Tags: fan fiction, fandom, fanfic, fangirl, fangirling, writer
Every person who is part of a fandom only knows too well about fan fiction. In fact, most fangirl and fanboy I know have read fan fiction at some point, even if they’re not voracious readers of the genre. I must admit, even though I belong to several fandoms and spend most of my time fangirling on them, I never tried writing fan fiction. As a writer, this should have come naturally to me, right? Not really.
Honestly speaking, I don’t feel comfortable writing about characters that are not originally conceived by me. Somehow, I feel like I’m committing a blasphemy (for want of a better word) if I dare to write stories about the characters I love. It’s also sort of like giving respect to the writer who originally created the characters. Don’t get me wrong. I admire fan fiction writers. In fact, I have a few friends who write fan fiction. I think most writers of the genre have the natural talent in spinning interesting stories about much-loved characters from TV, movies or books. And I think it’s a true testament of their dedication and love for the fandom they belong to.
But for me, I really can’t bring myself to do the same. I prefer writing about characters that I myself created. Well I guess that’s just me. When it comes to writing fan fiction and fangirling, I mostly veer towards the latter. When I fangirl, I tend to express it through other means – either by blogging or gushing about it nonstop on social media. But who knows, maybe eventually I’ll try writing fan fiction just for the experience.
Tags: classic novels, reading, science fiction, Vladimir Nabokov
I recently bought two books as a birthday treat for myself. I didn’t splurge on my birthday because I thought there’s no need to. I just wanted something simple for myself, nothing fancy. And since there’s a couple of books I’ve been wanting to read, I thought that would be the perfect gift for me.
These are actually two contrasting books because the first one is a classic while the other one is science fiction. I love the classics but I like sci-fi, too.
I bought Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse because I was intrigued by the storyline of robots with artificial intelligence raging a war against humans. Yes, I know this sounds like I, Robot or The Terminator but it’s exactly the reason why I got interested in the book. I’m always fascinated with robots and futuristic scenarios since I was a child. I saw the first Terminator movie while I was a kid and loved it. Since then I’ve been a fan of its franchise, including the now-defunct but worth watching Sarah Connor Chronicles. I just started reading the book and so far, it’s good.
I’ve also been wanting to read a Nabokov ever since I can remember but somehow I haven’t got the chance. I got distracted by other books and had to put it aside. But lately I felt nostalgic about reading the classics so I bought myself The Gift (no pun intended). A Vladimir Nabokov novel is just something that I have got to have, and it’s been in my list of books to read.
Most people I know are now in the habit of reading e-books. I’ve read a few e-books myself but for me, there’s no substitute for the real thing. I’m old-fashioned that way. I don’t mind reading newspapers and magazines online but when it comes to books, I still prefer to read them in print. There’s nothing like the feel and smell of a real book. You can have your Kindles and Nooks but I still prefer a shelf filled with my favorite books.
I had the opportunity to take a long Christmas break last December. And aside from visiting relatives and bingeing on food, I spent the holiday season binge- watching TV shows that I wasn’t able to watch for a long time. The holiday break was a chance for me to catch up on episodes of some of my favorite TV shows. Thus, I scheduled three shows to binge-watch:
1. Bones (season 8) – This has been a long time coming. I know I still have a lot to catch up on. I haven’t seen the first half of season 9 yet, especially that most-talked about wedding episode. I’ve been avoiding reading spoilers so hopefully I can catch up soon. Honestly, my interest in Bones has waned a little bit. The quality of the show has been receding and I think they jumped the shark when they did that Jersey Shore-like episode. But no matter, I’ll still watch season 9 for what it’s worth.
photo courtesy of tvequals.com
2. Nikita (season 3 & 4) – Another favorite show of mine that unfortunately got axed too soon. While the third season wasn’t as fantastic and gripping as season 1 and 2, I enjoyed it immensely all the same. It’s just sad that the fourth season was the show’s last. This was the only good show worth watching on The CW. But at least the fans were justified with the fourth and last season. I got full closure after watching the action-packed season 4. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time and at least there was a happy ending, and for me that’s good enough.
