Life Starts Now
WHAT IS UP, MY CHICOS? This blog is run by an idiot who likes fictional characters more than real people. My name is Gio and I love books, music, film, and strive to one day be a critic. 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 love to write, I'm hopelessly in love with Jem Carstairs, and I have a really bad obsession with Avatar the Last Airbender. Pleased to meet you :D
"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 13:06pm
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Happy 2 year anniversary to Shinedown’s ”Amaryllis”!

(Source: shinedownps)

at 15:23pm
I felt the need to make a post.

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at 13:50pm
I had a thought

Okay, so you know how Danny was 5 in The Shining and then grew up and had his own mega adventure in Doctor Sleep?

Well, let’s think of Pet Sematary for a moment. Ellie was 5-6 throughout the course of the book and in the end, we really didn’t know anything about her whereabouts or mental health. Like, it’s just Louis and Zombie-Rachel and I guess King left Ellie to our imaginations. 

Well, given that Pet Sematary and The Shining happened relatively close to one another, wouldn’t it be cool if Stephen King wrote a sequel with an adult Ellie? 

The Shining was about spirits and spiritual energy and madness. Doctor Sleep kind of stretched that out and added a multitude of new shit in order to tell a totally different story. And even though they’re in the same world with intersecting characters and themes, they’re different stories that can stand alone if desired. 

Pet Sematary has vaguely introduced us to this world of darkness, resurrection, grief and madness but maybe it could be expanded the same way DS was? Granted, it didn’t have that psycho-supernatural element that The Shining did, but who is to say such things didn’t exist? I mean Victor Pascow sure as fuck haunted the Creeds one way or another. 

Imagine everything Ellie went through. She was a child exposed to all kinds of darkness. Her baby brother was killed, her father was driven mad with grief, her mother freaking died and then was resurrected. We left her hospitalized after a breakdown with no explanation as to how she reacted to the end of the book. I would LOVE to get to know her story and how she deals with everything as she grows up. 

I also have this weird headcanon where she and adult Dan meet and have a drink and become friends. 

I don’t know. Just something I was thinking about. 

at 9:25am
So you think you could maybe put Arrows Down or To The Sky in your album? I love both ships so much, but of course don't if you don't want to. Also I love your songs so much!!! They're brilliant! :D

Hello! Firstly, thank you so much for supporting my music and liking the songs and saying such nice things skdghsd

The reason I don’t have Arrows Down and To The Sky on the album isn’t because I don’t like them. (Arrows Down is actually my favorite of all my Shadowhunter songs). It’s because I’m planning a side project where I have an entire album of Shadowhunter songs, but I’m waiting a little while for that with Cassie’s new books that are coming out soon. I feel like I’d hate myself if I make the album, then fall in love with the Dark Artifices and Last Hours characters and remember I never added them to this. I realize it’s an awful long time to wait to make it, but in the meantime, I’ll still be writing more songs as I’m inspired to do so. (City of Heavenly Fire is coming out in a month and 6 people are dying. I’m 90% sure a song will be coming out of that. haha)

The book album is supposed to be an aggregate of different stories so I didn’t want to have too many in the same world. I gave myself a 1 song per series rule. And Fire and Bones was the one I chose for Mortal Instruments because it’s my only villain song and I think it’s fun and upbeat, unlike some of the others (Ashes, Silver Violin, Paper Masks, etc) that are ultra-depressing. I also find Sebastian way too fascinating of a character not to honor. Even though I hate him as a person, he’s one of my favorite antagonists of all time.

I’m sorry for writing you an essay.

Again, thank you a million times over for liking the songs and supporting them. It means the world to me ;___;

at 11:56am
I knew this plot summary would come in handy one day.

When I finished City of Lost Souls two years ago, I wrote a goofy/abridged plot summary instead of a reflection just because I felt like it was more fun for the type of story. 

Well, given the fact that it’s been 2 years, I know a lot of people have probably forgotten things (because that happens to me all the time. Seriously, I read so many plot summaries of Insurgent when Allegiant was out because of the 2 year hiatus). So I’m going to link ya’ll to that summarizing post. TO PREPARE FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE IN JUST ONE MONTH!!!


…and that’s what you missed on Glee. 

sidenote: this was right after CoLS came out so it was pre-Clockwork Princess…which you can tell because I hint at Gabriel Lightwood being a twat. 

at 20:40pm
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I've been seeing a lot of people talk about Gus sounding really pretentious in the movie, do you think he sounds pretentious?


