I’m so tired of having to incorporate current events like this into my blog posts: Another mass shooting; this time at a beloved high school in Parkland, Florida. 17 dead (14 of them being students), 15 wounded; all by the hands of someone who should not have their hands on an AR-15. Continue reading
I previously did a post about what it might be like to tell stories set in the universe of another person’s creation. Now originally, I had considered the ever-growing “Star Wars” universe as a rare example of an ongoing narrative effort from several different storytellers. What I hadn’t considered at the time is how it actually can be a common practice to write for another person’s universe; especially in the world of TV writing. Continue reading
As a writer, I’ve done quite a bit so far. I’ve published two novels, I’ve had plays produced for the stage, and I’m constantly having writing published online on several remarkable outlets and sites (if I do say so myself). I’m always keeping myself busy, as I’m currently working on my third novel, preparing to write more scripts for the stage, and am in the process of developing a spec script for a writing program I am planning to apply to.
I’ve done and am doing all this, and yet sometimes, I forget that this is all of my doing. Sometimes I need to remind myself on a daily basis that I have novels out there in the world for people to read. Other times, I feel as if I’m undeserving of ever speaking about it; maybe out of modesty, but also out of feeling like a fraud, even though deep down, I know that I’m far from being one. It’s sad for me to say that I have what is commonly known as Impostor Syndrome. Continue reading
As storytellers of varying mediums, we carry the gift of not only coming up with unique characters experiencing interesting situations that can span across genres, but we also contain the ability to create entirely unique universes. No story has to take place here on Earth, as worlds of different kinds can become the setting stage, for the likely event of something truly extraordinary taking place that would otherwise be impossible – at least, for the most part. But with so many stories and narratives already out there that have stood the test of time in terms of relevancy and popularity, it can be tempting to also consider the possibility: What would it be like to apply one’s storytelling gift in another person’s universe? Continue reading
A lot of craziness has been going throughout this year, but it feels like this month in particular has really been chalked full of full-on craziness. Part of me wishes that I had taken a hiatus from blogging this month. But then when something like the #metoo movement starts up, I then realize it’s crucial for me as a writer to shed some light on the topic. Continue reading
There is no one true “master” at writing, for it is a practice where one is, or at least should be, constantly learning, growing, and improving. One way of doing so is by testing the boundaries and see if you’re able to overcome them, as a mental and creative exercise for yourself. In other words, writing outside of your element is a key methodology to becoming stronger and better as a writer.
What do I mean by writing outside of your element exactly? Well, in my mind, this can be interpreted in several ways. Continue reading
If there’s one thing that I didn’t expect going into this year is that I would begin to broaden my scope as a storyteller and as a writer, as I’ve merged into the world of script writing. While it hasn’t been a whole lot, it’s at a scale already where what I write in that medium is already seeing results. I’ve done some occasional script writing growing up, and up until this year, the most recent credit to my name without ever having to lift a finger was an adaptation a family friend did of one of my chapters from A Moment’s Worth. This is a path that I’ve had every intent on taking down the line, and I’m so glad I’m already getting on that. Continue reading
If there’s one thing that I can appreciate just as much as a book signing for an author is when an author puts on a book reading. Why is that the case in my mind? Well, I can find myself referring to several reasons; both from the point of view of an audience member and as the author doing the reading. Continue reading
Personal essays; we’ve all read one at some point or another. They are the slates of non-fiction that are not long enough to be considered an autobiography nor a memoir, and yet to some extremity, strive to prove a point by way of sharing whichever selected aspect of the writer’s life. While it’s a genre of writing that has existed for the longest time, it seems that it’s only within contemporary times where there’s a surge in terms of the quantity of them out there. If you think about it, it’s not too surprising. We have the Internet, and as a result, publishing online and immediate satisfaction has never been easier than before. Continue reading
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