Many thanks to The Best Slice of Pie for writing the first full-fledged review on “A Moment’s Worth.” Never in a millions year would I have thought of calling my book a “spiritual guide” or a “journey,” so I find your words quite flattering.
Firstly I loved how the book opened with a quote. I love when a little thought nugget is given to set the mood. It prepares you with the right expectations to begin, and this quote holds more than just a random similarities, it is quite literally tied in in every way.
This book is a whirlwind of lessons, philosophies and emotional understandings. I usually get bored with books that jump characters but the clever way in which this was done kept my eyes firmly on the pages (kindle screen). Young life and all it throws at you can be tough and for many characters in this book they are just starting to find themselves, their place in life. These little moments of fate or destiny and random conversations helping them on their path. Lola shows how beautiful short encounters can be, how they can massively impact our lives and just…
I have been debating for the past few hours as to whether or not I should write anything about the passing of Robin Williams. So I finally decided to come up with this little homage to him. I feel like what’s already been said about him has been said; about how sad his unexpected death is and the enormous legacy he leaves behind.
I wasn’t an adamant fan of his, but his face and voice have definitely made notable appearances and last impacts in films when I was growing up; from “Hook,” to “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Happy Feet.” He had a distinguishable charm that could capture an audience in an instance, and that is something- amongst many things- that he shall be remembered for.
I leave with you this clip from “Hook,” when the Lost Boys have realized that their original leader has returned to Neverland.
IMPORTANT NOTE: While an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, it’s been reported that Robin Williams has died of a successful suicide attempt, following a bound of depression he’s been suffering from recently. This could have been prevented if he had gotten the right help, which is why I want to say this: If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, there are people there who can help. Don’t ever feel ashamed to ask for help: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
I listened to a lot of music while writing A Moment’s Worth. I think that’s kind of a given in the circumstances of many people, whether they are authors or not. Life would just be a tad bit boring- and a tad bit too quiet- without music. I even integrated music to some degree into my novel (SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read it yet): There was a mentioning of the band Run River North in one chapter, and in another, I mentioned how a song by YouTube artist David Choi could be heard playing softly in the background of a boba tea cafe. I think the means of music in structuring my novel could go even beyond that, for I recall mentioning in an earlier blog post on how I saw the novel as like an album, whereas my short story The Shadows was kind of like an EP. Continue reading ““Promise of Daybreak”: The Music of “A Moment’s Worth””
Come this Tuesday and it will be three weeks since I released A Moment’s Worth. While three weeks normally feels like a relatively lengthy period of time to me, in this case scenario, it feels like a shorter period of time than that.
Consider me being overly optimistic in thinking that things would improve drastically from the time I wrote the post the Saturday following the book’s release, but in reality, things haven’t gotten too much better- and if they are, then they’re at a progressively slow rate. My stats on the book’s purchase history have improved only slightly, and apart from a review a man from Colorado left on Goodreads (for whom I shall remain grateful for), I haven’t gotten any reviews yet. With that, along with other pathetically petty issues that have been occurring in my life as of lately, haven’t been relieving me of any stress at all.
So that’s why I spent today walking; all over and any place worth walking- because walking is still a down-to-earth honest action almost any human can do. I just needed to clear the air, clear my mind, and just let go for a while. I needed time away from advice-givers and voices in general just to let me be. Continue reading “Finding Bravado”
Today I’m taking a little breather from talking about A Moment’s Worth and am, instead, providing the next interview of my interview series. Two weeks prior to the release of my book, indie author Sarah Dayan celebrated a similar accomplishment when her debut novel, Greater Than the Still, became available for purchase. Today, we will learn a bit more about the making of the novel, as well as her journey as a writer.
To give a bit of background info about her, Sarah Dayan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she still resides to this day. She is incredibly well-traveled, and has written about many of the places she’s been to for Toonari Post. Other hobbies of hers include playing the piano and guitar, photography, and giving in to her sweet tooth. You can learn more about her on her website and you can follow her on Twitter. Be sure to also like the Facebook page for Greater Than the Still as well.
My feet are sore on all pressure points from standing non-stop for three and a half hours today. I figured that in celebration of releasing AMoment’s Worth, I should treat myself to a nice bowl of ramen at the first ever Ramen Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown. Little did I realize how long I would wind up waiting, and I don’t remember if I genuinely liked it or not, because I was starving at that point. The struggle was real, but the intent of the celebration was worth it. I had published a novel.
I have a little over a week before A Moment’s Worth becomes available. Within the past several months leading up the occasion, there have been days where I would dedicate my weekly post to discussing a theme, my observations in how it plays out in literature (and sometimes in real life), and how it will be incorporated into my book. However, not everyone who is reading my blog now may have not been reading it at the time when some of these previous posts were written, or perhaps missed out on it somehow. So before AMW is released, I thought I take this time to provide for you all links to those various posts to read up on, in preparation for the book. All the links will be listed below for you to take the time to look through them.