The title of this entry is also the title of a new piece I'm working on for Rogue Group Writing. It's a continuation of an essay I wrote during my junior year of high school, "Catharsis", that describes the turning point. I know it's bombastic to say that when I had only been around for 17 years, but that was when I found something to live for. Things may have changed in the 12 years in afterward, and that's what I'm going to talk about in my new essay. However, that epiphany remains in the back of my mind. It's still my goal to have an impact on the life of someone who's in the same place I was back then.
So what inspired me to update my story? Dallas decided to choose The Outsiders, which plays a key role in "Catharsis", for Big D Reads, and S.E. Hinton came to town. I got to meet one of my heroes and listened to her speak about the book and writing in general twice. It wasn't what I expected, and that was when I knew that it was time to reflect on things. I actually questioned whether my dream was still the same. In the end, I decided that it was even if I'm definitely a different person.
Sometimes I wonder if my blogging and other endeavors are distracting me from my true purpose. Then I tell myself that the paths we take are rarely straight lines. Maybe these are stepping stones. Plus I can firmly say that J-rock has been inspiring and writing about it has improved my craft. As for burlesque and photography, they've made me more confident and more creative. They're helping me become a better person so that I can tell my ultimate story the best that I can.
Since we're on the subject of music blogging, I did an interview with GEEKS (click here to read). I'm bummed I won't be able to see them at A-kon, but asking some questions via email was a nice consolation.
Now that convention season is in full swing, I wrote a piece about the incidents with Cherry City Comic Con and Steampunk World's Fair that is worth checking out: "Continuing the conversation on con harassment". Even though I don't have time do to "Beneath the Layers" cosplayer interviews anymore, I still want to bring attention to the social issues in the cosplay and convention world. The efforts haven't gone unnoticed. At All-con, , Ashley, Helena, Frank, and I (or rather, Hana Li since I was performing that weekend) did panels about different problems plaguing fandom, namely harassment and discrimination. Our Sunday panel wound up being featured in the Dallas Examiner.
All-con was Hana Li's third solo performance after a spectacular debut at the Dallas Burlesque Festival. There was also Panty Raid, which was the location of her bust-out. I can't believe it's been a year already. Blog entries are slowly being posted, but there's a recap of the crazy week that was DBF along with a video and a post about returning to the Panty Raid stage. After those successes (and all the praise), I created a new routine, but unfortunately it was rejected. You'd think I'd be used to rejection with all the times I didn't get published, but I've also never lost this much sleep over writing. Plus anytime you throw yourself into creating something and it doesn't get the acknowledgment you want, it's bound to hurt. Oh well, I'm going to step away for a little bit and then improve it for the next opportunity. On the bright side, it gives me time to write some more.
Quote of the Day
"Suddenly it wasn’t only a personal thing to me... There should be some help, someone to tell them before it was too late. Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn’t be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore... And I decided I could tell people." - Ponyboy Curtis, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton