My 2013 Year in Review…


2013 has been a big year where my world just keeps on growing…. I started this Blog, got back into writing Poetry, continued my Studies in Nursing, Connected with some amazing people across the five oceans (with some I am hoping to meet face to face in 2014)…. plus some significant people from my past, lost a few dear loved ones who’s journey has left this world…, had a few new life’s born into our family, had a few loved ones had major surgery and illness…..and throughout all of this I’ve danced, sung songs (badly so I’ve been informed), laughed, cried, loved, lost and got back up again!


And whilst sitting here on New Years Eve and in the theme of my Blog….below are my Top Reads, Music most listened too, Poetry & Poets found, plus some Fan Fiction, and some Movies I’ve watched n enjoyed throughout 2013!


My Top 5 Reads of 2013:

  1. Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard
  2. Forged in Dreams & Magick by Kat Bastion
  3. The Sullivan Series by Bella Andre
  4. Masters of the Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Debut Novels + New Authors to watch – (They are all on Amazon):

  • The Muse Unlocked by Chris Kuhn
  • Out on Business by Lisa Fulham
  • Perfect Pleasures by Cameron Lincoln
  • TouchStone for Play by Sydney Jamesson
  • An Acute Arraction by AJ Walters
  • Finding Loves Wings by Zoey Derrick
  • Starstruck by Paige Thomas
  • Snow, a winters romance by Mark Davis
  • Saviour by Lesley Jones
  • Cougar Diaries Series by Aoife Brennan
  • Restraint by PJ Bayliss


Stunning Artwork



Some Exquisite Poetry:

# You can click on their Names to read their entry in a “Poetry Challenge” I ran and/or on their Blog name to view their Blogs…

# Also here is a Poem I wrote this year in a “Poetry Challenge” held by V0Ella



Music enjoyed:

# Albums:

  • Ed Sheeran – +
  • Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
  • REM – Around the Sun
  • The Killers – Age & Day
  • Muse – The Resistance
  • Powderfinger – Fingerprints & Footprints
  • Coldplay – Mylo Xylto
  • Yael Naiim – Yael Naiim
  • Sia – Best of…
  • Crayola Lectern – The Fall and Rise Of…

# Songs:

  • The Waifs – London Still
  • The Audrey’s – Oh Honey, Don’t change
  • The Lumineers – Hey Ho
  • Lorde – Royals, Team
  • London Grammer – Hey Now, Strong
  • Florence + The Machine – Spectrum, Never let me go, You’ve got the love
  • Birds of Tokyo – Lanterns & This Fire
  • Regina Spektor – On the Radio, Fidelity
  • Lisa Mitchell – Edge of my dreams, Clean white love, Oh! Hark!
  • Kate Miller-Heike – The last day on earth, Caught in the crowd, Sarah
  • Goyte – Somebody that I use to know, Heart’s a Mess
  • Birdy – Wings, Skinny Love, People,e help people
  • Pomplamoose – If you think you need some lovin, Another Day, Vie En Rose
  • Feist – 1234, I feel it all
  • Little Birdy – Bodies, Summarise, Hairdo
  • Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
  • The Be Good Tanyas – Hello Love, The littlest birds
  • Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane, For you, Hold On
  • The Civil Wars – Poison & Wine, C’est La Mort, Falling
  • Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait, The Cave, Little Lion Man
  • Alabama Shakes – Hold On
  • Beth Orton – Stolen Car, She cries your name
  • Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran – Everything has changed
  • Christina Perri – Arms
  • Paramore – The only exception, Decode, I Caught Myself
  • The Killers – Mr. Brightside, Somebody told me, Runaways
  • Muse – Starlight, Madness
  • The Fray – Love Don’t Die
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • John Legend – All of Me


Movies watched:

  • The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Iron Man III
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Elysium
  • Flight
  • The Call
  • Pacific Rim
  • Identity Thief
  • Heat


Fan Fiction read:

