|May 2, 2011||
I’m a huge fan of Sarah McLachlan, and I've had the opportunity to see her twice in concert. Her words and music have left a long lasting impression on me. One song in particular, "...
|May 4, 2011||
Fractured/Fragmented Culture? One Culture? You Decide.
It's true. I'm going to come right out and say it. I don't have cable in my house because I don't watch television shows much (it has been 3 years). Did I just admit this to my...
|May 6, 2011||
What am I currently working on?
I'm currently revising the third draft of my young adult fantasy. A story I’ve been passionate about from the very beginning, since 2008—from idea to outline to chapters and...
|May 9, 2011||
"Vamos a Bailar (Let's Dance)"
The Gipsy Kings, a French Rumba Catalana band, create vibrant sounds with influences of flamenco and Afro-Cuban music. Rumba Catalana is style of music developed in the tradition of the gypsies...
|May 11, 2011||
Dance Culture: Girlie or Not?
Since my Music Mondays this week featured a dance song, I thought I’d transition to a topic on how dance ties into culture.
Dance is an international art form, expressing ideas...
|May 16, 2011||
"Written in the Stars"
I'm going to begin this post by introducing "musical form," which refers to the structure or design of a musical work. So, what is the function of form in music? It...
|May 18, 2011||
Colorblindness: Has it Gone Too Far?
I realize there has been quite a bit of discussion on the issue of “whitewashing” in mainstream culture. The amount of media coverage dedicated to this controversial issue is gaining...
|May 20, 2011||
Why I chose to write in the fantasy genre?
I've always been drawn to stories that take me to imaginary worlds. As a child, my favorite books were the Mother Goose nursery rhymes and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
|May 23, 2011||
"Who Am I Living For?"
Katy Perry, an American singer and songwriter, is a favorite among tweens, teens, and adults.
Considering I'm not a devoted fan of Katy Perry, the song, "Who Am I Living For?...
|May 27, 2011||
What is My Writing Process?
Here’s what I’ve learned about writing a multicultural fantasy for young adults. Every writer’s process is different and there is no one right answer. Since this is the first...
|May 30, 2011||
"The Unforgettable Fire"
U2! Bono...The Edge...Adam...Larry! They are coming to Seattle on June 4, and I'm going to see them live in concert. Can't wait! They are still holding strong in 2011. Here is one of...