Germination – on the 10th IYAS Creative Writing Workshop

I feel like a little seed from the parable in the Bible – I’m not just sure which ground I fell on, so I guess that shoots the analogy down. Also: I should stop thinking of seeds, because now I’m thinking “is it a monocot or dicot?”

The fellows: (from the top, L-R) Anne Carly Abad, Paul Gumanao, Gino Francis Dizon, Noel Fortun, Sim Gadugdug, Fred Jordan Carnice, Rogerick Fernandez, Alyza Taguilaso, Glenn Muñez, Roselle Jimeno, Elsed Tongonon, Vernan Jagunap, Arbeen Acuña, Charmaine Carreon, Jesus Insilada, and Gian-Paolo Lao (image c/o Jordan C)

The panelists: (from the top, L-R) Dr. Elsa Coscolluela, Dr. Danilo M. Reyes, Dr. Anthony Tan, Dr. Genevieve Ansenjo, Prof. John Teodoro, and Dr. Dinah Roma-Sianturi

The previous week was a blast, really. I had fun and met a couple’a snazzy people – I am so glad no one had an overblown ego (one of my qualms with workshops), it made learning from each other easier. I think I learned a whole lot more of stuff (thankfully) about the craft and have more ideas now. Everyone’s been talking about how fun the experience is so I guess to make it different, I’m posting my notes from the workshop here, i.e. sharing my blessings [kung pwede ko lang i-share ung weight na na-gain ko from the foodage. Hay. How I wish]– hopefully this serves to help anyone who’s interested in further honing their writerly tendencies.

Disclaimer: I TRIED segregating the fiction and poetry comments but I figured some comments can apply to both (and poets can learn a lot from fictionists and vice versa) otherwise, the notes are transcribed chronologically. Co-fellows, please correct me if I got anything wrong.

Also: some things might sound common sense or redundant – well, guess what? I don’t think they are. Some things I think, need to be said before we actually get them and the possibly redundant points indicate areas which [the fellows, and possibly anyone else] need to work on or seem to overlook sometimes, hence the frequency of these comments and their permutations.

To sum it all up [for those who are too lazy to read, although I strongly suggest you do]: DISCIPLINE.

Now, the long version [and I shit you not when I say “long”]:

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Summertime blues

Am I the only sucker out here who thinks it might take YEARS to revise a piece?

Ages ago, I wrote this poem about my great-grandfather [the one from India] and it’s totally flawed, but it had some kick to it [I’m being thankful for small things here], but I wrote it at the point of my life where everything came in autobiographical chunks and I’m not sure if I’ve I haven’t learned enough to actually revise it. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m a.) insecure, b.) indecisive, c.) a fucking perfectionist, or d.) lazy when it comes to these things.

Actually, I think I’m going to wait for the day when I can go visit India before I get to touching that piece.

I just had to write that down. Personal stuffs, hee.

Last night, I got down to making a reading list (!!!) for myself for the summer. Here it is – I’m going to give the poetry collections more attention since I write in poetry, but I hope I have enough I’m also going to try to make time to read the ones in fiction.

Poetry [in preferred order]

  • Bolo by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.
  • Zero Gravity by Eric Gamalinda
  • The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young-Lee
  • The Seven Ages by Louise Glück
  • Different Hours by Stephen Dunn
  • Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges [yes, I know they’re mostly works of fiction, but this evil, smart man is probably going to be a good influence for my poetry; I think he already is]

*Special request: if anyone knows where I can locally find Jorie Graham’s Erosion or The End Of Beauty, I would be happier than a spring chikin if you told me. 🙂 I swear. Spring chikin.

Fiction [no particular order]

  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July [I started on this 2 weeks ago, haven’t gotten to finishing it]
  • Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell [the copy I have actually isn’t mine – it belongs to my former boss, Walt, and I fear I might never return it if I don’t get to read this soon. Hi Walt, if by the strangest chance you are reading this, your book is safely nestled in my shelf!]
  • Bluebeard’s Egg and Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
  • The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin [Pepito gave this as a Christmas gift, sorry dudeparetsong, di ko pa nababasa >_>’]
  • I Am a Cat by Soseki Natsume [this belongs to a friend’s sister whom I do not know. I don’t even think the said sister even knows the book is with me. I’m such a book thief.]

Comics [yes, they deserve a different category just because]

  • Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli [reading it the first time blew me away. I’m determined to read this thing seven times, at least. It is that awesome, my dear ladies and gentiles.]
  • Greek Street [I am a fan of re-tellings, although Vertigo’s doing a good job of stunting my momentum by releasing so sloooow. Ok, once a month, I know. I am an impatient pirate.]
  • House of Mystery [because the stories within stories within stories thing never gets old]

Other Stuff

  • Things my friends write [I actually read this more than I do my supposed serious reading]

Suddenly, I have so much to do!

I actually like it. 🙂 Haha, masochist.

PS I only realized now that you can actually justify wordpress entries. What a stupid fuckwit of a thing to find out just now. I fail. Pffff. time to edit those proems.