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
Before the actual post starts, let's be clear here: Week Four Syndrome is a thing. But one will never be prepared for it no matter how many Clarion blogs one reads. I know I certainly wasn't. In general, it's usually the week when all the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological exhaustion comes to a head in… Continue reading Clarion 2014, week 4: In which everything breaks down and is eased back together
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!
Doesn't that wonderful title just give you a sense of quiet devastation? But I'll get back to that in a bit. When reading an author's work for the first time, I usually prefer getting my hands on a short story collection of theirs, if they have any. That way, I'll have the option of looking… Continue reading Book Review: ‘How the World Became Quiet’ by Rachel Swirsky
Every day this week, I’m going to blog about a week in Clarion (which honestly feels like a semester each). I took the least amount of pictures during Week 2 (also, my phone malfunctioned before all of the pictures it lost could sync to my Facebook account), so I'm just going to pepper the post… Continue reading Clarion 2014, week 2: Ready? Let’s dial everything up to 11
Every day this week, I'm going to blog about a week in Clarion (which honestly feels like a semester each). I suspect my first few posts will have more delineated days, as everything was so new and left sharp impressions; the days for the other weeks will blur into longer paragraphs, probably. Apparently, my class… Continue reading Clarion 2014, week 1: All things shiny and new, raring to go
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
For Chuck Wendig's 200 words at a time challenge. The Helping Hat by Aaron Browder Dire straits preyed upon the frozen Pentagon City. Its otherwise fair midwinter afternoon was disturbed by a great white beast winding through the streets — one-third dragon, one-third yeti, one-third unrequited lover, and one hundred percent malice. Every three moments it huffed deep, drawing slick-wheeled… Continue reading 200 Words at a Time: The Helping Hat (part two)
I came to know Japan through its anime and manga culture, through Junichiro Tanizaki's essay "In Praise of Shadows" and Akira Kurosawa's film Dreams and the music of Yuki Kajiura, through the brutality of its soldiers toward the Philippines and other nations during World War II, through an array of sushi restaurants of varying quality,… Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Melancholy of Mechagirl’ by Catherynne M. Valente
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