Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tribute to Edith Tiempo

Davao Writers Guild tribute to National Artist Edith Tiempo. Held at Abreeza.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Breakbone, Part 1

The fever began on Friday morning, during a weekly meeting.

I didn't feel it at first, not when I left for work nor in the office. On the contrary, with all the things I had to look forward to over the weekend and into next week--two presentations I really wanted to deliver and a festival I had set in motion four months before)--I felt upbeat and chipper.

In retrospect, what may have triggered the fever was the snafu over the room where our meeting would be held. I thought we had booked the room throughout the semester. It turned out we were in conflict with another group that Friday. I found myself bouncing from building to building for half an hour looking for the correct meeting room.

Why do I have a fever, I wondered. When I develop a temperature, it's usually because of a cough or a cold. Ever since I shed my extra pounds, those had come fewer and far between. Maybe I was just tired? I hoped it was nothing serious. Throughout the meeting I kept feeling my forehead and my neck. I was definitely feeling hot.

At eleven, I excused myself. I was supposed to teach a class but I was already feeling the fever. I decided to go to my mother's store and crashed in the sofa. I popped a Biogesic and slept.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Second Life

Not everyone receives the chance at a second life. This week, I did.
Just so you know: I came down with a severe and uncommon case of dengue. Spiking fever would trigger spasms, and they put me in the ICU for a few days. But--thank God--I'm all better now. They released me from the hospital yesterday.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

One year ago...

...I asked Emily a very important question.  It had long been brewing in my mind for quite some time, and I suppose I delayed because I also sought some measure of clarity for myself.  But it cam to the point where the question could not have been left unasked.

To that very important question, she said "Yes." That made me very happy.

In a way, I was also waiting for grace on this special day.  Our first date was on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  It seemed only right to ask on September 8, the birthday of Our Lady.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

September updates

In case you're wondering, yes, I'm still very much here. Thank you for asking. It shows you're concerned about me. I'm sorry I've been sparse on the updates lately.

These days, if you don't see me blog as much, you should take that as a good sign. I've really been quite busy lately.  But yes, I understand that's no excuse not to write.  For the sake of my sanity, I really need to churn out a few words every day.

It's just that, well, I'm all "worded" out.  Last week, I finished writing the main body of my first academic research paper, "Experiences in Teaching Operating Systems Using a Combined Theoretical and Practical Approach."  Before edits and such, it has hit well over 6,000 words.  I put it away for a while, lest I explode, but I'll have to pick it up again later this week to add the bibliography and clean up what I can.

Also last week, I finally put together my short story collection.  Not as much writing involved here as all the stories had been previously published.  Properly laid out on 6"x9" book size, it hit some 230 pages.  That figure surprised me, too.  I didn't think I'd hit that number.  Then again, these are stories dating back to 2006 (including my first published story, Facester and my latest, Leg Men.)  Sadly, though, there won't be enough funds to print it in its entirety so I might have to cut it down to 120 pages.  I hope I get the book out before February next year.

And, of course, teaching teaching teaching.  But more on that later.