My Love Story (So Far…)- Chapter Ten

Please be reminded; any names of people portrayed in this series are altered to protect their identities.

I awoke to my friend lightly tapping my shoulder. As I opened my eyes, crusty with last night’s mascara, I sat up and held my head in my hands. Wonderful. My first hangover.
“What time is it?” I asked her. She told me it was two in the afternoon and that we’d all slept in longer than intended. Instinctively, I turned my gaze to the empty couch where Thomas had been. Before I could ask, she told me he’d left for work hours before anyone was even awake. I nodded, but felt a tinge of disappointment.
She tossed me a can of ginger ale from the fridge as I held it up to my head. I struggled to recall what had happened the previous night.
“Well, you were doing great until that tequila sunk in. Then you and I decided to go dancing outside in the snow and you kind of fell into…well, everything. The tree, the table, the fence, the fireplace, the barbecue, which is where you wound up with that battlescar there,” she explained as she motioned to my arm. I lowered the can to see what she meant and sure enough, there was a cut straight down the side of my forearm. I felt no pain, but it sure looked awful.
“Geez; I can’t believe I got that out of control…” I murmured. I took my first sip of the ginger ale and crinkled my nose at the taste. “Why do I taste vomit?”

“Well, that’s kinda how you wound up on the loveseat. The rest of us were pretty much gone, but Thomas was still basically sober. You started to get sick and he looked after you for the rest of the time,” she explained with a laugh. I buried my face in my hands.
“So you mean to tell me I danced around, fell into everything and essentially passed out in a pool of my own vomit and had Thomas drag my drunken arse into the loveseat?” I asked. My friend nodded, “yep.”
I sighed in shame. Well, I’m never gonna be able to show my face around him again. My friend offered me a ride home and I decided to accept; I was in no condition to take the bus at this point.
“Before we go, could you do me a favour and get me his number? I need to apologize for yesterday; it’s only fair. I owe him baked goods,” I stated as I removed the blankets from over my shoulders. My friend looked at me with amusement and said, “you don’t bake.”
I downed the rest of my ginger ale. “Well, it’s time I learned, don’t you think?”

I sent Thomas a quick text apologizing for my behaviour the previous evening and thanked him for being such a good sport about the ordeal; he responded respectfully and I left it at that, returning to nursing what had to be the worst hangover in the history of hangovers.

A few weeks later, Aaron and I had further lost our fire. I found myself going through the motions as I began to wish for him to just say or do something awful so I wouldn’t feel so terrible about how I felt towards him. To make it worse, I often found myself wondering how Thomas was doing.
One afternoon, my mother and I were watching television with lunch when I heard a car door shut from outside the house. I glanced out the window to see one of my friends from the party making his way up the walkway. I was pleasantly surprised and started to rise to go grab the door when I saw Thomas appear around the corner, following him over. In a panic, I scrambled to the stairs.
“Where are you going? You’ve got company,” my mother stated, confused at my sudden outburst. As I fled into my room, I shouted my reply, “don’t let them in! I’m not pretty yet!”

I quickly changed just as I heard the knocking at the door and came downstairs to meet them. We’d spent the day watching anime and relaxing together at my friend’s house. I found myself rather nervous around Thomas, wishing the butterflies would cease. Whenever he looked at me, I would find it difficult to take my eyes away from his. Dammit. Why did they have to be blue?

Weeks later, my friends and I had decided to see another movie, and end it on a ‘fort night.’ We planned to make a blanket fort in their house, eat snacks, watch movies, and basically have an old-fashioned sleepover. That morning, I baked a batch of double-chocolate cupcakes for everyone, but mainly for Thomas. I suppose I’m nothing if not a woman of my word.
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fter we had finished the movie, my friends purposely filled their truck with junk so I’d have to go with Thomas. The drive from the theatre was a fair ways away, and my friends knew very well that he had often been on my mind. Worse yet, they understood my numbness to Aaron. While the drive was somewhat awkward, we filled the silence with small-talk and idle banter, but I remember feeling that sitting beside him in the passenger seat of his car just felt right somehow.
We held the fort-night as we’d planned, finished off the cupcakes, and as the night came to a close, all four of us had fallen asleep side-by-side in our separate blankets. Thomas was right beside me and I recall having the happiest sleep I’d had in months. All too soon, dawn had come and I had to return home. However, after having spent that time with Thomas, I had started to realize the feelings I was developing for him were unlike anything I had felt in any relationship I’d been in.

It felt as though I were in second grade again. I found myself believing in the possibility of love again, and whenever I thought of him, nothing else mattered. Somehow, though I trusted no one else, I felt I could place my trust in him. I felt I could give him the benefit of the doubt. I felt that one day I could even give him my heart if he would have me.

I knew what I needed to do. I felt as though I had finally found the person each failed relationship was leading me to. Something inside me said that I was born for him. I decided it was time to break it off with Aaron.

I met Aaron at his house and sat him down to talk, but as I continued my lead-up to the difficult part of the conversation, he pulled me into his arms, pleading that I don’t continue. Knowing his pain was nearly unbearable, I teared up as I finished my thought. I had told him we needed to end it and that I wasn’t the person he was meant to be with, but he broke in front of me. I had never seen him so distressed and afraid. I had never seen someone wish so badly for me to stay.
I broke down and took back what I’d said, terrified that if I left then and there that he would do something drastic in his pain. I returned home, kicking myself for giving in as I’d done. I sighed and put the idea out of my mind; my friends, Thomas and I were going on a day trip to the mountains the next day, so at least I had that to look forward to.

