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’
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Some good news at least 🙂 Philippine Speculative Fiction 11, which has my week 4 Clarion story and first-ever sci fi tale "Call of the Rimefolk," is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo! If you like solarpunk Manilas, gay interplanetary romances, and psychic ice snakes from Pluto, you'll like this story 🙂 And I'm… Continue reading Publication Day: ‘Call of the Rimefolk’ and ‘Blushing Blue’
Go have a listen to Tade’s story!
“When you write a story about aliens, you are actually writing about people who are not like you.” Author Tade Thompson joined me on the podcast this month to talk about comic books, cons, and unconscious bias. Tade is the author of the novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne, and the novels Making Wolf and Rosewater.
In the episode we talk about the amount of sympathy a reader has, and whether you can truly know people. At the end of the episode, Tade reads a brand new short story set in the Rosewater universe, inspired by a prompt.
Note: The audio on the episode isn’t great, my apologies for that. Also, some of you may notice that episode 208 isn’t in your feeds. Due to scheduling it will be released a little later in the year.
I have a story in this final issue! Please donate to see it in print!
LONTAR needs your help one last time.
Just as with issue #9, the National Arts Council has declined to financially support issue #10 with a publication grant, meaning that we are on our own once more to raise the funds to even get the issue to print.
Y’all came through for us before, and I’ll need to ask for your generosity again.
L10 is our double-sized final issue, with around 80,000 words of original fiction and poetry, as well as a brand new comic story from Eisner-nominated artist Drewscape and a full-page illustration by internationally celebrated graphic novelist Sonny Liew.
Because of the increase in content, we will need to raise at least $2,500 USD to cover our costs for the issue (with $4,000 USD needed to use full-colour printing for the artwork).
The deadline is at midnight SGT on 27 March 2018. This gives us two weeks.
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I still believe Rose and Finn were out of left field, but this article is spot-on anyway.
Carrie Fisher and her daughter, Billie Lourd, as General Leia and Lieutenant Connix, in a PR shot for The Last Jedi taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
NOTE: Many spoilers.
My feed (and yours, I presume) has been filling with people, mostly men, denouncing The Last Jedi for all sorts of reasons. Here are a few I compiled out of my own feed over the past week:
It’s too draggy and long
It’s too fast-paced
It is magically both draggy and fast-paced
It’s too much about one family
It’s not about family
The plot is terrible
The plot is fine but the acting is terrible
The plot and acting are fine, but the pacing is terrible
The plot, acting, and pacing are fine but the characterizations are terrible
It needed more humor
It needed less humor
It needed a different kind of humor
Not enough character development
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This isn't a year-end review. This is a resolution to be a better adult next year.
I beta read this gem! Go pick up a copy in November!
I am very happy to announce that Math Paper Press in Singapore is publishing my first collection of short stories. There will be 17 altogether plus a foreword by Lontar Journal founding editor Jason Erik Lundberg. The cover art is by Eisner-award winning artist Sonny Liew.
The Infinite Library and Other Stories will be launched at the Singapore Writer’s Festival this November. Details to follow.
“Victor’s keen observational eye represents the clarity of the outsider—the Filipino writing about Singapore, and about the Philippines while apart from it, and about the world and the universe as an emissary of humanity—and you can almost see his verbal abilities stretching with the languidness of a well-fed housecat. Whether through the Ellisonian stylistic gymnastics of “Dyschronometria, or the Bells are Always Screaming”, or the hallucinogenic Phildickian leetspeak of “I m d 1 in 10”, or the faux-academic jargon of “An Excerpt from the Philippine…
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