I'm woman enough to own up to the truth of that.
Just when I was starting to wonder if the mojo was gone for good... I slipped and fell into a little thing we all like to call YouTube.
So! In no particular order, I will post my favourite sources of inspiration --with the added benefits of clips that explain just why I am oh, so enamoured.
Neil Patrick Harris
Seeing as he is all the things a man should be, it follows that he is not batting for our team, ladies... I cannot hold such things against him.
The following video should explain why at least one character in my Reunion Federation stories is still enthusiastic about him 400 years in the future!
Of course, Hugh Jackman has his own list of accolades that's longer than my arm. He's gorgeous (and there is something incredibly sexy about the way he walks... Am I the only one noticing that?), I have yet to find one role in which I feel he performed with anything less than his absolute best, he has been gifted with one of the most incredible and evocative singing voices I've ever heard, and he has danced his way into my heart already. Oh, and it helps that he has really aged quite gracefully!
If I thought NPH delivered it all, Hugh Jackman actually has a leg or two up on him --that sexy accent, for one!
Panic! At The Disco
If you take the four albums released by Panic! At the Disco --lay they out side by side, give each one a good listen, and think about it-- what is most distinct about the albums is that the musical style has changed each and every time. The lyrics still have their lurid moments and the songs can be catchy --I was singing "Miss Jackson" while I did laundry, after only having heard it a total of three times-- but they boys aren't afraid to admit they're still finding themselves.
Also, if you want to add someone else into your eye-candy file, Brandon Urie --the band's vocalist, lyricist, and front man-- definitely counts!
Oh, and speaking of that...
You might be more familiar with pieces such as "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", "But It's Better If You Do", "Nine in the Afternoon", "New Perspective", or one of my personal favorites, "Ready to Go".
Still, they are ever-changing and growing as artists, so never count these Las Vegas natives out!
How I Spend My Time
Still, I have to keep going.
So I read a lot right now. I've been reading a lot of YA stuff right now --The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, to be specific, though there are others. I've got a stack of books I've been wanting to read for some time now, and so that helps keep me going.
I've been spending a lot of time in my artistic archives --things I started and abandoned at least seven years ago. Mostly, what I have are hard-copies --paper! Going through them helps spark some new ideas. I've recently decided to reboot a supernatural universe of my own creation I was working with a while ago. This time through, it should include some clearer decisions and attributes of each supernatural species. It should also show some of my new-found maturity as an author (I can dream) and less influence from certain authors I find contagious.
Music keeps me going day after day. I've recently delved into the wonders of Last.fm, and it's been doing well with me me so far. I'm always trolling YouTube for the awesome videos and I still follow a few true indie artists and that's sort of take them where you find them... Still, Last.fm, my computer, and my iPod are all doing double-duty to keep me sane.
Mostly, I've been scrapbooking for sanity.
If that isn't a slogan, I don't know what is!
I really got into scrapbooking sort of late in the game, if I'm honest. Most folks will take a class and hop to it. Not me: I make up my own rules as I dive head-first and head-long into the adventure. A good deal of my off-beat humor and general weirdness shows up in my pages for that very reason.
Anyway, now I've started doing pages more like journal entries. It's a way to subtly yet not-so-subtly show myself. I'm also working on making up for lost time --also known as, scrapbooking years now past. I'm a bit of a hoarder, but that comes in handy when you're doing a page that covers an event from... seven years ago.
Well, my computer is making sounds it shouldn't. Upon investigation, it has been decided that I need a new computer. Apparently, Hayase (my computer) can only take four years of my abuse before he starts falling apart >.<
Alas, still too broke to do anything.
This was mostly composed last night (Oct 30). Since today is Thursday and I have my Ran-My-Ass-Off-Yesterday Hangover, I'm not so eloquent nor prompt as I may wish.
Still: Happy All Hollows, everyone! Stay safe
Ever at your pleasure,