My Other Love

I realize I've been M.I.A. for over a week now. I'm still lost in the depths of revision land, though the light's starting to seep through the cracks. Also, I've been busy in real life. Like, way too busy. But enough of my excuses!

I thought I'd take a moment to introduce you all to one of my other loves in life, besides writing. What might that be?

Music, friends!

I know, everyone loves music. But it's kind of a passion of mine. I've been singing (badly, at first) since I was four. I did choir in middle school and made it into the top choir. Though I abandoned choir in high school (I wish I hadn't), I started playing guitar when I was a freshman in high school, and that led to my passion for songwriting.

Lately, I've been rediscovering my passion for singing at very late--or, rather, early hours of the day. For example, it is 2am as I am writing this post, and I just posted a cover of Skinny Love by Bon Iver (Birdy's version) on my tumblr.

So, if you're curious to hear my voice (I don't actually know why I'm letting you), click here.


And if for some reason you really care, you can hear some of my original songs here.

*ducks behind boulders*

*burrows deep into ground*


Creature Spotlight: Manticore

MANTICORE: A lion with the face of an old man and a scorpion's tail.

photo found here

A dangerous, predatory creature, the manticore has many rows of sharp teeth to devour its human victims. Its tail shoots deadly quills, and its voice sounds like a melody of pipes. Some have wings or a dragon's tail.

This creature originated in Persian tails. When humans disappeared in olden times, the manticore was sometimes blamed. Its name means "man-eater." Manticores appear in modern-day literature such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings.

What mythical creatures are you curious about? Help me choose what to post on next in the comments section.