Photo Prompt #3

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Source: Sunrise Dreams by michellis 13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Blogging Goals for 2016

I know just about every blog on the internet has written up a 2016 goals post and that I am an entire month late jumping on the bandwagon, but it always takes me about a month to process and really settle on what my goals actually are for the year anyways, so now is just as good a time as any. What can I say? I’m a Taurus, I like to take my time.

It most likely goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyways), I’ve been very much neglecting this space. I’ve been neglecting my personal blog as well, so I’ve been feeling like quite the blog failure as of late. One of my goals for this year is to definitely change that (on both fronts). Especially since, if I’m going to insist on calling myself a writer, I need to keep writing no matter what the topic or the format.

I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I want to fill this blog with though. And while I’m still not entirely sure what that is going to be, I did decide recently what it won’t be. I don’t want this blog to become a space where I tell you how you should write and how you are never going to be a published writer if you do these 10 horrific, terrible, beyond the pale things. I don’t want to become some didactic smartass and start making pin-bait dos and don’ts lists about writing, because the truth is there is no wrong way to write. Writing is something that you just do, and honestly, the only way to learn how is by doing it. Only by writing and experimenting and stealing and imitating can you figure what is the right way for you to write.

During the fall semester, Robin Black came to UTSA as part of the creative writing reading series. Before the reading, she did a private meeting with English majors to talk about writing. Several times during the meeting a question would be asked that began with some variation on “what would you say is the best way to…?” Each time Mrs. Black would detail her personal method for solving the problem presented, but she was always careful to point out that her way isn’t necessarily the right way and neither is it the wrong way. She cemented for me a theory that I’ve been harboring on my own for a few years now: the only right way to write is the way that works for you.

Now that “what I will never write about on this blog” is out of the way, we’re back to the original question: what is it that I want to put in this space?

I have some ideas, but really, I still don’t entirely know. I don’t want to relegate this space to being only about writing or only about reading. Why? Well, because, 1) you can’t have one without the other, that’s a given, and 2) I began my career as an English major not because I love to write, but because I genuinely love literature. I love analyzing it and I love talking about it. I love symbolism and motifs. I love seeing what past works influenced the works of today. Sadly, however, over time I realized that a degree in literature would only get me a job teaching. I grew up in a family of teachers, and after spending my entire childhood listening to those teachers miserable in their jobs I swore never to end up in that situation. Which is why I will do everything in my power (albeit a sometimes very easily distracted power) to make a living off of writing. This is why I made the decision to focus on creative writing instead. And on the plus side, I’m here to tell you that, as a creative writing major, you still spend a lot of time reading, analyzing, and talking at length about symbolism and motifs—because you can’t have one without the other.

This is a very round about way of saying I want to blog about my two passions: literature and writing. Though, writing may be the wrong word. Writing is a dead horse of a topic. You want to know how to write? There are about a million books on amazon and about a billion blogs on the internet dedicated to the dos and don’ts of writing. And it’s all the same information a million times over. I get nothing from those books and blogs. It’s all stuff I’ve been learning my entire life. I learned it by writing and by reading. No, writing is the wrong term. Storytelling is what I mean to say. Because that’s the part about writing that isn’t talked about. And ironically, that’s the most important part.

You may know how to write, how to outline, how to write dialogue, and how to write kitschy characters that everyone will love or even love to hate. But do you know how to tell a story? Do you know where to get inspiration that isn’t from a weekly writing prompt? How to come up with motifs? How to sneak in those tiny details that mean one thing when you first read it, but mean an entirely other thing when you know the symbolism or the reference or even the backstory revealed later on? How to write something that people will love whether it’s a best seller or not? And speaking of bestsellers, which is more important: fame, money, or writing a story that you’re proud of, no matter who’s reading it, even if it would make a lousy movie, even if it doesn’t follow the industry trends? How do you write the story you want to read rather than the story everyone else wants you to write?

I don’t honestly have the answers to most of these questions, but they’re ideas that aren’t being explored. I’m getting tired of writing advice that hinges on bestsellers and comparing your writing to the latest trendy book the entire internet is talking about. Who cares how they write, the important question is how do you write. I’m still trying to figure this out myself, maybe we can figure it out together.

