A Time to Create and Support Creatives

Three months ago on New Year’s Eve, I think it’s fair to say that many of us weren’t expecting the first major pandemic in over a century would kick off the beginning of the 2020’s, and yet here we are. Movies, conventions, and sporting events are being postponed or cancelled completely. People who work in the medical field, restaurant industries, banks, and grocery stores are busier than ever. This week in the Bay Area, a shelter-in-place went into effect for the next few weeks. Countries like Italy are on complete lockdown. We can’t see any family or friends in person aside from those who we already live with, and for people like me, it’s already driving me bats. Continue reading “A Time to Create and Support Creatives”

In Support of “Steel Crow Saga” by Paul Krueger: Recommended Readings

I don’t always use this space to hype out over other author’s works. That’s usually what I use Goodreads for. But every once in a while, there comes along a book that is just so captivating, that to limit my thoughts about it to just a Goodreads review genuinely just wouldn’t be enough.

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned Paul Krueger’s latest novel, Steel Crow Saga, when I talked about the support that goes around for Filipino American authors and which ones usually get it. This was before I actually read the book myself. Since then, I took my time with reading it and I am so impressed with it, that I want to recommend the following readings in support of it, and in this particular order: Continue reading “In Support of “Steel Crow Saga” by Paul Krueger: Recommended Readings”

Thoughts About Reciprocation

After a few long, busy, and exhausting weeks, I am back to blogging. If you’ve been following along with what has had me occupied, then you probably know that I’ve been working at a film festival. Filmmakers from all over the country – and the world – flew in to be a part of this experience; to celebrate their works along with others. I was there to help make it as successful as possible. Continue reading “Thoughts About Reciprocation”

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”

Embrace ALL the Arts

The arts matter. I’m just going to put that out there right away. Anyone who argues otherwise clearly does not understand the value of the arts and how they shape and define a culture. It’s been highly preached that we need them now more than ever, in the aftermath of the election of a buffoon of a man for president (that is, unless the electoral college has the brains to change that in the coming week). That’s why it was a huge loss for the arts community when the lives of 36 artists were taken away in a local fire two weeks ago.

The arts matter, but I feel that for some people, there’s a limit as to just how much of the arts they are open-minded enough to embrace. There’s a mental capacity as to just how much they are willing to consume, depending on what form the art takes. To put it even more bluntly, based upon my experiences, the emphasis on the importance of arts are strongly preached, so long as the art is easy enough to consume. Continue reading “Embrace ALL the Arts”

Special Thursday Post: Thanksgiving Greetings and Anniversary Acknowledgment

I felt it be wisest to write up a quick post on this fine Thanksgiving Day.  To my fellow Americans, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  Having become a published author this year, I have so much to be thankful for; the people- both here in the U.S. and abroad- who take the time to read my blog, the people who have bought and read my debut novel, and all the gracious blogs who have either done reviews on it and/or done features on me.  While  it may not be a lot though, nonetheless I am super grateful and humbled for all and any support coming my way.  So thank you so much!

photo by Lauren Lola
photo by Lauren Lola

On a side note, aside from today being Thanksgiving, today also marks an anniversary for me as well.  Today, November 27th, marks six months since the release of my short story, “The Shadows;” my first publication on Amazon.  While it’s not as big as my novel A Moment’s Worth, it’s still a special story to me.  It served as a mini vehicle for me and an experiment as well, to see if I’ll be able to use the Amazon platform without trouble when putting something online and available for the world to buy and read.  It turned out to be successful, and those who’ve read it have really enjoyed it.  If you haven’t read “The Shadows” yet and would like to, you can check it out by clicking here.

Once again if you’re reading this, thank you again for your support.  Keep an eye out for my regular Saturday post in a few days.

-Lauren