“Hold On”

hope[Trigger Warning: This video contains sensitive imagery, including pill/alcohol abuse, and suicide attempt.]

You may better know Derek Hough as a cast member of the reality tv show “Dancing With The Stars”.

In November 2017, in an interview with Billboard Hough reveals that he is going to be performing on the band Breaking Benjamin’s  upcoming album Ember. scheduled for a release in 2018, and he has a wonderful voice.

In his video for the song “Hold On” you also would have never thought that he had seen his uncle committed suicide in front of him & the whirlwind effect that has on family and friends. He was also inspired for the song from the front man of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, passing away.

I know usually that Monday is usually strictly music. Nonetheless, I feel like music has a healing affect to it. It can uplift people out the depths of dark places. Music, can & does save life.

I wanted to let people know that you are not alone, and there us help.

On the left hand side of the blog there is a clickable link for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you or someone you love needs assistance, please click the link or call 1-800-273-8255.

 

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Zephirah’s Adventure: Podcast!

Community Spotlight: Scott Johnson

scott johnson1.) For those of us that hide under a rock, you are a cartoonist, where do you get your inspiration from?

Most of the time it’s simple everyday stuff, with some pop culture thrown in. Sci Fi, fantasy, tv shows, books, video games…all of it. All of my interests have a way of sneaking into my sketchbook. 🙂

2.) You host a plethora of different podcast on a wide array of games & topics. What is the best thing about hosting all of these shows?

Interacting with the audience and community. It’s like nothing I’ve ever encountered in my life and I love that it continues to grow. It really is my online family in a very real way.

3.) What are some of the podcast you enjoy listening to?

I really like a lot of NPR shows. Radio Lab, This American Life, etc. Something about essay style content that really drives me. Hope to do more of that myself soon.

4.) Do you have any advice for someone who is getting into a creative things (like podcasting, art, blogging, music, etc.)?

Just start. Don’t wait for some arbitrary moment or time when everything is “perfect”. There’s no such thing. Start creating, put yourself out there, and grow it!

5.) Nerdtacular is an annual gathering of a great community at Snowbird. Any ideas in the works for 2018?

We are trying some different things from 2018 on. Smaller events, more regional events, etc. Our first of 2018 is a Morning Stream event in April in Las Vegas!

6.) Blizzcon is a great event, what is your favorite thing about the event?

 

This is another case wanting to mention the community again. I have made so many great relationships at Blizzcon, and having fans and friends there is just a blast. I love the company and the games, but it really is at it’s best when communities can get together and share their lives with each other.


7.) What got you into Warcraft?

Been a Blizz fan since WC1, so it was a no brainer. I played the alpha, beta, and release and loved every second of it. There was nothing quite like it in 2004, and maybe since.

8.) How often do you raid in WoW & what game mechanic do you like the most / least about the game?

I am not raiding much right now…kind of waiting for the new expansion before I sink another huge chunk of time in the game. When I was raiding, I think my favorite mechanic was everyone telling me to get out of the fire. 🙂

9.) The Instance podcast has been a fan favorite for a long time. On that note, what is your favorite instance & boss fight (this can be from any expansion & can include 5 man dungeons)?

Gotta be the Lich King fight in Wrath. Was amazing, and when we finally beat that thing, it was the most excitement I had ever had in the game. The entire 25 man team was yelling into their mics and I’ve still not felt anything quite like that since.

10.) With a new expansion on it’s way, what are you looking forward to most I’m “Battle For Azeroth”?

Probably the zone leveling changes. I love questing and building out a character. Now they are giving me a whole new reason to do that in areas and zones I miss from long ago. Excited to be back in Panda land again. I loved that expansion. I’m also pretty excited about the randomized island stuff. Really scratches my Diablo itch.

The Cranberries: Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, died on Monday in London. She was 46.

Her death was announced by her publicist, who did not specify the cause.

A spokes person for the Metropolitan Police made a statement on Monday January the 25th to a hotel in Westminster at about 9:05 a.m., and O’Riordan was pronounced dead. Her death is not being treated as suspicious. There are no other details being released at this time.

 

Graphic Novel: Old City Blues!

old city blues coverGiannis Milonogiaannis is a comic book artist & writer who was born in Maryland in 1988 and grew up on the island of Crete, Greece. Since 2006 he had been self publishing his work including the Old City Blues web comic.

Old City Blues is set in the year 2049, within Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens. It is a city crawling with life. From mech smugglers, drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. Now it’s up to Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order.

Looking though the Graphic novel, I enjoy the art style, a lot. Just wish I wasn’t late to the game with this one.

Learn more about the artist here!