Essay in All Lit Up about older protagonists in speculative fiction

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Why do we need older protagonists in fantasy, sci-fi, and other forms of speculative fiction? I recently wrote an essay for All Lit Up about the value of north-of-25 protagonists in speculative fiction (and beyond). An excerpt: I do enjoy books where the protagonist saves the day at the age…

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Three ways to do a DIY writing retreat

Since 2008, I’ve taken myself on three DIY writing retreats. I'm sharing the things I’ve learned about DIY writing retreats, and what I’d do differently next time. Or, will there be a next time? Writing retreat #1: 2008 The idea for my first DIY writing retreat came to me out…

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Asian Heritage Month, Filipino Heritage Month, and The Quiet is Loud

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Filipino Heritage Month follows Asian Heritage Month/AAPI Heritage Month.⁠ May and June kinda knock my mixed-race brain around. I sometimes feel like I don't belong in these conversations - especially as a writer - but at the same time I feel like I deserve to celebrate my heritage as much…

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Interview on Dear Lonely Writer podcast

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Eden Boudreau on the Dear Lonely Writer podcast. The time really flew by as we talked about writing journeys, character-driven fiction, identity and belonging, small presses, and connecting with your people. You can listen to my episode here, and after you're done…

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Recommender Grants for Seeker of the Lost Song

I'm grateful to ECW Press, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Ontario Arts Council for awarding me Recommender Grants for Writers to write Seeker of the Lost Song, my fantasy novel-in-progress blending elements of Filipino and Finnish culture and history. It's truly an honour to have this support. Arts funding is critically…

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