What would you like to see?

It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year already.  What I also find hard to believe is that it’s already been a year and a half since starting up this blog.  I went into this with relatively not very helpful advice from other bloggers and from there, I’ve been able to carve out my own path as a blogger.  My blog is- aside from discussing my own writing- devoted to discussing storytelling and the writing process.  Whether I’m interviewing a fellow writer or sharing my thoughts about the latest movie, to pondering over writers and their relationships with cafes and my creative influences, I always strive to stick to the core theme of storytelling and the various shapes and forms it takes. Continue reading “What would you like to see?”

From the Mind to Real Life: Going Inside “Inside Out”

Television and movies; both do the exact same thing as books- storytelling- but in a different way.  As of this year, I’ve expanded my blog to exploring the storytelling in these respective mediums periodically.  Whether it be on the day of a significant anniversary since the release of a television series, or in honor of the release of a much anticipated film, I do my best in expressing my thoughts in not only the overall content, but in particular, the storytelling and the themes intertwined into the text.  Previously, I explored the world of “Tomorrowland.” Today, I bring you my thoughts on the latest Disney/Pixar creation, “Inside Out.” Continue reading “From the Mind to Real Life: Going Inside “Inside Out””

Thoughts About Celebrity Memoirs

Memoirs are, what I find to be, valuable works of nonfiction.  While a biography about someone can only do so much, the memoir can be just as riveting and authentic, for it’s one’s life story being told from their point of view.  When I personally think of memoirs, one person that comes to mind that made an effective splash as a memoirist is Maya Angelou.  She was able to convey her life’s experiences in a thought-provoking, mindful kind of way, and she was a voice that definitely needed to be heard; having grown up in the Jim Crow South and what not.  Nowadays when people think of memoirs, one may just as well be likely to think of the crazy number of celebrity memoirs that have been going on for a really long time.

This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for a while.  However, after reading an article last month about how celebrity YouTubers are getting it on in the publishing gig too, that’s when I knew that it was definitely time to dwell in on this topic. Continue reading “Thoughts About Celebrity Memoirs”

In the Hemisphere of Books on the Streets of Berkeley

As we are fast approaching the end of spring and the genesis of summer, this is normally the time of year where the publishing industry and book world celebrate all that is hot in reading and upcoming works as well.  From BookExpo America to BookCon, these events serve as the Comic Cons for literature; complete with booths, author panels, book signings, and so on.

A lot of these events tend to take place in New York City, which is understandable given the large publishing houses that have established themselves there.  However, as a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve always found it odd that we didn’t have anything like that out here.  Long before the emergence of the tech industry that the world knows the Bay Area for now, this region of the country has also thrived in the literary scene, in more ways than one.  The historic City Lights Bookstore is based in San Francisco, NaNoWriMo was founded here, the Beat Generation had some of its more impacting moments here as they dwelled in on the counterculture movement that was emerging during their time, and more.

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one wondering the lack of such a celebration for literature here, which was why I was ecstatic to learn a few days ago that this weekend is the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival… and that’s exactly where I got back from a few hours ago.

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From my day at the inaugural #BayAreaBookFestival.

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