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”
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”:
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”
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 “As a Keeper of Quote Books and Lover of Quotes”
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 ““Promise of Daybreak”: The Music of “A Moment’s Worth””
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.
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 “In Tribute to Maya Angelou”
I never thought I would find myself kicking off my Spring Break in this fashion. Two days ago, one of my favorite actors, Dante Basco, proposed a fan meet-up in Union Square in San Francisco. He was here in the Bay Area these last few days to attend screenings for the latest film he’s in, “Awesome Asian Bad Guys,” at the 2014 CAAMFest, and so he thought it would be a good idea to meet up with fans here in the area and just talk.