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What You Didn’t Notice in Disney Movies When You Were a Child

After catching a cold that I needed to get rid of ASAP I placed myself under house arrest with nothing but books and movies to entertain myself with. Pairing this with a particular conversation about Disney movies I had with my cousin last weekend, I couldn’t help but watch these Disney movies with a new set of eyes – and boy did some material go over our heads as children!

If you’ve watched any Disney movies since you’ve hit puberty you will likely have noticed some of the items on this list but just incase you have not, here is a handful! Perhaps I’ll add more next time I come down with a cold. Or just want to watch another Disney movie.

Note: I’ve intentionally excluded all the common inappropriate moments (such as “sex” appearing in the breeze in The Lion King) because any Internet search will provide those.

The Lion King 

Lion-King-Logic_o_104138 What You Missed: How gosh-darn evil Scar is!

Yes yes, growing up you knew Scar was bad and threw Mufasa off the cliff into the stampede of wildebeests making him the obvious villain in this Hamlet-inspired story.But have you watched the “Be Prepared” scene lately?! Scar gives Hitler a run for his money in a race for diabolical schemes. Exhibit A: Scar recruits the hyenas to do all of his dirty work and even has them walk in Nazi-like fashion. Observe.

This just takes on a whole new level of evil. By recruiting henchmen, Scar was planning to keep his hands as clean as possible while pulling off the “coup of the century” by killing his brother and nephew all in one day. Guilting Simba into thinking it was his fault that Musafa died is just the extra evil frosting on Scar’s malicious plot-cake.

What You Missed: Nala’s bedroom eyes 20110727153409!Nala_the_LOOK600 I don’t really have much to say on the subject of lion mating but clearly Nala wants it. You go Simba.

Beauty and the Beast

What You Missed: Gaston’s highly inappropriate wink

Every Disney lover recalls Gaston highly conceited but catchy sing-along about himself. What many young Disney lovers might not remember is the following hint at Gaston’s grooming habits: Lefoo: Not a bit of him’s scraggly or scrawny! Gaston: That’s right! And every last inch (*WINK*) of me’s covered in hair! Disney – promoting manscaping since 1991.

What You Missed: Belle doesn’t actually get to eat all that much in Be Our Guest

Poor Belle, all that food and she never gets more than a taste. Being hungry sucks.

Aladdin 

images What You Missed: Genie’s affection – with boundaries  QzLShMn The Genie – keeping bromances alive since 1992. But no homo.

…AND NOW YOU KNOW

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Love and Life Lessons Gleaned From 90s Songs

Perhaps I have a biased opinion – I was born in the early 90s and got to experience most of the gloriousness that the music from the day has to offer – but don’t those catchy poppy little gems from the 90s and early 2000s offer great nuggets of wisdom? Let me share these life hacks with you now.

“One Week” by the Barenaked Ladies

Half autobiography half clusterfuck of words, this song taught us what it really means to listen. If you don’t pay close attention you will A) miss out on the juicy details of a romantic squabble between the narrator and his partner and B) your cue to yell out the words you actually can pick out (“…BACK-SWING!”).

Most of the lessons that we can actually make out from this song, besides the skill of speed singing, are mostly facts about the narrator of the song but some other seemingly small but highly-relevant life lessons we can learn include:

1. Romantic fights can last for a long time. Jeez, forgive the guy!
2. Sushi never touches a frying pan.
3. Vanilla is the finest of the flavours.
4. Vertigo-inducing activities require a waiver.
5. When you eat a drumstick from the Chinese Chicken your brain stops ticking.
6. If your golf clubs have big nubs they will always fly off your back-swing.
7. Birchmount Stadium is home of the Robbie.

“No Scrubs” by TLC

This song is a helpful mix of relationship advice, new vocabulary words, and a glimpse into history. Right of the hop, TLC kindly explains what, in fact, a ‘scrub’ actually is. If you were not previously aware, here is the Official Definition of the term “scrub.”

