40 “Game Of Thrones” Quotes \m/

Finally I finished my quest – to get through 801 pages of G.R.R.Martin ๐Ÿ˜› Including the last few pages in the back, concerning the names etc; of all the different characters.

I don’t think there is a need for me to praise the first book in the “Game Of Thrones” saga. I’ve been a die hard fan since the early months of this year and ever since I stumbled into season 5, I’ve binged on GOT big time until this years season finally graced us with its presence. Since we now have to wait until next year, before the best tv showย ever gets back I decided to get hold of the books โค โค All I will say is that Season 1 of Game Of Thrones is very accurate and stays very true to the book. Here are my favourite quotes:

 

  1. Fear filled his gut like a meal he could not digest-page.7
  2. A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is-page. 14
  3. The faint smell of corruption clung to it like a woman’s perfume – page.15
  4. Something had put a fear in him so deep that my words could not reach him-page.21
  5. Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word-page.42
  6. Never forget what your are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you-page.54
  7. Give me honourable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I’ll sleep more easily by night- page.78
  8. Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle-page.93
  9. Ned followed him warily, wondering if this day would ever end. He had no taste for these intrigues, but he was beginning to realize that they were meat and mead to a man like Littlefinger-page.190
  10. I must play out this fools masquerade as if nothing is amiss-page.196
  11. Know the men who follow you and let them know you. Don’t ask your men to die for a stranger-page.211
  12. Catelyn’s only strength was one elderly knight, armoured in loyalty-page.278
  13. Singers loved nothing half so well as the sound of their own voices-page.280
  14. I was never so alive as when I was winning this throne, or so dead as now that I’ve won it-page.299
  15. You know what stops me? The thought of Joffrey on the throne, with Cersei standing behind him whispering in his ear. My son. How could I have made a son like that, Ned?-page.300
  16. I am a vile little man, I confess it. My crime and sins are beyond counting, my Lords and Ladies. I have lain with whores, not once but hundreds of times. I have wished my own Lord father dead,and my sister, our gracious Queen,as well. I have not always treated my servants with kindness. I have gambled. I have cheated, I blush to admit.I have said many cruel and malicious things about the noble Lords and Ladies of the court-that drew outright laughter-Silence! What do you imagine that you’re doing dwarf? – Why? Confessing my crimes my Lady-page.406
  17. Shattered legs may heal in time but some betrayals fester and poison the soul- page.464
  18. The things we love destroy us every time,lad.Remember that-page.542
  19. He made plans to keep himself sane, built castles of hope in the dark-page.606
  20. All men must swallow the sour with the sweet. Big lords and eunuchs alike– Page.609
  21. You are an honest and honourable man, Lord Eddard. Ofttimes, I forget that. I have met so few of them in my life-he glanced around the cell-when I see what honesty and honor have won you, I understand why-Page.611
  22. Stannis may win the throne, but only your rotting head will remain to cheer unless you guard that tongue of yours-page.612
  23. If I did, my word would be as hollow as an empty suit of armor. My life is not so precious to me as that-page.613
  24. The High Septon ย once told me that as we sin, so do we suffer. If that’s true, Lord Eddard, tell me….why is it always the innocent who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?-page.613
  25. For love is the bane of honor, the death of duty-page.638
  26. Some truths did not bear saying, and some lies were necessary-page.620
  27. What is honour compared to a woman’s love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms…or the memory of a brother’s smile?Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the Gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy-page.638
  28. They came from a hundred quarrelsome kingdoms, and they knew times may change, but men do not-page.638
  29. A craven can be as brave as any man, when there is nothing to fear. And we all do our duty, when there is no cost to it. How easy it seems then, to walk the path of honour.ย Yet soon or late in every man’s life comes a day when it is not easy, a day when he must choose-page.639
  30. Dothraki hooves had torn the earth and trampled the rye and lentils into the ground, while arakhs and arrows had sown a terrible new crop and watered it with blood-page.641
  31. Take a lesson Bran. The man who trusts in spells is duelling with a glass sword. As the children did-page.712
  32. When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east-she said sadly-when the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When my womb quickens again, and I bear a living child. Then you will return, my sun-and-stars, and not before-page.736
  33. Her flesh had grown as thin and ragged as Lannister hopes-page.746
  34. The hard truths are the ones to hold tight-page.756
  35. Honor set you on the kings road…and honor brought you back-page.756
  36. She saw his true bride plain before her now: the sword he had laid on the table-page.771
  37. Is it so far from madness to wisdom?-page.777
  38. Only Death can pay for life-page.777
  39. And for the first time in hundreds of years, the night came alive with the music of dragons-page.780
  40. Unbowed,Unbent,UnbrokenHouse Martell-page.797

