Alice on the road…

Let me tell you a stupid little thing you shouldn’t do:

Listen to “Alice Isn’t Dead” while you’re driving.

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Alice Isn’t Dead is a podcast created by the team behind Welcome to Night Vale (I’m obsessed guys), narrated by Jasika Nicole and featuring music (and also produced) by Disparition.

It tells the story of a nameless lady who is driving a shipping truck all around the US, trying to unveil or at least understand the disappearance of her wife Alice. It’s quite intense if you’re into the whole existential horror deal, you’re going to listen to Jasika’s character coping with the pain of losing the person she loved the most, while encountering horrific murderous demi-humans , or just plain unexplainable occurrences that leave behind a philosophical or even moral turmoil.

Ever since I heard Joseph Fink was working on a new podcast, and more than anything I heard it would star Night Vale’s own Mayor Dana Cardinal in a new role, I got immediately excited. So far there are about 5 episodes out and the story is already on a cliffhanger.

Allow me to correct myself, the story on itself is a cliffhanger, and a very promising one if I do say so myself.

I love Alice Isn’t Dead, and I have a thing for listening to podcasts while I’m on the highway driving.

Well guys, let me spoil a thing for you: Alice Isn’t Dead happens on the roadway, it’s even stated on the teaser, This is not a story it’s a road trip, which same difference, in a good one the start is exciting and the finish is satisfying and we end up somewhere else, somewhere a long way from where we started, which means you will eventually listen to highway sounds and you might think, (Like I did) they are actually happening around you…

It happened to me today and I was so into the story I got really scared.

So, guys… listen to this. It’s actually pretty good and barely starting so you get the chance to live through the story as it develops.

Firma

If you are not very careful…

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Your posessions will possess you. TV taught me how to feel, Now real life has no appeal. It has no appeal, it has no appeal…

Marina Diamandis is one of those strange legacies Tumblr has left me with. I first found out about her, in one of those absolutely biased posts about how some female singers are not feminist enough while one or two of the listed ones actually are. In this case, the one that actually was regarded as a true feminist, was Marina.

*Notice how I am not actually getting into discussing the Feminist validity of those arguments here, cause that’s a whole post on its own, and It’s late and actually not the point of this*

But anyway, this lovely girl turned out to be a cherished jewel, her voice somehow reminds me to Hikaru Utada, they both have this sweetness and simultaneous depth. Call me crazy if you want, but I think Marina could absolutely give “Simple and clean” a go and would totally rock it.

The song I am sharing at the top of this post has became some sort of anthem for me. It’s hard for me to describe if it’s a positive/negative/neutral song, cause it can be perceived either way, but the whole idea behind “I’m now becoming my own self-fulfilled prophecy” gives me hope in a very particular way.

I am a big supporter of the idea of  “you become what you say you are” and the power of manifesting the life you want to have and all, so becoming a “Self-fulfilled Prophecy” actually sounds pretty exciting to me and the quote “Cause I feel like I’m the worst so I always act like I’m the best” is one of the most uplifting and relatable things I’ve heard in a song.

Besides, the idea of not needed love, or being ambition-driven seen in a positive light is such an unexplored topic for female singers, so there’s that.

Anyway, this post is absolutely random, I just feel very Marina and the Diamonds right now and I wanted to share, so yeah.

Enjoy!

P.S. Fun fact! I like to playfully sing this song to my friends when I know (or sense) they are lying about something.

Firma

The Wish Room: Horror and the Pony

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I am a closet horror-reader. I say I don’t like it, and to be perfectly honest, I get scared easily, but as with almost anyone who is into the genre, I find it alluring and fascinating in ways I can’t scape.

Last year I became acquainted with Christopher Bloodworth thanks to Sixpenceee’s tumblr, and I devoured all the initial No Sleep collection in a day. I have to admit I had trouble sleeping after The Soul Game, but overall, I loved every story in the collection (If you’re interested in reading them, consider this a Trigger Warning for just about anything you can consider Triggering).

Anyway, a while back I found out he was releasing a novel named The Wish Room, and I had to read it. Well, my babes, I finished it last night.

*There might be spoilers ahead, so… yeah, you know*
The Wish Room is the story of a married couple, Nora and Harold, they move to a new house in a new city, trying to leave the struggles they faced together in the past and start all over again. Everything looks quite promising until they find a closet they can’t open. Eventually strange things begin to happen straining their relationship. They start being consumed by obsessions they develop, until they are broken down. As you can expect, they ultimately open the closet, and things go bad… or worst for that matter.

