Clarion 2014

Clarion 2014, week 3: Reaching for and seeing stars, and writing with them out

There it is, real life is already catching up. I'd been trying to write this post these last few days, but I was simply too busy with work and technological failures to do so. I think that after Clarion, the challenge is reconciling the disparate sizes of two different parts of your life: re-learning to see… Continue reading Clarion 2014, week 3: Reaching for and seeing stars, and writing with them out

Clarion 2014, Random Epiphanies, Writing

A funny thing happened while I was at Clarion: On Filipinoness in writing

  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

Analysis/Reviews, Clarion 2014, Writing

In which I battle with my heritage of smallness, pre-Clarion

*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

Random Epiphanies

“Why do you write speculative fiction?”

Well, since it's been a year to the day I finished my first-ever (fantasy) novella, I might as well celebrate it with a writing post. I just got back from coverage of the Panagbenga festival in Baguio. The reporters were billeted at The Forest Lodge, though we usually ate our meals at The Manor, both… Continue reading “Why do you write speculative fiction?”

Analysis/Reviews

Book Review: ‘Ventriloquism’ by Catherynne M. Valente

Reading Catherynne M. Valente's writing is both like taking in a slow breath and being unable to do so. Her words spiral upward, outward, then close in on you, and you will grow dizzy simply trying to keep up with the barrage of living, breathing, sensual ideas. At least, that's how her first-ever collection of… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Ventriloquism’ by Catherynne M. Valente

Analysis/Reviews, Writing

Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer

When I began college, I kept checking out creative writing reference books from the library, or else buying them from bookstores—it's always a pain to discover later on that the book itself is not actually worth what you've paid. I've read all kinds: from dubious, purely instructional manuals to the philosophical but rather useless at… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’ by Jeff Vandermeer

Analysis/Reviews

Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Spoilers and Tolkien geekery abound.  I didn't exactly fall in love with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As the first of a trilogy-that-should-not-have-been, it was so obviously padded by both material from the appendices and scenes completely made up by Jackson and the screenwriters. The music was great, the acting was more than many Hollywood movies could… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Analysis/Reviews

Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

Spoilers abound. I remember back in 2011, my college friends and I (all of us Fine Arts students) were already expressing not-so-high hopes for Disney's Frozen. Many of our complaints centered on it possibly being a bastardization of yet another fairy tale (Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," about a little girl named Gerda rescuing her… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

Writing

200 Words at a Time: Knifework

For Chuck Wendig's Flash Fiction Challenge.   The wolves came in. That's what happens when you leave the front door open at night, which is exactly what I did. Stupid, stupid, stupid.I was in the kitchen warming up some midnight milk for myself when I saw their shadows slinking along the hallway, breaking up the moonbeams across… Continue reading 200 Words at a Time: Knifework