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!
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!
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
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
*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