What Your Favorite “Rumours” Track Says About You

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Maybe it’s the year in quarantine finally getting to me, but it’s my blog and you can’t tell me what to write on here.

So, screw it, time to move into listicle territory. It’s like Buzzfeed, except only for the weird niche things that I care about. Since I’m in another one of those periods in my life where I’m listening to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album “Rumours” on a loop, here’s what your favorite “Rumours” track says about you.

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No, I don’t need to see a therapist… shut up.
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¡Enciendan las luces!

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El avance nuevo para la película “In the Heights” estrenó este fin de semana pasado y me siento muy emocionado. Me encanto esta obra musical, parece que esta película será una de las mejores películas musicales en recién años, y después de un año de esperar, es bueno tener algo para esperar en el verano.

Para celebrar este avance, quería compartir uno de mis proyectos favorito del colegio. Cumplí una asignatura secundaria en español en colegio y para la clase de literatura y cultura latina en los Estados Unidos, nuestro ensayo final era comparar una obra que discutimos en clase con otra afuera de la clase. Naturalmente, como el aficionado del teatro que soy, comparé “Zoot Suit,” la obra más famosa de Luis Valdez, con “In the Heights.” Aún después de mi último año, pienso que estoy más orgulloso con este ensayo que la mayoría de mis otros trabajos del colegio.

Este ensayo está abajo, en su idioma original. Se puede leer un traducción inglés aquí. ¡Espero que aprendas algo y te anime para “In the Heights” este junio!

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Turn Up the Stage Lights!

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The new trailer for the “In the Heights” movie came out this weekend and I am so excited. I’m a huge fan of the musical, this looks like one of the better musical movies in recent years, and after being delayed a year, it’s nice to have something to look forward to this summer.

In celebration of the new trailer, I thought I’d share one of my favorite college projects. I did a minor in Spanish in college and for my class in U.S. Latino Literature & Culture, our final essay was to compare a work we discussed in class with an outside work. Naturally, being the theatre kid I am, I compared Luis Valdez’s seminal work “Zoot Suit” with “In the Heights.” Even after my senior year, I think I’m more proud of this essay than most of my other college work.

Below is the essay, translated from the original Spanish, which you can find here. I hope you learn something and it helps psyche you up for “In the Heights” this June!

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New Webseries!

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Roommates can be difficult to live with – and that’s before you add magic to the mix. My new webseries, “Fantasy Roommates,” uncovers all the drama of living with people in the 21st century. Why don’t they do the dishes? Why is their partner always over? And why is there a unicorn in the living room? Maybe we’ll talk it out, or maybe we’re just going to have to roll initiative.

The first episode, “The Warlock,” is live at the link below! Give it a watch, a like, a comment, and stay tuned for more coming soon!

Vote.

I don’t like to get political on my blog or my social media very often. And by political, I mean weighing specifically on candidates or bills or anything more specific than broad issues and current events. Frankly, I just don’t feel all that qualified to speak on politics. I’m just a registered voter and informed media consumer (at least I like to think so). I’d rather just sit back and listen to and amplify those who know more than me. But sometimes, an issue is just so important that I feel I have to weigh in and add my two cents to the vast ocean of opinions, in the hopes that maybe it’ll be of some value to those who do hear it. Maybe that’s self-serving of me, and I do get a catharsis sometimes, but tonight is one of those nights.

Look, I don’t think it’s controversial to say that this year has sucked. It’s sucked in a lot of different ways for a lot of different people for a lot of different reasons. It’s been a culmination of a whole host of complex issues that have been festering in this country, all coming to a head at once. Healthcare, police brutality, racism, climate change – everything that was real but felt comfortably distant for some sectors of the US suddenly became a lot more pressing for a lot more people. And, they are issues that we’re going to have to continue to address as a society, regardless of who gets elected in November.

I’m going to end this with a call to action, but not the traditional one. I’m going to ask you to look around. Look at your community, your friends, your family, your neighbors. Look at the people who have been hurt this year, who have lost loved ones, who have lost jobs, who have lost opportunities to love and live. Look at the people who have felt scared and angry and despaired over what the next day might bring. I’m one of those people and there’s a decent chance that you might be, too.