When I met my friends the next morning, one of them asked me how my conversation with Aaron went. I sighed and told her what had happened, ashamed to admit that I’d let myself crack. The day continued as we walked the townsite, I noticed Thomas seemed a bit more gruff than I was used to seeing him. I pulled my friend aside and asked her if he was alright when she’d told me, “I think he was planning on asking you out today, but since you’re still with Aaron, I think he’s a bit disappointed.”
Mentally, I kicked myself for messing up what could have been the perfect setting for the beginning of a relationship. I decided to enjoy the day, regardless. We all had lunch on the patio, tossed the football around, enjoyed the sunlight, and delicious food before heading back as the sun set over the mountains. From our friends’ home, Thomas dropped me off at my house and I resigned myself to my decision to end things with Aaron once and for all.

That night, I asked Aaron to walk with me. Forcing my blood to go cold, I told him cracking was my mistake and that staying in the relationship would only make things worse. He was still broken, but I made my way home before he could try to talk me out of it. My decision was made, and the sooner I had it done, the sooner we could leave it behind us. I knew Thomas was the next page in my story, and every bone in my body told me the chapters ahead would not be easy; but they would have one thing the previous chapters lacked.

A love I was willing to live for.
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To be continued…


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Top 10 Neopets

Ah, another childhood wonder. Neopets opened up on the late 90’s and was a staple of not only my childhood, but that of many others who lived out their childhoods in the early 2000’s. Neopets was the virtual pet site and was addicting to many as they struggled to win as many neopoints as they could playing the multitude of games available.

Now, lately, it seems Neopets has been on the decline as it seems to get passed off from company to company. I still have an account that I rarely go on, and it seems that the website has lost its wonder in the thick of ads and content that tries too hard to be modern. However, I cannot forget what it was and how it managed to help shape my childhood, building friendships, and even playing a hand in helping me find my passions!

So come reminisce with me as we look back on the Top 10 Neopets!


Before I begin, I’d like to give a big shout-out and thank-you to Suta-Raito graphics for their wonderful Neopets pictures! All the artwork you see in this list aside from Number 10 are from their website, so go have a look!


10. Vandagyre
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This is the most recently-released pet from the website; only having been revealed in 2014! While I do not always enjoy the newer pets, I like Vandagyre’s design; strongly resembling an owl and a panda. They hail from the mountains are said to be well-mannered, quiet and intelligent. Well played, Neopets. Well played.
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9. Scorchio
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This is one of the originals, folks! In Neopets’ official launch in 1999, Scorchio was one of the pets available to create, and was one of the most popular of it’s time. It loves hot, volcanic places, and is known for it’s friendly, outgoing nature! Some even call it the mascot for Neopets back in the day!
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8. Shoyru
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This was the winning result of a contest launched back in 2000 to design a Neopet. Little did it’s creator know it would soon become one of the top 5 most popular Neopets! Even to this day it reigns superior above the majority of the others. It is noted for it’s fiery nature. It’s very loyal, but if someone treats it badly, it will not soon forget!divider_by_danotomorrow
7. Cybunny
Definicybunnytely one of the cutest Neopets on this list, Cybunny was released in 2000. It loves cold, snowy climates in which it frolics and lives out it’s life. This pet was more common among the young girls on the website, but still had decent popularity among the young male demographic as well.
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6. Eyriemaraquaneyrie

This is obviously a griffin-inspired pet, and is the very image of
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5. Peophin
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These mystical-looking Neopets are known to be shy and elusive, but are also said to bring good fortune and happiness to those who come across them. Much like mermaids, there are many stories of them saving Neopets who have been lost at sea. Aside from that, they prefer to stick to their own. Peophin was actually the first limited edition pet during it’s release, but was later placed in the same category as the commons.
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4. Kougrakougra6
Simple as they get, this tiger-like Neopet was released in 2000. Hailing from the forests, Kougras actually prefer exotic fruits over meat. Sure, they love to hunt and capture prey, but they’re never sure where to go from there, so they allow it to escape. I used to love this pet before it was redesigned years later. It was once one of the more powerful-looking pets of it’s time.
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3. Draik
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In 2002, this little dragon was temporarily released in the Create-A-Pet system before being placed as a limited edition pet. Ever since, it has been quite possibly the most elusive Neopet to own. Many of us went through our years on the website desperately trying to get one, and most of us never succeeded. This little fire-breathing dragon is the most sought-after pet; so rare, it ranks second-last in it’s rate of ownership on the website!
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2. Gelertgelert5
Released in the year 2000, this was one of those pets that really just make up the dream-animal you only wish you deserved in real life! Gelerts are loyal and faithful, and ever-so-friendly. This was, in fact a symbol my childhood friends and I often used to define our very friendship and the basis on which it once stood. Any virtual creature that can carry so much meaning should be very high on this list.
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Honourable mentions: Poogle, Uni, Xweetok, Koi, Hissi.
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1. Lupe
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This was a Neopet I always created first for my accounts. I was a huge wolf fan as a child growing up and even today, the wolf is one of my favourite. Lupes were said to be fiercely loyal, with a love for exploration and all kinds of adventures. It’s design was among the more simple ones, but I think that’s part of the reason I always loved it; the creators didn’t have to try so hard to make such a wonderful pet.

