What Did I Miss?: April 2019

Appearances

The Disappointment Episode | Captain Marvel, Battle Angel Alita, Happy Death Day – I receive a mention (and, unexpected to me anyway, an apology) from co-host Melissa Slaughter for not taking on “The Karate Kid” for the focus of this month’s episode of the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast. The mention is heard near the end of the episode.

In Tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral – The Instagram account for the People to People Travel Program quoted my travel journal excerpt from when I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, in tribute it being partially burnt down earlier this month. To see my tribute where the excerpt is first seen, check it out here.

Published Works

Amy Tan Reflects on the Book and Film Anniversaries for “The Joy Luck Club” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I had the absolute honor and pleasure to speak with the New York Times Bestselling author on the two anniversaries of the releases of her debut novel and its film adaptation.

Review of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan– For Goodreads, I give my thoughts on reading this poignantly powerful novel for the first time in a decade.

Review of Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – For Goodreads, I dive back into the post-apocalyptic Sixth World as I go over my thoughts about the epic follow-up to Trail of Lightning.

In the Darkness, This is the Light: 20 Years of “So Weird”

A few years ago, I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I talked at length about my favorite series on Netflix, “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Today, in honor of its 20th anniversary that happened yesterday, I turn my attention to the Disney Channel, to reflect on a show that they might pretend to have forgotten about, but quite a few of us haven’t. Today, I’m talking about the Disney Channel Original Series, “So Weird.”

Continue reading “In the Darkness, This is the Light: 20 Years of “So Weird””

Special Sunday Post: Time to Print? (POLL)

Hey everyone!

With the fact that it’s 2019 now, that means that this summer will mark five years since the release of my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth. While this first work of mine is not something that I would see myself writing nowadays, I still look back and admire the time and effort I put into making it what it is now.

Unlike An Absolute Mind, A Moment’s Worth is only available as an eBook. What I am wondering is that with this anniversary coming up, do you think I should at last make it available in a print form too? If I devote time to making this happen, is this something that people would want and will actually go out of their way to buy? I ask because I’m not going to do it if it’s not wanted – especially amidst everything else I’ve got going on, writing-wise.

That is why I’ve created a new poll. Please vote “yes” or “no” if you want me to make A Moment’s Worth available as a physical copy for its upcoming fifth anniversary. It only takes a few seconds and I would appreciate it if you can pass it along to others as well.

Remember: I will only do it if people really want it, so please let me know.

-Lauren

4 Years of “A Moment’s Worth”

If I thought the stretch of time between 2014 and last year was prominent, imagine what I’m feeling now. Tomorrow will mark four years since the release of A Moment’s Worth; my debut novel that focused on three core subjects throughout the storylines: the interconnections among the human race, the fine line between what is real and what could be a dream, and the value of moments in time. Continue reading “4 Years of “A Moment’s Worth””

What Did I Miss? (April 1st-7th)

Published Works

A Retrospect of KANGA RODDY – For YOMYOMF, I continue my retrospect series of pieces exploring this short lived PBS show, in honor of its 20th anniversary.

  • Meet the Puppeteers/Cast (Part 3) – My profile piece on the puppeteering duo for “Adventures with Kanga Roddy,” Kamela Portuges and Lee Armstrong.
  • Memories of Uncle Pat – My piece recapping memories of late “Kanga Roddy” cast member Pat Morita, from the points of view from the cast, crew, and his family.

Interviews

Interview: Lauren Lola – Author of An Absolute Mind – Lit CelebrAsian talks to me about science fiction, play writing, current projects, and my book recommendations penned by Asian American authors.

What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition (March 25th-31st)

For those who follow this blog, you might be wondering why this is coming to you a day early. Well, I want to pause from my usual Saturday blog post today, for I am in mourning. My family unexpectedly lost our sweet dog Tonks yesterday, and the grief is real.

I don’t care if you think she was just a pet. Having grown up around dogs, it goes without saying that they are family. If you want to learn more about what she was like, apart from a video I had posted on Instagram, you might find it interesting that she was an influence for the character of Heiki in An Absolute Mind. There are many traces of Tonks within that fictional dog, that pop out as natural assets.

She was a radiating presence in my life for ten glorious years. I shall miss her dearly.

I’ll be back to the regular swing of things next week. For now though, here is what you missed: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition (March 25th-31st)”