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.
at 15:43pm
I just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

And I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. The general consensus was, “Good book, shit ending” so I was kind of weary, but still, the book looked so interesting that I couldn’t resist it. I’ve been meaning to read this book for several years but something always stopped me. Whether it was wanting to read something else first or forgetting about it when I finally went to the bookstore. But I saw it at Walmart at a discounted price a few weeks ago so I thought, “Now or never.” 

I technically started the book exactly a week ago (well, a week and one day ago) but I only read about 50 pages, then ignored it until yesterday, whereupon I read nearly all of it and finished it up today. That’s normally how I read books though, honestly. Even the ones I love. Sequels are the only things I swallow. 

To quickly recap this clusterfuck of a plot: Jacob Portman’s grandpa had some crazy stories about magic, monsters and supernatural children. Everyone thought he was insane. One day, Jacob gets a frantic call from grandpa asking where his guns are being kept. When he goes to make sure his grandpa’s okay, HOHO! HE’S DEAD IN THE WOODS UNDER THE LOOMING FORM OF A MONSTER. Jacob’s traumatized, his parents are worried, stuff happens, and he finds a letter his grandpa saved from a weird lady named Miss Peregrine, so Jacob goes to Wales to untangle the mysteries of grandpa’s past. More stuff happens, he follows a firebending girl into a bog, and finds a house. And there he meets, well, peculiar children. And as one would imagine, shit goes down. 

This is super abridged so I’m obviously leaving out some key info, but that’s the gist of it. XD

Spoilers under the cut. Probably. 

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at 9:43am

After Siberia, she had a baby and took an absolutely deserved break BUT NOW SHE’S BACK. 

I loved her EP and The Listening to pieces, but Siberia is something particularly special, I think. I just really loved the grit and edge to it. It took a lot of risks and it was a lot harder than what we were used to, but it was still LIGHTS, you know? It had the spirit and optimism characteristic of her BUTTTT the music was totally badass.

And Siberia also holds a special place in my heart because that was the tour for which SHE ACTUALLY CAME DOWN TO MIAMI (Ft. Lauderdale, but close enough) AND I GOT TO SEE HER. And it was a beautiful experience. I remember that she opened with ‘Banner’ and I was instantly crying. She’s just got this presence that makes the entire world seem five million times more beautiful. This girl gives you an inexplicable sense of hope and enlightenment, I don’t know.

All this to say. I LOVE HER EP, I LOVE THE LISTENING, I LOVE SIBERIA. I think each one is a step higher than the last. 

So she released the artwork for her new one called Little Machines and the ARTWORK IS SO GORGEOUS. GUYS. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HER FACE.

And her first single for it dropped, called ‘Up We Go’ and I listened to it as soon as I got out of work yesterday. 

It’s a very different sound than what we’re used to, but again, it’s still LIGHTS. She never writes the same record twice, so I don’t think it’s fair to expect that, and I honestly really love it. It’s got a lot of Siberia’s edge, but it’s also a lot brighter. It sounds fun, man. 

I’m so stoked to hear the rest of the album. LIGHTS has never let me down. She’s probably one of the most consistent artists I’ve ever loved in that I’ve loved her unfaltering for a very long time. 


Posted: 1 day ago
Tags: #lights #little machines
at 11:50am
I was tagged in a thing

Rule one: always post the rules.

Rule two: answer the person who tagged you and write 11 new ones.

Rule three: tag 11 people and link them to the post.