I realize that I’m still dancing around answering the question at hand and the reason is because I’m still trying to figure it out. I want to write about inspiration and where to find it (that’s my favorite topic to talk about). I want to talk about myths and fairy tales and how they have changed and bent and twisted into something else entirely. I want to talk about symbolism and motifs and where exactly are those lines between too sparse, clever, genius, and “enough already, I get it!”. I want to talk about history and timelines, how to alternate history and how to subvert it. I want to talk about how to take a bit of this culture, a smidge of that era, a handful of what’s wrong with the world, and then blend it all together to get a new world entirely. I want to talk about literature and genres. What is steampunk, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, solarpunk, and how are they all different from one another? But, more than anything, I want to talk about what it means to open yourself to the outside world and how to use it all to your advantage as a writer, but more importantly, as a storyteller. These are the places my mind keeps going when I think about what to do with this space. We’ll see how this all actually comes together in the end.*

Now that I’ve rambled enough, Let’s get on with the actual point of this post:

Blogging Goals for 2016

  • I’ve already scheduled a year’s worth of prompts which will show up every Monday. Every other week will be an image prompt and then the in between weeks will switch between music and story dice prompts. I would also love to do some sound effects prompts, but first I need to figure out how to get sound clips onto the site without spending too much money. I also have an idea for d20/d100 prompts, but I’m awful at coming up with lists, so don’t hold your breath for too many of those.
  • I decided that with all the books I read for classes I might as well be reviewing them here. So, I’m planning on doing that, but I’m also going to be realistic and not make any promises as of yet.
  • I would also love to do more open letters, but it will absolutely have to wait until after February which is going to be really hectic as far as school work goes.
  • One thing I will definitely be doing is an unboxing/review series. I subscribed to Justin McLachlan’s Storyed Crate for the six month plan. So look forward to at least six months worth of those!**
  • And to make sure that I’m doing at least one post a month, I’m planning an update post similar to the one I did yesterday at the end of each month.
  • Hopefully this all actually works out and I don’t look back on this post in December thinking what a bust 2016 was.

    *A lot of this I already talk about (or am planning on talking about) on my personal blog. This is why I keep going back and forth about a lot of these topics. How do I separate the two? Do I post multiples on both blogs? Should I even be telling you this? I’m still trying to figure all of this out. So, be please patient while I stumble around with it for a bit.

    **I’ve also subscribed to the Sabbat Box, a pagan subscription box. I’m planning on doing unboxing/review posts for each of those over on my personal blog.

    January Update

    Between unpacking, school work, and running around getting set up in my new workstudy job (at the Institute of Texan Cultures!), the first month of the year hasn’t yielded much writing (unless you count school assignments). Despite this, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming, outlining, and developing of, well, everything.

    One thing I’ve never struggled with is ideas. I have an extensive list of ideas for stories and novels that seems to grow longer with every month or so. Sometime last year I had a bit of a revelation that the story tellers I’ve always admired are those who can create large, elaborate worlds to set their stories in and those who interweave multiple seemingly unrelated stories together to share the same expansive and seamless universe. Within the second of my admirations, there’s, of course, the incomparable Joss Whedon with his genius yet subtle shared universe, and while I have a pretty rocky love/hate relationship with Quentin Tarantino’s films, I really do respect the way they are all strung together. A few years ago I had already toyed with the idea of connecting a few novels together. A linked character here, a shared location there, but never anything too earth shattering. But over the past month, after a bit of thinking, linking, and looping, I finally cannonballed straight into the deep end and now I’m working on developing something over-the-top and indepth—and intensely interconnected.

    I’m going to try very hard to take Dr. Hawkin’s advice and keep this new passion project hidden away close to my heart until the universe and the woman in the mirror decide it’s the proper time to reveal my secrets, but it’s really not an easy thing to do. I’m so excited about how easily things are interconnecting that I really want to share it all with the world now. Admittedly, I did tell two people almost immediately, but they’re two people I can trust with my secrets and who are willing idea bouncers. They understand that ideas begin as seeds which rarely compare to the steadfast oaks that will eventually come from them. And if I can make those secret keepers’ eyes light up with excitement over a tiny, little, disjointed, rambling seed, then I’m already off to a good start. Like I said, I’m excited for what’s to come. There’s nothing that I love more than dwelling in the literary soil.