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Well, Neopians? Do you agree with this list? What are your favourite friends from your childhood? Let me know in the comments below, or make you own list and link me so I can have a look!

Thanks for reading! Stay connected for more nostalgic Top 10 lists! Until next time!


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Miss Bloodstone’s Top 10 Favourite Pokemon

Hello again, folks! Now, most people at least are familiar with the Pokemon franchise, but if you’re anything like me, you grew up with it. My life as a child consisted of 3 things; Pokemon, Neopets and Slurpees. Throughout the years, the original 150 Pokemon I knew and loved have now grown to over 720! While I do think that’s a bit much, there have been a few of the newer Pokemon that have made it to my personal favourites list.

Now, as you read on, please keep in mind, this is my personal Top 10; I’m not necessarily judging based on how strong they are, or how popular they are; this is simply my own opinion of which Pokemon would make it onto my team for various reasons. If you’ve made your own Pokemon Top 10, link me so I can see your favourites!

I am only setting up two restrictions:

  • No legendaries; so you won’t find the official legendary dogs or birds on this list.
  • Only ONE Eevee-lution. I love my Eevees and all the evolutionary facets, but to ensure I keep my other favourites on here, I’ll stick to the one that stands above the rest in my eyes.

Alright, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started!

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10. Absol (#359)
Released in Gen III, Absol is a Pokemon I sympathize with a little. Absabsol_zpsd121e90aol is very in-tune with it’s surroundings and can often times predict an impending disaster. In it’s attempt to warn and aid others, it is often blamed for the disaster itself. This misunderstood dark-type Pokemon may not be the most powerful, but it has the potential to have a lot of heart. That and let’s not forget it’s a beautifully-designed Pokemon; especially it’s mega-evolution.
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All aboard the train to Feeledelphia; this ground-type Pokemon from Gen I has possibly one of the most depressing backstories (and if you think about it, one of the darkest) of the Pokemon even to today’s standards. The skull this adorable Pokemon wears is actually the skull of it’s dead mother. As a result of the trauma, it has been nicknamed ‘The104 Lonely Pokemon’ as it closes up and keeps to itself. Particularly on nights where the full moon is visible, this Pokemon cries loudly in mourning as it connects the full moon to the memory of it’s mother. As if that wasn’t bad enough, if you played the Red, Blue and Yellow Game Boy Pokemon games, you’ll find out that Cubone’s mother was atually murdered by Team Rocket! Isn’t this suppose to be a kids show?!

It’s okay, little Cubone; here, have a spot on this list. *cries*

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I love my dragon Pokemon, and Flygon is one of my favourites! This ground/dragon-type Pokemon was released during Gen III and is one of those slightly unfair Pokemon that can learn pretty much any kind of attack. It manages to look both adorable and intimidating, and it looks a bit like a dragonfly. 🙂 See, Yanma? You could learn a thing or two from this one.
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7. Milotic (#350)
This is possibly one of the most beautiful Pokemon in my opinion; and not only thatmilotic_zps39e396fd, it’s deceptively strong. Feebas, being only slightly more useful than Magikarp evolves into this water-type, creature I call “Girly Gyarados.” It is even said that by releasing a wave on energy, this Pokemon can calm emotions and cease anger and conflict around it. Now, that’s a Pokemon that commands respect. This is, in my opinion, one of the best Pokemon to come out of Generation III.
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One of my best Pokemon-related memories is connected to this badass rightgyarados_zps3efad08b here. I remember pulling up to Mt. Moon while I was played Pokemon Red back in the day. I had no idea what Magikarp was, but some dude was selling it in the Pokemon Centre; so of course, I said “yes please!” To my dismay, I wound up with a fish. That fish eventually learned tackle. I was about to give up on it before it began to evolve into one of the coolest Pokemon ever made (and quite possibly one of the angriest). Needless to say, this water/flying-type Pokemon is a prime example of why you should never underestimate someone just because of the beginning of it’s story. It just may come back to kick your ass.

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This flying-dragon-type Pokemon was one of the more pleasant surprises from the Gen VI, this is easily my favourite bat-like Pokemon (I should know; I love my bats). It can naturally learn many of my personal favourite attacks, and it’s stronger than it looks; and it’s very speedy. Aside from that, it’s one of those Pokemon I can’t completely explain why I love it; I just do.
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I know what you’re thinking. “Really? That’s your favourite Eeveelution?” Well, this o134ne has a little meaning behind it. Shortly after I started playing the games and watching the show, I began growing unhealthily addicted to the card game. My grandfather took me to the shop one day and bought me by first large pack of Pokemon cards, and the first holographic ‘rare’ card I ever had was Vaporeon. While I no longer play the game and have either lost or given away most of my collection, I still have that same card with me to this day. This water-type Pokemon was released during Gen I.
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3. Dragonair (#148)
This dragon-type Pokemon from Gen I has the ability to change the weather, antumblr_mzq9vpw5k51scncwdo1_500d not only that, it’s one of the more beautiful and powerful Pokemon. Capable of pretty much all move types, I always have at last two of these beauties captured and trained up for battle. It seems slightly reminiscent of the Cardcaptors art-style and looks as though it could be a legendary Pokemon in it’s own right.

