Tuesday, December 28, 2010

EXIS Teaser

So here I've written a book. But what is it about? I've been told by some folks that they're intrigued, but they have no idea what to look forward to, so here goes.

In EXIS, I'm presenting four Sci-fi (read: bizarre) tales. The very first is a novella, and the other three are short stories. Here are the back-of-the-book blurbs for each story, in the order in which they appear:

  • Two lovers seek to find their place in the perfect society—a little town in Laguna where there are no strangers, marriage has an expiration date, and everything must be shared...even parents.
  • While the gods of a forgotten age have deserted the world, one remains and awakens a young man to prophesy to a deaf world.
  • Despite having discovered the key to humanity's end, two demon siblings face an identity crisis.
  • In a universe where gods and humans trade roles, the greatest creature ever made breaks free from her confinement, only to be confronted with the greatest bondage of all.
Hopefully, you've found any one of these stimulating enough to want to go get a copy and open the damned thing. But EXIS will come out in ebook first before print. To make it get into print faster, I'm crossing my fingers to up my good fortunes and make lots of ebook sales. :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Short Story Collection Nearing Release

I've had a number of setbacks which delayed the release of my book. But after persevering with numerous revisions with my editor Antonia Tiranth, I am at last nearing it's completion and release. I made a previous post about my signing a contract with eTreasures Publishing, which is based in Marianna, Fl. But the ebook version of "EXIS: gods, ghosts and battered cellphones" wasn't released on time. Anyhow this may be a blessing in disguise since I still don't have a U.S. Tax ID. I haven't had time to go to the US Embassy due to some problems with my passport, which I've also had to fix despite my busy work schedule. I look forward, though, to my book coming out on January 2011, because I already have a (tentative) cover.

Cover art by Jason Angeles and Cate Jose


Monday, December 20, 2010

Now Reading: The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey

The Rowan is the first book of McCaffrey's Tower and Hive collection, which I'm only now beginning to explore. I've read a couple of her Pern novels, which I've enjoyed and reread a number of times, until I developed a stronger liking for  science fiction. Well her dragons are 'scientific', but in my opinion, she leans more toward fantasy in her Pern novels. It may be that I'm getting nerdier by the day, that's why I'm liking sci-fi more, or I must have previously read too much fantasy that I've become too used to all the sword and magic tropes.

Anyhow I'm not done with this book yet, but I felt strongly enough about it to make a post. Gotta say I'm hooked. I've searched some reviews and most of them are positive. I like following the life of this young telepathic girl called The Rowan. And I'm totally intrigued at the thought of exploring a world where pschokinetic abilities, not to mention clairvoyance, run the system, thereby sidestepping the usual "speed limit" in space travel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Law of Motion, released by Damazine

It's the first poem I ever had the guts to submit to the market. Thank you, Damazine for accepting and publishing it.

If you, reader, happen to drop by here at my humble blog, please do check out my poem, "Law of Motion."

Getting your work out there and published has an odd feeling, like freedom. It feels as if the work is no longer mine, and I can just let go of it totally, complete with whatever feelings I had for it when it was still in writing. After freedom, though, comes challenge. What now? How do I move forward from this?

It's a process, I guess--one of growth. From here I must write of other things that may be of relevance to others in the future. Of course relevance is a subjective term. What I think matters may be completely well, the opposite. Anyhow, I'll keep doing this till I hit upon something, like say, a star.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Unexplained Weightloss

Usually I'd be rejoicing at getting skinny, but this is weird. It started with all the stress brought about by the different events we were handling during Resorts World Manila's Grand Fiesta Manila 2010. I dismissed it as just the stress of things getting to me.

Then a week later, it was still happening.

And now it's still happening no matter what or how much I eat!

No, I don't think it's that Fashion Slimming Coffee my officemate gave me, because I drank only one sachet when he dared me to try it out (and that was a week ago). I'm thinking of getting a check up, just don't have the time O_o

My Dad (and his mom and dad) had diabetes, making me a candidate for Type 2. I might just be paranoid, but I think it's better to be on the safe side.