Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thinking in Questions

i started around 6am today. relied on the body clock to nudge me awake by 5am, the morning rituals followed, the morning cup of hot water and by my chair facing the white wall, i opened Word and looked at the phrases there right in front of me. where will i start? how will i start re-writing Chapter 2. John Nery advised to 'Think in Paragraphs'. but still, my ideas have yet to be organized. so i have no paragraphs to construct, yet.

so i started with this. I thought in questions. it looked like this:



Then with this, I did some free writing, answering the questions:


Just to give me a start.

and i read the whole day ADB's Urban Poverty in Asia, published in 2014. (except for the yoga intermission from 12-3pm)

Now, I'm writing Chapter 2.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recognized by Giants

Today, John Nery praised my writing. The Chief of Reporters at the Inquirer, Tine Sabillo, said I was her favorite. Just like Mary Ann Moll said, I am a great writer. And still, there is no book to my name. My MA thesis was not published. And still, I have no major printed work to take pride on. Perhaps this is about to change. When giants acknowledge you this way, one is meant for literary greatness. And so I will persevere. Stand on the shoulders of giants. Be a giant myself.

Going Back to Writing

i have not been writing since September. mostly, thesis work is about reading. really slow reading. because of time in between travels. and age shows, just beat sometimes to start at 4am. and sometimes, other work gets in the way.

i long for a time when i can write a full sentence on the thesis. one full true sentence. i will start the discipline tonight. i need to work on momentum. create my own momentum.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Driving with the Daughter

She kept saying 'ibahon'. Feeling weird her mom's on the wheel. We just drove around BGC. She likes the sound of turning headlights. We're happy.