twenty-four

We were in Tagaytay on our first year together. To celebrate our second year (exact date is tomorrow, a Monday) we just stayed in the metro and enjoyed a buffet lunch at Beurre Blanc.

(Photo credit: tipidobo)

Price is P650 per head, exclusive of service charge. We got a 10 percent discount because we got seated before 12 noon. (You’ll get a 5 percent discount if you use a credit card instead of paying in cash.)

They have a small selection, but we enjoyed the dishes a lot. Our favorites: beef shortribs, salmon carpaccio, baked oyster, top blade fillet, tomato mozzarella salad, ravioli, and banoffee (really really good). And I loved their sauces: barbecue, mushroom gravy, pepper cognac!

Another great lunch with this silly boy:

I want more of this banoffee!

This lunch was made possible by a couple of kind people living oceans away. Thank you. :)

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A kiss for more happy years.

alternative alamat toc revealed

Exciting news from Paolo Chikiamco of Rocket Kapre!

It gives me great pleasure to finally be able to announce the table of contents of our first commercial anthology “Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology”. It’s been a long road, but I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. The book will be digital-only for now, and will be published in cooperation with Flipside Digital before the end of the year. I’ll be releasing more information about the anthology in the coming weeks.

“Ana’s Little Pawnshop on Makiling St.” by Eliza Victoria

“Harinuo’s Love Song” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

“The Last Full Show” by Budjette Tan

“The Alipin’s Tale” by Raymond G. Falgui

“Keeper of My Sky” by Timothy James Dimacali

“Conquering Makiling” by Mo Francisco

“The Sorceress Queen” by Raissa Rivera Falgui

“Beneath The Acacia” by Celestine Trinidad

“Offerings to Aman Sinaya” by Andrei Tupaz

“Balat, Buwan, Ngalan” by David Hontiveros

“A Door Opens:  The Beginning of the Fall of the Ispancialo-in-Hinirang” by Dean Alfar

Appendix A: A Few Notable Philippine Deities

Appendix B: Interview with Professor Herminia Meñez Coben

Appendix C: Interview with Professor Fernando N. Zialcita

Appendix D: On Researching Philippine Mythology

Cover and interior artwork by Mervin Malonzo

Stay tuned.

preacher

Jesse Custer, a preacher from a small town in Texas, is possessed by a powerful supernatural being named “Genesis”. The force of the possession hits his church like a nuclear bomb, and the members of his congregation are reduced to bones. Jesse, however, leaves the site unscathed, and with the new ability to command anyone with only his words. Witnesses call this the “Word of God”.

Jesse later learns that Genesis is the offspring of an angel and a demon, a creation of Heaven and Hell, and on its birth God left His throne and quit. Genesis is a being of pure power, perhaps even as powerful as God Himself, and Jesse wants to know what it wants, what it knows, and why God seems frightened of it.

This series is a perverted, hyperviolent mindfuck, and I loved it. There’s a point when I got tired of Jesse’s hard-on for Texas and his long speeches about the great American nation, and I was bored by the Salvation story arc, but I read every page. I love how Ennis and Co. just went for it. No fear, no holding back. With such big concepts and such a complicated set-up, I was worried the series would end on a disappointing note, but you know what? It ended the way it should have ended. It ended right.

I think its brilliant.

kindness

I received two messages today. One, a gift. The other, a promise of a gift. The messages are unexpected and came one after the other, during that hour when my heart is blue and lonely. Now my heart is full. To the first messenger, J and I thank you. To the second, I can’t wait!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. (You know who you are.)

I don’t know what bug it was that hit us, but J and I were both quite sick from Tuesday onwards so the weekend just passed us by.

I am a full bag of worries nowadays. The flood back home, my siblings’ financial needs, the total cost of flood damage, J’s coding ticket and unclaimed license, his difficulties at the job market, my own uncertainties. Money problems, life problems. It keeps you up at night.

I’ll be 25 in less than a month. J and I will turn two in about a week. I wonder if I’ll be able to celebrate, with the miserable flood, and my miserable bank account.

I need something beautiful to look forward to, is all.

moment of change toc

Here’s a note from anthology editor, Rose Lemberg:

I’m very proud of this. Putting this book together has been quite a journey. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love these poems.  You can get a glimpse from the ToC as to how diverse the contents/contributors are, but you cannot truly see it just from the ToC, but trust me:  this is both tremendous and diverse.

And I couldn’t have done this alone. Thank you so much to everyone who gave advice and held my hand through this process  (I’m looking at you, Team Stone Telling!). Special thanks to Sonya Taaffe for suggesting poems, and Shweta Narayan, Jennifer Smith, and Sharon Mock for help w. ordering the ToC. And of course, many thanks to the contributors.

