Thoughts About Acknowledging Filipino American Authors

It’s October, which means it is now Filipino American History Month. It is a month devoted to reflecting on the historical events, experiences, and people who’ve shaped the path to where we are as a community now.

To mark the month-long occasion, Randy Ribay, author of the highly acclaimed coming-of-age novel Patron Saints of Nothing, wrote a guest post for School Library Journal where he talked about recommendations of Filipino American books written by Filipino American authors for all age demographics. Continue reading “Thoughts About Acknowledging Filipino American Authors”

The One About Screenwriter Adele Lim

So this news is a little over a week old, but for the sake of its context, it’s something I wanted to dive into and dissect, while providing my personal take on it. After all, one of my long-term goals is to become a professional screenwriter myself, much like the bad-ass that is screenwriter Adele Lim. Continue reading “The One About Screenwriter Adele Lim”

What Did I Miss? (September 2nd-8th)

Appearances

Multiracial Family Man: Multiracial community gratitude and appreciation, Ep. 184 – Host Alex Barnett gives me a shout out for my contributions to his website, Multiracial Media, in this special episode of the Multiracial Family Man podcast. The shout out can be heard starting around 10:00.

Published Works

Judith Hill Shares Her Mom’s Immigration Story – For YOMYOMF, I share a video the singer-songwriter released about her mom’s journey to America from Japan, and who motivated her to pursue her music aspirations.

Kina Grannis’s Voice Soars in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Performance – For YOMYOMF, I share the beautiful dance to this highly praised song featured in the film, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Review of Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning – For Goodreads, by ways of not giving away too much, I express my thoughts about this highly anticipated debut novel from this Hugo Award-winning author.

 

Thoughts About Storytelling in Other People’s Universes

As storytellers of varying mediums, we carry the gift of not only coming up with unique characters experiencing interesting situations that can span across genres, but we also contain the ability to create entirely unique universes. No story has to take place here on Earth, as worlds of different kinds can become the setting stage, for the likely event of something truly extraordinary taking place that would otherwise be impossible – at least, for the most part. But with so many stories and narratives already out there that have stood the test of time in terms of relevancy and popularity, it can be tempting to also consider the possibility: What would it be like to apply one’s storytelling gift in another person’s universe? Continue reading “Thoughts About Storytelling in Other People’s Universes”

Asian American Superheroes, Absolute Memory, and Colliding Worlds: A Month of Book Readings

Book readings: As emphasized in a blog post from earlier this month, they are the closest opportunities to seeing magic being conjured, the chances to bringing new minds into your universe, the moments of nostalgia of being read to as children, and the time to ask questions to the storytellers themselves. They are events I highly cherish both as an audience member and as an author, and throughout the month of July, I got to experience both sides of that. Continue reading “Asian American Superheroes, Absolute Memory, and Colliding Worlds: A Month of Book Readings”

From Within the Mind: Influences

In honor of the three months since An Absolute Mind came out, this month, I shall be doing a weekly series of behind-the-scenes glimpses at the process and the decisions made with the creation of the novel. Be careful for potential spoilers if you haven’t read it yet, and I hope you enjoy. (NOTE: While today is the last Saturday of the month, this isn’t the last post of the series. I have one more after this that will be released tomorrow.)
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Discovering Creativity via a Visual Director: Recommended Viewing

In the past whenever I’ve provided material to be analyzed, it’s often as a result of an after effect of a really tragic event that happened during the week; so much so that my brain is numbed up from being able to produce a proper idea to blog about. However, this time is different. I wanted to provide something to analyze without bringing along that ball and chain. Continue reading “Discovering Creativity via a Visual Director: Recommended Viewing”

When to Stop Expanding a Universe

I’m going to reveal something that I thought about doing that I never told anyone before. A few months after A Moment’s Worth was released, I had thoughts about doing a companion novella to it. It would have focused on the character Baleia, who was most definitely the most vague character of them all, and about her journey. But then I considered otherwise, and made the decision to not pursue it. I realized that if I were to write such a piece, it would take away some of the looseness and mystery that snakes its way throughout the original novel. That, along with the fact that I had finished my time in that universe, and I was ready to move on to something else (that something else obviously being my second novel). Continue reading “When to Stop Expanding a Universe”

Forming Friendships with Other Writers

To be a writer is not that common of a trade. It’s one that involves producing material, such as books, in a day and age when fewer people are reading in the age of developing technology. It involves a lot of solo time, crafting words, worlds and characters, all the while revising them as well. That’s why when forming friendships with other writers, it can be one of the most beautiful and potentially hazardous occurrences to happen. Continue reading “Forming Friendships with Other Writers”