“Hailstorms” by HUGO [Hailstorms Music Video]


Running out of time
Either get out or get in
Days are slipping by
Won’t wait to begin
Cause I’m losing
All my feathers in the wind

Digging out a memory
Of who I was before
And how I got involved
In this endless war
The ones who win
Don’t always need it more

I’m ready for release
I wait for the pain to come
I beg it to believe
Hailstorms coming
Baby bring it on

I’m waiting for the blow
I’m reaching out
To take what’s mine
Whichever way it rolls
I dance my way
Through hailstorms anytime

Staring in a mirror
Doesn’t get you very far
The people that I’m looking for
Out in the dark
Under city lights
You don’t see many stars

Crushing out a cigarette
Is all that I’ve done
Calling on my favors
Watch my bridges burn
I’m stepping out
Never to return

(repeat twice)
I’m ready for release
I wait for the pain to come
I beg it to believe
Hailstorms coming
Baby bring it on

I’m waiting for the blow
I’m reaching out
To take what’s mine
Whichever way it rolls
I dance my way
Through hailstorms anytime
Dance my way
Through hailstorms anytime
Dance my way
Through hailstorms anytime

Dance my way
Through hailstorms anytime

– HUGO –

“the Vampyre of Time and Memory”

“the Vampyre of Time and Memory” – Joshua Davis

“The Vampyre Of Time And Memory”

I want to God to come and take me home
‘Cause I’m all alone in this crowd
Who are you to me?
Who am I supposed to be?
Not exactly sure anymore
Where’s this going to?
Can I follow through?
Or just follow you
For a while?

Does anyone ever get this right?
I feel no love

Ain’t no confusion here, it is as I feared
The illusion that you feel is real
To be vulnerable is needed most of all
If you intend to truly fall apart

You think the worst of all is far behind
The Vampyre of time and memories has died
I survived.
I speak, I breathe,
I’m incomplete
I’m alive – hooray!
You’re wrong again
‘Cause I feel no love

Does anyone ever get this right?

Does anyone ever get this right?
I feel no love
I feel no love


“The Fibonnacci sequence in all its glory”

Perfectly Stunning

The Fibonnacci sequence in all its glory

Breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci sequence.
It moves on to the Golden and Angle Ratios
The Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations.

This would be math-class gold,
and it’s awfully sweet even if
math class is years behind you.

Music: “Often a bird” by Wim Mertens
Artist: Wim Mertens

Film Review: “Into the Woods”


All of our fantasy stories from childhood built around an original take on fairy tales as told by Stephen Sondheim. Into the Woods started out on the Broadway stage and now is on the huge screen opened Christmas Day 2014. It’s a divine story for all ages. As you have noticed Once Upon A Time has made a delightfully exciting comeback in the visual world.. And in this version you have Meryl Streep to be scared by as the Witch who makes the curse which tracks through the whole story.


Take a look at this featurette guaranteed to excite you. Bon Appetit!!!

Into the Woods Movie Trailer

Release Date: December 25, 2014
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Rob Marshall
Screenwriter: James Lapine
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie
Genre: Musical
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material)

Official Websites: http://movies.disney.com/into-the-woods https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods https://twitter.com/intothewoods

Plot Summary:
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.


Will be posted on expatspost on Nov. 24th 2014.

e.e. cummings #3 or 7

a writer's word new 14th june 2014
e.e. cummings

#3 or 7 part series

poetry, art & sound

Post by jkm

Post Saturday 20th December 2014

Listen to Your Heart – Roxette

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

talking serious (c) jkm 2014

talking serious (c) jkm 2014

Editor’s Corner 101.4

Written by Shawn MacKenzie

Music to the Ear.

“Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it …” … Virginia Woolf

Always remember, never forget: As much as there is rhythm to life, there is rhythm to writing.

shawn scribe-small dragon at deak

In preparation for the challenge of the Editor’s Corner, I have, much as time and stomach allow, perused a cross-section of blogs and self-published novels and short stories. While there are sparks of brilliance out there, I am amazed by the amount of clunky, tin-eared prose out there, replete with stilted dialogue, baroque narratives, and lurky-jerky labyrinths of bad grammar and even worse punctuation. It’s enough to make this editor weep – or at least tear her hair.

‘Can’t these people hear what they’re writing?’ I ask myself. Such a simple question, yet too often the writing gods shake their heads, ‘No.’

For this is the realm of the writer’s ear, of beats and tempo and auditory wonders; and to some of us it can be a down-right scary place. Like a sense of style or musical pitch, it does not come naturally to all of us – and like a virtuoso with perfect pitch, the unerring writer’s ear is rare, indeed. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn.

Schools used to helped with this. They once taught a great little subject called Rhetoric – how to use words effectively, to move people with eloquence. In my junior-high English classes we would study great speeches, past and present, and discuss how they were constructed and why they worked. Of course, that was forty-five years ago. Sadly, rhetoric is now too often relegated to university classics departments or Sunday morning pundits parsing the relative communication skills of Candidate A vs. Candidate B. (A quick look at the 2012 Presidential campaign makes it abundantly clear which party had the writer’s ear.)

In the absence of such pedagogic aids, it falls to us to be our own teachers. Thanks to the internet, the sonorous writing of the ages is a click away. Familiar and obscure, sites like http://www.americanrhetoric.com and http://www.history.com/speeches let you read and often hear great speeches. And if the speech is too old or little known to merit a YouTube rendition, read the words aloud yourself.

The same applies to prose and poetry. Go to your book shelf and take down your favorite authors and read them aloud. Take your time. Find the music of the work. Note how the words bounce off each other, how the author uses assonance and alliteration, breaks for breath and sounds of silence. Hear how the rhythm serves the story, how the lyric meter of The Great Gatsby, for example, would be totally out of place in Catcher in the Rye, and yet how each is perfect in its own way. How, in the right place at the right time, even discord has a sublime music all its own. Like description, conversation has its rhythms, too, though it is governed not only by the author’s style but by the essential truth of the characters. Read aloud, these truths crystalize: we can hear how dialogue flowing true for Queequeg would sound positively alien coming from Eleanor Dashwood.

Now turn to your own work, and remember: you are a storyteller, with the accent on teller. Your job is to weave a spell with your words. Read your pages as if they were from one of the treasured books on your shelf. Feel the words, their sound, their hue, their weight and balance. See where they live up to your expectations and where they fall short. This is one of the great advantages of a [good] writers’ group, being able to present your work aloud and having other ears pick up on the clunkers to which we’re deaf. (And try not to get defensive. Remember: we all screw up, we all write really awful stuff now and then. A good group is there to help you become a better writer, not just tell you how wonderful you are.)

Finally, jump into the empirical deep end and train your ear in the field. Get up and out and listen to the world around you. Hear how cities churn and villages amble, how region, season, age, even gender all affect the cadence of life and, in turn, the cadence of literature.

From the overarching shape of a story to the choice of every word in every sentence, every mark of punctuation, all are linked, pearls on a string, thrumming together. If we do it right, they linger, echoing deep in the blood where they’re not soon forgot.

Rhythm and Flow  Tara Arnold

Rhythm and Flow Tara Arnold

Language in fiction is made up of equal parts meaning and music. The sentences should have rhythm and cadence, they should engage and delight the inner ear. …Michael Cunningham

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I will try to respond to messages as I am able. At times it may be in the form of a post or a direct email response. Guests who post, I will forward messages addressed to them. It is up to them how they decide to correspond.   — Shawn MacKENZIE – MacKenzie’s Dragonsnest