The past couple of months have been jam packed with things. Shortly after making my previous post, I worked press at AnimeFEST. Here's my live report of the FLOW concert and interview with the band for JRock247. I had a lot of fun, and the experience reminded me why I love J-rock and want to continue writing about it.
Despite the triumph, I wound up getting into a really bad place in my head. Work got stressful, and I started to question my place in burlesque. That left writing, which became my solace. Social justice became my focus. I mean, it's something I've become a champion of over the years, but I decided that I needed to start writing about it more. Over at my action sports blog, To the Power of X, I wrote about the sexism in the community: Action Sports Needs to Be More Feminist, part 1 and part 2. My contributions to Rogue Group Writing focused on subjects like racism and body image. More recently, I made a post at Hibari-sensei's Classroom about the problem of sexual harassment of Japanese women by foreigners, something that rarely gets covered in cultural exchange program orientations. I urge you to read it and spread the word for a more comprehensive program to protect women of all nationalities.
I've managed to get out of my slump and find the motivation to write more, and I have Rattle magazine to thank. They started "Poets Respond", a weekly challenge that has poets writing about current events. With the exception of this past week (which was focused on burlesque and lab meeting), I've been contributing a poem since I discovered the challenge. You can read them at Rogue Group Writing, along with the aforementioned posts. I'm hoping this fire within me continues to burn.
I did eventually start to feel better about burlesque. It was just that things were a little weird, and getting thrust into a samba troupe did not help. I enjoyed being a part of Fuego de Samba and opening the Latin Burlesque Festival though. More recently, I finally got the chance to perform a new routine. Even better was that I actually made it into a competition... for Evil Queen of Burlesque. I recently made a post so you can hop over to Hana Li's blog.
Now I'm taking a break from dancing and cons to focus on writing. I'm giving NaNoWriMo a shot (I'm "lithiumflower") although I'm doing it with a twist because of all the blogs I have to keep up with. So far, my word count isn't that great, but only now am I truly not busy with other things. I'm sure this won't last long, but I'm going to try to capitalize off of it.
Quote of the Day
"When you’re 18 and you’re pissed off, you’re angry at your parents and your teachers and what you feel people are dong to you. They’re not listening to you and you want to have a voice. When you’re an adult, you tend to root your lyrics in more mature themes. The kinds of things that piss us off these days are things like human trading in the modern world and how sex slavery actually still happens. There’s arguably more slavery today than there has been at any time in human history. That makes me so angry and disgusted." - Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park