The Way I Blog and How That Will Change

I’ve been struggling with what to write about this week for this blog, and after the rough night I had last night, I was really dry for ideas that didn’t involve giving into the temptation to spew everything that has angered me within the last twelve hours. Continue reading “The Way I Blog and How That Will Change”

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[Pause]

In the aftermath of the horrific shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that have cost the lives of 49 people, I pause today to grieve. My regards to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for being there for her people during this time, and thank you to the New Zealand government for making the quick decision to ban semi-automatic guns – a decision that, for some reason, is up for political debate when it comes to the safety of people here in the U.S.

But of course, that is only a step, for this shooting is evidence of the Islamophobia that is still alive in the world. That in of itself needs to be brought to a definite end, and it starts by being there for our Muslim friends who are hurting right now.

I pause from my weekly blog post today to grieve. My thoughts are with the people of Christchurch.

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Special Friday Post: “Forbidden Future(s)”

Hey everyone!

I did not at all anticipate writing an off-schedule post this week, but much like the announcement I have, life throws unexpected opportunities at you.

So there’s a show that’s coming up at Bindlestiff Studio next month called “Forbidden Future(s): Filipino Diaspora in a Forsaken World.” Over the course of three one-act plays all set in a cyberpunk dystopian world, the production combines elements of live music, theater, and shadow puppetry to explore the Filipino Disapora in such a universe. Continue reading “Special Friday Post: “Forbidden Future(s)””

6 Ways to Support Your Favorite Writer

I’ve recounted in the past on how I’ve been having a difficult time, getting help from people I know to get the word out about my work. Well, it’s within recent time where it has dawned on me that perhaps one reason why that hasn’t been happening is that they may not know how to help. Not everyone is as familiar with supporting creatives as others, and that is why today, I decided to give tips on how to support your favorite writer. (Please note that while I’m referring in context to writers in this listicle, it really is applicable to any creative out there; such as filmmakers, music artists, graphic artists, etc.) Let’s get it going: Continue reading “6 Ways to Support Your Favorite Writer”

Defining Success

Last week, the New York Daily News released an article on how Kylie Jenner is on track to becoming the youngest “self-made” billionaire (and I put “self-made” in quotations, for a find it laughable to assign such a description to someone who comes from one of the wealthiest families in America).  What’s important about the article itself is nothing. What I do want to focus on is the corresponding tweet for it. The tweet gives a one-sentence summary of what the article is about, before posing a question: “What are you doing with your life?” Continue reading “Defining Success”

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 “How NOT to Write a Book Review”

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 “Articles vs. Transcripts”

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