Game of Thrones books leave you hanging, annoyed by TV scripts

Warning: Spoilers are included here, so proceed with that in mind. Once the TV series Game of Thrones ended, I decided to read the books. The novels took me two weeks, but I also read the chapters from the next book author George R.R. Martin had released on the Web. Blood, sex, and violence run as themes through all the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, even more so than in the TV series. Reading these books left me nearly blind from eyestrain and hoping for more because some of my favorite characters’ fates are left

Twenty One Pilots fans go ‘Deadheads’ on us

Some bands, for whatever reasons, attract fans so loyal they go to as many concerts as possible, following the bands from city to city. Most have heard of the Deadheads loyal to The Grateful Dead and its founder the late Jerry Garcia. Twenty One Pilots, the duo arising from an indie band in Columbus (OH), drew their followers to Jacksonville (FL) this week, ahead of the June 14 concert. It’s not the fact the band drew fans here from out of state or country that is intriguing. It’s the fans’ behavior that attracted coverage from local media.

Notes from the road: New restaurant at Fernandina serves real barbecue

I traveled with Rebecca on Tuesday to a private event in Fernandina Beach. A new restaurant was doing a trial run before opening to the public—a ‘soft opening.’ Rebecca contracted to provide music for the evening. Because the restaurant is new, we had no idea what to expect. I came away with positive impressions. The biggest one: Captain Jack’s Smokehouse serves real barbecue.

New ‘Study’ app to pay you to let Facebook track your apps

Buzz is growing about a new app you can opt into permitting Facebook to track some of your phone data. Facebook plans to pay those who participate—if you’re accepted into the ‘Study’ program. After scandals plagued other similar efforts, Facebook appears to be attempting more transparency with this app. Is it right for you though?

Miranda goes punk country, lands homes for her “mutts”

Miranda Lambert is one artist who never ceases to surprise. Lambert just debuted a song I’d say leans to punk country, and she’s celebrating finding homes for her “mutts”—all 61 of them.

CMA Music Fest Artists: Work for attention instead of money

An article about the CMA Music Festival came across my desk, and I was glad to see approximately 300 lesser known artists had the opportunity to perform on “less publicized smaller stages.” The festival is heavily attended, with estimates in the 80,000-100,00 range. Fans pay for tickets. The article at Music LinkUp mentioned something I didn’t know. Artists don’t get paid to perform there.

Coming to Jax? Shop local arts and farmers’ markets

The image of the guitar on my piano is the photo I use for the Indie Art South Facebook page. I found the guitar at Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market one Saturday a couple years ago. My daughters were doing music there, and I had a great time looking at many different works of arts and crafts. Jacksonville is such a big city in terms of land area, it’d be hard to come up with a comprehensive list of all the local arts markets. I’ve settled for pointing out a few I’m familiar with.

Concert on the Green: The gift of music for young and old

Early on, I knew my children would love music. In our younger years, my husband and I squeezed the household budget to provide music lessons for both our girls. The only mandate we issued was to tell them we would never tell them to practice, but if they didn’t practice, we would stop paying for the lessons. They held up their end of the bargain, and now they both do music as their only job outside the home. When I saw an event notice on Facebook, I realized there’s a wonderful opportunity for Memorial Day weekend, and especially  if you

Did they need Ghostbusters at our Early Vote site in Florida?

We headed out to vote in our local Jacksonville Elections on May 11, and this Early Vote experience was a bit different. There was a food truck in the parking lot at the South Mandarin Library, and there was also the car that  became an icon courtesy of the original Ghostbusters film. The car, ECTO-1, could have been the original or a replica—I’m not sure about that. It looked authentic. There were also different costumed characters wandering around. We saw one lady with this huge curved horn-looking thing. I’m not sure what it was.

Reeser poetry and GOT novels on my summer list–how about yours?

I’m not sure why I do this, because I read during the year too, but as summer approaches, I come up with a reading list. Maybe it’s a holdover from my school days. This year my list is ambitious. I’ve purchased Jennifer Reeser’s much-praised poetry collection Indigenous. I just purchased the 5-book bundle of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I deliberately didn’t read the novels until the Game of Thrones series on TV began to come to a close, so I’ll read them now and do some commentary on the books in comparison to

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