while giving you more information in the time that has passed since then: the triumph of the Hero of Time, but the somber, daunting realization of the Hero’s failing to return and Hyrule being swallowed into darkness yet again. It adds a history that I wish was throughout the game a bit more, but it certainly sets up the game wonderfully.   Wind Waker possesses my favorite iterations of some designs – particularly the enemies. The Moblins and Bokoblins possibly have their best designs in Wind Waker. They adhere to the more toony style quite well, while still being imposing and formidable enemies. The strutting gait of the spear-wielding, top-heavy Moblins strike both amusement and fear as you attempt to tiptoe past them in the Forbidden Fortress. Even the Miniblins are vicious little creatures, boinging  about with high-pitched chattering as they surround you in high numbers. Another creative and interesting take on a common Zelda enemy is the Wizzrobe. These are my favorite! In Wind Waker, these evil magicians take on dark-toucan, plague-doctor appearance, appearing in your way with an alarming siren and ghostly, warbled chuckles. Even their echoed, low-pitched yell as they’re struck by your sword is appealing. Other classic enemies like Peahats (both huge and small), Keese, and ChuChus appear in unique yet familiar designs – with ReDeads being particularly effective in their slack-jawed, mummified eternal screams that cause you to freeze in terror.   Wind Waker also boasts the reemergence of Phantom Ganon in his coolest design: swirly and ghostly, dark as a black hole and outlined in neon blue, a massive sword and a horned helmet. Despite the simplicity of the battle, I have always found the tense back-and-forth batting of Phantom Ganon’s fireball to be particularly effective and I’m glad we get to see him a few times in Wind Waker.   What would a Zelda game be without its score? In fact, the music is astounding in just about every game – and Wind Waker is no exception. As I mentioned before, the opening theme – titled “The Legendary Hero” on the soundtrack – is an adaptation of The Legend of Zelda’s main theme with flourishes of despair and uncertainty through the accompaniment of renaissance instruments. Probably the most famous level theme of the game is Dragon Roost Island. This uplifting track is truly one of the best compositions to arise from the series; with jaunty, quick strums of guitars, percussions claps, and an airy whistle-flute singing a memorable melody. It adds a new flavor to Zelda we haven’t quite seen before – something a little foreign, maybe a little tropical – while inspiring a familiar tone of uplifting adventure, calling to mind the vibrant blues and greens of the ocean and the grass on the titular island. It’s fair to say that the rest of the game boasts other gems: while the temple/dungeons themes are more ambient, the happy, domestic themes of Windfall Island and Outset Island are some of my favorites. They inspire warmth and joy far better than any “village” themes from past Zelda games. The music that accompanies your Ocean travels, which serves as the game’s overworld theme, is pleasantly  more less bombastic than it’s predecessors, but with a similar sense of excitement. The subdued strings and horns with a steady marching drum beat pairs perfectly with the sailing adventure.   The general gameplay is where I’ll probably get more into the cons than the pros – but lets meet in the middle for now. The islands that make up the games levels generally have an “outside” portion and an “inside” portion, with the “inside” areas being a little more invested and often leading to the dungeon or temple you have to beat. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the shortness of the “outside” portions was a detriment for me, because I enjoyed the scenery and interaction with the environment in those areas – particularly on the Forest Haven. That being said, the actual levels and islands of the game are overall very satisfying to play. The difficulty level is pretty low. My only criticism of the controls is that Link is fairly quick-moving and with the camera not always linked to your advantage, it can cause some problems. Whenever Link hits a ledge, he takes an enormous leap of faith off of it. I don’t think I died once in this game from enemies, but I did unintentionally jump to my death on a number of occasions.   