Scrub (n.) [scuh-rub]
1. A guy that thinks he’s fly.
2. A guy who always talks about what he wants and just sits on his broke ass.
3. A guy that can get no love from TLC.
4. A guy that is hanging out the passenger side of his best friend’s ride trying to holla at girls.
5. A guy who doesn’t have a car and is walking.
6. A guy who lives at home with his momma.
7. A guy that has a shorty that he doesn’t show love to.
8. Also known as a “buster.”

As we can see here, ladies and gentlemen, is that there are many ways to be a Scrub. According to TLC a male can be a Scrub but research has yet to determine if this is a two-way street that includes females. The wide-reaching definition of Scrub would also ensnare environmentalists and those who perhaps are paying off outrageous students debts. This is an unfortunate side-effect of such a precise definition but those who fall under those categories must simply work a little harder to gain the affections of a lady according to TLC.

With the updated dictionary fresh in our minds, what else can we learn from this informative piece of 90s music? Well in short, one does not want to be a Scrub. To do so would be lethal to one’s dating game. Become a Scrub and you might as well swallow romantic bleach. She will not want your number, no, and she will not want to give you hers. This will make it very difficult to continue communicating with the object of your affection.

But do not lose hope! In today’s technologically advanced society, one does not always need a phone number to pursue the fair lady. This is where “No Scrubs” shows us what life was back in the olden days. Today, although you may be without a phone number, you are not without options. Stalking on social media is always a good plan. People love when randoms who hang out in cars that are not their own poke them, tweet them, direct message them, like their Instagrammed photos, and check up on their FourSquare. User beware: if you have time to all that for a person who hardly gave you their time of day you may indeed be a Scrub. And a Creep (Creep).

“Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera 

(I don’t know why the videos aren’t loading here for this and the next song but I’m working on it. The link should be working though. Sorry!)

There are two very important lessons we can learn from this song.

Number one is that Christina Aguilera is, as we all have long-suspected, a genie. She lives in a bottle and there is a price to pay for her services. Not that I can blame her. She’s got some terrific talent that can keep you up all night. You do know I’m talking about her powerhouse singing voice right? (Pervs.) Everyone has spent at least one night in their lives dancing in their room well into the night belting out “WHAT A GIRL WANTS! WHAT A GIRL NEEDS!!!” without a care in the world. This is a prime example of Christina’s magic.

The second lesson here is that there is actually a technique to rubbing genie lamps. Who knew?! Apparently you can’t just rub them willy-nilly and expect magical wishes in return. I don’t know if Aladdin knew this or if he simply got lucky but I feel I have been living a lie up until I learned this vital information.  If you have been aimlessly rubbing lamps in hopes of some wishes you might want to give the song more attention and brush up on your technique.

“I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys

First and foremost, this song is a prime How-To get people singing. And not just sing, the Backstreet Boys taught us how to perform. One cannot simply listen to this song without dramatically extending their arms, singing with their eyes closed, and genuinely, even if just for a moment, wanting it that way

If you’re a struggling songwriter and want to get a song that literally stops traffic when it comes on just so the people can sing, this is the song for you. Rumour is the Backstreet Boys, upon the release of this song, wrote a book with Celine Dion entitled “Power Ballads: Why Our Hearts Will Go On and Why We Want it That Way”.

Now to break it down further, we learn that couples who struggle with heartache, mistakes, or never wanting to hear the person say “I want it that way” should simply start asking each other key questions to really get into each other’s craniums. Questions like “am I your fire? Your one desire?” will help the asking party determine what makes their significant other tick. Communication is essential to any sort of relationship whether it be romantic, professional, sexual, platonic or all of the above (especially if its ‘all of the above’) and BSB does a great job at suggesting the questions you should be asking.

Life can be complicated and hard. “I Want It That Way” tells us this. Distance and the inability to reach to the other’s heart are obstacles many of us will face in the game of love. Things get particularly tricky when you never want to them say ‘I want it that way’ but deep down you actually want it that way.  Please be clear about this or no one will understand what you’re talking about.

Discovering which way is the Official That Way is also an ongoing research project that I have been conducting since the song’s release in 1998. I will inform you all of my findings when they emerge. I’m sure the results will also be full of lessons.

“Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy

Did you get caught cheating? Well first, you should really ensure that you haven’t given your (official) boo any keys to your house as we learned that doing so can lead to these awkward situations. Should you in fact get caught red-handed simply deny everything! It doesn’t matter if s/he claims to have caught ‘you’ on the counter, banging on the sofa, even having them in the shower, or heaven forbid she caught you on camera – DENY DENY DENY! Sees the marks on your shoulder? Wasn’t you. Heard the words you told them? Wasn’t you. The logic here is flawless. 

Shaggy doesn’t offer much insight into what you should do after you deny freaking with the girl next door or what to do if they don’t believe that it was in fact your long-lost twin with a key to your apartment that she caught in the act but this is not his problem. He has spun you a web so perfect, it was probably you who messed up the execution of the plan.

Let’s sum up: You don’t know what to do? Say it wasn’t you.

“The Macarena” by Los Del Rio

This song taught you the most recognizable dance in the world.  Some schools in Latin America actually implemented Macarena exams that you had to successfully pass before entering the workforce. While I can only speculate as to the validity of that statement, I can promise you that you have danced The Macarena. If not, your only other option was to be That Guy at your uncle’s wedding when everyone is laughing as they dance and you sit in your chair looking like a stick in the fun-squashing mud. 

The Macarena is always socially acceptable. It is truly a life hack for dancing. Just because none of us know the name of the band off-hand does not mean you don’t know the dance. It can just be applied to so many scenarios. Say you were just born for the dance floor: you’ll thrive at the chance to get your twinkle toes moving. For those who do not know how to dance, well you don’t exactly need rhythm do you? If you can  physically move your arms and even somewhat remotely twist your hips, you’re golden in the eyes of Los Del Rio.

You can even dance the Macarena ironically. Say you’re at a club and the ladies just aren’t feeling your fist pumping in their faces. Start doing the Macarena and soon you’ll have a different set of hands on your hips.

It boils down to this: you need to know this dance. For better or for worse, it has stood the test of time. Don’t believe me? Do you really think people will still know Soulja Boy’s dance to “Crank That” in 20 years? False. Do you even know it now? MACARENA FOR THE WIN!

“Wannabe” by the Spice Girls

Ahhh the classic. The epitome of what was great about the 1990s – the Spice Girls. We’ve learned much from these girls but “Wannabe” of all their songs offers some great relationship or pickup advice.

Is your game just not quite what it used to be? Well let the Spice Girls tell you what they want (what they really really want) and you’ll be beating chicks away with a stick. This song is a manual of love’s Dos and Don’ts.

While this list will not do it justice, here is a brief sum of information that we ladies wish all men knew when trying to approach us.

  1. if you want her future, forget her past.
  2. If you wanna get with her, you better make it fast because sometimes girls just want to know what’s up. You don’t always need to take it slow, says the girl group.
  3. If you have your act together you will be just fine. Much like TLC, these ladies want a man with maturity and a general sense of togetherness.
  4. But DO NOT go wasting her precious time because if you really bug her then she’ll say goodbye.
  5. And most importantly – gentlemen write this down – if you want to be her lover, you gotta get with her friends. I’m just going to assume she means that she wants you to  talk to and hang out with her friends. The semantics of this advice may be implying a different activity with her friends but chances are this is not what she meant. You enter at your own risk (hehe) if you actually get with her friends.

Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Consider yourselves much more learned, wise, and love-savvy. If I do a part two, what songs would you want to learn about?

I also apologize for putting together a list of the most catchy songs in the world. I can only imagine the mash up of 90s pop that’s now stuck in your head.

Hot Yoga: A Timeline of Thoughts

Before Arriving at the Studio

11:15 – Oh man I need to hurry up if I want to get there on time! Where are my towels?!

11:17 – Okay, do I have everything? Towels? Check. Water: Check. Mat: Check. Let’s gooooo.

11:25 – Am I the only one who knows how to drive?! Don’t other drivers know I have relaxation time to get to? Gawd.

11:26 – This attitude can’t be good for my practice. Let’s rehearse breathing nicely while singing happy songs.

