Thursday, August 14, 2003

After over a day of battling that blasted BLASTER worm, the office is back to normal, and I can update this here blog.

Medication Meditation

I think it’s my vitamins.

I had assumed my sluggishness and incoherence to be due to huge amounts of mental activity - - the job, reading and studying prose, writing the next book, designing Twilight Empires - - but another probable culprit has, up till recently, utterly been ignored by yours truly.

We all know that most medications and supplements have some form of side-effect, but it’s more often difficult to identify and isolate these side-effects because they, by nature or design, manifest beneath your nose. They don’t immediately punch you in the gut unless you’re living in a deep well deprived of many a-distracting stimuli, and you have a state of mind resembling a hollow block.

So I’m going to hold off the potent vitamins and minerals beginning this weekend to ascertain the validity of an assumption. Maybe ginseng, gingko bilboa, and horny goat weed need to be approached with caution.


On Saturday, August 30, Philippine publishers and book creators big and small will gather at the Philippine Book Fair to see who gets to add an award to their respective collections. Yes, it’s that time of year, folks, when the Manila Critics’ Circle announces to the world which of last year’s books deserves a coveted National Book Award. I was informed that Ang Kagila-gilalas Na Pakikipagsapalaran ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah parts 1 AND 2 bagged a finalist slot in the comic book category, and it will be up against Arnold Arre’s highly successful After Eden.

Thanks to the Manila Critics’ Circle for giving my book a finalists’ slot.

Is 2003 going to be the second best year of my life?

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