My biggest issue with the gameplay is actually what makes it special: the ocean and the wind waker. Unlike it’s predecessor, Ocarina of Time, I would say that Wind Waker returns to the general open overworld dynamic of most Zelda games. You can’t play any level in any order you’d like in terms of the storyline, but the map of the open ocean is fairly free to explore in any way you like. This is a good thing, but the fact that it is an ocean is at times detrimental to the accessibility of the locations – specifically paired with the wind waker. In the game, you have to use the wind waker to set the direction of the wind in order to sail. This is a fairly realistic dynamic, and I understand where they are coming from, but this gives you a directional handicap that at times makes it difficult to truly explore the open world freely. If you need to turn ninety degrees – or, god forbid, turn around entirely – you will most likely have to break out the wind waker again to change the direction of the wind so you can move. The reason why this was such an annoyance to me is because most of the islands on the map are fairly small, and sometimes on your journey you see multiple places on the horizon and in your peripheral that you want to check out, but the wind prevents you from going from one place to another with free will. There were many times where I found myself wanting to turn around, or circle around an island (especially if I was coming at it from the wrong angle) but the wind got in my way. This ultimately prevented me from doing a lot of exploring that I usually try to do in all of my Zelda experiences.   Battling enemies on the ocean is a nightmare. Most of the time I found myself avoiding them altogether or jumping over them, but there are certain areas of the game that forces you to deal with the enemies in your midst. The directional limitations I just mentioned are often at your disadvantage when dealing with enemies. While they move freely around you, you’re forced to mainly stop in your tracks to battle them. You cannot move while using your main seafaring weapon – a cannon – anyway. The cannon is oftentimes a struggle to aim and use against multiple enemies at once. Getting hit by an enemy attack sends Link flying from his boat into the water, which only adds to the clunky nature of the fights and prolongs it even further.    Some lower-level grievances I have are finding treasure chests. Link procures treasure charts along your travels, which allows said treasure to appear as a little glowing ring on the ocean when you are around it. However, the closer you get to it makes the glowing ring disappear and you have to rely mostly on your ears to sense how loud the shimmery sound effect of the treasure is before trying to anchor it up. This can often lead to many trail and errors of sinking your anchor only to hit nothing, moving an inch forward, and trying to get the treasure once more. I often found myself leaving the vicinity until the glowing ring appeared once more and repositioning myself to try and get a better shot at approaching it once more. More important treasures (like triforce shards) appear as a pillar of light in the water and disappear even sooner as you approach it than normal treasures. It wasn’t until the end of my playing experience did I realize you can open your treasure charts and just align your cursor to the X on the map for a more accurate hit.   The ocean itself is a joy to sail in if you’re just coasting from point A to point B. The design of the waves, the wind, and the sky are beautiful to look at. I applaud Nintendo for trying out something new for their overworld, but it was mostly a miss for me in terms of gameplay.   Towards the end of the plot, Link must find the broken shards of the Triforce of Courage – quite similar to what you have to do in the original Legend of Zelda. In the GameCube version, you have to find eight triforce charts, get them translated, and then get all eight triforce shards. This was a little excessive in my opinion, especially since finding the triforce charts consisted of fun puzzles and challenges of skill – which was actually one of my favorite parts of the game – while actually finding the triforce shards was just more treasure chest hunts in the ocean – which we all already know how I feel about that.   I’m sure I could go even further into what this game offers. Although it may seemed as if I harped on a lot of things about this game, to assume I dislike it is far from the truth. It is still a tightly made and enjoyable game. The dungeons and temples aren’t as challenging as those in Ocarina of Time, but they aren’t so boring to be unenjoyable. The Forest Haven and Wind Temple are two of my favorites, while the final battle with Ganondorf actually felt like I was having a sword fight with him! Teaming up with Zelda to defeat Ganondorf was satisfying and was a great gameplay dynamic. The colors, themes, and designs of the islands are vibrant and appealing. Wind Waker also introduced us to the Rito and Koroks, two additions I love, which have since appeared in other Zelda titles. Like I said, I could go on and on about what I love about this game, along with some things that irked me.   Is it my favorite Zelda game? No. It is in my top three? Probably not. But, as a Zelda game, it is already miles ahead of many and one I would still put in as one of the most enjoyable games to play or watch.    

