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What I Learned From Participating In #NaNoWriMo

Here’s the thing: winning isn’t the be-all, end-all. NaNoWriMo is about you and your writing. Whether you wrote 49,000 words or 5, your commitment and drive to tell your story is important. And, oftentimes, writing with friends just for writing’s sake in November is fun… like, best-birthday-of your-life fun.

Plus, you learn something from every attempt, even when you don’t hit 50K.

The email popped up on December 1st. “How did your NaNoWriMo go?” It was the subject of a message sent to notify me that I had not written 50,000 words towards my novel last month. My goal was to follow the challenge’s suggestions and tackle 1,667 words-a-day. However, I didn’t quite make it there. Read the rest of this page »

Film Review: Netflix’s Horror-Comedy “Little Evil” Breaks Gender Norms

As Published on The 26

Parenting is hard, but not as hard as having to raise a stepson whom you are convinced may be the antichrist. That’s exactly what Gary Bloom, played by Adam Scott, has to deal with in the 2017 American horror comedy film, “Little Evil,” that was released by Netflix on September 1, 2017.
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You get all of your creaks, moans, jump-scares, classic horror movie references, and an outlandish story with a satirical take with the film written and directed by Eli Craig. However, I was surprised to find that the film also subtly promoted an understanding and acceptance of gender fluidity. Read the rest of this page »

#IndieFilm Review: Loving Vincent

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

-Vincent van Gogh

985px-Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Self-Portrait_-_Google_Art_ProjectBrilliant gold and bright yellow paints softly emerge from fields of rich greens. Pictures that are hand painted bloom on top of the large silver screen. My eyes widen a bit as I stare at the emerging images, inspired by famed Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Willem van Gogh, that has now come to life.

I was finally able to sit down at my local indie movie theatre to watch the film, “Loving Vincent,” the world’s first fully painted feature film directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman last week, and I was not disappointed. Read the rest of this page »

Frequency Within Releases New Music Video At Packed Pomona Show

IMG_0590Lights from a projector cast a grungy scene of four local Southern Californian musicians in, what appears to be, an abandoned structure in front of a packed bar in Pomona, California. The crowd erupts in cheers as the song, “Vindictive,” by the band, Frequency Within, begins to play, and the picture comes to life to reveal the indie/alternative rock band performing their song from their debut album.

The band members, Erica Torres (Vocals, Guitar), Jenna Alonzo (Vocals, Guitar), Oli Navarro

(Bass), and Jeannette Lawler (Drums) successfully released their new music video, “Vindictive,” from their “Blissfulmess” album at Dba256 Bar & Gallery in downtown Pomona, California. The foursome played the video, which was filmed and directed by K Enagonio Photography, to the crowd after performing a highly energetic and engaging set that got the crowd dancing.

Frequency Within’s sound has been compared to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, and Nirvana. The band noticeably has an American Southwest influence of alternative rock with a sound that brings in elements of punk and a dash of grunge. The set, along with the previous acts, was streamed live and followed three other talented bands. However, the music video was only shared with the crowd that was there at the show in person.

Read the full article on The26.

The First Check I Received As An Author

A large white envelope sat at the back of my mailbox. I pulled it out along with some bills and junk mail. I thumbed through the pile of magazines, postcards, and decorative postage making sure that every parcel had been delivered to the correct metal box. However, when I got to the large white envelope with a bright yellow redirect sticker plastered on the front with my name on it, I could have sworn right there and then that the United States Postal Service delivered the envelope to the wrong person.

I looked at the envelope again. It had been addressed to me. It was from Amazon Digital Services and the presentation of the envelope prompted me to assume that there was something important inside. I opened up the envelope and looked at the contents with a face that seemed genuinely surprised. I had received my first check from the eBook that I had published online. Read the rest of this page »

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