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I love this Pokemon. Seriously, this is my favourite psychic/water-type Pokemon of all time. Starmie was released in Gen I, this is one of those overpowered Pokemon that can learn bloody-well anything. Behind the number one Pokemon on thi121s list, Starmie has always been the second Pokemon I always, always have on my team as soon as I’m able. It’s believed to be extraterrestrial, but I suppose anything this amazing must come from somewhere unfathomable. Regardless, I recommend training one of these up and bringing it with you on your next Pokemon journey; it won’t disappoint you.
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Here it is, folks. My favourite Pokemon of ALL time; no other has even come close. The mighty (and unfortunately under-powered) Arcanine! It’s a fire-type Pokemon from Gen I and it is said to be brave and fiercely loyal; which are 059instant wins in my books. This Pokemon just screams pride, and was even theorized to have been considered a legendary Pokemon. For some reason, it never received that honour, but it will always be a legend in my books. No team of mine will ever be complete without an Arcanine on my side. (I mean just look at this adorable thing!) Don’t let that fool you though; this speedy Pokemon is known for putting others in their place.

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There you have it! You now know all about my favourite Pokemon of all time! What about you? Which Pokemon would you have on your team? Be sure to link me to your own Top 10 List so I can check it out, or comment away below!

For more Top 10 lists, be sure to check back again.

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Top 10 Evanescence Songs

Let’s talk about one of my favourite bands of all time. Unless you’re living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard a few songs from Evanescence’s Fallen album. You couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing ‘Bring Me To Life’, ‘My Immortal’, or ‘Call Me When You’re Sober’ at least twice; and for good reason. Evanescence has managed to find trademark sound through their variance between soft gothic ballads, and heavier metal-inspired tracks. Amy Lee’s unmistakable vocals are at the heart of this band’s creation, and while we’ve seen a rather constant revolving door for the band members involved, with the band announcing a 2016 tour, I think it’s high time we review some of their best songs so far.

Please note I will only be covering Evanescence songs; solo work work by Amy Lee will be saved for a list all it’s own!

 

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10. Missing
I’d like to start by acknowledging a less well-known song from my favourite band; Missing. Originally, I heard this song on their Anywhere But Home album. This is one of their sadder tracks, in my opinion, which resonated with me a great deal in my adolescence when I was struggling with thoughts of suicide and self-harm for the first time. Far from their heavier sounds of other tracks, Missing has a sound of someone in the distance desperately reaching out into what feels like thin air as they begin to lose hope in their endeavor to know in the heart they are loved, or simply significant to someone; anyone.
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9. Lost In Paradise
Musically, this is one of Evanescence’s more outstanding pieces from their 2011 album Evanescence. Starting out soft and simple as a piano ballad, it builds more and more with intensity before quickly silencing into what feels like a cliffhanger for more. Amy Lee had originally written the song during the band’s hiatus as she laid her focus on her family and her personal life, but she described her life as no longer feeling, “whole” as she realized she missed making music with the band, basically apologizing to the fans for the break. It was not originally going to be a full-band piece, but after giving it a try, Amy realized the band only made the song that much better. You can’t help but value a song with such personal meaning to the writer.

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8. Disappear
Disappear was one of four bonus tracks on Evanescence (2011), and an absolute treat for any fans of the band’s work with Fallen as it resonated a sound nostalgic to the album that drew in more fans than any other in 2003. I’m not clear on the official meaning of the song, but to me, it has a great connection to the concept of allowing one’s past to dictate the choices they make in their present. So many people I’ve seen who have had past traumas continue to negatively influence their lives through self-harm, drugs, alcohol, and even suicide; often resulting in the loss of everything they ever were. Disappear is a wake up call, and to me, it says you are stronger than your fears. It’s the 2011 song that screams, “we’re back; and we’ve still got it.”

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7. Bring Me To Life
Ah, the song everyone knows, whether they’re a fan or not. The reason I’ve put it so high on this list is because of the unfortunate details behind it’s production, and I’d heard it sooooo much back when it first came out; even now, you’ll still catch it on the radio from time to time, but for good reason! The sound is catching and a staple of the sound we all loved back in the early 2000’s. With powerful vocals, a sound from the band that will not be overlooked, and lyrics that can snap you out of that emotional funk you’re in.
It originally was not intended to have male vocals (originally by  Paul McCoy), but the record company insisted the song would not be successful without a male counterpart. (Pretty sad, huh?) That’s why in the versions of this song you’ll hear on the radio these days will generally only have Amy Lee’s vocals; you won’t hear the trademark ‘Wake me up/I can’t wake up/Save me’ these days. To his credit, however, I did enjoy Paul McCoy’s contribution to the song; it’s simply disappointing it was forced into the song for marketing purposes.

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6. Tourniquet
This was actually written by the drummer, Rocky Gray, who was in a Christian metal band called Soul Embraced before he joined Evanescence! With Christian roots, this hard-hitting song doesn’t shy away from the topic of suicide, and the idea that someone who has taken/is contemplating taking their own life, and the thought of not being accepted into heaven as a result. It screams the silent words of someone who desperately wants to end their life, but instead feels trapped by their belief. This song paints a vivid image of someone with a kind of inner battle between their emotions and their religion, uncertain of their method of escape. Musically, this is one of the songs that sounds a little more death-metal inspired than many of their other works, but still manages to sound melodic and musically enjoyable by those less inclined to listen to anything too rhythmically heavy. This is why we love this band; they don’t sugar-coat the harsh realities.

