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Hello! My name is Reelika Pedak (fun fact is that if you were to google my name then there are actually two of us).
I used the blog name ” of Stardust and the Beasts” on various platforms before creating this blog but in the Spring of 2022, I decided to become self-hosted. Creating this blog was a way for me to create a new home. A place where I could rest my thoughts and share my creative side with the world.
Besides Creative Writing
The hardest part of this blog was writing about my challenges with mental health. Perhaps because it is something that is generally shushed because it is deemed shameful.
The reason for me creating this corner was to share my experiences and make others feel less alone as well as bring some understanding into this world. When I was younger there were very few people talking about it or they were anonymous on Tumblr, but the few bloggers made me feel less alone and their triumphs hopeful for the future. And how could someone understand something that is not spoken about? It took a long time to realize that it was not the end of the world.
There is also the corner on my blog where I fangirl about my favourite musicians and bands. Music has always been a big part of my life, my escape from this world that sometimes tires me out. Perhaps it is true, that music can not change the world… but with my pink glasses, I hope that it could. I think that music is a universal language that can make people feel better and less alone with their troubles. I think that changing and moulding our perspective, understanding of others, and the way we feel (like reading) it could make the world a better place.
My Other Work
I have had many jobs, through the years. I have been a car painter, co-manager of a grocery store, night-shift manager, at a gas station, and a cook.
Besides writing and this blog, I also do vocals for a project called “Chaos in Spring” which I have written about on my blog. It is metal so I do both, clean vocals and harsh vocals. Why a project, not a band? Because there are just two of us, my boyfriend that composes and produces all of the songs and also does the mixing/mastering. And then there is me who writes the lyrics and does all of the vocals. You can find us on a pretty big variety of streaming services.
I also do voiceovers and voice acting for my work as audiobooks. I do all of the work myself, from recording to post-editing on Reaper for it to sound clean. The lyric videos I have also made myself on Adobe Premiere Pro.
To me, it seems almost unbelievable that I am doing this now because I have always felt very insecure about my voice but it is something I love doing the most in this life. Overcoming my anxiety about singing/acting in front of someone feels as if I have wrestled a bear and come out of it alive.
To host this beautiful Website I use Dreamhost. If you choose to make your own website and get hosting through my link you will be supporting my work as Dreamhost will pay me.
To upload my recordings to different streaming services I use DistroKid. If you use my link to sign up for DistroKid, I get 10 dollars and you get 7% off.