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I'm throwing my hat in the ring for NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo 2013. I guess third time's the charm, since the last two drafts are shelved.

The problem is that this will be my blindest NaNoWriMo yet. I wrote outlines for the last two ones, but this time, I just got bit and pieces. I don't even have names for all my main characters yet.

But I do know roughly how the first half unfold. It's pants time. Really, this NaNoWriMo is all about getting back into the writing groove without failing math class.

Here's my profile, if you want to friend me. To everyone doing NaNoWriMo, or anyone writing this November, I wish you good luck.

Now back to my music.

I'm On That HuffPo Again! Read My Review of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz

Hey, I'm back again to promote my second review in the Huffington Post!

Due to behind-the-scenes stuff, we couldn't get it up on Tuesday, but it's better late than never.

So read my piece: "Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Is Actually Pretty Good". While I'm critical of its lyrical content, believe me, it's not trash. Also, it's predicted to be #1 on the weekly album charts.

Another note.

It's not locked in, but I'm planning a writing/music post for next week. Watch for it! This might be the end of my Dogtown hiatus.

I Wrote a Review for the Huffington Post!

I'm still on hiatus when it comes to this blog (I'm having trouble with my own novel writing), but I wrote a guest post for the Huffington Post!

Go read it in the Huffington Post's Entertainment section. It's a track-by-track review of Lorde's Pure Heroine album from a lyrical viewpoint. Special thanks to Rock Genius, which I worked with to analyze the album.

And here's a song from Lorde that you probably don't know about--yet.
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Why the Video for Lorde's "Royals" Is Awesome

Have you seen the music videos  for “Royals” by Lorde? On the surface, it seems counter-productive.



It lacks excitement, showing a constant stream of scenes centered around four teenage boys doing nothing particular. Lots of lulls also fill the video, and Lorde herself doesn't even appear that much beyond an opening and closing image and one scene during the bridge.


And it works. The music video for “Royals” is avant-garde and minimal, and successfully represents one mindset held by teenagers.


I'm Calling Yet Another Hiatus

My blogging for this has hit a wall. I feel like I'm not putting enough into this blog to yield good results. Also, since finals are approaching, I feel like I need to reshift my priorities. Blogging stands out as a less important priority.

I might review the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby or post the weekly round-up, but for now, I hope that you have a good weekend.

Sorry for ditching you, but perhaps a break will let me reassess things and perhaps let me put in what this blog deserves.

YA Lit Really Screws Over Parents

In YA literature, parents rarely get a lot of appreciation, especially if they're the protagonists'. In most cases, at least one of the MC's parents are:


  1. dead; or
  2. missing; or
  3. otherwise out of the picture

I thought about adding "incompetent", but that sort of stretching it. Let's focus on the "dead/missing" aspect for now.

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