Rule four: actually tell them you tagged them

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Q u e s t i o n s:

  1. How were you introduced to Tumblr?
    In the wake of myspace, I wanted a new place to blog and I tried blogspot and didn’t really like it so I explored my other options but to no avail. A few months later, chaos ensued on facebook due to Tumblr being down so I checked this website out once it was no longer down and viola. Tumblr. Been part of this website for nearly 4 years.
  2. How much time do you spend on Tumblr, daily?
    Actually posting? Not much. I scroll through a lot and like things. haha. More than I should really.
  3. Who is your ideal partner?
    I don’t really have one. The world is huge and everyone is different. I can’t possibly know what I like and don’t like when I don’t even know everything that’s out there. Either we click or we don’t, really.
  4. What is your ideal hair-day?
    When I look like I just stepped off the set of Pretty Little Liars. Alas, that’s only happened, like, twice in my life. XD
  5. How is any of this considered blogging?
    I mean, I made this account to actually blog. I rarely reblog. Most of my Tumblr is made up of original posts. But I don’t dismiss rebloggers. They’re the ones who make this site fun. Reblogging is just a different medium of expression. It’s a way for your followers to kind of see inside your head and what kind of person you are. I’d never knock it. 
  6. What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
    I’m currently reading Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and I love it, but before that I finished Anna and the French Kiss which I also loved. I made a post about it in my Post Book Discussion tag. 
  7. Have you ever heard of BookTubeAThon, and now that you’ve googled it, would you ever consider doing it?
    I’m actually following BookTubeAThon! I’ve discovered some really cool new booktubers in doing so. I’m not participating. I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I am and I just didn’t have the time for it this year. But I’d like to next time :)
  8. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
    The….chicken….? Maybe??? I don’t know ;__;
  9. What is your sincere opinion on Miley Cyrus?
    I love Miley. I saw her in concert. :D
  10. Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?
    All the time. 
  11. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    Toxicity by System of a Down because my band is getting ready to cover it at an event and I’ve had to listen to it over and over again to get all the timing right. 


  1. Worst page to screen adaptation you’ve ever seen and why?
  2. Favorite Stephen King book and why. (And if you’ve never read any, favorite movie based off his books and why…and if you’ve never seen or read any, why haven’t you?)
  3. Thoughts on Nickelback?
  4. Tell me about the city you live in.
  5. If you were an author and you had to choose a pen name that wasn’t your name, what would it be?
  6. Katniss Everdeen or Annabeth Chase?
  7. What do you think of Superwholock? 
  8. What do you think about people who sneer at Young Adult lit? Do you agree or disagree? Porque?
  9. If you could write a letter to your sixth grade self, what would you say?
  10. Do you like fluorescent daylight bulbs or fluorescent soft-white bulbs? 
  11. Screenshot your desktop background. 


  • howtotrainyourwarlock
  • thefaultinmydivergence
  • i-always-need-your-feels-alec
  • oursocietynow
  • enterthetardis
  • dont-know-any-vampires-socially
  • kittykatattack
  • livingasaghost
  • fasterpussycatchillchill
  • these-blank-pages
  • hazzahasaprincess

Posted: 3 days ago with 3 notes (Reblog)
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at 21:48pm

NEW SONG! Okay, so I’m trying out this new style of thumbnails. What do you guys think? Too cluttered? I just felt like the half-book, half-still looked a bit weird. 

Anyway, this song is a bit old, but every time I tried recording it in the past I didn’t like how it sounded. Today I decided to just post it no matter how it sounded. I’m not sure this song and my voice go well together, but, hey. No harm done. On the bright side, it’s my song so if I sound horrible I’m not offending anyone or butchering anyone else’s work. haha.

I love Piper a lot. And I really don’t understand why the rest of the universe doesn’t love her as intensely as I do. WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE? SHE IS A QUICK-WITTED, COMPLEX, DRIVEN, GENUINE, AND TOTALLY BADASS LADY. 

Don’t hold your breath now.
I can’t promise that we’ll
be alive tomorrow.
Our seconds now are borrowed. 

Your heart beats in my hand
And I promise I will
Do my best to keep it.
I’ll fight till mine stops beating
Keep fighting evermore.

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at 0:15am
I watched Korra and this is all I have to say:


at 14:17pm
kibumunnie asked:
You will never defeat me in quiz up Shadow hunter trivia >-> I shall reign supreme! *mwahahaha*


at 14:14pm
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This is the first song I’ve ever written, ever. So of course it ended up being based on The Mortal Instruments. :)  I imagined this playing in the space between Judas Kiss and Call it Peace, filling in the gaps.  Anyway, it’s simple, but I hope you like it! And if Cassie saw this it would make my life.

