5 Years of Lola By the Bay/2018 Year in Review

WordPress sent me a reminder last night that it has now been five years since the formation of this here blog/website. That’s half a decade of running this thing in the six years since I made the decision to start pursuing my writing more seriously, and look how much has happened since then.

But this post isn’t to serve as a retrospect of the last five years. Instead, this is a look back at the past eleven incredibly speedy months of the year 2018. I say this in some way or another at the end of every year, but it is absolutely crazy how fast this year went. Continue reading “5 Years of Lola By the Bay/2018 Year in Review”

Reflections on My Hiatus

December is here and my hiatus is officially over. It’s hard to believe I’ve been away so long from blogging on my website already, but then again, the fact that I posted four times during my hiatus definitely shakes the reality of it. Looking back on the past two months, I now see how I chose a pretty good time to step away for a bit, for things have been quite hectic both in the world and in my life. Continue reading “Reflections on My Hiatus”

When Reading About Different Experiences in Familiar Places

There’s a novel I’ve been reading this week called There There by Tommy Orange.  It’s the debut novel by this author and it just came out this year. I’ve been on the wait list for it at the library I use for over a month before I finally got my hands on it, and technically, it happened before I even got off the wait list. After I picked up another book I had on hold, I saw it on one of the display shelves as I was heading out, and was quick to pick it up. Why wait around any longer than I already have when it was right there in front of you? Continue reading “When Reading About Different Experiences in Familiar Places”

Looking Back on August Anticipations

August has come and gone, and it was a month that had a lot of meaning. On one hand, for many people of the Asian American community – myself included – it was a celebration of the releases of numerous films where Asian Americans were the stars of their own stories and/or were taking charge from behind the camera. On the hand, this month had an added level of depth to it for me, as it was truly a busy time both as an author and a playwright. Continue reading “Looking Back on August Anticipations”

4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review

I don’t know about anyone else, but this year came and went uneasily fast. Now it wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for everything that has happened throughout the past eleven months, and it also doesn’t help that I just generally feel exhausted and not myself at this time of year. But with the fact that not only is the year about to close out, but also that two days ago marked four years since the establishment of this blog, it’s only right that I close the year out with my annual year in review. Continue reading “4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review”

Looking Back and Forward at Collaborations

A year ago, I spoke of how I was ready to do creative collaborations. I even spoke of the ones that have already started happening then. Merging into the first quarter of 2017, I learned quite a bit about what it means to collaborate, as well as creating guidelines for myself to abide by; particularly when it came to projects where it was evident that they would not work out. Now, with a few weeks remaining of the year, I look back on the collaborations that have happened. Continue reading “Looking Back and Forward at Collaborations”

Legacy

“Hamilton” fans will recognize this line from the final song of the musical: “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” It’s repeated several times throughout the song, to emphasize on a very strong point: How do you want your legacy to look like? How do you want to be remembered, if at all? What contribution do you want to leave in this world when you are long gone? Continue reading “Legacy”

Asian American Superheroes, Absolute Memory, and Colliding Worlds: A Month of Book Readings

Book readings: As emphasized in a blog post from earlier this month, they are the closest opportunities to seeing magic being conjured, the chances to bringing new minds into your universe, the moments of nostalgia of being read to as children, and the time to ask questions to the storytellers themselves. They are events I highly cherish both as an audience member and as an author, and throughout the month of July, I got to experience both sides of that. Continue reading “Asian American Superheroes, Absolute Memory, and Colliding Worlds: A Month of Book Readings”