Caramel Tarts, Dirty Ice Cream, Happiness

The first piece self had to write for Dear Departed Professor Doreen Fernandez was a piece about Bacolod.  It was the first ever writing assignment Doreen gave to self’s freshman class at the Ateneo de Manila.

There were many good writers in that class:  Reine Melvin, Lourdes (Minette) Lee, Lissa Ylanan.  When Doreen called on self to come to the front of the room and read her essay, self thought she would die of nervousness.

But once she got up there, to the front of the classroom, once she began to read, she began to have an inkling that she had just found her place in the world, and that place would be earned by her writing.  Thanks much, Dearest Doreen!  Self misses you terribly.

Not too long ago, self found the essay in a closet and decided to bring it with her on this trip.  Here’s an excerpt:

At night, the blazes of the sugar cane fields would bloody the velvet sky and the stars would be spilling out in protest like so many guardian angels.

I never grew up in Bacolod.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Latest Book Deals (Courtesy of PUBLISHERS LUNCH WEEKLY 20 March 2012)

Latest e-letter from Publishers Weekly has announcement of the following deals:

Fiction Debuts:

  • Rachel Urquhart’s The Visionist, the story of “a 15-year-old girl who sets fire to her family farm, killing her abusive father, and finds refuge —  as long as she can guard her dark secrets — in an 1840s Shaker settlement,” to Reagan Arthur Books, in a pre-empt, by Dorian Karchmar at William Morris Endeavor
  • Jillian Cantor’s Margot, “reimagining Anne Frank’s sister’s experience in post-war America as Anne’s growing status as a cultural icon dramatically upends Margot’s own new identity, love, and life,” to Riverhead by Jessica Regel at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency


  • A. J. Hartley’s Tears of the Jaguar, “bringing back protagonist Deborah Miller from The Mask of Atreus who has to connect four remarkable events or die trying:  the most famous witch trial in English history; the discovery of an underground Mayan tomb in the Mexican jungle; the disappearance of the original English crown jewels in 1649; and a string of murders perpetrated by an arms dealer in pursuit of a high tech weapon,” to Thomas Mercer for publication in Fall 2012

General/ Other

  • Roboticist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson and anthologist John Joseph Adams, eds.’s, Robot Uprisings, an anthology of stories, to Vintage, by Laurie Fox at Linda Chester Literary Agency and Joe Monti at Barry Goldblatt Literary

There were other deal announcements, such as the memoir by Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Presumed Guilty:  My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox, written with Andrew Gumbel, which describes Sollecito’s “first meeting with Amanda” and “his arrest, prison time, and subsequent release,” but the rain which fell all morning has finally ceased and self does not want to miss an opportunity to go moseying around Lacson Street.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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