Sunday, June 01, 2008

June rolls in

Whoa, what's that sound? It's the rumble of June rolling in: of looming dark clouds threatening rain, of inching, honking cars dropping off the kids at school, of bags rattling on rough pavement. It means that summer's over, and with it, just a little less than half the year.

That's the thing with living right across a school -- or worse still, across your old high school. Your body clock somehow becomes attuned to the school calendar. June feels like the start of a whole new year. And the new year always gives me pause to take stock, a decidedly melancholy exercise.

So where exactly am I?

January, February, and early March saw me wrapping up my classes at Ateneo. All in all, it was a unique learning experience and out of that I got new perspectives and new friends. I guess I'll have to get used to being called "Kuya Doms", that being more tolerable than "Sir Doms" or "Sir Kuya Doms."

I was fortunate to be grouped with a very bright batch of AB English majors, all of whom graduated with flying colors. It's a thrill to see them take the first tentative steps out of school and into the horribly misnamed "real world."

That said, I don't think I'll be re-enrolling this coming semester. I've already gotten what I needed out of the classes, I think; the rest would just be formalization. I don't think I'm really meant to get a higher degree.

The classes made me re-evaluate one of my major goals, that of being a writer. After going through Great Literature, I feel even more overwhelmed. A mere byline seems so paltry in comparison to works that have lasted over 500 years.

That's part of the reason I haven't written a whole lot these past few months. Time to fix that.

Which is not to say that I haven't written anything at all. In a flash of effort, I managed to put together a 4,000-word short story for the Ateneo Writers Workshop. The work, I know, wasn't perfect (I have a problem with the "Filipino sound" of my dialogue); but Don Pagusara said it made him laugh hysterically, so it's a promising piece. A couple of re-edits necessary.

Had a turn at editing Dagmay, the Literary Journal of the Davao Writers Guild. I must say it's something I really enjoy doing. Maybe I'm not meant to be a great writer, but I know I can be a great editor. Editors seem to be what the Philippines is missing. More on that in a later piece.

The start of the year also sprang a surprise in the form of a new business. Something totally unexpected, and not without its share of annoyances, relating mostly to personnel. On the whole, though, it's really coming together.

Tried to find a job with some tech outsourcing companies, but realized it really just wasn't for me. They're looking for programmers, and though I do program, that's not what I am. It didn't help at all that I didn't sound like I was financially hungry for the work. Truth is, I'm not, not right now anyways; but I will sign up if it's intellectually challenging.

Started with the gym, slacked off for a couple of months, but back on track again. Got bloated in the meantime.

And then, there's Baldy, Mr. Handsome Guy himself:

A real bundle of joy.

Gotta get me one of my own.


  1. I've seen that look before.

    Mr Handsome Guy is annoyed.

  2. "Gotta get me one of my own."

    Ohh... finally!!!
    Some sort of resolution.

    That's the spirit.

    Now Go. Get Busy!!!

  3. I don't think I'll ever get used to June being the end of summer in Philippines when it's just the start of summer here.
    "Gotta get me one of my own."
    Yeah,there's nothing like having a kid.

  4. about "getting one of your own".

    Go Dom !!! mene sarket ur seve ...
    hehe not sure if its spelled right, I don't speak klingon. But what I want to say is that you have lived long and now its time to prosper.