What Did I Miss? (Jan. 7th-13th)

Published Works

Why Henry Golding is “Asian Enough” for “Crazy Rich Asians”– In response to the ongoing criticisms over the casting of Henry Golding as the male lead in the upcoming film “Crazy Rich Asians,” for Multiracial Media, I provide arguments in support of his role.

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How Life Continues to Imitate Art

It’s been over a year since An Absolute Mind was released. When I had first started writing it, while I had considered all the possibilities on how many of today’s issues and circumstances could change – mostly for the better – in the future to come, I didn’t realize just how on point I’d be with my optimistic future. From same-sex marriage legalized in all 50 states in the United States, to the subject matter addressed about suppressing particular people’s rights, writing a novel where life, in small ways, imitated art became a constant.

It’s crazy to see how that still continues to go on, beyond the political climate. This past week, I came across an article on how even the sciences are started to imitate the existences contained within my futuristic world of 2064. Apparently, MIT recently created plants that can glow, and how glowing trees can soon replace our needs for streetlights. Continue reading

4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review

I don’t know about anyone else, but this year came and went uneasily fast. Now it wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for everything that has happened throughout the past eleven months, and it also doesn’t help that I just generally feel exhausted and not myself at this time of year. But with the fact that not only is the year about to close out, but also that two days ago marked four years since the establishment of this blog, it’s only right that I close the year out with my annual year in review. Continue reading

Thoughts About Impostor Syndrome

As a writer, I’ve done quite a bit so far. I’ve published two novels, I’ve had plays produced for the stage, and I’m constantly having writing published online on several remarkable outlets and sites (if I do say so myself). I’m always keeping myself busy, as I’m currently working on my third novel, preparing to write more scripts for the stage, and am in the process of developing a spec script for a writing program I am planning to apply to.

I’ve done and am doing all this, and yet sometimes, I forget that this is all of my doing. Sometimes I need to remind myself on a daily basis that I have novels out there in the world for people to read. Other times, I feel as if I’m undeserving of ever speaking about it; maybe out of modesty, but also out of feeling like a fraud, even though deep down, I know that I’m far from being one. It’s sad for me to say that I have what is commonly known as Impostor Syndrome. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? (Dec. 10th-16th)

Published Works

Kristian Kabuay’s Kickstarter Campaign for Surat Magazine is Live– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight Kristian Kabuay’s Kickstarter campaign for a different kind of magazine.

#TBT: Kelly Marie Tran as “Full Asian” Representative– On the eve of the release of “The Last Jedi,” for YOMYOMF, I throwback to an early sketch of “Star Wars” newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Appearances

Books & Boba Episode #33 FilBookFest– In this special episode of the Books & Boba podcast, I provide a series of interviews recorded at the Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival.

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI– The Offenders and I discuss our thoughts on the latest “Star Wars” film. SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t see it yet.

A Deepening Evolution: About “Star Wars”

A few years ago, I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I took a look at Luc Besson’s space epic, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Today, in honor of the release of the newest film of the saga, I shall discuss my evolving, deepening love for the 40-year-old space opera, “Star Wars.”

NOTE: Despite the fact that “The Last Jedi” is mentioned a few times, there are NO SPOILERS from the film. Continue reading

What Did I Miss? (Dec. 3rd-9th)

Published Works

Review of Edwin Peng’s “Star City”– In exchange for an ARC of his debut novel, on Goodreads, I go in-depth on why I think the first of this trilogy of the same name is one of the better young adult novels I’ve read in recent time.

Storytelling By Way of a Sharper Focus– For the second issue of Hapa Mag, I guest contributed an essay on how coming to terms with my mixed race identity has shaped my focus as an author and playwright.

Looking Back and Forward at Collaborations

A year ago, I spoke of how I was ready to do creative collaborations. I even spoke of the ones that have already started happening then. Merging into the first quarter of 2017, I learned quite a bit about what it means to collaborate, as well as creating guidelines for myself to abide by; particularly when it came to projects where it was evident that they would not work out. Now, with a few weeks remaining of the year, I look back on the collaborations that have happened. Continue reading