Progress in Collaborations

At the end of last year, I had done a post about how I really want to push myself into doing more creative collaborations this year. Well, we are now a quarter into 2017 (shocking, I know), and to my surprise, I’ve found myself in quite a few collaborations already. While I won’t go into specifics as to what they are (especially since a number of them are still works-in-progress), I can attest to what I’ve gained and learned from them so far. Continue reading

Remember to Write For Yourself

A recent experience left me with a firm reminder on the value of writing for yourself. Without going into too much detail, I had spent time this past month, writing a story as part of a collaborative project. Feedback has been given with each new draft that has truly helped polish it into becoming the best version of itself. However, with the last round of suggestions for it, I felt extremely uneasy with what was being offered to me in regards to how to alter the plot. Not to mention that the number of suggestions came at a copious amount, which left me feeling frustrated over needing to satisfy several people at once. Continue reading

3 Years of Lola By The Bay/2016 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone, both in terms of the ongoing lifespan on this blog and the Gregorian calendar. Naturally I’ve changed the appearance of the blog once more, giving it a fresh look after such a year as this. Three days ago marked three years since the establishment of this blog; and so on this last day of 2016, I honor that, as well as the events and writings of the past eleven months, with my annual year in review. Continue reading

As I Await Dawn…

An Absolute Mind is ready for its release into the world. It’s just all in the matters of waiting out the remaining weeks until November 15th. Meanwhile, in the midst of already sending out advanced copies to certain individuals, I’ve been stressing out of my mind in recent time, wanting more than anything for people to actually read this book and respond positively to it. It’s gotten to the point now where the stress is affecting my sleep, as I’ve had many restless nights this past week.

Despite the stress and last-minute preparations, I find myself having the inkling to read from two very particular sources; one of the books I’m currently borrowing from a library, the other being recently released and awaiting for me to lay down some money for a copy to buy. Continue reading

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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Consumerism and Storytelling at San Diego Comic-Con

A week ago, the annual San Diego Comic-Con was going on, and this year was my first year in attendance. From numerous panels (some that sound so good, that you’d need a Time Turner to attend them all due to some of them overlapping), to the thousands of booths, to jousting demos and over-the-top cosplay, it was the ultimate gathering of the nerds. It was an experience in itself which even involved me cosplaying on a few of the days, but what racked my brain at times was the high power of consumerism going on, how the stories of these franchises appeared to be buried underneath that, and also how generally speaking, there wasn’t a lot provided that appealed to my own interests. 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

2 Years of Lola By The Bay/2015 Year in Review

As you can see in terms of establishing a tradition, the appearance of my blog has changed once more. After sticking with the same look for the past year, I figured that it’s time to change it up a little. This is, of course, in celebration of two things. Two days from now will mark two years since I officially launched Lola By The Bay, and today is the last regularly scheduled weekly blog post for 2015. I look back on my recap from a year ago, and I see now how I was somewhat fresh from a year being active in the blogosphere and still in a state of making my way.

This past year of the blog has definitely been far more different. Since I didn’t release a book this year, I had to compensate for that with the topics I chose from week to week. This past year in general has been quite different, and not exactly in a good way. Let me run it through now with my annual year in review. Continue reading

Analyzing Books in the Classroom

If I ask you if you’ve read books such as Of Mice and Men, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, The Joy Luck Club, The Grapes of Wrath, and other books of a similar kind, chances are you might say yes. However, if I asked you if you’ve read these books in your spare time, chances are a majority of you are going to say no, and likely say that these were reading assignments for your high school English classes. You might have been asked to read a certain number of pages for homework assignments and then discuss them in class the following day. You might have had to keep an eye out for things like key vocabulary words, use of symbolism, and certain dialogue for you to annotate. You might have had to take quizzes to test your comprehension on said book, conduct group discussions about the text and then present your findings, and maybe even go as far as doing a book report on it.

Many of us can recall doing this so many times in school, that it’s a norm. But now, after having written and published a book myself, I look upon those past assignments in a different light and consider all that’s worth considering what analyzing books in the classroom. Continue reading

In Celebration of the Magical J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

Yesterday was July 31st.  While everyone knows it to be simply as the last day of July, for certain others, it also marks a different kind of occasion; one worth celebrating.  July 31st is not only the birthday of one of the most influential authors of the modern era, but it’s also the birthday of her incredibly famous character as well: Harry Potter.

British author J.K. Rowling is celebrating 50 years on the planet, and while the actual day of birth was yesterday, I’m confident that such celebrations are extending out even into the weekend as well.  I can imagine it to be quite a life for her so far, especially in regards to her crazy awesome success with her Harry Potter series.  It’s through these magical books that she’s touched a lot of lives, and I’m definitely no exception to that.

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