What Did I Miss? (April 15th-21st)

Published Works

30 Years Later, Studio Ghibli Double Feature Stands the Test of Time – For YOMYOMF, I wrote about the commonalities that Studio Ghibli films “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Grave of the Fireflies” share, as well as the stark differences that make them the classic films they are, 30 years after they were originally released.

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#FilmStruck4: 4 Films That Define Me

Yet another hashtag has emerged throughout the past week where we social media navigators are encouraged to look at our favorite films and/or TV shows and see if we can find ourselves in them, to some capacity or another. That hashtag is #FilmStruck4. Started up by @FilmStruck on Twitter, this hashtag is to celebrate the four films that “define you.”

In the past, I’ve gotten to share with you all three fictional characters that I can describe myself in and the first times I saw me. This latest hashtag is all about storytelling, so you know I had to participate. Here are four films that define me:

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What Did I Miss? (April 8th-14th)

Appearances

GEEK SHOW: BINDLECON Opens In San Francisco This Weekend – In his write-up about the (now playing) theatrical production “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon” for YOMYOMF, Offender Dominic briefly acknowledges my involvement in the show.

BBC World Book Club, Celeste Ng – I can be heard asking author Celeste Ng a question regarding her New York Times Bestselling novel, Everything I Never Told You, at one point during this conversation with her for the BBC World Book Club. The lead-in to my question starts at 17:22.

Published Works

Review of Crystal Chan’s All That I Can Fix – In exchange for an ARC of her second novel, for Goodreads, I provide my thoughts about how well written and, at times, mysterious, this novel was.

How NOT to Write a Book Review

Being both the author of two novels and an adamant reader, I’ve become familiar with the process and the way that reviews are written online from other readers from around the world. As a result, I’d like to think I’ve become accustomed to the qualities that make a good review, and qualities that make a poorly executed one.

It’s the latter that drive me crazy, especially as the recipient of quite a few of them. That’s why today, I break it down for everyone by explaining how NOT to write a book review: Continue reading

What Did I Miss? (April 1st-7th)

Published Works

A Retrospect of KANGA RODDY – For YOMYOMF, I continue my retrospect series of pieces exploring this short lived PBS show, in honor of its 20th anniversary.

  • Meet the Puppeteers/Cast (Part 3) – My profile piece on the puppeteering duo for “Adventures with Kanga Roddy,” Kamela Portuges and Lee Armstrong.
  • Memories of Uncle Pat – My piece recapping memories of late “Kanga Roddy” cast member Pat Morita, from the points of view from the cast, crew, and his family.

Interviews

Interview: Lauren Lola – Author of An Absolute Mind – Lit CelebrAsian talks to me about science fiction, play writing, current projects, and my book recommendations penned by Asian American authors.

What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition (March 25th-31st)

For those who follow this blog, you might be wondering why this is coming to you a day early. Well, I want to pause from my usual Saturday blog post today, for I am in mourning. My family unexpectedly lost our sweet dog Tonks yesterday, and the grief is real.

I don’t care if you think she was just a pet. Having grown up around dogs, it goes without saying that they are family. If you want to learn more about what she was like, apart from a video I had posted on Instagram, you might find it interesting that she was an influence for the character of Heiki in An Absolute Mind. There are many traces of Tonks within that fictional dog, that pop out as natural assets.

She was a radiating presence in my life for ten glorious years. I shall miss her dearly.

I’ll be back to the regular swing of things next week. For now though, here is what you missed: Continue reading

An Open Letter to the March for Our Lives Participants

To the participants in the 800+ Marches for Our Lives happening all over the world today:

You shouldn’t have to be doing this. You shouldn’t have to make a statement that you just want to live life without fearing for your end by an AR-15. Those who actually spearheaded today’s movement – the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting – should be mourning their fallen classmates and staff, healing from this gut-wrenching experience, and focus on getting readjusted to school. If you wanted to take it a step further, the shooting – or any of the mass shootings for that matter – shouldn’t have happened. There should be a lot less broken families in this country and more loved ones still among us. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? (March 11th-17th)

Published Works

In the Haziness of Identities: My Experience with the Hapa Project – For Multiracial Media, I discussed my participation in Kip Fulbeck’s upcoming hapa.me exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, along with what that has meant to me on a personal level.

A Retrospect of KANGA RODDY: Introduction – For YOMYOMF, I kick off my retrospect series of pieces exploring this short lived PBS show, in honor of its upcoming 20th anniversary.