Life Starts Now
Evening, friends!
My name is Gio and I love books, music, film, and strive to one day be an author. What you'll find here is mostly just the disorganized spewing of my random and geeked out thoughts. Shinedown and 3DG are my babies, I write songs about books on youtube, am in a band called Dear Confessor, and have somewhat of an obsession with Avatar the Last Airbender. Please to meet ya <3
"We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are."
You're so far down. But you will survive this somehow because life starts now.
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❝ Men always say that as the defining compliment: the Cool Girl. She’s a cool girl. Being the Cool Girl means that I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot. Hot and understanding. Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.
Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see these men - friends, coworkers, strangers - giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much - no one loves chili dogs that much! And the Cool Girls are even more pathetic: They’re not even pretending to be the woman they want to be, they’re pretending to be the woman a man wants them to be. Oh, and if you’re not a Cool Girl, I beg you not to believe that your man doesn’t want the Cool Girl. It may be a slightly different version - maybe he’s a vegetarian, so Cool Girl loves seitan and is great with dogs; or maybe he’s a hipster artist, so Cool Girl is a tattooed, bespectacled nerd who loves comics. There are variations to the window dressing, but believe me, he wants Cool Girl, who is basically the girl who likes every fucking thing he likes and doesn’t ever complain. (How do you know you’re not Cool Girl? Because he says things like: ‘I like strong women.’ If he says that to you, he will at some point fuck someone else. Because ‘I like strong women’ is code for ‘I hate strong women.’)
I waited patiently - years - for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to like cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer. And then we’d say, Yeah, he’s a Cool Guy.
But it never happened. Instead, women across the nation colluded in our degradation! Pretty soon Cool Girl became the standard girl. Men believed she existed - she wasn’t just a dreamgirl one in a million. Every girl was supposed to be this girl, and if you weren’t, then there was something wrong with you.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.  (via richardegansey)

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at 20:34pm
Okay, I want to talk about Blood of Olympus a little more.

It’s a new day and I feel like my PBD only addressed the negatives when there were so many things that made me smile. 

So here we have a post with POSITIVITY. I’ve slept on it, wandered the tag, written a song, and I’m feeling a little better. I don’t take back any of what I said prior, BUT, I don’t think it’s fair that I don’t shriek about everything that made Blood of Olympus wonderful (because it was wonderful. it had its setbacks, but in the end, it was still wonderful). 

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at 11:38am
So I’ve written a new song that I’ll be hopefully filming today.

Here’s a not-so-subtle hint.

Without the pressure from my wonderful/invaluable/perfect listeners (I love you guys more than Percy loves blue pancakes), I probably would have written one anyway. Leo Valdez owns my heart in a very unique way and after Blood of Olympus, I was inspired. 

I’ve gotten a few more requests in addition to the ones above for a Leo song and I always kind of resisted answering most of them since I hate making promises I can’t keep. I never knew if I would write a Leo song, just like I never knew that I would write a Nico song or a Piper song. These things happen very whimsically/emotionally. BUT, MY FRIENDS, I HAVE DONE IT. And I cannot wait for you guys to hear it ;-;

It’s called ‘Embers in the Sky’

Gosh, I really hope you guys end up digging it. If all these Leo song requests result in a song ya’ll hate, it would really blow. haha

at 22:35pm
In all fairness, I read the book in like 2 or 3 sittings

And I’m probably going to remember things I liked and disliked as I let the book sit. 

Writing PBD’s moments after finishing is never a good idea. DX

Posted: 3 days ago
at 22:20pm
I’m so disappointed in how shitty that PBD is

I just finished the Heroes of Olympus series and my final blog post on the subject could have been written by a zombie. 

Sorry in advance. ;__;

at 22:19pm
Hello, Tumblr! I have finished The Blood of Olympus!

I’ve managed to evade spoilers for the past week or so and I’m supremely proud of myself for doing so.

I also managed to stay off social media for a while, except Twitter where I made a few vague live-comments with the hashtag #BloodOfMyFeelings. 

I’m going to discuss this in a very spoilerific manner under the cut, friends. So please do not proceed if you have not finished The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. If you are on mobile and my readmore is not working, cover the following with your hand until you scroll to safety. 