There was a cool section in the book describing how Lord Stark was missing Winterfell, but I cannot remember in which chapter this was, I’m suspecting it could have been in a Sansa ย or Arya chapter actually, as I couldn’t find it when I skimmed through his chapters. Ned Stark’s dislike of “The Hands Tournament” and the culture difference between Winterfell and King’s Landing is one of the highlights. Equally amusing are Tyrion’s epic clans men, that he encounters and bring with him from his trip back from the Eyrie.

Severus Snape.

News have been ticking in lately of a myriad of legends and/or show biz personalities dying of cancer.

The whole world was gripped in grief over the death of cultural icon David Bowie while the whole metal world was still mourning the loss of metal-icon Lemmy.

Now these legends have been joined by British character actor Alan Rickman who portrayed “Severus Snape” in all of the Harry Potter movies.

In surveys it is Snape who is the most popular character in J.K.Rowling’s universe.

The first HP book was translated to Norwegian when I was either in 5th or 6th grade. As I was constantly hanging out at the local library, I would often inquire about the latest book trends. “Well, people are on the waiting list for the latest “rage” over in England” I was told. “What is this book about?” ” Oh it’s about magic and oh…a wizard”. Always curious on the latest trends I signed up for this “latest-trend-from-England”( even though fantasy never really was my thing) ย and was one of the first Norwegians to have the Norwegian translation of Harry Potter in my hands.

From then on there was a steady stream of books from Rowling, eventually accompanied by a plethora of movies and an even greater amount of merchandise. There cannot possibly be another author who had a greater impact culturally during our childhoods, influencing a whole generation of kids. My brother, who never had much interest in books, all of a sudden was sitting there glued to Rowling’s masterpieces reading them all and can probably credit his love for reading to her, I lost count how many times we watched the different movies when they finally came out on DVD. We even had the first HP movie on VHS!

The year we lived in France we had a Hogwarts inspired Christmas and God knows how many HP related “things” we received as gifts, etc. throughout the years.

The whole family stood in a queue over at Barnes and Nobles when we live in Chicago, to get our hands on the very last Harry Potter book. The queue was enormous and we waited for what felt like an eternity. The number one question racing in people’s minds were: “is Severus a good guy or a bad guy?”. The tension was such that one of the first people in the queue jumped into a certain section of the book screaming on top of his lungs “Snape Dies! Snape! Snape was a good guy”.

We witnessed Harry, Hermione and Ron grow up on the screen, just like our generation grew up on the other side of the silver screen. That’s exactly why I think of it as a very different cultural phenomenon.

As a tribute to J.K.Rowling’s most beloved character and the man who so brilliantly portrayed him: here are some pictures of Severus Snape ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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21 Reasons I Rock \m/

Sooo, I’ve made fun of myself, made a list of my shortcomings, complained about my Mr.Bean moments, drenched by blog in self-deprecating humour….so maybe it’s time to give myself some praise and write why I rock \m/ If I could find “21 reasons” as to why I suck, I’m sure I can find 21 reasons to be happy, 21 things that are positive about myself.

Oprah Winfrey apparently used to say that everyday you should think of 3 things that makes you happy, so when I grew up my mom would ask us around the dinner table “What are you happy about today?”. This was something I brought with me wherever I went apparently….something I find quite sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

So what are you happy about today? And why do you rock?

