writing roundup: online reads + a nomination + my compli copies are here!

Wounded Little Gods is now out in the wild. See a couple of photos from readers below. Thank you!

Photos from readers

Photos from readers

I also got my complimentary copies!

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Wounded Little Gods

Wounded Little Gods

Wounded Little Gods

Wounded Little Gods

Wounded Little Gods

My first Visprint book with my latest Visprint book, for size comparison.

Wounded Little Gods

As tradition dictates, expect a book giveaway soon–but let’s talk about that later.

First:

  • Neon Literary Magazine has nominated my poem “What Waits” for the 2016 Forward Prize. You can read the poem and the three other nominated pieces in the link.Says editor Krishan Coupland: “The Forward Prizes, awarded annually, are some of the most prestigious awards for poetry available in the UK. Each year I nominate four of the best poems published in Neon during the previous twelve months for the Best Single Poem category[.]”
  • My short story “The Seventh“, published in Likhaan Vol. 9, is now available to read online. Feel free to share the link.
  • My story “Fortitude” will be appearing in this volume:

SCIENCE FICTION: FILIPINO FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

SCIENCE FICTION: FILIPINO FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Coming soon from University of the Philippines Press

With stories by: Kim Sarabia, Eliza Victoria, Kate Osias, Raymond P. Reyes, CP Coulter, Gabriela Lee, Lakan Umali, Daniel Carlos Tan, Nikki Alfar, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Cover design by: Aletheia Rio

Edited by: Dean Francis Alfar, Kenneth Yu

  • My story, “The Target”, will be appearing in the tenth volume of Philippine Speculative Fiction.

PSF X

Coming in April! Philippine Speculative Fiction X, edited by Nikki Alfar and Dean Francis Alfar (Flipside Publishing). Featuring fiction from Alyssa WongJoel Pablo Salud, Jose Elvin Bueno, Cyan Abad-Jugo, Andrew DrilonGabriela Lee, Renz Torres, Francis Gabriel Concepcion, Alexander M. Osias,AJ Elicaño, Razel Tomacder, Richard Calayeg Cornelio, Sarge Lacuesta,Eliza Victoria, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Kenneth G. Yu, Kate Osias,Joseph Montecillo, Vincent Michael Simbulan, EK Gonzales, Noel Tio, Lakan Umali, and Raymund P. Reyes.

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Visprint is holding a Summer Warehouse Sale at the Visprint warehouse. See map below and get to it!

Map to Visprint

All of your favorite Visprint titles on SALE! From 20-50% off! April 2-3, 2016, 8am to 5pm only.

You’re still here? Oh goody. Let’s get to the exciting part.

Now that Wounded Little Gods has been released, here’s how you can support it:

1. Buy the book. Of course! :) Delivery to book stores is pending, but you can email bookorders@visprint.net to have it delivered to your doorstep.

2. Share this link and other Wounded Little Gods info on your social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest etc.).

3. Review the book. Blog about it. Tell your friends, whether you enjoyed it or not. If you are on Goodreads, add the book to your bookshelf and share your thoughts.

To celebrate, I will be giving away one (1) free signed copy of my new book.

Go to this link to see the mechanics and enter the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6316c1c92/?

Some additional details:

  1. The  winner will be announced no later than April 17, Sunday.
  2. Open to residents living in the Philippines only.
  3. The copy will be shipped, hopefully immediately (it depends on how busy I am) via courier.
  4. The copy I will be sending are from my own set of advance copies from Visprint, but Visprint is not a sponsor of this contest. Neither is the courier.
  5. The winner will be chosen via electronic lottery, and will be announced on this blog and contacted via email.

Have fun!

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book giveaway for year’s best young adult speculative fiction 2013

Head over to Goodreads and enter to win a copy of the Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction 2013, which features a story of mine. This giveaway is run by Twelfth Planet Press, publisher of the anthology, and will end in 13 days — on April 28. Click and join now!

Please note (emphasis mine):

This book giveaway is open to members in the following countries: US, CA, GB, and AU.

Entry period begins on Mar 28, 2015 and ends on Apr 28, 2015

The author or publisher listing the giveaway is the sponsor, and if you win, they will receive your shipping address and they are responsible for shipping you the book. Goodreads is not a sponsor of the giveaway.

