The Value of Handwriting

This week, news came through on how 14 states in my country have made it law that students must learn cursive writing in school. This is coming a good while after an undeclared falling out of the practice, as it suddenly vanished from school curriculums; especially as the latest technology has become utilized in classroom settings. It makes for interesting timing, especially with today’s generation of kids being more accustomed to typing and texting. Continue reading

Remember to Write For Yourself

A recent experience left me with a firm reminder on the value of writing for yourself. Without going into too much detail, I had spent time this past month, writing a story as part of a collaborative project. Feedback has been given with each new draft that has truly helped polish it into becoming the best version of itself. However, with the last round of suggestions for it, I felt extremely uneasy with what was being offered to me in regards to how to alter the plot. Not to mention that the number of suggestions came at a copious amount, which left me feeling frustrated over needing to satisfy several people at once. Continue reading

From Within the Mind: Influences

In honor of the three months since An Absolute Mind came out, this month, I shall be doing a weekly series of behind-the-scenes glimpses at the process and the decisions made with the creation of the novel. Be careful for potential spoilers if you haven’t read it yet, and I hope you enjoy. (NOTE: While today is the last Saturday of the month, this isn’t the last post of the series. I have one more after this that will be released tomorrow.)
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Special Friday Post: “The Geek Show” Indiegogo Campaign is LIVE!

Hey everyone!

I’m writing to you a day ahead of my weekly blog post to announce something quite exciting. At the end of last year, I had mentioned how one of my goals for the year is to get involved in more creative collaborations, and how I had gotten a jump start on it months in advance by getting involved in a theatre production. Well, I’m happy to say that the Indiegogo campaign for that project is now live for people to contribute.

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Special Sunday Post: “From Within the Mind”

So I have a little surprise for everyone. If you’ve been following this blog for the past few years or have been exploring it as of recently, then you may know how three months after I released my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth, I did a month-long series of blog posts called “Behind the Moments,” where I described behind-the-scenes details about the making of it. Well, seeing that February will be three months since I released An Absolute Mind, I’m going to do the same thing. Continue reading

Thoughts About Escapism

At this time two years ago, I was already writing what would eventually become An Absolute Mind. It was easy to slip in that mindset of its setting in an optimistic future, given the conditions of my country back then. While I can’t say that everything was peaceful, as far as privileges and rights go, they were as intact and secure as ever, and even got better when the Supreme Court finally made the historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

If I were to write An Absolute Mind today, I honestly am not sure how I would be able to effectively slip into that mindset and make that future as positive as it is, given everything that’s been happening in the week since Trump took office. There’s so much to go off of. Women’s rights are in danger. The press is being censored. “Alternative facts” have apparently become a thing. The proposed wall to border Mexico is actually being pursued… somehow. As of recently, immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-dominant countries are banned from entering the country. It’s horrendous and difficult to read about. It’s history repeating itself, and then some. Continue reading