Imagine Dragons

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Reality bites. It kills the highly sought-after sense of contentment we desire and strive for as monthly bills arrive, gas prices soar at the pump, and air-conditioning bills shock us making sure to deposit a feeling of dread within home sweet home. Stress from family, friends, and work-related issues can all have a way of sucking dry one of the most precious things in the world—our imagination. Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, or a lover of books and of the many spellbinding options the arts have to offer, be mindful to feed your craving to escape reality with all things found in the realm of impossibility…your dreamscape that adds spice to life. The way I look at it, reality does bite, but I can sink my fangs right back into it while lost in new musical adventures and undertakings that explore the arts.

So, let’s go! Imagine Dragons…of the musical kind for an adventure in sound that may take you far away from the everyday, ordinary routines which smother to let you enjoy a talented band that definitely uses its imagination. Dan Reynolds, lead vocalist for this Las Vegas based indie band makes the job look easy, but from their bio, lots of hard work and a “near obsessive work ethic” went into the making of this band.

Ready for some fun? Listen to these songs from Imagine Dragons…

It’s Time: This song begins slowly…quite moody, and then it builds to sound mystical. My favorite line is “I’m never changing who I am,” and (for me) implies a person standing for what’s right, who will not give in to pressure, or the need to become what others think he/she should be. It’s time…time to live a good life. Love this song! It’s a very hypnotic, addictive song that gets “stuck” in your head, and since imagination is unique to each one of us—find out what it means to you.

Demons: Beautiful lyrics depicting the pain of inner demons, and how they affect this individual’s relationship with the one he loves is fantastic. Demons has a way of provoking the past while inciting wishes for a better future.

My Fault This song takes you into a melodic land where pondering about one’s fears and assigning blame for missing each other causes anguish.

Imagine Dragons explores the gamut of emotions that wreak havoc upon mankind, and for better or worse, cannot be ignored. Besides, who would want to ignore a dragon of any kind? They bring to mind power, and a fierce will to survive against all odds. For thousands of years, dragons have been part of our history, and the myths and legends about them still entertain and inspire us today. Animal Planet has a new film about them that may be of interest to you. It’s simply called Dragons.

Dragons in Books

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke- A dragon. A boy. A journey. Firedrake, a brave young dragon, his loyal brownie friend Sorrel and a lonely boy called Ben are united as if by destiny. Together, they embark on a magical journey to find the legendary place where silver dragons can live in peace for ever. With only a curious map and the whispered memories of an old dragon to guide them, they fly across moonlit lands and seas to reach the highest mountains in the world. Along the way, they discover extraordinary new friends in unlikely places and a courage they never knew they had. Just as well, for the greatest enemy of all is never far behind them – a heartless monster from the past who’s been waiting a very long time to destroy the last dragons on earth. (Amazon.com)

How to Train Your Dragon Book 1 (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) By Cressida Cowell: Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate [Kindle Edition] By Jack D. Albrecht Jr. & Ashley Delay: While the world leaders of Archana gather, tragedy strikes, and rumors spread of war.  Osric is thrust into the chaos and must journey far to save his home.  His understanding of magic will be challenged, and each day will uncover more unanswerable questions to torment his mind.  Why was the signing attacked?  How do you read a book with no words?  What is so special about his wand?

Today, let your inhibitions go and do something…anything creative! Stress will dissipate as you marvel at the complexity of your imagination. Feel free to leave a comment or an interesting link about what you do to explore the arts.

Thanks for visiting the Noracast!

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Beautiful by Design

The Noracast has been awarded the Liebster Blog Award! Who took the time to give the Noracast a shout out? None other than Jenn from The Blog Starts Here. If you’re up for a good time, then make sure to visit her outstanding blog!

It’s the dead of winter, a chilly February day, so to celebrate this award—I’ve indulged in scorching hot chocolate accompanied by my favorite things in the entire world…Dunkin’ Donuts!

Thank you, Jenn, for the lovely award. Now, before I devour my decadent donut, I must think of five blogs that rock this crazy world. Hum, let’s see…we know The Blog Starts Here is a rock star…

Hold up! Here are the rules: Background The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love. In accepting the Liebster Blog Award from Jenn, the recipient agrees to:

  •  Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
  •  Copy and paste the award to their blog with these instructions
  •  Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, by posting on their blog to break the news (and/or tweet it!)

Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to others they would like to honor.

Okay, the donut is dead. Time to announce who has been awarded The Liebster Blog Award!

Mysti Parker Unwritten

Cambria Hebert

C.S. Splitter

Nikki: Close Encounters With the Night Kind

Michelle: A Lil of Dis, A Lil of Dat Chelle Style

BEAUTIFUL BY DESIGN

I get it. A book cover does not make the words within any book better or worse—but, a striking book cover can attract readers. Color, or the lack of it, unique fonts, or maybe fonts that are arranged perfectly on that rectangle, and intriguing subject matter on book covers pulls me in. I love looking at book designs, especially since I’m writing the sequel to Guardian 2632. Cover ideas are constantly on my mind.

Hum…shall I use large or small fonts? Blasts of supernova spirals may be an option, or the subdued and elegant splatters of black and white could be utilized too since Guardian 2632 is science fiction. If I include the main characters in this sequel, Lindsay and Zane Grayson, I also must decide if I want them to look stylized or completely realistic. See? So many questions arise when book cover design takes place.

Have a look at these book covers. Do you think they are beautiful by design? I sure do! I need inspiration, so feel free to suggest a book cover that you feel is gorgeous. Are you planning on providing input for your next book cover? Consider the size and style of the font(s), colors used, how the background (negative space) is manipulated, subject matter of your book, if the cover looks too busy, your tagline, and if possible, get some opinions on various options before a “final” is approved.

As you can see, I like various designs, some of which have lots of color…others do not. I like bold fonts and ones which are sleek with bright color. It all depends how the designer puts everything together. Millions of book covers show themselves when this topic is researched, so be sure to enjoy all of the hard work that’s been done to get great ideas for your next cover.

Did one book cover catch your interest more than another? I’m really stuck between Black Numbers and The Language of Flowers as my favorite from this group.

I appreciate that you stopped by the Noracast. Come back soon!

No intent to violate copyrighted images. All images used to illustrate the beauty found in book covers.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Numbers by Dean Frank

The Castings Trilogy by Pamela Freeman

Dust by Allison M. Dickson

The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

hold still by Nina Lacour

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman   

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Prince of Tanith by Terry Mancour

The Runes of the Earth by Stephen Donaldson

Walking The Tree by Karron Warren

what the night knows by Dean Koontz