Wednesday, April 22, 2015
For Journalism class I had to create a personality profile, and I’m glad I did since I got to interview Syndal Haun. It was a fun piece to write since she co stars with her best friend Caroline Phipps in the comedy series Girls Aren’t Funny. Here is the end result of the piece:
RICHMOND, Va.(4/15/15) --Syndal Haun, 20 is a 5’6 hazel eyed, blonde and brown haired, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) college sorority girl, but you would never guess she has a web series called Girls Aren’t Funny on Youtube, along with her best friend Caroline Phipps. The whole interview she was relaxed and answered the questions with ease. She is a positive person and is especially strong since she went back to school after her brain injury that happened in September after two severe concussions while part of the VCU club soccer games.
Syndal is a junior studying public relations, and she is a member of the sorority Tri Sigma. Why public relations for a major? She loved to write, and she received validation when she continued taking public relation classes. The comedy show she created on Youtube is called Girls Aren’t Funny and it is a recent show which was created in January inspired by Saturday Night Live Skits. It is comprised of random sketches and random things they create, and things they think VCU student might like. She uses it to, “Take my mind off things.”
In a phone interview her mom Marcy Klar, 43, said when asked about her showing an interest in it before, “that she was more into comedy once her teenage years hit, and that is when she started to show interest.” Her mom couldn’t be more proud of her for putting herself out there for the comedy show, and loved the idea since she is a natural at it. Klar was not sure about her joining a sorority at first, but after meeting the members she was proud because of how supportive they are toward Syndal. Klar was the most proud of her when Syndal pushed herself to go back to VCU after her brain injury and wanted to better herself. Some words Klar used to describe Syndal are, “Independent, funny, charismatic, family oriented, she has a passion to help others, and unselfish.”
Caroline Phipps, 21, one of her best friends is also a member of her sorority and a public relation major at VCU. She also is the co star of Girls Aren’t Funny too. Syndal met Caroline during the fall of 2012 during their freshman year at VCU. They met sometime during their new New Member process in Sigma and joined at the same time. Caroline said in an email interview. “I remember the first time I really wanted to be her friend was at a party, on her birthday (which is in Sept). We talked in the bathroom about how we were nervous and didn’t know many people. She also did the dance move ‘the worm’ that night and I knew she had to be my best friend.” She works with Syndal and it’s great because, “she is open to any weird and crazy ideas. We have compatible personalities and are respectful of each other. We’ve only had a few creative differences so far.” They worked on a series together because they have a love of comedy and Saturday Night live.
The next step for Girls Aren’t Funny is doing more live shows and gaining more publicity in the future. She plans to stay in Richmond after she graduates college and find a good job in the area. The last thing she wants to add is, “People need to be more aware of the effects and long term issues that come from a traumatic brain injury.”
Here are the extra questions and answers I never put in the story:
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read a lot. Reading inspirational stories and positive readings. I enjoy helping people out of bad funks.
Mac or PC?
Mac for sure
Dog named Bella who is a black lab. Adopted a lab and pointer mix named Mosby who is only 7 months old.
Favorite time of day?
Morning time. I like to get up early, get coffee then go to the gym.
Kevin and I went to Sunday Park to reconcile, and I saw two shooting stars in a span of ten minutes. I’ve never seen one it was cool. It was a good validation that it was meant to be.
Favorite places to shop?
TJ Max Home Goods, Francescas
If you could have a super power what would it be?
To fly duh. I’ve always wanted to fly.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
People should strive more to obtain internal happiness.
