A writer’s guide to relaxation

1:00 pm EDT, 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 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 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?

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.


There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.


Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

Raise a glass!


Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.