Analysis/Reviews, Clarion 2014, Writing

In which I battle with my heritage of smallness, pre-Clarion

*It is not within the scope of this post to define exactly what Filipino culture is, on the whole and overall. I will not attempt it because I do not know and because I may not be able to catch myself from thinking Tagalog-centric thoughts that will discredit the other regions, tribes, and languages. The Philippines is… Continue reading In which I battle with my heritage of smallness, pre-Clarion


Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’

Spoilers ahead. I want to tell you that 2014's Godzilla is,  as a film, as massive as the rather stocky creature on the screen. I thought it was going to be smart, visually arresting, and character-driven just as last year's blockbuster kaiju movie Pacific Rim was. But sadly, it wasn't. That doesn't mean it wasn't fun to watch, however. After an amazingly… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’

Analysis/Reviews, Clarion 2014

Book Review: ‘Storyteller’ by Kate Wilhelm

I never thought I'd get to read Kate Wilhelm's Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Workshop for reasons other than a passive interest in how the Clarion Workshops came to be. But now that I actually stand a damn good fighting chance at going to Clarion San Diego, Storyteller immediately rose to the top… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Storyteller’ by Kate Wilhelm


Book Review: ‘Ventriloquism’ by Catherynne M. Valente

Reading Catherynne M. Valente's writing is both like taking in a slow breath and being unable to do so. Her words spiral upward, outward, then close in on you, and you will grow dizzy simply trying to keep up with the barrage of living, breathing, sensual ideas. At least, that's how her first-ever collection of… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Ventriloquism’ by Catherynne M. Valente


Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie’

Everything is awesome--this movie, especially. I was feeling purely cynical toward it, at first. It seemed like The LEGO Movie was going to be a promotional movie for an amazing toy I grew up with that didn't need a movie to boost its sales at all. I was thinking that the plot was bound to be… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie’

Analysis/Reviews, Writing

Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer

When I began college, I kept checking out creative writing reference books from the library, or else buying them from bookstores—it's always a pain to discover later on that the book itself is not actually worth what you've paid. I've read all kinds: from dubious, purely instructional manuals to the philosophical but rather useless at… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer


Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Spoilers and Tolkien geekery abound.  I didn't exactly fall in love with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As the first of a trilogy-that-should-not-have-been, it was so obviously padded by both material from the appendices and scenes completely made up by Jackson and the screenwriters. The music was great, the acting was more than many Hollywood movies could… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’


Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

Spoilers abound. I remember back in 2011, my college friends and I (all of us Fine Arts students) were already expressing not-so-high hopes for Disney's Frozen. Many of our complaints centered on it possibly being a bastardization of yet another fairy tale (Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," about a little girl named Gerda rescuing her… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Frozen’


Movie Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Minor spoiler alert. Also, I have not read the comics and I don't think I intend t0, as it's just too long a series. I watched Thor: The Dark World twice because: I like the Thor franchise, I'm not immune to the charms of either Chris Hemsworth or Tom Hiddleston, I got free tickets the second time… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Thor: The Dark World’