Sword & Shield: May Recap

Hello Pokemonsters!    It's been a long three months since the first Sword & Shield trailer dropped. Since then, we've had very little information and are finally entering info season where reveals will be a lot more common. The first of these reveals will happen TONIGHT - at the Pokemon 2019 Press Conference; which will cover a range of topics of interest to Pokemon fans. This conference will take place at 9pm EDT tonight but is not expected to reveal major details on Sword & Shield. However, a Pokemon direct focusing on these games has also been announced for June 5th at 9am EDT. There's a range of possibilities about what might get revealed there, but first, let's recap the information we have so far. If you haven't seen the Sword & Shield trailer, you can view it below:       So where do we begin? Well, with all games, the main focus has to be on the Pokemon themselves; so here we have Grookey - the grass monkey, Scorbunny - the scorching fire bunny, and Sobble - the water-type sobbing bubble of sadness. Not much else is known about the starter Pokemon other than their designs and current typings thus far. While its currently impossible to say for sure, the suggestions for final-evolution typings include either Grass/Rock or Grass/Psychic for Grookey, Fire/Electric or Fire/Steel for Scorbunny and Water/Ghost for Sobble.      Next we'll look at the region itself. Behold the Galar region. Evidently based on the United Kingdom, there are different theories on whether the region is indeed flipped upside down or just jumbled about. However, the map shows that there's a hefty bit of countryside at the bottom of the map, and a very lake-district / Loch Ness feel above that. Followed by massively big cities in the upper half of the map as well as references to Stonehenge and other UK historical details. Finally, it should be mentioned that the region has been designed to follow the shape of a sword, but any reference to the Shield title is non-existent.      Some other important information from the first trailer includes; the return of old Pokemon in the new region (such as Pikachu, Hoothoot and Minccino) and the return to previous traditional game methods of random encounters, the potential heavy focus on train services - which may indicate a portion of the game or a fast-travel feature replacing Fly, character customisation which was later confirmed by newer screenshots, and... the grand return of Pokemon gyms. While no real information has come out about these gyms, we also see the player wearing a UK football-like uniform when entering a stadium (which possibly could be one of the gyms). These gyms will most likely play a bigger story focus than ever before.     That's all for the information from the first trailer. Whilst there wasn't that much concrete information displayed, there has been a lot of speculation after many potential hints being found within the trailer and the region map. However, I've decided just to leave this post as the facts for the current time being. With a 15 minute Pokemon Direct on the horizon for next week, there's bound to be many, many more facts in future. In the meantime, don't forget about tonight's press conference! That's all folks!

Pokemon Sun and Moon - Pre-Release Schedule

Hey y'all. This isn't any sort of a news post. But instead, I'll be going over Pokemon Sun and Moon's pre-release season and gathering when, what and where information was announced. If you're curious about X&Y's pre-release schedule, please see HERE. Without further ado, let's get on with it!    February 10
  February 26
Game Name + Logos
Release Month
Concept Art of various titbits (The Region, Lillie, Pikipek)
  April 12
Magearna's typing revealed
  May 10
Region Name
Region Map (for Melemele Island only)
Box Art
First Look at Region
Kukui & Hala revealed
First Look at Mom & Hau
Character Customization
Release Date

May 13
Rockruff shown
  June 2
Full Regional Map
More info on Solgaleo & Lunala
More info on Kukui & Hau
Lillie revealed
Rotom Pokedex
QR Scanner + QR Codes
  June 11
More info on Rockruff
Zygarde Formes
Magearna Event
  June 14
Move Selection Screen Changes
Stat Changes Screen
Pokedex Screen
Battle Royale Mode
  June 15
Sun & Moon 3DS Revealed

June 30
Tapu Koko
  July 7
  July 12

July 13
First Look at Z-Moves
First Look at Pokeride
Pokemon Refresh
  July 19
Pokemon Global Link - Custom Competitions
Hyper Training
  August 1
Alola Forms Revealed
Alolan Sandshrew
Alolan Sandslash
Alolan Vulpix
Alolan Ninetales
Alolan Exeggutor
Island Challenge
Trial Captains
Mallow, Kiawe, Lana and Sophocles shown
Totem Pokemon
SOS Allies
Island Kahunas
More info on Pokeride
More info on Z-Moves
  August 9
Alolan Meowth
Alolan Marowak
Team Skull, Guzma & Plumeria revealed
  August 10
  August 11
Alolan Raichu
  August 18
  August 19
  September 1
Alolan Rattata
Pre-Order Bonus
Munchlax Event
  September 6
Alolan Raticate
Day/Night Mechanic Changes
Aether Foundation revealed
Lusamine, Faba, Wicke and Gladion shown
Zygarde Cells + Cube
Dexio & Sina revealed
Ultra Beasts announced
  September 8
Samson Oak revealed
  September 12
Lycanroc (Both formes)
  September 20
Pokemon Bank Updates
  October 4
Festival Plaza
VGC Rules
QR Rental Teams
Global Missions
  October 7
Ilima shown
  October 12
Alolan Grimer
  October 14
Alolan Muk
Akala Island revealed
Olivia revealed
  October 17
  October 18
Sun & Moon Demo Released
Alolan Dugtrio
  October 20
Alolan Persian
  October 23
Shaking Grass mechanic
Info on Trials & Z-Crystal Rewards
  October 27
Tapu Lele
Tapu Bulu
Tapu Fini
Battle Tree
Cynthia and Wally shown
Red & Blue re-designs
Communication Features
  November 11
Signature Z-Crystals for the Starter Pokemon
  November 14
Z-Status Moves

