Playwright’s Commentary: “She’s Strong With the Force” and “Fractals”

If you’ve been keeping up, then you probably know by now that the show that I’ve served as a writer and producer for, “The Geek Show,” is currently playing at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio. This duality of both a love letter and critique about the geek culture has been a labor of love for everyone who has been involved, and so to finally be putting it on for audiences is quite a thrilling feeling indeed.

It’s been a minute since I’ve been involved with a play at all, and it’s been 12 years since I last wrote something for the stage. “The Geek Show” gave me the opportunity to test out my stage writing for the first time in that long, and it made for quite the experience. It also helped that I would be drawing on interests of my own as a geek, and fuse it in a way to make something special. Continue reading

Special Friday Post: Tune in this Sunday for My First TV Interview!

As if the title of this blog post doesn’t already give it away, allow me to re-iterate: This Sunday, my very first TV interview is going to air. I recently had the pleasure to be interviewed for “Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa;” a weekly half hour talk show that discusses newsmakers, events, and other unique perspectives of the Asian American community here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sat down with Robert to talk about both my novel, An Absolute Mind, and about “The Geek Show.” Continue reading

Drops of Inspiration

Of the creators I’ve had the pleasure of encountering in my life so far, a common occurrence that we share is that sometimes, we get our ideas while in the bathroom; specifically in the shower. It’s a strange phenomenon that happens regularly. In fact, whenever I’m struggling with a writer’s block or attempting to come up with an idea, I’ll make an excuse to take a shower, for more often than not, ideas somehow comes to me then. But lately I’ve been wondering: Of all places, why the shower? What a random place for an idea to arrive! Well, that’s where I do a little digging and reporting of my findings. Continue reading

Progress in Collaborations

At the end of last year, I had done a post about how I really want to push myself into doing more creative collaborations this year. Well, we are now a quarter into 2017 (shocking, I know), and to my surprise, I’ve found myself in quite a few collaborations already. While I won’t go into specifics as to what they are (especially since a number of them are still works-in-progress), I can attest to what I’ve gained and learned from them so far. Continue reading

Special Thursday Post: Last Days of “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign (FOR REAL This Time)

Hey everyone!

We are down to the final days of our Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show.” This time, I mean it, for we can no longer extend it than need be. Within the additional three weeks added to the campaign’s duration, we are now about 70% of the way to our goal. Therefore, these last days are absolutely crucial to get as many people donating as possible.

So once again, if you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you’re able to donate. Whether it be as little as $5 or as much as $100 (or $250 as was the case with one contributor), I mean it when I say that every little bit counts. We’d also highly appreciate it if you can spread the word about it, for the more people who know, the better. The campaign ends this Saturday, so if you’re going to donate, click here to get to the campaign page.

In addition, if you are going to be in the Bay Area from April 20th-29th, I hope you’ll consider attending one of the performances for “The Geek Show.” You can buy your tickets here.

That just about does it for now. I’ll be back on Saturday with my regularly scheduled blog post.

-Lauren

Thoughts About Writer’s Block

It’s a surprise that I haven’t tackled this subject sooner. After all, I can imagine this to be a common issue that many writers face at some point or another, to some level of severity. Writer’s block: a condition where a writer, for a time, experiences an inability to produce new work. Whether this be for a short period of time or several years, either way, it’s a frustrating occurrence whenever a writer experiences it.

For those who, for whatever reason, have never experienced this before, allow me to paint a picture for you. In my mind, I picture writer’s block as either a stone wall or a giant boulder in my way, with no way around it. It’s all in the matter of making it brittle enough to go through it, and that involves ramming yourself into the structure numerous times. It’s exhausting! However, when you do finally manage to break through the barrier, that feeling of success is oh so satisfying indeed. Continue reading

Inspiration Between Universes: Recommended Reading

In case it doesn’t seem evident by now, I love learning about the stories behind stories. I love it when I learn about the inspiration behind a particular character, the reasoning behind why a certain part of the plot was changed, and even the origin story behind how a story came to be in the first place. I came across an article not too long ago that was published back in October. It talks about inspiration for a character on a television show from another one in a highly praised film. While I was aware of this knowledge in advance, just reading about it from a reliable place is a reassuring find. This also makes for an appropriately timed material to analyze, seeing that March is dedicated to celebrating women of the past and present. Continue reading

UPDATE: “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign Has Been EXTENDED!

I definitely wasn’t expecting to write for a third consecutive day, but this latest change in the Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show” is, for sure, one that needs to be shared. So contrary to what I had said in yesterday’s post, as of today, the length of the campaign has been extended for about three more weeks. We are a little over halfway to our goal, and so this was a necessary decision to make, to allow ourselves more time to really aim to reach our it.

Crowdfunding is no cakewalk, for it takes a village to make it succeed. If you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you could contribute to it. Otherwise, sharing the link with others will be equally as helpful. All the details can be found here.

Special Sunday Post: Last Days of “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign

Hey everyone!

I come to you for a second time this weekend with an announcement. You might remember how last month, I had mentioned the launch of an Indiegogo campaign for a theatre production I’m doing called “The Geek Show.” Well, at this time, we are down to the last days of our campaign, and we are a little more than halfway to our goal. Continue reading