Here’s my current three addictions as tagged by Bords Malen in this post.
The rule states that it should be handwritten. I wrote mine on a whiteboard and did some fancy “corelling” on it. So if you’re into analysing my handwriting, I can tell you that my handwriting on paper is much more illegible than this!
Allow me to elaborate a little on each one.
1. Short stories
I like reading and writing short stories. I used to read long, heavy novels but I also discovered that quickies can also be nice when done the right way! I like light reads and yet with some kind of twist in the end. The short story collection of Roald Dahl is a favourite. So are the works of Irish writer, Frank O’Connor. By my bedside at the moment is the Collected Tales (and Poems) by Edgar Allan Poe. You’ve perhaps seen that Simpsons Episode based on Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart. Quiet funny adaptation. But the short story is really a master piece!
Now as regards to writing, I got a couple of finished short stories. Many are semi-autobiographical, like this one. The original title is actually “Almost Pioneers” and a bit longer, with more juicy erotic tidbits scattered all over.
This coming December, an anthology of flash fictions will be released by Milflores Publishing, Inc under the stewardship of Vicente Garcia Groyon. My contribution was luckily included in the said anthology. The cover of the book will look like this:
If you buy the book, I’ll tell you which one is my piece. 🙂 No, the contributors don’t get paid royalty for this. Only two copies of this book and of course the bragging rights to add that title, “Writer” on one’s CV. Unfortunately this particular anthology is in the Filipino language. One of these days I’ll try to translate my piece there into English so I can share it with my non-Filipino readers.
2. News and comics strips
You can see that many of my posts are reactions on news items. BBC news is a regular source of international happenings. For Swedish news, I normally tune in to the radio P3/P4. The daily morning free papers here can also be good sources of concise news items but I take these papers mainly for the comics strips in them.
3. Noam Chomsky
The idealism of this man is worthy of emulation. Read him and be enlightened on what’s really going on in world politics. Just google him if you want to know more as I don’t feel I can give him the proper description in this blog.
There you go! My current three addictions. I cannot emphasize “current” enough as this list changes all the time. In the past I was hooked to Sudoku, classical guitar, online chess, Stephen Hawking and his Blackholes, downloading MP3s, GG Marquez, Umberto Eco, IRC, webcams, basketball, Seinfeld, Two and a half men, Mike Rowes Dirty Jobs, marijuana, cocaine, heroin,,,oops, just kidding on the last three items! 🙂
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