# Random Cran (Miss Cranberry)

# Morgan Locklear (MOG)

# MeilleurCafe (SerendipitousMC)

# MG2112 (Avi Footwear Goddess)

# Sweet Dirty Draco

# Gothic Temptress (Blantant Oddities)

# Raum (Raum Tweet)

# Anais Mark

# Writing Babe

# Mostly a Lurker

# Cosmogirl7481

# Sydney Alice

# Silly Bella

# Just Duckie

# Anna Lund

# Deb24601

# Jaxon22

# The Fic Chick

# TKegl

# Vancouver Canuck Girl

# Ms Kathy

# Sunflower Queen

# Afonz





Words on Books & Music…



Over the past 12 months or so I have really enjoyed some of the Books that I have read where the Author has put out a list of Music that goes along with the Story….I find this a great concept as it can intensify the feeling of a scene in the Book! I have also got to discover some great Music as well that I had not heard of before!



# Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer 🎶 Music from these Books are:

“I can’t write without music. This, combined with the fact that writing Twilight was a very visual, movie-like experience, prompted me to collect my favorite Twilightsongs into a sort of soundtrack for the book. This list is not chiseled in granite; it transforms now and again. But, for the moment, here’s the music I hear in my head while reading the book.”  ~ by Author, Stephanie Meyer


Aurhor, Stephanie Meyer’s playlist she hears whilst reading the Books:


  • “Why Does it Always Rain on Me?” — Travis
  • “Creep” [radio edit] — Radiohead
  • “In My Place” — Coldplay
  • “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” — My Chemical Romance
  • “With You” [reanimation remix] — Linkin Park
  • “By Myself” — Linkin Park
  •  “Dreaming” — OMD
  • “Please Forgive Me” — David Gray
  • “Here With Me” — Dido
  • “Time is Running Out” — Muse
  • “Tremble for My Beloved” — Collective Soul
  •  “Dreams” — The Cranberries
  •  “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)” — Billy Joel

New Moon:

  • “Do you realize?” – The Flaming Lips (B)
  • “Papercut” – Linkin Park (B)
  • “Hyper Music” – Muse (B)
  • “Apocalypse Please” – Muse (B)
  • “Time Stands Still” – The All-American Rejects (B)
  • “Empty Room” – Marjorie Fair (B)
  • “Unwell” – Matchbox Twenty (B)
  • “Pain” – Jimmy Eat World (B)
  • “Ride” – The Vines (B)
  • “Fix You” – Coldplay (J)
  • “Blueside” – Rooney (B)
  • “Over My Head (Cable Car)” – The Fray (B)
  • “Going Under” – Evanescence (B)
  • “Tautou” – Brand New (B)
  • “Be My Escape” – Relient K (B)
  • “Never Let You Down” – Verve Pipe (J)
  • “Sing For Absolution” – Muse (E)
  • “Ya Mamma” – Fatboy Slim
  • “D.O.A.” – Foo Fighters
  • “Stare” – Marjorie Fair (B)
  • “Memory” – Sugarcult (B)
  • “The Truth About Heaven” – Armor For Sleep (B)
  • “Sound of Pulling Heaven Down” – Blue October (E)


  • “Drag” – Placebo (B)
  • “Hate Me” (radio edit) – Blue October (E)
  • “World Has Turned and Left Me Here” – Weezer (B)
  • “Best I Ever Had” – Vertical Horizon (B)
  • “My Immortal” – Evanescence (B)
  • “Everybody’s Changing” – Keane (B)
  • “Like A Stone” – Audioslave (B)
  • “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” – U2 (B)
  • “Rest In Pieces” – Saliva (B)
  • “Not the One” – Collective Soul (B)
  • “I Miss You” – Blink 182 (B)
  • “Unintended” – Muse (B)
  • “White Flag” – Dido (B)
  • “The Reason” – Hoobastank (E)


  • “Mexican Standoff” — Elbow
  • “Clocks” — Coldplay
  • “Overweight” [radio edit] — Blue October
  • “Hamburg Song” — Keane
  • “Stab My Back” — The All-American Rejects
  • “The Small Print” — Muse
  • “Mr. Brightside” — The Killers
  • “Newborn” — Muse
  • “Love Me Like You” — The Magic Numbers
  • “Vindicated” — Dashboard Confessional
  • “Hysteria” — Muse
  • “Uninvited” — Alanis Morissette
  • “Infra-red” — Placebo
  • “Yes Please” — Muse
  • “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot” — Brand New
  • “Luv” — Travis
  • “Blackout” — Muse
  • “It’s A Disaster” — Ok Go
  • “Falling Away With You” — Muse


