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Good morning, evening, and afternoon everyone!

Today I had my first ‘business’ meeting with my bosses at the Shepherd! I feel so much like an adult today. Not just because of my first ‘business’ meeting (I love saying that 🙂 ) but I also did something else today.Image

I’m betting for a lot of people this is going to sound weird…

My last post, I mentioned my mom and I riding the bus down to the Historic Third Ward but I didn’t mention the reason why. My mom was taking me on a practice run so I could go to my meeting by myself on the bus…because I had never taken the public bus alone before. There I said it!

I was very sheltered as a child, so doing things by myself, from talking to people to cooking for myself, is very hard and scares the living daylights out of me! I’m one of those people that think of every negative possibility that could ever happen in every situation and a few that are impossible. For example, I was waiting at the bus stop with my two dollars and a quarter in bus fare clutched in my hand so that I had it ready, and I reach for my cell phone with my other hand to check the time and see that the buss is three minutes late. Just three minutes. And here is the scenario that my frazzled brain cooked up:

“Maybe you missed the bus…you should have left earlier…what if the bus doesn’t come and you miss the meeting and then your boss with hate you and he’ll call your advisor/editor of your school’s newspaper and tell her that the person she suggested for the internship is unreliable and he never wants to work with you again and she’ll be so disappointed and she she’ll tell everyone on the newspaper how much of a crappy person you are and you become the leper of the whole English department all because the bus never came!”  I got on the bus a minute later…

I am proud to say I made it to my interview in one piece without getting lost or losing anything (except my sanity for a brief moment) all by myself with my dad picking up afterward. Yay for the first steps of independence 🙂

On a musical note, (*giggle* see what I did there? You see I…*awkward cricket sounds*) some of you might know my love of K-Pop music that I’ve mentioned before, *yay K-Pop* and one of my favorite K-Pop bands, BIGBANG (Oh, BIGBANG how I adore you all…) has just released their newest music video for their song called ‘Monster’. *Insert fan-girl squeal here*

I have to say that this video is awesome if not, to quote Martina of ‘Eat Your Kimchi ‘rawesome’, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a HUGE BIGBANG fan. If you watch a lot of K-Pop music videos, you’ll notice that many videos are not very…creative. Bands have a habit of using artsy shiny backgrounds that are clearly performance stages (example: Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle’) or they localize the videos in one room areas (U-KISS’s ‘Dora Dora’). But with most of BIGBANG’s video’s they go global and create an entire world in their videos to accompany a story line, and here they didn’t disappoint.

Warning: Spoiler!

In the video, BIGBANG are secret government experiments trapped in a government facility. Through the video they are trying to escape their prison, dodging gunfire and explosives at every turn, running from the ‘true monsters,’ the ones holding them captive. The song goes beautifully with the imagery of the video. I keep thinking of movies like ‘Monsters versus Aliens’ and ‘Watchmen’ where monsters and superheroes are seen as being the same: horrible freaks that should be imprisoned and feared. With the lyrics, “I need you, baby I’m not a monster, you know me from before” is like the hero telling his love “I may be different but I’m still the same person you love.”

This video has everything: awesome effects, awesome camera movement, and awesome imagery. What can I say? It’s just awesome (especially T.O.P’s werewolf eyes and fangs at times 0:44, 0:52, and 1:03).

Now, there are a few costume choices that did make me say, WTF? The major one would have to be the singer/rapper Taeyang’s ‘double curly Dracula whatsits’. If you’ve ever seen the movie Dracula with Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman in it, you should remember old Dracula’s hair style with the tunnel curls on top of his head? I wouldn’t have chosen that myself, but…no those were just awful. Now rapper, G-Dragon’s ‘half demon-horny do’ threw me off too, but not because it was bad but because it could have been better. It was like the make-up crew took a red plastic Halloween pair of devil horn’s, cut it in half, and put it on his head. If they just took the time to polish it, make it a sleek black to match his outfit, it would have looked much better and more realistic.

If you want to check out the video, here it is in all of its ‘rawesome’ glory.

Happy Tuesday and Blessed Be 🙂

Hello everyone!

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to another written episode of ‘Writng  a Silver Broomstick’!

Last Monday was my first day of my internship at The Shepherd Express( yay!). Now, for everyone outside of Milwaukee, The Shepherd Express is a weekly arts newspaper that writes about many interesting things happening in Milwaukee and sometimes Wisconsin as a whole.

If you want to know about any performances in music or theatre, and you don’t want to hunt down a computer to Google it, you go pick up the Shepherd at your local grocery store or your favorite coffee place to find out. And it’s free (yay free!). So far, I’m absolutely loving it. I get to work from home on my own laptop, which is wonderful because I can sleep in until nine and go to work in my pajamas. 🙂 Right now, I’m ‘in charge’, and I say in charge delicately, of the Fall Arts Guide where I get to contact local performers and put together a list of their performance dates. It might sound boring but for an introvert like me it’s perfect.

Yesterday, my mom and I were on the bus going downtown to the Historic Third Ward, sort of like a mini version of Chicago, and we happened to pass by the Boulevard Theatre and I mutter, “Oh, that’s where that is.” My mom says, “What?”

I point and say, “The Boulevard Theatre, I talked to (insert name here) yesterday about their new play and I thought it looked interesting. I was wondering where the theatre was.”

My mom is very excited about my internship, sometimes more excited than me. While on the bus, she kept nudging me and pointing to people reading the Shepherd and talking about it. I kept envisioning her standing up from her seat and screaming to the passengers, “My Daughter is an intern at the Shepherd Express!”

She didn’t do that but I kept visualizing it.

The first week was great. I’m very happy working for one of the few remaining locally owned Newsweeklys in the US. If you want to check it out on the web here’s the site below.

Have a blessed Memorial Day!  Blessed Be 🙂

August 2020

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