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

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

20 Years of Enchanting Complexity and Storytelling: About “Princess Mononoke”

Nearly two years ago, I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. As I mentioned at the end of 2016, I aim to get back into doing these analysis pieces once every other month about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). It’s been six months since I last did one of these pieces, for the previous one was about Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy-Award winning film, “Spirited Away.” Today, in honor of its recent 20th anniversary screenings and the director’s birthday that just passed, I shall be discussing another Miyazaki masterpiece; the one that put him on the map as an international filmmaking master. Today, I shall be going over his film, “Princess Mononoke.

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3 Fictional Characters I Can Describe Myself In

There is a hashtag that has emerged over the past week that I realized, this is relevant enough for me to write a little something about. The hashtag I’m referring to is #DescribeYourselfin3FictionalCharacters. What you would do is you would post three pictures of three different fictional characters that you can relate to as far as personality goes.

Normally when it comes to trending hashtags, I may acknowledge them for a minute and be on my way. But this one is quite interesting as in explores the power of relating to fictional characters. Creators, for the most part, work really hard to make a fictional character their own being with a personality accompanied by unique quirks; and more often than not, when successful, there are fans who can relate to the characters. If anything, this hashtag signifies what characters have been effective in being developed enough to where fans can relate to them.

I posted a picture on Thursday on Instagram of three characters I relate to. Today, I want to go over each one and explain who they are and why I chose them.

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Discovering Creativity via a Visual Director: Recommended Viewing

In the past whenever I’ve provided material to be analyzed, it’s often as a result of an after effect of a really tragic event that happened during the week; so much so that my brain is numbed up from being able to produce a proper idea to blog about. However, this time is different. I wanted to provide something to analyze without bringing along that ball and chain. Continue reading

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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Storytelling in Film Scores

Note: For those who actually take notice of the activity that goes on on this blog, you may have noticed how I didn’t post my weekly blog post yesterday. My laptop has been undergoing repairs and updates throughout this past week, and that’s even included uninstalling and deleting documents and programs employees at the repair place it was brought to stupidly put on here. So naturally, I had virtually no access to my blog. But all is fine with my laptop now after the additional defragmentations, upgrades, patches and scans it went through, and so while it’s still the weekend, I’m making up for lost time with a topic that’s long since overdue. Continue reading

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

5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

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Life with the Stories from “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”: About “Star Wars”

Over the course of the past year, 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.). Previously, I discussed my thoughts about the latest Pixar film, “The Good Dinosaur.” Today, in light of the release of the newest film of the saga, I discuss my love for the much hailed (and dissed) space opera, “Star Wars.”

The Force is awakening! #RollingStone #TheForceAwakens

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WARNING: While this post will be focusing on the “Star Wars” saga as a whole, there will indeed be spoilers from “The Force Awakens.” Read at your own risk.

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