November 18
Sun & Moon Released Worldwide   



My top 30 albums of all time

Note: if theres no spotify link available, ive posted a wikipedia article to the album instead (only for #30)   30-26 25-21 20-16 15-11 10-06 05-01     spotify link for my highlights (100 songs)  

Harley Quinn - A Hermione Original Song

Author's Note: I find it disturbing how so many male celebrities and fictional characters are romanticized by fangirls despite their abusive tendencies, so I wanted to write a song illustrating how ridiculous it is by stretching the analogy. It's called "Harley Quinn," and it's about a girl who sees a hot serial killer on the news and becomes obsessed with stanning him, not realizing she could be his next target. It might be the most fun I've ever had writing something, and I'm particularly proud of the homicidal bae part. I'm not confident enough to upload myself singing it, so I'm just posting the lyrics and you'll have to use your imagination for the production and melody. Imagine it as a catchy tongue-in-cheek bubblegum pop song like "Sweet but Psycho," "I Don't Want It At All," and "How to Be a Heartbreaker." Tell me what you think below, and if you want to read anything else I've done!     Harley Quinn   Chorus Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn When the Psycho strings begin They all run but I give in Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Verse 1 The town police, said lock your doors A killer's out, out for blood and gore I saw his face, on CNN I'm gonna make, make him my boyfriend   Pre-Chorus He called me 'bout my favorite scary movie home alone I fought it but I can't resist the structure of his bones Kill count higher than an episode of Game of Thrones I'm not even bothered though, bothered though, bothered though   Chorus Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn When the Psycho strings begin They all run but I give in Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Post-Chorus Chased me down the alleyway I don't care what people say That's my homicidal bae 'Cidal bae, 'cidal bae Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Verse 2 He's on the prowl, and so am I I wanna be, be his alibi Now all the bodies, pile up But who gives a damn, 'cause baby I'm in love   Pre-Chorus He called me 'bout my favorite scary movie home alone I fought it but I can't resist the structure of his bones Kill count higher than an episode of Game of Thrones I'm not even bothered though, bothered though, bothered though   Chorus Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn When the Psycho strings begin They all run but I give in Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Post-Chorus Chased me down the alleyway I don't care what people say That's my homicidal bae 'Cidal bae, 'cidal bae Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Bridge You better back, up with that knife Cause I'm your final, final girl for life We're Ryder-Slater, in the school I love the guys, who disregard the rules   Chorus Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn When the Psycho strings begin They all run but I give in Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn   Post-Chorus Chased me down the alleyway I don't care what people say That's my homicidal bae 'Cidal bae, 'cidal bae Freddy, Michael, Jason, him Comes out when the lights are dimmed Wanna be his Harley Quinn Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn



