Sunday, June 25, 2017

Short Post and a Song #119: Hope you're surprised!

Sorry for my absence last week, Velocininjas. A graduation party and Father's Day kept me busy all weekend. But now I have returned for the next thrilling installment of Looking At A Book I Made In "Build Your Own Book" Class When I Was Eleven!

You guys are getting two pages this week, since we still haven't gotten to the real story yet. In case anyone needs a translation for my terrible handwriting, the dedication says, "I'd like to dedicate this book to my two sisters at camp. Hope you're surprised! Love, Jill".

I am 97% sure that neither of my sisters ever saw this book. Their loss, right?

Next week the story shall truly begin. Are you excited, guys? You should be.


"Just Jammin'" by Gramatik

I know I mentioned this track when I featured another song by Gramatik, but I decided it should get its own entry as well. Long songs without words are great for writing (or any kind of work you can do while listening to music, really), and "Just Jammin'" is one of the best songs of that ilk I've come across. You would think things would get repetitive during a six-and-a-half-minute-long song like this, but the melody keeps reinventing itself enough to keep things interesting.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Short Post and a Song #118: My name is very fancy, you see

Hey my Velocininjas, I hope you're having a good weekend so far. I am going to be fairly busy for the next several weeks, so for the next few Short Post and a Songs I'm going to be posting the entirety of Amerex: Land of the Unicorns, the book I made in Build Your Own Book class when I was eleven.

That's the cover. I like my choice to make my name cursive while everything else was print. Good job keeping it weird, Lil Jill. I also enjoy how my magical world sounds like the lovechild of America and a Xerox machine. Tune in next week for Amerexian adventures!


"This Time Tomorrow" by The Kinks

This song is applicable to pretty much any dystopian story, particularly one starring a bunch of a teenagers, so I've been listening to it while working on The Renaissance Experiment quite a lot. It's also just a fantastic song by a fantastic band.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Short Post and a Song #117: Spiders for days

ME: *walks into forest*

SALESMAN: Welcome! Are you in the market for some sticks? We've got sticks, we've got rocks, we've got dirt, we've got leaves! And spiders? We've got spiders for days!


"The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box" by Modest Mouse

"Float On" has long been my favorite Modest Mouse song, but this guy's come dangerously close to sliding into first place for me lately. It's got a killer intro and suits the section of the second Renaissance Experiment book I've been working on quite well.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short Post and a Song #116: The flourless chocolate cake is also chocolateless.

[at a trendy restaurant]

WAITER: And our dessert special is grilled yogurt and inverted peaches.

ME: The fuck is grilled yogurt?

ONE FRIEND TO ANOTHER: Wanna split the triple-spiced lentil waffles?

OTHER FRIEND: Only if we get the pasture raised eel syrup.


I Want You (She's So Heavy) by Juliette Valduriez

I've been listening to this nearly eight-minute-long Beatles song a lot while writing these days. Unfortunately YouTube does not appear to have a decent version of the original song, so please enjoy this video of Juliette Valduriez shredding like a motherfucking boss.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Short Post and a Song #115: My Greatest Disappointment

THERAPIST: What was your greatest disappointment?

ME: The Spice Girls never told me what they wanted. *sobs* They said they would but they never did.


"Starman" by David Bowie

This song has been stuck in my head for over a week, so Green Eggs and Dan has been serenaded with the 20% of the lyrics I know repeatedly. Most of the serenading consists purely of me just sing-yelling "StarDAAAAAAAAAAAAN" at him.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Short Post and a Song #114: This is what happens when I see graffiti I can't easily make sense of.

[Subway Platform]

RICK: Let's draw a dick on this pillar, Jimmy!

JIMMY: Naw, we'll get caught!

RICK: No one'll see. *pulls out marker and writes "No one will see it" on the pillar because he's clever and/or kind of an asshole*

POLICEMAN: Hey, you, stop writing on that pillar!

JIMMY: I told you, Rick!! *runs away*

RICK: *freezes, shocked by his own hubris. As he finally begins to run away, he draws a series of exclamation marks to emphasize the way this moment has forever changed the person he is, and the person he shall henceforth become*


"Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads

So Jonathan Demme died about a week and a half ago, which is a real bummer since it always is when an awesome director dies, and he definitely was one. On his resume were Oscar-winning films like Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Most significant to me personally is the fact that he directed Stop Making Sense, a 1984 concert film of the Talking Heads performing live.

"Psycho Killer" is the first performance of the concert, and it becomes clear pretty quickly that it's not going to be just the typical experience of watching a band perform. David Byrne comes out by himself and moves through the entire first song on his own, showing what a powerhouse of weird and awesome charisma he is. The angles of the camera show that Jonathan Demme never had any intention of just planting a camera in place and pointing it at the band. As a director he showed great instincts for when to move in close to the performers' faces, and when to go out long and display the band as one giant unit.

I highly recommend watching the entire concert. The first time I watched myself I was worried I wouldn't be entertained by simply watching a band play without the high energy atmosphere of actually attending the concert in person. But Byrne's Gumby dancing and irresistible energy pair with Demme's beautifully thoughtful direction to produce one of my favorite things I've ever watched. I posted another song from Stop Making Sense a few months back that displays how the show gets even better once the other members of the band are incorporated into the performance.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Short Post and a Song #113: I think I should be able to make it to Narnia in an armoire. Close enough, right?

[Furniture Store]

SALESPERSON: *knocks on the door of a bureau*

ME: *emerges from inside the bureau* Yes?

SALESPERSON: Can I ask what you were doing?

ME: Trying to get to Narnia.

SALESPERSON: *chuckles* I'll let it go this once. 

[literally two minutes later]

SALESPERSON: *finds me crammed inside a chifferobe* I should maybe point out that we don't actually sell wardrobes. And also ask that you leave the store immediately.


"Muy Tranquilo" by Gramatik

This song served as my constant, repeating soundtrack for a scene I was writing in the second Renaissance Experiment novel recently. It sounds like some very chill, very talented dudes just jamming for four minutes, and I mean that in the best possible way. Gramatik even has another song called "Just Jammin'" and it is also great.