Whatever… This Sucks was recorded by 88 Fingers Louie guitarist Dan Precision at his Bombshelter Recording studio in Chicago, with a special guest appearance by Kevin Sierzega (Teen Idols / Bullets to Broadway).
Freezing Cold of Brooklyn, NY will be releasing their album, Glimmer, within the next week.
They sound like indie rock/punk. Freezing Cold has a lot of energy and lyrics that actually mean something. You can understand what the singer is saying which is my favorite. The songs that I like the most on this album are “Pill Box” and “New Ways to Wait.”
The music reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. Not exactly like them but a similar vibe of trying to make a difference with music. Maybe they are just trying to play their music and not worried about making a difference. However, I don’t get the feeling that they don’t care about anything.
I would like to listen to this album while changing the world with Greta Thunberg. You probably want something with a fairly fast tempo if you’re going to protest and/or advocate for any worthy cause.
This video is kind of old but it’s the only one I can find from Freezing Cold.
In the last few months, I have noticed how many bloggers, especially book bloggers, do not have a Pinterest share button. Why?! I just want to share your posts on Pinterest. Occasionally, I create pins for other blogs just so I can share their post.
Some people don’t like Pinterest or see the value. I don’t get a million views from Pinterest but I get enough to make it worthwhile.
Personally, I do not spend a ton of time on social media anymore. I have streamlined my sharing process so it’s less than 30 minutes a day.
Everything that I can share from my blog automatically is set up that way. At the moment, Pinterest is not set up to share the first post. If you set up a tailwind account, you can schedule Pins to share. It’s not totally necessary but it’s an option.
I can only think of five things that are really easy. If you are a blogger and want people to see your posts, then what can it hurt?
Use good images. Pinterest is very visual. Images are what people see first.
Put things from your blog on their own board. Also add your blog link to your profile.
Share on a group board or on a Facebook group for Pinterest.
Put a share button on your blog. For every post. Please. Please. Please.
Figure out what works for you and your blog.
If you are interested in learning more, here are some helpful posts about Pinterest.
Projection by Tabatha Shipley takes place in a typical American town where nothing exciting happens. It’s told from the point of view of Emma, an average teenager. The only thing different from real life is that everyone has chip implants so they don’t have to type or memorize anything. Memories can be sent to other people or projected on a screen.
Unfortunately, Emma’s chip begins to malfunction so her memories are shared whether she wants people to know or not. It leads to some pretty embarrassing moments. She also notices that some of the memories never happened.
Emma doesn’t know what is going on but she and her ex-boyfriend, Tyler, are going to find out. Tyler knows how to hack into computers.
Emma’s dad, Steve, is weird. He seems relatively harmless but was he actually harmless? Has anyone thought their friend’s dad was the weirdest dude on the planet? At some point, Tyler’s memory was wiped clean of anything about Emma’s situation. She knows that someone erased his memories but who? Was it her dad or someone he works with?
After Emma reminds Tyler of everything, they take a trip to the place that deals with the chips. Emma’s dad also works there.
Maybe I was hoping for more confrontation between Emma and the bad guys. They didn’t even get caught breaking into the office. I was hoping for a game of hide and seek at least.
The pace of the book seems kind of slow. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen until the last 1/4 of the book. It’s like being a teenager all over again . . . waiting to be an adult. Now look at us . . . being adults.
If you don’t like teenage crushes, technology or science fiction, then this might not be the book for you.
I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for doing a review. Thanks to Violeta. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
Lighting Dust will be releasing their new album, Spectre, on October 4. The music feels like folk-rock but with a weird, spooky energy. If they had been around in the 60s, they would have fit in on the Woodstock stage.
It is reminiscent of a mixture of Mazzy Star and a little bit of Annie Lennox with a modern folk rock band like Rusted Root in the background. Honestly, that would be an amazing band in real life so Lightning Dust has not missed the mark. My favorite songs on the album are “Run Away” and “Joanna.”
Band members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells are currently based in Vancouver. They were both in the band Black Mountain until 2017. Lightning Dust started out as a side project.
If I could listen to Spectre while reading on a rainy day, it would be a perfect day. Also, it would be a good soundtrack for making a Halloween costume or searching Pinterest for pumpkin spice everything recipes.
