I'm getting bad at this updating thing, aren't I? Then again, things got kind of crazy after I made my last post. There was my trip to Taiwan, A-kon and all my writing assignments, a nasty case of con plague that wouldn't go away , and then burlesque. At some point, my partner had to stage an intervention on my blogging because I was losing too much sleep and he was afraid that it was no longer an enjoyable hobby. As a result, I took a break and realized that I needed to re-evaluate the purpose of each blog.
Hibari-sensei's Classroom has returned with more focus on cross-cultural interaction and social awareness. . . though I'll still provide a hefty dose of pop and underground culture with my countdowns and links to the Resonance Media blogs. Speaking of which, you can check out all my A-kon reporting here (first three links). This was my second time shooting in the press pit, and I think I've improved a lot. It helps to have a nice lens and more space too.
The other blog I've been updating is my burlesque one, Lab teching my way through stripper school. There are posts about my debut performance, how my race and (a)sexuality affects my involvement in burlesque, and a nerdlesque show that I wound up being a part of. Hana Li is also on Tumblr and Pinterest now so you can find those links to follow her stuff there.
Burlesque continues to be a huge learning experience. In my nine years of cosplay, I've managed to fudge things without much sewing, but now I have to confront my arch nemesis to make costumes. Right now, however, I've been working on my debut solo act. While I knew what song I wanted to use, I had trouble building a concept because I didn't want to copy other dancers. Last night I had an epiphany that will help make the routine so much more awesome. I still have to be careful about making sure I'm not unconsciously using ideas from dancers I've seen.
I've also broken my creative writing dry spell. It was a combination of a deadline nearing (which prompted me to finally write out the poems I had planned on creating for submission) and starting to do exercises again out of Imaginative Writing, the book we used in my Intro to Creative Writing class. Some of it may have also been due to the root canal I just had because when you can't go to work, nothing's on TV, and your wireless keeps cutting out, what else is there to do? Hopefully this has gotten the ball rolling for new stuff in the future. I can't let this spark fade into embers.
One last piece of good news: I'm a paid writer now! Although I can't quit my day job anytime soon (not that I want to), I suddenly feel more legit now.
Quote of the Day
"Any writer can attest: in the luckiest, happiest state, the words are not coming from you, but through you." - Calvin Weir-Fields, Ruby Sparks (I highly recommend watching this movie even I was completely shaken by how much I resembled Calvin, both as a writer and as a flawed individual.)