Ghostwriter

Daily Prompt: Ghostwriter

If you could have any author –living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?

Oh my gosh!
This is a toss-up between Phillipa Gregory and Julian Fellowes.

Phillipa Gregory

From the first lines of “The Other Boleyn Girl”, I was already hooked. So this got me to read her other works. I love how in each novel, Gregory marries historical facts with fiction. And how she tells a scene so vividly that even for a person with slow imagination (like me) can clearly see the details of the story.

I would like that in the telling of my life story. Factual but with imaginative back story details. Truth but with the needed drama.

Julian Fellowes

Fellowes, on the other hand, I became a fan after seeing Downton Abbey. I just loved the show’s concept, the witty lines, and unforced humor. I admire how he is able to share the British history and culture through the show without being to preach-y and boring. I loved the show so much that I started researching for Fellowes’ other works, like his novels. And every time, he showed the same accurate cultural and historical details wrapped with the same witty and fun dialog.

So that won’t be too bad a theme for a biography, right? Accurate minute details with fun retelling of it all.

 

Writing Room

Daily Prompt: Writing Room

A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?

I really had to think carefully of this wish for I would not want it to be a waste.
So I started doodling.

I am not much of an artist so all I came up with was a long reclining chair where you can also put your feet up, a table that can be moved to be placed on top of the chair and moved away if not in use, and a view of the ocean. But then taking a step back, I realized, it looked like a hospital room with the adjustable bed and the swivel-y table. It was a room in a hospital by the sea!

I laughed, tore the drawing, and thought: What the heck! This shouldn’t be so hard. Reading is one of my favorite tasks in the world. And writing has become a new passion. To be able to read and write is already perfect for me. Heck! I now read and write in a roll up bed on the floor surrounded by my favorite books and I am already in cloud nine.

Well, okay. I do wish for a better place and that would be my very own library!

  • I wish it to be surrounded by books from floor to the ceiling with a large desk in the middle– large enough to be a dining table for six!
  • On one corner is a lamp and a big lazy boy couch where I can put my feet up.
  • Also, I wish it to have a feeling of a rainy day outside — not warm but not too cold.
  • As for the view, it would be nice see nature a field of green, a big garden or the ocean perhaps.

Above all, music should not be absent from the room. Though I rarely listen to music while reading and writing, it would be a nice break and source of inspiration and motivation for doing so.

Burnt

Daily Prompt: Burnt

Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?

I sort of answered this in my post yesterday.
Books and DVDs.
But now that I think about it, I might add my collection of mugs and Playbills.

Books.
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I am a self-professed bookworm. Give me a good book to read and a comfortable place where to read it, I’m all set. Ever since I started reading novels in grade school, I have started buying and collecting books. However, most of them are in my childhood home in Zamboanga. I’ve continued adding books to the collection when I started working but there is not much progress because books tend to be expensive. Plus, I’m starting to run out of room for them. Recently, I have opened myself to the idea of e-books and started buying them. But there is still no substitute for a book wherein you can smell and feel its pages. So hooray for physical books!

DVDs. VCDs.
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I get lost in the worlds of each movie and show I see that sometimes I would want to relive them again. This is why I never get tired of watching movies and shows over and over again. So I make it a point to have a copy at home for my viewing convenience.

Mugs from travel
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When I got the chance of visiting other countries, I started the tradition of buying Starbucks demitasse mugs with the name of the city and country of where I got them. This is such an epic fail because I wasn’t able to find one in the only Starbucks we visited in Bangkok (so I got a tumbler with an original Thai design) and there are no Starbucks in Vietnam (so I got a regular-sized mug from CBTL instead). Anyway, they still became part of my small collection.

Playbills!!!
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I don’t know why I haven’t thought of these in yesterday’s post. I am a HUGE musical theater geek. So I would definitely would want to save the souvenir programs I got from some of the plays I have seen in the past years. For some of these shows, I literally had to get my passport stamped to see! They were wonderful moments in my life that I would never ever forget. These musicals changed my life. 🙂

Ode to Golden Bell

Daily Prompt: Ode to a Playground

A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.

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Golden Bell was Zamboanga’s bookstore, an office/school supplies store, appliance and grocery store.

But for me, it was more than a store… it was my playground.
It’s a part of all the wonderful memories when I was a child.

I remember before the start of every school year, my mother took my sisters and I there to buy school supplies and we would be so psyched. We each get to choose our own notebook covers and cute little erasers. To have brand new notebooks, pens, and art supplies that we get to choose were priceless feelings. I don’t know why.

Every Sunday after church, my family and I would have lunch and then I would beg my parents to bring us here so that I can browse the new released books and see if there were new stationery designs. (We were collecting stationery before and sometimes trade them for better and cool ones. So it was necessary to also be on the look out for new designs.)

Also, I will never forget that Golden Bell was the place where my parents would bring me (on separate occasions) after every spontaneous lunch time school visits. And every time  I go back for the afternoon classes with a new autograph book from Golden Bell. So imagine how many autograph books I had signed throughout my elementary days. Close to filling up a shoe box!

Lastly, Golden Bell was the place my best-est friends and I would always visit during weekends. We were only in the fourth or fifth grade then, but I remember my parents would give me Php200 (Php100 from my mother, another Php100 from my father without my mom knowing), and I always spent them on jeepney fare home (my dad always brings me to the town), lunch, and all the rest for books! I can still recall the P59.75 Sweet Valley books that I always bought and collected.

All these wonderful memories, all from Golden Bell.

Christmas in August.
Excitement for first day of school.
The cool plastic stationery my sister got.
My first cassette tape.
My first book.
My childhood.
My playground.

Children today may not get to have the same experience but I hope you’ll be at peace knowing you made one child happy and gave one adult the lasting good memories.

Good bye.

Take Two: Trees and Books

Warning: This post is cheesy and a little preach-y. Don’t blame me. Blame Daily Prompt. 😛

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Trees and books.
Well, based on the pictures I got, this should be plants and books. (I Just can’t get a good angle of the only tree in our street.)

Trees, nowadays represent our environment. I mean, when we say we say “mother earth”, the first thing that comes to our mind is a tree. Today, society has been more conscious in saving mother earth. And many of the people’s first reaction to saving the environment is to save the trees — No to illegal logging, more tree planting activities, etc.

With this, companies that aim to help the environment start with reducing the use of papers in their work environment. And with the technology available today, paper has been replaced by digital or soft copies. This has gone as far as billing notices, newsletters, and (of course) books.

I, myself, understand this cause. Why injure a tree when there is another way? But the bookworm side of me is selfish. There’s something about the smell and feel of an actual book that gets to me. One cannot replace physical books with e-books for me.

For this, I am eternally grateful for the trees. I think, this is one sacrifice of the environment that we should all be thankful for. This means, we should take care of these by-products and not let them go to waste. We should read and treasure these books because the environment has given a part of it for them to be printed.

So for the love of books and trees, let us buy and read books but also try to reduce unnecessary paper use in other parts of our lives.