In January 2010, I was still in high school. I was chief editor of the school paper, editor of the school literary magazine, member of the slam poetry club, with a bunch of other writing constantly happening on the side. I began the decade doing writing that either or may not have amounted to something, and whenever it was the former, it was frequently to the small audience of my high school and hometown. Continue reading “Writing Accomplishments of the 2010’s”
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.
Lauren Lola | TFCU Spotlight – I am the latest subject for the TFCU Spotlight series, as they give a glimpse at my work and outlook as a writer.
I am female. I am Filipino American. I am mixed race.
For a majority of history, these identities wouldn’t have applied to writers of very particular fields, but within recent time, that is starting to change. Continue reading “Thoughts About Taking On White Male-Dominant Writing Roles”
WordPress sent me a reminder last night that it has now been five years since the formation of this here blog/website. That’s half a decade of running this thing in the six years since I made the decision to start pursuing my writing more seriously, and look how much has happened since then.
But this post isn’t to serve as a retrospect of the last five years. Instead, this is a look back at the past eleven incredibly speedy months of the year 2018. I say this in some way or another at the end of every year, but it is absolutely crazy how fast this year went. Continue reading “5 Years of Lola By the Bay/2018 Year in Review”
August has come and gone, and it was a month that had a lot of meaning. On one hand, for many people of the Asian American community – myself included – it was a celebration of the releases of numerous films where Asian Americans were the stars of their own stories and/or were taking charge from behind the camera. On the hand, this month had an added level of depth to it for me, as it was truly a busy time both as an author and a playwright. Continue reading “Looking Back on August Anticipations”
While a post like this would be more so expected on any other day, it’s otherwise atypical for me to make announcements like this on a Saturday. But given the magnitude of what I’m about to reveal, I feel that these two announcements deserve the spotlight of my regular Saturday blog post.
So August is actually going to be quite a month for me as both an author and a playwright. To be able to be present in different events where I get to embrace these identities of mine in the same month really uplifts me, even amidst the struggles I’ve been experiencing as a writer recently. At this time, I’m going to go ahead and break down just what you can anticipate from me this month: Continue reading “August Anticipations”
This past week has been even busier than the week before, having me swamped this way and that. So once again, I had to put another pause on my weekly Saturday blog post. But things should be back to normal by this time next week, and so therefore, I look forward to returning to the usual routine of things on this blog then. In the mean time, here is what you missed: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: The One Day Early Edition… Again (May 13th-19th)”
I don’t know about anyone else, but this year came and went uneasily fast. Now it wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for everything that has happened throughout the past eleven months, and it also doesn’t help that I just generally feel exhausted and not myself at this time of year. But with the fact that not only is the year about to close out, but also that two days ago marked four years since the establishment of this blog, it’s only right that I close the year out with my annual year in review. Continue reading “4 Years of Lola By the Bay/ 2017 Year in Review”
“Stories High XVII” is currently playing at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio. This annual showcase brings together the talents of the hard work of everyone who had participated in the series of writing, acting, and directing workshops leading up to this creative collaboration. Six one-act plays are featured in this year’s rendition, and I’m happy to say that for the very first time, I am the writer for one of them: “Common Ground.”
As I mentioned when I first announced that this would be happening, “Stories High” was the very first show I saw at Bindlestiff Studio. To have a play featured in it this year is not only an honor, but it’s also a full circle coming into fruition. While I will have seen the show by the time this blog post is published, at the time of writing, I’ve yet to see “Common Ground” in its fully developed form. Despite that, similar to when I provided commentary on my writing for “The Geek Show,” today I want to go in depth on the conceptualization and development that went into writing “Common Ground.” Continue reading “Playwright’s Commentary: “Common Ground””