Hiatus

I’m sure any of you that visit my blog fairly often have noticed that it’s been quite empty around here, and I’m well aware.

Quite honestly, I haven’t been up to writing at all for a while now. I have barely kept up with any news or releases. I haven’t seen Morning Musume’s newest release, I have no clue what C-ute or Juice=Juice or S/mileage are up to, I’ve barely been paying attention to any Korean releases, and I don’t know a goddamn thing about what’s going on with AKB48. The only things I know about what’s going on is that Berryz’s new song is horribly strange and Kris is leaving SM Entertainment. Oh, and U-KISS has got a new member. And let’s not forget Sayumi leaving MoMusu this year.

I’ve been feeling a slight twinge of failure lately when it comes to my blog. Visiting it gives me a sudden rush of sadness. Any article ideas I think up soon start to bore me. I’ve hit a wall.

I hoped that I could get over my writer’s block as soon as possible. But, it just didn’t happen. Truthfully, I was considering closing down my blog as a whole, but I didn’t want to make any rash decisions. So, I have come to the decision of going on hiatus for a little while. Instead of leaving any readers hanging, I could create some closure for those people and myself.

I don’t know if I’ll be back writing about idols, or even writing at all. But whatever I decide to do, you’ll all be the first to know.

Mata ne.

I’m still available on Skype and through my e-mail at any time.

 

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My New Year’s Resolution

I’ve been noticing my drive to write has been diminished lately. I don’t know if it’s because some of my end-of-the-year posts weren’t able to be finished or if I just haven’t had the time. I guess I’ll eventually get over it.

2013 was a bit of a tough year for my blog. I was down for months which halted a lot of my creative flow, however, I was still very excited to get back into it. When it comes to my blog, there’s one resolution I’ve thought of thoroughly: don’t be afraid of short posts. A lot of the time, short = incomplete, in my mind. I’ve always been a very in-depth writer, so when short articles mosey their ugly noses, I’m appalled! I feel as though my thoughts weren’t explained enough or there wasn’t enough detail. However, this year, I’m going to let myself gradually let go of that standard. Sometimes, short and to-the-point is the best way to go with some topics.

What about my real life resolution? Well, considering I suffer from serious anxiety issues, I can get really worked up over situations that are minuscule in another person’s opinion. Panic and anxiety attacks are things I couldn’t even wish upon my worst enemy! With my last year of high school ending and the waiting period for whether or not I’m accepted into the 4 colleges I’ve applied to begins, I need to relax. After the many months of stressing over SATs, college applications, scheduling visits, and just narrowing down my college list, I must allow my mind to chill. I stress far too much–and I just don’t deserve all that. This year, I’m seriously trying to take grasp of my anxiety.

There’s actually one last thing I wanted to mention… This time, it has to do with my blog. This year, I’m seriously considering starting a “Roundtable” for my blog. For those of you who aren’t familiar with that term, a Roundtable is a discussion between many different people on one particular topic. I’d love for any fellow bloggers(and even non-bloggers!) to join in! The topics will vary between different genres and artists–it’s certainly up to you to decide on which ever Roundtable discussion you’d like to participate in. Also, they probably will not be very frequent–I’m thinking maybe 1 or so a month. So, how’s that sound!? If you’re interested, please leave a comment below with an email easily contactable. Or, just send me a quick email at: sky_blue_leaves@hotmail.com. It’s my personal one so it’s constantly checked!

Here’s to another year under the spell!

~ Kioku

When Bland Goes Good

I have to admit, I can be a bit safe when it comes to J-pop. For the most part, I stay within the confines of the groups that I’m familiar with: Hello! Project, AKB48, Perfume, oldie soloists like Hikaru Utada & Ai Otsuka. Every now and again, I feel adventurous and decide to download an album or single from an unknown artist or an artist I’ve only heard about. Miliyah Kato isn’t unknown to those who have broad Japanese music taste, but to anyone who only listens to idol music, they’re most likely scratching their head. Don’t worry, I was there once. For those who don’t know, Miliyah Kato debuted ten years ago in 2003 and has since made quite a name for herself despite her young age of 25(quite honestly, I was surprised to learn she was this young). Her style is a bit of a BoA and Namie Amuro mix, sticking to an R&B and Hip-Hop musical choice. I became a lot more interested in her after listening to m-flo’s February release of LOVER. I have to admit, she’s got quite the set of lungs.

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My New Year’s Resolution

There are still a few things I want to get posted from 2012(hopefully that happens), but since it’s January 1st, 2013, it’s time to talk shit! A few years ago, if someone mentioned something about a New Year’s Resolution, I would’ve laughed in their face, “Those don’t work!” But when I made one for 2012, I was determined to make it happen. What was it, you ask? I resolved to cut loose of all the assholes in my life. What do I mean, you ask? Exactly what I said. I wanted to cut out all the jerks and assholes from my life and not let them affect me anymore. Worked pretty well, might I add!

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I’ll Be Back!

Even though it’s not the longest amount of time, I’ll be in Spain from July 7th – July 14th. I wanted to get at least one post done this week but I’ve been so, so busy. T___T It’s my first time on a plane, let alone, a different country. Packing is hell, js.

Anyway, if you don’t hear from me over a week from July 14th, you know I’m in a better place XD Wish me good luck! Adios!

~Kio <3

Atlantic City, New Jersey car crash

I know it isn’t like me to write about things non-Asian but this is just something I wanted to write about– I needed to express my feelings. This is a blog, isn’t it?

If you don’t live in New Jersey, then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about–considering that news about a car accident would most likely be in local news. It occurred on August 20th, 2011. The reason I am even talking about this is because one of my family members was in that car accident. Not even one, but all of his children as well, since they are also related to me.

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No, I have not fallen off the edge of the earth.

HEY GUYS!!!!! Been a long time! :D Well. There is a reason for that. A better reason than my internet being cut off. And that reason is…. MY LAPTOP WAS BROKEN. Yes, broken. When I mean broken, I mean the shit didn’t even want to go to the sign in screen. I was so upset D: ‘Mind you, this is like at the beginning of February.

I tried bugging my dad for weeeeks. The same reply each time, “You need to wait until I get money. You need to wait until I get money.” He didn’t send it to Best Buy until like..the middle of May, and I got it back about one or two weeks later. 3;

So, within those 3 months, many a things have been happening in the H!P universe. But when I say many, I mean like… 500 + 1. Seriously, I’ve never been so behind D:

I’m very undecided on how to recap everything. xO I think I’ll just comment on the recent news in a different post. I just wanted to let you all know that Kio’s still here! Till the next post, ~Kio. <3

1,000 Pageviews

So I log in just now and check my blog stats and what do I see? Pageviews: 1,002.

It feels pretty damn good too since I have such huge absences almost every 2 months. I’m very glad that there are people out there that might visit almost every single day. Thanks for the support and continue to follow~!

~Kioku