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

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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

Looking Back on the Life and Times of Anne Frank

A thread on Twitter that a friend of mine retweeted got me realizing something that my younger self would have been very disappointed with me for forgetting. This year, specifically this summer, marks a number of anniversaries for Anne Frank; the young Netherlands-based writer who perished in the Holocaust, and whose voice would go on to speak volumes to the rest of the world and across generations. Continue reading

Special Thursday Post: Last Days of “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign (FOR REAL This Time)

Hey everyone!

We are down to the final days of our Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show.” This time, I mean it, for we can no longer extend it than need be. Within the additional three weeks added to the campaign’s duration, we are now about 70% of the way to our goal. Therefore, these last days are absolutely crucial to get as many people donating as possible.

So once again, if you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you’re able to donate. Whether it be as little as $5 or as much as $100 (or $250 as was the case with one contributor), I mean it when I say that every little bit counts. We’d also highly appreciate it if you can spread the word about it, for the more people who know, the better. The campaign ends this Saturday, so if you’re going to donate, click here to get to the campaign page.

In addition, if you are going to be in the Bay Area from April 20th-29th, I hope you’ll consider attending one of the performances for “The Geek Show.” You can buy your tickets here.

That just about does it for now. I’ll be back on Saturday with my regularly scheduled blog post.

-Lauren

UPDATE: “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign Has Been EXTENDED!

I definitely wasn’t expecting to write for a third consecutive day, but this latest change in the Indiegogo campaign for “The Geek Show” is, for sure, one that needs to be shared. So contrary to what I had said in yesterday’s post, as of today, the length of the campaign has been extended for about three more weeks. We are a little over halfway to our goal, and so this was a necessary decision to make, to allow ourselves more time to really aim to reach our it.

Crowdfunding is no cakewalk, for it takes a village to make it succeed. If you are able to, we’d really appreciate it if you could contribute to it. Otherwise, sharing the link with others will be equally as helpful. All the details can be found here.

Special Sunday Post: Last Days of “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign

Hey everyone!

I come to you for a second time this weekend with an announcement. You might remember how last month, I had mentioned the launch of an Indiegogo campaign for a theatre production I’m doing called “The Geek Show.” Well, at this time, we are down to the last days of our campaign, and we are a little more than halfway to our goal. Continue reading