Look around at everything and then look at your ballot. And don’t just read for the little R or D next to someone’s name, but look at that ballot and what each person stands for. Then vote for the person who you believe, genuinely believe, in your deepest soul, is going to make things better. And not just better for you, but better for your friends, your neighbors, your community. Vote for the people who are going to make things better.

Things aren’t going to magically switch on Election Night or New Year’s Eve or Inauguration Day and get better. It’s going to be work. Hard work. And, to be honest, it’s not going to be a pretty election, so prepare for that. It’s been hard to hope this year, to find some reason to keep looking forward to the next morning. But we can do better as a nation. I hope, with the strange amount of hope that I seem to still have, that that first step comes this Election Day, and that it is the first of a journey that actually makes this country a place where everyone is equal.

Quarantine & Commissions

Hi friends!

It sure has been a long time since I’ve posted here. As it turns out, graduating college in the middle of a global pandemic is… interesting to say the least. It’s been a difficult road so far and who knows how long it will take for us to get out of it. But, let’s not focus on the negatives, because I have some exciting news!

I’m going to be taking writing commissions! I’m trying to build out my portfolio, keep my writing skills sharp, and also earn a little extra on the side, and I’m really excited about this. I’ll be taking commissions for original work, fanfiction, screenplays, and editing and proofreading over on my newly set-up Ko-fi page. If you’re interested, check it out at http://ko-fi.com/mpinkneywriter. I might even be posting some commissions on this blog, so stay tuned for those!

I also have other projects in various stages that I hope to share with you all soon. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these strange times. Until next time!

Four Lines for Four Years

“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.” – Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

During freshmen orientation at Chapman University, the students are asked to write down on a strip of fabric a wish. Something they want to do or see or accomplish in their time there. It’s a way to get these fresh-faced seventeen and eighteen-year-old kids to start thinking about college as more than just a string of classes, parties, and the times in-between. It’s the first time some of them are really putting thought into who they might be on the other side of the next four years.

I don’t know how many people remember what they wrote on their strips. I definitely didn’t remember mine until I found a photo of it the other night. But now, I can assure you that somewhere, tied onto a wooden frame, is a little white ribbon with my name on it and a simple sentiment.

What did I want to accomplish during my time at Chapman? “To find the person I’m happy to be.”

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Dancing in the Rain

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Yes, my friend,

there is Evil in this world as yet unconquered

and when the morning comes

we will have to face it again.

But — Listen!

Hear the rain on the rooftops.

Feel the coolness on your skin.

Watch as everything old and worn and broken and ugly is cleaned away.

Tomorrow, we will have to start anew.

But tonight, come and dance with me in the rain.

February Update

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Happy 2020 everybody!

Folks, it has been way too long since I’ve written here and I apologize for that. I was focusing on working and getting ready for my last semester of school (oh Lord, no please, stop) and just generally trying to figure out how to get back into a routine after the holidays.

Fortunately, I’ve had some success with one of my consistent resolutions: “write every day.” As a writer, the only way I can improve is to keep writing, but that can be difficult to do if I’m unmotivated or between projects. My goal with this resolution is to make writing a habit that I can carry past school and into my working life. It doesn’t matter what gets written or how much, just as long as something does.

This past month, I’ve written almost eight thousand words, which considering I took a week off to the mountains, is nothing shabby. There’s a fair amount that probably will never see the light of day, just therapeutic writing and fan fiction. But, there’s also been a lot of worldbuilding and writing in the world of Birth by Flame and, recently, some research into another project that I’ve wanted to develop for a while and finally feel like I’ve made a breakthrough with.

Looking forward to February, it will be a challenge to keep up with schoolwork and writing. Fortunately, I’m also going to be finishing up and developing a script this semester, so I have that to look forward to with everything else.

A huge shout out to Evie Drae (@EvieDrae on Twitter) for starting the DailyWriteLGBTQ hashtag and helping keep me and other writers accountable to our goals. I’m excited to see what we all come up with this year!

Hopefully it won’t be another two months before I write here again, but until then!