Welcome To My New Website, The Artsiest Asylum On The Net!

emptybedHello world, my name is Amber! This is my very first blog. I’ve never really written anything on the web before. Well, except maybe on Facebook. But I would hardly count that as publishing anything worhtwhile. A friend of mine has helped me set up this website, because I couldn’t do it when I was going at it alone. I was looking for a good domain name and came up with this one. Turns out it was just expiring. It used to belong to a woman named Susan Reynolds, who had now forwarded it to her new blog. I’ve taken the liberty of reading some of her writing. Susan Reynolds has been at it for a long time. But now the domain is mine, and I intend to put lots of my life rants on it in the near future!

I’m not really much of a computer person. I’m actually more of an artsy person. Are you starting to see the connection between my lifestyle, occupation and my domain name already? At this point, you may very well still be wondering where the ‘asylum’ part comes from. :P

This part pretty much refers to the family I came from. I come from a big family. My parents did not believe in birth control, as they were both fairly fundamentally religious. I personally do not have god on the mind so much. I never really believed it, so I had to pretend. It’s hard coming out as a non believer in a family where a fair share of people do believe in a supreme being. Not me, though. I had a hard time sometimes. I think my parents knew all along. When I told them, they were less than amused. We were still able to live a normal life with each other in one house, though. However, I knew I had to move out at a young age to free myself of it all. And that’s what I did.

stjohnsI’ve always had some sort of a fascination with things that were borderline artsy and/or crazy. The very idea of an institution dedicated to treating the mentally ill is somehow very fascinating to me. I am a big fan of all things crazy and scary. I see a big overlap between creativity, art, craziness, and all things scary. So that’s pretty much how this website came about. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I might be posting some weird stuff on this blog in the near future! ;)

I will never cross the line, though. I do want to keep things in good taste. I personally really love watching horror movies. There’s nothing better than spending an evening on the couch with either my best girlfriend or my boyfriend… or both, and then watching a scary horror movie with a bowl of popcorn. Yeah, I know it’s clichĂ©… but that’s just what floats my boat, so cut me some friggin’ slack already! :D

I am a near full time artist, trying to make a living of the things I create. I might post some of my paintings and other art projects that I’ve done in the fairly recent past. But I’ve got to be going to the gym in a few minutes first. I have a gym membership and I want to make use of it. A girl’s got to stay in shape. Eating a big bowl of popcorn every weekend isn’t going to do anything flattering for my curves. Besides… I don’t want to be paying my membership fees and then not make use of it. Too many people think that all they’ve gotta do is pay the monthly fee, and this will get them slim and keep them that way.

insaneWe all know that’s not how it works. And I’ve been slacking off in the past few days. I had promised myself to party less, but I don’t seem to be listening to myself. Life is hard and full of difficult choices. What am I supposed to do when I’m sitting around the house alone with nothing to do, and all of a sudden my friends come to my door and ask me to go out on the town?

You try and say no to that!!!

And that’s just one example of the constant, merciless barrage of dilemmas that life presents me with, week in, week out.

Having grown up in a situation that required me to be quite rebellious, I did not have much of a choice but to start liking aggressive music. Just because I’m a girl it doesn’t mean I’m listening to all the populist pop stuff that these teen stars are putting out these days. When I was growing up, Britney Spears was all the rage. My girlfriends were all listening to it.

Not me though. I was listening to heavy metal. I liked all things dark. I had a knack for finding the best metal bands out there. It all started out with old school Metallica for me. I don’t like any of the new stuff. I also like Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Judas Priest, King Diamond, Ozzy Osbourne, Children of Bodom, CKY, Disturbed, etc.

wheelchairI discovered Disturbed when I was watching the documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster“. It features a cover of Genesis’ Land of Confusion by Disturbed. I loved hearing such a classic song covered in such an aggressive, death metal way! I’ve been a fan of this band every since. Too bad they are not putting out new albums at a terribly quick rate. I would certainly buy them and listen to them all day long.

Disturbed’s trademark is a guy that they call… The Guy.

This guy is a darkly hooded figure with a big, grinning, evil smile. But still, in the Land of Confusion cover, we see this seemingly evil demon figure helping out the 99% taking the fight to the 1%. So essentially, he is a force of good. I think Disturbed is trying to make a point here. The point being is that the forces of good need to stop being such push overs and develop a spine. You’ve gotta fight fire with fire. And the evil 1% isn’t laying down without a fight. They’re mean, and us (the 99%) also need to be mean if we are to win our proper rights.

And that’s why I’m a Disturbed fan. Quite literally!

By the way… they have a whole album out, entitled… Asylum.

You won’t be surprised to find out it’s my favorite one so far! :D