As self-educating and eye-opening it can be to write about your stinkers, take some time to write or think to yourself ย about why YOU are awesome \m/

I shall give it a go ๐Ÿ˜›

1- I care about what happens in the world and gave away all the money I got for my 18th birthday to an organisation that protects wild life ๐Ÿ˜› I’ve never repeated extreme charity such as that, as I need to live too, but the bottom line is, that I believe that we should all help others. Not in order to increase our popularity, but because it is what is right. I’m also an Amnesty International Member and have been so for years. I was trying to raise awareness about Darfur when I went to high school among other things, but didn’t have much luck. I started a zine with a friend of mine when I was a teen that was supposed to raise awareness concerning social injustice where we lived in our local area. We didn’t have much luck with that either. I almost went to India to do charity work when I was in my late teens but ended up not being able to go.

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2- I’m always there for my friends and family. At the end of the day I’m very loyal and ย I love to surprise people!

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3-Dedication. I had to learn how to speak Italian when I was six as my family moved to a foreign country. I also had to wrap my head around French when my family lived in France for a year and I also had to teach myself English as I went to high school in America :0 When I started playing guitar I would use an English-Norwegian dictionary to figure out the explanations in guitar magazines since my English sucked ๐Ÿ˜›

4-Humble. That’s right! Why else would I put myself in the situation of “student” again, when learning classical music on the guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was already an internationally acclaimed musician, but I never let this get to my head as I believe that this will stifle your growth as a musician. I feel lucky that I always get feedback and constructive criticism about my performances and/or writing. This way I keep on growing.

5-I’m flexible and therefore have a good reputation when it comes to working with others in a studio setting for example. I’m as far as you could possibly get from being a dictator. I believe you will only shoot yourself in the foot if you don’t listen to others.

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6-I write my own music. That’s right. I’ve always been insanely creative. I always wanted to be a songwriter and even though I gave up a couple of times as a kid, I always came back to it.

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7-I can sing opera ๐Ÿ˜› I’m classically trained and even though I’m not done with my opera education I’m really proud of what I can do already and excited about what I will be able to master one day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

8-I taught myself how to play the guitar ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s right! I didn’t get guitar lessons until I was working on “artist-development” in L.A. ๐Ÿ™‚

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9-I had my first art exhibition when I was 13 ๐Ÿ˜› I didn’t sell a single picture :/ but whatever, the bottom line is that I did it ๐Ÿ˜›

10-I had something that I had written published by a newspaper when I was 17. This was my first go at writing. I had to have a guitar break as my hand was all messed up after too much playing.

11-I used to draw fashion drawings. I wanted to be a designer. That was my dream from I was 6 years old. I kept on switching between wanting to be an archeologist and dreaming of owning my own “fashion house”.

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12-Even though my visual arts is in the shadow of my music, I love to draw and this is what I’ve done the longest. I evenย ย wrote and illustrated a children’s book. I have plenty of other quirky characters I’ve come up with as I love “designing” characters, if there ever was such a word. If I wasn’t a musician it would have been cool to to have an arts degree and create graphic novels or maybe story boards for movies.

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13-I co-direct my music videos as I “see my music ” when I write it.

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14-I did theater once and loved it. That was the moment I figured that I wanted to be a performer.I love to play the “villain” or be “crazy”.

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15- When I was a kid I was a goalie \m/

16- I also used to do Marshall Arts!

17-When I was 11 I got my first “studded” belt with proper nails, not the flat plastic ones ๐Ÿ˜› ย So no wonder that my current purse looks like this \m/

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18- I love to read and have always been a book-worm ๐Ÿ˜›

19- I always wanted a Doberman called Lucius and a Westie called Truffles. I don’t have either but I have a bearded Dragon I’ve named after Severus Snape. I would also like to have a white bunny, who I would probably name Draco ๐Ÿ˜› I always wanted to own a snake, but after holding several different types I was shocked to see how strong they are, snakes aren’t very social either and try to hide away and escape. I figured that snakes probably aren’t that keen on “being owned” by anyone.