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison: I LOOOOOOOVE Toni Morrison, so when I saw that The Bluest Eye was included on my Senior Seminar reading list I was absolute ecstatic. I still love Sula more, but The Bluest Eye definitely wasn’t lacking in readability. It’s a depressing read, the only way to come out the end not affected is to just not have a heart to begin with, but it’s still beautifully written. We talked a bit about A Song for Solomon in our discussion and now I’m thinking that needs to be the next Toni Morrison book I need to pick up.
  • Black Maria by Kevin Young: Kevin Young came to UTSA a few semesters ago to do a reading and it was fascinating listening to him read. His work really is spectacular and Black Maria definitely did not disappoint. The entire collection is written in the form of a noir film starring a detective bent of self-destruction and a femme fatale striving for more to life. The only down side is that this is one of those books that you have to read multiple times and really sit and think about in order to really do the work justice. I read a few reviews on goodreads for Black Maria and all the negative ones you could tell they read the book once and without much thought. Not that that isn’t a critique in itself, but it does say something about the mind of the author.
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury: I have one more chapter in this book (but it’s a really easy read so I should be able to get through it pretty soon), but I already love it so much. My brother told me that the book was actually written as a response to claims that Halloween is the devil’s holiday and set out to show the various origins behind what we now consider Halloween. I’m not sure how well he succeeded. It’s a great book (it’s Ray Bradbury, how could it not be) but I felt like some cultures here focused on a lot more than others and some were definitely held up with higher regard than others. But I’ll go more into that when I review it.
  • Speaking of the review, I keep going back and forth about when to review this book. Should I review it now or wait for Halloween? I’ve been wanting to do Halloween themed reviews during October for a while, but I…..well, I’m not good at keeping up with commitments.

  • Finish my submissions for Sagebrush Review and the COLFA Spring Research Conference
  • Check in on my UMass application. One of my letters of recommendation still hasn’t shown up. I need to ask what will happen if the person I asked to submit it doesn’t come through.
  • Don’t pull my hair out with the three oral presentations I have to do. I’m not sure how I managed it, but they’re all next month right on top of each other.
  • Fantasy Faction, Why Characters Play Their Parts: Human Identity in Storytelling
  • Fantasy Faction, Winds of Winter Months Away From Being Finished…if the Writing Goes Well
  • Coven Book Club, January Coven Reads: Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch
  • Fantasy Faction, The Only Bit of Writing Advice You’ll Need in 2016
  • Coven Book Club, Calling Lady Book Lovers!
  • Coven Book Club, In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente
  • Coven Book Club, Big Magic is Big Magic
  • Fantasy Faction, Three Things Fantasy Can’t Get Right With Combat
  • Fantasy Faction, Top Ten Wolves in Fantasy
  • Fantasy Faction, Revisiting the Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Fantasy Faction, The Creatures in the Shadows: West Africa
  • Mandy Wallace, 7 Ways to Build Writing Confidence as a New Writer (Reader Question!)
  • Coven Book Club, Literary Laughs
  • Fantasy Faction, This Census Taker by China Mieville
  • Fantasy Faction, Will a Small Press Add Value? 6 Things to Consider
  • Fangoria, FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW” Reveals The Truth Behind “V.D.”!
  • EA Devrell, Creative Writing Syllabus & Rubric (for Writers and Tutors)
  • Fantasy Faction, Might Evil Prevail? Fantasies that Threaten an Unhappy Ending
  • Coven Book Club, The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
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    Story Dice Prompt #1

    Story Dice - Prompt #1 | Paperback Lover

    Story Dice - Prompt #1 | Paperback Lover

    This is probably one of the most open prompts on this site. Pick and choose which symbols speak to you, or really challenge yourself and use all of them. Use the symbols literally or figuratively. Let the order of the dice dictate the order of events, or ignore where they fall altogether. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun and write.

    Remember: Even if you feel what you’ve written doesn’t really go anywhere, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

    Photo Prompt #2

    Photo Prompt #3 | Paperback Lover
    Source: Kiaanna by michellis13

    Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

    Music Prompt #1

    Amelie – Full Soundtrack

    Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen (this particular video is an hour long, so you have plenty of time). Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

    If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

    If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

    Below is a list of the songs and where they begin and end, just in case one of them really hits you.

    0:00 – 1:29 J’y suis jamais allé
    1:34 – 4:33 Les jours tristes
    4:37 – 6:49 La valse d’Amélie(version originale)
    6:54 – 9:06 Comptine d’un autre été – L’après midi
    9:14 – 11:12 La noyée
    11:17 – 12:45 L’autre valse d’Amélie
    12:52 – 16:02 Guilty (Al Bowly)
    16:04 – 19:31 A quai
    19:37 – 24:00 Le moulin
    24:05 – 25:53 Pas si simple
    25:55 – 27:51 La valse d’Amélie (Version Orchestre)
    27:57 – 30:13 La valse des vieux os
    30:18 – 34:28 La dispute
    34:34 – 37:58 Si tu n’étais pas là (Fréhel)
    38:06 – 40:54 Soir de fête
    40:58 – 42:06 La redécouverte
    42:11 – 46:29 Sur le fil
    46:40 – 48:00 Le banquet
    48:06 – 50:37 La valse d’Amélie (version piano)
    50:45 – 54:20 La valse des monstres
    54:26 – 56:05 L’autre valse d’Amélie (Quatuor pour cordes et piano)
    56:08 – 57:55 Les deux pianos
    58:05 – Fin La maison.

