Review of Edwin Peng’s “Star City”– In exchange for an ARC of his debut novel, on Goodreads, I go in-depth on why I think the first of this trilogy of the same name is one of the better young adult novels I’ve read in recent time.
Storytelling By Way of a Sharper Focus– For the second issue of Hapa Mag, I guest contributed an essay on how coming to terms with my mixed race identity has shaped my focus as an author and playwright.
A year ago, I spoke of how I was ready to do creative collaborations. I even spoke of the ones that have already started happening then. Merging into the first quarter of 2017, I learned quite a bit about what it means to collaborate, as well as creating guidelines for myself to abide by; particularly when it came to projects where it was evident that they would not work out. Now, with a few weeks remaining of the year, I look back on the collaborations that have happened. Continue reading
If you’ve been following along, then you know that I always post an entry once a week on here. But as a not as well known author, I’m always going out of my way to get the word out about my writing. In addition, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the only place on the Internet where you can find my short form published works. There’s constantly new content being generated that, unless you follow me on Twitter, you might not know about. That is why starting today, I will link any writings that I have had published or any interviews or reviews that were done during the past week. Continue reading
There a lot of how-to books when it comes to creative writing, and for those who take lessons and value away from them make for the ultimate handy guides.
In one of these books recently, my dad came across something one author made when it comes to developing the story. What the author said was that before putting pen to paper, the writer must have an awareness for just what the point of the story is; the “why” or the “so what?” if you will. My dad relayed this information to me, followed by the question as to whether or not if I, as an author, believe it to be true. I didn’t have to think too hard about it at the time, as I immediately answered with no. While I gave a brief reasoning as to why I think that then, I now want to take this opportunity to elaborate on that. Continue reading
As storytellers of varying mediums, we carry the gift of not only coming up with unique characters experiencing interesting situations that can span across genres, but we also contain the ability to create entirely unique universes. No story has to take place here on Earth, as worlds of different kinds can become the setting stage, for the likely event of something truly extraordinary taking place that would otherwise be impossible – at least, for the most part. But with so many stories and narratives already out there that have stood the test of time in terms of relevancy and popularity, it can be tempting to also consider the possibility: What would it be like to apply one’s storytelling gift in another person’s universe? Continue reading
If I feel that the calendar year of 2017 is moving at the speed of light, then you can only imagine how stunned I am that three days ago marked one year since I released my second novel, An Absolute Mind. It was conceived four years prior, and spent two and a half years in the making before being released out to the world, at the beginning of a turning point in history for the United States. Just to jog your memory as to what this novel is about, here is the synopsis: Continue reading
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind. It’s been on quite a journey since then, especially during this time of history we are in for the United States.
I will give a more in-depth reflection on it this Saturday. In the mean time, if you haven’t already, please go buy the book and if you’ve read it already, please leave a review somewhere. Also, as a reminder, tonight I’m doing a live reading of the first few chapters from the book on Instagram Live, so you have an account on there, then please tune in at 8:30PM PST.
I look forward to seeing some of you then.
As briefly noted in my previous blog post, I was in the Pacific Northwest last weekend; specifically Seattle, Washington. While the main purpose was to visit a friend, it also made for the ultimate opportunity to explore a place I’ve never been to before. Seattle is a city that has been on my bucket list for quite some time, and I wanted to use up as many moments during my trip to get to know the place. Continue reading
This week’s post is coming to you with the intent to lead you elsewhere, for as you are reading this, I am out exploring the Pacific Northwest for my first time. As a result, it seemed well timed for another opportunity for Recommended Analyzing, as I give way to an analysis piece regarding the latest “Star Wars Rebels” episode; where a mysterious yet highly anticipated creature is finally introduced into this galaxy far far away. Continue reading