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This is my guy \m/

This is my guy \m/

20- I have a very varied taste when it comes to music and there are plenty of things that interest me that have nothing to do with show-biz. I’m obsessed with space for example.

21- My hair looks like this. I cut it short in 2005 and coloured it green ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I decided to let it grow to see how long it could possibly get! I’m still curious to see how far down it will go \m/

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I wrote this entry as a contrast to myย 21 reasons I suck!ย entry, something I wrote as a counterweight to myย 22 hopeless musicians, when you are a soloartist!ย entry ๐Ÿ˜› I got 3 more “Top List” entries, you can check them out here:ย 20 Practise Tips For Guitarists,5 Horrible People,20 Badass Women.

 

5 Horrible People.

Woke up today and I’m still thinking of the attacks over in Paris. So crazy, so sad & so pointlessย ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I just feel like spamming social media with posts about Paris ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Today….I took a break from working on my metal-album and discovered that my sister was watching some seriously weird shit. I ended up sitting there together with her watching one of the most frightening ย documentaries I’ve ever seen, a documentary about Jaycee Lee Dugard. Before I knew it the rest of the family joined in and the topic of debate became “Monsters” as we watched another documentary, this time about the Fritzl case. There are people out there who commit acts so horrid towards their fellow human beings that you just can’t believe how it is possible to be so sinister. How can an abusive, psychopathic monstrous person live with himself/herself? How is it possible to be so freakin’ insane? And to maintain this perfect facade and walk around and pretend like nothing is going on while you hide this horrid secret double life. Eeeeesh…it’s the definition of grotesque. People who can’t feel empathy, who don’t care and commit acts of cruelty towards they fellow human beings, don’t deserve a “fan-base” or whatever. They deserve the worst punishment possible.

I’m posting this post as a gruesome reminder that there are serious predators out there. Always remember to look after yourself and those you care about. For all you know there could live a monster on your block, right next door.

Psycho Nr.1- This guy locked his own daughter in his basement where he raped and abused her for 24 years. While his daughter was imprisoned downstairs giving birth to 7 children, he kept up the appearances with his “official family” upstairs. Talk about a sick bastard.

Psycho Nr.2- This guy caught the attention of the world when one of the women he held captive managed to escape. His horrible secret life spilled out in the open and finally put a stop to his reign of terror. While raping & abusing his victims, he went to church every Sunday and led a normal life pretending to be sane, even in court he maintained that he was a good guy, even when confronted with all the evidence proving his guilt. ย He got 1000 years in prison for all of his crimes….

Psycho Nr.3 & 4- I don’t know which one is worst? Husband or wife? See this video about Jaycee Lee Dugard who was abducted by a married couple and kept as this man’s “slave” for 18 years. Seriously. Where do people like that come from? Seriously disturbing. And what a wife. Ugh…disgusting. May they burn in hell, both of them.

Psycho Nr.5- One of the most famous serial killers of all time. Charismatic and likeable on the surface, totally insane behind the mask.

Conclusion? Never walk around alone & never trust anyone. Remember…the nutcase that got hold of Dugard claimed that “he loved her” & Castro claimed that there was ” so much harmony” going on in his house of horror where he abused his victims. Psycho, with a huge, capital P. Stay alert, you never know ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

