// vellichor: the strange wistfulness of used bookstores //

please take a long hard look through your textbook, ’cause i’m history.

cave in // owl city

i took these pictures during my trip to pennsylvania, at an enormous store called baldwin’s book barn. there would have been more photos, but the lighting was pretty bad, and most of them turned out blurry. these will have to do.

i haven’t gotten any books out of the library in quite some time, and i feel like my imagination is suffering because of it. there are a few books i would like to read, including the creeping shadow by jonathan stroud, letters to the lost by brigid kemmerer, and harry potter and the goblet of fire by j.k. rowling. but any suggestions would be appreciated, especially if it’s summery or fantasy.

random updates:

☼ i’ve been drawing a lot lately, so there should be an art post sometime soon.

☼ my newest music obsession is oh wonder.

☼ i’ve almost reached 300 posts?? that’s pretty rad.

☼ i!! have!! a!! new!! story!! idea!!

☼ you guys successfully cured my boredom on my q&a post, but now i have to answer 100+ questions.




// sketchbook #2 //

in my last post, i mentioned that i had done some drawings. i was planning on doing a few more pieces before sharing them, but my imagination has abandoned me at the moment, so i figured i’d just go ahead and post these.

they kind of suck, sorry about that. but i love making art, even if i’m not very good at it.

anyway, i hope you enjoy these trashy sketches that i call art. :)

a rose i saw in pennsylvania, featuring lyrics from san diego by blink-182. this was a lot of fun to color. and it actually sort of looks like a flower. most of my flowers do not look like the real thing.

lonely girl with lyrics from i’m just a kid by simple plan. i used watercolor, sharpie, and colored pencils on this one. i absolutely love drawing people, even though they don’t look that good.

some almost decent hands, with lyrics from vanilla twilight by owl city. i love that song so much. it makes me a bit sad. the lyrics rather perfectly sum up how i feel about some people.

make sure to listen to my new single, “crippling loneliness, ft. loren’s pathetic love life.”

haha, yeah, i manage to turn everything into a joke. :D HELP MEEEE.



// sketchbook //

i’ve been drawing a lot lately. it helps me calm down and stop stressing about everything for a bit. and having a finished drawing is pretty satisfying.

i wanted to share a few drawings with you guys. i’m not that good of an artist, and my attempts at people are especially disappointing. so don’t expect anything good from me.

comic with lyrics from i miss you by blink-182.

 buttercups found at my church, and lyrics from dental care by owl city.

inspired by art by vivian, with a quote from gravity falls.

pastel hipster girl or whatever.

bad drawing of N, which doesn’t look like him at all. i’m still trying to figure out how to draw faces.




The 30 Song Challenge

30 Song Challenge

*tag pic by Megan*

Hey, guys! Kellyn from Reveries posted about The 30 Song Challenge, and tagged anyone who wanted to do it. So here I am. :D

Though it’s really more of The 29 Song Challenge, since number twelve seems to be missing.

1) Your favorite song

AAAGH NOOO. Don’t do this to me. It’s almost as stressful as “What’s your favorite book?”

2) Your least favorite song

Baby, it’s Cold Outside. I heard this on the radio during Christmas about a thousand times. The same version. Played over and over.

3) A song that makes you happy

Gold by Owl City.

Shout out to the dreams you’ll chase
Shout out to the hearts you’ll break
Nothing’s gonna stop you now
I guess you better be going

4) A song that makes you sad

This Isn’t the End by Owl City. The first time I listened to it, I got really sad (’cause it’s a sad song!), but it’s also uplifting.

5) A song that reminds you of someone

If My Heart Was a House by Owl City. It’s super slow and pretty and reminds me of my friends.

6) A song that reminds you of somewhere

Lost Boy by Ruth B. My friend Izzy introduced me to this song. Reminds me of Neverland, where else?