I mean, that scene is word-for-word from the book, so don’t blame the movie! :) Yes, Gus is super pretentious at the start of the story. it’s a character flaw.

Gus wants to have a big and important and remembered life, and so he acts like he imagines people who have such lives act. So he’s, like, says-soliloquy-when-he-means-monologue pretentious, which is the most pretentious variety of pretension in all the world.

And then his performative, over-the-top, hyper-self-aware pretentiousness must fall away for him to really connect to Hazel, just as her fear of being a grenade must fall away. That’s what the novel is about. That is its plot.

Gus must make the opposite of the traditional heroic journey—he must start out strong and end up weak in order to reimagine what constitutes a rich and well-lived life.

Basically, a 20-second clip from the first five minutes of a movie is not the movie.

(Standard acknowledgement here that I might be wrong, that I am inevitably defensive of TFIOS, that it has many flaws, that there’s nothing wrong with critical discussion, and that a strong case could be made that I should not insert myself into these conversations at all.)

at 23:09pm
I’m announcing this way in advance

As soon as City of Heavenly Fire is out, I’m boycotting the internet until I read it. 


If this book is spoiled for me, I’m the one who’s going to burn down the world. Sebastian’s will look like a bitch apocalypse next to mine .__.

at 16:13pm
Alexandra Bracken reblogged me too???


I’m asleep and this is all happening in my head? Right? That’s the only logical explanation for two authors that I freaking adore acknowledging my existence. 

Okay. I just finished writing an essay that kicked my ass. I feel over the moon as it is. BUT ALEXANDRA BRACKEN AND MARIE LU REBLOGGED ME TODAY. 

They heard my crappy songs ;-;

They both said they liked my songs. 

I’m going to sit in a corner and cry. Today is the best day. THE BEST DAY, OKAY?

at 8:39am

The first two things to pop into my head:


2. Oh, shucks. I screwed up SO MANY goddy lyrics in that video. D: 

But, yeah. My phone buzzes and I have 30 new notes for “Hey Now” and I’m like, “What the heck happened here?” So I check and MARIE LU and I run around my office telling everybody even though they probably don’t care and now I’m sitting here with the biggest smile, answering phones like I’m telling these people they’ve won a million dollars. 


at 12:27pm
Cutting ‘Temperature’ was the best decision I ever made

Also, I now have a longer and DEFINITELY SOLID tracklist. Before, I was very iffy about it because Fire and Bones and Temperature were huge maybes for me, but I’ve cut Temperature and cleaned up Fire and Bones SO NOW I AM READY. 

This is the tracklist. YA. CASO CERADO. As of this moment, it’s acoustic, but Brian and I are going to play around with it and see if maybe we can add some percussion. It all really depends. 

1. Fire and Bones (for Sebastian Morgenstern - The Mortal Instruments)
2. Let it Fly (for Newt - The Maze Runner)
3. Ashes (for Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton - Divergent)
4. Save Me (for Haymitch Abernathy - The Hunger Games)
5. Words Unsaid (for Sirius Black and James Potter - Harry Potter)
6. Silver Violin (for Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs - The Infernal Devices)
7. Child of Death (for Nico di Angelo - Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus)
8. Can You Feel the Panic Now? (for Heather Nill - Panic)
9. Light Me Up (for Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters - The Fault in Our Stars)
10. Paper Masks (for Ruby Daly and Liam Stewart - The Darkest Minds)
11. Detonate (for Lev Calder/Garrity - Unwind)
12. Hey Now (for June Iparis and Day Wing - Legend)

The point of this post: A few people have emailed me on youtube and Tumblr asking what the progress was for the album. The new mic is here, it’s just a matter of putting everything together. I’m going to try and make this as good as I possibly can. I hope to start recording within the next few weeks. 

Every single one of these songs is on youtube in an acoustic/live version except ‘Can You Feel the Panic Now?’ 

I promise the recorded version will sound better. For one thing, I know the songs much better than I did upon initially recording. For another, I will work my butt off to make these sound the way they’re supposed to. XD

I could very well add songs to this if I write more that I like later but right now, I think this is it. I’m not cutting any. :D

at 9:46am
Oh my gosh! I absolutely love your song 'Hey now'! It's amazing :) :)

Thank you so much!!