There you have it my first interview for journalism class, and it was fun too. You can find the link to her Youtube Channel here:
Until next time,
Thursday, April 9, 2015
I have had a Youtube channel for a while, but I just didn’t really do anything with it except put up animal videos or the occasional author one. I recently learned about Booktube which is a community on Youtube about reading books. I’ve been watching videos for a while now, and I want to make my channel all about my ebooks, writing, and reviewing fiction and non-fiction ebooks and books. I’ll even throw in a series that’ll let me rant about retail too while I’m at it. My last exam is May 6th. After that besides writing I’ll have time to focus on the things I want to do. It’ll help me get over my fear of putting myself out there, and I’ll be more comfortable in front of a camera. I can film a video about my writing process and the fiction and non fiction books I can read over and over again. I can film videos talking about my ebooks and even reading them out loud so they can get a taste of my work. I can talk about how they are created too. I can make a series making fun of retail, how stupid it can be at times, and the things I hate that customers do. It’s not all bad but I feel like a lot of people can relate to it. I will be blogging more during the summer even doing story updates. I even have the option to film a typical writing day. There are tons of possibilities with my channel and I can’t wait to begin filming more videos to make this channel as successful as I can. I’m still waiting on a reader, but at this point I might have to go ahead and rewrite The Killer Contract Agency again. I’ve even made a back story for Carter who is the head of it after he defeats Adam. All I have is four more scenes to write then I’ll have a rough draft done of Being an Empathic Witch in Retail Spells Trouble.
Here is the link to my Youtube channel:
Until next time,
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I have learned that my ex-fiancée of 4 ½ years died in a head on collision Friday morning. I didn’t find out about that till that night since I was seeing Dale and then going to work. I thought it was a joke at first, but then during break I read a text from a friend: Jason’s dead. Not a joke after all, and I broke down right then and there. I was going to marry him after all. I imagined a future with him but it didn’t work out because of various reasons. It killed me a little because I at least wanted him to marry someone and have children. I wanted him to live the life he wanted even if it was with someone else. I was happy to hear he was going to a Japan mission trip, and I expected it. I didn’t expect this to happen since it was way too young. He was only 27 years old never married and no kids. He had a job, car, and a bright future. It was shocking that he didn’t get to experience life because it was cut so short thanks to a freak accident. It taught me that death has no age. If I was still with him that could have been me too. Jason put himself out there because he believed people should know about the right to open carry which was his calling. I’ll miss him since he was my first love. It was sad, and he will always be a part of my heart. It was a horrible week and I went to the wake it didn’t even look like the guy I fell in love with just a shell…I did love seeing the family again and they embraced me like time had never passed. Moving forward is not easy especially since he won’t be around. It did teach me a few things: Live life to the fullest, go after what you want no matter how hard it is, and the last thing is do what makes you happy even if people don’t agree with it. I can’t wait to go after my goal of writing full time, and it’s something I want to do the rest of my life.
Until next time,
I went to Disney world for Spring Break, and I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few days but I have not really had the time till now. I enjoyed having a whole week off school and work since I needed it.
We stayed at Port Orleans on Disney property, and it was nice since we did not have to ride in the car for a long time. It took the whole day to get there, and we left the house by 820 am in Virginia and got to the resort by 10:00 at night to Florida. It takes 14 hours to get there, and we drove there instead of taking an airplane or bus.
|Lobby of Port Orleans French Quarter|
Once we got there and arrived at the resort we had to get the rooms sorted out since they put us in different buildings and we got put in building 7 with rooms next to each other. When we got to the actual room the Disney bands didn’t work and my mom had to go back to the front desk to get it sorted out. Then we had to go to the front desk again to make sure my Disney band could be used to make purchases. The Disney bands are used for everything tickets, getting into a room, fast passes for rides and purchases.
|Epcot ball during the day|
|Market in Mexico opening|
|Shark at The Coral Reef restaurant|
|Entrance to room where we had to use Disney Bands|
The first day we went to Magic Kingdom, and to get there we had to take a Ferry. It was cool, and thank god, I don’t get sea sick because the boat ride there was relaxing. The first ride we rode on was It’s a Small World which is a boat ride that features dolls from all over the world. I loved it, and when I was little I rode it at least three times. This time I only rode it once, and it was nice since we got three fast passes thanks to the room trouble to use at any time we wanted to. Then we rode on the little mermaid which was a fun ride that took you through scenes in the movie. We also rode on Haunted Mansion which I loved because it was a ride through a spooky castles with ghost summoning’s. It was also helpful for seeing good ideas in case I want to see what a mansion is like. I enjoyed my time there, and got a Pirates of the Carribean Shot glass and a Jack Skeleton one. It was a good day, and we saw a parade at the end, and went on The Carousel of Progress and the Monsters Inc Scarefloor show it was a good day overall. I even started the day with Mickey Pancakes and Bacon too.
