This afternoon, self is working on a science fiction piece.

Therefore, for the past hour, she has tried to come up with all kinds of fancy names for the word “zoo.”

  • Mutant Animal Reprocessing Station
  • Livestock Transitional Facility
  • Piggeria (derived from Pizzeria — get it?  Get it?)

The editor of the journal she wants to get into (Ha ha ha!) suggests this really cool term:

  • Outlier Rehabilitation Station

Also, he points out that she uses the term “pig tenders” quite frequently, which makes him think of “chicken tenders.”


Another editor thinks one of her characters sounds like a character from Sponge Bobsquarepants (Whatever that is!  Self belongs to the Sesame Street generation)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Things Self Missed

Self was over her jet lag in a jiffy.  What’s harder to adjust to is the weather:  the fact that it is still chilly, and here it is already April.  Though, when self was lining up at the Post Office yesterday, and saw all the tax forms piled up on the tables, she had to proffer silent thanks to the husband, who insisted we get our taxes done in February.

Here are a few of the things self missed, when she was in Bacolod: Read the rest of this entry »

Views of Interior: Church of San Isidro Labrador, the Town of Lazi in Siquijor

Philippine Impressionism: Interior Wall of the Church of San Isidro Labrador

Hard to believe:  only a week ago, self was in Siquijor.

Stay tuned, dear blog reader.  Stay tuned.

Finally: A New NYTBR Post!

These are the books self is interested in reading, after perusing the 19 February 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

1.    After reading Candice Millard’s review of Gregg Jones’ Honor in the Dust:  Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America’s Imperial Dream (published by New American Library):

  • Gregg Jones’ Honor in the Dust:  Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America’s Imperial Dream — No explanation needed: self is Filipina, after all!

2.    After reading David Leavitt’s (negative, self thinks) review of Olaf Olafsson’s novel, Restoration (published by Ecco/ HarperCollins), about a young Icelandic artist who served as “both apprentice and lover” to a famous (and married) restorer of “Italian Renaissance masterworks,” and how she exacts revenge when it becomes clear that the master has no intention of leaving his pregnant wife for her, two books by a member of “the early-20th-century English colony in Florence”:

  • Iris Origo’s The Merchant of Prato, “a vivid portrait of daily life in medieval Tuscany”
  • Iris Origo’s War in Val d’Orcia, based on Origo’s experiences during World War II, which she spent in Italy on property she and her husband owned, La Foce: “a self-sufficient community incorporating 57 farms, a school and a hospital.”

3.   After reading Allison McCulloch’s short reviews in the Fiction Chronicle, the following novels:

  • Chan Koonchung’s The Fat Years, translated by Michael S. Duke (published by Nan A. Talese/ Doubleday), which sounds vaguely magical realist:  The protagonist’s “old friend Little Xi is dissatisfied, distrustful and increasingly disturbed by a strange amnesia that seems to have gripped the population, while another acquaintance insists an entire month has gone missing from the country’s collective memory.”
  • Liz Moore’s Heft (published by Norton), which “tells the stories of Kel and Arthur, two tender, thoughtful souls, adrift in life for want of the anchor of family, slowly being drawn toward each other”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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