6 Years of Lola By the Bay and My 2019 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone by on a whim, and here I am once more, looking back on the past eleven months of writing on this blog, on other spaces of the Internet, and beyond. Although this will be a reflection on the year, I sense a weight to it that hasn’t been there the previous times I’ve done one of these, likely because this is the last retrospect for the decade. Continue reading “6 Years of Lola By the Bay and My 2019 Year in Review”

Present Day Writing and Insight into the Future

It’s a time of reflection of the past, and it’s also a time of insight over what we anticipate in the future; both in the coming year and the coming decade. What I’ve chosen to do instead in this case scenario is focus on the writings I am doing or plotting in the present; writings that, ultimately, will continue to take form in the future. Continue reading “Present Day Writing and Insight into the Future”

Thoughts About Acknowledging Filipino American Authors

It’s October, which means it is now Filipino American History Month. It is a month devoted to reflecting on the historical events, experiences, and people who’ve shaped the path to where we are as a community now.

To mark the month-long occasion, Randy Ribay, author of the highly acclaimed coming-of-age novel Patron Saints of Nothing, wrote a guest post for School Library Journal where he talked about recommendations of Filipino American books written by Filipino American authors for all age demographics. Continue reading “Thoughts About Acknowledging Filipino American Authors”

What Did I Miss?: August 2019

Published Works

The Timing and Timeliness of ‘Hamilton’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into my experience of finally getting to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical. (This is an altered cross-post of my post that was originally published here.)

Review of The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – For Goodreads, I manage to write and present a quick overview of my thoughts on the second novel of this page-turning fantasy trilogy.

From “Greetings from Bury Park” to “Blinded by the Light”: The Making of a British Pakistani’s Cinematic Personal Story – For the Center for Asian American Media, I go in-depth on the making of this feel-good, motivating film, by way of conversation with the writer-director and writer.

The Significance of Iko Uwais in ‘Wu Assassins’ – For The Nerds of Color, I point out something special about the lead character of this fantasy-crime-martial arts Netflix series.

Review of Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor – For Goodreads, I go over my thoughts about the memoir that served as the inspiration for the film, “Blinded by the Light.”

Other News

Chicago theater: ‘The Band’s Visit,’ ‘The Great Leap’ and more previews, openings Aug. 30-Sept. 5 – My Q&A with playwright Lauren Yee was quoted in this listing for her play, “The Great Leap,” in the Chicago Sun-Times. (To read the full interview with her, you can read it here.)

A Spotlight on a Meaningful Bookstore: Recommended Reading

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Recommended Analyzing piece, and I figured it would make for a good way to kick off a new month. The article I am recommending today was just published this past week in Inquirer.net; a Filipino/Filipino American-based news outlet. Writer Christina Oriel wrote a feature that spotlights a very meaningful book based in San Francisco’s SoMa District: Arkipelago Books. Continue reading “A Spotlight on a Meaningful Bookstore: Recommended Reading”

Thoughts About Reciprocation

After a few long, busy, and exhausting weeks, I am back to blogging. If you’ve been following along with what has had me occupied, then you probably know that I’ve been working at a film festival. Filmmakers from all over the country – and the world – flew in to be a part of this experience; to celebrate their works along with others. I was there to help make it as successful as possible. Continue reading “Thoughts About Reciprocation”

Thoughts About Not Doing/Feeling Enough

There are days where if I really deeply think about it, I’ll go into this state of feeling like I’m not doing enough as a writer and/or I’m not feeling like I’m enough as a writer. Recently, I’ve been experiencing that feeling again.

A lot of it comes from the results, or lack of, from my work and progress as a writer so far, and how frequently it’s happening. There are so many instances I can go off of. Continue reading “Thoughts About Not Doing/Feeling Enough”