The Timing and Timeliness of “Hamilton”

Rarely do I ever get to write about theatre on here; probably because when I do, it’s when I have something being shown, and the few times when I go to a professional production is often for work-related reasons. I don’t get to go to the theater just to experience it anymore. However, last week, I did, and it was a production that I never thought I’d get to see, until nine months before when the tickets were bought. Last week, I finally got to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Hamilton.”

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Thoughts About Playing with Ideas

Maybe this is happening because I made the decision in indefinitely put my third novel on hiatus. Perhaps it’s also that I’m working on a screenplay right now that has me thinking in the scheme of what I would want to write in the form of prose. Continue reading “Thoughts About Playing with Ideas”

Hopefully Gaining Inspiration From Places

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 “Hopefully Gaining Inspiration From Places”

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 “Drops of Inspiration”

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 “Discovering Creativity via a Visual Director: Recommended Viewing”

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”

Thoughts About When the Personal Joins the Fictional

The thing that makes fiction worth while and dwelling into is that the story is a concept originally hailing from one’s imagination. From plot maneuvers to details and essentials unique to the world created, it’s a skill that never gets boring; the skill of summoning such a narrative, as if by magic. But as many readers and writers know, not everything that makes the story unique is all purely the result of constant brainstorms from the creator. There are outside influences like other authors, real life occurrences and what not that help carve the story into a more thought-provoking, surreal experience that can really touch a number of readers. As I will explore today, another influence that can really shape up a story is when an author adds a little bit from their personal life into the context.

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Research, Inspiration, Wonder

When in writing, they say to “write what you know.” Personally I don’t always find that to be true, let alone right. To limit yourself to writing a story using only the knowledge you know, no matter how knowledgeable you are, can be a narrow path to travel down. That’s why sometimes, when creating a story, it’s best to step out of your mind and sought out external resources; whether intentionally searched for or not. It’s all about the drive of wonder and the desire to enhance, and it oftentimes leads writers down a journey of a different kind. Continue reading “Research, Inspiration, Wonder”

Special Thursday Post: A Big Hand for Wong Fu

Today is the first day of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and for their opening night feature, they shall be screening the world premiere of the first feature-length film from Wong Fu Productions; “Everything Before Us.”

In a world where all relationship activity is documented by a DMV-style agency called the Department of Emotional Integrity, two couples must deal with their conflicts and differences under their surveillance; a young high school couple who are about to attend separate colleges, and an older, former couple who must come together to settle a score from their previous relationship.

Here’s the trailer for “Everything Before Us”:

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In Loving Memory

It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s blog post, not only to inform, but also to remember.  I didn’t think I would find myself doing this less than a year after A Moment’s Worth came out, and yet I must deal with the reality of this.

Cheryl Morris, who served as the editor for both A Moment’s Worth and “The Shadows,” passed away last Friday.  Despite the health issues she had been dealing with since January, her death has been incredibly unexpected for everyone who had known her and loved her. Continue reading “In Loving Memory”