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On The Other Side // A Katipunan Adventure

This month (September) has dragged on for what feels like forever. I feel a little bit unnerved because I still have so many things to write, read, and review/film for my channel–this whole month has felt like something’s gotta give and yet nothing has so here I am. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Katipunan with the rest of Plural to attend/panel at a talk hosted by Kritika Kultura. The main speakers were Erika and Carlo (the founding members of the journal), but we went for the Q&A portion as well as the provision of moral support. Being Taft-grown and hardened by the ever-present threat of being run over, heading over to rival territory is always both disorienting and refreshing. All those trees, all that space, all the everything. We made a little trip to the press bookshop (yeah, so that no book buying ban has pretty much been done away with all together) and then headed on over to the Rizal Library for the talk proper.

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I was (very pleasantly) surprised at the turn out: everyone was super participative (not to say that my experience has been otherwise, but you never know with more academic settings), and I was super proud of how Erika and Carlo discussed all of the points re: Plural’s response to the lack of a go-to place for prose in Philippine letters. All-in-all, a great day.

After the talk, I hung out with some friends of mine who attended the talk (hey, Raine and Free) over at UP Town Center. I had Mad Mark’s and Rita’s for the first time. Hot damn, that stuff is delicious–although to be honest, I did find Rita’s to get a little bit overwhelming after a while. The day ended with us all giggly, and worn out, driving down EDSA watching the lights flicker by: not bad at all.

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Plural @ The Kritika Kultura Reading Series

I’m very jazzed to be attending the Kritika Kultura reading series with the rest of the Plural editors this coming Tuesday, September 15. We’re going to be talking about prose, how we’re contributing to it, and what it means to find a place for experimentation in such a traditionally rigid landscape. We’re also going to be reading (haha, if it wasn’t obvious from the title) some of the work we’ve put out in our three issues to date! If you’re free, come drop by.

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The Session Series: Creative Writing

I am so thrilled to have been invited by Magis Creative Spaces to be part of their Session Series! I’m going to be teaching a Creative Writing class, which will consist of 5 sessions. In it, we’ll be learning about the basics of creative writing (mostly fiction, and poetry) through reading stories, poems, and novels, as well as refining and developing our writing skills via writing exercises, and in-class critique. One thing that I have really wanted to do since I have begun getting opportunities like this was to reach out to a younger audience; I feel like I’m always thinking back to when I was younger, and how happy I would have been if there was a class available geared specifically toward fiction, and poetry. So this class is going to be for all of ye racy adolescents, (roughly) aged 13 to 17. I’m super psyched to be having fun craftversations, and to be immersing myself in the things other people have to say. Sign up is currently ongoing, and ya’ll can check the poster below to find out how to get in touch. 11825904_825012184281098_7258569828961938999_n

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Coffee & Flowers: Interest

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Today was a good day. It didn’t exactly go the way I’d planned or imagined: I thought I would be up by 6:30 AM, in taft by 8:00 AM and cool and collected the whole day. But I ended up waking up late, forgetting a lot of shiz and the whole morning avalanched into a hot mess; let’s just say that “breakfast” ended up being at 12 noon–and that’s a big deal for me because I am prone to gastroenteritis if I skip meals.

However, the day did get better as it went on: this is the first time that I’ve ever sold my work at DLSU and only now do I truly understand what they mean by “the home court advantage”. I know how it feels to be at other universities and the thing that makes selling stuff easy in your own university is that you can more or less be a credible witness to what will or won’t sell there. And yeah! I was really surprised at a) how much we sold b) how many times we were approached/talked to and c) the number of new friends we made (hi to the people over at the Art Initiative).

Despite all the disappointments and things that went wrong, today was definitely a good day (for the most part). 🙂

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Readercon 2013

I’m going to be at Readercon this December 7th at the Rizal Library in Ateneo De Manila. 🙂 I’ll be there along with Trizha Ko and some other really awesome people (I will post up links soon). I’ll also be putting out a tiny collection of short stories entitled “The Chlorine Atom Girl”, a preview to which I will post up here when it’s ready. 😀