Winners are encouraged but not required to review the books they win. In compliance with FTC guidelines, if you review the book, please disclose in your review that you received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

congratulations to the winner of the dwellers giveaway contest

Thank you to those who joined my giveaway!

I exported the file as CSV from WordPress’s Feedback form, and used an online random number generator to get the winning number:

winner

Huh. Lucky number 1!

And the winner is:

winner 2

Congratulations Ailla! Your copy will be with you soon.

Dwellers

And thank you all for playing.

dwellers giveaway

This is super late, you guys. So sorry! A lot of things happened.

Dwellers, my newest book, was released in July of this year.

Now that the book has been released, here’s how you can support it:

1. Buy the book. Of course! :) It is now available in all major Philippine book stores.

2. Share this link and other Dwellers info on your social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest etc.).

3. Review the book. Blog about it. Tell your friends, whether you enjoyed it or not. If you are on Goodreads, add the book to your bookshelf and share your thoughts.

To celebrate, I will be giving away one (1) free signed copy of my new book. :)

Dwellers

Dwellers

Mechanics:

1. The contest will run from today, Thursday, Oct. 30, to Thursday, November 6, 5 PM. In case WP acts up, I will extend the contest duration.

2. Winners will be announced no later than Nov. 10, Monday.

3. Open to residents living in the Philippines only.

4. Share this post by clicking on the Twitter share button below.

5. After sharing, register in the form below. Please leave the url of your Twitter status as proof of entry. (Your Twitter has to be public so I can see it.)

If you don’t have a Twitter account, just leave a url (post also has to be public) as proof that you shared it somewhere else (your blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest etc etc etc).

6. You may do both! This will give you a higher chance of winning. (Please click both checkboxes if you shared this post on Twitter and another site.)

7. The copy will be shipped, hopefully immediately (it depends on how busy I am) via 2Go. Please make sure the address you’re leaving on the form is correct and complete!

8. The copy I will be sending are from my own set of advance copies from Visprint, but Visprint is not a sponsor of this contest. Neither is the courier.

9. The winner will be chosen via electronic lottery, and will be announced on this blog and contacted via email.

10. Have fun!

This contest is now closed. Thank you for joining!

congratulations to the winners of the project 17 giveaway contest

Yep – winners. 

Thank you to those who joined my giveaway! I decided to choose two winners instead of one, because I gave away two copies of my collection last year, and it’d be nice to do it again for this book.

I exported the file as CSV from WordPress’s Feedback form, and used an online random number generator to get the winning numbers:

2

1

I’m sure there’s a more elegant way to do this, but this is what I know.

And the winners are:

winners

Congratulations Lea Diño and Kat Sales! I will be sending each of you a signed copy via courier using the delivery address you left in the form.

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Thanks everyone for playing!

project 17 giveaway

My sincerest thanks to those who bought a copy of Project 17 at the recently concluded Aklatan!

Now that the book has been released, here’s how you can support it:

1. Buy the book. Of course! :) Project 17 will be hitting the bookstores in two weeks.

2. Share this link and other Project 17 info on your social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, Tumblr, etc.).

3. Review the book. If you are on Goodreads, add the book to your bookshelf and share your thoughts.

To celebrate the successful launch, I will be giving away one (1) free signed copy of my new book. :)

project 17

Mechanics:

1. The contest will run from today, Sunday, to Thursday, September 12, 8 AM. In case WP acts up, I will extend the contest duration.

2. Winners will be announced on Thursday afternoon or on Friday the 13th.

3. Open to residents living in the Philippines only.

4. Share this post by clicking on the Twitter share button below.

5. After sharing, register in the form below. Please leave the url of your Twitter status as proof of entry.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, just leave a comment on this post explaining why you want a copy of Project 17, and register your name as well.

[This contest is now closed. Thanks for joining!]

6. You may do both! This will give you a higher chance of winning. (Please click both checkboxes if you shared this post on Twitter and left a comment.)

7. The copy will be shipped, hopefully immediately (it depends on how busy I am) via Fastrack (within Metro Manila) or 2Go (outside Metro Manila).

8. The copy I will be sending are from my own set of advance copies from Visprint, but Visprint is not a sponsor of this contest. Neither are the couriers mentioned.