11:33 – “OOPS I DID IT AGAIN TO YOUR HEAAAAAART GOT LOST IN THIS GAME OOH BAYBAY!!”

At the Studio

11:40 – Alright I made it. Time to be blissful.

11:41 – How much is that Ying Yang tank top? Its really cute. $35?! I can’t. The struggle is real today.

11:45 – Everyone here looks like they just stepped out of a Lululemon catalogue. Is my outfit yoga-y enough? Is that a word? No one judge me. I feel like MCHammer in these shorts.

11:46  – Well let’s go in. Nothing I can do about my outfit. They just can’t touch this.

In the Classroom

11:47 – Oh this isn’t too bad! I can work with this temperature.

11:48 – Where should I put my mat? Hmm not the front of the class. I kinda wanted that corner but would that lady think I’m weird? If I snuggle up next to Miss Corner Thief she will think I’m a little odd. I know I would judge me.

11:49 – Corner close to the door it is. Ooh maybe I’ll be able to feel the cool breezes when the door opens. Muahahaha!

11:50 – Alright, we’re lying down now. Let’s get comfy.

11:51 – Do I look weird with my eyes closed? I don’t know what to with my hands! How do I normally have my hands when lying down?! Omg and then there’s feet. That’s a whole different issue.

11:52 – Am I starting to sweat already? Jeez. Alright, well now that we’re comfy let’s empty our head of thoughts and get ready for getting our yoga on! I’m totally going to go HAM on this no-thinking thing! I’ll be one of those good yogis with the quiet brains.

11:54 – Do pigeons have feelings?

11:55 – SHUT UP BRAIN, NOT NOW.

11:56 – I can justify $35 for the tank top right? It would really bring out my calm and blissful personality whenever I wear it. Or I could wear it to my next class. Hmm would that be weird seeing as they sell it here? Would that look like I was trying too hard?

11:57 – This isn’t a quiet brain. That lasted for like 30 seconds which was pretty good for me. Let’s try again.

11:58 – Not thinking…not thinking…just breathing…

12:00 – And we have lift-off! But I was comfy lying down…Well, we’re not going to get abs lying down!

12:01 – God I want some abs. Do you think all these Sun Salutations will bring them out? Like if I really stretch will they just appear and stay there?

12:05 – Well hello legs…why are you so hairy?! Is this real or is it because my nose is practically touching my knees?! Oh dear. When’s the last time I shaved?

12:06 – I probably should’ve shaved before I came. I look like a yeti. Has anyone noticed? The lights are dim but who knows. Maybe someone here has laser vision?

12:07 – Hahahahahahaha imagine a yeti doing yoga!

12:08 – Don’t smile or you’ll look like a crazy person. Miss Corner Thief will definitely think you’re nuts.

12:09 – But a yeti in Dancer’s Pose would be so funny!

12:20 – Dude, I just held Crow Pose for like 7 seconds! New record!

12:21 – K we’re definitely getting our sweat on now. I feel like a racetrack for beads of sweat. My body is officially the Grand Prix of Perspiration. COOL.

12:27 – Man, look at that chick. She’s like a pretzel. Or a cooked spaghetti noodle.

12:28 – I’m hungry.

12:30 – Oh my God I’m so sweaty. Let’s take a look around to make sure I’m not the only standing in their own self-created Great Lake.

12:31 – What the eff? Why isn’t that chick sweating? She has a nice glisten while I might as well grow some gills and just accept that I’ll be swimming in my own sweat soon. With my luck I’d get gills instead of abs.

12:35 – What would I wear with that Ying Yang tank top?

12:38 – Quick transition into Baby Cobra you say?  Non-chalent face wipe onto the towel it is!

12:40 – This is getting hard. How am I supposed to do Eagle Pose when I’m so slippery and tired? Maybe my leg hair will bind together and help me hold the pose. Is that possible?

12:41 – What the Hell am I talking about? Its getting weird up in here and I’m blaming the heat.

12:52 – Please tell me we’re going to sit soon! Why do I put myself through this torture?

12:57 – Oh my goodness sitting rocks. Lying down is even better. This is the best part of class. Shavasna is my best friend.