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5. Lithium
While not as popular as ‘Bring Me To Life’, Lithium is one of the only songs on The Open Door (2006) that really managed to reach me on a more personal level. The album was my least favourite at the time, as I didn’t feel as much heart from the band’s sound. However, this song resonates with me in many ways. As someone who has struggled with many facets of depression and anxiety, I often battled with the idea of whether it was better to feel the various emotions battling for dominance, or to go numb and push those feelings away. In the end, I’ve found that it almost says to learn to find solace in emotion, whether it be happiness, anger, sadness, what have you. There is beauty in emotion, and in this beauty, you may find your inspiration and in turn, inspire those around you. Musically, it has a perfect blend of the attributes of a ballad and a heavy, driving beat that leads you to sway in the euphoria of the sound.

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4. My Last Breath
This is one of those songs I played on loop when I first picked up the Fallen (2003) album. While it seems unclear to me what the inspiration was behind this one, it almost sounds like a description of a scene from a dark, gothic fairy tale. It’s has a mysterious, romantic, and melancholy air about it that cannot be understated. This song showcases Amy’s vocal power and the band’s incredible sound and passionate, creative influence. If you want classic gothic romance, look no further; this song will have you hooked with it’s first perfect note.

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3. My Heart Is Broken
This is the song that got me hooked on their self-titled Evanescence album in 2011. We all know Amy has an unmistakable sound, but few songs can capture that raw power as well as this track. Contrary to what some may think, Amy Lee explained this song was inspired after meeting the victims of sex trafficking, and imagining how they felt in their situation of being trapped in a world they didn’t belong, with no escape and no way of telling anyone about it out of fear of what would happen. I feel this song can be applied to so many situations; sometimes we create fantasies and dreams in our minds to offer a kind of escape and solace from the pain we feel, or difficult situations from which we feel there is no escape/end in sight. Returning to the real world, having to be forced to relive those problems feels like being torn away from a dream, and the viscous cycle continues as frustration builds. Particularly in the final half of the song, you can almost feel Amy pouring out her heart in the lyrics, really giving you a glimpse of the inspiration’s dark, and disturbing roots.

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2. End of the Dream
This is one of the exceptions to the belief that all gothic music is sad and depressing; this song is one of my personal favourite because it talks about embracing life, pain and all; living your life to the fullest because it’s too short to waste on petty things. The vocals in this song are some of my favourite in Evanescence’s history, and this is one of those songs that you could just imagine being performed in a massive stadium, slaying the crowd completely. The guitar and bass riffs are amazing, the subtle piano is reminiscent of that used in ‘Going Under’ and ‘Bring Me To Life’, the drums are driving and fit the song perfectly as usual. You want a little inspiration to get yourself back on track? Find this song, crank it up, and just let it hit you.
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Honourable mentions: My Immortal (Origin, Fallen), Breathe No More (Anywhere But Home), Oceans (Evanescence), Taking Over Me (Fallen), Before the Dawn, Everybody’s Fool (Fallen), Swimming Home (Evanescence), Snow White Queen (The Open Door).
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1. Going Under
This is it, folks; one of my favourite songs of all time, not just by Evanescence, but in general. Going Under talks specifically about coming out of an abusive relationship after reaching a point where you realize something needs to change, and you need to make it happen. As with much of their work, this iconic gothic masterpiece can be applied to any tough situation as an inspirational push; if you need something to change, change it. And let’s not forget about the sound; ah, the sound. We all know this entire band has only ever consisted of people with talent and a unique style on their own, but if you’re looking for a song that makes you want to stand up and do something, you’re going to love this one. The world’s a harsh and cruel place, and we’ve all struggled somewhere; Going Under’s message rings true as it tells us to “break through.”
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Well, my beauties? Do you agree with my list? Which Evanescence song inspired you? Let me know, and link me if you’ve made your own list of favourites so I can have a look! \m/


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Top 10 Animated Disney Guys

So we’ve talked about the ladies, but what about the guys? Disney has been known to create some pretty 3-dimensional characters before 3-D animation even came into play. With the multitude of memorable Disney guys to choose from, it would be an insult not to acknowledge them here.

Just as stated in the Ladies’ list, I have not included our male Disney villains as they deserve an explanation all their own. Check back for my Top 10 Disney Villains list in the near future! With that out of the way, let’s get started!

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10. Eugene Fitzherbert (Tangled)
I know what you’re wondering; why is the oh-so-charming Flynn Rider so high on this list? Well, keep in mind that this list is not based on looks and charm, but on what’s inside. Eugene had to learn honour, having once believed the only person in world who mattered was himself. However, he soon realized that not all treasure could be sold and stolen. Real value comes from the people you love who can only be attained through honesty and loyalty. Eugene may still hold the heart of a thief and a very mischievous nature, but overall he is a good man with a knack for making people laugh. That and he was one of the first animated Disney characters to question why everyone around them randomly burst into song. I think that moment was a little too real, don’t you?

