Racism is a Virus: REQUIRED Analyzing

In this world right now, there are two viruses being spread, and only one of them is making national headlines. The other virus that I speak of is racism. While I’ve spoken of racism in the past in this corner of the Internet, this is really the ugliest it has gotten towards the Asian American community in quite some time. Continue reading “Racism is a Virus: REQUIRED Analyzing”

“Thank you for coming to my TED talk.”

I’ve done quite a few public events in the past that are typical for an author. I’ve done readings and I’ve also participated in a few book fairs. However, never have I done a presentation about my work as a writer before, in the format of a guest lecture for a college class. Continue reading ““Thank you for coming to my TED talk.””

What Did I Miss?: November 2018

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve all been doing well this month. It’s hard to believe my hiatus is almost up, but as I have observed, I’m itching to get back into the routine of weekly blog posts on all and everything related to the subject of storytelling. So this coming Saturday, get ready, for I will, at last, be back.

In the mean time, here is what you missed for the month of November: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: November 2018”

What Did I Miss?: October 2018

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve all been doing well since I announced my hiatus. While you’re receiving this message now, I’m actually writing it out a few weeks in advance, and I can imagine that I’m really benefiting from this time away from the blog.

In any case, as mentioned in my hiatus announcement, starting this month and going forward, I’m having these “What Did I Miss?” posts appear on a monthly basis rather than a weekly basis. While I think I was wise in starting these series of posts last year, I’m not sure if a weekly basis is really the best schedule for it, for there are times where the list is very short – like, one item short. So I think releasing them all in one post covering an entire month will be a lot more sufficient going forward, and I hope you think so too.

In which case, here is what you missed for the month of October: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: October 2018”

When Reading About Different Experiences in Familiar Places

There’s a novel I’ve been reading this week called There There by Tommy Orange.  It’s the debut novel by this author and it just came out this year. I’ve been on the wait list for it at the library I use for over a month before I finally got my hands on it, and technically, it happened before I even got off the wait list. After I picked up another book I had on hold, I saw it on one of the display shelves as I was heading out, and was quick to pick it up. Why wait around any longer than I already have when it was right there in front of you? Continue reading “When Reading About Different Experiences in Familiar Places”

What Did I Miss? (May 20th-26th)

Published Works

From Homemade Beginnings to a Vengeful Return: 15 Years of LUMPIA – For YOMYOMF, I interview director Patricio Ginelsa Jr. on the making of his debut film, and how that same spirit continues on in its upcoming sequel.

Director Alex Bocchieri on Commemorating the 442nd Infantry Regiment in New Feature Film – For YOMYOMF, I interview the director of “Go For Broke: An Origin Story” on how he got involved in this project, making the transition from directing documentaries to a narrative, and how the state and community of Hawaii helped make this film happen.

Appearances

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: SOLO, A STAR WARS STORY – The Offenders and I discuss our thoughts on the second “Star Wars” standalone film. SPOILER ALERT for those who have not seen it yet.

Thoughts About Actually Telling a Story in Another Person’s Universe

I previously did a post about what it might be like to tell stories set in the universe of another person’s creation. Now originally, I had considered the ever-growing “Star Wars” universe as a rare example of an ongoing narrative effort from several different storytellers. What I hadn’t considered at the time is how it actually can be a common practice to write for another person’s universe; especially in the world of TV writing. Continue reading “Thoughts About Actually Telling a Story in Another Person’s Universe”

Thoughts About Writing Outside of Your Element

There is no one true “master” at writing, for it is a practice where one is, or at least should be, constantly learning, growing, and improving. One way of doing so is by testing the boundaries and see if you’re able to overcome them, as a mental and creative exercise for yourself. In other words, writing outside of your element is a key methodology to becoming stronger and better as a writer.

What do I mean by writing outside of your element exactly? Well, in my mind, this can be interpreted in several ways. Continue reading “Thoughts About Writing Outside of Your Element”

Thoughts About Script Writing

If there’s one thing that I didn’t expect going into this year is that I would begin to broaden my scope as a storyteller and as a writer, as I’ve merged into the world of script writing. While it hasn’t been a whole lot, it’s at a scale already where what I write in that medium is already seeing results. I’ve done some occasional script writing growing up, and up until this year, the most recent credit to my name without ever having to lift a finger was an adaptation a family friend did of one of my chapters from A Moment’s Worth. This is a path that I’ve had every intent on taking down the line, and I’m so glad I’m already getting on that. Continue reading “Thoughts About Script Writing”

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 “Looking Back on the Life and Times of Anne Frank”