A writer’s guide to relaxation

1:00 pm EST, November 11, 2012

With NaNoWriMo upon us, it’s important that we take time out of our daily lives to relax and not just stress about making those daily deadlines. We’ve collected five methods to help you relax this month, so that you’re not completely bald by the time November is over!

RainyMood

RainyMood is one of the best websites you can go to if you’re in the need of stress relief. Unless you hate the sound of rain, which would really surprise us, this is our go-to tool for feeling relaxed.

The idea of it is simple; one website with one mode: rain. There are no gimmicks, no creepy music or other sound effects. Just the sound of raindrops on a window, which will relax you even at your most stressed time of the day. Although we do realize that winter is here, so you might not need this artificial source!
 

Relaxing Nature

Relaxing Nature is exactly what you’d expect it to be: A plethora of natural sounds ranging from the ocean to forest wildlife.

We’ve found that combining this with RainyMood is exceptionally relaxing, and you’ll be sure to find yourself either falling asleep or entering zen mode in no time.

Heck, you can probably combine all of these sources together as one majorly relaxing party of awesome. Although you might just have a buzz of sounds at that point!

 

Virtual Fireplaces

This isn’t an entirely new idea, but we’ve found that YouTube is filled with fireplace videos just for the sake of relaxing! Whether you live in Arizona or Greenland, it’s always calming to have the sound of a fireplace in the background.

You can search YouTube, where we found this three-hour video, or you can just go to ClassyFirePlace, which combines the fireplace with rain and classy jazz music.

Although if you’re like us, you might not want the jazz music, which is why we opted for the three-hour video posted below. Combine that video with RainyMood and you’ve got yourself your own winter oasis!

Calm

Calm is another resource for the sounds of wildlife, and we’ve found it to be particularly useful if you just want the sound of a stream or waterfall without the bother of crickets or birds in the background. You can also time it if you so wish, which means you don’t have to worry about turning it off in the morning!

Users beware, there’s a creepy voice that we’re sure is intended to calm you, but you can turn him off as soon as you get on. Don’t know about you, but when we write we’d rather not have ominous “relaxing” voices coming out of our speakers.
 

iTunes 1920s Radio Network

If you go to your iTunes and click Radio, under Eclectic you’ll find the 1920’s Radio Network, which is always playing the most calming and relaxing music we’ve ever listened to.

One for the history nerds as well, this plays true music that was created between the 1920s & 1950s.

Take some time to put on that fireplace, get the rain going, and listen to some old classics while you read or write your NaNoWriMo novel.

How do you relax?

This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

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This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

Opening Monologue

In the opening monologue, Emma Stone reminisced about her previous appearances as host. It all led up to an awkward rendezvous with Bobby Moynihan.

The Hunt For Hil

In a digital sketch, the show spoofed the Hillary Clinton sightings happening in her hometown in upstate New York. Check out The Hunt for Hil.

Jennifer Aniston meets Vanessa Bayer’s Rachel from ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston stopped by Weekend Update during Vanessa Bayer’s incredible Rachel impression. Aniston and Bayer star in the new movie “Office Christmas Party.” Check out the cameo below!

Debette Goldry

Kate McKinnon reprised her character Debette Goldry — a golden age actress who had to do crazy things to get the roles she wanted.

Shawn Mendes performs on ‘SNL’

Shawn Mendes performed two songs on the show as well. Check out his performances of “Treat You Better” and “Mercy.”

Coming Up on ‘SNL’

Next week John Cena will host SNL with musical guest Maren Morris. On December 17 Casey Affleck will host along with musical guest Chance the Rapper.

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

Most notable in the trailer is baby Groot! He was well-loved in the first film and many wondered how involved he would become in the second film, given that he had been reborn after saving his friends. It appears that baby Groot will be just as involved in the action as before, and is causing trouble of his own! It should be fun seeing if Rocket can keep up with his friend as he grows.

Also touched upon in the trailer is Star-Lord’s feelings for Gamora. Somehow his friends are surprised by this news, and Drax even thinks it’s hilarious when the secret is made public. This whole scene makes us even more anxious to see this group together again. Only a couple more months to go! May 2017, can you please hurry up?

The official synopsis for the film teases:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

What do you think of the first teaser trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?