The second day we went to Epcot, and because of the Flower and Garden show. The first ride we went on was the Universe of Energy Ride with Ellen DeGeneres. I loved it since it had dinosaurs in it, and afterward we ate around the World Showcase starting with Duck Confit. I loved it so much we even had seconds. Then it was all of a matter of walking the world showcase, and trying the foods we wanted to eat. I did enjoy the fact that we had reservations at The Coral Reef since it was good watching the animals. We went on a boat ride in Mexico, and saw all the topiaries. I loved it, and we shopped at a market in Japan, and I loved it since it was full of Hello Kitty items. It was mainly a place to shop and have a good time trying all the different foods.
The third day we were supposed to go to Downtown Disney but winded up with car trouble. We made it home in time, and I did go to the mall and buy more Hello Kitty items. Overall, I loved the trip and next time I want to go longer since I wished we could have stayed an extra day.
Until next time,
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It has been a while since I blogged, and so much has happened in my life that writing took a back seat. I ended another relationship because it wasn’t working out for me at all. I was torn up about it at first, but I’m better since it was getting in the way of everything. I wasn’t writing, and when my grades started falling because of it since the stress was getting to me I had to let go. It was hard but it taught me what I really need in a relationship. Break ups teach you what you don’t want in a partner, and it can be helpful for story writing too. That is definitely one for the books. I mean really the whole summer was crazy enough as it is since one of the exes was trying to cause drama in my life since he wouldn’t let go. It’s sad really because things were going good till I realized how wrong they were for me. You never really get over it though, and it will get better as time goes on. I have been writing scenes and notes on the stories though even if I didn’t get any good work done. Everything I need it together, and I’m not changing my availability for it either. I’ll have more time to work on my stories during the summer, and I did get my first royalty check in September. I’ll be working on it more and the first ebook I am going to publish is The Killer Contract Agency. I will also try to get out another poem ebook and turn it into a paperback so it’s all a matter of time. Classes could be better, but I have time to make it up.
Until next time,
Monday, February 2, 2015
It’s been weeks since I’ve blogged because I’ve had a few things throw me off besides the usual school and work stuff. I’ve been back in school, and I dropped my Fashion Writing class because I only want the classes required for my degree and it was two very different writing styles. I made the right decision since I’m learning so much about journalism. It’s harder then I thought, but I like challenges. I have a Disney trip coming up in March and there will be pictures and a blog post about it. I finished the first Scarlet book, and its only a rough draft. I’m halfway through the second and a few pages into the third. I’m waiting for the last beta reader to get done with The Killer Contract Agency rewrite. It been a long journey, but I hope to just say screw it and write it all out since that is what rewriting and beta readers are for. I even threw around some pieces of the second retail novel too. The reason why I have worked harder on the novels is because someone tried to rattle me again. Someone from my past can’t let go of me, and tried to rock the boat. I ignored it because I don’t have time to play games like these anymore. I’m getting to the point where drama is just a waste of time. I’ve moved on with someone else, and he is going to be moving in come April. I have to get to work on the house, and get it ready in between school work and writing. I love the fact that I work and go to school part time. It’s easier and just for this semester. I never realized how much drama can ruin your day till now, and it’s stupid since all it does is throw you off. I do plan on upping the writing word count more, and the more ebooks I publish the more I have a shot at writing full time. I want that to be one of my long term goals. I’ll also publish more on the blog, and even put up excerpts and maybe even playlists.