21 Reasons I Suck!

We all make mistakes and we all have our shortcomings. In this age of “photoshopped perfection” I thought it would be cool to share some of mine. Now for those of you who didn’t know, I started this blog to have some fun really and don’t take myself particularly serious outside of music. It is in many ways a bit of a joke, but I do throw in some serious entries now and then, self irony is important and ever since I published my first entry I’ve hoped that people would “get it”. Anyway, here we go: (this has been written as if thought I give myself advice, seemed strange to write I all the time) 1) Understanding that people are not as interested as you are in your project. Bursting into the room euphoric because you have figured something out, or interrupting people to share your concept or idea is tempting when you are excited, but instead of coming across as dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic about your craft, you might just come across as a self-centered bastard. Conclusion? You either have to contain your excitement or go for a walk. 11089002_896426907063370_6264076242780313081_o 2) Pay attention. Paying attention to what others are saying is a sign of respect, the fact that you are too consumed with your latest idea doesn’t help the fact that people will perceive you as someone who doesn’t notice them or who treat people like they are air. Truly listening can also be crucial when important information is shared, constantly telling people, that…”yes yes…what did you say again?” or that you will “call them back again later.” will make people feel like you don’t value them,even if you do. Conclusion? Try to focus and be less absent-minded and more present. Very, very, hard. 936670_755525814486814_3647547660524842408_n 3) The oldest pig. Now I find the story of the 3 little pigs very interesting. I had to take responsibility early on when everybody else could run around and be irresponsible and I was always very serious when it came to everything I was doing. A bit too serious. The way I see it, yes it is good to be the practical pig, but if you only obsess with your work, you are more likely to make a serious mistake due to the fact that you are over focusing and have little to no variety. You might let the wolf in, because you ย in all your absent-mindedness, simplyย left the door open. Conclusion? Trying to be less obsessive with what you are doing is tricky, in fact very tricky, but it’s worth a try. 4) Try to be organised. Yes it’s easy to get carried away, but being messy and throwing a gazillion ideas out there will make it hard to find and re-locate previous ideas and notes. I forget about previous ideas all the time. Having an organised chaos only makes sense to you, so if your notes look unreadable and everything is a mess…try to clean up your craziness now and then. Conclusion? It takes a lot of time, but it’s certainly worth doing, nothing more frustrating than spending hours looking for something you know where is…sort of…kind of…you know…you know ย where it is but not quite where… ๐Ÿ˜› IMG_1991 5) Remember to eat and drink. It is a good idea, you know… Conclusion? Crucial. 320136_435800826459316_737121203_n 6)Think before you talk. Some people have the tendency to just blurt things out, I also think that creative people have a tendency to blurt inconsistent, scattered thoughts out, which can make people really scratch their head as they think you said something you certainly didn’t say. Something that is meant as a joke, comes across as a fact, something that you probably shouldn’t have said, becomes the real, hidden truth! Think before you talk is the mantra of our politically sensitive, politically correct society, where sudden blurts can be character suicide. Conclusion? Politicians, Rockstars, Artists, Critics, Journalists, those who used to be colourful and controversial characters have very little space to manoeuvre and little freedom unless they want to be assaulted by angry haters online or lose their job. At the end of the day you don’t want unnecessary hate or burned bridges due to misunderstandings. 10868152_831331350239593_4072986649738812042_n 7)First Impressions. First impressions are important, I remember a producer was telling me extensively ย about this in LA. I had to be careful with what kind of recording I put out there, because first impressions are hard to shake off. Conclusion? Unless you want people to run for their lives. Try to look representable. Image wise, be yourself but a refined version. 