in memoriam

But First…

A moment of silence for Paul Walker. Paul, wherever you are, may the cars be always awesome. **** Folks, my fellow #romanceclass authors and I will be at Filipino ReaderCon this coming Saturday, December 7, at the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila University. Come by, say hi, and pick up the bundle while you’re at it! (We’ll do the squeeing.)

in memoriam

RIP, Elmore Leonard

 I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative. It’s my attempt to remain invisible, not distract the reader from the story with obvious writing. (…) If I write in scenes and always from the point of view of a particular character — the one whose view best brings the scene to…

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in memoriam, movies, music


How apropos is it that the 100th post on my blog would be about Les Miserables? I never would have thought about it myself, but I watched it with my friends over the weekend, and we had so much fun with each other that I couldn’t help but share my joy here, even though I did spend a considerable amount…

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holidays, in memoriam, music, squee

Today’s Dispatch: So This Is Christmas (Part 4)

In case “Driving Home for Christmas” didn’t already make you cry, here’s Whitney Houston doing one of the most definitive versions of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (One of the rarest times when I would have watched Jay instead of Dave for Christmas.) And if you’re still reeling from dearest Hawkeye singing and playing piano during his opening monologue on…

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busy-ness, crushes of yore, holidays, in memoriam, music, NaNoWriMo, screenplay, squee

Today’s Dispatch: Waiting on a Line of Greens and Blues

This post was brought to you by THIS SONG: See, here’s the problem: It’s October 30, right? And I’m supposed to be plotting my NaNo by now, because we’ll be busy tomorrow since we’re getting a jump (pun not intended) on All Saints’ Day by visiting the family pantheon. (Okay, not exactly a real “pantheon” per se, but we use…

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essays, in memoriam, Philippines

Bring Him Home

I started this blog with an elegy for Whitney Houston. These past two months I had a short entry about Dolphy, and an essay about the shootings in Aurora, CO. Now, here I am, mourning the loss of Jesse Robredo, our well-loved Secretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government here in the Philippines. Like many Filipinos of…

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essays, in memoriam

On Aurora

I have friends in Colorado right now. They have friends of friends who know, or were parents of, the kids who watched The Dark Knight Rises last night. Seeing this, reading this… it’s not as distant to me as I want to think. No words. I don’t want to see this turn into a debate about art promoting “family values” instead…

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