I realize that this is the first time in ten years of teaching that I’ve had a summer break. I think most folks assume that teachers have a summer “break” since some of us don’t teach (at least those who don’t have mid-year classes to teach) but really, there’s a lot to do during summer.… Read More Summer Break
I actually wanted to write an end-of-the-year post around December 2021, but it was winter break and I was regularly raging against the snow (very pretty for the first ten minutes, and then ongoing misery for the next three months) and the world continues to fall apart at the seams, and so my brain simply… Read More It’s Another Year Of…
The thing about December is that it decided to arrive at the tail end of an already terrible year. 2016 has decided to beat us up in terms of brutality (physically and psychically) on top of the everyday violence we already experience as human beings trying to live on this rapidly deteriorating planet. It probably… Read More December Doldrums and Delights
I’m not a very big fan of scary stories and horror films. I’m not the type of person who enjoys thrill-seeking adventures (see: my acrophobia), and while stories are still slightly better than films – especially slasher films, or horror films that concentrate on gore – it’s still a genre that I’m probably never going to enjoy as… Read More Hey It’s Halloween!
(Photo from Michelle Aguas, who also told me about the article. Thanks!) So my first official newspaper review has come out, from the Philippine Daily Inquirer‘s very own Ruel S. De Vera! You can check out the review HERE while I keep on working (it’s 1 AM right now, sigh) and getting ready for class tomorrow/today.… Read More Reviewed by Ruey de Vera
Write the actual book This is very important. You will have nothing to launch if you did not write anything in the first place. To my past self’s surprise, I never really imagined writing a collection of short fiction; my writing trajectory in college was poetry, and so I wrote fiction as finger exercises, a way to… Read More Instructions on How to Launch a Book
So it’s been a crazy week, and there’s just been so many things going on that it’s hard to get my head straight. But one of the nice things about having a busy week is that you get to meet a lot of people and catch up with others. Bears in Binondo One of the… Read More Of Busy Bears and School Talks
You can find me doing a few things in the next few months: St. Paul Pasig HUMSS Talk I’ll be speaking with the Grades 11 and 12 students at St. Paul’s College, Pasig, as part of the “Home Grown Stories from Home Town Glories” series for HUMSS students. Initially set for August 10, 2016, but… Read More Appearances: Aug-Sept 2016