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  • Pose

    Friends, readers, casual Goodreads lurkers (you do you!)HAS EVERYONE WATCHED POSE?Watch Pose. It's on Netflix. Thank me later when your life is changed for the better. That is all. OK thx bye. posted by Lauren Ho on August, 28

  • Writer's Block

    I'm currently living through a bout of Writer's Block. I blame it on the promotional work done to support Last Tang Standing and not the fight I had with my muse, who I told to fuck off back to Narnia or wherever they came from because I was tetchy from coffee withdrawal. Something about consuming wall after wall of social media feeds just drains all creativity away, and makes the idea of writing another happy story, even one with appealingly messed up leads, just.....bleh.What I really want to write at the moment is a messed up psychological paranormal thriller where LOTS OF PEOPLE DIE and the culprit goes to prison in the end.The end. posted by Lauren Ho on August, 25

  • Recommended reads on the craft of writing

    I am a novice in terms of novel writing, and I had to work hard to re-up my skills in order to finish a manuscript that could sell. For aspiring novelists out there, I really, really liked Annie Lamott's Bird by Bird and Elisabeth Gilbert's Big Magic.What are some of you favourties? I'd love to hear about them. posted by Lauren Ho on August, 04

  • Some thoughts on the whole Ownvoices reviewers debate after GMAbookclub's Kevin Kwan interview

    Good grief. That was a painful thing to see unfold. A book, timely and well done, that has explicit (it's acknowledged on the jacket FFS) themes of internalised, external and familial racism, prejudice and cultural identity, with a biracial character, should NOT have been dissected on a book club of that stature without more ownvoices (OV) reviewers, or at least a more diverse bunch! I mean, come on. A ownvoices book can run the risk of being dissected by certain reviewers who are insensitive to the nuances and range of a foreign culture, reviewers who might dismiss characters as being problematic without trying to understand their lived experiences or the cultural/generational context. I've seen it happen to so many OV books. A DIVERSE OV-skewed (different races, different genders) panel would have been the right way to go for a book with SUCH a strong OV slant. Sex and Vanity deserved that. Like the rest of Kevin Kwan's books, Sex and Vanity has important things to say about race […]

  • Comedy and self-censorship

    On Monday 29 June, I had a wonderful IG live chat with one of my absolute fave comics, Pete Johansson (fun fact: He's in my acknowledgments! with a typo, but then again, there are a few of those in this edition because of some production issues/effing pandemic.)Pete and I chatted about comedy, the future of it, self-censorship, the PC wave, trigger warnings, a whole bunch of fun stuff. Aside from being a critically-acclaimed comic who's got a special on Netflix, he's also studying at the Uni of Toronto for a degree in psychology/AI/machine learning. I'm in awe of this very professional comic who's been nothing but kind and generous to me when I was an amateur comic. If you'd like to watch the episode, it's on IGTV on @hellolaurenho. Enjoy! posted by Lauren Ho on July, 01

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