Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This Time Last Year 4

At this point, I'm not quite sure how to start these anymore, in large part because while every year brings strange and new things, as I get older time has a new definition. It's less about the passage and more about what I do with it. And in 2017, that holds especially true.

You may have noticed that the last time this blog was updated was in August, and there's a reason for that that I'm still dealing with: early this year, I started getting sick. At the time, I don't remember thinking much of it, just that I would be sick for a handful of weeks, then get better, and then a handful of weeks later I'd be sick again. It wasn't until late this summer, however, that we started wondering if there was a real reason for this, and it turns out there was: this December, I'll be getting my tonsils out.

Let me tell you, before I was finally diagnosed in September, I was scared as all get out that it was going to be something far more serious: it's taken a lot out of my brain and body, so much so that my memory is not what it used to be, which is terrifying in its own right, and forced me to give up my kickboxing, which not only kept me fit and strong but helped with depression and stress. Breast cancer runs in my family, and because I have about the same amount of luck as Kenny on South Park, I was expecting the worst. It's a relief that it's only my tonsils (or so we'll find out, if I remain healthy after I have my surgery) and that the treatment isn't something drastic (at least, insofar as surgery isn't drastic).

But the hardest part about being sick this year (my current bout of illness, even with new medication, marks ten times in eleven months) is what it's done to not only my physical health, but also my mental health. 2017 has been hard, for a number of reasons, not the least of which being the current president, but also the fact it's now been a year since my eldest brother died, the fact I'll be the second person in my immediate family to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in December, and the fact that my little dog died on November 5th.

It sounds almost fictional, doesn't it? If this amount of bad luck happened to a character in a book, I'd question the credibility. Who has bad luck every November? (Spoiler alert: it's me.) At this point, my family is always on the alert in November, waiting for the next shoe to drop.

It's become a joke between my friends and I to say "It's November" whenever something bad happens. We weren't even a week into November when my dog died, after six hours of seizures that grew worse and worse as time went by, in the wake of medication he was on to help his arthritis (he was 13). After he died, an autopsy was done and it turned out he had advanced pancreatic cancer as well. It's unknown whether or not the arthritis medication exacerbated it, but regardless: my dog had been in pain and we weren't able to help him enough to fix him. He's no longer in pain now, though, and that's the best we could hope for. He died while he was safe and warm and surrounded by his family at home.

Although for the past two Thanksgivings I haven't felt very thankful, I am so incredibly lucky for my family, my friends both new and old, my agent, and my boss, all of whom have helped me so much this year and kept me going. (Special shout out to Hafsah, Sarah, Jo, Oliver, Eve, and Megan. You guys are my muscle.)

I went into 2017 hoping for the best but not anticipating it, so I hope in 2018 I can expect it.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Music 175

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called The Wolf by SIAMÉS. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Music 174

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Gunshot by BLAJK. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Music 173

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Beyond My Reach by Andy Black. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Music 172

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Crossfire by Stephen. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Music 171

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Brother by Kodaline. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Music 170

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Broken Dream by Two Steps From Hell. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Music 169

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Bad Omen by Sofia Karlberg. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Music 168

Hi everyone!

So sorry that I've been behind on posting, but between taking a summer class (so I can graduate uni in the fall) and meeting deadlines, I've been pretty busy. Without further ado, here's this week's selection! It's called Bloodstream by Transviolet. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

KT

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Music 167

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called The Funeral by Band of Horses. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday Music 166

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Flicker by Lorde, and is the Kanye West rework of the original song. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Music 165

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea by MISSIO. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Music 164

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Jellyfish in the Sky by Jo Blankenburg. Hope you enjoy!



Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Music 163

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Elevana by David Chappell (he does a ton of amazing songs!). Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Music 162

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Guard of Fire by Really Slow Motion. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Music 161

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Drown the Lovers by RITUAL. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Music 160

Hi everyone!

This week's selection is called Free by Ryn Weaver. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Music 159

Hi everyone!

Like last week, this song is from a newly-discovered artist. This song was also sung by the band RED, but this version is a lot softer and more whimsical. It's called Ordinary World by Joy Williams.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Music 158

Hi everyone!

This week's Monday Music selection is by a band I've only recently discovered but am utterly enamored with. It's called If I Lost You by Shiny Toy Guns.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Music 157

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Swashbuckling Spies by Audiomachine.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Music 156

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called First Light by Lindsey Stirling. (Her entire new album is gorgeous!)

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Music 155

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Voice of Rushing Waters by City of the Fallen.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Music 154

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Hatefuck by Cruel Youth.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Music 153

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Boudica by Karliene. (If you don't know the history of Boudica, I absolutely recommend doing a little googling.)

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Music 152

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Whispers of Wonders by Audiomachine.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Music 151

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Chasing the Dream by Ivan Torrent. This song, you guys. I can't describe how much it moves me when I listen to it. When I first discovered it, I was in the midst of plotting a trilogy. When I heard this song, I knew exactly how the series would end.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! The replay button exists for a reason. ;)


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, February 6, 2017

Monday Music 150

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called High C's by one of my favorite orchestras, Two Steps From Hell. This is off their new album, which I highly recommend listening to in its entirety, with headphones on and the music as loud as you can handle. My favorite song on the album is His Brightest Star Was You, which isn't on YT yet, but as soon as it is, be certain I'll share it! High C's is just as beautiful, though, and is exactly what plays in the head of my pirate MC whenever he's doing something epic (or, at least what HE thinks is epic ;)).

Do watch the video below--I adore the recording footage. There's something so magical about seeing music as epic as this be played by the orchestra.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Music 149

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Please Don't Go by Joel Adams. (I really wish he had more songs, because his voice is amazing!)

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Music 148

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called Give Us A Little Love by Fallulah.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Music 147

Hi everyone,

This week's selection is called We Are by EpicMusicVN.

Hope you enjoy!


Happy Monday!

Katie

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Monday Music 146 (on a Tuesday)

Hi all!

I apologize for posting this on Tuesday instead of Monday! I had deadlines to meet and the start of my second-to-last semester of college before I graduate with my Bachelor's degree.

I hope you had a lovely New Year, and are leaping into 2017 with some wonderful goals in mind. I have a few of my own, but this year, my theme is "New." I'm trying new things (meditation to relieve some of my stress load, medication to battle my chronic depression), reading and writing new books, and basically just trying to make this year better and new than 2016.

In case you're curious about the personal reasons as to why I want 2017 to be a helluva lot better than 2016, check out my This Time Last Year post. And now, without further ado, here's to a new year of Monday Music posts! This week's selection is called Flight of Freedom by Epic Score. Hope you enjoy!


Happy Tuesday!

Katie