|Posted by Anna H. on December 5, 2016 at 6:40 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Gruss vom Krampus! In case you did not already know or in case you forgot, today is Krampus Day. Krampus is Saint Nicholas' evil sidekick, who shows up every December 5th to punish "naughty children."
Growing up, I never learned about this evil goat demon from teachers or my family. Some of my classmates did not necessarily know anything about Saint Nicholas Day being on December 6th, which I always found to be very odd.
Some classmates not only knew NOTHING about Saint Nicholas Day, but Krampus Day was also NEVER discussed in neither of my elementary schools, nor middle school. It was probably because our teachers did NOT want to traumatize us. Otherwise, they probably never heard of him either.
I recently learned about Krampus 3 years ago from watching Grimm on NBC. Speaking of Grimm, I will really miss watching this show after its series finale, in the spring. As comical as the writing is, viewers have been exposed to some international folklores and Germanic terms for describing various creatures known as "wesen."
The series also gave me a reason to start watching primetime shows on Fridays again, over these last 5-6 years. I would've tried sharing that Krampus episode from Grimm today, but no thanks to Hulu, only viewers subscribed to their site can watch online streams now.
Since that is the case, I have decided to share footage of a Krampus Parade instead. Last month in Schladming, Styria (a former small mining town in the northwest of Austria), a Krampus Parade was held. It is normally called Krampuslauf meaning "Krampus Run."
Over 1200 Krampus celebrants dressed as the beast in black rags and masks drag chains behind themselves. Every so often, these celebrants hurl their chains and switches towards children. This is along with them swinging cowbells, which is to warn people that Krampus is coming.
In Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe, Krampuskarten or "Krampus Cards" are given for Krampus Day.
Saying "Gruß vom Krampus" means "Greetings from the Krampus" in German.
The depiction of Krampus has evolved over time, since the 1800's. Older versions of Krampus cards depict this goat demon as more evil and frightening. In more modern times, he is depicted as more child friendly, if not a womanizer.
If you would like to learn more about Krampus, feel free to check out my previous blogs about him.
To celerate the holiday, here is footage of the Krampuslauf in Schladming, Styria from last month's Krampus Parade.
Krampuslauf ["Krampus Run"] In Schladming, Styria, Austria (2016)
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|Posted by Anna H. on December 1, 2016 at 4:10 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? My Thanksgiving wasn't horrible. However, my mother and I DID manage to dodge a really nasty car accident, last Wednesday.
Hopefully, everyone's Thanksgiving Day went well with family and friends. Now that Thanksgiving is over, we must prepare for Krampus Day, Saint Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Christmas Day.
I am sure that some of you will be celebrating this "festive" season with Christmas films whether they are the stereotypical Lonely Romance Comedies, or something creepy like Christmas Slashers. You may even want to go the Horror Comedy route with Gremlins, for example.
After all, Gremlins is technically a Christmas Horror Comedy film. The original movie takes place, during the time of Christmas. To all my newbie gumdrops, I published a blog on Blogster 3 years ago about the Gremlins audio books. Then, I updated and republished that same blog on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
In addition to my blog about the Gremlins audio books, I published another blog last June about the disturbing dream I had about killing Gremlins. Then, I briefly explained about mogwai in Chinese folklores.
To delve into more detail about these fugly monsters, the term "mo" derives from the Sanskrit "Mara," meaning "evil beings," which shares a cognate with the Persian "Magi" from which the English word "magic" derives. This is according to tribe.net.
Mara in BOTH Buddhism and Hinduism determines the fates of death and desire, that tether people to an unending cycle of reincarnation and suffering. He is the source of wickedness and purposely leads people to sin, misdeeds, and self-destruction. "Gui," on the other hand, does not necessarily mean "evil" or "demonic spirits."
Gui simply means "deceased spirits" or "souls of the dead."
In modern Chinese, gui has evolved into normally referring to the spirits or ghosts of unrelated family members seeking their revenge on mortals, who have caused them anguish, when they were still alive. It is common for mortals to rectify their sins by sacrificing money to gui by burning (usually fake) paper banknotes so that gui can have funds to use in their afterlife.
Also, Tribe.net states that the modern popular use of mogui as "demonic" and gui as "devils" are somewhat outcomes of Western influences.
Satan in The Book of Job is translated as "diabolos" in Greek and "mogui" in the Chinese Biblical texts.
