Friday, January 20, 2012


How does one deal with the suicide of a loved one and other forms of sadness? Do you simply begin to unravel, until you are no longer normal? Or do you cling to normalcy, content to skate on a thin veneer of ice without looking beneath its depths?

These are some of the central questions to Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, which deals with the appearance of a mentally unstable aunt into the lives of two sisters.

Robinson's prose is like the lake at the edge of the town of Fingerbone, eternally changeable. Sometimes it is luminous, at other times it is so full of gravity that you can feel yourself sink into the depths of murky, fetid water.

"...sometimes I think sorrow is a predatory thing because birds scream at dawn with a marvelous terror, and ther is, as I have said before, a deathly bitterness in the smell of ponds and ditches."

Sunday, January 01, 2012

How I did with My 2011 Resolutions

How did I do for 2011?

This blog was revived partly to keep track of my goal to read one book a month. I'm proud to say that I did way more than that. Here's what I was able to achieve for 2011:

  • Continue taking a regular yoga class
  • Finish The Largest Pearl and write two other short stories for my portfolio
  • -I was able to write three more short stories: Malabon, Going Up, and Those That Live By the Gun.
  • Write regularly
  • Join the Palanca Awards
  • Read at least one book a month
  • -33 books read in 2011, hurrah!
  • Travel to somewhere I've never been
  • -Kalinga, Samar, and Moalboal, Cebu
  • Get the best scores possible in both the TOEFL and GRE
  • -I got a 700 in Verbal, 640 in Quantitative and 4.5 in Analytical Writing. And I aced the TOEFL.
  • Apply for an MFA in Creative Writing
  • -in process.
What I haven't done will have to remain a secret, but I'm happy with what I've achieved. Now onto 2012!