This has been coming for a while, and I can’t believe it has arrived. July 15th will mark five years since the release of my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth. It has been half a decade since the release of this very experimental novel about the interconnections among the human race, the fine line between what is real and what could be a dream, and the value of moments in time. Continue reading “Looking Back on “A Moment’s Worth” Five Years Later (PART 1)”
Review of This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila – For Goodreads, I give my general impression on this debut collection that gives a very real look at Hawaii.
Actor Charles Melton Discusses Filming “The Sun Is Also a Star” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I sit down with the “Riverdale” star as he gives me a deep analysis of his role in the upcoming teen drama.
Review of Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen – For Goodreads, I give a brief rundown of my thoughts on this debut novel that will surely tug on the heartstrings.
Actress Nichole Bloom Discusses Her Journey to “Superstore” at CAAMFest 37 – For the Center for Asian American Media, I did a cover story on the conversation with one of the lead actors of the NBC hit series on how she got her start and her journey in acting.
The Stars and Director of “Always Be My Maybe” on Creative Collaboration and Love for San Francisco – For the Center for Asian American Media, I sit down with Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Nahnatchka Khan to discuss the making of this upcoming Netflix rom-com.
Review of I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I go over my general impressions of this author’s first venture into the YA genre.
defining the fil-am identity with lauren lola – I was recently interviewed for a feature profile for Asienne Magazine. I talk about living life as a mixed race Filipino American, my journey as a writer, and my desire to collaborate with Wong Fu Productions on a short film one day.
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.
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.
It feels like so many trailers and teasers have dropped as of recently of a lot of storytelling that is to come ahead. From TV shows to films, there’s just so much that is on the horizon.
Apart from telling stories of my own, I’m also an adamant consumer of stories, and while I occasionally take the time to address some of what I’m into and am following here on this blog, I figured I take it up a notch and start up a new segment about it. This will be the first of my “On My Radar” listicles; where I’ll occasionally go over some of the stories that I’m looking forward to that has received a lot of hype in recent time and is on the horizon. Today, I shall be highlighting an upcoming novel from a supernatural fantasy series, the second season of an YouTube Original series, and the beginning of the end for a particularly beloved film saga. Continue reading “On My Radar”
For those who’re just discovering my website/blog for the first time: Continue reading “The General Flow of My Blog Posts”
I am away this weekend in attendance of a conference – a conference that I will recap on when I’m back next week. For the time being though, now seems like just as good of an opportunity to do this month’s Recommended Analyzing piece. We bounce back into the world of podcasting as I shine a spotlight on the most recent episode of the Asian Americana Podcast. Continue reading “An Audio Feature on A Literary Icon: Recommended Listening”
After going back and forth on whether or not this would be too self serving, I ultimately decided to go ahead and make the following video the focus for this month’s Recommended Analyzing piece. For those who don’t know, I am the latest subject for the Spotlight series from TFCU; a branch of The Filipino Channel that focuses its efforts on reaching out to and encouraging Filipino American college students to go after their aspirations and goals in life. In the video, I talk at length about my work as an author, blogger, playwright, and screenwriter.
Review of Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan – For Goodreads, I give my general impression of this author’s debut novel and how fans of Haruki Murakami’s works will most surely fall into this one.
Review of The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – For Goodreads, I present my thoughts on this second work by this thoughtful-minded YA author.
Review of Enlightenment by Reno Ursal – For Goodreads, I go over my opinions on this author’s debut novel that mixes Filipino history and folklore with a destiny of epic proportions.
To the Cast & Crew of So Weird: Video Celebration – My spoken word piece I wrote and performed for #SoWeird20 is featured in this video compilation. My appearance starts at 7:40.
As promised, today I’m taking a brief pause from my hiatus to acknowledge and celebrate the fact that it has been two years since the release of my second novel, An Absolute Mind. Continue reading “Happy 2nd Anniversary to “An Absolute Mind”!”
With a busy weekend ahead for me, I felt that it’s time for the monthly Recommended Analyzing piece. The material I am recommending today is quite a special one, as it is a touching meditation on two beginnings 1. the life of a new book out in the world and 2. the life of parenthood. Continue reading “New Chapters on Page and in Life: Recommended Reading”