New Life

First rule of blogging is to not talk about why you haven’t been blogging. But rules are more like guidelines, anyway, right?

Between VCMG, Soulsavers and the NEW ALBUM in progress, this has been an exciting spring and summer for DM fans. I have been following it all, but haven’t had time to share much of my own insights due to hitting my own personal busy season – between FanimeCon in May and the busy period of the work cycle at my job, I was working at least 50-60 hours a week. I had about as much energy leftover as molasses in a Canadian winter, and about the same level of darkness inside.

That was, until I was unexpectedly laid off from my job three weeks ago. Don’t worry, it was on good terms, and I have spent my time building my portfolio and looking for work. But what this means is that I have been able to sit down and reprioritize my life, including getting back to some things that really bring me bliss – this blog being one of them.

You’ll notice that the entire look of the blog has been upgraded, including a cool new navigation structure that I hope will allow you to more easily find content that interests you. I’ve added a video and photo section, and have plans in mind for the fans and download sections as well, in addition to substantial content, so stay tuned!


Amanda is an enthusiastic, globe-trotting Mode fan who discovered the band in late 1998. Although she often feels like she got a late start in the Depeche Mode's career, she's survived nearly 20 years of the fandom, five new albums and multiple meetings with her love for the band intact (and stronger than ever). Amanda is a life-long creative, a classically trained graphic designer, working professionally as a User Experience Designer for one of the world's largest technology companies. When not at work or traveling for Depeche, she enjoys character illustration, comics, movies and Japanese Culture. And cats. Lots of Cats.