Therefore, Satan is "Mogui" in Chinese. Whenever you have the chance to rewatch Gremlins, you will have a slightly better understanding about mogwai in Chinese folklores.
As I briefly explained in my Killing Gremlins blog (which you can click on and read below), the water or rain to be more exact, is for reproduction during the mating seasons.
Mogwai in Gremlins are depicted as asexual creatures with the ability to morph into dangerous monsters. The scientists in Gremlins 2: The New Batch believed, that Gremlins are either mischievous and mean-spirited reptiles, or simply viruses.
You learn something new everyday!
Because Gremlins is a Christmas Horror Comedy film and since today's blog is about mogwai in Chinese folklores, let's revisit the Gremlins audio books and my dream about killing them for another Throwback Thursday.
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|Posted by Anna H. on November 15, 2016 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Just some quick reminders, many of us site owners are STILL coping with glitches on our websites. On Sunday night, a subscriber informed me about the problems she had trying to comment on 1 of my blogs. The page kept "timing out." I assumed it was only me having this issue because I use Mozilla as my browser and because my primary laptop is 6 years old.
If you are seeing a message saying, that the page has "timed out," try clicking on the "Back" button at the top of your browser. It should redirect you to the previous page your were already typing on. Once you have been redirected to that page, click on "Post Comment." Then, your message should send.
During the early morning on Monday, I spent extra time working on the layout for my Blogger. Considering that Webs constantly has "technical difficulties" and site owners are becoming more irate with the company's lousy service, it is only a matter of time until I get fed up with their ridiculousness. Had I known 3 years ago what I know now, I would've tried building It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns on Blogger much sooner.
You may be asking, "So, why don't you do it right now?"
I really love the fact, that I can customize the background for free and I take pride in knowing, that I learned how to build my very own website with ZERO Graphic Arts & Design or Computer expertise. That is mostly why I continue to use Webs.
You have no idea how many hours I spend trying to make this site look as creative, unique, and professional as possible.
If you want to build your own website, you better be serious about it and committed to building it.
Aside from technical difficulties, these last 3 months have gone by really fast. It was JUST September. Now, it is the middle of November. There has been so much chaos throughout 2016, that it has been EXTREMELY difficult for many of us to enjoy this year.
At the beginning of 2016, I already predicted that it would be a shitty year and I was right. On the positive side, the 2016 election is finally over for the most part. Now, we can all try going back to our regularly scheduled lives.
The 2016 election really should've ended much sooner. Smarmy politicians, news rag networks, social media sites, and politrolls caused MAJOR divisions among families, friends, couples, employees, co-workers, companies, etc, etc.
The fact that more people have stopped interacting with each other because of their incessant finger wagging and politrolling others ad nauseam on social media sites and forums, exemplifies how caustic this election has been.
The taunting and temper tantrums from Republicans and mostly Democrats on my end forced me to unfollow them because they cause too many problems for the rest of us, who want ZERO involvement in their pissing contests. Then again, a hefty portion of those opportunists don't support me or my content in general, so it is what it is.
Even though I try being as apolitical as possible in both real life and cyber space, I could NOT resist the urge to share this video with you all. Halloween may be over, but everyday is Halloween for Goths, Horror fans, and for those who simply LOVE Halloween.
While watching my local ABC news last month, there was a reported segment about this couple's Halloween spirit. Jamie Beauchamp and Andy Reid from Bay View, WI are well-known for their Halloween House in their neighborhood. This couple enjoys scaring for a cause.
Jamie and Andy set up their Halloween House, in order to draw an audience and to donate money to Pathfinders. Pathfinders is a Milwaukee organization, which helps troubled children and teenagers.
Last year, Jamie and Andy were able to raise $6,000 with their Wizard Of Oz display, which is shown in the picture above. This year, they felt the need to capitialize off this God-awful election. I found a lot of dark humor in their display, last month. I laughed so hard at this news segment, that I almost cried.
Bay View, WI Halloween House (2016)
This is like horrifying political satire. Too bad I don't live in Jamie and Andy's part of town. I would've visited for the laughs. It is refreshing to know this couple and others were able to have a laugh at this horrendous election.
Hopefully, more people found the dark humor in this Halloween display and were able to donate more money to Pathfinders, last month.
What are your thoughts about Jamie Beauchamp and Andy Reid's Halloween House?
