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

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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

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

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.

Finally got around to hanging this on the wall today. #familyportraits #tita #intelligentsia

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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

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

As a Keeper of Quote Books and Lover of Quotes

If there’s one thing one of my professors from my freshman year of college were able to figure out about me is that I “am in love with words” (as she had bluntly told me).  Although this was during a moment of advising me to condense the level of detail I put into my outlines for my public speaking class I was taking at the time, in a way, I guess she makes a point.  I am a lover of words, even beyond the obvious factor of my occupation as an author and blogger.  Already I’ve previously talked about my ever-growing collection of journals I’ve maintained for the past 13 years.  However, within the past four years, I have another collection of blank books going on.  They’re smaller in size, and therefore tend to be filled out a lot quicker than my journals.  While they contain my handwriting, the words are not my own, but rather the thought nuggets of others.  For the past four years, I’ve been maintaining a growing collection of quote books. Continue reading

“Promise of Daybreak”: The Music of “A Moment’s Worth”

I listened to a lot of music while writing A Moment’s Worth.  I think that’s kind of a given in the circumstances of many people, whether they are authors or not.  Life would just be a tad bit boring- and a tad bit too quiet- without music.  I even integrated music to some degree into my novel (SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read it yet): There was a mentioning of the band Run River North in one chapter, and in another, I mentioned how a song by YouTube artist David Choi could be heard playing softly in the background of a boba tea cafe.  I think the means of music in structuring my novel could go even beyond that, for I recall mentioning in an earlier blog post on how I saw the novel as like an album, whereas my short story The Shadows was kind of like an EP. Continue reading

In Tribute to Maya Angelou

I couldn’t pass up today without doing a quick post about this.  Whether a writer or not, everyone has heard of, and have at least read one book, by Maya Angelou.

photo retrieved via Wikipedia

photo retrieved via Wikipedia

Maya Angelou, the woman who graced us with her lyrical words and books about growing up in the Jim Crow South, while proving herself to be a Renaissance woman, died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She was 86-years-old. Continue reading