Getting Closer to My Truth By Way of Representation

We are now about halfway through May, which also means we are about halfway through Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. When looking at the way of things last year, it’s mind-boggling how much has changed, while some things remain the same. Nowadays, Hollywood, despite previous failures, continues to whitewash roles meant for Asians and Pacific Islanders (as proven from this latest abomination surrounding the upcoming biopic about Ben Kanahele), whereas the White House is not doing anything to properly acknowledge this month beyond the half-ass statement Trump released at the beginning of it.

Representation matters, regardless of what anyone may say against it (and those who do really need to have a look over of their own privilege) and in the past, when in discussion about this particular month, I’ve explored this subject matter through a personal lenses and at different angles; from seeing stories about people like me being portrayed on screen to how I fit in on the growing list of Asian American authors. However, I’ve yet to discuss an angle that hits even more close to home, regarding an issue I’ve becoming increasingly aware of in recent time. 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

Openness to Collaborations in 2017

With the year winding down to a close now, I look ahead at the coming year in terms of how I go forward as a writer. With the fact that I released An Absolute Mind so late in the year, I’ve made it very clear that I will be promoting it as much as possible throughout the coming year; especially with the kind of administration the United States is about to obtain. I also know that work will be going into my third novel, which, as of last month, I’m proud to say I’ve started jotting down notes for.

However, what else is there to do as a writer? While I also plan to continue my weekly blog posts here, as well as my writing contributions on other sites, I want to do more. I look to a listicle I had put together back in January about three things I want to do as an author, and there’s one thing in particular that I really want to go after. This coming year, I would very much like to take part in more collaborations. 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

Special Sunday Post: My First Time on a Podcast!

Hey everyone! So it’s normally not usual for me to announce when I’ve been interviewed for anything, but I’m making an exception in this case. Not only is the first interview in promotion of An Absolute Mind now online, but it also marks my first time on a podcast.

I’ve had the honor of being a guest on Alex Barnett’s Multiracial Family Man podcast. We talked a lot about my mixed race background, what it was like for me growing up, what it means to be mixed race in today’s time, and also how I incorporate the mixed race narrative into my two novels.

Many thanks to Alex for having me on the podcast! If you want to listen to it, check it out here.

Thanks for reading this special Sunday post, and I’ll be back on Saturday with my regularly scheduled post.

-Lauren

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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Getting Ready, Excited, and Nervous

So… I announced my second novel a few days ago. I’ve been keeping it to myself for so long, that it’s good to have its title and synopsis out in the air. An Absolute Mind is on its way soon, as the realization struck me not only on the day of the announcement, but also two days ago when I noticed that I’m two months away from its release. Many emotions are coming to me as I continue to get ready, but excitement and nervousness are the primaries.

This isn’t so much another update on the novel, as it is a personal extension of last week’s post about second novels. While I did incorporate my own experience briefly into it, today I want to elaborate more on that. I want to show just how those points I addressed apply in my case. Continue reading

Traveling the Road Less Traveled

Despite it being two years since the release of A Moment’s Worth, I’m still at an age where it’s not only unusual to already have one published novel under my belt, but also that I’m getting to release another novel soon as well. It’s not something I brag about, for it’s more so acknowledging those who’ve noted it otherwise. In the past, I discussed my thoughts on how to go about informing people I’m an author while still enrolled in college. However, now that I’ve been out of school for a while, I’m starting to see a shift as to where I am in my life, in comparison to others; and as a result, it’s becoming clearer as to how I’m really traveling down the road less traveled. Continue reading

Thoughts About Blogging on Multiple Platforms

If you’ve been following me, then you know that this blog of mine isn’t the only blog I write for. You’re probably aware that I co-run another one and that I’m an associate editor for another. That’s how it’s been for the longest time, while submitting work to other blogs and publications in between time.

I remember this conversation I had once with a fellow blogger, where they tried encouraging me to venture out and explore other possible blogs to write for. I was hesitant in doing so, and for my own and – what I see as – wise reasons. Continue reading

From the Spectrum of Asian American Authors

May is here, and once more, it is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. While the movie industry in Hollywood continues to embarrass itself by whitewashing Asian roles, the peeps over at the White House expressed just how valued and important the community is as it honored ten Champions for Change in art and storytelling back on Wednesday.

As I’ve done in previous years when in discussion about this particular month, I often try to take it on from various yet relevant lenses, and this year it’s appropriately about the wide spectrum of Asian American authors that are out there, myself included. Already last year, I had come across two amazing pieces that named Asian American authors that are worthy of checking out, such as this fantastic listicle Buzzfeed published for the previous Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and this incredible essay and list written by author Celeste Ng on how there are a wide array of Asian American female authors out there other than Amy Tan. Continue reading