You Haven’t Seen This? A New Podcast

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Like a lot of people during quarantine, I listened to a lot of podcasts. I mean, a looooot. They’re a great way to learn interesting things, get a little laugh, and feel like I’m getting some human contact when I’m feeling lonely. I’ve even guested on my friends’ show a few times (hint, hint, follow Adapt or Die by KJ and Pippa and listen to them)

And now, I’m launching my own podcast! It’s called You Haven’t Seen This? and it’s a movie/media review podcast where my sister and I watch movies that one of us loves and the other hasn’t seen and we talk about them. We’ve already recorded a whole batch of episodes and I can’t wait for you all to hear them.

Our first episode is about Star Wars: A New Hope and you can listen to it now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. So take a listen, leave a review, and I hope you all like it!

Spotify: tinyurl.com/yhstspotify

Itunes: tinyurl.com/yhstitunes

Also, this podcast art by @julia_dex_GFX on Twitter? So good!

I Moved!

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Yep folks, I did it. Way back in March of 2020, I moved back in with my parents to ride out the rest of my senior year of college in some kind of security. I was just a bright-eyed 21-year-old thinking, this won’t be so bad, right?

And now, here I am, a grizzled man of 23, standing in the kitchen of my very own apartment back in Southern California! It’s been a few weeks since I moved in and it still doesn’t feel real.

I want to acknowledge that I’m so lucky and grateful that I have a family who was willing to take me back in and a job that I’ve been able to make money during all of this. It’s left me in a halfway decent position financially to start out on my own, and I couldn’t be more thankful, especially knowing how hard this pandemic has been on so many people.

But I’ve also been feeling happier and more creatively energized these past few weeks than I have in months, and I’m so excited to share these things with all of you. I’ve got so many projects in the pipeline right now that I can’t wait for you all to see.

Until next time, everyone!

Leaving home for new and exciting adventures!

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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