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9. Mickey Mouse
Let’s face it; Mickey Mouse is the godfather of the Disney ideal. Always positive, cheerful and unwavering in his faith that remaining positive is all you need. Cunning and good-hearted, Mickey is a source of the zany humour and family values that Disney was built upon back in the day. Alongside his lady-friend, Minnie, these two make an unstoppable duo, and an inseparable pair. Truly unforgettable.

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8. Robin Hood (Robin Hood)
Heroic, witty and a romantic at heart, Robin Hood was the friendly, fun-loving furball that taught us the value of doing what’s right and aiding the less fortunate. While thievery is not exactly the best policy, his heart was definitely in the right place. Bringing light into the lives of those who had all but lost hope just goes to show how powerful a positive outlook, a courageous constitution and a little fun can be, no matter the squalls. After all; faints hearts never won fair lady!

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7. Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid)
Prince Eric seems to be a typical “nice-guy” stereotype, but just like Ariel, he is always in search of something more. He proves to us that he is brave, adventurous, fun-loving and humble, and he will stop at nothing to show appreciation for those who have aided him throughout his life. Loyalty and honour go a long way on this list, and Eric’s got it in spades. We also know that he sees the beauty in marrying for love, rather than advantage, which is a value I can definitely get behind. And let’s face it; any guy that will climb back onto a burning, sinking ship to save his dog is a total badass, and a definite keeper.

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I know, I know; Beast? Well, hear me out. Self-improvement is a big factor in this list, and Beasts’ whole deal is about inner growth. Starting out as a cold-hearted prince with no regard for the struggle of others, he was forced into a horrible curse and at first, he really seemed to refuse to learn anything. However, throughout the film, we see Belle’s influence on his beastly demeanor. We really see him struggling against what’s wrong, and in the end, we see the curse broken by love, but it was a love that could only be achieved through learning and inner perseverance. This may be a tale as old as time, but it is a story that only gets better with age.

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5. Aladdin (Aladdin)
Make way for Prince Ali; this one tends to be the fan favourite for most Disney enthusiasts. Even as a thief, he shows through his longing and spirit that he is a dreamer at heart. Quick on his feet and clever to boot, he is the first to stick his neck out to help someone in need, just as he did with Jasmine during their first encounter. As most of us do, Aladdin lost his way when he figured he had it all, but he eventually realized the value of friendship, keeping one’s promises and never forgetting who you are, and where you’ve come from. That alone says enough in my books.

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4. Simba (The Lion King)
Here to remind us that a good heart knows no gender or species, is the king of the jungle himself, Simba. A favourite of many, we all remember seeing Simba’s journey from cub to royalty; we remember the struggles he faced and we remember his inner conflict between two ideals he had grown to believe; Hakuna Matata, and to do what was right. He taught us all that there is a time to sit back and let a situation unfold, but there is also a time to stand up and fight for what’s right; even if that means facing your greatest fears in the process. After the death of his father, he fled Pride Rock; through the fear and guilt that Mufasa was dead because of him. However, to save his home and his pride of lions, Simba returned to Scar and was forced to deal with what had happened. As the truth was revealed, he took back his homeland and returned the balance it had lost.

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Hercules may be the son of a god, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have to find himself through the pain of adversity and the struggles of a man who just doesn’t seem to fit in. While the actual legend of Hercules in greek mythology is much different, Disney portrayed him in a way that taught us how important it is to always believe in yourself, no matter who tells you otherwise, and to keep that kindness and compassion alive in your heart. A true hero doesn’t just fight monsters and act strong; a true hero always does what’s right. Hercules is not known only for his physical strength, but for his strength of heart.

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2. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
As his name entails, Quasimodo may not be the most outwardly attractive person, but it cannot be denied that his inner strength is extraordinary. He reminded us all that outer beauty counts for nothing when push comes to shove. All that matters is that you are true to yourself, and that you always do what’s right. Having grown up with shattered confidence, Quasimodo had to learn that whether or not the world accepted him was not his weakness. His weakness simply lied in not accepting himself. Anyone else in his situation would have turned bitter, cold and selfish, but he persevered as a true hero and never stopped doing the honourable thing, and remaining loyal to his friends. Saving a damsel in distress does not mean you will win her heart, but to risk it all to save someone’s life without expecting anything in return is real strength.

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1. Prince Naveen (The Princess and the Frog)
Now, I have to be honest; I wasn’t fond of Prince Naveen during most of the movie. He seemed to be to be immature, irresponsible and selfish. However, that’s what helped him get to this spot on this list! If a person manages to show such growth through a difficult situation and as a result, come through as a genuinely better person, I value that effort above simply being born a certain way. Tiana helped Naveen to value effort and hard work. While things were rocky for our two heroes, they overcame every obstacle, even when all odds were stacked against them; including the odds of managing to surprise me when I thought I had already made up my mind about him. He reminded me to appreciate personal growth and to understand not just the result, but the struggle. Naveen started out as a spoiled brat, but came through as a charismatic, hard-working, good-hearted human being. Ray and Evangeline would be proud!

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That concludes my Top 10 Animated Disney Guys! Did you agree with this list? Comment with your favourite animated Disney guys! Stay updated for more Disney Top 10 lists!


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Top 10 Animated Disney Ladies

I’ve always loved Disney. Hell, I grew up with it, and in doing so I gained many fantasy-based role models. The ladies of Disney always seem to stand for something and I believe that within each of them are traits every girl should develop as they grow and learn in their young lives and beyond.

