The Value of Handwriting

This week, news came through on how 14 states in my country have made it law that students must learn cursive writing in school. This is coming a good while after an undeclared falling out of the practice, as it suddenly vanished from school curriculums; especially as the latest technology has become utilized in classroom settings. It makes for interesting timing, especially with today’s generation of kids being more accustomed to typing and texting. Continue reading

Aftermath

I’m catching my breath for a minute on this Saturday morning as I look back on this week… and what a week it’s been! I can’t believe it. I released my second novel! This makes for an exciting time that is to be celebrated and cherished to the fullest.

Unlike within the first few days following the release of A Moment’s Worth, the response to An Absolute Mind has definitely been more immediate. For one thing, as mentioned in my previous post, the very first review was released a week before the novel was published, and I’m so happy to see how the reviewer Catie made it evident on how much she liked it. Continue reading

The Future of America and “An Absolute Mind”

This is it. We are down to the final days before the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind. Without a doubt, I am getting excited, as an author should be when they’re about to release a novel; regardless of whether it’s the second novel, or the fiftieth. But since my previous post – let alone in the months leading up to today’s post – there’s obviously some emotional weight going into it now.

I’m releasing my second novel post-Election 2016. I knew how pivotal it was going to be. I just did not expect for the aftermath to be what it is. This was my second time voting in the presidential election, and never had I expected an outcome like this. In fact, out of all the presidential elections that I’ve been alive to see, never have I been in this much dismay over the outcome of one. Continue reading

Empowerment Through Storytelling

This is one of those entries where I meant to write about something else, but due to recent events, I felt the need to rearrange my plans. In the past, I’ve talked a lot about not only finding reassurance through storytelling in light of current events, but also on just how valuable storytelling can be too, to rise above such issues. With the release of An Absolute Mind on the horizon and after everything that has happened this week on both the political and media fronts, this seems like a wise opportunity to talk about this again. Continue reading

Of Guns and Pens

I can imagine this post to be a bit rambly, as I try to make sense of all that happened last weekend. Already from my previous post, there was a small mentioning of what would eventually become one of the worst weekends ever. I don’t expect to find any resolution of any sort, let alone a silver lining. I just want to explain and analyze from there.

Last weekend was one that I was originally looking forward to, and for two reasons: 1. The red egg and ginger party for my dad’s friend’s new grandson was held (and for those who don’t know what a red egg and ginger party is, you can read about it here) and 2. I got to participate in an event for Barnes & Noble for my very first time. Continue reading

justice

Bad and/or stressful events happen in the world all the time. I just can’t seem to ignore the ongoing race for the next president of the United States that won’t have an end in sight for at least another five more months. I also remain furious as our justice system continues to let down rape victims by giving rapist Brock Turner only six months in jail, for raping an unconscious woman last year. As of recent, the year of losing musical talent continues; this time, from gun violence.

It’s a lot to go off of that can bring many spirits down, which is why today’s post is being kept short, in the matters of giving something to read and giving something to do. Continue reading

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

The Future of Novelists: Humans vs. Robots?

Today is one of those cases where I had planned to write about something else, but then something caught my attention that made me realize, I need to write about this. As far as we’re concerned, all novelists are human. They may hail from different countries, be of different races, genders and sexual orientations, and come from different experiences in their lives; but other than these factors, all novelists are human. But as far as the future of the profession goes, is it possible that future novelists may be comprised of not only humans but also (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) robots? 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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How NOT to Choose a Pseudonym

With every fiber of my being, I planned for a much more uplifting post for this week, after previously giving reading material and my thoughts about the piece. However, after hearing about a particular schmuck of a poet who, despite his actions, still has work featured in this year’s Best American Poetry anthology, I knew I had to give my input on this subject matter.

This week saw the release of the annual Best American Poetry anthology, and as discovered quickly from a not so subtle reveal in the bio section, it turns out that poet Yi-Fen Chou is not who he says he is. Chou is actually a pseudonym for a man named Michael Derrick Hudson. Regardless of Hudson’s explanation regarding his choice in publishing under the name- which would do you wonders to check out here– as well as the anthology’s editor’s rather lengthy explanation for why his work remained to be included- there is something very wrong with this picture.

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