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.

About the Journals Pt. II

I filled out another journal last night. This is an occurrence that is always set to happen the minute I put pen to paper with any journal I start. At the same time, it’s one where each time it happens, it leaves me feeling both fulfilled and constantly wondering. Continue reading “About the Journals Pt. II”

7 Ways to Fill Up a Blank Book

In attempt to regain the usual rhythm of my blog after rightfully devoting my previous two entries to what needed to be talked about, today I look to the delight of blank books (i.e. notebooks, journals, etc.) and all the possibilities they entail. Any blank page is a call for freedom of control over what appears before the surface and for anyone who doesn’t use blanks books regularly may be, at first, intimidated by what to do. This is where I break down just a few possibilities for what can be documented in a blank book, as well as recommendations for what kind of blank books would be wisest to use: Continue reading “7 Ways to Fill Up a Blank Book”

About the Journals

It’s time I mention the avenue of writing that I’ve otherwise hardly touched upon in the past: the avenue of writing in a journal.

I think that we may have all- at least- attempted to keep a journal at least once in our lives.  I think we’ve all been exposed to the idea of being able to hash out all that’s on our minds into a safe space where we can’t be judged and be allowed to let us be.  But then I think of how people come to realize how exhausting of a task that might be, especially if they’re either a. not adamant writers and/or b. don’t feel comfortable with being genuinely honest with themselves at least once a day.  I think it’s with those possibilities in mind that the art of journal writing has become a dying art in today’s age- especially with all the technology we have that supposedly makes up for the otherwise therapeutic needs we have. Continue reading “About the Journals”

4 Questions from Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)

Yesterday, a friend of mine thought it would be fun to send on over some interview questions for me to answer on my blog, which is what I’m taking the time to do today.  From this interview, you will learn even more details about my impending novel, as well as a few details about me in general.  This is the first time I’m posting an interview on this blog, so this is quite interesting for me- especially since I’m hardly ever the one being interviewed!

As for the interviewer who sent me these questions, that would be my lovely friend, Draven Katayama (loudlysilent).  For those who are unfamiliar with him, he is a comic book enthusiast.  He writes regularly for Geeked Out Nation as well as Newsarama.  He is also an avid blogger- he’s actually been blogging longer than I have.  You can find him here on his website as well as his Tumblr too. Continue reading “4 Questions from Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)”