I only really added one “villain” to this list as I will most likely be making a Top 10 Disney Villains list. That being said, read on and enjoy!

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10. Demona (Gargoyles)
I don’t know about you, but Gargoyles was quite possibly one of the most underrated cartoon shows of my childhood. It had a plot and atmosphere that you just didn’t see everyday in kids content. The setting of the show relied a great deal on the main characters, but Demona had to be the coolest character of the show. Whether in gargoyle or human form, this villainous bombshell will not tolerate betrayal of any kind and is not one to be trifled with. Hell hath no fury like a gargoyle scorned; especially if that gargoyle’s name just happens to be Demona.
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9. Minnie Mouse
Who better to help open this list than the classic of all classics? First appearing in Steamboat Willie, she was also first voiced by Walt Disney himself! The lovely girlfriend of the face of Disney, Mickey Mouse, she has a habit of finding herself in distress, but she is clever, classy and adorable, and is more than capable of handling herself. Still, Minnie is a true pioneer for the Disney ideal of true love; no matter what happens, her beloved Mickey is her love, her best friend, and her hero.

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8. Kim Possible (Kim Possible)
What kid didn’t watch and adore KP? She’s gorgeous, talented, intelligent and relate-able. Leading an exciting double-life, she is a cheer-leading captain and a secret agent who has saved the world time and time again while still facing all the challenges of a junior/senior high school girl. She’s a walking lethal weapon with a heart of gold; good luck not falling for this teen idol!

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7. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
If there’s one thing that gets my attention, it’s someone with personality and heart. After all, even if everyone else is against you, you should always stand for something. Pocahontas was a fantastic example of a powerful, independent woman who would not stand for something she felt was wrong. It’s just that sort of zeal and inner strength that makes her stand out. That, and what outdoorsy girl didn’t wish she could just run barefoot through the woods and jump off waterfalls (without dying at the end)?

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6. Megara (Hercules)
A gorgeous, independent, sarcastic Disney character who has complex emotions and a sharp wit? Yes, please! Megara isn’t your typical Disney gal; even Pegasus disliked her at the beginning. She had the heart of a woman betrayed, and after giving her soul to save the life of her lover, he left her for another woman, condemning her to needlessly belong to the wicked god of the underworld, Hades. This is Disney, right? That’s pretty deep for a Disney character. Megara still does what she can in the end to undo the damage done and is finally able to move on to a happier life with Hercules. She’s a damsel, she’s in distress, and she can handle this; have a nice day!

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5. Amelia (Treasure Planet)
Quite possibly the most underrated heroine on this list, Captain Amelia of the R.L.S. Legacy, is the finest captain you’ve never heard of. This feline-like powerhouse holds an air of command and respect wherever she goes and always maintains the dignity of a queen. While she enjoys the occasional cup of tea, she’s a fantastic shot, an agile fighter, and a true iron lady in her own right. You don’t see ladies of this caliber in the media these days, so I think Captain Amelia deserves far more recognition.

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4. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
In classic Disney heroine fashion, Belle yearns for adventure; for love; for more. Don’t we all? Well, ‘more’ has a habit of finding our Disney girls, but not always in the way that they expect. Belle wound up with more than she bargained for when she met the Beast. They had a rocky start, but this spunky bookworm still saw the beauty in him that even he did not believe to exist. It takes a special woman indeed who can bring out the best in someone when faced with the sting adversity from the people of her hometown. She’s strong inside and out, sharp as a whip, courageous when she must be, and relateable to boot. She’s got no problem telling off Gaston, and reminds all of us that everyone deserves to be given a chance before judgment.

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3. Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Not many Disney girls can pull off this much sass and make it look good, but Esmeralda has no problem achieving this feat. With more confidence than most of us could muster up in a lifetime, she’s not afraid to speak up against the masses when something is wrong, and she certainly will have no qualms in telling you where to go and how to get there. This gypsy girl believes in justice above all things and I think every strong woman has a little Esmeralda in her. How about a little appreciation for the girl who reminded us to stand up for what’s right, and to have courage?

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2. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
I’m going to be honest here, Tiana has to be one of my absolute favourite Disney princesses simply for what her character and story brought to the metaphorical table. Throughout the years, Disney has taught us many things; one common trend being that ‘wishes can come true.’ Tiana was the hard-working powerhouse that graced the big screens with the second half of that message. Wishes can comes true; if you make it happen! Hard work, perseverance, and self-reliance can be hard to find these days, but they don’t get more independent than Tiana. Furthermore, have you seen that dress of hers? Simply stunning!

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1. Mulan (Mulan)
Finally, we have Mulan! Where does one begin with her? She had a hard time fitting into the stereotypes of a life already decided for her. While she gives it the good old college try, she is scorned and brushed off by all, including her own family! When the huns invade China, however, Mulan knows her father will be drafted. With his health and physical constitution, she knows he will not return alive. So what does she do? She cuts her hair, steals his armour, and leaves to fight in the war in his stead. She not only had to worry about death upon the battlefield, but death upon being discovered as a woman! She almost single-handedly takes out the entire hun army, and alongside her comrades and her lover-boy, Shang, succeeds in saving China and its emperor from death and despair. She is a woman worthy of respect and awe. Such courage is rare, even in fiction, and will not be overlooked! Now that’s a girl worth fighting for.