Congratulations to everyone!

People who want to know about preordering: not yet, but I will let you know as soon as I can.

And here’s the TOC!

The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry

Rose Lemberg. Introduction.

POETRY:

Ursula K. Le Guin, Werewomen
Nicole Kornher-Stace, Harvest Season
Eliza Victoria, Prayer
Shweta Narayan, Cave-smell
Theodora Goss, The Witch
Amal El-Mohtar, On the Division of Labour
J.C. Runolfson, The Birth of Science Fiction
Kristine Ong Muslim, Resurrection of a Pin Doll
Lawrence Schimel, Kristallnacht
Cassandra Phillips-Sears, The Last Yangtze River Dolphin
Peg Duthie, The Stepsister
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl with Two Skins
Theodora Goss, Binnorie
Nandini Dhar, Learning to Locate Colors in Grey: Kiran Talks About Her Brothers
Rachel Manija Brown, River of Silk
JoSelle Vanderhooft, The King’s Daughters
Lisa Bradley, The Haunted Girl
Mary Alexandra Agner, Tertiary
Sara Amis, Owling
Athena Andreadis, Spacetime Geodesics
Lisa Bradley, In Defiance Of Sleek-Armed androids
Sofía Rhei, Cinderella
Alex Dally MacFarlane, Beautifully Mutilated, Instantly Antiquated
Shweta Narayan, Epiphyte
Elizabeth R. McClellan, Down Cycles
H.E.L Gurney, She Was
Kelly Pflug-Back, My Bones’ Cracked Abacus
Kat Dixon, Nucleometry
N. A’Yara Stein, It’s All In The Translation
Sally Rosen Kindred, Sabrina, Borne
Adrienne J. Odasso, The Hyacinth Girl
Delia Sherman, Snow White to the Prince
Phyllis Gotlieb, The Robot’s Daughter
Vandana Singh, Syllables of Old Lore
Greer Gilman, She Undoes
Emily Jiang, Self-Portrait
Ki Russel, The Antlered Woman Responds
Catherynne M. Valente, The Oracle at Miami
Athena Andreadis, Night Patrol
Koel Mukherjee, Sita Reflects
Lorraine Schoen, Hypatia/Divided
Sharon Mock, Machine Dancer
C.W. Johnson, Towards a Feminist Algebra
Jo Walton, Blood Poem IV
Meena Kandasamy, Six Hours of Chastity
Samantha Henderson, Berry Cobbler
Sofía Rhei, Bluebeard Possibilities
Sheree Renee Thomas, Old Scratch poem featuring River
Elizabeth R. McClellan, The Sea Witch Talks Show Business
Ranjani Murali, Chants for Type: Skull-Cap Donner at Center-One Mall
Sonya Taaffe, Madonna of the Cave
Jeannelle Ferreira, Anniversaries
Rebecca Korvo, Handwork
Patricia Monaghan, Journey To The Mountains Of The Hag
Ari Berk, Pazerik Burial on the Ukok Plateau
Neile Graham, Dsonoqua Daughters
Sonya Taaffe, Matlacihuatl’s Gift
Ellen Wehle, Once I No Longer Lived Here
Yoon Ha Lee, Art Lessons
JT Stewart, Say My Name
Amal El-Mohtar, Pieces
Sofia Samatar, The Year of Disasters
C. S. E. Cooney, The Last Crone on the Moon
Minal Hajratwala, Archaeology of the Present
Jennifer McGowan, Mara Speaks
JT Stewart, Ceremony
April Grant, Trenchcoat
Tara Barnett, Star Reservation
Mary Alexandra Agner, Old Enough
Nisi Shawl, Transbluency: An Antiprojection Chant

My sincere thanks to Rose for including my poem here. Can’t wait to get my copy!

what happened on sunday

  • Received a text message from my parents saying that they’re okay, and that the flood water’s starting to recede. Tried calling them but failed to reach them. I think they turned off their phones on Saturday to save power (and probably turned them off again?) since they still don’t have electricity. At least I got word from them after more than 24 hours. Thanks to everyone who expressed their concern and offered their prayers and good thoughts. :)
  • Met up with two of my siblings (my brother was in UPLB) and my cousin and J. Lunch at Friday’s in Trinoma, coffee at Seattle’s Best. We also saw The Change-Up.

  • Body switch comedy, like a mini-Here Comes The Bride. (Bongga sa comparison!) Toilet humor galore and formulaic but enjoyable enough for a lazy Sunday.
  • Still a bit blue but life goes on. It’s Monday now.