Thursday, May 01, 2008

Writing Life

I have about a snowball's chance in hell of winning, but what they heck, I turned in a couple of entries into this year's Palanca contests anyway: two short stories, both previously published. I was writing an essay but I felt it wasn't me. And even though they've extended the deadlines, I've closed that chapter two days ago. That's that.

Funny thing about the Palanca Awards web site, though. It's got to be one of the most atrociously designed sites in the country. However, even the design would be forgivable compared to this:

Man, that's just terrible.

On the other hand, I finished a 3,000-word short story last night (or to be precise, early this morning). Not a winner, not by any means, but it's something I rushed for the Ateneo de Davao Writers Workshop. It's a comic take on a Filipino fantasy/horror trope based on a joke afriend told me many, many years ago. It's a little disgusting but I hope it's good for a few laughs.

What the hey, maybe I can sell it to one of the new horror publications.


  1. that is really very embarrassing...but at least we're sure that the ones who did the programming are not the ones doing the judging, he he. good luck!

  2. Benz: thanks!

    Rina: Still reflects badly on the organization, though. Should've put more care into the presentation. Heck, I'd be willing to do it for them for free.

  3. *Sigh* The Palancas seem to have been slow to adapt to web technologies in general -- for how long did the organization not have a web site, anyway? -- and I suspect that it shows.