7) A song that reminds you of a certain event

Let’s go celebrate Christmas

With everyone, everywhere, everyday

Let’s go celebrate Christmaaaaaaas

In Pineville, USA!

That annoying song. It reminds of Christmas.

8) A song that you know all the words to

idk. I guess I know the lyrics to lots of songs, though I can’t name one off the top of my head. But when the music starts, I just sort of know the words.

9) A song that you can dance to

NO. I do not dance.

Well, OK. Out on the Verge, maybe, if I’m by myself.

10) A song that makes you fall asleep

Fireflies and Vanilla Twilight (by Owl City, duh) are both nice, slow-ish songs.

11) A song from your favorite band

Just a song? Not my favorite song from that band? OK.

Kamikaze by Owl City. It has a completely different feel from his other songs.

13) A song from a band you hate

Ugh — Hello by Adelle. I really can’t stand that song, though the parody Hello From The Dark Side is OK.

14) A song that no one would expect you to love

Wake Me Up by Avicii. Why is this surprising? Because it’s something other than Owl City.

15) A song that describes you

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde. What? I have big dreams. ☺

16) A song that you used to love but now you hate

Should’ve Said No by Taylor Swift. I used to belt this out in the kitchen with a wooden spoon while my older brother crawled around my legs pretending to be a baby.

17) A song that you hear often on the radio

I don’t really listen to the radio very much. My mom never finds music that I actually know. Currently, our radio is stuck on a rock station, which isn’t too bad. Between the songs, when it was saying what station we were on, the guy said, “This is something something rock, not that other crap.”

18) A song that you wish you heard on the radio


19) A song from your favorite album

Wolf Bite or Up All Night from Owl City’s Ultraviolet album. They’re so catchy!

20) A song that you listen to when you’re angry

I don’t know . . . Probably Phoenix by Fall Out Boy.

21) A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Unbelievable  by Owl City.

22) A song that you listen to when you’re sad

To the Sky by Owl City. It’s uplifting.

23) A song that you want to play at your wedding

For the Dancing and the Dreaming from How to Train Your Dragon 2 and If I Didn’t Have You from Monsters Inc.

24) A song that you want to play at your funeral

Ooh . . . how about Centuries by Fall Out Boy? That would be cool.

25) A song that makes you laugh

I’m On Vacation by Rhett & Link. The music video . . . it kills me. Oh, and The Once-ler’s Traveling Madness, a song that was deleted from The Lorax. You can find it on YouTube.

26) A song that you can play on an instrument


Camptown Races.

I am skilled with the flute.

27) A song that you wish you could play

*cough* Literally anything. *cough*

28) A song in a foreign language that you like

O Tannenbaum. It’s Oh, Christmas Tree in German, and it’s really pretty. My mom used to sing it to me when I was little.

29) A song from your childhood

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS THEME SONG. I found out that they have The Magic School Bus on Netflix and I watched a few episodes. XD Ah, memories . . .

So strap your bones right to the seat
Come on in and don’t be shy —
Just to make your day complete
You might get baked into a pie!


30) Your favorite song at this time last year

Counting Stars by OneRepublic. Still love this song.

Well, that was fun! If you actually read the whole thing, you now know that I REALLY love Owl City.

I tag anyone that has listened to an Owl City song!


Owl City ♥

I wanted to share some of my favorite Owl City songs. :)

Owl City Galaxies quotes


One of my favorite songs ever created is Galaxies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaHxHY2tih8

Owl City When Can I See You Again quotes


When Can I See You Again is another great song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1YMeDsc-M

Owl City Fireflies quotes


Fireflies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4

Owl City Angels quotes


Angels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d4Kj2u4VN8

Owl City Rainbow Veins quotes


Rainbow Veins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkgMd5bm_w8

Owl City Peppermint Winter quotes


Peppermint Winter:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orDENUwk344

Who is your favorite singer?


When I go hiking, I gather up sticks that I like and try to make my mom bring them home.