The Wheel and Axle


Jessica’s got another writing boot camp.

by on Jul.11, 2017, under Literature, My Life

Sometimes, I can’t believe it’s been over three years since that first writing workshop by Jessica Zafra. I was lucky to be part of that first batch, and not only did I learn a lot (and finish the first draft of my first novel), but I made lots of new friends that I still keep in touch with. We still occasionally hang out for coffee, conversations about books and more, or just catch up. Some of us formed and still run The Library Underground; although the site is dead (personally, I think a revival is in order), the social media accounts are still alive.

If you think all that’s great and want to see what it’s like to learn from a master slash the dominatrix of the universe, well, you’re in luck! Jessica has run several successful workshops after our batch, and she has another one this July!

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by on Jun.02, 2017, under Literature, My Life

365 days of consistent blogging.

I actually did it!

I’d been blogging since my Friendster days (thereby aging myself), and I set up my personal domain years ago. However, for some time during those years, I blogged inconsistently.

Finally last year, I gave myself a goal: blog daily, consistently, for at least a year. After all, a writer… writes, as several mentors have told me. I needed to constantly write to keep my skills honed – especially since I’m still procrastinating on the sequel to the novel I wrote (which will soon be done).

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Are You Ready For It?

by on Apr.08, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature

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Masterpiece Theater

by on Apr.07, 2017, under Film & TV, Literature

Today, a true master of film celebrates his 78th birthday.

People will always remember Francis Ford Coppola for movies like Apocalypse Now and the Godfather series. And of course, rightly so. These are classics not just in Hollywood filmmaking but in the global realm of cinema.

However, for me, Francis Ford Coppola will always be first and foremost Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Tale As Old As Time

by on Mar.20, 2017, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature, Music & Theater, Queer

As expected, Disney’s live action remake of their animated classic Beauty and the Beast is as magical as the original. Although the new film is quite faithful to the first one, it still does have a few changes, primarily in order to flesh out the backstories and motivations of the characters. Some new songs were added along the way to enhance the story beats and the character arcs. All these resulted in a richer, deeper, and in many ways slightly darker approach to a classic tale that’s, well, as old as time.

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Portrait In Song

by on Dec.29, 2016, under Film & TV, Literature, Music & Theater

I love musicals. I love Nick Joaquin. I love Paulo Avelino.

I cannot wait for this.

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She is no man.

by on Dec.16, 2016, under Film & TV, Geeky, Literature

Happy 49th birthday to the Shield-Maiden of Rohan who showed us that it takes a woman to vanquish a Nazgul that no man could ever destroy. Miranda “Eowyn” Otto will always be the biggest badass of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (yes, Legolas my darling dearest, you come in a very close second).

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Throwback: Buffy Kills Edward

by on Dec.03, 2016, under Film & TV, Literature

I saw (and faved) this years ago, but I saw it again, and seriously, whoever made this cut deserves an Oscar or something. Not only is this #realtalk regarding how pathetic and weak Edward Cullent and his ill are, but it also squashes the inherent misogyny and disturbing abuse undertones of that faux-vampire / sparkling-statues series that I shan’t name.

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Komikon Goodies

by on Nov.25, 2016, under Geeky, Literature

Wondie and Spidey!

Last Saturday, I dropped by Komikon 2016.

My plan was to just pick up a pre-ordered, limited edition signed hardbound copy of The Origin of Zuma. The origin of this iconic Filipino monster has never been told, and when the social media page of legendary creator Jim Fernandez announced the story would now be released, I had to have it. I grew up watching those Zuma movies, and I loved them (and they always scared the shit out of me).

In any case, my basic plan to just get my copy went down the drain because I ended up – as usual – hoarding more than I expected. That, and I also met other creators that I didn’t get a chance to meet last time, including another legend – Hal Santiago, Jim’s collaborator and Zuma artist.

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