Finding Trust Through Collaborations

So I actually meant to write today’s blog post about a month ago, but for different reasons, I had delayed to write and release it until now. We’re at the end of the fourth month of 2018, and in my journey to pursuing creative collaborations with others, I have experienced a setback recently. Continue reading

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How NOT to Write a Book Review

Being both the author of two novels and an adamant reader, I’ve become familiar with the process and the way that reviews are written online from other readers from around the world. As a result, I’d like to think I’ve become accustomed to the qualities that make a good review, and qualities that make a poorly executed one.

It’s the latter that drive me crazy, especially as the recipient of quite a few of them. That’s why today, I break it down for everyone by explaining how NOT to write a book review: Continue reading

Articles vs. Transcripts

Without going into context, let’s just say that you’re going to start seeing a lot more interview-based pieces written by me make appearances online over the next few weeks. If you’ve read any of my feature pieces I’ve written in the past, then you might see how I’ve had experience in both writing them in an article-styled format and in a transcript format. For these several feature pieces I have lined up, all of them have been written in the article style. Continue reading

Special Friday Post: Announcing “The Geek Show 2: BindleCon”

Hey everyone!

I’m writing a day ahead of my weekly blog post with a very special announcement. As I have briefly indicated in previous blog posts, I’m currently involved in the making of the upcoming second iteration of “The Geek Show.” For those who need a refresher, “The Geek Show” is both a love letter and critique to contemporary geek culture; explored by way of sketch comedy, dramatic pieces, and other mediums appropriate for the stage. Continue reading

Finding the Point of the Story

There a lot of how-to books when it comes to creative writing, and for those who take lessons and value away from them make for the ultimate handy guides.

In one of these books recently, my dad came across something one author made when it comes to developing the story. What the author said was that before putting pen to paper, the writer must have an awareness for just what the point of the story is; the “why” or the “so what?” if you will. My dad relayed this information to me, followed by the question as to whether or not if I, as an author, believe it to be true. I didn’t have to think too hard about it at the time, as I immediately answered with no. While I gave a brief reasoning as to why I think that then, I now want to take this opportunity to elaborate on that. Continue reading

Special Sunday Post: How to Get in Contact with Me

Okay, so I’ve heard from others in the past on how it’s a little difficult to contact me. That doesn’t surprise me that that is the case, and I apologize. As an independent author, I don’t have any representatives to answer any inquiries that may come in, and as a way to protect myself from spam messages and messages from no life low-lives, I find it necessary to limit just who is able to get in touch with me. Having a business card of mine will make that avenue several times easier. For everyone else though, if you want to contact me, this is how you can do it: Continue reading

A Message Out into the Universe

It doesn’t really feel right to write about any of my usual topics and directions for this week, given all that has been going on recently.

For those who are wondering, I have been spared the trauma that is being caused by the fires occurring here in Northern California. The areas it’s affecting is a few hours away from where I reside. The only effect we’re experiencing is the smoke that’s creeping its way down to the rest of the Bay Area; with warnings going about to avoid going outside unless if you absolutely have to. It smells really bad outside, and it’s not going away for quite some time. Continue reading

Special Monday Post: “About Tita” (An Audio Story)

Hey everyone!

I’m really excited to share with you all this special audio story I got to write, record, and produce for one of the podcasts that I follow, This Filipino American Life. As part of a new series of guest-produced audio stories they’re doing, I’m thrilled to share with you all “About Tita;” a reflection on my Great Aunt Justita’s life and how it intertwines with my own. Continue reading