My Physical Book Collection

(topic idea stolen from @Chris Morlock)   M Y   P H Y S I C A L   B O O K   C O L L E C T I O N
  in alphabetical order by author's last name   F I C T I O N Chimananda Ngozi Adichie - Americana Ben Bova - New Earth Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game B. Catling - The Vorrh Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction David Desaris - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk Phillip K. Dick - The Man in the High Castle Fyodor Dostoevsky - Notes from the Underground, The Double, and Other Stories Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere Peter Geye - Wintering Jean Craighead George - Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George - Julie Jean Craighead George - Julie's Wolf Pack Robert Graves - I, Claudius Stephen Gregory - The Waking the Kills Stephen Gregory - Wakening the Crow Linnea Hartsuyker - The Half-Drowned King Frank Herbert - Dune Frank Herbert - Dune Messiah Homer - The Iliad and The Odyssey Howard Jacobson - J Henry James - The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Stories Elise Juska - The Blessings Elise Juska - If We Had Known A.S. King - Everybody Sees the Ants John Knowles - A Separate Peace David Levithan - Every Day David Levithan - Someday C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew C.S. Lewis - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Morgan Llywelyn - After Rome Paul Lynch - The Black Snow Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude Cormac McCarthy - The Road Herman Melville - Moby-Dick or, The Whale Madeline Miller - Circe Madeline Miller - The Song of Achilles George Orwell - 1984 George Orwell - Animal Farm Janice Pariat - Seahorse Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar Natasha Pulley - The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Quintus of Smyrna - The Fall of Troy Mary Renault - Fire From Heaven Mary Renault - The Persian Boy Mary Renault - The King Must Die Mary Renault - The Bull from the Sea Rainbow Rowell - Carry On J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger - Nine Stories Jeremy Scott - The Ables Adrian Selby - The Winter Road Sjon - From the Mouth of the Whale Bram Stoker - Dracula J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gore Vidal - The City and the Pillar Eugene Vodolazkin - Laurus Jesmyn Ward - Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward - The Unburied Sing Larry Watson - Montana 1948 Helene Wecker - The Golem & the Jinni     N O N - F I C T I O N Joy Adamson - Born Free Anthony Bourke and John Rendall - A Lion Called Christian Carrie Fisher - The Princess Diarist Robert Goolrick - The End of the World as We Know It Helene A. Guerber - Myths of the Norsemen Edith Hall - Introducing the Ancient Greeks Edith Hamilton - Mythology Tom Holland - Persian Fire Dan Jones - The Plantagenets Pliny the Younger - The Letters of the Younger Pliny Barry Strauss - The Trojan War    

My Manga Collection

My Manga Collection   A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice vol. 1
A Silent Voice vol. 2
A Silent Voice vol. 3
A Silent Voice vol. 4

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan vol. 1

Blue Exorcist
Blue Exorcist vol. 1

BUNGO Stray Dogs
BUNGO Stray Dogs vol. 1
BUNGO Stray Dogs vol. 2

Children of the Whales
Children of the Whales vol. 1
Children of the Whales vol. 2
Children of the Whales vol. 3

Deathnote black edition vol. 1
Deathnote black edition vol. 2

Dr. Stone
Dr. Stone vol. 1

Edens Hero
Edens Zero vol. 1

Escape Journey
Escape Journey vol. 1

Flying Witch
Flying Witch vol. 1

Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket Collector's Edition vol. 1

Haikyu!! vol. 1

Horimiya vol. 1
Horimiya vol. 2
Horimiya vol. 3
Horimiya vol. 4

Laid-Back Camp
Laid-Back Camp vol. 1

Little Devils
Little Devils vol. 1

Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss vol. 1
Made in Abyss vol. 2
Made in Abyss vol. 3
Made in Abyss vol. 4

My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia vol. 1
My Hero Academia vol. 2
My Hero Academia vol. 3
My Hero Academia vol. 4
My Hero Academia vol. 5
My Hero Academia vol. 6

No Matter how I look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular
No matter how I look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular vol. 1
No matter how I look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular vol. 2
No matter how I look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular vol. 3
No matter how I look at it, it's your guys' fault I'm not popular vol. 4

The Ancient Magus' Bride
The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 1
The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 2
The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 3
The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 4
The Ancient Magus‘ Bride vol. 5
The Ancient Magus‘ Bride vol. 6
The Ancient Magus‘ Bride vol. 7
The Ancient Magus‘ Bride vol. 8

The Girl from the Other Side
The Girl from the Other Side vol. 1

The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland vol. 1
The Promised Neverland vol. 2
The Promised Neverland vol. 3
The Promised Neverland vol. 4
The Promised Neverland vol. 5
The Promised Neverland vol. 6
The Promised Neverland vol. 7
The Promised Neverland vol. 8