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|Posted by Anna H. on November 10, 2016 at 2:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Last week, I sent out notifications that I would be taking a small break, after updating past blogs for Halloween. I meant to transfer, update, and republish this blog from Horror-Punks to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, last month.
Because I was already updating other blogs on here for Halloween, this particular blog was delayed. Rereading it gave me a little déjà vécu. As a Throwback Thursday blog, here is a 2-year-old blog about a disturbing dream I had. It holds a lot of significance, especially with more recent events, which have been personally happening with me.
This blog was originally published on March 14, 2014 at Horror-Punks.com.
How's it going Horror-Punkers and my lurkers? On Wednesday, I briefly mentioned on stalkbook, that I had this crazy dream. I dreamt that I was back at my 2nd college, UW-Parkside.
In the dream, a vampire apocalypse and some incredibly bizarre, alternate universe simultaneously existed. Everyone had doppelgangers, including me. This alternate universe somewhat resembled that old Buffy: The Vampire Slayer episode, "Doppelgangland."
If you have ever watched "Doppelgangland," you will understand what I am about to discuss. If you have never watched "Doppelgangland," it's from Season 3: Episode 16. It was a continuation of Season 3: Episode 9's "The Wish."
It has been years, since I have watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. If memory serves me right, "The Wish" episode was right after Cordelia caught Xander cheating on her with Willow.
After Cordelia and Xander had both split up, she met Anyanka a.k.a. "Anya," who was a vengeance demon (she later became Xander's fiancee). Anyanka granted wishes to scorned women, typically. Cordelia wished that Buffy never attended Sunnydale High School and her wish triggered an alternate universe.
In the alternate universe, the Master rose from the dead. Then, vampires started to over populate and dominate Sunnydale. Gradually, Giles discovered a way to reverse Cordelia's wish by destroying Anya's necklace. Anya's destroyed necklace resulted in her losing her vengeance demon powers.
Eventually, Anyanka re-appeared in "Doppelgangland." Anya tricked Willow into assisting her in a failed attempt to recover her necklace and tried regaining her vengeance demon powers through magic spells.
Their failed attempt at the spell transported Willow's vampire doppelganger to Sunnydale, where they both met each other.
Returning to Wednesday's dream, there was a vampire apocalypse and we all had our own doppelgangers at UW-Parkside. When I saw my doppelganger, I RAN like hell. In fact, there was a major stampede.
Everyone on campus ran from their doppelgangers. Some of us instantly climbed the campus walls and buildings. People would've assumed a school shooting happened on campus (we actually did have a campus shoot-out on Thanksgiving Break 2002). I don't know whether to consider this disturbing dream to be a so-called "day terror," bad omen, OR just a fucked up dream.
On Wednesday evening, I went onto dreammoods.com and read its dream analyses. I searched the words "apocalypse," "doppelganger," "alternate universe," and vampires. According to the dream analyses, here's what they said:
Apocalypse- "To dream of the apocalypse signifies an emotional and dramatic change taken place within yourself. The dream may also indicate the end of one kind of lifestyle and the beginning of another."
Doppelganger- "To see your own doppelganger in your dream is a reflection of your negative actions. The dream is showing you the consequences of your actions and what you should not do.
Alternatively, the dream signifies bad luck, danger, and/or illness.
To dream that you are fighting with your doppelganger means that you are struggling between good and evil and right and wrong. If you kill your own doppelganger, then it indicates that you have successfully repressed certain negative emotions from surfacing."
Universe- "To see the universe in your dream signifies the endless possibilities. You need to look at the overall big picture. Alternatively, the dream brings to your attention that we are all interconnected in some way."
Vampires- "To see a vampire in your dream symbolizes seduction and sensuality, as well as fear and death. The vampire represents contrasting images of civilized nobility and aggression/ferocity.
It may depict someone in your waking life whose charm may ultimately prove harmful.
Deep down inside, you know that this person is bad for you, yet you are still drawn to her or him. Vampires also sometimes relate to decisions about sex and losing your virginity.
Alternatively, to see a vampire suggests that you are feeling physically or emotionally drained. The vampire may also be symbolic of someone who is addicted to drugs or someone in an obsessive relationship.
To dream that you are a vampire signifies that you are sucking in the life energy of others for your own selfish benefit."
You might be asking, "How do these apply to you?" I'm no dream analysis expert, but I'll take a stab in the dark.
