Getting abstract: A writing exercise

It's funny how sometimes, in the ordinariness of things, one finds an idea worth writing about. We've had a couple of birthdays in the family last month and I was contemplating how exactly I'm going to deal with all the ice cream and cakes and all those food that are readily available and always on… Continue reading Getting abstract: A writing exercise

Nothing to Envy: A Review

This is a review of the nonfiction book published way back in 2009 called Nothing to Envy that I posted in goodreads in 2013. It's an introduction to the horror that is North Korea and is a good example of nonfiction writing based on interviews. I haven't got a chance to re-read this because some descriptions can… Continue reading Nothing to Envy: A Review

Writing advice from Leo Tolstoy

I've been wanting to read Anna Karenina for the second time so that I can post my review of what I have now come to believe as the perfect novel. But a home renovation has forced me to relocate my personal library and so I find myself without my trusted friends temporarily until I recover a selection… Continue reading Writing advice from Leo Tolstoy

3 Books to read

I'm excited to share that I will be getting three new books soon. An early birthday gift filled with lots of inspiration. It took me a while to complete this list because sometimes, even when a published work becomes a bestseller, I still need to choose carefully.  Time and focus must not be wasted. And money. We… Continue reading 3 Books to read

What great actors and film directors can teach about storytelling

When an actor's performance or a director's vision gets my student-writer's attention, I always make sure that I read interviews or quotes where he explains his craft, especially the bit about why he thinks his show or film is effective or why he chose to tell that story. I don't know when exactly this started,… Continue reading What great actors and film directors can teach about storytelling

The secret to the perfection of Shawshank Redemption

I've been seriously reading classic English and American literature for almost five years now and I've raved a lot about 19th century novels which I thought matter until today, if not to the regular book reader, at least, to a student of writing like myself. But a recent rewatching of the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King's Shawshank Redemption (originally published as Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) has opened my eyes to what kind of stories that touch my heart and soul regardless of whether it was published in 1817 or 2017. I've seen this movie about two or three times a few years ago before Netflix. The producers have not added a previously deleted scene or remastered it for the millenial audience. Nothing in it has changed. Only I have changed and I celebrate this new chapter in my wisdom-seeking life by sharing with you what kind of stories we should tell ourselves.

Bill Gates Recommended Book: The Rosie Project

Project Rosie is about the aspie (person with Asperger's Syndrome) geneticist Don Tillman, who works as an associate professor at a prestigious university in Melbourne, Australia. He is 40 years old, earns more than people his age, and is in need of a suitable life partner. But because of his want of social skills, which almost always tend to embarrass him or the people he interacts with, he has very few friends and even fewer chances of dating someone he likes.