To my utter shock, "We are the Mountain: A Look at the Inactive Protagonist" took home Best Creative Nonfiction last Sunday (my time). To think I only wrote the speech a day before because Suzan Palumbo reminded me to; I really didn't think I would win. 😆 Speech text below: To paraphrase Snoop Dogg, I… Continue reading IGNYTE Award 2022 Best Creative Nonfiction Acceptance Speech
Yesterday, the ebook version of issue seven of Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction was finally released! I'm thrilled to announce that: I have a story there. It's my week 2 Clarion piece, "Ink: A Love Story", about two writers who write their perfect lovers into existence. I'm sharing the TOC with Clarion classmate Manish… Continue reading Publication Day: ‘Ink: A Love Story’
Yesterday (Aug. 31) was National Heroes' Day in the Philippines. Coincidentally, I also finished the novella I've been working on since October 2014 on the same day. Hooray! Being high off the triumph and unable to keep my brain from running on ideas, I've begun to brainstorm what the next work I set in the… Continue reading Questions About Heroes
Hello, it's been very quiet lately on this blog and I could swear I've said that several posts ago, too. So I guess several updates are in order. First of all, I've joined this year's Clarion Write-a-Thon. Its aim is to raise funds for scholarships for next year's class (one year already? Yeesh). I wouldn't… Continue reading A Life Update
Things have been pretty quiet around here. Bear with me while I adjust to some life changes, including a new job and a rowdy litter of puppies. But I've also been writing a novella at the same time. It's kept me sane since January, for which I am grateful considering some of the really shitty… Continue reading Where Ghost Words Dwell: In which I share a discarded scrap from my novella
Yay for the first post of the New Year! "To Megan, with Half My Heart," my short story about Philippine folklore, first love, and motherhood, is now live at Expanded Horizons! I wrote drafts of "Megan" as early as 2009, but I wasn't ready to write the story yet. Apparently, I was ready enough to… Continue reading I’ve sold a story!
Okay, so the title says everything. Things have been quiet around here lately, mainly because of my day job and some troubles I've been having with it. But on the plus side, my writing life is as vibrant as ever. 🙂 Out within a handful of days of each other, two anthologies where my stories… Continue reading In which I’ve sold two stories!
So, one of the grandest adventures of my life ended a few days ago. I'm back home and my jet lag and letting everything soak in and reconsidering a lot of things. I may not have blogged during all my time there like I planned, but I think I'll be posting a series of… Continue reading A funny thing happened while I was at Clarion: On Filipinoness in writing
*It is not within the scope of this post to define exactly what Filipino culture is, on the whole and overall. I will not attempt it because I do not know and because I may not be able to catch myself from thinking Tagalog-centric thoughts that will discredit the other regions, tribes, and languages. The Philippines is… Continue reading In which I battle with my heritage of smallness, pre-Clarion