12556_10151140350527217_1175379577_n 8) Expecting too much of others. When you expect certain reactions and behaviour from others, you are destinedย to be disappointed. Conclusion? Always expect the worst. Then you’ll be happy when your suspicion is proven false. profile pic 9) When you are upset… Most people have a short-term memory when it comes to their own wrongdoings. If someone was mean to you, hurt you or betrayed you, there is a 99% chance they won’t even remember. That’s why bullies from school remember the “good ol’days” when you were best “friends” and had sooo much fun together…ย and people who threw shit at you when you started out as an artist remember that they ALWAYSย supported you… This is also why holding grudges or isolating yourself isย a bad idea, why? Because you only hurt yourself. Remember, the douchebag probably doesn’t even know he/she has been or is a douchebag. Even if someone was to ruin your life it’s highly unlikely, that they actually would be aware of how their decisions affected you.ย  Conclusion? There is a difference between, family, fiends and acquaintances. And even among family and friends, the majority willย not support you in times of need. Which means that unless you want to be the loneliest person in the world…call, chat and hang out with people, just keep in the back of your mind that if you need their help, they are most likely to let you down. 10) Motivating others. If you only care about getting results motivating others is something you will fail at. Why? Because the key to motivation is to point out what you like about the people you work with, instead of pointing out everything that has not been done. Conclusion? Hmm..I try my best!! :/ 1238951_597368846969179_1192680124_n 11) Free Time.ย I’m not quite sure what this means ๐Ÿ˜› but I guess getting drunk at the pub or watching TV is what people refer to when they talk about free time. If free time bores you and doesn’t do anything for you…you shouldย at least try to understand other people’s need for this abstract thing. Like… calling people in the middle of the night during weekends to share what you think is a brilliant idea, might be seen as highly annoying. Sending work emails and Skype messages in the middle of the night, might be seen as strange as well. Conclusion? Everyone thinks you are weird if you don’t follow the norm. It is custom to indulge in gossip as this apparently is very interesting, just like watching reality TV. Most people live for their free time. Few live for their work/art. IMG_1298 12)Leaving teacups. Everyone hates me for leaving tea cups that are half empty around the house. Conclusion? Take the time to actually finish drinking the cup of tea or wait before making it in the first place. 13) Saying the obvious hurts others. People prefer a lie. I don’t. Whats that proverb again? Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie? Conclusion? If someone asks if the dress is ugly, say no. If someone ask if they are fat, say no. In fact always say no, no matter what. Photo on 13-10-2014 at 21.59 14) Attention to the big picture. Don’t call something done just because you are impatient. Conclusion? Improving. Attention to the picture as a whole is very important. Very important. Crucial. 15) Remind people of how grateful you are for what they’ve done for you. It matters little that you feel grateful, you gotta let people know, over and over and over again. Conclusion? I always say thank you but I can certainly improve when it comes to making others feel valued. 10980757_864381550267906_6259820753548633158_n 16) In the big scheme of things, nobody cares if you remembered to take out the garbage or clean the sink. The people who live with you will mind though and even though it is soooo irrelevant, it will drive them mad. Conclusion? The mundane has to be done, even if it is absolutely irrelevant in your mind. 17) Everybody hates and everyone is hated. I don’t hate anyone really, if I don’t like someone I just don’t have anything to do with them. I get annoyed sometimes but that doesn’t stop people from hating me. Conclusion? Don’t let it get to you when people hate you, tricky, very tricky…but..hmmm… worth a go. 10380290_403098096519986_8430798531854679254_n 18) Being obsessive when it comes to patterns can be a good thing if used correctly , applying this to people who strike you as odd is a bad idea. Conclusion? Trying to figure people out can drive you crazy, it’s not worth the effort. 10989231_871247909581270_7569271192712233113_n 19) When people are in the bathroomย they do not want to be disturbed by you sharing your latest idea by shouting thorough the door or the window. Conclusion? Yes, I’ve learned not to do that now. 1384286_607874402585290_281396197_n 20) Assuming that you know what the other person is about to say, will drive them crazy and you might not get to hear the next part of their sentence when they decide they don’t want to tell you anymore. Not knowing what they really were about to say, will drive you crazy. Conclusion? Slow down. 21) My culinary skills are legendary… Knowing how much pasta to cook for one person and how long it takes before a toast is burnt- yeah, I should know that by now… ๐Ÿ˜› IMG_1010 10592732_10152171661791157_7750628796142756914_n 10582938_771007756271953_1241206921258175622_o

