About Antonio Manuel Chavira
Minefield Wonderland is Tony’s place to tell stories, fuse ideas together and record that he published anything at all. It is also a repository for his fears, anxieties, hopes and efforts.
Also, there are mistakes on this site. A lot of them. But if you can’t make mistakes on your own site, where can you?Read Full Bio
Thoughts in Writing
Feeling very honored after receiving this email: “This is your official email to let you know that your screenplay ANOTHER CHANCE made it to the finals in Fantastic Planet Film Festival’s 2015 short screenplay competition. Congratulations!” Especially cool since the New York City Independent Film Festival also selected Another Chance this year as one of […]
Amazing Recognition: My Feature Screenplay, Trust & Treachery, a finalist for the World Series of Screenwriting
I was honored this morning to get an email from the World Series of Screenwriting that said this: “[Y]our work has been carefully selected by our judges as […] an Official Finalist in the 2015 World Series of Screenwriting Competition! The 2015 contest received several hundred projects from many countries around the world, and your […]
So the title to this post says it all: My 10-minute short screenplay, Another Chance, is an official selection for the New York City Independent Film Festival. In short (since it’s a short), “Another Chance” is about a guy named Steve. Steve’s girlfriend, Shirley, breaks up with him and he’s left alone in his apartment […]
Win, Lose, and Draw: A Semi-Painful Rumination on Marketing and Client Development in the A&E Industry
I cannot begin to talk about how many opportunities we’ve lost over the years without dread rising from deep inside of me. But for the purposes of clearing up some myths about how architects attract work at all, I’ll write and out and maybe even feel less absurd in the process. As it happened, we […]
Just because I happened to take a ton of Beat L.A. copies home with me, I figured that I’d do the sporting thing and put together a little giveaway on Goodreads for 12 shiny and sparkling new copies. As the below-inserted widget unmistakably indicates, the giveaway ends on June 12, which means that you only […]
So Beat L.A.‘s finally published. For those who might be interested but didn’t know what to think about it, here’s a little breakdown from its Goodreads page: Set in a downtown Los Angeles where gentrification seeks to displace the homeless, where loft dwellers walk their little dogs past dark alleyways from which the sickly sweet […]
“Mr. Tong.” “Yes.” The litigator reveals the document from a file on his desk. He then hands it to Mr. Tong. “Please take a look at this document and tell us what it is.” Tong glances at the record with the cozy grin a father reserves for his newborn son. “It’s a United Waste Management […]
This post is a little fun something I’ve done for and with my friend Loren Eaton at the I Saw Lightning Fall reading and writing blog. More short, frightening entries here: http://isawlightningfall.blogspot.com/2013/12/advent-ghosts-2013-stories.html And here is mine. — And Downward, He Glided. And downward he glided, shifting, sinking, on sliding toboggan, moving through snow, through the […]
(For this year’s ISLF Advent Ghosts, I was thinking a little about the moment the protagonist’s life changed in Charles Dicken’s A Chrismas Carole. I hope you enjoy, and happy holidays.) It echoes in the dark, tighter and sharper, as wind chills. A light, a distant flick, or an illusion, maybe, from the white-out, […]
On Books, Reading, and the Process of Developing a Novel
I was reading through the fantastic Patheos blog God and the Machine and was pointed to a wild Open Culture’s program called The Pulp Magazine Project. Already, I love it and have downloaded five of the old magazines to my IPad, starting with this doozey (the cover’s above): The Lord of Tranerica The leaping blue […]
Articles, Commentary and Other Writings
Comments on Political Economy
Of a series of articles I’ve written untangling complex political and economic policy, I have a few favorites I wanted to highlight, including this article on the pros and cons of developing California’s high-speed rail system, this one on drugs and disparity, or my personal favorite article analyzing multigenerational housing trends.
I’m also particularly proud of an interview and commentary series I did on groups of individuals nationally and internationally who purchased their first homes. It began with this article set in Culver City and continued to articles on buyers in Downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Austin, Texas, Massachusetts, and London in the UK.
Articles on Design
Over the years, I’ve discussed design functionally in articles outlining the importance of trees in urban spaces, the implications of high-end architectural renderings on expectations, the philosophical implications of the design of “third spaces,” and the process of adopting user data to better design our communities.
I’ve also written a multitude of articles that focus entirely on highlighting amazing home and industrial design on the internationally popular site, Freshome.com. For a list of all of the articles I’ve written for Freshome, click here and scroll through.
While advocating for affordable housing and smart urban planning, I’ve written travel stories as well. First, a short series of articles on my month-long experience traveling through India, highlighting elements of the city of Mumbai, traveling from the capital of Delhi to the Taj Mahal in Agra, and moving along from Agra to Jaipur. I’ve relayed similar articles on my experiences through Lebanon in an article about how Beirut’s neighborhoods are being completely overhauled, and the structure and cultural economy of Palestinian refugee camps I walked through.
As part in a research trip to Cuba in 2009, I penned/typed a few analysis articles on my experiences traveling through Havana and through the countryside, including one about the political/economic climate in the country and another on Cuba’s shadow clothing economy. I’ve also written articles exploring public transit opportunities in my local and loved city of Los Angeles, including articles on taking the gold, blue, and red lines, the Angels Flight Funicular rail, and an article on moving through a crammed urban space after a huge Lakers win.
Humor & Fury
Although I take my writing and you seriously–very seriously–I also don’t and don’t care. Therefore, I write flippant, incoherent, impassioned and/or non-sequitur claptrap too.
They end up reading like these articles on haunted fictional communities, conspiracies involving hip hop moguls and the prison-industrial complex, stories about fat racists, rants about how ugly Los Angeles is for an “international” city, a diatribe on watching guys getting beating half to death by cops, and the relationship between disparity and despair.
This site of full these thoughts, though you’d likely get more of them in my fiction. Like this short story about creeping global warming and death, this one about a sentient murder-bot, or this story about a soldier dealing with severe PTSD. There are more in my short story section that I sincerely hope enjoy (but will understand if you do not). I also hope so insincerely.