2015 Horror Reading Challenge – first quarterly update

Bride of the Book God

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.47.12 PMWhat did I say I was going to do?

As I said in my sign up post, I am aiming to be a Brave Reader, which means reading 6-10 books during the course of the year.

How am I doing?

Really well actually! I have read and reviewed the following (assisted by signing up for the King’s March challenge so this is a bit heavy on Mr K’s work):

Short stories (individual and collections)


  • The Death House by Sarah Pinborough – some might not call this horror but I thought it dealt with some very dark issues and it had…

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#DrumStudentTabloids: Neil Humphreys

Jon Ardito

photo 1 (2)It’s rare to come across a 14 year old that wants to learn Snarky Puppy songs and drum grooves in odd time signatures but rare is AWESOME at The Jon Ardito Drum School. Neil has been with me just over a month and we are having a blast. If you asked him, he’d call himself boring but in my opinion, Neil is a unique dude with a lot of character. Music is embedded into his world, possibly due to the influence of his grandfather who currently owns a jazz venue in Arizona. Neil plays guitar as well, and has dabbled in the Paul Green School of Rock system. He is clearly invested in getting a music education from all angles, both melodically and rhythmically, and from an array of sources. I love seeing this, as it further establishes the well-rounded nature of a musician in the making and suggests a…

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The Drums You Have Heard 1,000 Times

Windup Wire

One six second drum loop has been sampled and used in countless records.  In 1969 a band called the Winstons cut a song called Amen, Brother.  A part of that track has been used in everything from old school hip hop, a David Bowie song, and commercials.  Knowing this raises interesting questions about intellectual property.  The above video tells the partial history of this break beat.  The video is fairly interesting despite the announcer speaking in a Stephen Hawking monotone voice.  Probably the quote I find the most interesting is, and this is a paraphrase:  A whole subculture has been created out of six seconds in 1969.

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Quotes that make you want to see the world


“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

It is never too late to travel solo. I started doing it just recently. After many years of contemplating and procrastinating, I flew to Denmark last December. I was nervous but excited at the same time. At the end of my three-week trip, I learnt that travelling alone is not a bad decision after all.

It is okay to travel alone and be afraid of it. Along the way, you will make new friends and overcome fear one step at a time because you have no choice.

If you are afraid of embarking on your own adventure, I hope this will help. You may also want to read travel quotes to inspire you to see the world. Personally, I love reading quotes. Especially on travel and adventure. Here are my 10 favourite quotes I found online 🙂







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The do’s and don’ts of airport travel — part one

I came. I saw. I blogged.

This has always been a touchy subject for me, so sorry — just in case this gets a little intense.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have stared at people in the airport. Why? Because they don’t know how to act. And not to put anyone down, but we are all just trying to get to our destination quickly and safely; some people make that very difficult.

So, if you are an inexperienced traveler or aren’t refined in the art of airport navigation, have no fear because I am here to help you!

Here are my do’s for traveling in an airport; stay tuned for the don’ts coming soon!

Do be on time. Traveling can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Find out what time your flight leaves, say 8:00 a.m. Then calculate how long it takes to drive to the airport, and add ten minutes if you’re being…

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Why Should I Travel?

Never Been Scared

Every human being has within themselves a longing to travel.  I once met a guy in Athens who had been traveling all over the world for over 8 months.  He told me that everybody has a desire to travel because they are searching for something.  Some people are searching for answers, some for their own stories, some for awesome pictures, some for a certain status, and some just to make themselves feel better.  People are always searching for something new, and because traveling brings something new each and every time, it will always be around.

Here are four reasons why you should travel:

  1. You are guaranteed to see something cool and unique.  It doesn’t have to be global to be an adventure.  You don’t have to go somewhere that nobody else has ever heard of to make it unique.  The only requirement is to be bold and try new things (aka never…

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I’ve been thinking…a lot! And apparently, so have you…


…up to 50,000 – 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s according to the National Science Foundation.


That’s a powerful thought, in and of itself!

But consider this…

How many of those thoughts are habitual? Thoughts that you’re simply unaware of? How many of those are wasted?  How many are just the same thoughts that you think everyday, the same ones that you thought yesterday?

How many are intentional?  How many are negative? Critical? Positive?

I’ve been thinking about my thoughts a lot lately.  In education we call that metacognition (thinking about your thinking).

It’s been said that our thoughts become our actions.  Our actions then lead to results (moods etc.).  Actions then lead to beliefs.

What if we harnessed our thoughts and controlled them, intentionally?  Realized our responsibility for them? Considered them assets?  Yes, I realize that we can’t possibly be aware of ALL of them, that would be mentally…

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