  • *”This Is How I Disappear” — My Chemical Romance
  • *”Sleep” — My Chemical Romance
  • *”The Well and the Lighthouse” — Arcade Fire

Breaking Dawn:

  • Billy Idol — “White Wedding”
  • Beach Boys — “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
  • Muse — “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”
  • Blue October — “Congratulations”
  • Plain White T’s — “Take Me Away”
  • Jack’s Mannequin — “Dark Blue”
  • Coldplay — “No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground”
  • Fuel — “Hemorrhage”
  • Nine Inch Nails — “Down In It”
  • Aerosmith — “What it Takes”
  • Incubus — “Earth to Bella (part 1)”
  • Interpol — “No I in Threesome”
  • Korn — “Twisted Transistor”
  • My Chemical Romance — “The Sharpest Lives”
  • Motion City Soundtrack — “Point of Extinction”
  • TV on the Radio — “Wolf Like Me”
  • R.E.M. — “Accelerate”
  • Jimmy Gnecco — “Someone to Die For”
  • Smashing Pumpkins — “Today”
  • Right Said Fred — “I’m Too Sexy”
  • The Temper Trap — “Sweet Disposition
  • Linkin Park — “Pts. Of Athrty”
  • 3 Doors Down — “Duck and Run”
  • Simon and Garfunkel — “Hazy Shade of Winter”
  • Death Cab for Cutie — “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
  • Muse — “Intro [Absolution]”
  • Muse — “Take A Bow”
  • Muse — “Assassin”
  • Ok Go — “Invincible”
  • Travis — “Safe”
  • Elbow — “One Day Like This”



# 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy by E. L. James 🎶 Music from these books are:

 Author, EL James states in her Writing Process – ” I often listen to music to evoke a mood – I will listen to the same song over and over again when I am lost in a scene.”


Music mentioned throughout the Books:

50 Shades of Grey:

50 Shades Darker:

Fifty Shades Freed:



# Gabriel’s Series by Sylvain Reynard 🎶 Music from these Books are:

“I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.” ~ by Author, Sylvain Reynard.


Gabriel’s Inferno: Gabriel’s Rapture: Gabriel’s Redemption:

Some of Music is mentioned in the Books ~ Playlist done by Argyle Empire (Elli):

