Music! Soundtracks! Epicness!

Suggested music for: studying, writing, art-things, and feeling like your life is an epic movie. For starters.

I love listening to soundtrack-esque music. It makes me feel like a hero when I’m doing my homework or washing dishes. Lately I’ve had a lot of work to do, so I’ve been listening to these a lot. Just thought I’d share it with you.

You may want to break out those high-quality headphones/speakers. Just sayin’.

Mattia Cupelli. This guy is making AMAZING soundtracks. One I’ve been listening to frequently is titled Waves. Just… I have no words to describe its beauty.

Eurielle on HDSounDI’s channel. Eerie and delightful. Have I mentioned before how much I love HDSounDI’s YouTube channel? Well, you’re hearing it again!

I discovered Eurielle through HDSounDI. (Actually, I think I discovered Mattia Cupelli that way too.) She’s got a such a lovely voice, haunting and angelic at the same time. I particularly like Song of Durin below.

(Also, someone in the comments suggested opening this song in two different tabs, playing one, and then playing the second one thirty seconds into the first. I have done it. It is great. Creates an interesting round…)

Aldnoah.zero soundtrack composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. I saw the first season, but I haven’t seen the second yet. I’ve heard… mixed things about this anime, but I’m always a sucker for nice visuals and awesome soundtrack, so.

(And the soundtrack is AWESOME. Maybe my favorite movie/tv soundtracks so far.)

This video is near one and a half hours long, so if you want to pick out a couple tracks, they’re listed in the video description on YouTube. I suggest 13. MKAlieZ, 07. as-inaho, 26. A/Z-Piano:5ZAiVers and 20. aldnoah0rch-&z, as well as the first song Breathless.

Or, you know, all of ’em. Because it’s really hard to pick.

Tori No Uta (Feather in Dreams), piano arrangement by Shinobu Takaishi

Since we’re already talking about anime, I’ve known about this song for a while, but thought it would be nice to put here to. It’s the opining Air, as a piano solo arranged by Shinobu Takaishi, is also quite amazing.

Love love love soundtracks. Hope you like them too!

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Reflections: 2015 Edition

Happy New Year!So it’s once again time to reflect back on the year. I’m a little late to the party, I admit, but better late than never, right?

I realize that I am horrible at these reflections. I’m not so good at thens, slightly better at nows and much better at laters.

2015 has passed by in a blur for me, and trying to think back on a particular instance is like trying to take a snapshot of a racecar—mostly what I get is a fuzzy white object on the road.

What I do remember, though, is that I haven’t blogged much. Like, most of the months in my archives only have one post each. This year I’ll try to make this blog into something… but what, I’m not sure. We’ll just have to see.

I’ve got a lot of crossroads coming up in 2016, and they look pretty scary from here. And that racecar that I mentioned earlier is speeding up and up and up. I have to apply to my major this February. I have to finish the book that I ALWAYS SAY I WILL FINISH BUT NEVER DO. I have many decisions to make.

Here, in no particular order, are my end-of-2015 thoughts:

As of Right Now

Recently discovered the band PVRIS. St. Patrick is a good song.

Just finished up The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Lovely book, two snowy thumbs up.

I’m sick. Yesterday it felt like I had a pencil shoved down my throat and the pointy end was jabbing me every time I swallowed. Healing as slowly as a turtle walks.

Books this Year?

It’s been a slow year for reading, unfortunately. Notables include: The Snow Child (already mentioned, and LOVED), Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (extra shout out for this one because it was amazing and probably deserves its own post), Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, and The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley (not finished yet, but so far it’s pretty good). I have probably forgotten some, but oh well.

Writing *sad sigh*

Started out the writing year with some pretty high hopes—spring and summer blessed me with a beautiful, creative momentum. But now? I’m slowing a bit. Not sure why. Normally this is the part of the post where I claim that I’ll be done with writing by next month, but I’ve kind of thrown my deadlines out the window. I’m hoping to be done by summer. Maybe.

Well… That’s all I have for you for now. Thanks for being a great audience. Looking forward to the adventures of 2016!

Sincerely,
Jackie

(P.S. I also forgot to mention that I watched the entirety of Supernatural in the span of about, oh, two months. Just thought I’d add it, lest I forget.)

The Front Page is Now COOL.

hello Lettering in InkI updated the front page of the blog this week, as well as the logo. And I drew this nifty welcome sign, see? I’ve been really into hexagons lately, so there are a lot of those on there. Like this one:

a blue hexagon

I am very proud of  my work. Good job, Jackie. *pats self on the back*

GO CHECK IT OUT. PRETTY PLEASE WITH MAPLE SYRUP ON TOP.

