Writing

Where Ghost Words Dwell: In which I share a discarded scrap from my novella

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

Clarion 2014

Clarion 2014, week 4: In which everything breaks down and is eased back together

Before the actual post starts, let's be clear here: Week Four Syndrome is aĀ 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

Analysis/Reviews

Book Review: ‘How the World Became Quiet’ by Rachel Swirsky

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

Clarion 2014

Clarion 2014, week 2: Ready? Let’s dial everything up to 11

Every day this week, Iā€™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

Clarion 2014

Clarion 2014, week 1: All things shiny and new, raring to go

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

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

Writing

200 Words at a Time: The Helping Hat (part two)

For Chuck Wendig'sĀ 200 words at a timeĀ 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 streetsĀ ā€”Ā one-third dragon, one-third yeti, one-third unrequited lover, and oneĀ hundred percent malice. Every three moments it huffed deep, drawing slick-wheeled… Continue reading 200 Words at a Time: The Helping Hat (part two)

Analysis/Reviews

Book Review: ‘The Melancholy of Mechagirl’ by Catherynne M. Valente

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