1:00 – I survived! I am flexible! I am strong! I AM WOMAN!

1:01 – I don’t even know what that means. Obviously I am a woman. Ugh, whatever, I’m too tired to care. Let’s lie here in bliss for a little longer.

Long time no talk…

Hey guys, so this blog is still active, I’ve just been very busy writing for my school program and most recently on my trip to Abu Dhabi. I promise I will start posting on here more often! Perhaps I’ll make it a goal to write and post once a week… Hmm. I like this idea.

In the mean time, go and check out my travel blog, “The Adventure”, right here http://jellybelly12.wordpress.com

Enjoy and I’ll be back to blogging here in the next couple of weeks!

Video Analysis: Backstreet Boys

Song: Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

Artist: Backstreet Boys

Year Released: 1997

Level of Awesome: 6/10

Fromage Factor: 9.5/10

Reminds Me Of: Before-school daycare in grade 3

General Comments: How did my least-favourite member of BSB get the best costume?

Analysis: Well it starts off that the BSB’s bus broke down again. Rats! How is that the Backstreet Boys can’t afford a proper bus? Well judging by Howie’s overalls things aren’t going so well for our beloved boy band. Nick can’t even find a football jersey that fits him. Oh well, they should probably seek shelter from the thunderstorm at the creepy abandoned(?) mansion. That always turns out well.

While making themselves at home we can see that the BSB lads have decided to throw themselves a party and invite all their female friends to come dance stiffly with them. The fact that they all pulled this choreography out of nowhere should have given the boys enough of a heads up that creepy things would happen but apparently this wasn’t a big enough sign. Woops, now Brian is a werewolf.

Now instead of dancing women we have a house full of creepy old people, girls who lick coffins, and a chick who seems to control the wind but not do much else. Oh well, might as well take this time to enjoy the rat-infested feast with AJ, the Phantom of the house. Oh dear! After a series of “yee-aaah”s we find out Nick, our little cutie Nick, is actually a mummy! And Kevin – poor Kevin, is half man, half… Aquaman? Half lizard? What the hell is he? Oh well, turns out Howie has become a top-hat loving vampire. At least he showed up looking dapper. Perhaps he’s compensating for the overalls he wore earlier.

Now they’re just going to sing and dance along as their monster-selves for a little bit. But can we just take a moment to appreciate how sincere Nick tries to look when he caresses himself, asking if he’s sexual? And also, why is Brian wearing a fur coat? He’s a f***ing werewolf! Why does he need another coat of fur?! I’m amazed he didn’t overheat after doing all those back-flips around the mansion. Maybe I’ll ease up, it was the 90s after all. We cannot explain what happened in that decade, it just did.

Well that’s a relief, they turn back into their human selves just before the final big dance number. Oh it was a dream!! Thank God. But wait – why did they all have the same dream? Cue the creepy bus driver and the realization that it wasn’t a dream after all! This was definitely the Halloween episode of BSB’s music videos. Terrifying.

Final words: Its good to know the lads could all still get girls, even in their monster forms. Except Kevin. He remained forever alone.

My Top 10 Fav Famous (and Mostly Fictional) Monkeys

In December Toronto gained a new celebrity: a monkey named Darwin. Him and his fancy-dancy coat lit up Ikea and the Toronto media and this, paired with the academic burn out that comes with finals, inspired me to tell you about my favourite monkeys. Granted, this might be the weirdest article I’ve ever written but who doesn’t love a good monkey? Monkeys are everywhere  (in jungles, on your back, in barrels, jumping on your bed) so why not embrace them?

Note: I realize some of these are what we would technically call “apes” but for the sake of simplicity, I’m sticking to calling them monkeys.

10. Donkey Kong

Ahh good ol’ DK. Having grown up in the 1990’s Donkey Kong and I go way back. From the days I would steer him down the correct banana-filled path on my cousin’s Gameboy or to when the tv series took us on our own adventures, its been fun. I think I don’t rate DK higher because I’m mildly intimated by his overly large stature and massive jaw. That jaw can do some serious damage. I don’t care if he only eats bananas – that shit is terrifying.  Honestly though, its his tie that redeems him. You can always trust DK to show up lookin’ classy.