When it comes to the apocalypse, I have been upset with quite a few people lately in real life. Some refuse to acknowledge, that their friends are complete assholes. They will defend their asshole friends, if not justify WHY their friends are total assholes, until they are blue in the face.
I do NOT expect for our mutual friends to choose me over their other friends.
However, I refuse to attend ANY AND ALL social events, which require us to be in each others physical presence. Therefore, I have decided to distance myself from certain friends, especially flaky, cheap talking friends.
As for doppelgangers, I keep pondering about my own. Reading this part about my supposed doppelganger being a "bad omen" made me worry about my health. I was expecting something bad to physically happen to me. Instead, on Thursday morning around 3 am-ish, my mother had another mild seizure.
I suppose my doppelganger signified some sort of payback for something. I am unsure of what the payback was for but regardless, my mother had a seizure. I have noticed over these last several years, that every time she has a seizure, it is usually before her birthday.
My mother was born in late April. You are welcome to do the math on my doppelganger's significance.
I have no clear idea what the alternate universe represents. Maybe this is saying everyone has a good and evil side to themselves. Otherwise, it could possibly be saying, that everyone has a doppelganger somewhere in an alternate universe. Anything is possible.
Last but surely not the least are vampires. Lately, I have been feeling physically and emotionally drained. This is the main reason why I have been struggling to write my latest short story, "All Of Chastity's Men."
I am somewhat basing this Semi-Fictional Story on scumbag exes and other people's friends from over the years. This includes wanting revenge for being screwed over within these last 3 years. I think it is safe to say, that "All Of Chastity's Men" has a "woman scorned" theme to it with Horror elements.
Meanwhile, I have had obsessive feelings over someone for years. He is like a drug addiction, that I cannot seem to permanently break. Speaking of drug addiction, I have been told by some of his friends, that he is a drug addict. I'm uncertain how much is the truth and how much are complete lies.
A lot of lying, backstabbing, manipulating, and opportunism are involved regarding HIS so-called "friends."
He always has a tendency to stay friends with jealous people. They resent the fact, that I ever had feelings for him rather than for THEM. His friends lied to me in the past with their OWN hidden agendas.
How do I know whether or not they are telling me the truth about him and/about each other? Based on all this information, what do you think?
|Posted by Anna H. on October 31, 2016 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! After browsing and reading, you CANNOT say It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns lacks variety. I have spent these last 3 years making sure there is a little something for every adult to enjoy.
Last Thursday, I shared more blog updates. This morning I just finished publishing the last Halloween and Horror-themed blogs, for this month. Tomorrow will be November 1st! Either way, you have this entire week to read through my older blogs.
If you want to catch up on the latest from 2016, all you have to do is click on this blog listing. Anyway, watch, listen, read, and enjoy your Halloween!
|Posted by Anna H. on October 27, 2016 at 6:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Throughout this entire week or so, I have been updating more past blogs from 2014. Because so many have not seen these 2-year-old blogs, I decided to update and reshare them for Halloween. Never fear! There will be NEW blogs for this weekend.
These past Song Saturday blogs contain Industrial-Electro, Belgian Acid House, Metal, Death Metal, and Black Metal. There is also a Stop-motion Animated Short as well as Supernatural, Paranormal, and Horror Anime.
In addition, I am resharing my blog about Coulrophobia especially since scary clowns are on the rise this year. I will try sharing more past blogs for Halloween on Monday. Anyway, check these out! Watch, listen, read, and enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on October 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? What a busy and extremely overwhelming week this has been! This is another long overdue topic that I have been meaning to discusss dating all the way back to the middle of May.
You may recall that I was extremely busy during that time, especially when I was in the middle of family emergencies, scheduling my interview with Sean Yseult from White Zombie, having to plan my birthday with friends in June, etc.
Now, I finally have the chance to explain about this particular being(s) in Japanese folklore (Better late than never, right?). It is about Shinigami in Japanese folklore.
In Japanese, Shinigami [死神] is translated as "death god." "Shini" [死] means die and "kami" and "gami" can also mean god [神]. It really all depends on which Kanji is used because "kami" means paper [紙], hair [髪], and god [神] in Japanese.
These death gods are the Japanese equivalent of both angels and The Grim Reaper combined. More specifically, they are a little different from The Grim Reaper. The Grim Reaper originated in England, during the 14th Century.
