Below is the full text of my speech at the inaugural FIYAHCON's opening ceremonies—sans the adlibs and the occasional stammer 😁 Hi, everyone! I'm Vida Cruz, one of FiyahCon Fringe's two organizers. There were originally three of us: me, Iori Kusano, and the third being Neon Yang, who had important contributions to our phase 1… Continue reading Why #FiyahConFringe?
Whew! So for many reasons both obvious and not, it's been nearly a year since I last updated my site. Anyway! I'll be guesting at WorldCon again. Below is my schedule, all in New Zealand time. If you'll be at the virtual WorldCon, come say hi! I've got a reading and a kaffeeklatsch this year… Continue reading 78th WorldCon Panels!
Pros For my first WorldCon, it was honestly a blast. I hope it's not my last one! I didn't get to attend as many panels as I wanted, mostly due to becoming distracted and hanging out with friends old and new. Someone I trust told me that at this point in my career, it's much… Continue reading A Dublin WorldCon Report
Since my schedule has been finalized, I can now announce the panels I'm speaking at for WorldCon 😀 If you're gonna be there, come sit in! --- Writing from non-western cultures Format: Panel 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD) The number of non-western novels and stories in SFF has increased over… Continue reading 77th WorldCon Panels!
Hey there! I'm attending the 77th WorldCon in Dublin this year, thanks in large part to the generosity of Con or Bust. However, life threw me several curveballs, which I detail further in the link, and now I need to supplement what funds I do have. If you can, please donate! There are digital and… Continue reading Help me attend the 77th WorldCon!
My camera failed to launch despite a sound check the day before that showed it was fine. However, that didn't stop us from having fun on Juliette Wade's Google Hangouts show! We talk about Philippine mythology, Spanish colonization in the Philippines, and how that fits into my body of work.
It's been a while! First things first, I was awarded a 2018 James Tiptree Jr. Fellowship. "In her application, Cruz described the many faces of feminism and resistance in the Philippines: “Together, warrior, witness, writer, and witch amount to a uniquely Filipino feminist identity that live on in strains despite the erasure of colonization. I… Continue reading A late announcement and an award consideration post
The last five years have been pretty tough on me, though that seems to be the norm for 20-somethings. But 2018 in particular was a year of upheaval: I had the worst mental breakdown I've ever experienced in my life, quit my third job, twisted my ankle, lost some friends, got into some major fights,… Continue reading Some Thoughts on the Roller Coaster Ride That Was 2018
Sexual harassment and assault happen more often than you think. It's just that survivors stay silent for fear of not being believed. Whether you're reeling from the outpouring of sexual predation accusations in Ateneo or the Brett Kavanaugh trial re-triggered awful memories for you/the people you love, I've put together a little primer for the… Continue reading How to Offer Support for Loved Ones Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Assaulted
When established actors, musicians, writers, and other people of note die, many people get on social media and write so many words to elaborate on their broken hearts and flowing tears.There have only been two such people for me--Terry Pratchett and Ursula Le Guin.I'd always dreamed of meeting them, Ursula especially, and now I never… Continue reading Documentary Review: ‘The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin’