More Random Lauren Facts

It’s time to share some more random facts about me. Why? I have no idea.

 

My treadmill is my happy place. Look, some people are anti-treadmill. They’re all about “the outdoors” and “natural light” but I’m doing just fine, thanks. “Treadmill TV” anyone? Yes! It’s this total awesome sauce YouTube channel, where basically, someone runs with a camera so it’s like a first person view of a trail, or a city sidewalk, or wherever. Last week I was in Australia. Yesterday, I went to Singapore. No passport required.

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Don’t Worry. I’m Not Dead.

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I have returned. Please. Contain your excitement.

I’ve been a bit MIA lately. Twitter, this, my writing community… I’m such a routine-oriented person that when something new comes along, it throws me off so much that something’s gotta give. In this case, three somethings.

My cat’s social media presence is still very much alive. Because priorities.

So what’s been going on with me? What is it that has screwed over my precious routine?

I got a job, y’all.

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For that and other randomness, keep reading. 🙂

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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #6: Mark

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My last playlist. And the hardest to compile. Out of everyone, Mark’s list has had the most changes. I started with strictly romantic type songs. But he’s not a total sap. So this is a mix of 90s/2000s alternative, radio-friendly, pop…stuff. With a touch of sap.

For what it’s worth, Mark’s favorite music is jazz. But I was not about to attempt such a playlist. It would just be Dizzie Gillespie, because that’s the only jazz artist I know. 🙂

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Mark’s Playlist

“The Alt-Rock Top 40er”

1) “Wonderwall” Oasis
2) “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” U2
3) “Do I Wanna Know?” Arctic Monkeys
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When the Song and the Scene Cannot be Separated

It’s Music Monday again! This week, I’ve decided to highlight a few songs synonymous with a movie or show. When certain songs are used during a scene, it becomes nearly impossible to hear them without imaging the scene. Just me?

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This is not the same as the best music/scene pairings. That’s for another list.

Here are a few of my favorites:

FYI, spoilers ahead.  🙂

Fight Club

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Of course, I must start with Fight Club. The final scene of the movie uses “Where is My Mind” by The Pixies, and I guarantee, you cannot hear this song without imagining Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter hand-in-hand as buildings explode before them. Am I right? For me, I’d never heard this song (or knew anything about the band) before I saw the movie, so that might be why one can’t exist without the other in my mind.

*Note: I found an edited version to post here. This one is without, uh, Tyler’s splicing work. 😉


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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #2: Lily

Time for another character playlist. As before, I’ll post the list with a few video samples and give you the link for the Spotify playlist if you’re on Lily’s wavelength. Music pun. And a bad one at that. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

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Since Lily tends to dwell in the past, it’s only fitting her music preferences would be from another time.

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What’s all this about anyway? Start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise

Here’s Tyler’s: Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #1: Tyler


Lily’s Playlist

“The Classic Rocker”

1) “Let It Be” The Beatles
2) “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd
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The 35 Best Mashups You’ve Never Heard

The amount of talent on YouTube astounds me. You’ve heard of mashups, right? Glee was notorious for them. This collection is better. Sorry, Glee.

These songs should not work. They defy all logic. You read the titles and immediately think, there’s no way. Trust me. They work. Oh, do they work.

I’ve broken down 35 of my favorite mashups into categories for your listening pleasure.

The “Why Does This Work???” Group

I’ll start with the most amazing mashups based solely on their unbelievability factor.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” instrumental & Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness” vocals

Credit: oneboredjeu Mashup

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Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” instrumental/vocals & System of a Down’s “B.Y.O.B” vocals

Credit: neto gr


Psy’s “Gangnam Style” instrumental/vocals & Slipknot’s “Psychosocial” vocals

* @3:16 is a work of art.

Credit: thispreme

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Catify Your House with These Awesome Cat Products

What’s the easiest way to make the mundane more fun? Stick a cat on it!

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Obviously, I love cats. But I also love cat themed products. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite with you, so you can catify your house!

Because why not.

Broken down by room, here are some cat products I own and love, as well as my cat product wish list. Grab your credit card, cat lovers! 😉

The Office

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Products I Own:

Scotch Kitty Dispenser with Scotch Magic Tape , 3/4 x 350 Inches, 1 Roll, 1 Dispenser (C39-KITTY-W))
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18 Items Every Writer Needs

*Needs is strong word, right? Let’s say…

Items Every Writer Should Highly Consider Purchasing to be More Awesome, Motivated & Inspired

Better?

Each image will take you directly to its Amazon product page using my Amazon Affiliate Link.

Category #1: For Your Walls

You can’t possibly be expected to write in a sad, sterile environment. It’s in your best interests to surround yourself in awesome things. To see a picture of where I write and my awesome things, check out my blog post, Lauren’s Writing Space.

Writing Related Art: You need something to look at instead of that blasted blinking cursor. Consider these alternatives, all of which I stare at daily.

I actually bought this poster for my classroom, but I ended up bringing it home with me.


How true, how true.

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47 Thoughts While Watching New Breaking Benjamin Video

In last week’s Music Monday post, I explored my love of Breaking Benjamin, including my initial thoughts of their latest single, “Red Cold River.” Since then, they’ve released the music video, so let’s check it out. Ready?

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Lauren’s Writing Essentials

 

1) Something with Keys

Maybe I’m just old and my fingers don’t move as they once did. But writing by hand takes forever, and it’s totally unnecessary. I don’t know how people can write longhand. Typing is faster, more efficient,Related image and hitting backspace is a helluva lot easier than crossing out or erasing.

Wait, erasing? You don’t actually write with a pencil, do you? Tell me you’re at least using a mechanical pencil so I can sleep at night.

I used to have a desktop computer for all my writing needs. Now, I strictly use a laptop, because I like the portability. And my desktop died, so.

2) Background Noise

There’s a lovely space somewhere between the clacking of keys (or scrawling pens, if you’re one of those people) and a full-on desk concert. Yes, that’s a thing. Now, in this space, I live and thrive.

I highly recommend Rainy Mood, and I’ve recently discovered Soundrown, thanks to BookTuber Alexa Donne. In addition to rain, Soundrown has sounds of a coffee shop, birds, fire, and more. I love how you can overlap sounds to create your own atmosphere. My personal favorite is a mixture of Rain, Night, Train. Because what could be a more natural writing setting? Uh, nothing.

You can’t go wrong with instrumentals either. I’ve actually talked about this in a previous post, so click here for a list of some of my favorites. Go ahead. I’ll wait…

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