Everyone has seen this personification of death as a skeleton wearing a black-hooded cloak, while holding a large scythe. People fear The Grim Reaper because they know, that he is coming to take their lives. Some will fight him for their lives, if they don't fret over death.
Meanwhile, Shinigami are meant to escort souls into the afterlife, which is a natural component to the life cycle. Religions such as Taoism, Buddhism, and Shintoism are more focused on the life cycle. Unlike The Grim Reaper, Shinigami are not meant to necessarily be feared.
In fact, it was not until the 18th and 19th Centuries (better known as The Edo Period), that these death gods became a part of the Japanese folklore. This is according to Ancient-Origins.
By the time of The Edo Period, Japan already became more exposed to Christianity. Buddhism, Shintoism, and Taoism are Japan's central religions. The last time I did research 10 years ago, only 1% of Japan was Christian. This same percentage still holds true in 2016.
Because the Japanese had interacted with more Westerners and because they became more exposed to Christianity and Western cultures, Japan borrowed and adapted our Grim Reaper into being gods of death in their own culture and various religions.
I would like to emphasize that Japanese people have not been conditioned to fear death the way we do.
There is only 1 Grim Reaper in our cultures, which must be feared whereas there are at least several pairs of death gods and they work in teams. Also, Shinigami do NOT have control over when someone is suppose to die. They ensure the right time of a person's death as opposed to taking someone's life, unlike The Grim Reaper.
I reiterate that Japanese people are more accepting of death compared to the rest of us because they believe more in the life cycle.
However, Shinigami have been depicted differently over the centuries in both Classic Japanese Literature and in today's Anime and Manga.
In 1841, the Japanese artist Takehara Shunsen published a picture book titled Ehon Hyaku Monogatari ("Picture Book of a Hundred Stories"). In that same picture book was a story called "Shinigami."
Takehara Shunsen's "Shinigami" Ehon Hyaku Monogatari (1841)
Ehon Hyaku Monogatari was meant to be a followup to Toriyama Sekien's Gazu Hyakki Yakō series. Shunsen's picture book was very similar to the Supernatural bestiary, that Sekien published. Those bestiaries consisted of illustrations of yokai.
Yokai are Japanese demons, monsters, ghosts, and spirits.
Nearly a decade later during The Edo Period, Miyoshi Shōzan wrote an essay called "Shōzan Chomon Kishū." In the essay, Shōzan explained a story about a prostitute being possessed by a Shinigami, who invited a man to commit double suicide.
All the while, I have watched at least several Anime depicting Shinigami differently, throughout these last 10 years. Shinigami can mostly be seen in Shonen Anime.
I have watched them in Shonen, Shojo, Shonen Ai, and Seinen Anime such as Bleach, Death Note, Full Moon o Sagashite, the Naruto franchise, Soul Eater, Black Butler, and Descendants Of Darkness. These are only naming a few.
There are others, which depict Shinigami differently. At least 5 of these shows have been aired on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Chiller TV, and Syfy within the last 10 years.
I have yet to see Full Moon o Sagashite or "Searching for the Full Moon" on any cable or satellite channel. Considering it is a Shojo Anime, the chances of Cartoon Network or Adult Swim airing it is highly unlikely. Both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim are run by closet misogynists and continue to alienate their audience in general.
Forcing Cartoon Network to air cartoons for girls again and firing Stuart Snyder partially solved the viewers' problems. (The discussion of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's misogyny will have to be saved for another blog.)
I believe Descendants Of Darkness was aired on Syfy and Chiller TV mostly because NBC Universal's networks were NOT afraid to take a risk of airing a Shonen Ai Horror Supernatural Anime.
Shonen Ai means "boy's love" in Japanese.
In other words, Descendants Of Darkness consists of gay male characters as Shinigami in the series. If you ever make the time to watch Yami no Matsuei or Descendants Of Darkness, I recommend watching it in Japanese because the English Dub sounds really generic.
As I was saying, I watched a little of Full Moon online years ago. Maybe someday I will have a chance to sit and watch the entire series.
Some Shinigami are depicted positively in Anime. Some Shinigami are depicted negatively. Then, there are some depicting Shinigami positively and negatively.
If you have NOT noticed, there is an image of a Shinigami in monster form, at the top of this blog.
That is an image of Ryuk from the Shonen Occult Psychological Thriller Anime, Death Note. You cannot see Ryuk's face at the top of today's blog because he is in the dark with his glowing red eyes.