Thumbs up if you too want to get around via barrel!
Thumbs up if you too want to get around via barrel!

9. Diddy Kong

Not to be outdone by his uncle DK, Diddy too had his own game – the appropriately named Diddy Kong Racing. I for one am terrible at the game and am not afraid to admit it. I think it is my resentment of continuously losing that blackens my overall love for little Diddy. He seems to be an alright guy – he even has a woman named Dixie – but I just can’t love him as much as I do the other monkeys on this list.

180px-Diddy_Kong

8. The “Hangover 2” Monkey

This monkey tells the story of the monkey underworld that we often overlook. While she (yes, the monkey is actually named Crystal and wore a pretty pink dress to the movie’s premiere) seems all free-spirited and rock n roll in her Rolling Stones vest, she has the unfortunate habits of being a smoker and drug mule. Despite her illegal employment, she is very well-trained and can get the job done – even alert her ’employers’ when there’s an issue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I support a monkey’s role in drug trafficking. I mostly just love this monkey for the way Leslie Chow says “you ever see monkey go to jail?”

Aww look at the cutie...oh and there's a monkey too!
Aww look at the cutie…oh and there’s a monkey too!

7. “Grandma’s Boy” Monkey

This monkey has skills. Even Dante in the movie agrees with me by saying “Monkey, you’ve got skills.” The “skills” that this monkey possesses? Well it can drive, use heads as a musical instrument, play video games, and even takes tae kwon do lessons. It is in thanks to this particular character that I will state the philosophical saying “don’t judge me, monkey” when the opportunity presents itself.

Grandma's boy

6. The Evil Monkey from “Family Guy”

While Chris Griffon is perpetually terrorized by the Evil Monkey living in his closet, it would appear that this monkey was simply misunderstood for a long while. There is even a time when Chris and his simian companion become friends. Nonetheless, almost everyone will recognize the terror that is emminent when this monkey points.

God that's terrifying
God that’s terrifying

5. Jack from “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Named after the oddly sexy (Captain!) Jack Sparrow, Jack the monkey is also a pirate. In fact, he’s actually a bad guy and goes around stealing things and getting himself cursed like the rest of his Black Pearl shipmates. Ah well, curses and the life of crime aside, he does have one pretty snazzy outfit.

"You DON'T think Johnny Depp is good-looking?!"
“You DON’T think Johnny Depp is good-looking?!”

4. Curious George

How can you possibly hate on Curious George? He goes on all these awesome adventures and doesn’t even come back all pompous and arrogant. He probably doesn’t even have a mean bone in his body.

Bonus points for his book selection
Bonus points for his book selection

3. Darwin – the Ikea Monkey

The monkey that is responsible for this post. The star of the North York Ikea. Ladies and gentleman, this is Darwin. He hopped into our hearts as his owner shopped for Swedish sleigh beds (or meatballs). Maybe it was his cute face, maybe it was the coat that is probably more than my student budget could afford, but whatever it was let us just hope his custody battle ends with him and his fashion sense finding a good home.

He was sure to have his good side captured
He was sure to have his good side captured

2. Abu from “Aladdin”

Let’s get one thing straight here: Abu is a bit of an asshole. Let me explain! He gives Aladdin grief about helping out Jasmine, he’s a greedy thief, taunts palace guards, and just has a general attitude about him. Asking him for favours is like asking a teenager to help around the house – if they do it, they’ll be sure to tell you all about how helpful they are. Nonetheless, this little vest-wearing mammal stole our hearts early into childhood. He comes through for Aladdin and makes friends with Magic Carpet. For this, he has a special place among the great famous monkeys.

He can't even smile when surrounded by gold
He can’t even smile when surrounded by gold

1. Rafiki from “The Lion King”

Oh Rafiki. Who doesn’t love old Rafiki? We all have impersonated him in that scene where he holds up baby Simba (however we probably have to sub in pets, stuffed animals, and maybe a small child for a lion cub). He sets Simba straight, brings the news to Simba’s posse, and what might be the most impressive feat, gets to act insane and yet maintains being seen as one of the wisest dudes in the kingdom. For all his wisdom and that annoyingly catchy song he sings that none of us know the words to (something about a squashed banana?), he earns himself top spot on my list. Congratulations Rafiki.