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at 10:55am

October, you need to slow the heck down because I haven’t even started Blood of Olympus or The Young Elites. And In The Afterlight comes out in a few weeks and my head wants to explode just thinking about it. 

Oh my. Okay. Well after school, I’m going to the bookstore to get my hands on UnDivided because of course I am. 

Mr. Shusterman, I need to know that Levi Garrity/Calder is going to remain UNHARMED in this book. Because when Connor hit him with that car last book, I went into a major panic.

I also need to ensure immunity for Risa Ward. And Connor Lassiter. And Grace Skinner. And, screw it, everyone. You leave EVERYONE unharmed.

Except Starkey. Starkey can burn.

Oh my gosh, my Unwind feelings are, dare I say, unwinding. I’m so excited. BUT AHH. BLOOD OF OLYMPUS. It’s easier to avoid Unwind spoilers so I’m going to read BoO first. My plan is to finish Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore today during my break at school (I have maybe 130 pages left? I can do it. I believe in myself). 

You guys don’t understand. Any time I see a Percy Jackson blog post anything, I scream and cover my screen and close the tab. Avoiding spoilers has been hard. I haven’t learned much, thank god. But I do know that Nico had a very interesting change in wardrobe and I need to know the context right away. 

Okay, so UnDivided. It all ends here. I am not ready, but I’m also ready? Neal Shusterman is also coming back to Miami for his tour and I kind of want to be creepy and go even though I’ve already met him. Is that creepy, to go meet an author twice? Is that a thing people do? I’m new to this whole signing thing ;__;

I don’t have any theories because 1) I’m terrible at forming theories and 2) Shusterman always finds ways to surprise me no matter which way I think the story is going. My brain throbs when I finish any one of those books. 

I just hope nothing bad happens to anyone I love? 

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The Hunger Games + Katniss & Haymitch

"In the end, the only person I truly want to comfort me is Haymitch, because he loves Peeta, too."

(Source: gifthg)

at 11:59am
Things that happened
  • I now own a car. It’s a crimson pearl (burgundy, but I’m feeling pretentious) Honda Civic and it drives like a dream and I’m so happy. I’ve named it Hermione because it’s Gryffindor red and badass like her.
  • I finally bought Little Machines by LIGHTS and I put it on in Hermione and cried on the way home from school. It was really gross. Lights is the only artist capable to reducing me to tears from sheer happiness. She makes the world seem so beautiful, man. 
  • I went to Halloween Horror Nights this past weekend and saw the outside of Diagon Alley (everything past King’s Cross and 12 Grimmauld Place was closed off…but I saw the outside of 12 Grimmauld Place and had a breakdown). If you guys plan to go, I did every House except the Halloween one (just because the wait was too long and I was too tired to function by that point) and the best for me was Giggles and Gore (which is the clown one).  Look out for it. Also, please for the love of god treat the characters in the houses/scare zones with courtesy and respect. Remember that they’re actual human beings and after their shift, they shed all that makeup in the break room and have feelings both internal and external (meaning, do not punch them because you would be surprised how many people do).
  • I went to iHop and had some pancakes. I know this sounds really uneventful but they were so delicious.
  • I got halfway through Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and left it in the hotel in Orlando and got really sad so this morning I bought another one with money I don’t have but w/e and IMMA FINISH THAT TODAY. 
  • BLOOD OF OLYMPUS AND THE YOUNG ELITES CAME IN THE MAIL but I still haven’t read either because I haven’t finished MP24HB (that’s a long acronym). I haven’t been on Tumblr, nor have I checked any of the comments on my Percy Jackson songs so I’ve been super careful to avoid spoilers. 
  • The Mortal Instruments TV series? Eh, I’ll get into that in a separate post later on. 
  • But yeah. That’s an update!!
Posted: 1 week ago
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at 23:18pm
No, I don’t have Blood of Olympus

(But to be safe, I’ve shut off my ask for the time being. Tumblr has some very sick, evil people who have fun ruining the reading experience of others. I KNOW BECAUSE YOU FUCKS DIDN’T LET ME READ ALLEGIANT WITHOUT THROWING SPOILERS IN MY ASK.) 

Nevertheless, I’ve been going above and beyond to avoid spoilers. I’ve barely gone on Tumblr and if I see a Percy Jackson blog posting anything, I usually scream and close the tab before my eyes wander. They could be saying, “I like potatoes” and I wouldn’t know.

