August 25


Life and Writing Update August 2023

By Odyssa

August 25, 2023

Gasp, two months passed without this. It means two things - I'm either drowning in adult responsibilities that I would rather read rather than sit still and assemble paragraphs about how the past months have been OR choosing to rest.

A chick resting by the lake.

For the last few weeks, I rolled and bounced like a pinball between these two. Here's why:

Sunday 5

I started a little Facebook live show that airs every 2 or 3 Sundays at 5PM PHT. It's my excuse to have an official yet casual chat with a Filipino author that sparks my interests. 

The fun, camaraderie, and getting to pick their brains must be the highlight of my week - in the context of my online life. Nothing can be more rewarding than an engaging conversation that feeds my curiosity. 

On Sunday, I'm speaking with Andrew Pasaporte, author of "Gimo Jr. and the Aswang Clan". I can't wait. 

Writing Program

At the end of August, my mentor, Jennifer Chesak will send me her full evaluation of my work. Judgment day is coming.

Upon the submission of my final writing packet to Jennifer, I felt dizzy, as if an earthquake just left my room, the wheels of my computer chair wiggling. I was positive that was a case of word vomit. I wrote too much for so little time. 

A few hours before deadline, I sent the Google document link to her accompanied by wishing to throw up on my laptop to destroy it and right away, get lost in a whimsical dream.

I didn't want to write for the next few days. 

What I'm reading

I'm taking this time to read a few novels. Crying in H Mart is a must-read memoir. It makes me weep for my parents who are perfectly healthy and alive. The book is about losing a mother to cancer.

I also read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, a book on cycles of abuse, trauma, and having the power to end them. Now, it's All Your Perfects by the same author. Maybe I'm getting into a Hoover funk. 

See you soon, Pilipinas.

I am gearing up for the Manila International Book Fair from September 14-17 at the SMX Convention Center. I've been looking forward to this since the start of the year, and it's finally happening.

Find out more about the event here


About the author

Odyssa is a writer from the Philippines. She is the author of Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. When not working or writing at home, she's out walking their dogs. She enjoys traveling, practices yoga, gets lost in books and Korean drama. To her, making time for a daily practice or ritual is the best gift to one's self.

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