A chilled down piece.
A chilled down piece.
Simple Hard rock
An electro rock groove that’s made for looping.
Update: I updated this track to have a better mix. After listening to it on several different kinds of speakers, I discovered that it can sound anywhere from nice to awful. Hopefully, this change will make it easier to listen to.
A light, electronic song.
An electronic groove.
A simple, light, minimalist electronica piece that keeps a steady pulse. The structure is based around a repeating 16th note “F”.
I also had some fun using the LASPA plugin “Saturate” to give a crunchy sound to the drums.
Score: 5 solid, platinum trophies the size of a Volkswagon
I don’t read romance novels, but this one grabs my attention. It has strong characters, a good plot and pacing, and hot romance action.
The story uses the plot of Jane Eyre, but puts it in a modern setting, and replaces the crazy, secret wife with a secret vampire. Even though it’s a paranormal romance with vampires, the focus isn’t on the vampire stuff, but rather on the developing relationship, and how our leading lady copes with the big reveal.
Readers of this blog can be let in on a secret. Soon after this book was published, some readers started asking about when the second book would be published. Well, I’m pleased to announce that The Vampire’s Wife, Hungry Book II, is being prepared for publication. It should be ready for purchase in about 2 weeks or less. However, you can get ahead by reading the first book now!
Score: An orange sticker with rainbow stars
These two books are the first attempt by Hasbro to create literature directed at older girls (roughly ages 8+) based on the fourth generation My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series. These are chapter books whose only illustrations are what looks like a single clip art picture introducing each chapter. These two books are very light reading, and appropriate for most anyone, although I wouldn’t suggest these books to people who are opposed to advertisements disguised as media.
From what I can tell, the author was brought onto this project because of an existing contract with the publishing house Little Brown & Company. One of the writers for the show, Meghan McCarthy, said in a tweet that she was consulted “for one part of the [Twilight Sparkle book],” and that seems about the only contact Ms. Berrow had with the staff. In the first book, the characters came across as forcing their personality traits into the story – Pinkie Pie and her watch being the most serious offender. Some internet commentators have noted that it “feels rushed,” and I happen to agree.
By the second book, though, the story and characters seemed to be more in their element. It focuses on the MLP:FIM episode “The Cutie Mark Chronicles,” where we learn about Pinkie Pie being “played against type,” as show writer Mitch Larson put it – she grew up on a gray, boring rock farm. Pinkie then uses her extreme will power, again pulled from the MLP:FIM episode “Too Many Pinkie Pies.”
Unfortunately, the Twilight Sparkle book uses one of the plot hooks that seems to have permeated modern stories for children – the Single Point of Failure MacGuffin. For the Barbie Fairytopia films, it was the queen who kept the lights on which kept away the baddies. When will these mythical creatures learn the value of redundant backup systems? Whenever these plots arise, I can’t help but to think of the creatures in trouble as terrible planners, and that they’re getting what they deserve.
On another note, the Twilight Sparkle book explains how Princess Cadence came to be a princess. I wonder if this was the part that Ms. McCarthy consulted on, as it was never brought up in the show. I’m interested to see if it will be referenced or even used in the fourth season of the TV show.