An Open Letter to the March for Our Lives Participants

To the participants in the 800+ Marches for Our Lives happening all over the world today:

You shouldn’t have to be doing this. You shouldn’t have to make a statement that you just want to live life without fearing for your end by an AR-15. Those who actually spearheaded today’s movement – the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting – should be mourning their fallen classmates and staff, healing from this gut-wrenching experience, and focus on getting readjusted to school. If you wanted to take it a step further, the shooting – or any of the mass shootings for that matter – shouldn’t have happened. There should be a lot less broken families in this country and more loved ones still among us. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the March for Our Lives Participants”

One Side

Last week’s blog post was scheduled ahead of time, which is why there was no mentioning of the unbelievable hate that went down in Charlottesville, Virginia that day.

I’m honestly lost for words. I’ve wracked my mind over and over again, figuring out just what to say about it without repeating what other people have already said. I’ve addressed time and time again the tense political climate we are in, but this event has for sure taken the turn for the worse. That’s why I’ve decided to bluntly tell it like it is at this point in time: Continue reading “One Side”

Remember to Write For Yourself

A recent experience left me with a firm reminder on the value of writing for yourself. Without going into too much detail, I had spent time this past month, writing a story as part of a collaborative project. Feedback has been given with each new draft that has truly helped polish it into becoming the best version of itself. However, with the last round of suggestions for it, I felt extremely uneasy with what was being offered to me in regards to how to alter the plot. Not to mention that the number of suggestions came at a copious amount, which left me feeling frustrated over needing to satisfy several people at once. Continue reading “Remember to Write For Yourself”

justice

Bad and/or stressful events happen in the world all the time. I just can’t seem to ignore the ongoing race for the next president of the United States that won’t have an end in sight for at least another five more months. I also remain furious as our justice system continues to let down rape victims by giving rapist Brock Turner only six months in jail, for raping an unconscious woman last year. As of recent, the year of losing musical talent continues; this time, from gun violence.

It’s a lot to go off of that can bring many spirits down, which is why today’s post is being kept short, in the matters of giving something to read and giving something to do. Continue reading “justice”

5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

Continue reading “5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century”

Journey Alone

As one can likely imagine, to write a book is a solo effort.  Unless if you’re part of the rare exceptions where you’re co-writing a project with someone, you’re pretty much the master mind behind it all; in creating the characters, the settings, the plot, and what not.  It’s very fulfilling, for you don’t have to give in to anyone else’s input other than your own.  As modest as you may be, at the end of the day, you are the god of your own little world.

Writing A Moment’s Worth was a challenge for sure.  There’s no denying it.  However, I think the only challenge that was adamantly present was as to whether or not I could write something at the length of a novel.  As far as being on my own and writing solo goes, that was never an issue for me.  If anything, writing the novel- or just writing in general- for me is the extension of my journey alone. Continue reading “Journey Alone”