Pushing Molasses Along (Second Novel Status Report #5)

It’s been three months since my previous status report about the making of my second novel. Reading back on that previous update, I see how I said that I aim to make these updates more frequent as time comes along, but it’s hard to really provide anything substantiating to say when progress these days continues to move ever so slowly. Continue reading “Pushing Molasses Along (Second Novel Status Report #5)”

Shakespeare x Prince: Recommended Viewing

It really doesn’t seem right to write about anything else, given the significance and events of these past few days. Today is the 400th anniversary since renowned English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare passed away. Two days ago, Prince died.

I have my thoughts and feelings about both of these individuals. For Prince, the loss of him is definitely more hard hitting for me than when David Bowie died three months ago. Prince’s music is, what I call, “childhood sound.” I heard his music a lot when I was little, without really realizing at the time what an influential artist he was. Knowing that he’s gone now is something I still find hard to grasp, for it feels more like he disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle and no one has bothered to send out a search for him. Continue reading “Shakespeare x Prince: Recommended Viewing”

Storytelling Through Symbolism

I went to a visiting art installation in San Francisco a little over a week ago that I found to be quite extraordinary. The exhibit is called “Intrude,” and it consists of five giant inflatable white bunnies in various poses that light up at night. They are truly a sight for sore eyes, as they bring back the joy of childhood innocence. But when one reads the sign stating the artist’s objective for the project, one will see how these inflatable statues of these cute creatures represent more than that.

Artist Amanda Parer has explained how these creatures are viewed more as pests in her native country of Australia, where they’ve been a destructive, ecological nuisance since first being brought over by white colonists in the late 1700’s. In other words, they have been intruders for the past couple of centuries. Hence their sizes, to acknowledge the white elephant in the room that is the environmental impact these colonists  have caused by bringing them over. But at the same time, even the artist acknowledges how contradictory the viewpoint is as otherwise described in the previous paragraph. Continue reading “Storytelling Through Symbolism”

How NOT to Write Poetry

It’s another one of those days where I didn’t intend for today’s topic to be what it is. In a way, it comes at really bad timing, for this month is National Poetry Month. But at the same time, I can see how it’s kind of good it has happened this month, for what I’m about to discuss sets an example as to how not to write poetry. Poetry should be exciting, thrilling, touching, thought-provoking, engaging; but when it comes to choosing subject matter and how to go about it, a word of caution: Don’t do what Calvin Trillin did. Continue reading “How NOT to Write Poetry”

Forming Friendships with Other Writers

To be a writer is not that common of a trade. It’s one that involves producing material, such as books, in a day and age when fewer people are reading in the age of developing technology. It involves a lot of solo time, crafting words, worlds and characters, all the while revising them as well. That’s why when forming friendships with other writers, it can be one of the most beautiful and potentially hazardous occurrences to happen. Continue reading “Forming Friendships with Other Writers”