writing up a storm

I haven’t been updating my blog as often as I have in the past. Things have been moving steadily forward in ways I never really expected. You know that you are supposed to work hard and eventually things will come your way. I’ve done for many years but never saw it really come to fruition. I was really ready to give up and re-evaluate the way I was living my life and looking at my career. And then, it just started to fall into place.

There is something to be said about that saying:

When things seem like they are falling apart; they are really falling into place.

It’s true. It’s actually true. It’s starting to make sense to me and I can finally see the truth of that statement.

I got published again in the UK website, Dagda Publishing. They published my second submission, Shape. You can check it out here. They have amazing work there, really. They aren’t overselling themselves when they call their site, simply, “compelling literature.” It’s a great place for me to find new poets and new poems that are being written today and I feel very, very privileged to have been published among all their other poets.

I have also managed to finish the seventh draft of a script I’m writing for a major studio. It’s a long arduous process that had begun back in June 2012. We are still developing the script and for a while, I lost my steam and momentum. I’m not used to working like this. I’m used to getting immediate feedback and working on it continuously, driven mostly by my passion for the project. Comments after comments, and switching of styles and narrative elements, I started to lose interest. I’ve finished other projects while working on that and while we are working in a team; the seventh draft was left to me to write. I took forever writing it. I lost interest. There’s nothing else to say. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I just lost it. I finished the seventh draft three weeks past my deadline and I’ve never done that before. I’ve always been on the level. I’ve always been working at a fast pace, filled with energy and purpose.

But the three weeks for me because in that span of time, I was able to work and still put out work that I can defend. It’s not just work that I submitted because I wanted to submit and get it out of the way. That is something I wouldn’t compromise, I think. There’s no point in submitting something just to submit something.

So, we’ll see how this goes. Hopefully, it progresses faster now.

In the meantime, I’ve finished a full script just recently of a project that will begin shooting on April. It’s happening! It’s moving and it’s a beautiful script, if I may say so myself. It deals with art and life and living and depression and the collision of two worlds. It’s also about renewal and language. It’s quite deep and very silent, except for sudden bursts of dialogue. Because of its style, the dialogue comes out really strong because there is very little of it. The last full script I had finished was very verbose and it was rapid fire wit and humour but this one is quiet. It is filled more with action and subtext. It’s lovely. I learned something new and reading through the translation (I write primarily in English and the work gets translated in Tagalog, and on this particular case, Ilonggo as well), I saw the magic behind the translations. It adds an extra layer of character.

It’s amazing. It’s coming together and they start shooting on April. I can’t wait to talk about it more in the coming days when I am given the go-signal to talk about it. But it’s happening. My Dad is directing it and we have one of the Philippines’ best actresses in the lead role.

I am so stoked. I have two more scripts to work on before I will give myself a little break to go with my friends to a wonderful little weekend vacation in the beginning of March to recharge and then go through it all again.

Hopefully, I’ll get more poems soon.

I’m writing a storm. Hear the thunder. See the lightning. It’s coming. It’s here.

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