PS - Sorry for the bad audio quality - you can’t even really hear the pedaling, so it sounds detached. Also I own this so no stealing please. Ask me if for some reason you’d want to use it.

I liked this a few days ago while at work with the intention of listening to it once I was home and WOW. Glad I did. This is the first original instrumental piece I’ve heard for the series and it’s absolutely beautiful and does so well to capture the grief and lament of that moment. You guys should all give this a listen. 

(Also, friend, I’m sorry for erasing the excerpt in the original post. I have some friends who haven’t read CoHF yet and I don’t want to spoil them. But if you guys want to reblog this, reblog it from the OP to get the whole post <3)

at 10:23am
Just when I thought I was done with Quiz Up forever.


You guys don’t understand. 

I am unbeatable. As soon as I saw that, I just started challenging people left and right AND ANNIHILATING THEM. There aren’t enough iratzes in the world to alleviate the scars of defeat. 

Brian was sitting in the car with me while I was playing and he only saw the City of Bones movie (the only thing he really remembers is that Valentine looked like a stripper and Alec looked like Jared Leto). And I could see the fear in his eyes. I was getting too powerful.

Normally, when I play Quiz Up games, I think, “You know, this could go either way” because I’m not sure if my challenger is a bigger fan than I am. But with this? Nah, I was like, “Nobody on Quiz Up is more obsessed with these books than me. I WILL BE THE QUIZ UP SHADOWHUNTER QUEEN.” 

This honestly made my weekend. 

at 9:31am
Someone take me to Iceland

I was watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night and every time Ben Stiller went to a new location I just sighed and was like, “Moooooom! Take me theeeeeere!” NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL. MOUNTAINS ARE BEAUTIFUL. 

I want to go to a nice place. I want to write a book set in one of those places. ;__; 


Suburban Miami could never. 

at 9:45am
The talent at Artistic Vibes was STRONG last night

I mean, I always have a great time when I go, but last night was just an overload of really extraordinary performers. I’m so sad that I don’t remember a lot of their names (really, the only ones I know are the regulars DX). 

There was this one girl and she was wearing converse and this baggy shirt and I hate myself for forgetting her name because I want to look her up on Soundcloud or Youtube or something. She sang these folky/bluesy original songs that blew my mind and made me want to dive into a pile of flowers and cry about how beautiful life is. ARTISTIC VIBES MYSTERY GIRL. IF YOU ARE READING THIS, BE MY FRIEND. SO YOU CAN SING TO ME WHEN LIFE GETS HARD. I DO remember the song titles though. “Holding Hands With a Stranger” and “Day by Day” which I remember because Josh, Sarah and I were talking about her and her songs for several minutes in the car as we were leaving. 

And, obviously, there was Josh who sounded killer as always. Das my band member, yo. Blowing minds. Belting like a champ. He sang an original for the first time there and it was so spectacular. I hate Josh because he doesn’t freaking believe in himself the way he should even though he’s one of the most brilliant artists I know. But, UGH. SERIOUSLY. JOSHUA, YOU ARE A SHINING STAR. 

And FREAKING NARCISO. He and Janelle are pretty much my two favorite spoken word poets, like, ever. This guy bleeds passion and soul all over the stage. His words are beautiful. Like a song, except he’s talking. I don’t know, man. Some pieces are just so palpable that you feel them squeezing your heart like a pair of hands. His poetry is like that. The guy is brilliant. 

The comedians were all, for the most part, really funny. My face hurt by the end of the night. My favorite is Josh Silverman (don’t know if he has anything online, but I’d look him up just to see). GOD, HE IS PERFECT. He’s so animated and self-deprecating and his humor is broad and timeless. My brother and I still reference a bit he did months ago. And there’s this other girl whose name I cannot remember. Her first name is Julie but her last name eludes me. Every time she gets on stage, she kills me. She has no filter and it’s absolutely wonderful. You never know what’s going to come out of her mouth and rest assured, it’s always a gem. 