On September 14, we finally made it to the Ohio State Reformatory. The word is that it is a haunted location. So I can officially cross visiting a haunted location off of the bucket list.
I didn’t see anything but I did smell chicken noodle soup. There was no chicken noodle soup anywhere. In the room used for entertaining guests of the prison – not the prisoners- I felt really cold in the area by the stage.
There are ghost tours of the prison. We’ll have to do this some other time. If you want to see what other activities there are at the Ohio State Reformatory, visit their website- The Ohio State Reformatory
After her parents divorced in 1986, Lindsey Hale moved to Visalia, California from Hawaii with her mother. Lindsey’s timeline mostly takes place in 1989. She starts making a video diary to help her find some direction in life.
Keith Nolan lives in New Jersey in 2019. His main goal is to finish his father’s comic book collection. While at a flea market, he comes across a VHS-C tape like the kind used in camcorders. It turns out to be the tapes that Lindsey made in 1989.
Keith and Lindsey are somehow able to talk to each other on the tapes. So Keith takes a trip to California to find Lindsey in real life. He knows that she will be much older but he wants to meet her. Keith believes that is will be worth the risk.
Honestly, I wish the book was longer. Maybe I’ll read it again someday. It’s worthy of a second reading.
If you like romances that transcend time, then you will enjoy A Different Time. If you have something against love or comic books, then there’s no help for you.
The Write Reads on Tour is also doing a book tour for A Different Time. Check out some of the other book reviews.
Where do dominatrixes work? I asked Google and they aren’t sure either. What’s the correct way to write about more than one dominatrix or what the dominatrix possesses? I asked Merriam-Webster. They know some things but not everything. They did know that the term dominatrix was first used in 1971.
Part of the book Vices/Virtues by Beatrice DeSoprontu is set in a dominatrix dungeon in New York City. It was interesting and awkward to read about a dominatrix but not awkward enough to stop reading.
Cristela has been raised by a mother who lies about some pretty important things like who Cristela’s father is and her marital status. Are the lies what led Cristela to become Mistress Clara? The lies made it easier for her to lie about her secret life in the dungeon.
So Daisy is also a dominatrix. She is also a heroin addict. The people around her are enabling her to keep using drugs. She seems to have this addiction under control. If you know any real addicts, you know that addiction is not really ever under control unless you’ve been to rehab and been sober for awhile. Even then it’s not something that goes away. I like Daisy but she’s from a fantasy land. The only thing that I wish happened in the book was that Daisy quit using drugs.
Cristela has a normal 9-5 job. She’s searching for something but what – truth? She could be searching for what her truth is. So she starts working as a dominatrix. I don’t think she tells too many people about her job in the dungeon. Her life isn’t very honest. Eventually, she decides that whatever she’s searching for is not in the dungeon. She develops some friendships with her dominatrix co-workers but none of them really know each other. They don’t use their real names or know about their life outside of the dominatrix world.
There are some very funny parts of this book. People like some weird kinky sh*#. One client likes to have snack cakes thrown at him among other things. I just want to eat the Swiss Cake rolls so it’s very boring in comparison.
If you don’t like books with a strong sexual content, then you should look for another book. Vice/Virtues is a book about dominatrixes so it’s not for the faint of heart.
Betty Who was on my YouTube feed about a month ago because I was watching NPR’s Tiny Desk series. Of course, I looked up everything else that she’s done because she’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Also Betty Who’s Instragram account is the best. Her album, Betty has been available in all of the usual spots since February.
The album feels like a party. Most of the album has an upbeat tempo, very danceable. It sounds like electro pop but with more heart. The lyrics are not shallow. Betty is letting you know how she feels but at a faster pace.
There is one song, “Taste,” that has a familiar beat in one section. At the moment, I cannot remember what song it sounds like.
Betty Who is from Sydney, Australia but is currently living in Los Angeles.
She has played the cello since the age of four. Betty also taught herself to play the piano and guitar. Fun fact: I read somewhere that she is 6’2″.
It’s been hard to find an album that is as good as En Vogue’s Funky Divas for getting ready to out dancing. Betty willdefinitely be able to fit on the party prep playlist.