I had a fun Saturday that left me energized instead of depleted. (You know how sometimes you do so much socializing in one day that you crash and burn at the end of it? No? Is it just me?)
First stop, the book launch and signing event for Rob Cham’s Light. I am a fan of his work, and this silent comic book did not disappoint. Really amazing art. And great quality printing too on glossy paper. Congrats to Anino Comics and Rob.
The launch was in Fully Booked. J and I took a short walk and checked out the BGC Art Mart. Megan Diño, whom I have worked with years (and years) ago, has a booth, and I got myself this lovely tote and some postcards featuring J’s favorite European football players. She’ll be there until tomorrow; do visit her, say hi, buy her stuff.
Photo from Megan.
Last stop was Ludo‘s 24-hour Gaming Marathon! They were serious about the 24 hours; there was a big digital display up front showing the countdown.
This clock! Photo from Jay Mata, VP of Marketing at Ludo.
The marathon was in full swing when we got there. (We didn’t sign up for the 24-hr marathon; my brain was too tired to handle it.) I was able to play: Love Letter, Evolution, Mai-Star, Mr. Darcy, and Coup. I enjoyed all of them! But I enjoyed Coup so much that we ended up buying it. What is impulse buy.
I hope you’re having a good weekend.
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On Saturday, we attended the launch of Fast Food Fiction Delivery at Powerbooks Greenbelt, organized by Anvil. We got there right on time and was happy to see a huge crowd. We’re used to twiddling our thumbs while waiting for seats to fill up during book launches, so it was a nice surprise. (But then, as editor Noelle pointed out, there were 68 authors in the anthology.)
Fast Food Fiction Delivery is a collection of short short stories (around 500 words). The launch featured readings, cold cuts, cheese, wine (see how I went straight to food). It was great to meet up and chat with writers and friends. Thanks to all who dropped by, and thanks to Noelle and Mookie for including my story.
My story in the book is called “Stories from the City”. Consider picking up the collection if you’re looking for quick reads.
Hi all! How’s your 2015 so far? I’ll have to start with a teeny tiny bad news. Bad news for me personally, but good for devout Catholics in the country: the Pope will be arriving in Manila later today, but due to his arrival and activities here, several roads will be closed. Including our road. Yep. Due to this, I will be missing out on BLTX6 (January 17-18) at Uno Morato in QC. Click here for event details. Do check it out if you are in the area.
The books that will go on sale include Chasing Tales from MoarBooks, which contains a story of mine called “Fairy Tales”, appearing in print for the first time; and the Cabinet’s Revival Issue, which contains a new poem of mine that has not appeared anywhere else, offline or online.
Update: The Revival Issue’s launch has been moved to Jan. 24, 5:30 PM, Uno Morato.
But before January ends, I will be at the launch of Fast Food Fiction Delivery, a flash fiction anthology edited by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta and Noelle Q. de Jesus. See you on January 31, 3 PM at Powerbooks Greenbelt!
– Re-read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary
– Read a bunch of stories from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series. (I was in a very horror kind of mood.)
– Watched all 13 episodes of Hataraku Maou-Sama (The Devil Is A Part-Timer). The Dark Lord of Ente Isla and his demon general Alsiel flee an attack by using a portal between worlds. They end up in modern Japan, where there is no magic and everything is expensive. The Dark Lord is forced to work part-time at a fast-food restaurant, while Alsiel stays in their rented apartment, figuring out how to get them back to Ente Isla, do housework, and make sure they’re living within budget.
It’s as crazy, charming, and funny as that summary. I loved it to bits.
– Did an interview with Philippine Star SUPREME about creepypasta, NoSleep, and online storytelling. [Read: “The new weird” by Don Jaucian]
– Ate a bowl of Ramen and sea salt caramel chocolate mousse.
– Received cake, a black balloon, and a bag of treats from my lovely colleagues.
– Received cake from my siblings.
– Ate a lot of cake.
– Attended the second Usapang May-Akda, featuring Emiliana Kampilan of Dead Balagtas.
– Bought a new copy of elsewhere held and lingered and had it signed by the author. Happiness.
– Jaykie and his drawings.
I’m happy to be back at the Manila International Book Fair this year!
It coincided with SM Mall of Asia’s three-day sale, so we decided to head there early — really early — and have breakfast before joining the crowd.
J had to head elsewhere first, so I walked to SMX from the restaurant. Good thing I chanced upon table-mate Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin (Anim na Sabado ng Beyblade, Visprint, 2013). We walked to the venue together.
Happy for the nameplate, but I still got asked where the registration table was. Haha!
I was happy to meet the readers. One of them, Mira, brought us some sweets!
Mira took this lovely photo of me and J at the Visprint table.
Tricia and her friend came armed with an Instax camera, which was very cool, and made me very jealous.
Ivy took a nice photo of me.
We stayed at the table until half-past 11.
Look at the crowd.
Got these beauties from the Visprint rack at Precious Pages. Till next year!