I want to mention each of them, individually, by name, but I can never remember all of them. So many, I saw for the first time. There was this one guy who did a whole thing on Ikea that had me crying.

THERE WERE SO MANY ACTS THAT WERE GREAT. I wish I could just show you guys a video of the event so you’d understand. 

I really love going to AV. Everyone there is so welcoming and they really treat you like family. The owners have this genuine and unbridled love for art and performance and it’s such a refreshing thing to see, especially in South Florida where that kind of thing isn’t embraced the way it should be. 

If you’re a musician or poet or comic in the Miami area, you have to check this place out. You’ll be loved and cared for and embraced by people who are just as passionate and just as in love with art as you are. 

Last night was just really fun. I’ve gone there a few times, but there was something special about last night that I just can’t pinpoint. 

at 19:05pm

aino7331 said: Writing about “adult” themes is powerful and compelling. Go you and best of luck tonight! I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully. :D <33

Oh, friend. My adult themes are just extreme violence. One of the songs I’m doing tonight starts with, “Put a bullet through his head//you know he would rather be dead.” XDDD

Thank you so much, though! This was so nice of you <3

Posted: 6 days ago
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at 18:19pm
This is the first time in a while

that I’m performing in front of adults and not children. 

SO I AM GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE. I get two songs. I’m going to make them count. 

I think I’m going to do Let it Fly and Save Me because they’re both thematically heavy and otherwise inappropriate for kids. XD

But I kind of wanted to sing Paper Masks. BUT NO. NOT VIOLENT ENOUGH. 

Oh my god. It’s been so long. Okay. I’m going to freak people out tonight. Yes or no to wearing the Guy Fawkes mask into the place? Will I get arrested? Yes? Fine. Just violent lyrics. 

at 18:53pm

aino7331 said: Your books look lovely in rainbow order! :D

Haha! Thanks! I actually just did it out of sheer boredom. I have to change it back because my series are all messed up now. 

It’s funny, though, because my brother walked in and was like, “Ew, that looks weird.” Probably because all my rejected black, brown, white and gray books are scattered about the room. XDD

Posted: 1 week ago
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at 18:48pm
Things I accomplished today

1. Watched Pet Sematary
2. Livetweeted Pet Sematary
3. Rainbow-ordered the top 3 shelves of my bookcase

(don’t ask about the turtles.)

4. Now my bed is covered with my rejected brown, black, gray and white books. Guys, there are a lot. On my bed alone there are maybe 20. My desk and the floor are a different story. 
5. Washed some towels
6. Tweeted a lot of very pointless things
7. Tweeted some more. (I was so annoying on Twitter today. Jesus.)
8. Scrolled through my manuscript, changed a few words, then closed it and cried.

And that’s about it. I have to do laundry, too. I’m playing at an open mic tomorrow and I should probably choose my songs (I need 2…and I’ve already used Detonate, Hey Now, and Child of Death. And those are my 3 go-to’s DX). I should clean the mess in this room. The mess of books. So, fix my shelf. Uhhh, I don’t know. I think today was the most uneventful day of my existence. Even in my infancy, my days were more eventful than this.

This is what happens when I don’t have work or school. I just sit here and do nothing. 

On the upside, my band is playing ReVerb again at Artistic Vibes in a few weeks. If any of you are in the South Florida area, ya’ll should go! Meet my handsome bandmates. They have girlfriends so you can look but not touch, but still. Better than nothing. I mean, what else do you have to do on a Saturday night in Miami? Go to clubs? Pfft. Look what happened that time Mara Dyer went to a club in Miami. Exactly. 

Guys, I don’t even know what I’m saying. It’s like, I’m so bloody bored and so apathetic to what happens to my day that I’m just spewing out anything. 

Kangaroos eat grass. 

See? That was something that just surfaced in my brain. Do kangaroos even eat grass? I DON’T KNOW! Didn’t stop me from thinking it!

I’m going to post this now. 

Posted: 1 week ago with 3 notes (Reblog)
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