31 Nightmares 2018: The 16th

Anniversaries

Today this modern classic of the horror genre turns 26 years old.

This was a favorite of myself and my cousin when we’d go through our tradition of horror movie marathons. (Which was pretty much every time we got together.) It’s still as eerie and wonderful now as it always was.

A few years back, when we spoke of getting together again, (both of us now much older) just what movie do you think was at the top of our list? Oh yes. & I plan on enjoying it again shortly.

One thing that always stuck with me? The story is first told to the main characters by a janitor in a lovable, sort of gossipy way—-a lot like in the schools I grew up in while tagging along with my grandmother at her own janitorial occupation.

Ghost stories were a favorite topic amongst these wonderful women who my grandmother befriended. It’s no wonder I grew up with a taste for such things.

Is there an urban legend or ghost story in your area? Care to share? 😁


This has been

Day 16

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Sleepy Sundays: Peach Clouds

Peach Clouds © Snapping Turtle Arts | cardcastlesinthesky.com

Life has dealt an interesting last few weeks to say the least. When you’re used to having doctor’s appointments every weekend for about a month and a half, it can be difficult to adjust back to schedule. One of the things I’ve always liked with being in business for yourself and “being your own boss” so to speak, is–I get to make my own hours. However, I noticed in recent weeks I rarely take advantage of this occupation’s gem.

This Sunday, though, I’m taking full advantage of this perk, as I have a lot coming up here to plan for. We currently have a Back to School sale running all month of September that we’re thinking of extending until the end of November. Along with that, we’re mapping out the lineup for 31Nightmares this year in October, as well as some other events.

This wall art design was inspired by a scene I witnessed a few weeks ago upon leaving the hospital as August drew to a close.

Hope you are all having an amazing weekend! Much more to come.

Have a dreamy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Nightshow

This Sunday as we crept back into our old timeslot,
I decided it best to share two designs with you this weekend instead of just one.
There’s good reason behind it, as I am working on a summer collection.

Hope you are all having a relaxing weekend. From our hearts to yours.

 

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Have a bright and beautiful Sunday!

Stuck on Repeat

Repeating

Unless you’ve been numb to the world the past ten years or so, you’ve noticed there’s an overload of remakes and redo’s present in our modern culture. The irony of this time capsule being bust open into today’s world doesn’t seem to bother many – except us 80’s babies. Why is it that our 80’s-90’s upbringing is becoming reused and recycled for this future generation’s pop culture? Have writers become that lazy? Do the powers-that-be lack the originality necessary to come up with their own new fad crazes? What is the difference between those in high positions in media then and who’s controlling what’s being fed through a screen now?

If you were a kid in the 80’s, nothing was cooler than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’ve spoken to countless walks of life from “gen X” that mention pretending to be them as kids. As the 90’s trekked onward, times began to change. When the mid-90’s hit, the popularity of these beloved turtles began to die down since most of us were becoming teenagers. Enter next trend, the revival of the 80’s horror flick done in a new, teen-marketed way.Repeat

Now we sit here in 2015. My peers and I roll our eyes at the 1,002nd remake of Whatever: Origins Part Two the Prequel Sequel. We want to vomit. Even the new generation is starting to want to spew their hipster coolatta. The obvious missing quality combined with an amputated storyline is making viewers sick – collectively. They’re even starting to do this with video games now. Every month seems to bring a new re-release.

What makes one wonder is why the previous generations aren’t guilty of such crimes against writing and thinking. The 60’s and 70’s certainly influenced some of the music from the early 80’s, but it wasn’t a blatant rip-off. The same went for popular culture back then. We were able to be inspired by, without having to repackage and reuse everything while telling you it’s new.

So what’s so different? Is it the speedy microwave times we’re living in now? Is it the 5 minutes or less attention span of not just most kids, but also adults today? Is it a laziness us as a people have grown to be comfortable with? Why is this not changing? When will enough be enough and we begin to demand quality again?

The common guess is, as long as reality television, rapid technology advances, and the Kardashians are still considered “famous people”, this will continue to play out until a large group speaks up.

Now, the younger generation that may be reading this (but I doubt it, you guys don’t read) may be saying “get over yourself”, “but you ain’t relevant tho!”, “Wait, what was I sayin’? There’s a new meme on my IG feed tho.” – But I assure you, this argument, along with the rest of the generations’ is valid. We are merely asking for substance. I claim not to be an expert, merely an observer, as I’ve always been, and I observe lovers of writing being saddened – apathetic even, toward this way of living.

Maybe we’re just getting old. That’s the other half of this. That’s a question I’ve often asked myself and friends. Yet, somehow, it seems we are not the only ones that feel this way. Some of the children and teens growing up in these times that do read and enjoy writing have chimed in on this argument. I’ve even heard some say “Yeah, this music sucks, that’s why I listen to older stuff sometimes”. So, perhaps it is not just us. One thing is for sure, if I see a new version of Fraggle Rock come on someday, I just may give up television all together. I’m already starting.