Last night, as I finished reading, I wrote a short review about it on Goodreads, based on a couple of questions my boyfriend asked about the book and my perception of it. I wrote about how the stories that scare me the most are the ones that speak about my fears, and this one is like that. I may have mention this before, but I am quite scared of the dark, and since the story develops a lot through the darkness and dark spaces, it made me feel constantly uneasy.

And that’s the thing with Christopher Bloodworth’s stories, they make you feel like that, they disturb you and make you think of the horrible things you didn’t want to imagine, but they leave you wanting more, you need to know more, you need to find out what happens; and of course, The Wish Room is no exception…

Even though at the end you understand how it all happened, and why it happened within the limits of their story, there’s bigger “why” that still lingers, a deeper questioning that makes me want to know more. You never really understand why is the closet like that, why does it inspire the obsessions and violence it inspires; but when you think about it, it doesn’t really matter all that much. The closet is what it is, and hopefully, we will eventually get to see it on a different story.

After all, there’s a faint connection to Handbook for a Teenage Antichrist. And just guess what I’m going to start reading next.

Firma

Welcome to Night Vale… And my thoughts.

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A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

For a while I kind of refused to write about this, ’cause, I am aware that there’s a huge fan base, and even though I guess I am part of several fandoms, I refuse to get involved in fan-conversations… Unless It’s Sailor Moon or Utena, cause there is a lot to talk about on those…

Anyway, I think I’ve mentioned before that around this time last year I got really into Welcome to Night Vale, and I even posted a weather song that I was really into back then.

Welcome to Night Vale is a Podcast narrating the adventures and misadventures of Night Vale, a town in the middle of the American Desert, a Town where (To quote something I might have read somewhere a long time ago) “all conspiracy theories are real”, Is the government controlling our thoughts? Yes they are. Did a certain celebrity fake their death and is living now a low-key life? Out in the open! Are mountains real? Oh honey, of course not! Is the government spying on our conversations? Speak louder to your nearest door knob so they can hear better! And of course, All Hail The Glow Cloud!

Night Vale is a mix of comedy and horror. A relatable Dystopia, to give it a name.

Last year I decided to read the Novel (yes, there’s a novel) and it quickly became one of my favorite books, not only of the year, but in general.

The novel deals with Diane Crayton and Jackie Fierro, residents of Night Vale, as they try to uncover a mystery that, you don’t know, (but yes, you know) has been ever-present in the story since pretty much the beginning. To say it differently, you get to know what’s the deal with The Man in the Tan Jacket  It generally has a different tone and narrative than the usual podcasts. I’m not going to spoil the story for you guys, give it a read, or even better, listen to the podcast, and then read the novel.

Anyway, after reading the novel, I decided it was time to listen to the podcast from scratch again, and so I did, and while doing it I started noticing how well constructed the whole story is, not just in the sense of the podcast, but also, how well intertwines with the narrative in the novel, how everything traces back to the very beginning.

I don’t know guys. Last week I received my printed copy on the mail, and I felt this strange nostalgia, cause I really wanted to read it again. To say the book is strange is an understatement, however, given that the book deals a lot with family relationships, I felt it so close to my heart. So close. I could see my mother reflected on  Diane Crayton, and even sometimes myself in Jackie.

Night Vale has this thing, this amazing eloquence to explain things that are normally so difficult to put into words, in such a clear and relatable way, ideas so clearly composed that unambiguously narrate the most intrusive thought… The feelings that closely encompasses the void that comes with human existence, put out there in simple words…

And I guess that’s what I’m trying to say… A Town with mystical properties such as Night Vale, speaks so deeply to me, cause, its residents, even those who are forever 19, are deeply, deeply human… doing the best they can with their circumstances…

Just read it guys… or Listen to it…

 

Firma

I’ve got the time for more than talking…

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I’ve been busy being a human being, and two days ago, I noticed I hadn’t been here in almost 3 months (let’s face it, there have been longer absences) I actually have a lot of things to share guys, but I’ve been busy busy busy.

So I’m here quick just to share a song that’s been on my head a lot the last couple of hours. Yes, there’s nothing on the video, just the music, so, enjoy it.

I’ve got the time for more than talking
The sound of your voice is drawing me in
You say you got my groove I turn you on
Show me it’s true till the day is gone

There’s steam tonight
The heat is right
Shall we check it ou

Come closer dear
It’s warmer in here
But you know that well

I’ll do anything to help you on
To hear you cry out a song

I’ve got the time for more than talking
My hands want to glide across your body
You put me in the mood let’s work this groove
I feel my skin melting away on you

You’ll do everything to help me on
To hear me cry out so long

I’ve got the time for more than talking
My tongue wants a taste of what you’re fixing me
If you send me up high I won’t come down
My heat is rising I want all of you now

I’ve got the time for more than talking.

Firma

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