Is that Day in your icon, by the way? It looks gorgeous ;-;

at 9:45am
"Hey Now" is awesome! I looove it. I've never read the series, but the song is fantastic! One thing, though... I know you were probably nervous and messed up some of your lyrics and rhythms, but I feel like some of the phrases could be rewritten to sound better - to put emphasis on the right words. I hope you dont think I'm trying to be a snob or whatever, but the line "think twice before throwING bombs in the air?" was especially odd just because ING falls on a strong beat. (cont...)

Thank you so much! And, dude, I don’t think you sound like a snob at all. Any constructive criticism is very much appreciated.

I did mess up the lyrics and that was after my third attempt at recording. The song’s very wordy and it’s new so I fumbled a bit. I know it probably looks careless on my part but each re-record sounds progressively worse because it becomes a rehearsal rather than an honest/authentic performance. Having to do it over makes me more conscious of *not messing up* rather than portraying what it is I’m trying to emote. This isn’t an excuse, I’m just trying to explain why. haha. I promise, it’s not because I don’t care ;-;

Weirdly, I wrote that line exactly like that and I didn’t see much of a problem with it at the time, but I’m definitely going to listen back and see if I can make any of the emphasis a little less awkward.

Thank you so much for the help ;-;

at 19:49pm
You have to read the Mara Dyer trilogy!! It's so freaking good you're not gonna be able to put it down and maybe you'll write a song about it ? :D :D :D :3 I LOVE your music btw <333

Firstly, thank you so much ;-;

Secondly, I HAVE MARA DYER! IT’S ON MY SHELF WAITING TO BE READ. So very soon, friend ;-; 

In the meantime, you should totally listen to this amazing Mara Dyer song written by the brilliant Jenna Clare: CLICK ME

at 19:45pm

So remember when I told you guys that I wrote a song for Day and June in Legend? Well, this is it! It’s called “Hey Now” and it’s dual perspective. Because of that, I’m going to add the lyrics below so you can follow along if you’d like. 

It’s not about their relationship with each other but rather, each of their individual relationships with the story and ultimately their convergence. I hope you guys like it ;-;

Verse - Day:
Hey now.
Take a look around.
Look at what you’ve done.
All that you’ve torn down

Hey there.
Citizens are scared. 
Why don’t you think twice
before throwing bombs in the air?

Hey now.
Who’s listening?
My words are
Hey now.
Open your eyes.
Hey now.
Hey now.
Get up and fight. 

Chorus - Day:
You’ve taken all that you could take from me.
Now I don’t need your sorry eyes to see.
I’m not a ghost I’m in the flesh.
Guess I’m good at evading death.

I feel it like a throbbing in my brain.
I know who I am, we’re not the same. 
I’m not the legend that I was.
I’m standing here a champion.

Verse - June:
Hey now
Take a look around.
Look at all the bodies
That are scattered on the ground. 

Hey there
Citizens beware.
The people that you trust
Will become your worst nightmare. 

Hey now.
I’m listening.
Their message
is cryptic. 
Hey now.
Turn on the light.
Hey now
Hey now.
Get up and fight. 

Chorus - June:
You’ve turned me into something that I’m not.
I’m standing with a gun held on the spot. 
Pull the trigger, who am I?
Redesign me, let it fly. 

My eyes are clear and I see farther now.
You put on quite a show, so take a bow.
I’m not the prodigy I was.
I’m standing here a champion. 

Hey now. 
Who’s listening?
Their message
is cryptic.

Hey now.
Hey now.
Hey now.
Fight now.

Hey now.
Hey now.
Hey now. 
Hey now.

Chorus - Both:
Standing hand in hand, take your best shot.
We’re taking back the world you took from us.
Hey now
Break down.
We’re proud.

Fight now. 

Bullets cannot kill immortal hearts.
You never had a prayer from the start.
Hey now.
Can you hear?
Hey now.
Losing fear. 

Standing hand in hand, take your best shot.
We’re taking back the world you took from us.

Legendary prodigy.
Fight with us, we’ll set you free.

at 9:30am
What does one wear to a renaissance fair?

I’d imagine just dress like someone from Game of Thrones.



I could do bootlegged cosplays. Like, I’ve done shitty versions of Bellatrix Lestrange.

But renaissance. 

Sarah and Kat are going as a fairy and pirate respectively. Meanwhile I’m like, “I have nothing.” I could always steal my brother’s vampire cape and say I’m a witch. Or beggar woman. 

I’ll let you guys know.