    Photo Prompt #1

    Prompt #1 | Paperback Lover
    Source: Ariel 2 – female stock by Dea-Vesta

    Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

    Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

    On Graduate School

    School started again. I wasn’t ready and I’m already woefully behind. It’s been three weeks. I blame this on two things: 1) The two months that have past were the longest break I have taken from classes in the past two years and I got a taste of life without assignments and grades. I had yet to remember how confusingly great and awful it is to not have any regulations on my free time. And 2) This is my last year before I graduate and, as I told a friend the other day, I’ve been hit with senioritis — hard.

    I’m ready to be done with undergraduate work. I’m ready to be done with having to meet a requirement. I’m ready to study my heart out without having to worry about whether or not a class fits into my degree plan and I’m tired of that degree plan being so damned broad.

    I’m in the process of applying to graduate school and I’m as terrified as I am exhilarated. I’m planning to apply to only one. The look that my professor gave me when I told her this after I asked her to write me a letter recommendation tells me that this is not something that I should do lightly. And I understand entirely. But in truth, I don’t want to get a degree in english with a concentration in creative writing. I want a degree in creative writing. And there aren’t many schools that offer this; two that I’ve found that actually grab me by the shoulders and shake me with rampant excitement.

    One is in Vermont and is a low-residency program. This scares me. If there is anything that history has taught me it is that I have just about zero self-discipline. This is probably sign number one that writing isn’t the field that I should be pursuing, but what other options does one have when it is literally the only thing that they have to live for? People make me anxious and working under someone makes me claustrophobic. I actually cried when I accepted my last long-term/full-time job because my heart broke when it heard my mouth say “yes”. I become depressed if I go too long without writing. And I don’t mean down-in-the-dumps, singin-the-blues depressed either. I get to this point where the entire world just becomes grey and pointless, where I question everything and even the smallest of human interaction is entirely unbearable (I realize that’s horrifically cliche, but so is this idea of the broken artist, so we’re already hairline-deep in cliche land with this post).

    Where was I?

    Oh, yeah. Vermont. See, low-residency means that I would stay here in Texas and only go up to Vermont for a ten day “conference” every semester. The rest of the semester I would be communicating with my advising professor online. The idea is that students can work and look after their families with out the disruption of classes and lectures. But I don’t have a nine-to-five job and I only have a cat to take care (and she’s pretty good at fending for herself). What I like about classes and lectures is that I have someone to report to. Someone to physically look me in the eye and keep me in check. Because, like I said, I have zero self-discipline.

    So, that leaves the second school. University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Their creative writing program is a fine arts program. It’s not liberal arts. It’s not humanities. It’s not english with a concentration. It’s an art degree. Hell, it’s not even “creative writing”. It’s an MFA for poets and writers. I love that! It makes my heart race and my blood pump! I can’t tell you why, but it does. My heart is already set on going. I’ve even been researching living expenses to see what I should be financially prepared for. I’ve already begun looking around my apartment wondering what I would really be willing to pack up and lug across thirteen states with me. At the same time, I’ve been questioning whether or not I could really live so far away from my support system. If I could handle it emotionally. Which has made me start trying to really, truly eliminate habits from my life that only exacerbate the poor mental health that is my emotional base line (like staying up till the crack of dawn instead of sleeping. Which I totally am not doing as I type this).

    As you can see, ever since I signed the application to graduate, my mind has been in graduate school mode. I’m ready to move on and I’m ready to be done with this stage in my life. I’m ready for everything that it will throw at me and everything that I will have to do to make it happen. Thanks to the independent study project that I did last semester, I already have a 25 page writing sample written, critiqued, and rewritten to include in my application. I have one professor on board to write a letter of recommendation and I need to email the second professor I want to ask. I need to request a copy of my transcript for both UTSA and SAC so I can mail them to UMass (because I don’t trust either school to get them there). And, finally, I need to write up my personal statement. Which I have been avoiding. Because when I’m nervous and terrified I avoid doing things. And, as I’ve said twice already, I have zero self-discipline.

