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  • October update / LAST blog post on GR

    Ooh baby. Has it been a month plus since my last post? You know when I started this blog, which my developer linked to my website, I thought I'd be posting more regularly, but to be honest Goodreads (and this blog) has been neglected because it's not interactive with readers (which is fine, I need to delink this GR blog with my site), the format is pretty crap, and GR just lacks the immediacy of IG and Twitter.So what this means is, this will be my LAST blog post on Goodreads. I'll just update you guys on my IG from now on. September has been a busy month. I've been working hard on the Aussie promo of LAST TANG STANDING and I am so excited to announce its arrival Oct 7 on Aussie shores.LAST TANG STANDING will be carried by several chains such as @dymocksbooks in locations like Melbourne and Perth and wonderful indies like @bbound @avidreader, with which I have a launch on Oct 29 with the super cool Donald Tran @thefellafrommelbourne.If you are an Aussie #BIPOC bookstagrammer and […]

  • 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 […]

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