Happy Friday!

Blog Birthday and an Announcement :)

Cases of salt from the market on Granville Island in Canada

Little Atmospheres has survived two years!!!! *hooray! confetti! confetti*

I want to thank all of you who have ever read a post of mine–it really means a lot.

Now, I’ve promised an announcement, and here it is: I’ve decided to join Flickr! So… we’ll see how that goes. But I’m hoping for the best!

You can see my photos on Flickr here.

And if you’re wondering about the photo at the top, it’s actually a picture of bunch of salt in small cases that I found in Granville Island in Canada. It’s one of my favorite photos. What does the salt have to do with anything? Well… nothing. But I like the photo, haha.

Happy birthday blog!

Comfy Atmospheres: The 8

Comfy spot at The 8

A couch and a coffee table. Window to the left, fireplace to the right. Warm and casual. Amber light rolling out of the wall lamps. Low chatter in the background. An outlet in the wall nearby, something that is precious. Food a few paces away, even better.

Yep, this is a comfy spot.

This is The 8 at the UW, in a new corner that I haven’t sat in before. I think might I have a new obsession with finding comfy spots for me to inhabit.

(And making paper airplanes out of pages of writing/school failures. At least as airplanes they can fly, whereas plain failure-papers just fail. But that’s a story for another day.)

I’ve heard that a lot of writers have a favorite spot for working– usually in cafes and the like, or in a specific room in their houses. For me, I like a variety of spots for a variety of different moods. This spot is more of a read-write-relax spot, maybe catch-up-on-some-episodes spot. I like it. I feel like a cat, lazing about in a new nook, watching things with my lazing-cat eyes.

I think I’ll stay here for a while. Order a hot chocolate. Try to do some homework. Probably read a book.

Organizational Squares! Clotheslines Made of Friendship Bracelets! Fox Doodle!

Friendship bracelets pinned to a corkboard to form a clothesline to hang notes
My list of New-Year’s resolutions didn’t originally include getting more organized, but it seems that I have tried to accomplish the task nonetheless. Which is good, because my thoughts can get pretty messy when I’m disorganized. Especially when it comes to writing notes and jotting down reminders.

I could use my phone– and I do, fairly often– but it’s just not the same. I mean, I love my phone and all, but sometimes I just need a good ol’ fashioned written reminder to, well, remind me of things. Typing just doesn’t have the same memory-jogging power that writing does for me. During the summer, as I was getting ready for college, I knew I would need to get my hands on a couple of corkboards and dry erase boards before I left. Or sticky notes, at the very least. So deep into the days of August, just before I left for school, I went to Walmart and bought a few corkboard squares, and picked up a dry erase board as well.

And because I was lazy, I didn’t hang them up until at least two months later. Oh well.

Here are most of them. There are two more on the wall next to my desk, since the boards came in a four-pack:

Two corkboards and a dry erase board for organization

I hung them up using clear, removable Command hooks (which I actually put backwards for the ones that you see in the photos. I think they look all right, though.) They were cool, I pinned stuff on them regularly. Those patterned papers are actually sticky notes I bought from a Daiso a while back. They stick to everything except for my wall, which is a little problematic, but they’re still cute.

And then– and then–I found these old friendship bracelets. I’d made them in the car on a road trip to San Fransisco, except the top one, I think. They were sitting in one of my old boxes, just waiting to be rediscovered. As I was thinking over what I should do with them, I got the great idea for the board in the first photograph, which was to make a couple of “clotheslines” to hang notes from out of the bracelets.

I pinned up the ends of each bracelet, strung a couple of paperclips on them, attached a few of my notes, and done! A decorative, functional piece for my wall was born. Such is the power of friendship.

Nice, don’t you think?

Oh, and here’s a closeup of the fox, pinned to the middle board, because I love foxes:

a sketch of a fox pinned to one of my corkboards

Have You Seen This Archery Video?

If you haven’t seen this yet, YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO, MAN. YOU MUST. This guy, Lars Andersen, has made an extremely entertaining video in which he uses his assassin-level archery skills to show people how movies have been portraying it wrong. It’s actually pretty useful information if you’re writing something that has any archery in it. It’s also just really cool to watch. Here, check it out:

This Video.

Danny Phantom, in my opinion, is an underrated TV show that I used to watch as a kid. Basically it’s about a half-ghost teenage boy defeating other ghosts.

But why is it underrated? Because half-ghost boy has a teacher that swears exclusively through book titles.

Thank you, Mr. Lancer.