    Open Letter – To My Mother

    I still remember when, back in high school, back in those days when the darkness was heavy like tar that stuck to our bones, we spent so many nights driving home from his office building. I still wonder how many other teens sat in waiting rooms, staring at walls and half-reading gossip magazines, before trading places with their mother on a therapist’s couch. I don’t begrudge you for that. You know I never will, right? It was your journey as much as it was mine. And in some ways I loved those car rides. Delilah on 101.9, the city closing up shop for the night, stars coming out through the haze of the city lights, constellations whose stories I had yet to learn by heart. I had, in those days, never felt closer to you than I did on those nights as we talked our way down the highway.

    I still remember how upset you were when our shared therapist told you in confidence not to talk to me about conspiracies and religion, crystals and tarot readings. He believed such new age talks would screw me up and confuse me somehow, keep me from believing in anything, keep me from growing up to be a proper god-fearing individual. Thank you for telling me what he said and not chastising me when I responded by calling him an idiot, though I wanted to call him worse. Thank you for ignoring him and your initial fears that he may be right. Thank you for continuing to discuss the universe with me, to take me to new age shops filled with crystals and tarot cards, to nurture this curiosity that had no outlets other than restless nights on the internet, researching all the questions a southern, cradle catholic couldn’t ask out loud, books on witchcraft bought in secret, and late night car rides consumed with discussions about Hitler and the occult, Atlantis, and past lives.

    Thank you for accepting with such outstanding grace and understanding when, as an adult, I proved him right and failed to grow up to be a proper god-fearing individual. Thank you for listening as I transitioned over the years from agnostic, to deist, to pagan. And thank you most of all for the day, once again in your car, you asked me what I was believing in these days. For adding, “No judgment” when you sensed my hesitation. For listening as I explained my beliefs in the nature, in the universe, in energies and karma, that the gods are nothing more than a way for us mortals to explain those energies, that the only word I felt summed up my beliefs was witch. Thank you especially for calling me a tree-hugger with pride and excitement when I explained to you how touching a tree alone in the middle of the woods filled me with all the unexplainable feelings everyone expected of me as I was, at thirteen and already doubting my beliefs in a Catholic god, being primed for confirmation.

    But more than that, thank you for teaching me how to question the world around me and how to not take anything at face value, and at the same time not to take anything too seriously. The words you taught me, “even if it’s not true, it’s still fun to think about,” have become a mantra I find myself repeating when met with naysayers, a mantra I reconfigured as a teen to ward off accusations that my tastes weren’t “cool” enough, a mantra that has fueled my writing for all these years. Because what fun is fiction if all we write about is the truth, and what is the point of this gift if we can’t use it to dream up impossible possibilities? You taught me that. And no thanks to that therapist who, in some alternate reality, convinced you not to speak to me of such things, leaving me to be half the person I have become in this reality.

    For that, I will thank you every chance I get.

    With gratitude and love,

    Your tree-hugging, ghost chasing, tarot reading, conspiracy theorist

    Places to Find Inspiration – Conspiracy Theories & Mysteries

    Finding inspiration can be the easiest yet hardest part of writing fiction. Easiest, because inspiration can be found everywhere. Hardest, because knowing where to start can be a daunting task.

    Personally, I find conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries get my creative juices flowing the fastest. My writing notebook is honestly filled with just about every conspiracy or mystery known to the internet (And I totally may or may not have recently spent actual money on a tabloid magazine that was entirely about Marilyn Monroe’s death…don’t judge me). These are great sources for inspiration because no one really knows the whole truth. Everything you read or hear is mostly just conjecture. And if you like puzzles (which I do), researching these theories can actually be pretty thrilling. Plus, like I already said, there is no actual answer. So, unlike working with the rest of history and true events, with conspiracies and mysteries, the truth is only limited to your imagination. You don’t have to tell the actual story and you don’t have to know every little detail of a case, all you need to know is that something happened and no one knows why. Your job as a writer is to figure out a possible solution, no matter how implausible it might be.

    Below is a list of youtube channels that are great for both conspiracy theories and mysteries. Most work with the simple list format, but some go a little bit deeper into various theories. At the very least, these are awesome places to start. I tend to just watch them a handful at a time with my notebook open and scribble down which ones catch my interest before doing more research on my own later.

    So, use the weird, dark recesses of the internet to your advantage and get inspired.

    1. Danger Dolan
    2. Rob Dyke’s Seriously Strange
    3. Dark 5
    4. Alltime 10s
    4a. Alltime Conspiracies
    5. The Rishest
    6. Hybrid Librarian