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2016 Update: Yeah, It's Been a Long Time

It has been almost two and a half years. It looks like around NaNoWriMo 2013, I straight up abandoned this blog due to disinterest and lack of results. That's embarrassing, and that's not even looking at how many cringy things I said back then.

So to keep it simple...

A summary of what happened in the last two-and-a-half years:

  1. I'm now a high school senior about to graduate, and I'm deciding between Knox and Grinnell College.
  2. I did NaNoWriMo in 2013 and 2015. Junior year was kinda tough.
  3. I got deeper into music and mostly pursued my moderatorship at Genius. I wrote a few music articles along the way.
  4. I'm an Arts & Entertainment school newspaper editor! I'm working on my last issue right now, but it has been a good run laying out a two-page spread by myself and subjecting my work to my two fantastic editors-in-chief.
  5. I attended the Kenyon Review's Young Writers Workshop. That was fun.
  6. I'm not reading as many fiction-writing blogs than I used to. Sorry, YA Confidential squad.
  7. I swapped TV Tropes for Reddit. Sorry, fellow tropers.
  8. I no longer visit DeviantART. Sorry, Jocelyn.
  9. Even if Manifestation Files manages to reach the light of day, it's way different now.
  10. I utterly failed at my goal to publish a novel before the end of high school or my eighteenth birthday.
But I'm still writing.

So what now?

I don't know. I don't even know if I should keep this blog around or put it in private.

For now though, I'll keep The YA's Dogtown up for prosperity, and I might even put up a few ads to make pennies off the residual traffic. (My "Sweet Nothing" and "Royals" posts are both in the five-figure viewcount range.) 

Depending on my priorities, I might resume blogging. The question would be whether to do it here, since I already have years of SEO, or to start from scratch so I don't have a mixed-bag archive haunting me, such as that "Katniss Everdeen is a Mary Sue" article. I'm leaning toward the latter because I want to get rid of this URL (youngaspiringwriter) and the referral web it has left on many a blog post. It's an artifact that's only going to become more irrelevant as my artistic career grows.

I'll leave the comments on for now to speak with anyone who kept me on their feed, but I might disable them once later for moderation reasons.
For a long time, I found this blog's sudden end awkward, so if this happens to be the last post, at least it's closure. 

I had fun running this blog. Hope all of you are doing well with whether medium you're with now, and hopefully we'll cross paths again.

Keep writing,

-Chihuahua Zero

PS: I left an additional note addressed to my fellow Genius users on the annotated version. You can view it here.

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.

Dogtown Weekly: Umm...John Green?

Welcome to the Weekly!

Unfortunately, I have nothing much to say except that it's a month before summer break, I'm on my second John Green book in a row, and I barely got any writing done last night. But it's progress.

So on John Green...he's a great author. So far, none of his stories really blown me away, but he sure is a crafty storyteller who know how to write his teenagers in a sweet balance between "realistic" and "larger-than-life".

I'm exactly halfway through The Fault in Our Stars, even though I just started it today. I have high expectations for the other half, since everyone else holds it toward such a position. All I know is that it's going to end tragically. In what way, I don't know. SPOILERIFIC PREDICTION: I have a feeling that Augustus is going to relapse and die on Hazel. It's a little too easy for Hazel to die, but hey, it can happen. In any case, someone will die, since John Green seems to have a reputation of killing main characters, with what little work he has.

If you haven't already read my article on fallacies, I suggest that you check it out!

Take the jump to see what articles I have to present this week!


Let's Have Fun With: Fallacies

All right, instead of working on that polyamory post I promised, I decided to pull out something waiting for its turn as a draft, finish it, and brush it off.

This is something not directly related to literature, but it's still interesting! I'll be relying on TV Tropes to convey some of the information, but I hope you learn something from this.

Let's get funky with fallacies!