My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.”ย Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation!ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!”ย Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!” ย nobody cared much about that.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz.ย https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And Followersย https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSONย https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

20 Badass Women!

To celebrate The International Women’s Day, I decided to compile a list featuring some seriously badass women!

(UPDATE from the 8th of July 2018: This entry was originally written in 2015 and since then it has come to my attention that women suffer greatly physically when pursuing some of these testosterone ย fuelled professionsย that originally (and still) are dominated by men. When I wrote this entry I was not aware of Europe’s demographic predictions and the severity of our cultural situation. I still think the women on this list are awesome, and I will certainly not put it on private anytime soon, I just think it is crucial that I mention what other’s won’t necessarily say when indirectly or directly pushing the current gender-neutral, egalitarian agenda. Then again, I assume that a minority of women will be attracted to adventurous and high-risk professions. I would also like to add that I myself, experienced 9 months of injury in my shoulder due to virtuoso guitar playing, and that I was “crippled” for 2 months out of those 9, and had to be nursed by my family due to movement restrictions in said limb. It is important to be honest, to have transparency and to be open about the reality of “egalitarianism.” Also if you look at a lot of the women who are considered great role-models in our current society, they have no children at all! Something to bear in mind!).

1) Artemisia of Caria, Queen of Halicarnassus! She was a naval commander for Xerxes the Great’s Persian military in the 5th century BCE. She personally commanded her contribution of five ships at the naval battle of Artemisium and in the naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE.

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2)Laskarina Bouboulina! She was a Greek naval commander. She financed and took control of the flagship of the fledgling Greek navy, which she named the Agamemnon, and commanded an eight-strong fleet in the ultimately successful Greek War of Independence. After her death she was given the rank of admiral in the Russian Imperial Navy.

3) Jennie Irene Hodgers! She dressed as a man and assumed the name Albert Cashier to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Cashier ended up under the command of Ulysses S. Grant himself, and partook in 40 notoriously bloody battles before she was captured. She overpowered her Confederate captors, and continued to fight until 1865.

4) Emmeline Pankhurst! She was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement!

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5) Victoria Woodhull! She was an American leader of the suffragette movement! She was also the first female candidate for President of the United States in 1872!

6) Nancy Wake! She served as a British Special Operations Executive agent during the later part of World War II. She was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war and the Gestapo’s most wanted person!

7) Eileen Nearne! She was a member of the UK’s Special Operations Executive during World War II. Nearne was dropped by parachute into occupied France to relay messages from the French resistance. She was eventually arrested by the Nazis, tortured, and sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. She managed to escape the Nazis and was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire after the war.

8) Roza Shanina! She was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with fifty-nine confirmed kills, including twelve soldiers during the Battle of Vilnius.

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9) Marina Raskova! She was the first woman to become a navigator in the Soviet Air Force in 1933. She founded three female air regiments during WWII, the most famous of Raskova’s units terrorized the Nazis and earned themselves the nickname โ€œNight Witches.โ€ An American โ€œLiberty Shipโ€ was named in her honour after her death.

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10) Lyudmila Pavlichenko! Russian Sniper with 309 confirmed kills, including 36 enemy snipers.
Pavlichenko earned the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”. After the war, she completed her university degree and became a historian and served on the Soviet Committee of the Veterans of War.

11) Beryl Markham! She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west!

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12) Hanna Reitsch! She was a German aviator who set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career! She was the first woman to fly a helicopter, a rocket plane, and a jet fighter.

13) Jacqueline Cochran! She was the first woman to compete in the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934. In 1937, she was the only woman to compete in the Bendix race. That year, she also set a new woman’s national speed record. By 1938, she was considered the best female pilot in the United States. She had won the Bendix and set a new transcontinental speed record as well as altitude records. Cochran was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. She won five Harmon Trophies as the outstanding woman pilot in the world. Sometimes called the “Speed Queen”, at the time of her death, no other pilot held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history than Cochran.

14) Valentina Tereshkova! She was the first woman to travel into space!

15) Sally Ride! She was the first American Woman in Space

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16) Eileen Collins! She was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.

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17) Kay Cottee! She was the first female sailor to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. It took 189 days.

18) Fanny Bullock Workman! She was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalaya. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers. She set several women’s altitude records and championed women’s rights and women’s suffrage.

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19) Ida Laura Pfeiffer. She was one of the first female explorers, whose popular books were translated into seven languages. She was a member of geographical societies of both Berlin and Paris, but not of Royal Geographical Society in London due to her gender.

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20) Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope. She is considered the first biblical archeologist. Her archaeological expedition to Ashkelon in 1815 is considered the first modern excavation in the history of Holy Land archeology & her use of a medieval Italian document is described as “one of the earliest uses of textual sources by field archaeologists”.

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All information & photos taken from various sources online.