The Adventures of Shen and ShaSha: End of the Year Post

Sorry I couldn't think of a better title, LOL. I know it's been a long time since I updated. There hasn't been a ton of new things going on with me and Shen. Except for this major thing.

Say Hello to Doug!

YA Novel With Blasian Lead is Getting a Movie...And This Is Important

Look at me, making two blog post in the same month! LOL!

So I’m sure some of you have seen this image floating around the Twitter and Tumblr feeds the past year:

Well that’s Nicola Yoon with her family. Nicola Yoon is an avid supporter of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a movement to get more exposure to writers and stories as well as encourage new writers to write books with diverse characters. This means leads and stories from the eyes of POCs, the LGBT community, different religious, you get the idea. Nicola has recently published a YA novel titled Everything, Everything. the story of a teen Blasian girl who’s so allergic to things she hasn’t left her house all her life. The story follows Madeline a.k.a Maddy, as she becomes interested in a next door neighbor. The book is getting some pretty good reviews.

What’s especially interesting here is that although the novel doesn’t get an official for sale release until September 1st, it's been optioned for a movie adaptation of the film. Right now YA novels are a big thing in Hollywood, with the success of Twilight, Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games. And movies like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns means there’s room for more than just the dystopic YA world. Now I’ll say these movies and books are hit or miss, but they make a lot of money and they get pretty amazing exposure to the authors and actors.


Hey everyone! I’m back! With a very shallow post, LOL. I’ve talked about reality TV a few times on this blog and this time I’m taking on America’s Next Top ModelNow, I’m sure y’all have a few questions like This show is still on!? It’s on cycle 22!? There are men!? Is Tyra still crazy!? Well the answer is yes to all those questions! The new cycle just started two weeks ago and aspiring male models have been a part of the competition for the past three cycles. The show used to air twice a year (which is why they ran on “cycles” instead of “seasons”), but recently they’ve only been airing the show once a year. Tyra is always crazy, but looks great with her new short hair.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering why after 22 cycles have I decided to talk about the show. I used to be pretty obsessed with the show, commenting on message boards and groups and keeping track of a lot of the models. I actually did start the application to be on the show, but got accepted to teach in Japan and figured that was a better way to go about my life, LOL. Even when I lived in Japan I was downloading episodes as soon as I could find them online. I’m not as big on the show as I used to be, but I still like to watch and even got Shen watching. Well I still do like to keep up with a few models like Eugena (Cycle 7), Danielle (Cycle 6), Fatima (Cycle 10), Jaslene (Cycle 8), and a few others, LOL. I've watched a few eps of Asia's Next Top Model, Britain's Next Top Model, and Canada's Next Top Model. America's version of the show is the most ridiculous version though.

Just a Little..Okay Somewhat Long..Note from ShaSha...

Hey hey folks!

No I haven’t given up on this blog, LOL. There’s just been a lot going on lately, so I’m just offering a mini update.

Changes coming soon!
I’m started to get a little bored with this blog. Not so much writing, but the way it looks and feels. I’m looking into better ways to format the blog. I haven’t given up on Blogger yet, but am considering switching over to WordPress or Tumblr. LOL Tumblr scares me a bit though. But I don’t want to lose a lot of stuff I have here. Maybe I’ll just look into some better Blogger templates or something. This may lead to me buying my own domain name too. So if you see some funky stuff happening to the blog in terms of looks, don’t worry, it’s probably just me fooling around to give it a new look. I plan to get back to being active on Twitter and FB again too, I know they’ve been pretty cold lately.

So ShaSha Got Translated...

Hey folks! I don’t really have a theme or anything for this blog post, but I found something pretty random earlier last week. I was checking the stats for this blog and saw that my site was getting a lot of hits from a link from the website Madame Riri. I’ve known about Madame Riri for a while. It’s a Japanese site that has a section with topics related to foreigners and foreign relations in Japan. Rocket News 24 occasionally translates articles from Madame Riri and post them on their site. For the most part I’ve found what I can read pretty interesting.

So imagine my surprise when I discovered one of my blog post had appeared on the site.

Because They Need Love: Another Music Edition

Hey hey folks! My last few blog posts have been more on the heavier side, so I wanted to do something lighter this time around. This is also due to my increased music listening thanks to Spotify and YouTube playlists--which keep me bouncing around my desk at work, LOL. Anyway, it's been quite some time since I've done a "Because he/she Needs Love" so I wanted to have one about music. I've only recently started listening to these folks, so I'm hoping to let others know about them. Now y'all know I'm usually pretty long-winded so this is probably gonna be a pretty short blog post since the artists I've chosen don't have a ton of info out there. :)