I would've shared more images of the various depictions of Shinigami, but the images would've been huge. Although, I did manage to find a YouTube video that someone uploaded. The video is a quick list of The Best Shinigami Anime Of All Time.
In the following video, you will be able to see all the depictions of Shinigami in different Anime:
The Best Shinigami Anime Of All Time (2015)
Some of these have already been featured in my Cartoon Sunday blogs over the last 2 years. I have linked some of my past Cartoon Sunday blogs in this blog. Hopefully, you learned something today about Shinigami in Japanese folklore.
|Posted by Anna H. on October 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Thank Grimm it's Friday! Normally, NBC's Grimm premieres new seasons every October and the premieres are usually close to Halloween. However, this won't be the case for this October.
While I was on Google Plus in late August (August 29, 2016 to be more precise), the news broke out, that Grimm will not be premiering its FINAL SEASON until January 6, 2017. Next year, the show's final season will have ONLY 13 episodes. If you are a fan, who has been consistently watching Grimm for these last 5 years like me, this is very disappointing.
Action, Thriller, Police Procedural, Supernatural, and Occult themed shows such as Hawaii Five-0, Nikita, The Secret Circle, and Sleepy Hollow have all (at some time) competed against Grimm at least once, over these last 5 years. Those 4 primetime shows I mentioned above were (and some still are) shows, that I normally watch, throughout the year.
Usually, I had to choose which shows I would watch on TV and which I would watch via online streams.
When all those shows ran against Grimm, I made Grimm top priority to watch each time. This especially applied to those times, when Grimm was bounced to Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. This has almost always been a Friday night show on NBC.
That's why NBC always says, "Thank Grimm it's Friday!"
I cannot believe that Grimm has actually lasted for more than 1 year. Some of the primetime shows I listed above have come and gone. About 10 years ago, I noticed that most primetime shows, which contained any Occult or Supernatural themes to them were automatically canceled.
Maybe I am only 1 viewer, who feels this way, but I suspect a conspiracy or at least a so-called "War On Witches," in regards to witches having airtime. Surprisingly, Grimm has NOT been canceled for having witches and warlocks as characters.
They are referred to as "Hexenbiests" and "Zauberbiests" on the show.
Some online critics love to nit pick and psychoanalyze Grimm to death because of the comical names and Germanic, if not scientific terms that each creature was given. As comical as they are, I really appreciate the fact that the writers for Grimm base each episode on German and international folklores, mythological creatures, and Grimm's Fairy Tales.
At the beginning of each episode, there is a quote from a fairy tale or folklore, which has significance to that specific episode. Whenever I see those quotes, I try guessing which folklore or fairy tale will be the subject for that episode of Grimm.
Most of the creatures or "Wesen" have Germanic names.
Germanic Names & Terms Commonly Used On Grimm:
Wesen- Germanic term which is used to describe creatures, that are visible to Grimms.
Grimm- Someone, who possesses special abilities to see Wesen (or creatures) in their true forms. They are also viewed as being grim reapers. Protagonist, Nick Burkhardt and Theresa Rubel (a.k.a. "Trubel") are both Grimms.
Woge- The act of changing from human to creature form done by impulse. Normally, Wesen woge whenever they feel threatened by something or someone.
Blutbad- A werewolf-like Wesen. The term Blutbad literally means "blood bath."
Hexenbiest- A witch-like Wesen. Hexenbiest literally translates to "witch beast"
Zauberbiest- A warlock-like Wesen similar to the Hexenbiest. Zauberbiest translates to "warlock" or "wizard beast."
Fuchsbau- A fox-like Wesen. Fuchsbau can mean "fox hole" or "burrow."
I could be here explaining forever about these different Germanic terms for Wesen. Those are only naming a few. If you want to learn more about the different types of Wesen, you should go here.
I am still reeling over the fact, that Grimm is ending literally next year. Hopefully, the show will have LESS or no political propaganda like Season 5. The writers were really trying to use this 2016 election to their advantage, which I found repulsive.
Grimm was NOT an extremely political show. Focusing on police and the different races (which are actually the Wesen) is political enough. I want to see this final season return to focusing more on the horror, folklores, and fairy tales.
