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A Writer’s Year in Review

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Hollywood Blvd. from top of Kodak. (Credit: Wiki)

At the start of 2012, I experienced two major transitions: being accepted into a fiction writing program and moving from Long Beach to Inglewood. I knew the writing program would help me advance within writing, however I didn’t know what to expect. I had a publishing deal with a small publishing company, but I thought, why not workshop my book to get more eyes on the book. Their suggestions took the story from surface to being able to exist above the page. The story itself did not changed; I brought more of the contrast between race, immigrant life, religion, and identity out in front of the reader.

Beyond having breath breathed into my book, in 2012, I:

  • Read at the West Hollywood Library on 12/8/12
  • Was invited to read at the City of West Hollywood’s Pride Festival, “One City, One Pride” taking place in June 2013
  • Was invited to White House Briefing for Black LGBT Emerging Leaders 2, 24, 2012
  • Was invited to read at Soulful Salon, for In The Meantime, a LGBT community organization
  • Started writing for Campus Circle Magazine
  • Started writing for Qulture
  • Started writing for GBM News
  • Interviewed Frenchie Davis, DJ Danjazone (LMFAO’s Tour DJ), Diana King, DDm, and Orikl
  • Wrote my first poetry review for a literary journal
  • Submitted a fiction piece to one of my favorite literary journals
  • Read at my first book fair, West Hollywood Book Fair
  • Was published in the anthology, For Colored Boys
  • Started working as an Editorial Assistant for a academic publisher
  • Went to 10 author readings

On New Years Eve 2013, with a group of friends, I wrote down on paper what I did not like about 2012 and I burned it. With each new piece I completed, part of me was afraid to branch out and take my writing career to the next level (writing for a major magazine and be able to freelance write/edit for other publications). The paper turned from white, to egg-colored, to ashes in the fire pit in East L.A. While watching it burn, I reflected back on other details of 2012: I learned that I would be working for LAist.com (for the Spring term) and I made it to the Semifinalist round for the Point Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Also that I got the courage to submit new poetry to four literary magazines and I pitched an article idea to Essence magazine. No New Year’s Resolution to lose fat or be a better person, I want to reserve all my energy into writing. And whether or not all of those opportunities fall into place, I will keep striving to become a better writer and be part of the writing community.

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L.A. New Years Eve Parties Under $40

English: Velvet Chain performing at the Key Cl...

Velvet Chain performing at the Key Club (Credit: Wiki)

My mother believes that her house must be spotless before midnight on December 31 to bring her good luck in the New Year. Personally I rather get ready for a high society party, than worry about random junk that has accumulated under my bed for the past year. In L.A. getting ready for a party doesn’t only involve figuring out what you’re going to wear, but also figuring out the fastest way to get there i.e. which expressway, street, or back alleys to take and often a combination of them all. New Years Eve presents an even more stressful problem with figuring out where is the best place to party out of the hundreds, and sometimes very expensive, options. Below you’ll find a list of confetti-filled New Years Eve parties that are under $40. Once you find the party that arouses your inner party monster, go to their website to get a ticket fast. Prices may go up the closer it gets to the end of the month.

1. Hollywood Pub Crawl
Website: http://pubcrawls.com/events/nye/new-years-eve-pub-crawl-hollywood.php
Price: $20-$30
Time: 7pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 3 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who hate being stuck in one party for more than an hour. You get V.I.P access to 10 locations on the Walk of Fame. Your one ticket gets you into the clubs and you don’t have to pay an additional cover charge. You do have to pay for drinks, but your ticket comes with reduced drink specials: 2 premium mixers for $13, 2 champagnes for $13 and $3 selected bottles/draft beer. The Hollywood Pub Crawl party starts at 7pm at Outpost Hollywood (1624 North Cahuenga Boulevard). Don’t be late or you’ll lose your party spot. I’d get there at 6pm.

2. Universal City Walk Countdown Bash
Website: http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/nye_schedule.html
Price: $15-$55
Time: 9pm-12am
Dress Code: None
Age: All
Fist Pump Level: 4 out of 5

This event is geared toward people who also like party hopping, but within a confined area and want to invite their family to hangout as well. At Universal City Walk, the entrainment multi-complex, partygoers will have unlimited access to 3 entertainment stages: Gibson Amphitheater, 5 Towers Stage, and Water World Arena.

At the Gibson Amphitheater, Ankhesenamen, a cover band specializing in punked out 80s new wave music, will be performing. The event starts at 9:00pm. At the 5 Towers Stage, Fast Times, a cover band specializing 80s hits from A-Ha to Young MC, will be performing. The event starts at 9:30pm. At the Water World Arena, DJ Host, will be spinning Top Forty music at 9:30pm. This is a family-specific event and seats will be provided, while Gibson and 5 Towers will be standing room only. At 12am fireworks will go off and will be viewable from each event area. Entry into the park does not include entry into City Walk’s regular clubs: Howl at the Moon, Infusion Lounge, Jillian’s, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and Saddle Ranch Chop House.

Recommendations: Parking is a nightmare so it’s best to take the Metro (Red Line to Universal City station) or carpool or valet for $55 (Self-parking is $45). Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90068

3. Key Club (Hollywood) Performance by E-40
Website: http://www.keyclub.com
Price: $40
Time: 7:00pm-2am
Dress Code: None
Age: 18+
Fist Pump Level: 2 out of 5

The first time I heard an E-40 song I couldn’t get the chorus, “sprinkle me main, sprinkle me main,” out of my head. On New Years Eve, Bay Area rapper E-40 will be performing at Key Club in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Key Club is an intimate concert venue that is multi-layered. If you love E-40 and enjoy intimate spaces then this is the party for you. According to the promoters, the show starts at 7:30pm but I doubt E-40 will come on at that time.

Things to expect: a long line, disgusting bathrooms, aggressive security, high-priced drinks, and $25 minimal credit card purchase. Address: 9039 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Belasco Theater PÜR White Party
Website: http://www.wantickets.com/Events/116822/P-R-NYE-BELASCO-2013/
Price: $25 + fees
Time: 9pm-4am
Dress Code: White attire recommended but not required. But strict upscale attire will be upheld. No hats, athletic shoes, or baggy clothes
Age: 21+
Fist Pump Level: 5 out of 5

This party gets 5 out of 5 fist pumps because for $25, you won’t be able to find a better high society party. You will be bathed in ambient light, listening to house and hip-hop, while watching an aerialist performance, balloon drop, and confetti explosions until 4am. The promoters say that there will be six party rooms. However with twelve different ticket prices (the highest being $2500), I am not sure if general admission ticket holders will be able to access all six rooms. The main room is where all the action will take place anyway. The DJ lineup has not been confirmed, but it sounds like they will big names.

Recommendations: Guys look your best. Bouncers are notorious for making guys that don’t have on dress shoes to pay $20 extra even with tickets in their hand. Address: 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 Continue reading

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