6 Ways to Support Your Favorite Writer

I’ve recounted in the past on how I’ve been having a difficult time, getting help from people I know to get the word out about my work. Well, it’s within recent time where it has dawned on me that perhaps one reason why that hasn’t been happening is that they may not know how to help. Not everyone is as familiar with supporting creatives as others, and that is why today, I decided to give tips on how to support your favorite writer. (Please note that while I’m referring in context to writers in this listicle, it really is applicable to any creative out there; such as filmmakers, music artists, graphic artists, etc.) Let’s get it going: Continue reading “6 Ways to Support Your Favorite Writer”

#FilmStruck4: 4 Films That Define Me

Yet another hashtag has emerged throughout the past week where we social media navigators are encouraged to look at our favorite films and/or TV shows and see if we can find ourselves in them, to some capacity or another. That hashtag is #FilmStruck4. Started up by @FilmStruck on Twitter, this hashtag is to celebrate the four films that “define you.”

In the past, I’ve gotten to share with you all three fictional characters that I can describe myself in and the first times I saw me. This latest hashtag is all about storytelling, so you know I had to participate. Here are four films that define me:

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How NOT to Write a Book Review

Being both the author of two novels and an adamant reader, I’ve become familiar with the process and the way that reviews are written online from other readers from around the world. As a result, I’d like to think I’ve become accustomed to the qualities that make a good review, and qualities that make a poorly executed one.

It’s the latter that drive me crazy, especially as the recipient of quite a few of them. That’s why today, I break it down for everyone by explaining how NOT to write a book review: Continue reading “How NOT to Write a Book Review”

The First Time(s) I Saw Me

Another hashtag has emerged over the past week where its relevancy rings true with the topics I address on this blog, and so therefore, I want to dwell into it. The hashtag is #TheFirstTimeISawMe. Diversity and representation of different lives – by way of race, sexuality, specific characteristics, etc. – matter, and Netflix started up this thread to celebrate inclusive media and diverse programming. If you look through the hashtag on Twitter, you’ll see people recall instances of the first times they saw someone like them onscreen, as well as people who are still waiting for that moment to happen.

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5 Things About “An Absolute Mind” I’m Most Proud Of

This whole month has been devoted to celebrating the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind, and on this last Saturday of November, that fact is not about to change. While there are a few things about the novel that, looking back on it now, I wish I had done better, I definitely see fit to pat myself on the back on the different aspects of the story that made it what it is now. Therefore, inspired by a video released by Phil Wang yesterday, today I’m going to go over five things about An Absolute Mind I’m most proud of (and for those who haven’t read it, don’t worry, for this is a spoiler-free post). Let’s get started: Continue reading “5 Things About “An Absolute Mind” I’m Most Proud Of”

3 Fictional Characters I Can Describe Myself In

There is a hashtag that has emerged over the past week that I realized, this is relevant enough for me to write a little something about. The hashtag I’m referring to is #DescribeYourselfin3FictionalCharacters. What you would do is you would post three pictures of three different fictional characters that you can relate to as far as personality goes.

Normally when it comes to trending hashtags, I may acknowledge them for a minute and be on my way. But this one is quite interesting as in explores the power of relating to fictional characters. Creators, for the most part, work really hard to make a fictional character their own being with a personality accompanied by unique quirks; and more often than not, when successful, there are fans who can relate to the characters. If anything, this hashtag signifies what characters have been effective in being developed enough to where fans can relate to them.

I posted a picture on Thursday on Instagram of three characters I relate to. Today, I want to go over each one and explain who they are and why I chose them.

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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”

5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

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3 Things I Want To Do As An Author

As an author, the top priority is to, of course, write. However, I must say that there are a number of things I want to do with this status of mine that other authors have had the privilege of doing. It’s not about becoming famous from this occupation, but rather to put it to good use beyond just writing books. That is why today, for the first time ever on Lola By The Bay, I present to you a listicle; a listicle of three things I want to do as an author. Let’s get it going: Continue reading “3 Things I Want To Do As An Author”