If you say you've never struck this pose, you are lying
If you say you’ve never struck this pose, you are lying

The New Digs

Hello everyone!

So this is my new writing digs! No no, don’t fret, I still have The Adventure (http://jellybelly12.wordpress.com/) and I haven’t deleted anything from it – I just decided it was time to expand my writing empire. Perhaps its my need to stay organized, perhaps its my desire to give my pieces themes, but I felt that I was ready to leave The Adventure to its intended use, a travel blog, and create a new area for my extra pieces. From now on though, travel pieces will go to one blog, other shenanigan-filled pieces to this one.

I already imported a few pieces from The Adventure that I felt were a better fit here, in the fresh new living space – the bachelor pad for my writing if you will. I won’t ask you to help me move, I’ve taken care of that, but I do ask that you come visit once in awhile, stay in touch, and occasionally take a spin by the old place to see how its doing. I’ll be over there every now and again.

Now without further ado, take your shoes off (it is new carpet afterall!) and make yourself cozy!

My Steps to Writing a Poem

Originally published October 15th, 2012

Greetings loved ones. Let’s take a journey…

As many of you know, I have recently been blessed with the honour of the “My Mommy Likes It” Award for Poetry. This prestigious award now means I am eligible to give advice so you can write beautiful poetry just like me. To simplify the process I have broken it up into 5 manageable steps.

Step 1: Find Inspiration

Since you made the brave and wonderful decision to write a poem you now need something to write about. To find this magical idea look around yourself. Seriously. Take a quick look right now, I’ll wait. Good? Well if you still haven’t found anything (we can only have so many ”Ode to My Laptop”-themed poems) go for a walk. Drink a coffee, chat up a hot chick – its all good, bro. (Bonus: bitches love poems!) The beauty of finding inspiration is that it comes from anywhere – so get crack-a-lackin!

Step 2: Acquire Something to Write With

To write a poem you need something to write with. Most people nowadays will use a laptop and spew their feelings out into Microsoft Word. I’m a little more old-school. Nothing says “sensitive and artistic poet” quite like a Moleskin notebook and Bic pen. For a really old-school feel (or if you just want to channel your inner Hogwarts student) use a roll of off-white parchment and a long quill. The fluffier the better.

Step 3: Set Up Your Writing Nest

This “nest” can be metaphoric or literal – the choice is yours. The point of your nest is to be comfortable and in a state of mind where the words can flow from the brain to the pen/quill to the paper/parchment without interuption. If you would like some music to accompany your thoughts set that up as well. Maybe even lite some vanilla-scented candles and treat yourself to a sensual date with your own words (you smooth fox you). Your writing nest most likely will vary from time-to-time and this is perfectly acceptable. So what are you waiting for? Hit “play” on that Marvin Gaye album and ease back onto those Moroccan pillows as you move to Step 4.

Step 4: Get Writing

This is pretty self-explanatory. Simply raise your writing utensil and put it to work. Assuming you didn’t skip Step 1 you have something to write about so now’s the time to bring your creation into this world! Deliver each word with care and meaning, weaving enviable euphony with sweet similes and before you know it that poem will be in your arms crying for your attention. Despite the hardships that come with writing poetry, be sure to enjoy yourself – afterall, writing poems is called the Miracle of Life for a reason.

Step 5: Show Your Work Some Love

Now that your masterpiece is fresh out of the metaphoric womb, its time to make like any proud parent and show it off. Whenever it seems mildly relevant, tell a story about your poem. Looking at a friend’s vacation photos? Bombard them with pictures of your poem winning its first award or taking its first praise. Share your poem with the world: post it in your Facebook status, leave illustrated copies on park benches and most importantly be sure to put a copy on your mother’s fridge. Take some time to bask in the warm sunshine of your accomplishment and when you feel ready, return to Step 1.  I’m sure you can muster something close to perfection more than once. I know I can.

 

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