It is well known and Soundtrackers canon that Jeff has a thing for Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Thanks to the magic of the internet, I have found the antidote...it's a Christmas miracle!!
Yep, it's Thom Yorke of Radiohead,
doing his best Mariah Carey impersonation.
Speaking of Soundtrackers, the same creator of the Mariah Carey/Radiohead mashup also produced a Britney Spears/Deftones mashup...and it reminded me of the time we were writing Spam Poems to the tune of "Toxic".
I would've preferred Deftones lyrics over Britney's instrumental,
but here we are, and what's wrong with me??
FYI, Mariah Carey's video of AIWFCIY had over 116 million views back in 2014. I can't imagine what that number looks like now, five years later.
Please end this scourge on humanity.
The children!! Think of the children!!
I think that's all I've got for today. Hoping for a new Soundtrackers event coming soon. I miss my Soundtrackers Family. Hope all y'all are having a great weekend!
Hey! So, I guess I've been a bit quiet lately...just a lot of random business going on here and there, and by the end of the day I barely have enough energy to catch up and lurkstalk see what y'all have been up to. Made it to my mom's the other day though, in time for the best meal of the year (and I'll not be interested in anyone trying to convince me there's a better dinner than Thanksgiving, so respect my wishes or I'll disembowel you like the turkey you're actin' like ).
I guess another reason for my little absence lately is I'm most likely having shoulder surgery at the end of the year or early in 2020...somehow I've managed a partial tear in my rotator cuff, along with impingement. You don't need me to tell you a near-constant pain in your dominant arm is no fun.
But...it's not like I haven't been busy. Yesterday and this afternoon I was showing a friend of mine some WDC basics, and today she set up her account...so please give a warm welcome to debduke1 and help her out if she needs it. She's written a bunch of creative children's stories and since that's not really my area of expertise I told her about WDC and she's excited to connect with fellow writers and share her awesomeness with you. She's got a bunch of sweet ideas, is crazy talented, and just needed an outlet for it. We all know what it's like to not know who to talk to about writing and not knowing where a decent place to share it might be, and I'm sure she'll fit in well.
And finally...don't let anyone tell you green bean casserole belongs at any Thanksgiving meal. There is one acceptable time/place for such a concoction, and that is in the trash.
The long-awaited paperback release of Mutants is here! You can get it from Amazon for $11.99!
And for those who like personalized stuff, I'm taking orders on my website for Limited Edition annotated copies, and they're only $15!! I know a couple of you had expressed interest in it, so hurry up and get your order in!
And yes, it's still available for those of you who refuse to use actual books...the Kindle version is on sale for $6.99.
Are you curious to see who you write like? Like, what famous author is coppin' your style? Check this out: This website will compare a few of your paragraphs or whatever to a huge database of I guess famous people? So I submitted my most recent poem, which was a Leonard Cohen-inspired piece, and I got Margaret Atwood. No complaints from me.
Speaking of Mr. Cohen, I'm proud to announce that said piece (which is also a new entry to my book, "World By Design" ), "To The Love(s) I Lost" , has also been accepted for submission into the next Fevers of the Mind compilation. If I was thrilled when they accepted two of my poems earlier this summer, I guess internal me is ecstatic now!
And that also reminds me...I've hardly written anything else this summer. Too busy thinking about Mutants and its upcoming paperback release. But I did write one poem earlier last month which was basically just me trying to get back into the groove of writing again, and it ended up being a thing about not writing: "Doggone Days" .
Finally, it's come to my attention that Leonard Cohen has a posthumous album coming out, and the first single dropped today. It's spare and beautiful and sad and lovely. I'm not gonna say anything more about it cuz I'll run out of room here and might get stupid-silly sad real quick.
I've been good the last couple years about not ramming it down your throats, but suicide is one of the biggest killers of men aged 45 and under. Guys, it's ok to talk about your feelings. Ladies, please let the men in your lives feel free to express theirs too when they're comfortable with opening up. It's a two-way street, and if a man is willing to give you everything, the least you can do is listen. I know it's a fine line to cross with all the other hashtags for concern, but FFS let's take care of each other!
And what I really hardly ever talk about are my own struggles and periods of suicidal ideation, let alone what would be considered attempts. I can barely bring myself to speak publicly (though I have, and it helps) of what I went through as a sibling of someone who suffered; talking about me is another story that I still don't feel 100% on top of being able to share. Maybe someday; it's not the point. I know I'll have to in order to move on, but it's hard when there are days that you can't help yourself from intrusive thoughts while still being a functional person.
A friend of mine posted something on her Facebook author page about WSPD today and I told her it reminded me of something I'd written a few years earlier, when I was still processing the loss of my brother on top of my own thoughts and feelings. I don't care if you read it or not; I don't even know at the time if I had meant it specifically about him but that's how I relate to it now.
Lower (E) When you're trying to help someone but you need help too. #2124386 by Fivesixer
What I really want you to know, and I don't care who you are, is that someone's listening and someone can use an ear. It doesn't matter what country you're in; there are suicide helplines in practically every nation and I'll fucking look one up for you if I can't help you myself. My WDC inbox is always open, my DM thing on Twitter is @fivesixer, and if you've got my cell number then use it if life stops feeling like an option. I mean it.