think of a coal seam fire waiting for the right time to set the forest above it alight.
think of a girl with enough going on in her mind to lose control, and think of the riot she’ll begin.

think of a community for writers of any kind and creed. that’s what SMASHthegenre is. that’s what we can turn it into. SMASHthegenre is a writing collective created at the beginning of 2016. it’s a forum and a chatroom meant to bring writers together to share our works and discuss writing styles and ideas, find help and advice, and simply befriend fellow writers. 

in time for NaNoWriMo 2016, SMASHthegenre brings some new and improved features to its members:

✦ the #SMASHthegenre Discord server, complete with several specific channels (including a members-only channel, a NaNoWriMo channel, and even an “after dark” channel ;D ), an easy to access voice chat, and some really awesome bots created by one of our very own moderators!
✦ the #SMASHspotlight: the chance for every member to get their 15 minutes of fame, either to ask for dedicated help on their project, or just to answer questions and let their ego bloom. twice the encouragement with none of the interruptions.
✦ a freshly organized, user-friendly forum waiting for your stories, questions, advice, recommendations, and more! 
SMASHthefacebook page is here! keep updated more easily with announcements and posts made often by the moderators and members.
✦ for the gamers: we even have a SMASHthegenre group on Steam. friend other members and kick ass in some shoot-’em-ups!

SMASHthegenre continues to grow as more and more amazing writers join us to help shape a creative space online dedicated to writing.

♥ shilo christina (rioteer)

c’mon and SMASHthegenre!

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It’s sure been a while, now, hasn’t it, dears? That’s my bad. That’s my bad, entirely, but it’s also for a later post that I promise will happen. I’m getting back on track with the doing-things-on-the-internet lifestyle, because being a presence here in this gigantic mash of creativity is a dream of mine, and it’s time to work on making that happen!

That’s where SMASH comes in! SMASHthegenre is now LIVE to the public! What is it? It’s something, that’s for sure.

SMASH is an online writing forum that I began working on at the end of November 2015, and brought out of hiding at the beginning of 2016 for a small group of friends that I had made during NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to lose these creative minds and friendships after the hectic November event was over, so I barreled forward with an idea I’ve had for years but never before been able to execute. With support, lots of energy drinks, skype calls, and a little last-minute BB Coding for Dummies, SMASHthegenre came into being.

You can read more about the SMASH manifesto on the forum. Let me break it down quick though: SMASH is a forum for sharing your own writing, to read the stories of other writers, and to offer critiques, advice, and good ol’ fashioned friendship. There is also a members’ only chat room that is available 24/7, where we all come together to talk about writing and life in general, set up timed writing sprints to keep each other productive, and on Saturdays, we have set discussions on certain topics (so far, we’ve discussed such things as POV, Setting, and Dialogue).

What do I hope to achieve with SMASH? I’m not entirely sure, yet. I’m growing right along with it, learning new things daily and discovering different things that I can bring to the table to make it a fun, interactive place for other writers. Like I say in the manifesto, if all I do in the end is bring five people together to share their passion, then that’s enough for me.

keep rioting, xo. shilo christina

what’s white and red and got a good beat? | music review

Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of this post. It’s not entirely a review, and it’s only half of a Top 10 list, and it’s a very obscure collection. But it’s here, and it’s something I like and want to share, and best of all, it’s creepy and a good way to send off Halloween.

How do I describe this list of music videos? Let’s see… My favourite types of music videos fall into two categories: either they tell a story, or they’ve rooted you in place with utterly morbid and macabre scenery. If I’m lucky, it does both. I’m a fan of stark contrasts, blacks and whites with splashes of colour. I like chaos, as the name of this blog, the tagline written all over it, and my signature can attest to.

What I love, is watching something fall apart. Not so much in the way of a demolition, or destruction, but… degeneration (wow that’s a lot of words for the same thing that start with D). That visual reminder, that perfection is unattainable, is comforting to someone who struggles with trying to prove otherwise on a daily basis. I read stories about characters and worlds that crumble in one way or another. I watch movies that make my skin crawl with rooms that change around the character (a la the descent into the Other World in Silent Hill (both movie and game) or the several environmental changes that room in the book/movie 1408 goes through).

I search for music that can give me the same feeling. When it includes a music video that does the same? Bonus! Here’s my top 5 favourite music videos that have that things-are-not-perfect-and-I-am-going-to-pieces vibe.

WARNING/DISCLAIMER: Every one of the videos on this list uses effects to allude to massive quantities of blood. If you’re not a fan of horror/gore, you definitely might not want to check these out, sorry. I’ll put a brief summary with each title so you can use your own discretion.
Let’s start a RIOT

do, please, judge a book by its cover | nanowrimo 2015 covers

NaNoWriMo 2015 is upon us in less than three days! Have you plotted and planned? Are your characters all ready to fall in love or be ripped apart or slay the dragon? Have you let your daydreaming get to you, imagining what it would look like to see your name on the shelves with the best? I have, without hesitation… okay, with some hesitation. I wasn’t too sure, until mid-October, whether I would participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. Last year, a lot of life-related issues kept my best friend and I from reaching our goal, and it was a blow to my ego — my first “loss” in the six years I’ve been giving my soul over to the literary deities and muses so as to bleed out 50,000 words within 30 days. I finally decided that no, I wouldn’t let last year’s bad luck and emotional turmoil spoil the fun I’ve had every year throwing new characters into new situations, sharing excerpts and gripes and milestones.

Plus, and here’s where I get to the point: it means that I get to design a cover for my novel! One of my favourite, random little hobbies, is graphic design. I’ve been messing around in photoshop programs since 2003 (even before then, if MSPaint can be counted). For the most part, the art I make is for myself; collages to depict characters, certain scenes, moods; digital journal pages to clear my head of thoughts; and every now and then, something fandom-related. It’s a medium that I like to think I’ve grown talented in, and I love when opportunities arise for me to share my work with other people. NaNoWriMo is a great outlet for this. On the forums, there’s a gorgeous little section called NaNo Artisans, where artists of any make or measure can come and offer things such as character sketches, personalized soundtracks, and, as my luck would have it, covers!

This year, I wanted to get back into the spirit of NaNoWriMo and include myself in the forums and chats. I started that journey off in the Artisans forum, asking other writers to tell me the synopses of their novels, so that I could, with a little inspiration, create something that they could use to motivate themselves and do that thing we writers love to do: imagine ourselves on the shelves. Over the last week, I created 36 mock book covers for some amazingly talented writers. I had an amazing time with every design, wanting to do right by each author and the world they have ready and raring to go come November 1st. I hope above all hope that everyone is successful with their 50,000 words this year, and that maybe a few years down the road, I get to see their book on a shelf somewhere (likely, without the cover I’ve made, but hey, at least I can say I helped inspire them a little back in the day).  

Here’s my personal Top 10 from all of the covers I did!

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