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

3 Things I Want To Do As An Author

As an author, the top priority is to, of course, write. However, I must say that there are a number of things I want to do with this status of mine that other authors have had the privilege of doing. It’s not about becoming famous from this occupation, but rather to put it to good use beyond just writing books. That is why today, for the first time ever on Lola By The Bay, I present to you a listicle; a listicle of three things I want to do as an author. Let’s get it going: Continue reading

Forging Paths (Journey Alone Pt. II)

It’s the beginning of a new year and I am looking forward to various happy happenings that are to go underway over the course of the next 12 months. I plan to release my second book this year, there are other writing projects of mine that hope to finally see the light of day, much more blog posts are to come your way on this blog as well as the others I write for, and more.

As much as 2015 sucked, I can’t ignore the fact that the past five years have held a number of unique experiences for me; more than I ever would have expected when I was 18. I’ve gotten to interview a number of interesting people (some of whom I could not believe I was in the position of speaking to), I’ve gotten involved in two amazing non-profit organizations, and of course I launched my career as an author by releasing my first novel. 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

In the Scheme of Full Circles: When “A Moment’s Worth” Meets “The Land of Stories”

In A Moment’s Worth (spoilers up ahead for those who haven’t read it yet), there is a chapter where a couple decides to end their relationship by meeting up at the very cafe they originally first met at five years prior. The reason being is their shared belief and admiration for full circles; about how they’re always at a constant loop, even if in different forms.

That was something that was going through my mind yesterday evening. I always find it funny when one of the themes that I addressed in my debut novel somehow seeps out into my real life, and the occasions have been rare. When life imitates art, it can be dauntingly reassuring that what a creator creates can become real.

As mentioned before, three days ago marked one year since the release of A Moment’s Worth. Along with lots to celebrate this past year, I’ve also evidently encountered many hurdles. I’ve had trouble getting people to check it out. In particular, I’ve had trouble getting people I know to read it. The struggle has been real and I’ve obviously been angry over it. However, yesterday was different when- as mentioned on Wednesday- I gave access to my novel to someone in particular. And that particular someone was Chris Colfer.

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Journey Alone

As one can likely imagine, to write a book is a solo effort.  Unless if you’re part of the rare exceptions where you’re co-writing a project with someone, you’re pretty much the master mind behind it all; in creating the characters, the settings, the plot, and what not.  It’s very fulfilling, for you don’t have to give in to anyone else’s input other than your own.  As modest as you may be, at the end of the day, you are the god of your own little world.

Writing A Moment’s Worth was a challenge for sure.  There’s no denying it.  However, I think the only challenge that was adamantly present was as to whether or not I could write something at the length of a novel.  As far as being on my own and writing solo goes, that was never an issue for me.  If anything, writing the novel- or just writing in general- for me is the extension of my journey alone. Continue reading