What Did I Miss?: March 2019

Published Works

Playwright Lauren Yee on New Worlds and Inspirations – For the Center for Asian American Media, I interview this rising prolific playwright on how she gets her ideas for her wide variety of plays, the origin story of “The Great Leap,” and her thoughts about what it’s like to be a working playwright where diversity in the performing arts is no longer just lip service.

Review of I am Jake by Jake Zyrus – For Goodreads, I go over my shell shock and praise for this very honest memoir from one of the Philippines’ (and the world’s) best music artists.

Thoughts About Making Mistakes in Writing

(This is something I meant to write about prior to my hiatus.)

A few months ago, when the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald” was released, it was revealed that the mysterious character that actor Claudia Kim would be portraying in the film is Nagini; the (eventual) pet snake and servant of Lord Voldemort. A mixed reaction erupted as a result, with people saying how having the only Asian character in the entire film was cast as someone whose humanity is destroyed overtime, along with all the old stereotypes attached to the role, was poorly done. Others begged to differ. Continue reading “Thoughts About Making Mistakes in Writing”

A Heart’s Desire: Recommended Viewing

This day has be a bit occupied with creative minds coming together, and so it seemed well timed to put out a new Recommended Analyzing piece. This also comes at a good time for the very source material I’m going to have you take a look at today, for it’s a short film that has gone viral recently.

Therefore, the title “In a Heartbeat” should ring a bell. For those who don’t know, in the span of four minutes, the film tells the story of a boy who has his heart set on another boy in his school, and in this case, it’s quite literal. The heart wants what it wants as it pops out of the former’s chest, and persistently makes an ongoing strive to the other boy.

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Why I Include LGBT Characters in My Novels

Judging from the title of this week’s blog post, it might be a bit of a head scratcher to start off the new year with this particular topic. However, I found it necessary to do so, for a specific reason. A week ago, someone (who shall remain nameless) had written a review on An Absolute Mind, and had quite a number of things to say about it – and not exactly in a positive light, might I add. But what infuriated me was when this individual referred to the same-sex relationships presented in the novel as a “lifestyle.”

Since discovering this review, I’ve wracked my mind over what I can do about it; not that I would normally jump on anything and everything negative one would say about my novels, but this comment is not criticism of the story itself, but rather one of different proportions. Now I could sit back and be silent, or I could fight back. It’s 2017, so I’m choosing the latter, for I feel that this instance presents itself an opportunity to educate others on why I include LGBT characters in my novels. Continue reading “Why I Include LGBT Characters in My Novels”

In Support of Pride and Defiance of Prejudice: LGBT and Storytelling

Happy Independence Day to my fellow American readers!  On this day 239 years ago, the original thirteen American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence that declared them a new nation, and therefore completely breaking ties with the British Empire.  As is traditional with every Independence Day, more hotdogs will most likely be consumed today than any other day of the year, parades are likely to take place in varying cities big and small, and of course, there’s also the round of fireworks that will engulf the sky and put my poor dogs through sheer hell.

I look to the events that are to come into fruition within the next 12 hours or so with not only expectancy, but also with irony.  I find it pleasantly ironic that we are celebrating our country’s independence when a little over a week ago, same-sex couples across the nation were celebrating theirs. Continue reading “In Support of Pride and Defiance of Prejudice: LGBT and Storytelling”