The O.C.: I didn't watch The O.C. when I was a teenager, and now I really wish I had! Much like YA books, teen shows tend to be my thing. But it's especially fun seeing the makeup and technology from 2003-2004! And the music! And also, I ship Ryan/Marissa A LOT! I'm only eight episodes in, but I'm enjoying it so much.
Angela Via: So, going even further back to 2000, a singer named Angela Via had a hit single, at least among the preteens of the time. She had two songs on the Pokemon movie albums. And she recorded a full album that sadly never got released. But as it went back in the time of Napster, the album was leaked, and ten/eleven-year-old me was obsessed with it. Particularly, the song I Don't Care. Angela's album was a major inspiration for Gina, the older version of Jane you'll meet in Book Two. And recently, I tracked down Angela's two released singles from 2000 for my singles collection.
This was another rough month, as I'm sure most of you can agree, and I'm sending so much love out to anyone who is struggling right now. I hope positive change comes out of all this pain. But please, remember to care of yourselves. Change is a long process. We need to replenish ourselves so we can keep moving forward.