  • Matthew Barber – You and me, And you give, Easily Bruised
  • Dave Matthews Band – Lying in the hands of god, Love of my life, Oh, Lover lay down
  • Diana Krall – Besame mucho, The look of love
  • Yael Naim – Far Far
  • Tori Amos – Past the Mission
  • Hem – Half Acre, Idle
  • Nine Inch Nails – Closer, Hurt
  • Sting – Moonlight, Until, Mad about you, Jerusalem, I’m lost without you, My one and only love, The secret marriage, Mad about you
  • Mozart – Lacrimosa, Alleluia
  •  Johnny Cash – Hurt
  • The Pogues – Fairytales of New York
  • Andrea Bocelli – Sogno
  • Norah Jones – Come Away with me, Don’t Know Why
  • Coldplay – The Scientist
  • Chopin – Nocturne No.
  • Edith Piaf – Non, je ne regrette rien,  La Vie en Rose
  • Mediæval Bæbes – Gaudete
  • Loreena McKennitt- Dante’s Prayer, The Tempest
  • Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong
  • Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
  • The Police – Message In A Bottle, King of pain
  • Peter Gabriel – Book of love, Blood of Eden
  • Miles Davis – Kind of Blue, Blue in Green
  • Nat King Cole – Autumn Leaves
  • Frank Sinatra – I’ve got you under my skin
  • Giuseppe Verdi : Requiem : Dies irae
  • Marc Cohn – True Companion
  • Dean Martin – Return To Me
  • Cantata Nº 208, ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’, BWV 208
  • Celtic Woman 1/4 – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – May It Be – Wealthy Widow – The Butterfly
  • Bach: Cantata, BWV 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Sleepers wake
  • Adele – Lovesong
  • Tony Bennett – My Romance
  • Bruno Mars – Marry You, Talking to the moon
  • Ashes Remain-Everything Good
  • Enigma – Je T’aime Till My Dying Day
  • Carolina Liar – Show Me What I’m Looking For
  • Josh Groban – To Where You Are, When you say you love me
  • The Lovetones – Love And Redemption
  • Sarah Mclachlan – 10 Ice-cream, Hold on
  • Tracy Chapman – The Promise
  • BLUE RODEO – lost together
  • Sean Hayes – Powerful Stuff
  • Peter Katz- Posters
  • Otis Redding – These arms of mine, I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, When a man loves a woman
  • The Lovetones  – This Great Romance
  • Puccini’s – Madama Butterfly
  • Bruce Cockburn – Mango
  • Giovanni Allevi – II bacio
  • Heather Nova – Paper Cup
  • Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
  • Vivaldi’s Rain – Becoming Jane
  • Ella Fitzgerald sings So in Love by Cole Porte
  • Maxwell – Pretty Wings
  • Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water
  • Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  • John West-Loved You tonight
  • Needtobreathe – A Place Only You Can Go
  • Matt Hammitt – All of Me
  • Diana Damrau – Alleluja (Exsultate jubilate, KV 165)
  • Jason Mraz I’m Yours
  • Machael Bublé – The Way You Look Tonight
  • Florence + The Machine – Never Let Me Go
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Turn your lights down low
  • Chris Isaak and Michael Buble – Sway
  • The Killers – All the pretty faces
  • Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  • Simple Minds – Don’t You
  • Marc Cohn – True Campanion
  • Buena Vista Social Club – Pueblo Nuevo
  • Rachmaninoff Prelude in C sharp mino
  • Peggy Lee – Fever
  • Arcade Fire – Intervention
  • Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
  • Etta James – At Last
  • Chopin – Nocturne Op. 9 n. 2 (Maurizio Pollini)


Words on Movies…


🎥 Movies….What do they mean to you? How do you define them?
Movies to me is bringing a “Story” to real life from your imagination or interpretation. I love them and find it an escapism into a visual “Story-telling World” that has been created to entertain, make you feel, and understand the story through the interpretation and/or the eye of the beholder so to speak…
In one of my first jobs out of School I was a Hairdresser and one of the important Communication Skills I was taught was when trying to understand what someone wants or is trying to tell you was to refer to visuals such as pictures……and this was so true….as what a person can be describing in your mind it is an Apple but in their mind its an Orange!
Even though I love, love, love reading books sometimes more than when it’s made into a Movie … is also wonderful to Escape into that Story-telling world visually!!!
Wikipedia definition:
Movies, also known as films, are a type of visual communication which use moving pictures and sound to tell stories or inform (help people to learn about new ideas). People in every part of the world watch movies as a type of entertainment, a way to have fun. Fun for some people can mean laughing, while for others it can mean crying, or feeling afraid. Most movies are made so that they can be shown on big screens at cinemas or movie theatres. After movies are shown on cinema screens for a period of time (ranging from a few weeks to several months), movies are shown on pay television or cable television, and sold or rented on DVD disks or videocassette tapes, so that people can watch the movies at home. Later movies are shown on television stations.
# Some people opinions I found on the net are:
  • “Many people often think that anything that appears on a screen is a movie. You’ve probably watched thousands of movies already in your lifetime, but you’d be surprised that finding two people who share the same definition of a “movie” is rare.”
  • “A movie is something meant to be enjoyed, without advertisements.”
  • “A movie is a continuous video that tells a story.”
  • ” A story that is animated or filmed.”
  • “Movies to me are visual and audio presentations that tells a story, or an event.”
  • “I would define a movie as a motion picture film that has drama or action or romance in it or some sort of theme.”
  • “To me a movie has to have something that is moving; when I see pictures it doesn’t seem right. It also has to have some kind of a plot; or a point to it.”
  • “I think the definition of a movie is the telling of a story with moving images. If someone was just talking and showing pictures I don’t qualify that as a movie….So for me a movie has to has moving images.”