More than anything, I hope that Adalind and Juliette/"Eve" (Hexenbiests) would just die and that Nick and Trubel (Grimms) become a couple. Watching Nick with Adalind and Juliette always got on my nerves. Those 2 Hexenbiests are sickening characters, that should've been killed seasons ago. Some of us can dream, can't we?
With that being said, let's cross our fingers and hope that the series finale of Grimm doesn't end horribly.
Anyway, thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on October 6, 2016 at 7:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I would've mentioned this much sooner, but as usual my schedule has been chaotic. While checking my Google Plus news feed on Monday, a friend and subscriber from here (Susan Leighton) was nominated for the Liebster's Award.
Susan published a blog about her nomination on Monday. In that same blog, she chose to pay it forward. Bear with me when it comes to the following URL glitch below:
https://womanontheledgeblog.wordpress.com/paying-it-forward/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Paying It Forward (2016)
Learning that she put me up as a candidate for the Liebster's Award is quite an honor. I really appreciate it, Susan. Thank you!
What I find really interesting is that Susan gave me the title of Webmaster. I never really considered myself a Webmaster. The more you really think about it, I really am. I normally consider myself a Writer/Blogger/Content Creator/Website Owner. Nobody manages It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns other than yours truly.
Managing a blog dominated website is NOT the same as simply publishing a blog on a blogging platform. I built It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns from scratch with a free website builder. Also, I created 1 extra page specifically for excerpts of my Short Horror Stories.
Speaking of Short Horror Stories, if you are already a member here and have yet to do so, you should sign in and read my Horror page because you will NOT be able to view it from the outside.
While talking to Susan Leighton last night on Google Plus, she told me that she read my Horror page. Across The Street and The Horrors Of Womanhood seemed to have caught her attention. I am really glad that she managed to catch the dark humor in the excerpt I posted from The Horrors Of Womanhood.
The Horrors Of Womanhood is somewhat of a misogynistic, Short Horror Story with some elements of Dark Humor. Dr. Wiener (the protagonist) is like an antagonistic main character. This character has a grisly backstory of his womanizing mother abusing him.
Dr. Wiener caught his mother cheating on his father with a woman in bed growing up and was physically abused for it. This description sounds more like something from a Jerrry Springer episode. However, The Horrors Of Womanhood is dark, horrific, and disturbing.
When I was in the middle of writing this story, I imagined Al Bundy's personality from Married With Children meets Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. You ALL know how creeped out I get watching Christian Bale in American Psycho. Patrick Bateman makes my skin crawl.
Because it has been a while, since I last read my own short story, I cannot remember if Dr. Wiener threw his nurse or another patient of his through a window. Yes, The Horrors Of Womanhood is quite grisly.
It is already traumatizing and painful enough getting shanked by the gynecologist.
Just imagine having a misogynistic male gynecologist, who takes sadistic thrill in torturing women because of his mommy issues.
I will end today's painstaking topic, right here. Hopefully, no children are reading this site, much less today's blog.
Anyway, thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on September 23, 2016 at 4:35 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today is the day! It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns turns 3, this year! When I announced that I would be publishing another Q&A blog this year for the 3rd anniversary, I seriously expected more questions from you all on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns and social media.
I don't know if you were either scared, unsure where to submit your questions, had no questions to ask, believe you know everything about me (Trust me, you don't!), or if some of you felt extremely indifferent and apathetic about me publishing another Q&A blog.
I have considered publishing Q&A blogs once a week besides publishing Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. However, I try keeping Q&A blogs for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' anniversaries like today. I consider these Q&A's as "intimate fall treats."
Some friends think they know EVERYTHING about me, when they really don't. I have always been a very complex and multi-passionate person. Sometimes it can be really difficult to decide if I should publish blogs about more different topics on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, or stay with the current topics.
Before this turns into a long-winded blog of my digressions, here is the Q&A for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 3rd anniversary.
Donald Clements asks:
1) Within the blogosphere, who are the people you look up to and why? 2) How big is your current following, and how has it evolved over the years?
Watching, reading, and listening to Marie and Tim will be beneficial to you, if you need self-help, want to become a better writer, blogger, etc. They are both really multi-passionate (like MOI except they are more informative, useful, less moody, and snarky).
You can learn so much from them both, especially Marie Forleo. Marie is motivational as well as entertaining to watch on Marie TV. I always look forward to a good laugh. Meanwhile, I believe I have a little more in common with Tim on different levels.
