Look, Shooting Star! Or How To Build Up Suspense In A Story

First, let me tell you that this is not about sex. As always, this is about writing. But let’s have the sex rolling first.

Rex, of the male sex, and a freshman high school student, has been fantasizing about Lisa Arceño since they were classmates in elementary school. Although he still doesn’t understand the feeling, or even why he’s feeling it, one thing he knows is that looking at Lisa makes him ‘real hard.’ What is unclear though is how and why he gets ‘real hard’ when ogling Lisa.

‘Gee, I don’t know,’ Rex confesses to Blas, his classmate. ‘It really makes me real hard. Like. . . real hard, you know.”

Blas doesnt know. And neither do I.

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I used to be a voracious reader — no, an obsessive reader. I devoured books like a hungry animal. I was somebody who couldn’t drop his torpedoes down the toilet bowl without first reading something, sometimes making do with printed words on shampoo bottles.

In turn, my voluminous encounters with books have made me secretly dream of becoming a writer. But now that I have finally become one, I deeply regret knowing how to write.


Because now that I write, I am no longer able to read. I would pick up a book, read the first few pages enthusiastically and then suddenly lose the drive to go on.

If I can just spin the clock back to when I first picked up the pen and discovered the joy of writing, I would have gladly put the pen down, beat it to smithereens with a hammer and dance Macarena instead.

I just want to enjoy reading.


Pag gusto mo nang MAKIPAGHIWALAY paki SAFELY REMOVE na lang para walang sisihan sa huli.

hugot #1

Are you a keyboard? Because you are just my type.

hugot #2

Sana ang feelings parang computer file. Para isang click lang deleted na agad lahat.

hugot #3

“Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.”

Sholem Asch

The Real Me

‘Live Free or Die Hard’ is an action movie with Bruce Willis in the lead role. The movie itself is highly forgettable but the title intrigued me. The way I understand it is that you either live free, with no boundaries or conditions, or you die hard fighting for that freedom. But after watching Julian Baggini’s ‘Is There A Real You?’ TedTalk, I had to rethink my understanding of it. In a sort of epiphany, I realized that a more befitting interpretation would be about emancipation from the abusively restrictive nature of the self.

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when light is low

and it is dark


for then the shadow on the wall

would start to leap, and dance, and crawl

and when it senses you are near

it starts to twitch, and curl, and twirl

now if you see it stretch a formless hand

alas! it is too late; you have been warned!

when night is mute

and silence reigns


for then the whispering begins

that later turns into a scream

and once you hear the deathly sound

of this I’m sure, to hell you’re bound

to beg; to plead for help is out of hand

alas! it’s too late now; your soul is damned!

when light is low

and silence reigns

when night is mute

and dark is king





By reason of weird translation, many such instructions read like poem anyhow. — Brian Ferneyhough

Cacoethes Scribendi

Sickness, in almost any form, is not a usual thing to be desired. If you hear somebody say, “I want to be sick,” you’d almost always be inclined to tell him that he’s out of his effing mind. You’d even start to think that he might be suffering from an unknown mental malady since, as a matter of principle, only a sick person would want to be sick at all.

Today I badly want to be sick.  Read more

Clichés Are Sometimes Fatal 1/2

TUESDAY. 1:20PM. That particular Manila afternoon was killing me. The rainy season was supposed to have begun a few weeks ago but there I was, sweltering in my room and cursing for all I was worth because the fucking weather wasn’t helping me write something.

The heat was unbearable and it was eating up what little stored energy I had. It didn’t help that my PC was also having one of its seizures — restarting itself even if I was in the middle of a program.

Banging the mouse on the table, I got up, strode to where the airconditioning unit was installed, and turned it to full blast. I decided to discard my t-shirt, free-throwing it to the corner where the laundry basket was placed. I missed my mark, the sweat-stained shirt ending up lying rumpled on the floor. I would have wanted to take off my blue jersey shorts too but thought it awkward and downright disturbing to be writing with nothing but my briefs on. Read more

Here lies…

My writing nook

So I was attempting to write (mostly succeeding in the ‘attempting’ part but failing miserably in the ‘writing’) and, as is most often the case, I was at a loss for words. While in this semi-catatonic state, my attention was drawn to my environs: Yellowing and dilapidated books… A creaking and rickety table… A cup of coffee gone cold… Then suddenly I knew what my epitaph should read:

Here lies PadrePio, owner of battered books, a more battered writing table and a most bothered conscience.

The Benefit of Two Chickens

What is the benefit of having two chickens fuck their brains out in a barnyard?

Answer: We get eggs for breakfast.

That is why sometimes, before I gobble an omelet, I would close my eyes, bow my head for a few moments and whisper a few words, ‘Thank you rooster. . . thank you dearest hen. Big thanks for that good tumble and now I’ve got myself an egg to pair with my sandwich.’

That was the answer I gave to a certain dude who asked me about the benefit of an erotic-themed writing contest. My writer’s group, San Docena, popularly known as Literati in Symbianize Forum, conducted an erotic-themed writing contest a few years back.

I wasn’t exactly sure what he was trying to point out. I assumed he was asking a rhetorical question, maybe subtly implying the indecency of such a contest.

But it got me thinking: Is there really a benefit? Read more

The Man Below My Terrace

It was a dark silvery night

And the moon had gone a-hiding

And the birds had ceased a-chirping

When I beheld a bloody sight

A gripping, chilling tale of fright. Read more

Boredom, The Silent Killer

There’s a new killer in town and Boredom is its name. In today’s age where instant gratification is the norm, it thrives—it feasts.

Boredom is the silent killer. And once you get stalked by it, you’re screwed. Life for you will become a chore, even the things that you use to enjoy. Apathy and indifference will come to you, walking hand in hand. And as they get closer and closer, that feeling of unusual tiredness of the soul and body will start to creep in. Finally, when boredom has you locked inside its tight embrace, evil and good will become indistinguishable to you because you will feel nothing.

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