Monday, July 4, 2016

And so... I Got Married Victor. My travel buddy and best friend and greatest fan....

We had Porky as our cake model

Just love this lil' guy

Very modelesque

One more

Great Cake Design by Streetside Bakers
Victor and I were busy planning for the past six months. It was a different kind of challenge, perhaps the first serious marriage "trial". I wanted to go small. He did, too. But we had different ideas on what "small" meant. I didn't think I needed to be in a dress. He responded with big, confused eyes. I wanted us to skip the red carpet walk. The family responded with big, confused eyes.

If it were just me making the decision, I'd have gone ahead and gotten married in a tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe, had a few beers and laughs, read some poems and been done with it. But we weren't doing it just for me or for ourselves.

Milestones like these are big for the family because it's when everything becomes real (not that it wasn't real before). It's when the once-was-a-baby girl and boy are now big enough to fend for themselves. It's when the parents and godparents can trust that they can let go and still see the lives they nurtured flourish in this uncertain world.

When the contract is signed, it's a contract with everyone else invited, to guide and watch us, to help us fulfill the promises we made.

I don't know where we're headed. I just know that despite the shortcomings, the times when we couldn't understand each other, the times when we could never agree, there were more times when we just held hands, where the silence of sitting beside each other not saying anything was dangerous yet comforting at the same time.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Review of the Light Bringer's Kingdom

"In the Light Bringer's Kingdom, Anne Carly Abad has created a fresh and unique take on the Lucifer mythology. The diverse characters are intriguing and well-developed with plenty of action to drive the plot forward. I loved the relationship between Path and Sierra. With the help of Eli, they make appealing heroes the reader cannot help but root for. Abad's world is filled with vivid images and terrifying monsters, perfect for reading late into the night. The character of the Light Bringer creates a wonderful image of evil, and the Abomination even more so." Read the rest of Kris Moger's review here. :)

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature 2016

It's open season for hunting those award-winning ideas! I wonder if I'll find my turkey this year? I haven't been feeling so writerly lately but who knows? There's still some time.

Posting the submission link here to remind myself and everyone else that they'd better whip out those laptops (or pens) before the deadline bites. Submission Form Here

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Wisdom of Apathy

They say "Expectation is the mother of all frustration." And so a lot of advice columns say to get rid of expectations and instead, focus on what you see and take things for what they are. But the fact of the matter is that it's in our nature to expect and be frustrated. Frustration exists for a reason. Discontent pushes people to speak up, pick up the hammer and tear down the wall that is the status quo. For instance, if we just looked at how politicians steal national funds for self-gain and say, that's just how things are, what did we expect? Sure, our emotional state would be in dead tranquility. But no, a lot of us (quietly) think, that's not how things should be. If a friend or colleague is frequently late for appointments, don't we expect an explanation or apology? We expect people to fulfill their promises, else why would we even bother with plans and agreements? A lot of human society is built around these contracts. A lot of things require us to EXPECT. And there's nothing wrong with thinking ahead or wanting more out of things as long as one actually works for that vision. So tired of hearing these sorry excuses for wisdom.