The man is an Anime and Metal fan, which makes him awesome when you are a fan of both. He also has personal experience with overcoming adversity such as dealing with being suicidal, years ago. Tim turned his life into something positive. Honestly, this is all the more reason to commend him.
As far as my current following, my following is gradually regrowing. All the while, it is much like a revolving door. Having false support from social climbers, open and closet "haters," and opportunistic friends hurts me and my traffic.
If followers TRIED being more interactive, this would also help. I ALWAYS respond to comments day and night.
It has been a major struggle these last 3 years. The fact that The Xanga Team was divisive by dumping their money issues into our laps at Xanga really hurt Xangans, including me. The Xanga Team REALLY should've taken out a business loan rather than beg us for donations, relocate to WordPress as a platform, THEN make it mandatory to pay to blog.
I cannot count, much less remember all the sites I have joined to generate blog traffic and rebuild my following over these last 3 years. Therefore, my current following is extremely niche and can be temperamental.
The moment I share my opposing views about something, they leave. If I shared my political views, they would NOT be able to handle it. That's why I stay apolitical.
Danni Darkness asks:
1) What are the logistics of your website? 2) What was it like working at a radio station?
Answers: Danni, these are 2 more excellent questions! My subscribers must create an account, read my blogs and excerpts to my short stories, comment, and share them on social media or e-mail to friends.
Aside from all that, I am a 1-woman show. In case you have NOT already done so, you should read last week's Cartoon Sunday blog. I explained the discussions I had with Jonathan Ian Mathers, last week via facebook.
Whenever I am working on these blogs, most of my time lately is spent on finding the right picture to upload to this site, in order to capture the topic or theme of my blogs. Then, I must decide which links, songs, and videos to share. Afterward, I start blogging.
I work on these blogs, while everyone is asleep in bed throughout the night and early morning. Editing anything always takes the most time. Once I am finished editing, I publish these blogs, type and send e-mail blasts to all my subscribers, share on facebook and around the Google Plus communities I have joined.
Sharing around Google Plus takes more effort because I must share my blogs to every social circle to generate page views, traffic, feedback, and followers. It would be so much easier and better, if all my subscribers actually commented here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns and shared these blogs around social media. It's not like Xanga 1.0 and Blogster where everyone is guaranteed to see these blogs.
Speaking of show, I have always been a 1-woman show, since 2002. During Fridays at 4-6pm Central, I hosted All Things Frightening. This was all while attending and living on campus at UW-Parkside and commuting to Carthage College part-time for Japanese. My show originally broadcasted locally in Kenosha, WI and online.
Due to FCC regulations, everyone at UW-Parkside's 101.7 WIPZ had to censor music live UNLESS they had a pre-censored CD. I usually carried my own CD collections to our campus radio station and played extra albums, that were already on campus.
Sometimes I seriously miss hosting my own radio show. I was able to discover other bands and expose listeners to music, that wasn't always played on traditional radio stations.
Hunter Gibson asks: Do you have a favorite movie and band?
Answer: Yes, I do and my favorites have always been very broad. If only I could narrow them down. As everyone knows, I am a Horror fan hence the Horror page I built with excerpts of my latest short stories.
Re-Animator, the original Carrie, The Crow, The Craft, Child's Play, Beetlejuice, and The Omen instantly come to mind. I enjoy movies from several other genres and sub-genres, but I always look forward to watching Horror movies from the 1970's to '90s.
During those decades, Hollywood filmmakers were actually more original and did NOT remake every movie.
Lately, I enjoy Alien Vampires (they are actually an EBM duo), Lacuna Coil circa 1999-2002, Type O Negative, and other Goth Rock bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees. Stone Temple Pilots and KoRn from the 1990's were 2 of my favorite bands. Also, bands such as White Zombie, Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, and lots more.
Music was my entertainment and Metal was especially my catharsis growing up. Most people young and old do NOT realize, that the 1990's had the most music genres and sub-genres compared to now. Today it seems as if Pop and Rap Music have merged and ONLY 1 music genre exists.
There are too many bands to think of from the top of my head. I was already drawing blanks with your questions because I really had to think much HARDER. LOL! Great questions!
Even though there were not as many questions from most subscribers this year, the few I did receive were excellent questions. Hopefully, there will be more questions similar to these next year for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 4th anniversary!
What are your thoughts? Did you like this year's Q&A blog? If so, let me know in the comments section below!
Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, and +1 on Google Plus!