On the Songwriting Mojo

Throughout this past month, I’ve been taking an online course in songwriting.  While this is part of my attempt to continue getting an education of some sort without having to be formally enrolled in an institute, this is conveniently enough something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do.

Songwriting is something I’ve been interested in for quite some time now.  Already I’m able to adapt and write in a wide variety of forms (such as novel writing, short story writing, journalism-based writing, poetry, etc.).  I’ve always been told that if you can write poetry, then one can just as well pick up on songwriting.  That and the fact that I do have a bit of a background in music makes it a bit easier too. Continue reading “On the Songwriting Mojo”

10 Years of Honor and Bending: My Memories of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

As of recently, I’ve become more open to blogging about storytelling on other mediums besides books. I feel that the more I talk about other stories that are being told in ways beyond the written word, I think it will make for a better attempt at engaging dialogue about such narratives and also to aid myself in becoming more well-rounded in that. My first venture out into doing so- on the television landscape- was when I provided my feedback on “Fresh Off the Boat” the weekend following its premiere. Now, in celebration of the decade since its premiere, I shall devote this post to my thoughts about one of my all-time favorite television series: “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

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Thoughts About Love and Sex in Storytelling

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Yes, it’s that time of the year where it serves as the ultimate field day(s) for Hallmark, flower shops and jewelry stores all over the place. I was at my local Safeway just yesterday where I saw heart-shaped balloons beyond the size of my head, looming overhead. A few days ago, my high school-aged brother recounted on how a couple of his friends are freaking out over what to give the girls they have their eyes on for Valentine’s Day, acting as if they’re planning to propose to them instead. One could call it commercialism at its finest, whereas a communication scholar could call it somewhere along the lines of “hegemonic romance” (and yes, I just made up that term).

Because at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about, right? It’s about showing your loved one- in particular, those who are in a romantic relationship of a sort- how much you love and care for them. Not that it can’t be done any other day, but this day in particular is just all about that.

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Special Sunday Post: My Take On the Storytelling, Power, and Personal Reminiscence of “Fresh off the Boat”

In the months leading up to its premiere, there have been thought pieces written, regarding what this show could mean for the future of the media landscape (in particular, in diversifying it) and now that the first two episodes have aired, even more thought pieces- and of course, reviews- are pouring in. Many news sources and media outlets have had something to say about it; from NPR and the New York Times, to Angry Asian Man and Hyphen Magazine. My Facebook and Twitter feeds flooded in with numerous posts Wednesday night regarding viewing parties taking place in New York and Los Angeles, as well as from people I know who watched it from the comfort of their own homes. There’s been much to say about it- some good, some bad- and before the next two episodes air this Tuesday, I wanted to go ahead and present my two cents on ABC’s newest series, “Fresh off the Boat.”

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Forever 22

About a year ago, I was pondering over what was yet to come for me as I was on the verge of turning 22.  Now, once again, I’m in that same position, although of course there’s a one digit difference.  I am now two days away from turning 23.

Growing up, you’re told by adults how time flies as you get older, and you never really believe it.  It’s not until you actually do get older and actually experience it for yourself.  For that matter, in the case of motioning from one birthday to another, I can’t believe it went by so fast.

I remember at this time a year ago, I made it bluntly aware of how unfulfilled I felt in my life, despite all that I had going on, on my plate at the time.  Well, I can assure myself now that this past year of being 22 has certainly made up for that feeling of lacking.

photo by Lauren Lola
photo by Lauren Lola

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