Until next time,
Friday, January 16, 2015
This is a well-written article that analyzes fandom and how people will dress like a Star Wars character or Star Trek one in order to show homage to their favorite film. It talks about how people will dress up for a one day event like going to the opening of “Star Wars: Episode III---Revenge of the Sith” fans will put together elaborate costumes to show their fandom and dedication to the movies. It is an article that analyzes that people will do it to show their support even if it seems humiliating to the outside observer. She emphasizes that fans don’t care if they look cool or not since it’s about appreciating a movie. It is an in-depth analysis over why fans dress for a one-time event to show their appreciation of the films and series. She admires the people that dress up since they are not afraid to show their appreciation by dressing up as their favorite characters. Fans dressing up as their favorite characters shows that they believe in the stories and the characters making them more than just fans reading their favorite books or watching their favorite movie. They also wear their favorite clothes because it transports them into a time when they believe in the heroes and the mythology created around that universe. It is kind of like live action role playing since some fans will even take on the role of the character they dress up as which is what Givhan should include. It takes a look at fans who not just read the books and watch the movies, but of people who believe in the mythology created so much that they wind up dressing up as them too. The clothes identify the fans as more than just casual readers, but also ones who believe in the mythology so much they are willing to dress up as them to show their appreciation for those favorite characters. Some even go far as to learn the mythology thoroughly to the point where they memorize favorite saying, and little details that make the characters unique in the way they dress and act. Its really amazing since it explores an entire subculture that loves to dress up, and escape for a day. Wearing those clothes means they are not ordinary people, but the characters they portray. The picture it shows is Chewbacca a wookie from the planet Kashyyyk and is always by Han Solo’s side. She calls it a fantasy world, and, that it’s not practical to wear for everyday use. It is the fantasy the characters create that make them want to dress up as their favorite characters, and that is why people dress up. It is the escape a fantasy world can create, and it shows how fans can be so enraptured by a fantasy life that they dress up as a character for a day that is why people dress up in the first place.
The director of the movie is going for the child like look of a Geisha. He called them the supermodels of their time. They created to look more high fashion, and the necks are created lower than the original ones, and the waists are tighter too. Their eyes are bigger and darker, and their lips are fuller so it can draw a more modern crowd. They also wear less make up for some of the scenes. It needed to be more modern but provocative, and subtle showing just a glimpse of skin to tease the senses. They shape the dresses to match the characters style. They made the dresses to look like an impression of that time, and it really resembles the look of the Japanese culture since the dresses have the symbols of the Japanese culture drawn into the dress. They chose big bright colors since it screams sensual. They leave just a part of the neck bare to tease the audience so they will wonder what is underneath. They are authentic kimonos some have cherry red, white snow, and greys thrown into the fabric. The kimono is worn in 5 layers for a Geisha, and it takes two people to put on the outfit. The Kimono makes a Geisha learn to act elegantly and their movement is restricted by it. There are even undergarments underneath the actual gown. They are well covered up underneath the reds, pinks, and whites. The younger Geisha’s wear red and the older ones wear white. They wore an Obie which is like a corset underneath the gown. Wax is used during the process of styling their hair do to prevent it from falling out of place. The way the outfit is worn depends on the person wearing the gown since they wear it in different ways. The costumes reflect the Geisha’s personality, and some are more brightly colored then the others. They made several differences to the gowns to make it appeal to the modern crowd, and updated the style. Each costume is crafted to reflect the personality of the character wearing it. The director wanted to make it more appealing to the crowd by changing it to reflect how subtle and sexy the gowns are to make them more high fashion. The costumes are nicely done, and they truly show the Japanese cultures style and fashion with a more modern twist.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
School has started back up again, and was excited to be back since I’m not taking a math course again. This semester it is History of the Andes which seems interesting since I need history courses in order to build details for my stories. Economics it was a required elective, but I need to be an informed consumer. I was excited about Journalism since that is the field that is my passion, and this is the last general education semester. Then its straight into my major. The other writing related course I’m taking is Fashion Writing, and I need it because I want to describe what a character is wearing more than just saying a shirt and blue jeans. I want to become a better writer, and these classes will help me achieve it. It’s exciting, and my blog will be used in my fashion writing class, and you’ll see how my writing evolves over this semester. I’m finally in my element now, and I can’t wait to dig into it. Of course, I will still be writing and publishing along the way too. Like I’m waiting for two more beta readers to finish with The Killer Contract Agency story a few more times to run through it, and then all I need is the cover to hit publish. It’s going to be an exciting semester, and so are the ones to come when I can say I’m officially a journalist. It’s exciting, and I can’t wait.
Until next time,