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3. The Fall (season 1) – Finally, I was able to watch this critically-acclaimed British show. The show stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who was called to Belfast to solve a murder case that turned out to be linked to other violent murders by a disturbed serial killer. Of course, being a fan of Gillian Anderson, I just had to see this show. The serial killer is portrayed by Jamie Dornan, who I was familiar with as the sheriff in Once Upon a Time. Watching him, I think I understand why he was chosen to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series. Gillian’s performance on the other hand, was perfect as always.
Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without me watching the Downton Abbey season 4 Christmas special. Thank God there was no death on the show that I had to deal with compared to the third season where Matthew met his untimely demise. Downton Abbey is one of my new favorite shows these days along with Suits. I also have a lineup of new shows I’ve been meaning to watch. If schedule permits, I’ll be watching them anytime soon.
Tags: beverage, coffee, coffee drinker
People know me as a coffee drinker. I admit I cannot go out of the house without having a cup of coffee. I usually drink two to three cups of coffee a day – four tops if I really need a serious perk up. I normally take it with cream and sugar but if I’m really sleepy, I drink black coffee. I don’t really see it as an addiction, but some people do. I’m usually surprised every time people regard me as a coffee addict.
My colleagues at work are usually the ones who tell me of my so-called coffee addiction. They stare at me with amazement whenever they see me having my second or third cup of coffee. They said it’s bad for me and all. Well hey, I never make comments about their smoking habits. I don’t tell them that smoking is bad and that they should quit. To each his own.
Some people love to smoke while others love to drink. Well I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I only drink alcohol once in a while. Coffee is my thing. And that’s something they can’t take away from me.
Tags: All Saints' Day, Bicol, road trip
view of Mayon volcano from the car
So my recent trip to my hometown in Bicol just ended. It was a flurry of activities the whole time I was there. The road trip with my sister and cousin was nice and comfortable despite the fact that we had to travel at 2:00 AM for the long journey. I hadn’t any sleep the night before the trip because I’m usually a night owl. I was wide awake for most of the journey and enjoyed the stillness of the early morning, breezing through the empty streets of Manila and passing by mountains and rice fields. My cousin was the one driving so my sister and I were able to relax throughout the trip. But I was nursing a headache by the time we got to Camarines Sur at around 9:00 AM due to the lack of sleep. By noon, we finally arrived home in Albay. We were greeted by the pleasant sight of our newly renovated ancestral home, which was divided into several units to accommodate six families.
This is me during the road trip
The succeeding days were spent shopping with my mom, sister and aunt for things needed at the house, bingeing on food I hadn’t eaten in a long while (including Bicolano dishes), and preparing the unit of the house where my uncle was due to settle in. I was also able to meet with my old college buddies, although two of them couldn’t join us due to conflict of schedule. But I had such a great time with my college buddies and I spent Halloween with them reminiscing our good times together back when we were at the university.
My college buddies and I at Embarcadero de Legazpi
My uncle and aunt arrived from Manila just in time for All Saints’ Day. So we had a small family reunion there at the house. It’s a tradition in our family to make food offerings to our dead relatives during All Saints’ Day, and I was able to witness it again after a long time.
My sister and I also helped our uncle settle into his new home when he arrived. It was the first time he saw the renovated house after he suffered a stroke and he was so pleased on how well the renovation turned out. We filled his unit with stuff he needed and my younger brother who looks after him also helped organized his things. There are still a few things in my uncle’s unit that need fixing, but all in all he was already quite settled there when my sister and I left for our trip back to Manila.
I felt a little sad when my sister and I finally left the province to head back to Manila. I will miss it for sure. What I love the most about my hometown is its rustic and pastoral setting including its laidback atmosphere that Manila obviously lack. I can see myself retiring there eventually.