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Music Monday: Starset Demonstration

Here is a LINK to a video from Starset’s FB page with footage from the demonstration I went to. ūüôā

I finally saw Starset in concert on Saturday, and they were stellar (that was a cheesy pun, by the way. Ha ha, come on, give me one). They sound awesome live¬†and I was extremely impressed. They put on a great show (ahem, demonstration. I’ll get that right soon, I promise).

I found them on youtube last year. Because of my profession, I’m on my computer a lot and I like to put on youtube playlists while I work. ¬†One of their songs popped up on the list. I think it was “My Demons”, but I don’t really remember. After that, I checked out the rest of their music, and followed them a bit closer.

Though I’m a fan of the band, I never knew much about them until just recently. I don’t get into all that background stuff with bands I like unless there’s a reason to. I usually just follow when albums or new songs come out.

I did some more research, and the lead singer (and songwriter), Dustin Bates, is very educated and has an interesting background. Not only is he musically talented, he has his masters in electrical engineering, which makes all the special effects make sense, and was in the Air Force. Wow. Awesome, right?

Starset also has a background story for the band/songs, that, as a writer, I think is really cool. I’m all for that kind of stuff. They have a graphic novel out, as well, I think. You’ll have to look them up, they’re pretty fascinating. I’ll make¬†fans out of you, too, I know it ūüėČ

Onto the concert review…

They had a nice stage setup, with tons of special effects to go along with their demonstration that enhanced the performance. They had a box set up in center stage where the drummer disappeared at times, which was a neat effect.

There were¬†smoke and screens, and some of the band members wore space suits. Those enhanced the ‚Äúspace theme‚ÄĚ. I was VERY excited to see they were¬†wearing them because I love the suits. I heard their¬†big demonstrations¬†include a lot more effects, which would be awesome to see. Though, I doubt I’ll ever get to see one. :/ They played while it was still light out, so I didn‚Äôt get to see the special effects in all their glory.

The space suits looked hot. They looked wicked awesome in them, though. I‚Äôm guessing the smoke cooled them off and that’s why they jumped into when it went off. I think they had little fans inside their helmets, as well. Pretty ingenious design, huh? Maybe there’s more little features like that, but I didn’t catch anything beyond that. Would I be weird if I googled it? Ha ha, after what I’ve done for book research, it wouldn’t be that bad. If I met them for reals, I would ask. I’m fascinated by stuff like that.

One of the members had a really cool guitar, which I might stick into a book because I REALLY liked it. He’s the guy to the left in the photo, not the one on the big screen.

They said they might come back, so I hope they will. I will definitely go see them. I’m glad I got the chance to go, so if you get the opportunity, go check them out ūüėČ


Checking In…

The final chapter of Christian’s Kisses will be posted on the first of May.

I will be out of town¬†(super yea!) and will not be on here much in the next week but the Christian’s Kisses Chapters are scheduled to be posted automatically everyday.

I just want to say I LOVE all the feedback I’ve been getting on¬†the story¬†and it has been very helpful.¬† Thanks to everyone for leaving comments on the chapters I’ve posted! I am very¬†thankful for all the¬†help you’ve given me with the editing process.

And because posting an entire book on here has been helpful I am thinking about posting another.

If there’s one you like to read/give me feedback on¬†just shoot me a comment at the end of the post.¬† They all need some TLC in some way so it doesn’t matter which one you choose.¬† There’s a list of my books and summaries of them here.¬† If there are no suggestions I will pick one at random to do but don’t make me do that… requires too much thinking.

Did you seriously just ask me that?!

Has anyone made a comment about your writing/book that left you scratching your head or made you fume?


Here’s a¬†list of the worst questions/suggestions¬†people have given me¬†about my books. Keep in mind these are¬†not from people who have read an entire book of mine but just a¬†chapter or two or just glanced a the cover.

  • About Armaggedon’s Angel:¬† Is this a book about spirituality?
  • About Armaggedon’s Angel:¬† Zohren seems really racist.¬† He’s mean.¬† You should make him nice.
  • About The Bloodlust Prince:¬† You should¬†try to¬†come up with an orginal idea instead of copying Stephanie Meyer.¬† Find an original story idea about vampires.¬† (Okay….there are no vampires in the book but thanks!)
  • About The Bloodlust Prince:¬† This book is very violent, I don’t like it.
  • Carter’s Curse:¬† These characters are horrible people.¬† No one wants to read about them, they are very offensive.
  • Carter’s Curse:¬†These people would never be friends in real life, they all hate each other.
  • The Firebirds:¬† Where are the Firebirds¬†in this book?¬† I only see people in this passage.¬† (The Firebirds are angels, not birds)


Stupid questions I’ve been asked about my books or myself as a writer.¬†

  • >You write fantasy so you like to make stuff up about people?
  • >What’s a fantasy novel?
  • >How do you think up all these titles?
  • >How do you a write book?
  • >How do you have time to write a book?
  • >You can write a book?¬† I didn’t take you as that kind of person.
  • >Wow, you wrote a book.¬† You must be smart.
  • >Is your book good?


Questions I have no idea how to answer.

  • What author’s writing style is most like your own?¬† (Umm…my own??)
  • What are you doing still working here if you’re written books?¬† You should be rich by now, right? (No, I’m not that awesome…yet.)
  • Where did you come up with the idea for this book/character? (I can’t¬†remember exactly but it came to me when I was folding the laundry…I think.)
  • What’s your ‘goal’ as a writer?¬† (To write?)

Has anyone ever asked you a dumb question about your writing/book?¬† If so please share…