Tokyo Ghoul
Tokyo Ghoul vol. 1

ToraDora! vol. 1

Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku
Wotakoi: Love is hard for Otaku vol. 1   Count: 59



A Return to the World of Pokemon

Hello Pokémonsters!      It's been a over a year since I've updated this blog and partially that comes down to a lack of new information during the follow-up years of each generation. I hope you all enjoyed Ultra Sun & Moon, and the new Let's Go series. But now, we're starting the hype train up again for a brand new generation.      A 7 minute Pokemon-specific direct has been announced for Pokemon Day tomorrow. It will launch at 6am PST / 9am EST / 2pm UTC. In addition, a 5 day week event will run starting tomorrow for Pokemon Day including a daily Q&A segment with Nintendo Treehouse.      See you tomorrow for the Pokemon Direct!   



My Tori Amos Albums Ranking

Been thinking of doing this for a while so here it is This ranking will not include Y Kant Tori Read or Midwinter Graces or Gold Dust as I personally do not consider them main albums toward her discography Therefore 13 albums will be included in this ranking from my least fave to most fave - And I will be pointing out some of my fave tracks from each album   13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 So that is that If you have never checked out Tori before or have thought about doing it I would highly encourage it I think her discography has something for everyone and for sure something that everyone can relate to Thanks again to @Hylia for introducing me to her


