Consumerism and Storytelling at San Diego Comic-Con

A week ago, the annual San Diego Comic-Con was going on, and this year was my first year in attendance. From numerous panels (some that sound so good, that you’d need a Time Turner to attend them all due to some of them overlapping), to the thousands of booths, to jousting demos and over-the-top cosplay, it was the ultimate gathering of the nerds. It was an experience in itself which even involved me cosplaying on a few of the days, but what racked my brain at times was the high power of consumerism going on, how the stories of these franchises appeared to be buried underneath that, and also how generally speaking, there wasn’t a lot provided that appealed to my own interests. Continue reading “Consumerism and Storytelling at San Diego Comic-Con”

15 Years of Being “Spirited Away”

As of over a year ago, I’ve made the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and movies. I do so by devoting a least one post every other month to an overview of a TV show or movie that’s reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release/premiere, etc.). It’s been a while since I last did one of these, for I previously discussed my thoughts about the “Star Wars” saga, in honor of the newest film, “The Force Awakens.” Today, in honor of 15 years since its release, I’m going to dwell in on the magical world in Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved film, “Spirited Away.”

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Happy 2-Year Anniversary to “A Moment’s Worth”!

If yesterday’s announcement of a little promo sale didn’t make it clear enough, then let me say now that yesterday was quite a special day. Exactly two years ago yesterday was when I released my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth.

For those who don’t know what it’s about, it can be best summed up as a novel that’s more theme-driven than plot-driven. It’s about the interconnection amongst the human race, the fine line between what is real and what could be a dream, and about the value of moments in time.

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Thoughts About Blogging on Multiple Platforms

If you’ve been following me, then you know that this blog of mine isn’t the only blog I write for. You’re probably aware that I co-run another one and that I’m an associate editor for another. That’s how it’s been for the longest time, while submitting work to other blogs and publications in between time.

I remember this conversation I had once with a fellow blogger, where they tried encouraging me to venture out and explore other possible blogs to write for. I was hesitant in doing so, and for my own and – what I see as – wise reasons. Continue reading “Thoughts About Blogging on Multiple Platforms”

Restaurant Homages to Books

A few weeks ago, I came across a particularly interesting photo from someone I follow on Instagram. Taken in New York, it was the outside of a little bistro called Little Prince. In the foreground of the photo was the indicator of where the bistro may have possibly gotten its name; the famed Antoine de Saint-Exupery novella, The Little Prince. While there’s no indication about its inspiration based on what I was able to discover online about this little eatery (other than the fact that they serve altered French cuisine there), it definitely makes for interesting discussion if the inspiration for the place was, in fact, the beloved French story. Continue reading “Restaurant Homages to Books”