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That concludes my Top 10 Animated Disney Ladies! Did you agree with this list? Comment with your favourite animated Disney gals! Stay updated for more Disney Top 10 lists!


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Top 10 Dumbest Pokemon

I grew up with Pokémon. While the original 150 will always be among my favourites, the team behind the ever-growing list of critters and colossal creatures maintains an impressive sense of imagination, and added challenges to the phrase, “gotta catch ’em all,” make the games difficult to put down; even frustrating at times.

However, I have to admit, some of the Pokémon I’ve seen are rather silly, strange, or just downright odd. This list features a handful of Pokémon that made me scratch my head a little. Note that some of these include the evolutionary lines of the Pokémon named in the entry; because they are on the list for the same reason, they count as one (shh; just go with it).

If anyone is wondering why Magikarp didn’t make the list, it’s simply because it evolves into Gyarados; and Gyarados is awesome.

Without further ado, here is my Top 10 Dumbest Pokémon (so far).

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10. Dedenne (#702)
Dedenne, also known as ‘Raichu-but-not,’ is a small electric/fairy-type Pokémon that was released during Gen VI. When I first saw this little guy, I genuinely thought it was cute; and while my opinion still stands, how is this not in the Pichu-Pikachu-Raichu evolution line? Its resemblance is so uncanny, they could have called it Chibi-Raichu, or Studded-Growth Pikachu. It looks like the result of a trainer stopping a Pikachu’s evolution just a little too late.
Well, I suppose a name that sounds so much like ‘dead end’ just goes to show the team behind the Pokémon concepts is finally admitting to running out of ideas.

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9. Timburr/Gurdurr/Conkeldurr (#532/533/534)

When a Pokémon sounds like it was named by the Swedish Chef, you know it’s going to be a strange concept. These fighting-type Pokémon were released during Gen V. Wielding a squared log, steel I-beam, and cylinders of concrete, these are, you guessed it, ‘construction Pokémon.’ Sure, there are weirder things in the Pokémon world, which is why I placed them so high on this list, but I still can’t help but shake my head and wonder, “what were they thinking?”

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8. Hawlucha (#701)

I suppose this is…creative? It still looks like this fighting/flying-type Pokémon is just a bad WWE Luchador-based costume to me. Hawlucha was released with Gen VI.

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7.Nosepass (#299)
This rock-type Pokémon came out during Gen III, and don’t even get me started on its evolved counterpart, Probopass (or as I like to call it, The Rock In Mario Cosplay). All I can imagine in my head when I see this Pokémon is a conference room of executives brainstorming new Pokémon ideas when this happens:

-CEO: We should make a rock Pokémon. A Pokémon that is literally a rock. It’s simple. Yet elegant.
-Executive: But sir, we already did that with Geodude.
-CEO: Slap a nose on it.
-Executive: A nose, sir?
-CEO: A nose, Tim.

Beware the nose rock, all you Pokémon trainers out there. It means business. I think.

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6. Lucicolo (#272)
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks you to think of a water/grass-type Pokémon? If you thought of a dancing, duck-billed mariachi pineapple in oven-mitts, you should consider a career with Pokémon design. Ludicolo was released during Gen III.

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5. Cofagrigus (#563)
This ghost-type Pokémon from Gen V looks way too much like a bad Yu-Gi-Oh creature.  Furthermore, the nature of these things freaks me out. “It has been said that it swallows those who get too close and turns them into mummies.”

So let me get this straight; if someone gets too close, this thing will swallow them, remove their organs, stuff them, and bind them in linen? Isn’t this supposed to be a kids thing?

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4. Voltorb/Electrode (#100/101)
Okay, I have nothing but love for the original 150, but this is the only one that really made me scratch my head. I’ll bet any money that they had already dreamt up 148 Pokémon, looked at each other, and said, “nah, 150 looks better on paper. Let’s slap some eyeballs on the logo and give it a name.

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3. Pineco (#204)
This bug-type Pokemon was released during Gen II and while it may not be my least favourite from that generation, it is certainly one that took me off guard. A trainer walks into the forest, head-butts a tree and captures…a pinecone. Riveting.

I was considering putting Metapod/Kakuna on here, but at least they evolve into something interesting. I don’t even know what to call Forretress.

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2. Vanillite/Vanillish/Vanilluxe (#582/583/584)
This ice-type Pokémon was released during Gen V and…as you can see…it’s basically ice cream. An ice cream Pokémon. I mean, sure it’d be delicious, but that’s about it. Whenever an opponent uses Vanillite, I just imagine him/her buying an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, yelling, “Vanillite! I choose you!” and throwing it at me. The terror.

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1. Kelfki (#707)
A key-ring Pokémon. Geez, you guys; if we didn’t already think your fountain of creativity was running dry, this pretty much seals the deal. This steel/fairy-type Pokémon was released during Gen VI and, I quote, “it threatens any attackers by fiercely jingling its keys at them.”

It jingles its keys. How awful. I mean, really how do you prepare for that?

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Well folks, that about wraps up my Top 10 Dumbest Pokémon list. I hope you agree, or at the very least, enjoyed the read! What are the most ridiculous Pokémon in your opinion? Comment and let me know; I’d love to hear what you think!

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