9. The winner will be chosen via electronic lottery, and will be announced on this blog and contacted via email.

10. Have fun!

‘a bottle of storm clouds’ book winners

Thank you to everyone who joined the contest! If I could give you all an advance copy I would – but I have a limited supply, and my family wants the advance copies. All of the copies.

All of them.

On to the winners!

The first winner shared a story that I haven’t read before, and wrote about it in such a way that made me want to read it immediately. And I did. And it was such a haunting, heartbreaking story. When I went back to the entry comment, I could only nod and agree with the descriptions and insight.

Congratulations Jammi!

When asked the question, a multitude of stories come to mind. I’m sure by this time tomorrow, I will have thought of more stories that I could easily call my favorite, and I only happened to forget at this time how much they have moved me, or changed my view on important things, or questioned certain paradigms I operate in. But there is one story that never fails to move me, and make me ponder on the nature of perspective.

I discovered it years ago, something I stumbled upon entirely by accident (aren’t some of the best stories discovered this way?). “The House of Asterion” (By JORGE LUIS BORGES) is a beautiful story that shines in the short burst of images and emotions it displays. I cannot be any more detailed without taking away from the experience of reading it, its subtle and painful revelations are what makes it so unique. I read this story every so often, and its last words always leave me with a sense of uncomfortable sadness and genuine empathy.

http://anagrammatically.com/2008/02/23/translated-la-casa-de-asterion-becomes-the-house-of-asterion/

Some of the very best speculative fiction are the stories that force you to question the viewpoints you take for granted, and the perspectives we choose to ignore. The unique voices that are often drowned out by the majority, by cultural norms.

I read this story every so often, and its last words always leave me with a sense of uncomfortable sadness and genuine empathy. That’s it. That’s it exactly. Thank you for sharing this, Jammi! And you guys should read “The House of Asterion“.

The second winner shared a story that I’ve read before, and made me want to revisit it again. The winner’s description of the story is straightforward, but very intriguing.

Congratulations, Ice!

My favorite SF story is Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in A Day. I read it as a child and I was terrified by the cruelty of Margot’s classmates. Children are generally assumed to be sweet and innocent, but in reality, they can be very, very mean, especially when they form a pack.

When I read this story as an adult, it was still heartbreaking.

Didn’t you just want to read the story right now? Do yourself a favor and click here.

Hi ladies! Do email your complete names, mailing addresses (office or residential), and cell phone numbers to victoriaeliza [at] gmail [dot] com so you can get the book this week. :D Hope to see you in future book events!

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So let me share my own as-of-now favorite stories:

One of my recent favorite reads is Ken Liu‘s “The Paper Menagerie”. It features a very specific kind of magic, and it is about an immigrant mother’s pain of not knowing anyone and not understanding anything – even her own son.

You know how when you are separated from your homeland, you tend to find your home in other people? But what if those people rejected you? What then? This is that story.

Click here to read the tale.

Another beautiful story that I’ve mentioned on this blog before: “Immersion”  by Aliette de Bodard. I haven’t read the story in text form, but I was able to listen to the audio download. It was such a compelling story, and such a beautiful audio adaptation by Kate Baker, that I didn’t notice the time passing by.

In “Immersion”, locals use immersers to assume the appearance, language and body cues of Galactic, a former colonizer. At the end of the reading, Kate talked a bit about the story, and I found it strange that she would read it simply as a story about addiction, that she would identify with Quy as a young woman who wants to help a junkie break a habit. It is not just about addiction. It is about being ensnared by the power of a (former) colonial master even in the age of (supposed) freedom. It is about being jailed in a mindset that there is a superior race, and you do not belong to it because your language is wrong, your skin color is wrong, your faith is wrong, you are wrong. It is about giving up your identity to join the majority, to avoid the hate, and how there is a price, and sometimes the price is too high.

I live in a country with a colonial past: 300 years under Spain, 50 years under the US, and there was a time when the Japanese took over and raped our women. Aliette is of French-Vietnamese descent (and she dedicated this story to Rochita Loenen-Ruiz), and you can see her understanding of the horrible effects of being a colony in this story. A colonizer’s hold doesn’t end with the declaration of a colony’s independence.

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Thank you all for joining! To stories!

*confetti*