Also, if my Percy Jackson songs on youtube get comments, I don’t read them. (So ya’ll know. I’m not being a jerk and ignoring your comments, I’m just terrified of what I’ll find if I open them.) 

It’s kind of insane, okay. Spoilers are effing everywhere and I still don’t have the book. It’s already shipped, though, so I’ll have it soon. Right now, I’m reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and it’s pretty good so it’s keeping me busy/satisfied during my wait. 

Guys, this is the most agonizing thing. Because I’m so petrified of this book being ruined for me. I HAVE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERIES IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I WILL NOT HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE TAINTED.

I feel like the paranoid old lady across the street who has security cameras surrounding her house and keeps her door behind a locked gate. 

But, seriously, auguhh. I want Blood of Olympus so bad. I don’t want to live in fear. It’s like I’m treading no man’s land while all the other Percy Jackson fans are throwing spoilers from the trenches. 

I don’t even want to share theories because once I start thinking about things, I start going crazy. Not having this book is driving me insane. 

Oh gosh, I’m so excited. Scared of what will happen to me before I get this book, but excited.

at 10:17am
I accidentally put too much sugar in my coffee and I want to die

All I can think of is that scene from Another Note where Misora drinks Ryuzaki’s homemade coffee and it’s just this sugary paste. And she nearly goes into a fit of panic, saying, “AHHH! MURDEROUSLY SWEET!”

But, like, I already used the keurig pod. I don’t want to waste another just because I was an incompetent sugar mixer. So, like, I’m drinking this but I can feel the stomachache coming on. 

How badass am I? Can I do it? Can I drink the coffee of L Lawliet? Am I strong enough?

I’d also like to add that there are dementors all over my mug. It is a very dark and badass mug with a liquified Katy Perry video inside. 

I’m going to stop talking because I’ve literally just written an entire blurb about my coffee and that’s absolutely preposterous. What kind of blog has this turned into?  

at 20:56pm
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How did that cute thing turn into that other cute thing.

at 20:37pm
Asylum Post-Book Discussion

I think I broke a record in how quickly I read this book, though it could also be largely due to the fact that a significant chunk of this book consisted of pictures/page breaks. 

Nevertheless, I started this morning and ended a few minutes ago. So a quick synopsis:

This kid named Dan goes to a summer college-prep program on a used-to-be-an-asylum-but-totally-isn’t-anymore campus. He meets a babealicious artist and an equally babealicious mathematician. They discover, watch out, there are dark secrets. And to yank the rug from under you even harder—the darkness that resides within him is connected to said asylum.

Now, I’m being kind of an asshole in this synopsis, but the book wasn’t really that bad. I mean, it’s so predictable you can literally skip long passages and not miss a thing because you know exactly where the story is going anyway, but I’ve read worse. It had its redeeming attributes. 

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at 20:10pm
Oh! Friends, I saw Gone Girl the other night!

And I never wrote about it. I had something of a busy day yesterday (by that I mean I watched Code Geass for like 3 hours what). And I came home from the movie late Sunday night.

I even lost my hat in the theater. My special red hat. The one I wear in like every youtube video. Haha. I didn’t realize until I was nearly out of the parking lot. But I went back for it anyway. And, note, theaters are VERY creepy late at night when all the lights are off and the screen is black and there’s just very faint radio music coming from the back. 

Nevertheless, friends, my expectations were ridiculously high and they were exceeded. David Fincher always manages to stun me. The movie had such precision; every scene was bursting with purpose. The mood was aesthetically and sensually overt. It was just very carefully put together.

Basically, David Fincher.

And I love Gillian Flynn and every single one of her books, so there was already that inevitable, “I love this story, therefore, I’ll have fun watching this movie no matter what” going through my mind. But casting that aside, Gone Girl was a good fucking movie. 

Before I even get into the review, here is some shameless self-promotion. I wrote a song about Nick and Amy, so if you’re into that kind of thing, check it out :D

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at 19:11pm
? Ok other than the fact that it is a magic shool with two boys and one girl main characters, what makes you "feel like you've read it before".? Everything about the magic world and the characters personalities is different and original. I agree that it's not as good as TMI, TID, or Holly's other books. But what made it SO unoriginal? I have heard a couple people say that and I honestly don't understand why?


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