My signatures

My signatures are an integral part of fotp history, and I will list them below. It’s hot outside and sit on my porch, sucking a popsicle. It’s cherry flavor, their favorite flavor was always cherry. I sit and reminisce about the times we spent together. And I don’t feel  sad, because those memories bring me happiness. I finish up my popsicle just as they call me inside, they’re still here with me. But I still think about our memories, so that I’ll nver forgot them when they’re gone. I sometimes wish we lived forever. Just look at world now, Normani is gone, Ally is gone, Dinah is gone, Lauren is gone, and I’m still standing. My name is Camila Cabello, and I want to take you on a journey through the development and creation of my most personal album yet, simply titled M(e)ila. Put your safety goggles on now, this is where the darkness comes to light... _______________________________ I was on various drugs when I chose this username, and now I must suffer the consequence of it. This is not a publicity stunt, I’m actually worried for my mental health. Please if anyone is reading this, please help me. Please buy Charmbracelet on iTunes , you know the shtick. Send me receipt verification, and then I’ll get better. Please, please, please do this for your friendly neighborhood troll, I know you want to see more of me in this upcoming year. Please do this for me and help me, and help him. __________________________________ It was unusually chilly this Halloween night. I had decided to attend one of my towns infamous Halloween party’s that night, and was enthralled. The party was excellent, lots of people had really great costumes and I had gone as a pirate. The party was on the outskirts of my small town a little whiles away in the wood. I had drunkily dozed off in One the tents, and when I had awoken everyone had already gone. I checked my phone and it was around 1am. I only had 3% battery so I had about enough to make one call, I decided to try my local taxi service, Brocka Taxis. My town was very small, and at the time didn’t have Uber or Lift. Luckily, they picked up and said I was lucky I had called as they were doing their last drives of the night. They said the wait would be around 30 minutes so I waited in silence. My phone died shortly after the call, I stood by the street I walked to in the cold. I watched my breath in the freezing air to pass the time. A little time after, I saw the headlights of a car begin to materialize in the distance. I waved my hands and they honked on notice. The slowly pulled up to me and I read the little motto I had come to know. “Brocka Taxis, We’ll never say never!”. I was glad at that time, cause if they could I’d be stranded here. I got in the taxi and was greeted to a rather good looking women in her late 20s. I said hi and introduced myself just to be cordial, she replied back “Hello, I’m Brandy, where are you headed?”. My stomach dropped and I almost gasped. “Excuse me what did you say?”, I questioned nervous. “I said Hi, I’m Brandy, where are you headed?”, she replied with a slight giggle at the end. I saw her shoot me deathly glare in the rear view mirror along with a taunting smile. Desperate, I told her my location, she smiled and what she said next to me stunned me. “Ah, I know where that is, we’ll have to take the freeway though, that sound good?”. She smiled with that again, I shuddered. We sat in silence for minutes, even though they felt like hours, as she awaited my response. I gathered all the courage I had in me and replied, “No, no thank you actually”. She chuckled slightly to herself, and unlocked the doors, I had no idea she had even locked them. I got out and immediately started walking back the other direction, I heard her start to drive along side me and I held my head down. “You have a safe night” she said as she drove on off. I looked up shortly after and the car was gone, not a skid mark or anything just vanished. It was a long dark walk home that night, my only company the Full moon.  __________________________________ My sweet sweet nana loves gays, but gays like me, you see. I’m normal, my nana loves me because I don’t act like a typical gay. One day my nana saw to gays kissing on tv, she turned the channel and whispered a silent prayer to God, “damn them to hell god, and abomination”. I giggled, it’s ok my sweet nana loves gays, gays like me. Another time I recall, my nana was walking to the store and saw to young teen boys holding hands, “Disgusting!” She screamed, the ran out of embarrassment. She told me when she got home, I lightly chucked to myself this time, my sweet nana loves gays, gays like me. One day I was in my room, dancing around to toxic, when my nana barged with laundry, “what the fuck are you doing! Come pray with me now!”, i was embarrassed,  but I was acting weird. So we prayed, and she’s looked at me a little funny since. But i guess it’s ok, my nana loves gays, gays like me?  ____________________________________ Ugh, I dread the day I turn 30. I know it’s so so far away, but it scares me. That’ll be the day my life ends, I’ll be a old fart rocking in chair by the fireplace reminiscing about how things used to be. Mariah Carey will be playing on the radio, no nevermind, it’ll be playing on whatever music technology my grandkids leave for me on table. They’ll barely visit their poor old grandpa. Every second will feel like years as I await my imminent death. Those below the age of 25 will laugh at me as I leave my house to get the mail. Spitting in my face, calling me a “old fag”. I’ll run, no limp, back into the house using my walker. I’ll cry, and wait until mother Mariah calls me back to the Lovely Place to live with her for all eternity. Where she lives there’s no beginning and there is no end, and it’ll feel like you’re dreaming, but you won’t be sleeping.  ___________________________________   “Happy Black History Month” reads the status posted by fotpforums user @DespunkThoseFawkingBawls “Ugh leave this forum you fucking annoying race baiting freak” replies user @Madonna despite the status just being posted 4 seconds ago.  It may be 3:32am where the madonna stanning user lives. But that didn’t stop him from logging and and checking Winnie’s post history for updates. Just like it didn’t stop him the other 2321 times.  “This will make him leave!” The Madonna Stan thinks, a demented smirk sprawled across his face. He sits inches away from the HP laptop screen, the 376x282 low definition display burning his corneas to a crisp. But he doesn’t care. He never cares. All her cares about is the moment when Winnie wakes up, and sees that notification. How will he feel? Will he weep? Will he become enraged? Will he wallow in sorrow? Or will he ignore the notification, just like the other 674 stacked in his notification box from the same user.  The madonna user wonders if he’ll ever be acknowledged again. And for a brief moment he wonders if his efforts are in vain? Should he perhaps put this energy somewhere productive? But he doesn’t like thinking logically. It hurts his head.  He steps two feet over to his twin-sized mattress, nuzzled comfortably in the corner of his 6x6 room. His head lays roughly on the bare mattress, not a bed sheet or pillow in site. As he drifts off to sleep, the stinging sensation from screen watching for 13 hours still present. A smile sprawls across his face. “I bet he’ll be pressted” he thinks as he drifts off to sleep. But I won’t be, and I never am. 



Request your songwriting credit receipts here

Hey gurls   So I work in music publishing and work with songwriting/song info. I won't have access to this info for much longer, so if you have any requests for credit splits/songwriting credits/how much a song is earning this month, for pretty much any song, leave your requests here and I can fetch the info for you   Example: You want to to know how much songwriting credit each songwriter of New Rules by Dua Lipa is getting: Ailin Caroline, 33.33% Ian Eric Kirkpatrick, 33.33% Emily Warren Schwartz, 33.33% (half of their percentages go to their publishers)   The shares aren't always split evenly, sometimes some artists who claim to write these songs are only getting 1-2% while their cowriters have 25% or even up to 50% of the work. So anything you are curious about feel free to ask (and then use the receipts in BG)